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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.

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 homes a fresh new look. Now that spring is here we all try to find the money to start some sort of house project. Being indoors or outdoor, tweaking the family budget for 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.

Innovative Stacked Stone And Stacked Stone Panels.

Posted on September 10, 2012

Stacked stones panels are new innovative products that offer an alternative to real, natural, and heavy stones. The alternatives offer the same texture and feel of real stones but without the hassle of lifting large and heavy stones during installation. The alternatives also offer a more portable element where the imitation stones can be installed and uninstalled to change with seasons or color preferences.

These imitation stones are a great way to add value at a low cost for installation. Installation can be done in minutes with stacked stones; many contractors and carpenters are looking more to these products to offer a quick installation solution to home remodeling projects. Stacked stones are a great alternative to real stones and those messy paint jobs.

When it comes to installing stacked stone, it can be done in a number of ways, the most popular being using construction adhesives (glues) and crews or nails. The lightweight material of stacked stones makes it an easy job to complete anywhere. Many home designers and installers prefer to work with these stones because it offers a quick solution to installation. Stacked stone can be installed virtually almost anywhere from kitchens to bathrooms to even gardens. These products are not just limited to residences, businesses as well are now taking advantage of the low cost stacked stone materials and cheap labor costs that come with it. Imitation stones are a great way to add value and impact a space or an area, for instance, installing stacked stones to complement a theme in a store or restaurant can help entice customers to come in which should boost business.

Real estate agents like working with imitation stone too, especially when trying to "flip" a house. The stones are a unique way to dress up a property to show potential buyers; it can also be installed and uninstalled rather quickly to offer a quick an intimate setting for a specific project.

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 why we offer faux stone panels that are incredibly easy to install and they take very little time.

The customer below was worried about having to remove the existing brick which was aesthetically 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 existing 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.

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".

Visit Our Store to see which product will fit your project.

The use of Faux Rock and River Rock Panels in home improvement.

Posted on April 30, 2012

For thousands of years, humans have had a really closed relationship with rocks. They have been used for fireplaces, for cooking, for hunting and more importantly for construction of buildings. Even though times have changed and home construction uses very different elements and materials, homeowners, builders, and designers are still incorporating a river rock design.

River Rock Panels

Today, realistically speaking, creating a large accent with some natural rock products can be quite costly. Real rocks that are exposed and visually appealing are not easy to find, therefore the prices are quite high.

This is where these incredible faux rock products come into play. With faux rock panels, things are suddenly very different. They become more affordable and many are starting to reconsider their use in man areas.

These faux stone panels can now be used for a rock fireplace to create a full rock wall or just to cover the interior of a shower.

It is really amazing how much easier it is now for everyone to create a nice and incredibly realistic stone look with these rock panels. You can find quite a few different styles and colors at Antico Elements.
Another benefit of using faux rock is that shipping costs are greatly reduced due to the light-weight properties of the product.

Another thing to keep in mind is that these specific panels are designed to withstand water, sun, and all outdoor elements so they are safe to use anywhere.

These panels are not only used for fireplace and walls but also for smaller projects like the fire pit in the image below.

Crateing a small rock fire pit

The applications of faux rock panels are really endless. It can also include a rock wall that is used as a climbing rig, for a waterfall or even an accent in a pool or jacuzzi. Many other products are not able to resist water, sun rays, and temperatures as well as our faux rock panels and accessories.