6 Reasons a Hotel Should Add Ceiling Mirrors to Its Lobby

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How Ceiling Mirrors Elevate Your Hotel Lobby Design

A hotel’s overall interior design is an important part of brand-building in the hospitality sector. To create a striking, unique, functional space, consider adding ceiling mirrors to the lobby. Here are the top six reasons this interior design tip works:

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Why Does Hotel Interior Design Matter?

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The interior design for a hotel is a big investment. The size of the financial ask might leave some hoteliers asking this question: Does hotel interior design matter? Short answer, yes. Long answer, there are thirteen key ways a hotel’s interior design positively affects its performance, reputation, and profits. Learn about them here:

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Custom Antique Mirror or Ready to Order? A Glass Manufacturing Expert Weighs In

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5 Ways Antique Mirrors Improve Design in a Commercial Space

Antique mirrors are a great way to enhance light, add visual interest, and make any space feel larger. When it comes to purchasing, though, should you go with the custom or ready-to-order option? Tim Casey, founder, and owner of Jockimo, is an expert glass manufacturer specializing in architectural glass products. He breaks down the pros and cons of both types of antique mirrors.

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Should I Choose a Glass Top Vanity Unit for My Bathroom?

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4 Advantages of a Glass Top Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom remodels are notoriously difficult. You have to decide on lighting fixtures. Tiling. Color schemes. Then there’s the vanity. You want something beautiful and timeless, but you also want something that makes a statement on its own. With just about every bathroom remodel today looking like a variation on the same theme, you might be wondering if a statement piece like a glass top vanity unit is a good fit for your space. Here are four reasons the answer might be a resounding “yes.”

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What Are Operable Glass Flooring Panels?

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Glass flooring can make a dramatic difference to your home’s overall look and feel. Operable glass flooring panels can make that dramatic feature even more functional, versatile, customized, and useful. So, exactly what is an operable glass panel?

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Are Glass Countertops Durable?

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What makes Glass Countertops durable?

If you’re seeking out unique kitchen countertop ideas, you might have come across glass counters. For those who want something a little different in their kitchens than the standard granite or quartz, glass can be a beautiful, bold alternative. The material, however, leaves some homeowners wondering: Are glass countertops durable?

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Why Should I Install a Blue Glass Countertop in My Kitchen?

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4 Reasons to Opt for Blue Glass Kitchen Countertops

Picking the countertop material for your kitchen can be challenging. You need something functional, beautiful, and unique enough that it speaks to your tastes. Looking for that perfect mix of a bold design statement and everyday durability? Here’s why a blue glass countertop could be exactly what your kitchen needs:

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What You Need to Know about Tempered Glass

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Tempered. Laminated. Annealed. When it comes to adding glass into your building design, the terminology can quickly get overwhelming. There are key differences between each of these types of glass, though, and it’s critical to use the appropriate one in your project. With that in mind, here are the most important things to know about tempered glass.

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Are Glass Counters Right for Your Kitchen Remodel?

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Considering Glass Counters? 4 Questions to Ask

Updating your kitchen countertops is an effective way to breathe new life into your design scheme, but there are so many potential countertop materials. Natural and engineered stone. Laminate. Solid-surface materials. Wood. The list goes on. Here are some key questions to determine if glass counters are a good fit for you:

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Glass Flooring for Home: Is It Right for You?

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4 Questions to Ask Before Opting for a Glass Floor in Your Home

The appeal and allure of glass flooring in a residential space is hard to deny. It’s beautiful. It’s modern. It’s functionally innovative. If you’re undertaking a new build or you’re looking to renovate, you might be wondering if glass flooring is right for you. Here are some considerations to help you answer that question.

 

1. Is the Cost of Glass Flooring within Budget?

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The price of glass flooring varies based on numerous factors. This includes all the following:

  • Type of glass you’re using
  • Antislip finish
  • Anti-scratch treatment
  • Glass thickness
  • Support system
  • Size of individual glass panes
  • Installation-related costs

The list goes on.

The one consistent is this: glass flooring is more expensive than a comparable amount of square footage in many other types of flooring material.

Natural hardwood, stone, engineered wood flooring, vinyl flooring, various kinds of tile, and carpet all come in less per square foot than glass.

That being said, glass flooring is a design statement. It often ends up being the aesthetic focal point of a home. If glass provides the bold, unique look you want and it’s within your design budget, you have to decide if the cost is worth those benefits.

2. Do I Want a Modern Aesthetic in My Home?

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While the contemporary, sleek, minimalist design approach is very popular, it’s not for everyone. Glass might not suit your personal design preferences. This is an important factor to take into consideration.

