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Designing Without Boundaries.

Posted on February 13, 2014

“Freedom is within,” Frank Lloyd Wright spoke these undying words of wisdom when he was being interviewed about one of his latest architectural designs. These words ring true for everybody, but in this case he was applying this paradigm to architectural design. Designing anything from buildings to interior rooms can be one of the most enlightening and difficult experiences anyone can have. It enables people to look within themselves. Exploring that freedom is great when you have the right tools and products that can be just as flexible as your imagination.

Designing without boundaries simply means letting go of previous misconceptions in order to embrace new ideas in the design industry. Many people regard new construction products and methods with skepticism. When people abandon their skepticism of new products then they will be able enjoy the benefits of polyurethane architectural elements.

The point of design is to enable people to combine their lifestyle and function into one seamless philosophy. Freedom of expression shouldn’t be constrained by financial parameters. Everybody should have the ability to drastically renovate their home or business without going over budget.

Designers have no boundaries when they use our product. Designers have to stay up to date on the latest most advanced methods for their projects. Designers also have to learn about the home improvement industry to understand what works. Satisfying the client is enough hard work which is why using products like imitation stone panels make the project a lot easier.

Stone Used In A TV Show

Stone Used In A TV Show

 

Designers have been flocking to imitation stone to get their stone projects completed on deadline and under-budget.

Designers have been looking for a product that allows them to design at their heart's content without worrying about it.

Polyurethane architectural elements are a great way to solve many of the problems designers face with traditional methods.

Now designers can create stone designs without having the hassle of dealing with a separate contractor. Designers especially love the fact that they can increase their profit margins but they can save a lot of money on installation. Since designers have more control over price and installation a lot of designers are really moving towards the polyurethane stone in order to complete their projects. There should be no boundaries in any design because the whole philosophy resonates with freedom of expression. That is why it is extremely important to use products that adhere to that philosophy.

Trade Show Materials And Movie Magic

Posted on January 27, 2014

Set designers and movie producers have found new ways to make sets look quite realistic. Not only do they seek to make the sets as real as possible, but they also desire easy installation. Imitation stone or brick helps set designers save time and money with their projects. Building a set is a complicated and hard process but it can't take a long time because the projects usually have a short deadline.

Sets have to be made in a short amount of time or else the project goes go over budget and underwater. These projects are large undertakings which require a lot of work and attention to detail which is why polyurethane architectural elements play a large role.

Making a movie means creating a realistic yet magical interpretation of the artist’s story. Movies help people escape from reality or get in touch with parts of life that people haven’t experienced before.

Each piece of the puzzle has to be perfect so the story really touches peoples' hearts. That is why it is so important that polyurethane products are made with the strictest attention to detail so they ensure a great look. This set below did not use one ounce of real stone but the polyurethane architectural elements made them seem realistic.

Stone Wall On House Made To Add Depth

Stone Wall On House Made To Add Depth

Set designers are some of the most creative people in any industry because they have to improvise and innovate with almost every project they work on. The product that helps make their life a lot easier is the Antico Elements' faux stone panels used in some TV show sets and movies.

Polyurethane comes in a variety of shapes and sizes enabling set designers to create houses that look like brick homes in hours without having to use real brick. Different architectural elements and installation tips can be found here for more information- www.anticoelements.com

If crews are going to shoot a scene in a house that requires the traditional look of brick set designers can save time because the brick panels just need to be screwed or glued onto studs or plywood to create that realistic look.

This equals hours of work saved for the set designers. Before polyurethane products set designers would have to paint fake bricks on houses or find another way of creating a stone or brick style on a set that looks just like the real thing.

Brick homes like the one in Home Alone could have been made at a quarter of the price that it cost for actually renting and filming in one for a movie because homeowners usually charge an exorbitant rate for renting the house for a movie due to the inconvenience.

Old traditional Brick House

Old traditional Brick House

With faux stone panels any set can be made within deadline and look realistic. This helps create just the right mood the director is looking for. In addition, a great set helps the actors be better at what they do because it helps make them feel the presence of the role they are playing.

Fast And Easy Wins The Race

When the designers are thinking of a fast and easy way to create a new design for their set faux stone or brick panels represent the best option to use.

With its many advantages and quick installation guide it has been a proven remedy for any problems in creating a fantastic breath taking set. Creating movie magic has never been easier with the use of polyurethane architectural elements.

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.

Save Time And Money On Home Renovations

Posted on November 6, 2013

Fixer Upper

Buying a home is a daunting task but fixing it is even scarier. Contractors can charge a high price for labor and it may take a long time to finish which can make the labor cost even higher.  Some homeowners even give up half way through the construction process because of high bills that they didn't expect.  Fortunately, some of the most creative designs can bring about the most creative solutions to your fixer upper dilemma.

