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Prevent Floods In Your Neighborhood.

Posted on October 6, 2014

Today we want to talk about something a bit different from our usual topic but equally important to homeowners and builders.

Preventing flooding in your neighborhood is a great way to reduce insurance costs and damage to homes.

Drainage is not a thought on the forefront of most people's mind; therefore fixing the problem before it starts is difficult. The following article dives into a great method for reducing floods.

Rain Garden

Rain Garden

Drainage can be an expensive issue for many neighborhoods that use a lot of parking space and concrete driveways. Sewers can only drain so much at any given time. The best form of drainage is the natural kind. Trees and shrubs can help the ground absorb the water in a productive manner.

Using a different array of plants can help make your front lawn ready for heavy rains. The plants also make your lawn look more spacious. By building a rain garden you can help prevent the neighborhood from getting flooded in the future because it will catch a majority of the water. Storm water can harm the ground because of all the toxic elements it carries.

There are many benefits for building rain gardens that help the rest of the Eco-system. Rain gardens can help the Eco-system by preventing storm run-off from entering the local water table. The gardens purify the water of any other toxins that could affect the water table.

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Designing A Rain Garden

Rain gardens are simple to make and can be done almost anywhere. All that is needed to start is some good permeable soil. The best way to make a successful rain garden is by finding the right location. It should be located in a downward sloping area.

Essentially, find a low spot that usually catches the most water after rains and snow melts. The garden should have stone or blocks set up around the perimeter to help prevent the soil from eroding. Once you have set up a strong perimeter, add a generous amount of thick soil and start planting.

Use the following plants as a guideline and not a narrow choice criteria: Maidenhair Fern, Serviceberry / Shadbush, Indigo Bush, Red Chokeberry, Wild Ginger / Canadian Wildginger, Lady Fern. Those are just some of the plants that will help make your rain garden become a successful preventive tool against flooding.

The best way to ensure success of the garden itself is by gathering the correct plants and historical rain flow characteristics. The geography and slope of the land is one of the most important. Once you have adhered to all of these rules then you will have certainly helped prevent future floods.

The Benefits Of Doing-It-Yourself

Posted on June 19, 2014
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DIY

Explore the rewards of doing projects yourself and start projects as soon as right now!

These days with the busy schedules consisting of work, family, and the everyday repetitive tasks, sometimes the highlight of our week is getting to spend our hard earned money. We take our time looking for something that "defines" us. That perfect rug, that spacious bookcase, that beautiful painting that captures your character in the form of art. Then there are those pesky things we need to deal with in the process. Those things that can interrupt our escape from our own lives and bring us back into the reality that is the world around us. We have this need to have things that when we come into our space, we can rest comfortably in an environment that understands us. This, right here, is where do it yourself projects make their grand appearance into our world. To create things that even if not perfect, are closer to who we are than whatever can be purchased, simply because, well, because we created it. It was conceived in our own thoughts and born through the work of our own hands.

You might not feel that you are capable of such creativity. However, half the fun is that it does not have to be absolutely perfect. The slight imperfections that occur is what makes it custom, unique, it makes it more personal to you. The idea is just to start. Once you have completed your

first project, you may just become addicted to the concept. Your eyes will be opened and suddenly just about anything and everything you may have need of will be at your very fingertips. It becomes an adventure to create the next, better than the last. To add details that stirred in your mind during the previous project. You welcome the challenges because the rewards are much greater when you have completed something in which you have put your own time and effort.

Not creative? Have no idea where to start? There are plenty of resources out there that can guide you along the way. This project is for YOU! Who better to decide how to custom make something for you, but yourself. Take some time to look through the internet for websites, photos, and videos. There are plenty of sites out there that not only offer examples to look at, but also have step by step instructions. Books are sold on the topic of doing it yourself. The resources, and ideas are limitless.

Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Take that leap into the do it yourself world! Grab a glass of wine, (or tea). Turn up your favorite tunes and unleash the flow of creativity inside you. Build a bookcase, decorate your yard space with beautiful stones, create a unique wall piece or even add a new fresh look to a fireplace. Whatever your heart desires, conceive it, and birth it yourself.

