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Modern Faux Stone Fireplace

Posted on September 13, 2013

Over the years fireplaces have been an iconic symbol for each generation. Although, they have changed over the years and each time they always reflect the architectural philosophy of that generation. Everybody who has had a fireplace in their home remembers the cozy feeling it inspired. It brings a warmth to the home besides the heat the fire brings. Everyone sits around the fireplace talks and laughs and shares Christmas presents or plays with their children. The fireplaces now have changed considerably with different technology.

Faux Stone Fireplace

Faux Stone Fireplace

New technology has changed the look and feel of fireplaces by making them safer and cleaner. With a whole new variety of new style of fireplaces a new contemporary design comes into play. Now many designers and homeowners are changing their fireplace by using faux stone products.

Antico fireplace

Antico fireplace

Designers are taking advantage of the benefits offered by faux stone products. The modern fireplace has been revolutionized. The trend is redefining the way the American fireplace looks by creating the utilitarian look with a contemporary edge. Faux stone products can easily go around the fireplace and even be used to create a mantle.

The versatility of this product is best explained when you examine the various methods it can be applied. In the fireplace setting it can wrap around the corners and go right up to the ceiling with any problem. But the one of the greatest things about this product is you can add fixtures such as lights through the panels. With stone you must make a sacrifice because you can’t drill straight through stone and put lamps or mirrors on it. With the faux stone panels people can easily drill through and anchor whatever they want into the panels.

MulitColored Faux Stone

MulitColored Faux Stone

Fireplaces are not complete without some form of mantle. Where else would everybody hang the stockings and put up albums of their family. The mantle plays a large role in the room due to the albums and ornaments that adorn it. When people pass by the mantle usually a long parade of smiles and hugs dot the pictures above the fireplace. This was very special to me as a child because every Christmas we always added our new albums to the mantle highlighting the fun we had that year. These important pieces of our lives should be revered. Remodeling the traditional fireplace with a modern touch is made easy when using faux stone because you can take that boring blank space around the fireplace and create a masterpiece of design in under a day.

The modern fireplace is still evolving. Many homeowners have adopted the faux stone approach because it is a cheaper way to remodel the fireplace. Most people have been purchasing the newer versions of fireplace which complements the design theory of the faux stone method because after the easy installation most people love the great look it creates. Save time and money while making your house into a cozy home. Escape from the trouble of the world and warm up by your new fireplace enjoy the great textures and colors brought on by the faux stone.

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

Before Faux stone fireplace

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/.

DIY Stone Weekend Warriors – Remodel A Fireplace In No Time

Posted on February 17, 2013

They've done it again! With affordable stone veneer panels regular homeowners become DIY experts. Who says that only expert masons can create a beautiful stone accent? Anyone can and the proof is in the photos.

What once was a job for only expert stone masons or expensive remodeling firms, today has become something that any homeowner can quickly and cheaply dish out on his or her own. Or both!

Let's take as an example a young couple who just moved in a nice home and have spent a considerable amount of money remodeling the place before moving in. One project they left behind is the fireplace and as soon as they removed all the boxes and organized the rooms, they realize that this specific area needs a quick makeover. They agree on adding stone veneer panels instead of using traditional stone.

They have previously received quotes from masons who quickly scared them. They remember of this imitation stone store called AnticoElements.com and quickly decide to give it a try. The panels are clearly very realistic and installing them doesn't require any expertise.

To install stone veneer panels you only need a circular saw ( or if available, a table saw ), some Liquid Nails you can purchase at Lowe's or Home Depot and some screws.

Here's what happened when you have informed homeowners that know where to find faux materials panels to remodel a fireplace:

Stone Project With Veneer Panels

Stone Project With Veneer Panels

Many don't know it but this type of project doesn't require any mortar, mixing cement or spend days preparing the wall surfaces. They are not single pieces but a faux sheet. These stone veneer panels require no preparation.

A faux sheets in white

A faux sheet in white

So, no matter what style you have in mind or what colors you already have in the room, there is a stone or brick panel for you in the online catalog. Check it out!

Another beautiful faux stone fireplace.

Posted on May 14, 2012

Another example of how beautiful a room can be with the addition of faux stone in a room but specifically on a fireplace.

As seen in these photos, nothing can add that natural and charming look like faux stone can.

Faux Stone Fireplace

It can be very challenging to a blend a new element into a project without making it look out of place. This can happen when the texture of a stone doesn't match the decor. For example of a home has a more traditional style, the use of a gray slate elements will probably not blend in. If a modern contemporary environment maybe it may not be appropriate to use a faux stone like river rock - which it looks beautiful in other settings.

Faux Stone Fireplace

One great thing about Antico Elements is the ability to choose from a large variety of faux stone styles and colors. There is a panel for every project and style.

Whether you are looking to create a warm traditional room or a more modern and cool space, you can easily find a panel that fits your needs.

Dont' forget to visit our Fireplace blog page:
http://www.anticoelements.com/blog/stone-fireplace-designs-and-remodel

How to easily reface a fireplace with faux stone panels.

