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Easy Remodeling Project That Increases The Resale Value Of Your Home

Posted on March 11, 2014

Remodeling or renovating a home can be a tedious process, but the end result is always worth it. They say all work and no play is bad for the soul, and it is true! That is why it is important for people to invest in themselves and invest in their homes.

Coming home after work to a clean and beautiful home relaxes the mind and body. Making that home unique and full of character can easily increase the market price.  It can help the homeowner get a nice return on their investment.

Beautiful Home

Beautiful Home

The problem with renovating any home or business is the time and cost it takes to get finished. The main cost comes from labor due to the length of time most projects require, as well as the type of tools required for such skilled labor.

Renovations are projects that can be done in a short amount of time which provide a great way to invest in yourself and in your home.

Committing yourself to a new addition or a second story on the one story home, may be too big a project to take on right away. Renovating with stone veneer panels gives people the choice of the look they want. Consumers can get a quality look for less time and money. This is why architects and designers love using this product. These panels achieve the look and design people want without the headache.

Using smaller projects first, enables you to fix more things without spending a lot of money. For example, remodeling the fireplace is a great place to start because it is a symbolic part of the home.

Remodeling the fireplace can be a great start to fixing up your house and turning it into the home of your dreams.  It is a traditional and symbolic section of the house which is why people are drawn to the fireplace. It's a great start for renovating the interior but the biggest difference happens when people walk inside and they are astounded to find out that it isn’t real stone after the host tells the guest.  It can be one of the most memorable places in a home. Fireplaces show signs of aging very quickly. Often, this is the reason why some people who want to remodel their home usually start with the fireplace.

A common misconception about renovating a fireplace is that you have to take down all the preexisting walls and tile around the area.Antico Fireplace In Alpi Almond

With faux stone panels we make it easy to remodel the whole facing of the fireplace without worrying about an expensive tear down.

Simply make sure there is a flat surface and avoid the hassle of an interior demolition project.

The amount of time and labor saved from having to tear down the wall is priceless. It takes a long and chaotic process to undo the dust and debris from a project like that. Using our stone or brick panels not only brings the fireplace to life, but it also increases the value of the home itself.  They can be cut with wood cutting tools available.

The savings comes from the amount of time and labor and installation preparation needed. Most people do not have masonry experience so it makes it difficult for them to do their own home renovations. The best satisfaction one can have is the feeling of completion of  your own hard work.

The panels provide a method for people to renovate quickly without making a large mess to clean up. They can install the panels and cover hundreds square feet in under a day. There is no stone cutting that leads to large amounts of dust blowing everywhere and making a mess. There is no need for mortar compound which can destroy certain parts of the home if it spills onto carpet or other areas. Panels make life easy.

It is a very friendly material that enables people to cut it at their discretion. This product is easy to use and doesn’t take any skill or experience to install.  All it takes is a little bit of time and attention.

To some people the fireplace is the main focal point for a house but there are many aspects of a house that come into play. The character of the home is also defined by color, texture, and even floor space plays a large role. This wall in the picture, for example, flows with the design of the cabinetry for the home.

The character for the house is usually defined by the front and by the fireplace within. It is extremely influential in the way somebody perceives the home. The way the light plays with the house and its siding makes a big impression and gives meaning to the character.

Attraction is half the battle which is why it is important to cultivate the best circumstances for the pieces for your design in the first place.

Modern Home

Modern Home

Renovating those parts of the house are a great way to start the renovation process without getting into a deep commitment. The construction process can be complicated and overwhelming. Using our realistic looking panels provides the perfect option to alleviate those problems. By beautifying the home you add value to the home and make it more comfortable for everyone.

Make Your Dream Home A Reality

Posted on November 12, 2013

Tips On Making Your Dream Home A Reality

Remodeling, renovating or building a home is a tricky process. There are many factors that play into the construction of the house. The main factor is money. Nine out of ten times money is the main mover and obstacle in some projects. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money and time in the building process. Using the newest products in the market can give you a leg up on your renovation. This article can help you create a vision for the way you want to fix your home.

