Posted by: glassblockblogger | September 19, 2016

2 Most Common Ways To Use Color Glass Blocks

Glass block has a naturally aesthetic look to it that has been around for decades. Those who were around for its inception into homes still enjoy what it has to offer in terms of actual benefits and looks. For those who aren’t as familiar with it, many of our articles highlight the benefits glass blocks offer architecturally and how it has been used. You can pretty much use it anywhere and although many people like the classic clear, somewhat distorted look, there are a good number of people who enjoy the colors glass blocks come in too. Here are the 2 most common ways color glass blocks can be used in your home design.

Beautiful glass block window highlighting the use of 2 different styles and 4 different colors.

Beautiful glass block window highlighting the use of 2 different styles and 4 different colors.

Glass Block Windows

As mentioned above, most people are satisfied with glass block windows without color. The other group of people who enjoy a little color show a little more boldness in their creativity. A glass block window in a home will catch the eyes of bystanders and onlookers, but a glass block window with color will force them to observe and examine the window like the piece of art it actually is. Colored glass blocks stand out especially when the sun hits those blocks. With the nice Summer weather we are now enjoying, the sun will make those color blocks sparkle from the outside. On the inside, the room will glare with the color of blocks in that window. Not only will the room be very bright from the non-colored glass blocks, the color glass blocks will add a brightness and a color shadow too. It would be like a stained glass window, only much brighter.

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Glass Block Shower

Even a little glass block shower can be big. They can help you remodel even the tiniest of bathrooms by maximizing space using a walk-in design. There are multiple colors to choose from for the people who want and like to match decor in a room. For the purpose of a shower wall, matching the curtains or tiles with a color glass block can really be a difference maker in overall appearance. Whether that matching comes in the form of a few color blocks placed sporadically throughout a mostly non-color glass block wall, or if the glass block wall is entirely color, the bathroom would be an inviting room similar to a living room.

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While these are only two design options, the number of colors available are large enough to make either of these glass block ideas completely unique and personalized. What has become increasingly popular are glass block windows mixing styles and sizes. Now more recently, homeowners have taken it a step further and mixed in sizes, styles and color blocks to create something you can’t find in any book, brochure or store. It is truly a great way to personalize your home or any room with our favorite color or color schemes.

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To learn more about color glass blocks and how we use them in home design, leave us a comment or send me an email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. If you are interested in your very own color glass block window or shower wall, please call us at 800-635-1226. Feel free to check out our website at www.easternglassblock.com to see more of what we do. We have over 26 years and counting in the glass block industry and we would love to help you color your life.

 

Posted by: glassblockblogger | July 11, 2016

A Homeowner’s “Swiss Army Knife”: Glass Block

As you may know, the many uses of glass blocks are clearly represented via photographs or just by the naked eye. One can clearly walk by and say “Oh, that’s a glass block basement window” or “look at the glass block transom”. However, although those are clear interpretations of its use to the homeowner, they do more than that. Just like a Swiss Army knife can do many things, so can our glass blocks; just look at the Battista’s story below.

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Mr. and Mrs. Battista live in Havertown, PA, a suburban town a little West of Philadelphia. They frequently enjoy their time out in their backyard during the Spring, Summer and some early Fall months, except those enjoyable days were often cut short or ruined altogether thanks to Mother Nature. Rainy weather and extreme wind had caused their open backyard patio some trouble as it was constantly wet or frequently too windy. Even if it wasn’t raining too hard, the wind blew it all toward their patio despite having a roof. On days where rain wasn’t the primary problem, strong winds blew everything not named furniture around. There seemed to be no winning with Mother Nature this time, but then the Battistas called us looking for a solution which we were happy to provide for them.

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Last year we completed a job for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Scotch Plains, NJ, and the Battistas had an almost identical situation which glass block could remedy. So, just like we did for the Dunkin’ Donuts employees, we suggested that we build them a glass block wall. The glass block wall, being sturdy and water-resistant, would not only act as a solid wall but also, keep the rain away from the patio and stop the wind from converging onto the patio. In the Dunkin’ Donuts it did the same thing; blocked the really chilly wind from hitting the drive-thru workers and stopping the rain from getting them wet during open hours. As mentioned before, these glass blocks can be and are frequently used for multiple reasons, even some as simple as a good windbreaker.