Posted on May 12, 2012

Antico Elements has been in the remodeling business for decades so we know very well how homeowners approach a remodeling project. Usually there is one person who takes care of the construction and another will worry that the project will never be completed.

This is we are very product to offer faux stone panels that are incredibly easily to install and the take very little time.

The customer below was worried about having to remove the exiting brick which were esthetically outdated and did not match the rest of the decor in the room. When we explained that our faux stone panels can be directly installed over the brick or any other surface the homeowner was pleasantly surprised.

Before faux stone panels      After faux stone panels

As long as the surface on which you want to install the faux stone panels is clean and free of dust and oily substance you can simply use some inexpensive construction adhesive to install the stone panels. In this case we recommend the use of some masonry screws ( some are called Tapcons and are usually blue ). To cover the screw heads some caulk can be used and then painted with our touch-up kits to completely conceal the use of screws.

 

Stone Fireplace Designs And Remodel

Posted on January 19, 2010

 

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Need Fireplace Ideas?

- Let us show you what you can create with our faux stone fireplace panels -

Whether you are planning to build a fireplace, go for a fireplace makeover of an existing one this page can help you plan the most important aspects; the look and savings!

Remember, we always have fake stone products on sale. Check out our SPECIALS

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Remodeled With Faux Stacked Stone Panels - Charcoal

 

Our Alpi Faux Stacked Stone In Sand

Our Alpi Faux Stacked Stone In Sand

We offer refundable samples (with rebate) so that you can have something in your hands before purchasing our panels. The cost of the samples ordered will be subtracted from you next purchase and you will have a piece of mind before purchasing the full panels:

Click here to view our Refundable Samples (with rebate)

Many of our customers have opted for our Faux Stone Panels, Dry Stack and Rock Panels to avoid expensive masonry work and time consuming installations. Our Faux Stone Panels, River Rock and Fieldstone Panels are easy to install and can be used over existing surfaces like old bricks, wood, wall framing and are designed for interior and exterior uses.  Take a look at some examples below. You'll appreciate the many advantages associated with our products. Finally, a faux fireplace is now very easy to create. Take a look at our Installation Page for fireplaces.

Click here to view customers' testimonials and reviews

Our Alpi Stone Panels

Sand Color Alpi

Sand Color Alpi

 

Gray Color Alpi

Gray Color Alpi

Click here to view our Alpi Panels and prices

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Our Comiso Stone Panels

Sand Color Comiso

Sand Color Comiso

 

Gray Color Comiso

Gray Color Comiso

 

An Example Of The Comiso Faux Stone Installed

An Example Of The Comiso Faux Stone Installed

Another Beautiful Example Of The Comiso Faux Stone

Another Beautiful Example Of The Comiso Faux Stone

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Our Romana Stone Panels

Sand Color Romana

Sand Color Romana

 

Gray Color Romana

Gray Color Romana

 

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Most of us at some point had to deal with the stress and frustration of purchasing expensive materials, hiring expensive contractors and have little control over the process and the results of a remodeling project. Now there's an easy way to do it that saves you time and money. No need for costly Cultured Stone and heavy Stacked stone.

Weather you're interested in a complete Fireplace Remodel or Fireplace Reface or a new Fireplace - Indoor or Outdoor Fireplace and Brick Fireplace, look below for more ideas and accessories to crate a great looking Faux Stone Fireplace using Antico Elements' products :

Our Castello Stone Panels

Sand Color Castello

Sand Color Castello

 

Gray Color Castello

Gray Color Castello

 

Click here to view our Castello Panels and prices

We also have many accessories to add a more refined look to your project:

Accessories

Many molding to create Fireplace Mantels and Surrounds

Surrounds

Mantels and Lion's Legs

Surrounds

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You can view and purchase all of our products using the very secure shopping cart. We provide excellent customer service and support via Live Help, email or telephone. Please visit our Blog to read more about the many benefits of our our products and our company:

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Refundable Samples


Our Coral Stone and Travertine Panels

Example One
Coral Stone

Example Two
Coral Stone

Example Three
Coral Stone

Example Four
Coral Stone

Example Five

Click here to view our Coral Stone and Travertine Panels and prices

One thing to note is that these products are made of high-density Polyurethane, which is a resin. We strongly suggest taking into consideration the heat emanating from a fireplace or stove. If you are not comfortable with having hardwood at that distance, maybe you need a larger clearance between our panels and the heat source. Although our products can be ordered in fire-rated, this option doesn't make them completely heat-resistant or fire-proof. The best thing to do is order a sample and run a test.

Why Use Our Products

Posted on October 15, 2009

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Why Use Rock Or Faux Stone Panels?