Front Comes First

After Stone Cladding

After Stone Cladding

Fixing up the front of the house is essential in renovating any home because it creates the first impression. The front is how we express ourselves to the world therefore it should reflect who you are.

This is usually the reason why many people seek to modernize buy an older home. Homeowners that want to create a stone look for their house are usually scared away by the large installation, labor and maintenance cost. They can avoid all three of these obstacles by using and installing imitation stone or brick panels.

Installing them outside or inside is no problem because they have a closed cell structure that makes them impermeable. Polyurethane panels are durable and lightweight giving them the strength needed to be used on the foundation of a house and the durability to last without expensive maintenance. These panels can revolutionize the way a house looks from the front by creating the stone or brick design homeowners can give their home a great facelift for a quarter of the price it would normally cost.

Bad Backyard No Problem

Backyard Posts

Backyard Posts

The backyard is the place where family and friends socialize. It is usually the focal point for most homeowners because this is simply where they spend most of their free time. The backyard has some spots that easily reveal the age of the house.

Decks show aging signs more clearly because the posts supporting them require a lot of maintenance. The best option to cover up the posts is with post wraps which can create the best look for the lowest price. Using imitation stone to cover the posts is a great way to save money and make your backyard look great by hiding those bare and boring posts.

Fixing An Inferior Interior

The interior of the home is where the real magic happens. Unfortunately, most people fill their homes with furniture or miscellaneous items that don’t flow with the design of the house. This problem results in stressful clutter clogging up the free space of the house. Adding more clutter to the home is not the solution to fixing the interior in some cases less is more. Sometimes just getting the right stuff to go in the right places can speak volumes for a home.

Changing the color or texture of certain rooms can elevate the prestige and unique characteristics of the home. Using imitation stone or brick panels can help transform any room within an hour instead of days. The panels provide a whole new look to be enjoyed. They can even be applied in bathrooms since they are waterproof.

Making your dream home is a fun and exciting experience. It is important not to let your desires be curbed by financial constraints. Using products that don’t require skilled labor to install is important because it helps save money and time. Creating your dream home is possible by using the right products that can help make that dream become a reality.

The Gazebo Remodeling Revolution

Posted on September 16, 2013

Getting A Great Gazebo

Beautiful Gazebo With Column Wraps

Beautiful Gazebo With Column Wraps

Tired of that old looking gazebo where you once loved to spend time? Well here are some ideas to fix that old gazebo of yours. First off determine whether or not the post and deck wood are all still in good shape because nobody would like to work hard on their project only to step on it and put a hole in the deck. After checking out the wood and cleaning up a bit take a look at where the gazebo is and how it complements the surrounding area. Observe the colors and textures in order to get a better idea on what you can do in your back or front yard. Usually, exterior design calls for exterior materials like stone or wood but now you have an alternative that enables you to have the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost.

Gazebos are a highly visible and dominant element in any setting. Imitation stone products can revitalize the way the gazebo looks. I remember the Gazebo at my church and saw how central it was to the social atmosphere of the guests. It was the focal point before the service where people went to talk or grab a little food. The gazebo started to chip over time and the paint was cracking. After a while it really looked like it was in bad disrepair and painting it over again was not working so they tore it down. Fortunately, this could have been avoided had the right material been applied to the project such as imitation stone or brick which would have made the gazebo look new.

Gazebo with stone pillars

When people look at the Gazebo their eyes naturally fall upon the bottom section which is usually exposed. The bottom section or skirting, which is commonly the section that shows the age of the structure. This provides an eyesore and a place for rodents and bugs to hide and make their home. By using a skirting or siding you can fix the eyesore in under a day. All of these problems discussed above can be fixed with a design element that has flooded the home improvement industry due to its large variety of applications. It is called polyurethane which is a hardened resin that turns into beautiful realistic faux stone, brick or any form of architectural elements is the answer to the old gazebo problem.

Being creative is easy when it comes to using faux stone or brick especially since you can now solve aesthetic issues and make your gazebo look brand new. A simple application of faux siding can revitalize the gazebo of your dreams. Making a once boring ugly eye sore into a peaceful zone of Zen is easy by using faux stone or brick. Using the faux stone siding not only covers that ugly gap underneath the gazebo but gives the full effect of a stone foundation. This design can not only give the appearance of a stone foundation but also brighten the look of your gazebo.

