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Everyone knows that kitchens and baths sell houses. But once a homeowner moves in, marrying functionality and design can be a challenge in those two spaces. “In the past the purpose of a shower door was just to keep the water from splashing out,” says Russell Dagenais, marketing director for Fleurco Products Inc., a manufacturer of glass doors in Montreal, Quebec. “Now bathroom design can be both aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing.”

More choices mean it is more important than ever for homeowners to talk to an expert. A family business, Custom Glass Works of North Carolina specializes in designing, repairing, installing, and maintaining glass and mirror products for its clients in the Charlotte area.

O wner Georgia Droppelman explains, “Asking the right questions will get a solution that’s best for each homeowner.” Before installing a shower enclosure, Droppelman asks, “How tall are the individuals that will be using the shower? Where will the faucets be placed? How often will it be used? Could privacy be an issue? How long are you planning to live in the home?…”

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Custom Glass Works .

To see their selection of glass and hardware options, visit Custom Glass Works at 2000-F W. Morehead Street or call 704-597-0290 or visit

Redefining the Dream Home in a Post-Recession World
  The worst of the recession appears to be over, but a new consumer mindset will linger long after our economy recovers. According to a September 2009 Nielsen Report, the severity of this recession has brought on a change in consumer values, spending habits, and lifestyle choices. 

Whether shopping for groceries or a new family car, the post-recession consumer is more cautious about the purchases they make. This new mindset has also impacted the luxury housing market, as consumers think twice about how much house they really need to live and builders re-examine what homebuyers need, what they want, and what they can live without…

Contributor Information:

Kevin Holdridge owns KDH Residential Design. He can be reached by phone at 704-909-2755 or online at

Jocelyn Dienst is with Dienst Custom Homes. She can be reached at 704-892-8426 or online at

Russell Zavatsky is President of Zar Custom Homes, Inc. He can be reached by phone at 704-843-8447 or online at

Doug McSpadden is President of McSpadden Custom Homes. Call him at 704-825-7324 or visit him online at or

David Woldman is SunTrust Mortgage’s Top Producer company-wide. His specialty is renovation and construction to perm loans. He has been in the mortgage industry for over 23 years. He can be reached at 704-651-8377.




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