There are plenty of ways to make the house look great, from using a new coat of paint or additions on the house like an extra bedroom.

Thankfully, there is an alternative that doesn't include expensive time consuming methods that can easily go over budget.

The best solution would be using imitation stone panels to cover any flat surface from the bathroom to the kitchen. This a great way to turn an old boring house into a beautiful work of art.

Before

Before

The problem with conventional methods is the time and money it takes to complete. In most cases, time is money, literally. Choosing a method that not only adds great depth in color and texture, but also saves money and time is crucial to finishing the project. Paint fades and is very messy but faux stone panels create a new atmosphere with out the huge clean up process.

Making an addition to a house is costly in materials and labor. The main cost is time. Of course everybody wants to save time especially if they are trying to resell the house. The time factor is one of the largest reasons people don’t follow through with renovations for their house.

Synthetic Stone Saves Time And Money

Save money and time with the quick and easy installation of fake stone panels because they are so easy to install it takes only a fraction of time. For more info and visual details on the simple installation process click here. There are many benefits of using these panels such as no maintenance cost. Using panels as siding not only increases the energy efficiency of your home but the curb appeal. It helps insulate the home whether they are placed in the interior or the exterior.

Now homes can be revamped to look their best without the exorbitant cost of using a contractor or large construction crew. The goal of most people who renovate their homes is to avoid unnecessary expenses. The best way to do this is by doing as much of the work possible without hiring anybody else.

After

After

Real Feedback Equals Real Results

Posted on October 17, 2013

The home improvement industry is constantly changing and finding good products is getting harder every day which is why using consumers' feedback is important. The best way to find out about new products is getting feedback from customers themselves. Learning about real experiences help paint a better picture of the pros and cons in using natural stone. Unlike consumers who have used traditional masonry people who have purchased fake stone panels have all fallen in love with the professional look and easy installation process.

Using trial and error is not the most efficient means of production so people use different forums like Houzz.com to find out information on the projects they want to tackle before they get started. Doing your homework can increase the efficiency of the project and make sure they come out looking like this living room below.

Many home improvement projects include using stone facing for skirting or foundation cladding. Projects that use stone may appear inexpensive at first but once we take real people’s experiences and extrapolate the real cost after construction then we can make an educated decision.

Educating the masses and helping others is the main reason why people need to do their homework before starting a project. Taking a look at the real costs and methods involved in the project can help people save money and time.

Stone cladding takes a long time to finish. For example, to cover 48 square feet with thin river rock natural stone pieces took two people three days to finish. With faux stone panels it could have easily taken under three hours. It would have only required about five river rock panels which you can find here.

Here is an excerpt from their discussion, “We were very pleased. He and his father are great and actually did the entire kitchen from pictures I drew. This stone work job cost roughly $1,300. A bargain!” According to them this was a bargain when it could have cost them $834 including shipping if they used faux stone panels. Plus it would have only taken three hours to complete the project with one person.

Another example of the long time it takes to complete a stone facing project is an instance where a man wanted to cover the foundation of his house. Some of the sides he was covering amounted to 300 square feet and some were only 28 square feet.

Imagine if you will trying to mortar a piece of stone above your head that weighs easily a couple of pounds which could easily fall and kill you with one blow with one wrong step or the mortar didn't hold it. I don’t know about you but that seems a little ridiculous to take that risk just to make your house look better. Take a look at this picture and imagine if one of those stone pieces came off the grout line and fell on one of the guys with no helmet. Do you think a trip to the hospital would make a difference?

The house below represents the instance of the man trying to cover the foundation in natural stone. He took two summers working from June to November to finish the whole project. The project required him to mix eighty bags by hand. For those of us who have already mixed bags of mortar by hand your wrist is probably already aching just at the thought of it, but for those readers who haven’t had the pleasure try it and see how your arm feels after a couple bags.

Faux Sheet Installation

In conclusion, most of our readers now realize that there has to be a better and faster way to get the same results. Thankfully, there is a better way that only requires the ability to lift light panels of imitation stone. Faux stone or imitation stone panel installation only takes a fraction of the time it takes for traditional stone installation and isn't dangerous at all.

 

 

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.

Fireplace Makeover

Posted on August 23, 2013

The fireplace is usually a dominant characteristic of any home. Its central location in the home guarantees every guest will see it. The fireplace is iconic so using a unique design to make your home a little cozier is important.When most people buy a home they like to make it unique. Fireplaces represent the most common icon of any home because it usually is the first thing people see when they step into a home.