Faux stone or brick provides a great way to avoid buying a new gazebo because enables you to get a new look with a more professional finish. Check out this link HERE in order to view the great difference faux veneer panels can provide. Since the gazebo is providing the frame for the panels to be applied to this drastically reduces the time of the project which means you will be finished in a fraction of the time. Enjoy your gazebo and have fun.

Adding Architectural Flare Without Burning Your Wallet

Posted on September 9, 2013

Architectural flare simply equals emotion because when a person looks at a room or building they get a feeling. When walking through your home or business what are some elements you may notice that just look plain and miserable? Take a look again, now imagine having those boring parts of your house or business accentuated without the trouble of having a construction project overtaking your house. Increasing the value and quality of your house or place of business is easier thanks to imitation stone or brick. The material is durable waterproof and UV proof so it is great for inside and outside use. Simply adding a couple of well placed pieces could revolutionize anything from a restaurant to a restroom.

Architectural Elements

Architectural Elements

We can create a great ambiance if we use architectural accessories. Architectural accessories are simple amenities like the tops of columns, moldings, cap, trim, all of these things can add the professional touch you were looking for in your home or office.  Adding flare to the boring parts of your home or business can make a huge difference. Polyurethane has the capability to become anything so it allows the designer or homeowner to incorporate any design or texture they want without sacrificing money or time.

It is important to place the objects strategically so you do not waste money or time. A couple of well-placed pieces of trim make a huge difference. When doing bigger projects using the trim would most definitely save time and look great. Even for smaller projects we still suggest using the trim in order to give that great effect you are looking for but a well done miter cut is also another to finish your corners. No need to worry once you have cut to size the touch up paint. When the sides need to be finished a simple quick use of the touch up kit will give a great effect.

Using Correct Trim

Using Correct Trim

Adding certain pieces to your home or business makes a big impression upon people because it provides depth and character to the area. Utilizing these pieces effectively is easy due to their user friendly design. Click on the picture or phrase architectural elements to go to the installation page and check out our tips and tricks to finish your project professionally. Adding these elements enhance the flow of the design.

 When adding that special twist to your home using polyurethane products can accelerate your project time greatly. One great example is when a TV studio purchased a large order of coral stone posts for their new set.  Their set was drastically transformed. Within a day they had a beautiful row of bleached white coral stone posts covered with a rail that accented the room. The short time it took also saved them money but the professional quality product made it seem like real coral stone.  Another great example of how accessories or different architectural additions can drastically reshape the elements and ambiance or your project.

The quality of the smallest piece can make the biggest difference when trying to create a mood or effect. Some people have made masterpieces by just letting their creativity run free from column tops to the rails and moldings Polyurethane makes for a huge difference when it comes to possibilities.

 

Rescuing Your Renovation

Posted on August 24, 2013

Rescuing Your Renovation

Most people are daunted with the task of renovating their bathroom or kitchen because of the construction time and the cost. Imagine if there was a product that enabled to do a month’s worth of work in one day. Now imagine if that long clean-up process changed from hours to minutes. Now the once seemingly daunting mountain of a task turns into a simple day project. So do not fear when you look at your old bathrooms and kitchens because there is an answer to all your problems and concerns.

Patio bar and grill Faux Stone Example

Patio bar and grill Faux Stone Example

The answer lies in faux stone or brick.  Many designers have used this product to extend the reach of their creativity so why can’t homeowners have the same fun. The bathrooms and kitchens are the most heavily trafficked areas in the home. The designs of those areas reflect the personality of the homeowner. So it is important to take the design choices into your own hands. Once you have visualized what style or mood you want for the room you are working on take a picture. Use that picture as a before picture and then take one after to show you the drastic difference. Polyurethane products is waterproof so it could be applied in a bathroom with no problem and no damage. Plus it is easy to clean with simple soap, water and a rag.