( Save money, easy to install, looks great )

Most of us at some point had to deal with the stress and frustration of purchasing expensive materials, hiring expensive contractors and have little control over the process and the results of a remodeling or a home & garden project. Imagine if you had in your had a product lika a Stone Panel, an affordable product with the support and advice of knowledgeable experts and do the work yourself? What if you then had fun doing it and be so proud of it that you started sending the photos of the finished work to your family and friends? It’s not just a concept, it very possible with our faux stone panels. All you need are some basic carpenter’s tools and to browse through a few pages in our catalog at AnticoElements.com

Our Brick Boards Type

Our New Brick Sheets - Easy To Install

 

Alpi Stone Panels

Alpi Stone Panels - Sand

What are some of the many benefits of our products? Made in USA. Although some of our designs are inspired by the beautiful and classical styles from around the world, we understand today’s importance in employing American work force. That’s why we proudly make our products in the US! The Look. Purchasing imitation Stones Panels, Dry Stack and, River Rock Panels sometimes means getting a lesser product that looks fake. Sometime so, sometime quite the opposite. Our products are molded from actual rocks, stone, bricks, coral stone and travertine. The products coming out of  the molds reproduce every single detail, of the stone and even the grouting. Most people don’t believe they aren’t real rocks, stones and wood until they tap on them. The tapping or knocking is usually followed by a “oh, wow!”. The colors are applied by hand to further increase the realistic look and avoid pattern repetition when putting panels next to each other. Many competitor’s products are sprayed with one color and simply sponged off.  Not ours! We carefully apply different colors, one by one.

Fireplace design

Fireplace design - Alpi Sand

Cost Saving. Why pay more for a hand-made stone materials and labor involved in long installation when you can pay less for another quality product? This building material is made of high quality, high-density polyurethane and it is available at a fraction of the cost of other materials and other vendors. You can let people admire your work without having to tell them how much you have saved. We provide an additional saving by removing middle men and passing the savings to the customer.  Compare our photos and samples with those from other companies to realize that our prices are lower and our quality superior. Don’t forget, we always have products on sale.

Faux Stone Skirting

Romana Stone for skirting - Sand

Applications. Our products are designed to withstand outdoor stress tests yet they are beautiful enough to be used as interior decoration. The latest trend designs are going toward natural look stones. They can be used in: Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, In restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms Below siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.

Alpi Stone Wall Panels

New Alpi Almond Color Stone Wall - Almond

Our panels can be installed over most preexisting surfaces. What do you do if you are a home-owner and are not interested in buying a new home yet you like the look of the natural stone elements? Well, give the front of your home a facelift. Perfect for both residential and commercial applications, imitation products allow you to combine very affordable alternatives and style. Choose from the different styles and colors to pick the one most suitable for your project.

Alpi Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Alpi Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Stone panels create an everlasting yet modern ambiance and is a perfect architectural and landscaping stone wall material. These materials bridge the gap between exterior and interior areas. You can now recreate an exterior look in an inside space with very little effort.

Stone wall panels in charcoal color

Store Front Alpi Stone - Charcoal

Interlocking feature. Antico ElementsStone edges are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They use a system similar to tongue and groove to virtually remove the seam lines you easily notice in other competitor's products. We have spent vast resources to create a system that provides a great look, prevents water from sliding behind the panels and improve the insulation factor.

Interlocking Edges

Interlocking stone edges

Seamless look

Seamless look

Practical and lightweight. Have you ever seen someone install rocks and stone or have you done it yourself? You know how long it takes to lay one stone at a time. Now you can install 8-18 square feet of rocks and stone in one step utilizing our panels .s

Fireplace Stone design

Interior Faux Stone design - Alpi Almond

Simple installation. Anyone can install our products. You don’t need to purchase expensive diamond blades or wet saws, mix mortar and learn to lay bricks before you have the power to fully manage your project. All you need are basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instruction and in case you need it, great customer support.

Chimney Stone

Comiso Stone Gray Used On Chimeny - Outdoor

Flexible. Unlike other manufacturers our panels are not rigid. They can be installed on a bumpy and curved surface without the need to cut single stones in small pieces and compromise the look.

Stone Siding Example

Stone Siding Example With Alpi Gray

Fire rated. Although resistible to high temperatures, all our products are also available in fire rated material for only 10% more.

Stone Backsplash

Alpi Stone Used In Interior Kitchens

Easy to maintain and durable. Contrary to other “natural products” our panels and accessories are constructed with closed-cell polyurethane particles which means that they will not absorb water and there will be no mold or rutting. They can easily be cleaned and washed. They also will not crack and the finish will barely fade in time. They are so durable and impact resistant that you can even drive a car on it without damage.

Fireplace Design

Fireplace design - Coral Stone - Natral

Benefits of accessories. Although our panels can be cut, mitered and sanded to meet around corners, we offer an easier and cleaner solution. We provide matching accessories like: Inside Corners, Outside Corners, Ledges and Sills. We also have:

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps and Column Sleeves

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps - Sand

And: Travertine and Coral Stone Columns Planters, Caps, Trim, Moldings, Wall caps, Keystones, Corbels and Brackets, Medallions, and Surrounds Many architectural elements. Panels for Chimneys.

Outdoor Stone Veneer

Outdoor Stone veneer - Alpi Gray

For details on all our products please visit our online catalog at www.AnticoElements.com For answers on the most frequent questions please take a look at our FAQ Page.