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16 May

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Everything You Need to Know about Outdoor Glass Countertops

May 16, 2017 | By |

Spring is already here, and before you know it, summer will soon follow. Are you ready for outdoor entertaining? After all, summertime is the prime season for barbeques, pool parties, and backyard gatherings.

One way you can prep your backyard for summer fun is with an outdoor glass countertop. Whether this is a cooking space, eating space, or drink-prepping space, a countertop like this will ensure your home is the place to be this summer.

Ready to be the life of the party? Here’s everything you need to know about designing and owning your very own outdoor glass countertop.

What kind of countertop can I get?

The options are nearly endless. Here are a few types of countertops to consider:

  • Glass tabletop: Slimmer in design, glass tabletops are great for gathering friends and family around for a backyard barbeque. Just grab the grill, some food, and your cooking utensils. When you’re ready to serve your fresh eats, everyone can sit down at this tabletop and dig in.
  • Glass bar top: Maybe you’re more of a drinks connoisseur. If so, a glass bar top is ideal. This sleek surface will make your home look like the hottest bar in town. You’ll feel like a pro bartender when you’re behind your glass bar top.

  • Raised glass countertop: These countertops are raised in terms of texture, not height. If you want anything but a smooth surface, opt for a raised glass countertop. You can choose the texture of the glass surface as well as the shape and texture of the tabletop ends.
  • Glass kitchen island: If you’re one of the lucky ones with your own outdoor kitchen, why not spruce up the space with a glass kitchen island? This will make storing, cooking, and serving food far simpler.

Is the glass thick enough to endure a season of entertainment?

If you order from a reputable glass designer and manufacturer like CGD Glass Countertops, then the answer is yes, absolutely. You can pick from a few glass thicknesses on most of the countertops we offer at CGD: ½-inch, ¾-inch, 1-inch, and 1 ½-inch.

Can I get my countertop lit up?

Again, if you order from CGD Glass Countertops, then yes you can. We proudly offer LED lighting on most of our glass countertops. These create a beautiful backlit glow. Who says the party has to stop just because the sun went down? With LED lights, you can enjoy more summer fun outside.

What about cleaning?

Cleaning your glass countertop and other glass surfaces is easy. You only need a soft cloth, some warm water, and soap. Fill a bucket with the warm water and soap. Dip your cloth in and wipe the glass. Make sure to clean in the same direction to prevent streaks!

Where can I find an outdoor or indoor glass countertop?

Are you looking for an outdoor or indoor glass countertop just in time for summer? You’ve come to the right place. At CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we specialize in stunning countertops. Give us a call today to discuss a quote.

01 May

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Customization Ideas for Your Glass Countertop

May 1, 2017 | By |

When most people think of a glass countertop, a kitchen counter probably comes to mind. At CGD Glass Countertops, we offer so much more than that. We also design and retail customized tabletops, bar tops, bathroom countertops, and kitchen islands. “Countertops” are in our name, after all, and it’s a name we always strive to live up to.

If you’re thinking of ordering a customized glass countertop, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll now delve into the various ways you can order these countertops to your liking.

Glass Base Color

Although you can do so much with your glass countertop, it all starts with choosing your base. Do you want a simple transparent base or one with some color? Our aqua blue base is a customer favorite.

Multi-Colored

Thickness

Slimmer countertops give off a modern appeal. Then again, you may want a thicker countertop if you do a lot of cooking. There’s no wrong choice. At CGD, we give you four glass thickness options. For a slimmer countertop, choose ½-inch or ¾-inch. If you want a thicker countertop, we recommend 1-inch or 1 ½-inch.

Texture

By now, your countertop is starting to take shape. It’s time to make it your own. At CGD, we offer endless textures that can match the preexisting designs in your kitchen. You can also go bold and choose a unique texture.

A small sampling of textures are:

  • Linear, which has raised lines throughout
  • Pixels, which look like an old-school video game world
  • Desert, which resembles dried, cracked sand
  • Avalanche, which looks like melting ice
  • Galaxy, which is totally spacy
  • Stream, which is calming, like rushing currents

Edgework

The texture for the top of your countertop is taken care of. Now you can decide if you want your countertop edges to be ornate, too. At CGD, we offer edgework, where you can add texture to the edges of your countertop. Choose from fire polished, satin edge, flat polished, or textured.

