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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.

Rain Garden 2

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.

Installing Faux Stone Panels Made Easy

Posted on January 8, 2014

Installing Faux Stone

Faux Stone is easy and fun to work with, but there are a couple of tools and tips that will make the project easier. The first thing to remember is to have all the tools you will need. Below you will find a list of the simple tools that will help you finish your project.

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Hand saw (a table saw, miter saw or jig saw can be used if available.)
• Nails or screws (exterior grade if used outdoor and masonry screws for brick, concrete etc.)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Framing square
• Chalk line
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails, PL, etc.
• Safety Glasses

After gathering all your tools take your time to temporarily place the panels around the area which you plan to cover. This will give you a good idea of which ones you have to cut. Preparation is essential to ensuring short project time as well as a professional look.

The second tip to remember is to start with the corners first. If you are using our corners temporarily place them in using nails and no adhesive. This will give you a picture of what the room will look like. Make sure that everything is perpendicular to the floor. Remember to avoid using too much adhesive for the corners.

Last but not least is the third recommendation. Place the panels from left to right. This is the correct way to place them. It isn’t necessary to cut the panels before you place them. You will cut them as you go along which guarantees you make the right cut to the right panels. If you cut the panels before actually putting them in place then the order of the panels can be messed up and you won’t get a professional look. As you see below they are quite light and easy to place.

Installing Panels

Installing Panels

In this section you can see what happens when it is not applied properly which is why it is so important to remember to use the correct installation procedures which can give you the best outcome. This project is easy to set up when you plan out where the ends of each panel will go. This could have been avoided if the same panels had been used.

Bad stone panels application

Bad stone panels application

Enjoy your newly remodeled house. Take pride in the fact that you did it all on your own and that you saved money on a hard project that imitation stone panels made easy. Using polyurethane product also ensures a great finish for the project.

The installation may seem tricky at first, but anybody can do it. The truth is that it is easier to use then most televisions. The only way people make mistakes is because they don't read or follow instructions properly.

Any stone or brick project is made possible with polyurethane panels. In fact it is better to use because it avoids all the drawbacks that are associated with natural stone.

Push To Open Closet Doors Reinvented.

Posted on November 21, 2013

A creative way for people to have fun with their home and create a unique ambiance is to utilize architectural elements that add depth to their house. Many design firms have incorporated push-to-open closets into their luxurious designs. These closets are great because they are flat and they appear to be a part of the wall. The doors open with a slight push and they click right open. No handles are necessary making it modern and unique. Many of the people that purchase condos or new homes find these closets already installed in their home.

Our 28" Imitation Brick Paneling in Aspen Plus Color

Using these doors add a special quality to any home. Fortunately, due to the flexibility of new wall decorations you can use them anywhere around closets. They can be used inside and outside because they are light, yet very durable. Putting wall decorations on the doors is a great way to customize your home.

They help create a unique ambiance which equals big money in real estate as it will help sell the house a lot faster. In addition, it will retain its resale value over time.

With thorough research many people come to the conclusion that installing these doors look great and save space. Using different products that have taken the home improvement market by storm is a great way to revitalize your home. Products that are easy to apply help you save money. Pick something that doesn't have a high maintenance price tag tied to it. Creating the "invisible" closet is a great way to increase marketability compromising the flow of design in the home.

Simple And Easy

This is a worry free method of remodeling which helps out homeowners in the renovation process. Imagine walking into a well lit room and seeing gorgeous closets all around you with beautiful lighting. Now the homeowner asks you to play pool, but there is no pool stick rack in sight.

Now you watched with a puzzled expression on your face as your host taps wall gently and it opens into a closet. The pool rack and a number of other things are kept out of sight providing a tidy and organized feel. This design feature is extremely attractive to many home buyers.

Now imagine looking at a closet in the middle of your luxurious room. Installing the closets is easy. This simple addition takes less than a day to complete so there is no need to get worried or stressed about having a construction crew in the home. Any handyman can do the job as long as they have the necessary tools.

