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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.

Imagination Plus Creativity Equals Home Improvement

Posted on October 29, 2013

The key to a great product is a creative imagination. Many tools and products in the home improvement industry have come from creative ideas that refuse to be set aside. Engineers with a good imagination can help create products that anyone can use, not only because of the price range but also for the ability of the product to adapt to many projects and create the exact look sought.

Versatility is the main role that any product in the construction industry must maintain. The most successful tools and products in the home improvement market are the ones that can do anything and go anywhere.

What does this means for business? Flexibility equals profitability. Any product that can make people’s lives easier and save them money is guaranteed to be a success.

The Rising Sun Effect

Many products in the home improvement industry have a great run and then fizzle out and stop generating profit. The best way to evaluate the product is by observing its endurance in the field. Many products come out into the market and have a “Rising Sun” effect. This effect can be attributed to the hype of a new product in the market because the demand soars high for a couple of weeks then bottoms out once people realize the product does not stand up over time.

Trade Show Exhibit

Trade Show Exhibit

The unique success of polyurethane imitation stone or brick panels is due to the winning recipe for a great product in the home improvement industry. Statistics prove that they stand up well over time when they are applied correctly.

The droves of happy customers from construction professionals to homeowners reveal the great qualities these products have. This product has been around for close to ten years. As the capabilities keep growing so does our product line because we offer many architectural elements along side the panels.

We strive for the highest quality product in order to embrace the philosophy that customers deserve a high quality product at a low price.

Polyurethane architectural elements also make a great home improvement asset because of the many ways it can be applied. This is a product that comes from a creative imagination which gives the customer a versatile product that last long.

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/.

Another Great Use For Faux Stone And Faux Rocks

Posted on June 26, 2013

Do you have a cottage or a rusting and cozy place you like to use as a "retreat"?

If you, like us, have been in an old cottage you would have probably seen wood paneling on the walls and most likely noticed the old smell of wood. This way to dress up the wall of such areas may be a good, temporary, solution but in the near future you will be looking for an alternative and will be very eager to replace those panels.

Often homeowners push aside the idea of using rocks and stone on a wall because using real stone is not easy at all to install. They are usually not aware of faux stone and how it can bridge the gap between the ideal look and the average skills of the owner.

The easy remedy can possibly be to remove your old paneling and use faux stone which comes in convenient panels that are very easy to set up.

This is clearly not a solution for only cottages or cabins; faux rock panels can be used quite successfully in areas like this loft bedroom below.

River rock panels on a loft bedroom

River rock panels on a loft bedroom

The question is always “what can we do to these walls?”

Today coming up with a creative, affordable and long lasting solution is very simple. Using faux stone has been proven to provide long lasting results. Unlike wood, these panels are not going to create odors, similar to those of old wood. These are materials that are very tough and even left outside for decades they will not rot or bio-degrade.

When it comes to the rock panels above, there is no issue with repetitive patterns because these faux stones come in versions A and B so that the shape of the stones is not the same. Additionally, the colors are applied by hand so that even if each stone is similar in shape, in most cases they will have a different color.

You will be amazed how realistic these faux stones and faux rocks will look. The first thing people do when they approach these panels is go right to them and touch them. It is something that you can't resist because you know they are not real but at the same time they do look that way. At the touch you can't tell the difference. The only way you can tell that the material is synthetic is by hitting it with a hard object and hear the sound that comes out of it.

How often and for how long would you worry about not having a "real" product when the advantages gained are so many?