Home Improvement Funding Resources.

Posted on September 3, 2013

Finding Money For Your Home Improvement At your Fingertips.

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If money was the main obstacle that kept you from improving your home then do not worry because there is a way around that. Remodeling or improving your home can be an expensive and tedious process. Fortunately, there are programs to help homeowners finance their project. Many people do not know about these programs or grants but, they can provide great relief for many homeowners and individuals looking to fix or upgrade their home. Essentially, the main agencies to look for different funding tools are the Federal Housing Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, USDA Rural Development and even the Internal Revenue Service. These agencies have dozens of programs that help enable people to improve their homes or business. There are even funding tools for veterans and seniors.

One of the great funding tools used by homeowners is called the streamlined 203(k) Mortgage program.  This is a funding instrument that permits homeowners to finance up to $35,000 into their mortgage. The FHA allows people to tap into cash easily in order to improve their home. After a simple process with the FHA appraiser you can be ready in no time to start your project. If money was the only thing holding you back now you can feel free because there are funding tools that the government and other institutions offer.

Another great way to save money is a loophole within the IRS code section under medical expenses. With a simple application of a formula on their website you can see how much your deductions will be. Basically, all that is really needed is the itemization of expenses and costs and then you will be on your way to saving money and increasing the value of your home at the same time.

With a quick search on the recommended agencies' websites anyone can find ways to improve their home for free or at a reduced cost. In addition, there are always coupons all over the internet which allow consumers to improve their home. Improving homes is good for the macro and micro economy because it increases the value of the home then the value of the neighborhood and eventually the community. This is the reason there are so many grants and loan or mortgage programs because of the simple fact that what is good for my neighbor is good for me. Since funding is not a problem finding an affordable way to remodel or upgrade your home or business is the next issue. Using faux stone or brick products are a great way to quickly and cost effectively remodel your home or business while improving the value of your home. They are easy to install and cheaper than most projects. Using these products also add value to your home. So now you have the power have fun with your next remodel or improvement.

Divider Faux Stone Wall.

Posted on April 22, 2013

If there is an area alone that changes the entire look of the house, this must surely be the living room.

Many families today cannot afford a major renovation to give their home a fresh new look. Now that spring is here we all try to find the money to start some sort of house project. Being indoor or outdoor, tweaking the family budget for a home improvement can be the source of concern and stress.
Why not then consider an alternative that is both effective in reviving the look of your living room and save you money?

Think about the savings coming from the use of faux stone.

One part of your family room that can easily, quickly and cheaply reach the above goals is a divider wall. If you have a wall that divides different rooms, this is surely an area that is seen constantly, from different directions and that you could transform into a beautiful faux stone wall. Let’s take a look at this newly submitted project review.

A stone wall divider example

A stone wall divider example

 

With just a few pieces of faux stone this DIY family was able to quickly and dramatically change the look of their home. Because of the addition of the top stone ledge trim they didn’t need to purchase panels and go all the way to the ceiling, rather they stopped at the same level as the doorways. You can take a look at the video below to see how simple it is to use faux stone.

Being that faux stone is incredibly versatile, they were also able to cut the panels in at the edge of the door with a skill saw and paint the edges to make them look like real stone.

As we said above, completing a DIY home project is now affordable to most families. Take a look at our CATALOG to see the different prices and faux stone on sale.

Choosing Faux Stone To Remodel A Space

Posted on August 6, 2012

When remodeling a house or a working space, it is very important to take into consideration two main concepts:

How much time does it take?

How much does it cost?

When choosing  Antico Elements' faux rock and stone panels you automatically chose to incorporate into your design project a convenient and realistic item.

The stone looks real and installation takes little time. You can do it yourself so no need to hire a company that does the work for you.

Here are some of the most popular stone colors, Alpi Sand, Almond And Sienna:

Alpi Sand Sample

Alpi Sand Sample

Alpi Almond Sample

Alpi Almond Sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone are molded on real rocks and are hand painted one by one. They do look real! Our clients are very surprised when they touch them and feel it is not real stone!