Learning to use faux stone is simple and fun. Imitation stone is made for regular people to use and install. Plus there are hundreds of how to and help articles all over the internet. In the articles you will see the endless ways this material can be applied. Veneer stone or brick can be applied to flat and curved surfaces. This flexibility helps give room to the creativity of the project making the homeowner. With natural stone the heavy weight and character of the stones make it extremely difficult and time consuming to do. The kitchen and bathroom have many curves and corners.

Between a tub or a kitchen table and cabinets it would be a nightmare to fit the stone to fit the room.  The time and effort it would take to remodel you kitchen or bathroom with any stone is the reason most people don’t do it. For example check out this bar done on the patio complemented by the wall.

With the advent of faux stone you can renovate and remodel both the rooms in one day. Now this is the difference maker not only can you renovate and revolutionize your home but you can do it in one day. The durable and waterproof material of polyurethane enables you to put it in any position in any room. Just look again and imagine what you want to change. Make your boring bathroom into relaxing oasis in one day. Here is the panel used for this project. Laguna Cappuccino

Faux Stone Cappuccino Bathroom ExampleFaux stone or brick can easily give you the modern and sophisticated look you are searching for or you can go with a rustic look and feel. The possibilities are the endless the main point is that this product saves the homeowner money and time. Plus it helps add value to your home without losing an arm and a leg.  Take a look at the example below.

This example shows us the wide range of uses that polyurethane products can provide. Before the bathroom was like a blank slate with so much potential now it looks like a luxurious bathroom you may find in a hotel or nice restaurant. So do not be afraid of tackling that renovation project because faux stone just made it possible for you to do it yourself, so you can have fun and get a new bathroom in the process.

Faux Stone Products Are In Demand This Summer.

Posted on September 10, 2012

Faux stone products are vastly growing in demand with homeowners and interior design companies as a new alternative to traditional real rock. A homeowner's most critical decision will be made when choosing colors and designs to use for home decorating. These colors and designs will ultimately bring out a certain energy in the whole residence. The most impressive products on the market today are these replica stones and rocks more commonly known as faux stone and faux rock products. Faux stone panels come in standard sizes and are made up of durable materials like Polyurethane and other high-density foams and resins, which also contribute to the lightweight component of the products. It is a great product for interior and exterior applications. These products have the ability to transform a dull room into the place you want to be, to share with family and friends.

Beautiful Backyard with faux stone wraps

Beautiful Backyard with faux stone wraps

The greatest quality of these products is that a person does not need to hire a mason to complete the installation, which will dramatically reduce the labor costs of the entire project. Have you ever seen someone lay down real stone or rock? It can be quite strenuous and stressful logging stones with heavy weights to them. Installation will also take hours to complete when working with real stone and rock. That time can now be cut in half when working with alternatives such as  replica stone and replica rock.

When you are installing the products, we recommend looking into helpful tips and ideas on the most efficient way to complete the project. This can save you both time and money on expenses. A great new accessory that is offered is the outlet trim and switch box to use to compliment the panels and adjust to use for the switches and outlets. All homeowners are looking into ways to save money and spruce up the residence in a cost-saving manner, through faux stone products this can now be achieved.

We also have some informational videos HERE.

 

 

The freedom of choosing: faux rock

Posted on July 24, 2012

Where art and science break even is where design begins! And when design meets intuition and reason, it births  Antico Elements.

AnticoElements.com encourages people that are willing to remodel their house to consider all aspects of it. If you choose to work with Antico Elements faux rock, than you won’t have to worry of having to live with your choice for a life time. The panels are affordable and you can change them every year if you would like so.

Antico Elements gives you the freedom of deciding without being too tide up to the choice you make. Panels of course last a life time, but in life we surely need to change our house around more than once, and that is what Antico Elements allows to do!

Some of our clients started with the redesign of few elements and ended up remodeling the entire house! These panels are also used as columns wraps.

After seeing how real these stone looks, you want more and more of them! The range of items is wide and you can be very creative in what panels you would like to use for your bathroom or living room, and how about the chimney outside?

 

Convenient and realistic, Antico Elements faux rock is the right choice!

The advantages are many. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 877-326-8426 with any question or concern.