Using this creative wall designs is a great way to put a new spin on an old decor. Hidden doors and secret passageways serve as the inspiration for this idea. Changing a traditional home into a unique and interesting place can revitalize the homeowner’s experience and relaxation. Investing in your primary residence can also increase its resale value.

It Is All In The Paint

Posted on September 25, 2013

The biggest factors in creating realistic faux stone and brick panels is the paint and mold used in the fabrication process. The paint and the texture work hand in hand to create a realistic stone look that blows people away when they realize it is not real stone.

When people hear the words imitation or fake stone they expect a tacky rendition of natural stone. That impression comes from low caliber products like the panels offered by Lowes and Home Depot. The difference is truly apparent when you put high quality panels next to the ones mass produced by the big box stores. Check out our panels up close by clicking here.

The strictest attention to detail is what makes our approach the best. For example, we carefully create a master panel which is then used as a template for the rubber mold. The mold is very expensive but we replace it often because it slowly deteriorates when panels are made.Replacing it often ensures the highest quality result making our products look and feel realistic. Unfortunately, many companies avoid replacing the mold often to save money which results in a fake representation.

Polyurethane Stone

Polyurethane Stone

The different paints being used have to be a high quality paint which is more expensive, therefore most companies avoid using them in order to save money. The paint used for our panels represent the highest quality in the industry partly because of the unique methods used to paint the panels. Our panels have six layers of high quality acrylic paints designed for outdoor use. It helps make the panels UV resistant which prevents the colors from bleaching.

Observe the difference in quality when looking at this fence. The grout lines are the same color and they don’t contrast the bigger stone pieces therefore it lost its realistic touch. The best panels are made with many layers of paint that also have a nice wash which can help bring out the texture even more. In addition, good imitation stone panels have grout colored lines that are painted in a way that contrast the larger stones creating a better representation of stone. Knowledge is power and knowing the difference between a quality product and a fast misrepresentation is key in getting a great realistic look.

Faux Stone Bar And Grill

Posted on September 19, 2013

Would you like this conversation to happen to you?

“Hey honey when did you buy that great looking bar and grill set up outside that wasn’t there yesterday?”

I didn’t buy I made it all by myself.”

This project was the husband’s way of saying we will spend more time together and have fun eating together. The husband in this case was more than happy to show off his handyman skills and the wife was happy to have a beautiful functional piece of furniture that matches the tones and colors she used to design the patio. All around this project helped make a happy couple with a new simple and fun addition to their backyard.

Faux Stone BBQ

Faux Stone BBQ

What was the husband’s secret trick? He used imitation stone panels and corners in order to fabricate the bar and grill. These panels can be used around a heat six as long as it is five to six inches away from the actual heat source. Essentially, what the husband did in this case was use a frame of wood and bars in order to construct a small frame to accommodate the grill.

Since the faux stone panels are easy to cut and glue or screw onto any flat surface the husband was able to finish this project before his wife got home from doing her hair.

The Perfect Do It Yourself Project

In this case the husband used plywood and some 2x4 pieces of wood in order to create the skeleton for the bar and grill.After that he simply glued on the panels and screwed them in so they were secured onto the brackets. Then he used a small touch up kit and was done. The grill was strategically placed so the heat from the grill would not affect the panels. People even use faux stone panels around fireplaces. This picture shows the high quality look you can get by adding a few panels around your house. Check out the link to view more great examples of stone veneer:

Most of the people who own a home would love to fix it up but don’t know how they could do it. Even small projects like these can make a world of a difference which is why faux stone or brick products are great because it allows regular people to do amazing projects in the blink of an eye.

Using this product makes people's lives easier. You can get a professional looking job without having a construction crew running through your house.

Porch Design Ideas using Column And Post Wraps

Posted on August 28, 2013

 The Staple For the All American Home Is The Porch.

