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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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5 Types Of Custom Glass That Can Make Your Home Special

Are you looking for a way to set your home apart? New furniture is great, but if you really want to put your personal stamp on your place, you should consider installing custom glass throughout your home. You can use custom glass to add privacy, while lending to your design scheme. Here are five types of custom glass that can make your home special:

1: Textured

Oftentimes, homeowners are faced with deciding between privacy and a little sunshine. Although it might love to throw open your shades and let the light pour in, it can be hard to do that if you live in a busy area or have nosy neighbors. However, textured glass can give you the best of both worlds.

Unlike traditional glass, which has a smooth, flat surface, textured glass is rolled along textured molds. These molds create peaks and valleys in the glass, which refract light differently so that you can enjoy a little privacy. Instead of people being able to see right into your home, they might be able to see basic shapes and colors, instead of what you are watching on television.

Textured glass is available in a huge range of patterns, so it melds well with just about any design aesthetic. You can find textured glass that looks like it has water flowing over it, or stippled glass that looks like it is covered with fine dots.

2: Bubbled

Are you looking for glass with an old-world, nostalgic look? Early glass manufacturers didn't have the technology to quickly melt glass into air-free, perfectly clear panels. Instead, their glass was sometimes riddled with small air bubbles. Although these bubbles weren't attractive to people back then, bubbled glass might make the French doors to your home office look incredible.Bubbled glass is largely transparent, with small air pockets running throughout the panes. This type of glass is popular for lighting fixtures, front door windows, and cabinet panes.

3: Frosted

If a little texture or a few air pockets isn't enough to give you the privacy you need, you should consider investing in frosted glass. Once glass is frosted, it becomes opaque, which can significantly improve privacy. One of the great things about frosted glass is that it can be done by chemically etching or sandblasting the panes. Believe it or not, there are even vinyl frosted glass overlays that can be removed later. You can have your glass frosted in a huge variety of ways, but nature scenes, geometric patterns, and stripes are popular options.

4: Low-Iron

Have you ever noticed that some glass looks a little green from the side? If you don't want that thick sheet of glass disrupting the color of your carefully laid bathroom tile, consider looking around for low-iron glass. Glass manufacturers use special methods to remove most of the iron particles from the glass, making the panes crystal clear and beautiful. Low-iron glass is a great option for shower enclosures, pantry windows, and frameless railings.

5: Decorative Panels

If you like the look of stained glass, but don't want to interfere with your home's color palette, consider shopping around for custom glass made with decorative panels. Glass artisans will create an interweaving array of interlocking glass panels to make windows that are truly unique to your home.  

For example, you can find glass sheets created from a sea of beveled diamond panels, interlaced with decorative round pieces. By working directly with a custom glass manufacturer, you might even be able to customize your own masterpiece. For example, you might be able to have a decorative panel created that features your favorite type of tree, or a monogram of your last name. 

Custom glass can give your home an upscale, polished feel that your neighbors will notice.