Surface Treatment

Why stop there? We’ll also finish the top surface of your countertop with our specialized surface treatment. This can add even more texture and color. Your options are:

  • Multicolored glass
  • Stone wash treatment
  • Textured treatment
  • White onyx
  • Green onyx
  • Ultra clear textured treatment
  • Aqua clear textured treatment

Backpainting

Are you a fan of color? If so, you’ll love our backpainting capabilities. Only offered at CGD Glass Countertops, with this technique, we paint the bottom surface of your glass countertop. The color is still visible on the sides and top, too.

This is a subtle but effective way of brightening up your kitchen. We offer nearly every color imaginable, including a combination of colors. Some of these are metallic and others are textured to look rusty.

LEDs

Last but certainly not least are our LED options. Yes, that’s right, you can illuminate your countertop. This is one of most popular perks offered at CGD Glass Countertops. You can get a combination of red, green, and blue lights or just white lights. The LEDs can even change colors!

What are you waiting for? To order your own customized countertop today, contact us at CGD Glass Countertops.

17 Apr

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Spring Is the Perfect Time for a New Home Bar

April 17, 2017 | By |

After a winter that seemed like it would never end, spring temperatures are finally here. It’s time to get outside and feel the sun on your face once again.

Spring cleaning is prevalent during this season. This is the time of year when homeowners get the itch to go room through room and gut the home, discarding junk.

Remodeling is also popular in the spring. Are you planning a remodel this year? While sure, you could renovate your kitchen or rearrange the bedroom, why not do something totally fun? That’s right; splurge, live a little, treat yourself.

We’re talking about getting a home bar.

If you’re the type who likes to go out to bars with your friends from time to time, having a home bar is going to be incredibly convenient (not to mention pretty awesome). There are many benefits to having a bar right in your basement (or any other room). Here are some of those benefits.

1. Save money over the long-term: Between gas, the inflated costs of drinks, and bar food, the cost of your home bar will pay back dividends over the years.

2. See more of your friends: How often do you and your friends get together these days? With a home bar, you’ll always have a convenient excuse to hang out at your place.

3. Increased curb appeal: A home with its own bar will sell more than one without it. If you ever decide to move, you know you’ve made a renovation that increases the resale value of your home.

4. Learn a new skill: You’re the bartender now. With a home bar, you can spend time experimenting with drinks, mastering the classics and maybe even coming up with a new drink of your own.

5. Safety: At the end of the night, if you’ve had too much to drink, you’re already at home. You don’t have to worry about transportation. You can just head up to bed and sleep off the alcohol. How convenient is that?

Okay, so you’re probably convinced by now that you need a home bar. Just where can you find one? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a Canadian glass designer and manufacturer. We sell everything from glass bar tops, countertops, decorative doors, backsplashes, and glass sinks.

At CGD, we put the design power in your hands. All our items are customizable to some extent. Here’s how you can design your very own bar top when you work with us at CGD:

  • Choose the glass thickness based on bar top measurements
  • Select from an ultra-clear or aqua clear glass base
  • Pick from our many glass textures, some of which are opaquer and others which are more transparent
  • Select edge texturing if desired
  • Select a surface treatment if desired
  • Pick a color for the glass to be backpainted
  • Add LED lighting to your bar top

As you can imagine, the possibilities are endless. To learn more or get a quote today, call us at CGD Glass Countertops.

04 Apr

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Can You Insulate Your Home with Decorative Glass?

April 4, 2017 | By |

Everyone wants to do their part for the environment these days. Going green means different things to different people. You may be careful about not wasting electricity, shutting off the lights and electronic equipment when you’re not home. You might recycle and repurpose as many materials as you can. Perhaps you carpool or eat organically.

What if there was a way you could be more ecofriendly and save some money in the process? You can if your home is insulated.

When you think of insulation, most of the time your mind goes to the foam in the walls of the basement, garage, or attic. Insulation is supposed to trap in warm or cool air so you can reduce your reliance on your heater and air conditioner. You’ll lower your utility bills just by making one small change.