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We built the Battistas an L-shaped glass block wall using Decora glass blocks, which allow the most light with added privacy and a little IceScapes glass blocks because they wanted it to be a little “different”, which we’re all for. A cool summer breeze still has the opportunity to get over the top of the wall and create a cross-breeze, natural light will still brighten up the patio, water will no longer be a problem and now the patio is a little more private. Mr. and Mrs. Battista loved the way the glass blocks looked and were happy to know that Mother Nature won’t shorten their relaxation time out in the back. People who see this wall would most likely think it’s just a nice glass block wall, whereas on top of it being that, it also plays the part of a windbreaker, weather-resistant barrier and giver of piece of mind.

If you would like to know more about how we finished this project, please comment below or send me an email. If you’d like to know more about glass blocks and their many benefits please call me at 800-635-1226 or email me at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. . Feel free to read some of our other blog posts to learn more about all glass block has to offer and to check out our website at www.easternglassblock.com. We’ve been in the industry for 26 years and counting and will be more than happy to help you with your glass block project.

 

Posted by: glassblockblogger | March 29, 2016

These Unique Glass Block Windows Are All The Rage

For decades, glass blocks have been around in buildings and homes. You’ve probably seen them being used in basement window applications, or regular window applications, showers, or its own freestanding partition. The use of our glass blocks is well known and customers use them for many things such as those mentioned, and more. However, a somewhat new trend in the glass block world is continuously gaining popularity. This trend I am referring to is the creation of unique glass block windows. What makes these windows truly unique? Continue reading to find out.

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There have been many times where customers ask us if we can draw them a sketch of their proposed window idea. It isn’t too time consuming or troublesome since a majority of the time the dimensions we’re asked to sketch are similar from one customer to the next. This is where the aforementioned trend and creativity step in. When I say “unique glass block windows”, I actually mean unique because these windows are specifically designed by both the customer and us together. There isn’t a brochure you can open that shows these windows, because they are made up through back and forth between the customers and our design team. A very popular trend right now is mixing up different sizes, styles, and now color into one design that fit the available dimensions which leads us to the end result: a truly unique glass block window.

Beautiful, unique color accented window designed by the people at Pittsburgh Glass Block

Beautiful, unique color accented window designed by the people at Pittsburgh Glass Block

Mixing different sizes and styles has been gaining popularity for some time now, but the addition of mixing in color blocks as well is now starting on that same path. Many people consider glass block windows to be aesthetic, but some consider them to be plain. Alternatively, there are other people who see an opportunity to get creative and we relish in the fact that they want us to be the ones to work on their creative project. When we receive rough opening dimensions we immediately figure out the block count based on the customer’s block choice, which is easy after that. When the customer sees a picture of a unique window we have done, and then asks us about it wanting to know more and if they can also get something similar, it isn’t as easy, but is much more exciting and rewarding when the product is finished.

Blue glass blocks act as color accents in this small panel

Blue glass blocks act as color accents in this small panel

We have an extensive collection of colored glass blocks that give our customers a plethora or choices as well as many different sizes that give them a lot of different combinations to choose from. This is why each window is unique; it is catered to each customer’s own likes and wants, not based out of a magazine or brochure that makes them settle. If a customer wants it, our design team sketches and give it to them.

Beautiful glass block window highlighting the use of 2 different styles and 4 different colors.

Beautiful glass block window highlighting the use of 2 different styles and 4 different colors.

 

Color glass blocks are now being frequently used as color accents in glass block panels. They are thrown in the design to accentuate the room in which it is going in or to match decorations. Mixing these with different sizes and styles just makes for an absolutely unique window mainly designed by the customer, for the customer. We’re thrilled to see this trend continue to gain popularity as we are always looking to see new opportunities to grow.

We are more than happy to help you design your own truly unique glass block window. Our design team will work with you every step of the way to make sure this glass block window is exactly how you want it. Visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com/ to see our some of our products and what we’re all about. We have over 27 years experience and our knowledge is second to none. Give us a call at 800-635-1226 or shoot us an email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. At Eastern Glass Block, customer satisfaction is our #1 priority. Let us help you design a product you can truly call your own.

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