In terms of design approach, here are a few additional points to think through:

  • If you love the look of glass and all other factors make sense (from budget to the effects of natural light), go for it!
  • If you’re thinking about selling or renting out your property—eventually or in the short term—glass can be a great high-end addition to the home. It can transform a house into a high-end space, fetching you a higher asking price or a better rental rate.
  • Ask yourself if a glass floor will complement or be at odds with the rest of the home’s design. If the glass flooring is a one-off renovation project, it could look like a design afterthought in an otherwise-dated home. The nice thing about glass is that it is often neutral enough to blend into many design styles. Based on your home’s current design and the intended renovation, the compatibility of glass flooring is something you’ll have to assess.

3. Would the Space below the Floor Benefit from Natural Light?

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One of the biggest benefits of glass flooring is the ability to harness the effects of natural light. When you add a glass floor, this allows light to filter down into the space below that flooring. (Even when you opt for frosted privacy glass, light still penetrates to the lower level.)

This has a laundry list of benefits. It makes the space feel bigger, more open, and airier. It allows you to reduce your dependence on artificial lighting. It introduces natural light into your home, which can have positive effects on mood, sleep, and even productivity.

For many homeowners, these are the marquee reasons to install glass flooring. It does, however, mean you have to think carefully about where you want to install a glass floor. Think about whether the room or space beneath the flooring will benefit from natural light or if it would be too bright, present too much glare, or make the space feel overly exposed and less private.

4. Is My Glass Manufacturer, Designer, and Installer Knowledgeable about Glass Flooring Safety?

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Glass flooring is a beautiful addition to a home, but safety must be your primary concern. Designed, manufactured, and installed properly, glass can be a highly safe material for flooring.

If, however, your glass is not properly handled at any of these points (design, manufacturing, or installation), it could break, shatter, or even fail entirely. Again, this is not the case if the proper failure redundancies, support systems, and glass specifications are used.

It just means you have to be confident in the experience, expertise, and knowledge of the people creating your glass floor. Choose a glass manufacturer with extreme care and diligence.

Thinking about Adding Glass Flooring to Your Home?

Whether you’re building new or renovating an existing home, glass flooring can be a beautiful luxury addition. If you want to know more or have questions, contact us today. We’re happy to talk through your intended project!

Walkable Skylights versus Traditional Skylights: A Comparison

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3 Key Ways Walkable Skylights Differ from Traditional Skylights

If you’re balking at the idea of installing a skylight in your home or business, it’s important to know there are different types of skylights available in the market today. Depending on the type of skylight you want, some of your reservations might be unfounded. Discover several critical differences between traditional skylights and custom walkable skylights, and learn whether a walkable skylight is actually a great fit for you.

 

  • Space Requirements

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A traditional skylight does occupy space on your roof, elevated deck, or walkway. This means any square footage necessary for the skylight is not available for any other use. This applies to you and to anyone who might need access to the area. (Think construction workers performing maintenance, repairs, or other work.)

A walkable skylight, however, is completely usable space. The glass is load-bearing and designed to be walked on. With a walkable skylight, you get all the benefits of skylights without having to sacrifice the available space of your roof, deck, or walkway.

This has particular benefits for businesses or other commercial ventures. Say, for example, you’re installing a walkable skylight on the rooftop deck of a restaurant. Because you’re not losing any square footage, you can add this design feature without diminishing the available space for patrons.

When it comes to businesses, the financial advantages of a walkable skylight are prominent.

  • Leaking Issues

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Traditional skylights have the undesirable reputation of being prone to leaks. This is less of a concern with walkable skylights.

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to install a walkable skylight in your private residence or you’re running a commercial operation, it’s helpful to think of these architectural glass features more like waterproof glass flooring. Because they’re part of the flooring family, a walkable skylight also has all the safety benefits of glass flooring.

That being said, any project exposed to the elements will leak if it’s not done right. Proper manufacturing of the glass and professional installation are both keys to ensuring a safe, durable, waterproof surface.

  • Tripping or Falling Hazard

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One of the often ignored downsides of traditional skylights is the tripping and fall hazard they present. Many skylights use fiberglass or plastic coverings, and these are not usually impact resistant enough to withstand a person falling on them.

This issue is of no concern to anyone installing a walkable skylight. Again, it’s useful to think of this feature more as an integrated part of the flooring than a separate window.

Because the glass is integrated into the floor, it’s entirely flush. There are no ridges or obstructions that can pose a tripping hazard to you or patrons.

Still Have Questions?

If you’re thinking about skylights in your home or commercial space, it’s important to understand what’s available in the market and how traditional skylights differ from walkable skylights.

If you still have questions or want an estimate for your project, contact us today!

What’s the Return on Investment (ROI) for a Walkable Skylight?

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Walkable skylights are wonderful additions to any commercial or residential space. As with any architectural feature, however, many people are curious whether installing one is a smart financial choice. Here’s what you need to know about factors that affect the return on investment for a walkable skylight.

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Why Businesses Should Install a Walkable Skylight

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Whether you’re operating a restaurant, a retail space, something in the hospitality sector, or any other business venture, a walkable skylight can offer many benefits to your commercial building. Here are the top advantages offered by this architectural glass feature.

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