So it only takes few hours of your own time, and a project like this won’t cost more than $600.

The customer above was so pleasantly surprised with his purchase of the Alpi Noir that he decided to order more products.

Choosing Antico faux stone to remodel a space is a beautiful and affordable way to improve your interior or exterior design.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call for further information. We will be happy to assist you.

 

Porch in Miami, FL redesigned with Faux Stone.

Posted on July 12, 2012

Today we would like to bring to your attention an new set of photos coming from a project in Miami, Florida, that used our faux stone.

You will probably be as surprised as we are every time we see a finished project. This type of stone can really make part of the home, or the entire building, look like a mansion overnight.

Let's take a look at this before picture. It was surely an already nice an cozy place to live but the owners wanted something different. They knew what look would go well with the porch but didn't want to spend a fortune to get to that point. After a few click they found Antico Elements in the list of expensive alternatives.

This project was almost completed on a Saturday and maybe a couple of hours on Sunday. We have a local crew that is very familiar with the product so they know how to install it quickly and take care of the details. All done in about a full day of work.

One of the best quality of panels of imitation stone is its flexibility and ability to use it as replica stone siding. You can go from dressing up a porch, turn the corner and use them as siding.

Polyurethane replica stone from Antico Elements can be sanded, molded and shaped as needed and with the aid of our touch-up kits all these modifications can be blended in perfectly. Take a look at the characteristics of our stone products:

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Here is another detail that illustrates the flexibility of this type of stone.

This is another example of how imitation stone doesn't have to look fake. Some companies do spend the needed resources to create a beautiful material that will last for a very long time.

We are proud to bring these stone products to your home, also because they are Made In USA and are of high quality.

Please take a look at our CATALOG to view the many styles and colors available. As usual, we are just one phone call away.

Fireplace Stone Installation Made Easy.

Posted on April 23, 2012

If there is one thing that makes any home a much cozier place, that is definitely a stone fireplace. Any fireplace design that remains imprinted in people's mind has some form of stone on it. We all know, though, how expensive it is to install real stone on a fireplace. This is why we really appreciate the beauty, ease of use and affordble pricing of fireplace faux stone.
Faux stone panels make any home improvement project a simple task with the look of natural stones and the ease of simple installations. The light weight of the faux stone panels make it easier than ever to improve a room  or space with very little to no extra tools needs. Installation on a fireplace can be done by the homeowner or your local handyman or neighborhood carpenter without the high costs associated with labor. The panels are made of 100% polyurethane material which make them strong and durable yet light in weight and easy to put up in hard to reach locations.

         

It is now easier than ever to complete those home improvement projects that seemed so far out of reach. The natural stone look is now available at less than half the cost of labor and products through faux stone panels. There are a variety of patterns and designs to choose from. Projects that once were estimated at long hours of labor can now completed in no time. Just like many before you, your stone fireplace will improve the look of your family room in no time. Take a look at our testimonials page for some examples.

 

Why spend more for the same quality?

Posted on April 22, 2012

By now, when homeowners start planning a new remodeling project, they will stumble across the ever growing list of faux stone panels that can be used indoor or outdoor. You can come across many stores that offer these products but your best bet for the lowest prices is to look online. There are many examples of both applications of faux stone panels:

Faux sheets of stones outdoor

Faux sheets of stones outdoor

Faux sheets of stone indoor

Faux sheets of stone indoor

You will come across many stores that sell faux stone panels but your best bet to get the lowest prices is to look online. These panels can literally turn a headache of a project into something fun. This is not only due to the fact that the stress related to purchasing expensive materials is diminished but because it's so easy to install. There is no more need to look at natural or cast stone.

You can simply create a stone wall look by gluing and screwing these panels on any surface. As you may already know, the alternative is to go through a list of masons and general contractors and let the bidding game begin. Some hardware store carry a small selection of stone and in most cases they don't look realistic at all. Some stores sell faux stone online but the biggest ones have higher overheads, and it shows in the final price.

You now have the freedom to dictate the pace of your own home improvement project.