Besides the ability to trap in temperate air, insulation can also keep noise out. If you live on a particularly busy street, you don’t want to have to hear every passing car. If your home is insulated, most of this noise won’t permeate.

The question stands: can you insulate your home with decorative glass? As it turns out, you can. Whether you have glass windows or doors, it’s not hard to add some DIY insulation. You can buy kits and follow the instructions. These kits will seal in all cracks and gaps between the doorframe and the door, even the tiny ones you can’t see.

There are more ways still to insulate with decorative glass. You may want to replace an old glass window with a storm window instead. If these include weatherstripping, your energy savings are even greater.

You can also apply a layer of insulating film on top of your glass surfaces. Designed for windows, doors, and more, this film is transparent and sticky on one side. Just unpeel it from the backing and fit it over the glass. This will alter the appearance of your glass items somewhat though.

Cellular shades have an insulating quality. These are just like regular shades, except they do more to keep your room toasty warm or nice and cool. Just pull the shades closed every morning before you leave for your day and you’ll come home to a room that’s the perfect temperature.

If you have a glass item besides windows, you still have insulating options. You can try caulking or weatherproofing the areas around that glass item. As mentioned, there are tiny gaps and cracks in a doorframe or window frame. You can’t really see these, but they’re there. Each time you turn on your heater or air conditioner, some of that air is getting sucked out through those gaps.

It’s no wonder then that you have to run the heater or AC longer for your house to feel comfortable. You will have to spend an afternoon with your sleeves rolled up if you plan on caulking or weatherproofing, but the results are worth it.

Need some new glass pieces? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We manufacture custom glass items for residential and commercial use. Call us today to learn more or get a quote.

Sources:
http://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/learn-it/tips-for-insulating-glass-on-doors
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4929532/list/easy-green-9-low-cost-ways-to-insulate-windows-and-doors

16 Mar

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How to Decide What Your Next Glass Project Should Be

March 16, 2017 | By |

You love your home, but it could always be better. There’s always some little change or addition you could make. However, lacking infinite time and resources, you have to plan your remodeling projects carefully.

With spring on the way, you may be feeling that itch. It’s the itch to do something DIY. It’s the itch to make a change in your home.

If you’re serious about remodeling this season, why not do it with glass? Far from the fragile, unreliable material some still think of it as, glass is sturdy, durable, and beautiful. It also cleans easily. It can be customized any way you want. In short, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few ideas for your next glass project.

Interior Doors

Winter is finally behind us. It felt like it would never end, but it did. That means more hours of sunlight. Why not enjoy the sun anytime, even if you can’t necessarily be outside to feel its warmth? With an interior glass door, you can.

These glass doors are ideal for an office, bedroom, or bathroom. You can customize the color or these can be clear. If you’re worried about privacy, there’s no need to be. You can also get the glass frosted or textured so that someone can’t see right through.

Backsplash

Is your backsplash looking a little past its prime? It happens. If you have a backsplash made of marble, tile, or even wood, it’s hard to clean these. Stains, splashes, and other food messes accumulate. Eventually, it’s impossible to remove those unsightly blemishes.

With a glass backsplash, you only need a gentle cloth and some soapy water to clean stains and splashes. That saves you precious time in the kitchen.

You also have plenty of ways to make a backsplash your own. Choose the size, shape, and color. This can match your kitchen walls or contrast them for a fun, funky take on personal décor.

Sinks

The bathroom is a quiet place of relaxation…or at least, it should be. Is your sink an eyesore? It can be expensive to replace these, so maybe you’ve been putting it off. With a glass sink though, you can find a cost-effective way to finally get rid of that old sink of yours.

Glass sinks are elegant and contemporary. These can sit on a base or just be a large, bowl-like basin. The choice is yours. You’ll love spending time in your bathroom with such an appealing sink.

We hope you’re feeling inspired after browsing these project ideas. These are just a few options at your disposal.

Once you decide which glass project best suits your home, contact us at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a glass designer and manufacturer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “Countertops” may be in our name, but that’s far from all we do. We also make glass doors, panels, partitions, sinks, backsplashes, and so much more. Give us a call today to start talking about your dream glass project!