Before Faux stone fireplace:
Fireplace before faux stone installed around it

When considering changing or decorating your fireplace consider using faux stone if you plan to do it yourself. Any fireplace can be easily transformed in a day with the faux stone panels. The greatest advantage is the diversity of different colors and textures that you can apply. Paint will fade and create a mess and stress in the process. Replacing the whole fireplace set or columns etc. will be expensive, tedious, and messy. The best way to avoid this and save money and time is simply using faux stone or brick to accentuate and revolutionize your fireplace.

The durable material is called polyurethane. It should still be kept at least five to six inches from the heat source. There have been many people who had extra masonry done around their fireplace, yet they constantly complain about how long it takes and how much dust was bothering them. For any design purpose faux stone or brick could be applied to the fireplace. We could take a plain beige wall and white fireplace and transform it into one of the most appealing and unique fireplaces in any home.  Find your color theme then establish the mood you want to set. Then take your measurements and just apply it to the surfaces. Within one day you have a new fireplace. The best feeling is knowing that you did it yourself and saved money while beautifying your home and increasing its unique qualities and characteristics.

Remodeled Fireplace

Remodeled Fireplace

When redesigning your fireplace take a look at the edges and the furniture. Observe the colors you have in the room and the texture. If you want to change the color and texture faux stone or brick can do both. Redesigning is also redefining your living space and lifestyle. By creating your own version you are putting yourself in the designer’s seat so have fun and explore your options. Once enough research has been done the logical conclusion will be to use the faux stone if you want to contrast or accent the fireplace in your humble abode. Good luck and have fun with your project.  For more great ideas check out this link - http://www.anticoelements.com/blog/stone-fireplace-designs-and-remodel/.

What is Faux Stone?

Posted on August 23, 2013
Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

The Dawn of the "faux stone age" has arrived. It is a new trend has taken the home improvement and construction industry by storm which is the use of faux stone or imitation stone. Essentially the products are made from a durable material known as polyurethane. This material’s versatility is what makes it ideal for any stone project. The texture and color create an earthy yet sophisticated look that can be applied anywhere from restaurants to penthouses.  This product delivers an easy to install ready to go home or business make over.

Stone Below counterThe difference is the drastic change in textures and colors brought to any room for an incredibly lower price. People and customers in any country have found that you can apply this to any project. Why though are people so truly happy with this product? Because most people most people have fun doing a project on their own and they like saving money at the same time. If you think you have not seen it take a look at these pictures and decide because they are more common than most people think.

Since the applications are endless faux stone puts the homeowner in the driver seat of their own home makeover. This is exactly the success of faux stone products those two words “Home Makeover”. Home makeover shows have been flooded the television market. In every show we see a confused homeowner not sure of what they can and can’t do to revitalize their home.  With the onset of faux stone they can visualize the project they are working and then do it themselves for such a low cost that many people have flocked to this cure all for home transformation.

Not only have many people flocked to this product for its easy to use applications but, also because of the guarantee provided by the manufacturer. The manufacturer’s warranty guarantee reflects the quality of the product and the faith the manufacturer puts in it. Credibility and reliability are important in any project which is why it is important to see how much faith a manufacturer puts in its product. Faux stone is reliable and gives the customer the ability to be creative and save money at the same time. These are just a few of the main reason why faux stone is hitting the home improvement industry with a huge splash. Take a look around your home or apartment and imagine the possibilities because with this product anything is possible.

Fake Rock Wall Panels For Stone Fireplace

Posted on May 1, 2012

For many of us the word fake is usually associated with something negative, of lesser quality. Although this may be true in some cases, when it comes to faux stone things are quite different.

Whether you are a builder or contractor looking to reface a wall with cladding materials or a homeowner trying to create a fireplace design, most likely you will not entertain the possibility of using artificial stone because of the negative perception of those terms.

Faux StoneFake Rock

As we can see, some faux stone, also called fake rock wall panels, are quite stunning. They reproduce every small detail of the original stone while adding quite a few benefits. When creating a stone fireplace with faux rock wall panels there are a few things any contractor or homeowner can avoid, resulting in substantial savings. For once, when using fake rock products the weight of each stone is greatly reduced therefore there is no need to worry about supporting the floor with additional beams.
When using real rocks it becomes a arduous process to find each stone to fit, to create a harmonious look. When using faux rock panels for fireplaces we can see how the panels interlock with each other, creating a seamless look and without having to worry about the configuration.

Another great benefit is that anyone can create a faux rock wall look without having to learn how to cut stone or investing in expensive masonry tools.

In the project above, the homeowner was very thrilled with the product. One of is comment was: "I will never go back to regular stone".

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