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Designing Without Boundaries.

Posted on February 13, 2014

“Freedom is within,” Frank Lloyd Wright spoke these undying words of wisdom when he was being interviewed about one of his latest architectural designs. These words ring true for everybody, but in this case he was applying this paradigm to architectural design. Designing anything from buildings to interior rooms can be one of the most enlightening and difficult experiences anyone can have. It enables people to look within themselves. Exploring that freedom is great when you have the right tools and products that can be just as flexible as your imagination.

Designing without boundaries simply means letting go of previous misconceptions in order to embrace new ideas in the design industry. Many people regard new construction products and methods with skepticism. When people abandon their skepticism of new products then they will be able enjoy the benefits of polyurethane architectural elements.

The point of design is to enable people to combine their lifestyle and function into one seamless philosophy. Freedom of expression shouldn’t be constrained by financial parameters. Everybody should have the ability to drastically renovate their home or business without going over budget.

Designers have no boundaries when they use our product. Designers have to stay up to date on the latest most advanced methods for their projects. Designers also have to learn about the home improvement industry to understand what works. Satisfying the client is enough hard work which is why using products like imitation stone panels make the project a lot easier.

Stone Used In A TV Show

Stone Used In A TV Show

 

Designers have been flocking to imitation stone to get their stone projects completed on deadline and under-budget.

Designers have been looking for a product that allows them to design at their heart's content without worrying about it.

Polyurethane architectural elements are a great way to solve many of the problems designers face with traditional methods.

Now designers can create stone designs without having the hassle of dealing with a separate contractor. Designers especially love the fact that they can increase their profit margins but they can save a lot of money on installation. Since designers have more control over price and installation a lot of designers are really moving towards the polyurethane stone in order to complete their projects. There should be no boundaries in any design because the whole philosophy resonates with freedom of expression. That is why it is extremely important to use products that adhere to that philosophy.

Faux Sheets And Paneling Art

Posted on October 4, 2013

Faux Stone Panels and Art

Art is a reflection of human nature. It shows us the ideas and emotions of the artist or designer which also reflects the characteristics of their generation. Each color and each presentation is aimed at evoking an emotional response. Art expresses the unique perceptions of the artist. The goal and the process of artistic design is all about using creative methods to create beautiful or dark styles that the artist wants to represent in their work.

Brick Display Booth At Trade Shows

Brick Display Booth At Trade Shows

Emotional responses are controlled by the method and medium the artist chooses to use. This is why choosing new and exciting mediums is very important when it comes to making a great impression with a fresh perspective.

Designers have to understand how to manipulate emotion and function to create an effective style. Good designers can recreate the different themes or styles that the clients require. Great designers know how to create their own brand by using new and effective ways of making each project speak volumes.

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels in sand.

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels in sand.

New Medium Helps Designers make a winning Impression

A new medium for designers has been popping up in different trade shows and exhibitions across the world. This medium is known as the imitation stone or brick panels which have become increasingly popular due to the advances in technology and realistic look they portray. Designers have fallen in love with this product. The convenience of the panels have also attracted many homeowners to the market because it is geared for the do it yourself-er. They are not only realistic but easy to install so the designers save money and time because they don’t have to worry about dealing with masons.

Trade Show Exhibit

Trade Show Exhibit

Using a new method to build unique styles helps the designer make a winning impression among their colleagues and clients. Faux stone and brick panels do away with all the disadvantages of using the traditional elements of construction. Therefore, the next generation of designers has already embraced this product because of the flexibility it offers them.

 

 

What Makes A Good Design Trend?

Posted on September 26, 2013

Great trends can be summed up into two different factors. The two factors are style and functionality. These two qualities are usually the spark for a great design trend that takes the market by storm. Polyurethane panels embrace both of these factors to the fullest extent.

Functionality and elegance are some of the most important things in design. Adding special flare and unique characteristics to each project makes a big difference when creating projects to use for your portfolio. Customers love it when their own house is used as a showcase.

Faux Stone Bathroom Example

Using these panels also create more design possibilities. They provide a chance to create a great textured stone look in places where real stone could not be placed. The range of fixtures that can be added to the faux stone panels is limitless because the panels are easy to drill through without comprising the structural integrity of the panel.

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Adding fixtures can create a beautiful ambiance in any room that is being remodeled, such as the fixtures in the picture above where they added beautiful shelves that complement the decor. Simply using a couple of strategically placed lamps can illuminate the unique texture of the panels creating a very appealing contemporary design. These faux stone panels can be used with any style from traditional to contemporary.

Function Meets Form

Functionality simply means using a product that is ascetically pleasing while serving an important function. Faux stone and brick panels provide a level of insulation due to the polyurethane composition which helps keep the cool inside on hot days and warmth inside on those cold winter days.

In addition, they are not difficult to use because they are easy to cut and put in place so after a couple of quick cuts any customer can have a newly remodeled room and more insulation.

The design above with faux stacked stone can be easily recreated with our Laguna Panels line

One of the main advantages of this product is the fact that it can be used in exterior and interior projects. Faux stone panels enable designers to do whatever they want with the product which can bring a wonderful stone look into any area of the home or business they are designing. The flexibility this product offers is great for designers because it helps bring them more customers by increasing their design options. So for your next project use stone panels in order to give you that creative edge everyone is looking for.