01 Mar

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Tips for Designing Your Frameless Shower Door

March 1, 2017 | By |

Frameless shower doors are contemporary, can make your bathroom look bigger, and have a classic appeal you just don’t get from traditional shower doors. Why wouldn’t you want one of these for your bathroom?

If you take care of your frameless shower doors, you could enjoy these for years to come. Well, that is, once you buy the doors and get them installed. You’re at the stage now where you’re designing your own frameless shower doors, but you’ve run into a snag.

You weren’t aware there were so many considerations to keep in mind as you begin planning. Which will look best for your bathroom? Do you want to keep the shower curb or get rid of it? What if you have overhanging tiles? What then?

If you’re feeling stuck or confused, follow our handy tips for designing your very own frameless shower door.

When designing your shower, you have to think about where the shower head will go. Whether this is fixed or removable, you still need to allocate the room for it. Avoid positioning the shower head so it faces the glass door, as this can lead to splashing and leaks.

If you’re getting glass tiles to match your glass shower door, you also have to take extra care when designing your shower. If the door handle comes into contact with any of these glass panels at any time, these could chip, crack, or break.

Next, you have to decide whether you’re getting a shower curb with your frameless glass shower doors. As the name suggests, this is a curb made of concrete, marble, or another hard material that is placed beneath the shower doors. This curb is optional, but if you forego it, you do have to be careful to avoid leaks each time you use the shower.

You should avoid overhanging tiles and raised decorative tiles if you want a frameless shower door. If you already have these with your current shower setup, these tiles must be removed. They can prevent the door from opening and closing freely.

You also must ensure that the wall and the door meet seamlessly. If they don’t, and there are any holes between these spaces, water will leak out and could flood the bathroom. Even the tiniest hole can cause trouble, so make sure to check and double-check your design so there are no openings.

Are you ready to start creating the frameless shower door of your dreams? Contact us at CGD Glass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For years, we’ve been a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential glass items and accent pieces.

Our biggest advantage is letting you—the customer—design your glass item the way you want it from scratch. So take some time to consider our above tips carefully. Plan your space, and then send us a drawing or blueprint of your ideal shower door. We’ll make the rest a reality. Call us at 416-398-9733 or send us an email to learn more today!

Sources:
http://cgdglasscountertops.com/decorative-glass-doors/
https://www.dullesglassandmirror.com/shower-doors-design-tips
http://www.glassdepots.com/blog/design-tips-custom-glass-shower-enclosures/

20 Feb

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Tips for Budgeting for a Commercial Glass Project

February 20, 2017 | By |

Whether you own a restaurant, museum, bar, or retail store, you know that first impressions matter. Those first impressions start with the look of your commercial business. If you have an unappealing storefront or gaudy interior, you’re unconsciously turning away customers.

Remodeling with chic decorative glass is one way to get positive attention on your business. Let us help you. We’re CGD Glass Countertops, and customization is in our name (it’s what the “C” stands for). We’re a Canadian manufacturer of glass items and accents like decorative doors, countertops, partitions, tabletops, and more.

Do you want to do some remodeling? You’re going to have to plan ahead, especially when it comes to money. If your company can’t spare a ton of cash right now, you don’t necessarily have to put a remodel on the backburner. You just have to budget smart.

Here are some handy budgeting tips for commercial businesses.

1. Have a clear end goal in mind: What do you envision for your commercial space? Do you want glass tabletops on every seat at your restaurant? Do you want an LED-lit glass bar top at your bar? Do you want breathtaking glass fixtures at your museum or retail store?

Plan in as much detail as you can. This prevents anyone else involved in the project from changing the crux of the design later. After all, as the design changes, so too does the cost.

2. Ask for a quote: You shouldn’t have to guess what the final cost of your remodeling project is going to be. At CGD Glass Countertops, we offer our quotes upfront to our customers before any work begins. This way there’s no surprises on either side. Surprises may be fun in most circumstances, but not when they involve a big bill at the end.

