Posted by: glassblockblogger | November 23, 2016

The Glass Block Possibilities Using Seves Glass Blocks

With the closing of Pittsburgh Corning earlier this year, a lot of the glass block industry was changed. The ripple effects of their exit from the industry are still being felt, but it isn’t the end of glass blocks. Seves Glass Block, a division of The Seves Group, a well-known company that manufactures glass and composite insulators for electrical systems, as well as glass block, has been the go-to in the glass block industry all over Europe. The Seves Group is based out of Italy and their market reaches all the way to the Western hemisphere. Seves Glass Block offers many different colored glass blocks, 3-D glass blocks, trapezoidal glass blocks and more. Their glass block products have been used all across the world which can be seen in the videos on our YouTube channel.

Seves Glass Block offers many different types of glass blocks, not only in different styles but also different little tweaks among styles. For example, they offer what is called “satin” that can be on one or both faces of the blocks. Their selection of color blocks come in both a wavy style and a completely see-through style simply named Clearview. The different combinations of glass blocks that is offered by Seves is something that is unmatched. An international trade show for construction materials and building solutions called Construtec took place in Madrid, Spain in October 2016. Seves Glass Block had a beautiful exhibit that highlighted much of what they offer used in different ways. In the next video below you can see the video highlight 3-D glass blocks, their solid glass bricks called Vetropienos, trapezoidal glass blocks, the Clearview in both color and non-color, the wavy style in both color and non-color, color glass blocks with the satin finish, circular glass blocks and much more. It’s really a cool video with lots of glass block uses in just a few minutes and limited space!

Please shoot us an email to learn more about these glass blocks and different products they offer or if you want some e-brochures with more in depth info. Don’t hesitate to reach out via email or phone with any questions, concerns or design advice you may want. Please send email inquiries to egboffice@easternglassblock.com or call 973-777-8989 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Posted by: glassblockblogger | November 1, 2016

Transforming This Long Island Apartment One Glass Block At A Time (Part 1)

When you have an older style apartment and want to keep it that way through remodeling, it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for without sacrificing from the overall design theme. Some people call past styles “outdated” or “boring”, but when used correctly in the perfect design theme those words are simply stated – incorrect. In this particular instance we have a couple, we’ll call them Jill and Bill, who have exactly this: an idea to maintain the older look of their soon-to-be “new and improved” studio apartment. Jill and Bill called us looking for that hard to find glass block style and needless to say they’ve found just what they were looking for! Read on to see how Eastern Glass Block will help transform Jill and Bill’s idea from conceptual to physical.

Jill and Bill live in Florida and Long Island. They move back and forth between the two states and had decided to transform their Long Island apartment into two studio-style apartments. Bill has a passion for antiques and was adamant at the idea of using glass blocks as the key to the division of the apartment. As it stands now, there is a small hallway in the middle of the apartment under an old-style skylight that is all original.

This hallway (shown below) is where the glass block is going to be located. It will act as a privacy wall to separate”Apartment A” from “Apartment B”. Just in case you were thinking “What about the main door?”, well there is already two doors, one for each apartment.

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Jill and Bill had the idea to use a glass block wall in the middle of this hallway, which is directly under a skylight (below). The windows in this apartment are located on the East and West sides so light comes in all day long, one of the reasons for wanting glass block in the middle. What Bill had a concern about was the privacy offered by a glass block wall. When I arrived at the apartment and showed Jill and Bill the sample of glass block we wanted to use they couldn’t be happier. Unlike the glass blocks they’ve seen in many windows and showers, they needed one a little more opaque, a little more private and we had just the thing. Once they knew the glass block wall would allow maximum light, be secure and private there was nothing else for us to do…yet.

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Eastern Glass Block is slated to complete this job in February 2017 and this story is to be continued…

* Don’t forget to check back this February for Part 2! *

If you have any ideas on how to use glass blocks in your design theme, do not hesitate to call us at 973-777-8989 (local) or 800-635-1226 (nationwide). Feel free to email us at egboffice@easternglassblock.com for general inquiries or for expert advice on glass blocks and their potential to assist you. Visit out website at www.easternglassblock.com and don’t forget to check us out on Houzz and Pinterest!

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.

 

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