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.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | February 16, 2016

DIY Bathroom Remodel Using Glass Blocks

Home Owners in Metropolitan areas like New York, Boston and Philadelphia are finding that remodeling their current home is a preferred alternative over selling and buying a new home in this economic climate. The Bathroom is an excellent DIY remodeling project to add new elegance to their home.

Bathroom remodels using dreamy bathtubs and showers are featured in this HGTV post. The use of light in bathrooms is so important. Light is critical to the luxury and leisure effect that you want from your bathroom. After all, this is your retreat, your place of seclusion and rest.EXTERIOR_25

Glass Block can easily enhance the light while at the same time providing privacy and energy efficiency.

While you are soaking in the tub, you may not be thinking about the utility bill. As a matter of fact, you should not be thinking about anything like that. But, while you are not in the room, there is a piece of mind knowing the light filling it is energy-efficient.

Light is so important to the elegance factor. But, not all of us have a great deal of space between us and our neighbors. We want piece-of-mind knowing that we are filling the room with light without losing our privacy.

819c531f-4492-4f4f-a7ca-ae4fc3a93415For that DIY person, Pittsburgh Corning LightWise® vinyl frame windows is an excellent choice. A Glass Block window installs just like a regular window. You will just need to place the Glass Block in the window opening and fasten along the built-in nailing fins which are now set back 1¼” to fit all siding and stucco applications. The Glass Block is bonded with silicone for an all-glass look, so there’s no need to hire skilled labor – and there’s no clean-up hassle.Eastern Glass Block LightWise Unique Features

What really sets the LightWise® window apart from the crowd is simple: it’s real Glass Block. LightWise® windows will not scratch, burn or discolor, providing years of timeless beauty. Plus, no other window system looks quite like a real Glass Block window. You get the security, durability, and beauty of Glass Block for about the same price as any other specialty window. The LightWise® Window can make light dance. And it’s available in two distinctive patterns allowing you to control privacy and light transmission.

Let us know how we can help. We have been helping DIY projects nationwide for more than 26 years from our offices in New York and New Jersey. Do not hesitate to call us at 800-635-1226 or email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We love to share our experience and expertise.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | January 5, 2016

Quaker Steak and Lube with a side of Glass Blocks

The restaurant chain Quaker Steak and Lube is a fairly popular establishment with locations all over the country and even in Canada. It was created by 2 people in an abandoned gas station who thought it was a good idea to preserve the culture of old gas stations and muscle cars. Originally this restaurant was started as a cook-your-own-steak establishment and the name is a play on words for the motor oil Quaker State. A new location was being opened in Edison, NJ and they were looking for something different, not that their whole restaurant isn’t different already.

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We spoke and met with some people overseeing the new Quaker Steak location and they were interested about our a product that is “retro”, will stand out but is also relevant and not “dated”. That’s when we told them we had the perfect product for them; glass blocks. The style they chose was our Decora pattern which is most commonly used in commercial applications. The glass blocks really complement the old-fashioned feel of the restaurant and is still an eye-catcher despite Quaker Steak’s other eye-grabbers.

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It is not uncommon for restaurant chains to use glass blocks in their building designs. Many chains have used our glass blocks such as Checkers and Cheeburger Cheeburger, which is also another “old-fashioned” type of restaurant who also thought our glass blocks complement their design well. Other business such as gyms are also big users of glass blocks. We have supplied and installed our glass blocks into many LA Fitness gyms, Equinox in NYC, Lifetime Fitness, and many local independent gyms.

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The people at Quaker Steak and Lube told us how happy they were with the finished product; We ended up installing the blocks above the entrance as windows. They were pleased with how our product meshed with the aura of the restaurant and told us some customers had asked what those windows were. It’s cool to see our glass blocks being used in clever ways such as this to show how our product has been prominent for all these years, with more to come.

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Have any ideas of your own on what you can do with our glass blocks? Let us know! We would love to hear some of your ideas. If you have any questions or comments regarding glass blocks feel free to comment or send us an email and we will be happy to get back to you. To learn more about Glass Blocks please visit our website at http://easternglassblock.com . Call us now at 800-635-1226 or email at egboffice@easternglassblock.com. We have over 26 years of experience and we will be happy to help you in designing or material supply.

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