3. Always plan for more: Have a bit more money set aside than what was quoted to you. Plan for a somewhat longer timeframe for the work. While you might not need that extra cash (especially if you work with us) and the glass item may be installed on the date you planned it, you should stay flexible.

Although it’s rare, sometimes there are snags in plans. Be ready for these snags ahead of time and you won’t get flustered.

4. Put money in now, get it back later: Remodeling can be pricy, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the idea. Think of it as an investment. The money you put into making your commercial business look good now is going to come back to you later, maybe twofold or even tenfold.

The better your business looks, the more people are going to buy from you. That makes glass additions a fantastic ROI.

We make it easy to know how much your project is going to cost. Just send us some info about your proposed project, including the thickness of the glass and the size of the room in question, and we’ll send you a quote. Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops today!

Sources:
https://constructionbydaniels.com/budget-intelligently-commercial-remodeling-project/
http://gsdcontracting.com/company-news/how_to_control_commercial_construction_costs/

 

31 Jan

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Five Great Reasons to Customize Your Glass Accent Piece

January 31, 2017 | By |

When shopping for glass accent pieces and other home décor, most of the time, what you see is what you get. You may be able to choose the color of the piece, but that’s pretty much it. Since these pieces come preassembled, there’s no room to change the size or shape.

However, you’re a unique person. Why shouldn’t your home décor be as unique as you are? That’s our philosophy at CGD Glass Countertops. We’re a glass manufacturer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While countertops are part of our name, we also specialize in glass doors, panels, backsplashes, sinks, and more.

If you’re in the market for some new additions for your home, you may have some questions about customization. We’re happy to answer them. Here are five reasons to consider customizing your glass piece from CGD.

1. Uniqueness — The only thing better than having a brand new appealing glass accent piece is having a brand new appealing glass accent piece that no one else does. When you customize your backsplash, sink, or more with us, you’re ensuring your glass piece is one-of-a-kind. It’s not something someone can find in a store. It’s not something someone can find online. You’ll be the only one with anything like it.

2. Flex Your Creative Muscle — If you’ve ever remodeled your home, you’ve played the role of interior designer. If you had fun with that, you’ll love customizing your glass piece with us. There’s no limit to what you can do. You can alter the size, shape, and color of your item. You can even get some of our glass items backlit with color-changing LEDs.

3. Make Sure It’s a Perfect Fit — You want your glass accent piece to be perfect. We get it. When you shop with us at CGD, we ask for the measurements of the room before we send you a quote. We also ask for blueprints or drawings. This lets us get a clear idea of the room so your glass item is the ideal size.

4. No Color Clashes Here — It’s probably happened to you: you’re out shopping, you find an item you love, and you bring it home only to find that it doesn’t quite match the rest of the room. Oh no! When you customize your glass piece with us, you never have to worry about color clashes. You can choose to get your glass backpainted nearly any color of the rainbow. Of course, if you want your glass item to be translucent, we can do that, too. It’s up to you.

5. Conversation Starter — Undoubtedly, when friends, family, and neighbors visit, they’re going to notice your appealing glass accent piece. They’ll have all sorts of questions, such as where you got it and how much you paid. You can boast about how the item is customized and thus totally unique. You’ll definitely always have a conversation piece at the ready though!

Visit our website, CGDGlassCountertops.com, to start browsing our customizable glass accent pieces today.

23 Jan

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The Costs of Installing a Glass Door

January 23, 2017 | By |

Although it might not seem like it with the freezing temperatures, wintry, biting winds, and snowfall and ice, spring will be here before you know it. Eventually, the snow will thaw, the sun will shine, and you will want to embrace the season. What better way to do that than with a new glass door?

Glass doors are a viable option for the interior of a home. These look especially sophisticated in offices, restaurants, and retail spaces. Of course, you may have your concerns about glass doors. Are these really as thick as regular doors? They are indeed. Do they offer any privacy or can people see right through? Not if you choose to get a textured glass door, such as the ones we offer at CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

We’re a glass manufacturing company that encourages our customers to custom-order nearly all our glass items, from countertops to backsplashes, glass doors to sliding shower doors, vanities and sinks, and much more.