Classic American Porch

Classic American Porch

The American dream is defined by that picturesque porch with its strong columns and beautiful facing. Now the homeowner who needs new ideas on how to bring that dead porch back to life has help. The help comes in the form of faux stone or brick. Faux or imitation stone and brick can drastically change and redefine that beautiful porch of yours. Now you can grab that great stone look for your columns or facing for less than half the price without the headache.

The porch defines the personality and character of the home. It can make a home look menacing and sinister or it can be bright and inviting. Either way the porch sets the mood and ambiance of the home. This is why many people like to paint or fix up their porch when they move into a new home or if they want to spruce up their home. The best way to do this is by using faux stone or brick to give you the look of a large construction project even though it only takes less than half a day. Take a look at the blank canvas of a porch shown below.

This blank porch example shows us the pitfall of having a porch that is not reaching its true potential. You walk into a house that is unexciting, blank, and lacking character this could mean the loss of a sale for the realtor or homeowner since nobody would feel like buying this house or will they even remember it as they search for houses. The goal of remodeling the porch is to redefine the  character of the house house. By utilizing faux stone or brick you can remodel your house quickly and at a low cost.

Adding faux stone also helps raise value to your house while saving you the large cost associated with natural stone implementation. Take a look at the house below and we can see the difference in the effect created and the way it can radically change the perception of a house.

Front Porch

Front Porch

Giving your porch a facelift has never been easier. With any idea and concept you can imagine imitation stone or brick can reach its full potential. Bringing your porch back to life never got easier with all the choices from sand style to brick style anything is possible which is why people are falling in love with these products.  For example, column wraps are great ways to cover unwanted blemishes or bad paint. The column wraps simply interlock with each other and can easily be cut to fit the size of the project. This is a great way to wrap up your porch with beautiful texture and color reviving the life in your porch.

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/.

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 importance of Faux Stone products.

Posted on July 20, 2012

Transforming a home or space is now easier than ever through the use of mock stone. These faux stone products can add flare and create an intimate ambiance in any given space. A great advantage of faux stone is that these panels are portable and can be installed and uninstalled very easily to change with themes or seasons. Many homeowners are jumping at these new innovative panels to create that natural look of stones or rocks without the headache of installation and labor costs.

Almond stone wall

Faux stone as an exterior option can help revitalize a residence in minutes. These products are durable enough to withstand different climates and temperatures, working as a protector while offering a stylish design. Many contractors and carpenters are fans of these faux stone products because it is very easy to put up and offers a cost efficient alternative to real stones.

Interior design companies have become fans of faux stone over the years. Many companies look at these products as a great tool to dress up an area with. Designers have used these products in all building aspects from residential properties to commercial spaces to business offices. Faux stone can add a unique quality to any setting and can be installed on most applications through the use of screws and adhesives.

Another great advantage of this type of product is that there is a variety of styles and designs to choose from. These products are very Eco-friendly and work as a natural insulator when installed. There is minimal to no preparation needed with faux stone compared to that of real stones that may need backer boards, grouting, or even masonry work.

 

Faux stone for basements and wine bars

Posted on July 17, 2012

 

Our client wanted to  give a realistic home and warm feeling background to his wine bar. So he decided to go for "Romama" faux stone panels.

These panels are unique in a fashionable way, as they are hand painted and the stone actually looks like they have been laid manually on top of each other.

By using  realistic fake stone products instead of real  ones  you can be creative and  functional at the same time.  As our client said the stylistic change in his room, using our stone, is the crown jewel of his wine bar area and it has dramatically enhanced the beauty of the entire room.

The application of a new design scheme can be inspiring, new ideas can come to you while having your glass of wine if you sit down in a fascinating environment.

The cozy atmosphere together with the tastefully arranged faux romana panels, definitely brings a sense of "peace and harmony" to the room. Friends  and family when they see the final product they believe they are real stone, and that is one of the goals of Antico Elements: providing beauty and comfort at the same time .

Our focus is to provide innovative and unique solution for every project whether it is a restaurant, hotel, office or a luxury home. Our ability and experience in selecting the most appropriate design elements and utilizing them to produce a innovating  solution is the key to our success in this industry.