Looking at Glass for Your Home Remodel Dec 30th, 2013 One of the emerging trends in home remodeling in San Diego is the use of glass surfaces. Whether it’s glass windows and doors used to open up space and bring in natural lighting, or recycled glass countertops and backsplashes in the kitchen, it’s a versatile material that’s growing in popularity. Recycled Kitchen and Bath Surfaces Rather than the more traditional four-inch design, kitchen backsplashes are extending up to the bottom of cabinets now, and recycled glass is among the most popular materials. While ceramic and porcelain are also trending for backsplashes, the use of reclaimed materials to create a beautiful kitchen surface has many homeowners considering recycled glass in kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. Recycled glass countertops are durable, resisting scratches, heat and cold. Some are fused with other materials, such as granite. They typically don’t need to be resealed, like some other popular countertop surfaces. Privacy In the bathroom, tempered glass is used for shower walls and doors, especially for frameless and curbless showers. Homeowners who prefer their privacy can select frosted coatings or other finishes without sacrificing the modern look. Custom Ideas The glass staircase is another option for home remodeling projects. It creates the illusion of floating stairs. Another green use of glass combines cement surfaces with crushed colored glass for a beautifully artistic look. Repurposed stained glass windows in hallways, bathrooms and foyers are also possibilities in custom designs. Using tempered, tinted and recycled glass partitions within the home provides an open feeling to the home’s layout. Natural Lighting Architectural glass for entire walls that provide a stunning view of the outdoors is a growing trend. They also let in natural light, changing the look and feel of the home. To learn more about how glass surfaces can be used in your next San Diego home remodeling project, contact the Lars Remodeling & Design team at (619) 225-5527.