The biggest question a prospective customer may have is how much is this going to cost? Is glass a more expensive material compared to wooden or metal doors? Actually, it isn’t. Glass door prices can range anywhere from roughly $300 for baseline doors to $1,000+ for ornate doors. Of course, those prices can vary.

Do you want to know for sure how much your glass door will cost at CGD Glass Countertops? Contact us for a quote. To give you the most accurate quote, we need to know as much about your planned project as possible, including the measurements of the room in question from top to bottom. If you have blueprints or even drawings to pass along to us, we want to see these, too. They all give us a comprehensive picture of the kind of work our team will be doing for you.

Once you get your quote and have a cost in mind for this project, you may wonder, what are the benefits of glass doors? There are plenty of them, and we’ve even touched on them on this blog in the past. Let’s reiterate. Glass is an incredibly easy material to clean. Whether it’s handprints and other smudges, with just some soap and water, you can clean your glass door until it’s shining and beautiful.

Do you not spend enough time outside? It happens to most of us. Life just gets too busy so you don’t get enough time out in nature. Instead of relying on vitamin D supplements to care for your health, why not get the real thing with some actual sunlight? Open the windows and your glass door and the light will just flood in!

So sure, perhaps you don’t have as much time to get outside as you wish, but you can still reap the mood and body benefits of sunlight just by switching out your boring current door to a glass door.

Are you ready to get started with your next home remodel? Are you ready to install a glass door? Contact us at CGD Glass Countertops today.

Sources: http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/doors-and-windows/sliding-glass-door/https://www.fixr.com/costs/sliding-patio-door-installation

09 Jan

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It’s Trend Season! Which Should You Follow For Your Home Remodel?

January 9, 2017 | By |

The new year is all about rebirth; shedding old habits that we don’t want to carry into another year. Now’s the time everyone decides to join the gym, get a haircut, and try out a new wardrobe. Now is also the time when we’re bombarded with home trends. There’s trends about color, style, design…just about everything you can think of.

The good news is that you don’t have to follow or abide by all these trends. Some of their advice can be conflicting, and you don’t want to make yourself crazy. How do you discern which trends are worth watching and maybe even emulating? Just follow your own personal sense of style and these useful tips.

If you’ve noticed that home décor has taken on a more ecofriendly tone, you’re not alone. When considering a glass accent piece, why not get it backpainted all the earthy colors that Mother Nature provides? At CGD Glass Countertops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we customize almost all our glass products, from backsplashes to countertops, sinks, panels, and partitions.

Backpainting is our way of infusing some color into our glass pieces. We let you choose the color and then we paint the back layer of the glass. The result is an artistic, totally one-of-a-kind piece you’ll be happy to call your own.

Metal is back in. Colorful metals as well as traditional copper, brass, and gold are shining all the more brightly in 2017. These metals go especially well with glass. What about a copper coffee table with center glass panels? That’s a conversation piece you’ll love to show off for years to come.

Texture is also big this year. Glass has quite a unique texture, making it one that doesn’t necessarily always spring to mind when remodeling a home. However, the thickness and durability of glass makes it a great fit for a variety of projects, such as the ones we’ve mentioned above. Wood and glass go together especially well, and the textural contrast these two materials create is totally on point with 2017’s trends.

Are you ready to start shopping these looks today? Just contact us at CGD Glass Countertops by phone or by email. We’re happy to send a quote along once we learn more about your project. You can send us room measurements, blueprints, or even a drawing of the space and we’ll work hard to get you a fast quote.

At CGD, we strive to create timeless glass accent pieces that transcend yearly trends. After all, we know that remodeling your home is an expensive endeavor. If you’re going to do it, then you want to do it right the first time. You don’t want to have to keep shelling out money.

We’re here to help. No matter what kind of project you have envisioned, with our customization services, we’re sure we can create the kind of glass product you had in mind. Your home is like an empty art canvas right now. It’s yours to decorate however you see fit. Call us at CGD Glass Countertops and we’ll help you get there.

Sources:

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/dec/30/home-decor-trends-2017-are-all-about-ease-comfort/
http://www.vogue.com/13516224/home-decor-decorating-trends-2017/