Pack up the plaid fleece, fuzzy socks and stew recipes because the scent of coconut oil and charcoal is in the air. Yes, summer is just around the corner which means you can stop hibernating like a grizzly bear and venture out into the sun light.
Summer awakens your spirit with warm temperatures and long day light hours making it nearly impossible to stay indoors. Who would want to when there are vacations to take, swimming pools to occupy and barbeques to attend? For many people, hosting weekend get-togethers for friends and family is a summer tradition. This involves getting the house ready for company and includes everything from scrubbing the floors and cleaning windows to painting and remodeling.
Part of getting your house ready is making sure you have a great outdoor space to entertain. Your deck or patio needs to have all the comforts of indoors – comfortable seating, space for the grill, ample shade and great views of the backyard. This is why glass is an excellent choice for deck or patio surrounds. It’s not only durable and easy to clean, but never obstructs your view.
How to use glass
Deck or patio glass can be customized to fit any style decor. Glass panels can be accented with etched designs or patterns, tinted a soft color or painted and back lit with LED lights for illumination at night. Backlighting glass always adds interest to a space and no other surface material carries light in such a stunning way.
Coyote Glass created deck surrounds for a client who wanted a beach scene. To begin the process Melissa Paxton, co-owner of Coyote Glass and glass artist, sketched the beach scene on panels of glass and sandblasted the design.
Melissa loads grit into the sandblasting pot and begins sandblasting.
The finished deck panels are under lit with LED lights giving it a magnificent glow.
To finish off the look of your kitchen and protect the walls from damage consider installing a backsplash. Backsplashes are placed on the wall between the countertop and wall cabinets. Any number of surfaces can be used from: slate, marble, tile, wood, beadboard, brick, recycled materials and, last but not least, GLASS!
Glass is great choice for a backsplash because of its durability and ease of cleaning. It is as strong as any natural stone and is scratch and stain resistant. The surface of glass is non-porous, hygienic, and does not require sealants. A simple glass cleaner is all it takes to wipe away dirt. Edges can be back lit with LED lights to produce an illuminating glow that only glass can create.
Not only is glass easy to care for, it offers limitless design options. Glass can be painted, frosted, carved, textured or cast into any shape or form. Glass can be left translucent to reflect natural light, frosted for a touch of privacy, tinted for a soft finish or painted with opaque colors.
The surface of glass can be impressed with unlimited textures or patterns making it totally customizable. No matter what style you have, traditional or ultra-contemporary, glass can be designed to fit you décor.
Morrison Showroom Backsplash
Dan Byler, showroom manager, poses in their remodeled kitchen showroom. The kitchen features zebra wood cabinetry.
The backsplash contains seven panels created in the “Zen” texture and four solid textured panels. The glass is kiln cast with a raised texture and thin lines that look like raked sand. The Zen glass backsplash is easy to clean, does not show fingerprints and looks good clear or painted.
Joe Price, co-owner of Coyote Glass, installs the backsplash. Joe is always hard at work!
The second Coyote Glass kitchen backsplash in the Morrison Austin showroom is the Silver Blue Canyon. This smaller backsplash was created using one of our top designs and custom colors. The glass is handcarved and back painted with silver metal inlay.
Morrison Supply Company is the leading wholesale distributor of plumbing, HVAC, and builder products in the Southwest. Founded in 1917, Morrison now operates over eighty locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Louisiana.
The Company also has more than thirty showrooms where homeowners, builders, and designers can personally select from a vast array of fine plumbing products, appliances, decorative hardware, and bath accessories.
Morrison offers not only the largest selection of products from quality manufacturers, but also the best expertise and customer service in the industry. With thousands of satisfied customers, Morrison will continue to grow and lead its industry for years to come.
This is a fun article to read and reminds us “locals” about all the great things in our neighborhood. If you live out of town, are you ready to come visit and see what Austin has to offer?
Cookie cutter designs don’t belong in the bathroom. Who wants a mass produced bathroom that is just like the neighbors…or the entire block for that matter? Creating a look that is timeless and elegant, but distinct can be challenging. Especially, if you want to step outside your comfort zone and try a completely new style. Set the tone of your bathroom by starting with the focal point of the room – the vanity!
How many bathrooms have you seen with the same boring wood vanity and solid surface countertop? Stop the mass produced madness! Choose a material that has as much design versatility as it does expressive style. Don’t set limits on your imagination – let it grow!
A Form with Variety
Glass offers unmatched design flexibility compared to wood, acrylic or metal. Glass can be kiln-fired, slumped, blown, sand blasted, etched and made into a thousand different textures and painted any color. With all the design and color options it’s easy to overlook a simple choice – translucent.
Translucent glass has the ability to be dramatic and striking, and at the same time simple and eloquent. It can be the highlight or focal point of a room or it can act as a supporting feature of the décor.
Translucent Textured Pedestal
Coyote Glass designed this custom pedestal sink for Central Arizona Supply in Mesa, AZ. Coyote artists used Starfire glass – the purest white or clear glass available. The pedestal was created with a fired-on Granite texture and cast over a mold to form the tapered leg. The bow front countertop measures 24” x 40”.
The pedestal leg measures 30 ¼” x 16 ½”, tapering down to 9” x ¾”.
The pedestal sink is finished with a Coyote Glass Ocean handcarved round glass sink. Truly a masterpiece!