Adding Architectural Flare Without Burning Your Wallet

Posted on September 9, 2013

Architectural flare simply equals emotion because when a person looks at a room or building they get a feeling. When walking through your home or business what are some elements you may notice that just look plain and miserable? Take a look again, now imagine having those boring parts of your house or business accentuated without the trouble of having a construction project overtaking your house. Increasing the value and quality of your house or place of business is easier thanks to imitation stone or brick. The material is durable waterproof and UV proof so it is great for inside and outside use. Simply adding a couple of well placed pieces could revolutionize anything from a restaurant to a restroom.

Architectural Elements

Architectural Elements

We can create a great ambiance if we use architectural accessories. Architectural accessories are simple amenities like the tops of columns, moldings, cap, trim, all of these things can add the professional touch you were looking for in your home or office.  Adding flare to the boring parts of your home or business can make a huge difference. Polyurethane has the capability to become anything so it allows the designer or homeowner to incorporate any design or texture they want without sacrificing money or time.

It is important to place the objects strategically so you do not waste money or time. A couple of well-placed pieces of trim make a huge difference. When doing bigger projects using the trim would most definitely save time and look great. Even for smaller projects we still suggest using the trim in order to give that great effect you are looking for but a well done miter cut is also another to finish your corners. No need to worry once you have cut to size the touch up paint. When the sides need to be finished a simple quick use of the touch up kit will give a great effect.

Using Correct Trim

Using Correct Trim

Adding certain pieces to your home or business makes a big impression upon people because it provides depth and character to the area. Utilizing these pieces effectively is easy due to their user friendly design. Click on the picture or phrase architectural elements to go to the installation page and check out our tips and tricks to finish your project professionally. Adding these elements enhance the flow of the design.

 When adding that special twist to your home using polyurethane products can accelerate your project time greatly. One great example is when a TV studio purchased a large order of coral stone posts for their new set.  Their set was drastically transformed. Within a day they had a beautiful row of bleached white coral stone posts covered with a rail that accented the room. The short time it took also saved them money but the professional quality product made it seem like real coral stone.  Another great example of how accessories or different architectural additions can drastically reshape the elements and ambiance or your project.

The quality of the smallest piece can make the biggest difference when trying to create a mood or effect. Some people have made masterpieces by just letting their creativity run free from column tops to the rails and moldings Polyurethane makes for a huge difference when it comes to possibilities.

 

Redesigning Means Redefining

Posted on August 29, 2013

Redesigning Your Home Or Business Just Got Easy

Redefine your life and work by redesigning your home or workplace. Designers love to put their own style into every project they take care of because it gives them a chance to explore the boundaries of our world. Interior designers see it all the time, it is the look people get when they walk into a room and they are vivified by what they are enjoying with their eyes. Our eyes represent the window to our soul and designers’ goals are to attract that soul to the beauty or unique elements of their design. After enjoying countless art shows and furniture exhibitions a person comes to the conclusion that art and function go hand in hand. Combining art and function flawlessly is the key to making a happy customer. Designers from all over the spectrum have realized that a direct line to their customer’s ears is important but most important is being able to cater to your clients desires.

American BedroomWhen deciding on a medium and mode with your clients it is essential to never use the words, “I can’t”. That phrase signifies a failure on the part of the designer for not being creative enough to give the client what they want therefore they may lose a client simply because they couldn't give them what they wanted. Realistically, there are limitations that just can’t be overcome but, for all of the other issues there is always a way to resolve them in order to make everyone happy. In the planning stage of a project it is important to make sure that you are using the correct medium for your design.

Happy Designs

Making people happy does not just mean giving somebody what they want but, also educating them on what is right for their project. Faux stone or brick bypasses a lot of these problems. For example, a client living in a penthouse who wants to build a fireplace may want to have a limestone or stone mantle and face for the fireplace. At this point the designer could step in with a complement on the idea while redirecting them back to reality.

In reality you would need a carpenter and a mason in their penthouse all day for about two or three days if everything goes as planned. They would have to cover the floor and hope that none of the workers destroy the priceless white marble floors. Then the amount of dust brought on from the construction would require the workers to put a plastic sheet around doors and vents to prevent the massive amounts of dust from flying around the house making a constant mess. Then you have the loud noise brought on by the workers which not only prevents the client from enjoying their penthouse but it bothers the neighbors as well. Here is the good part, clients and designers can avoid all of this with a simple application of the cure all remodeling tool which is faux stone or brick, even architectural elements can complement any project since the material is so versatile.

Trade Show Exhibit

Trade Show Exhibit

So for the next big project when the client asks for something that might seem impossible do not fret. Applying imitation stone or brick products do not look tacky or unprofessional when done right. Obviously, there are different grades of production and some companies may not produce the highest quality product as other companies but, do not let the bad apples ruin the batch because this is a great asset for designers in different fields. Polyurethane products come in hundreds of different forms and can be applied in many ways since it is waterproof and UV proof. This enables designers to cover up blank areas and make the project look great in a fraction of the time. Polyurethane once hardened is very durable and lightweight which makes it easy to handle which makes most designers happy to hear since they understand it is not labor intensive. Design for life, love, and luxury and enjoy your next project.

Installation Benefits Of Faux Stone

Posted on September 18, 2012

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. How 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 replica stone and replica rock because no preparation is needed and the panels come ready to be installed onto any surface.

Before river rock photo

When you are installing the products, we recommend starting from the bottom left corner and working your way right. Next row should start on the left hand side and be worked to the right. We also offer the outlet trim and switch box to use to compliment the panels and adjust to use for the switches and outlets.
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The outer boundary of the panel comes with an insert on the top and sides for a stack-able option to reach whatever height measurement is needed.

Securing the panels is quite simple and can be done through the use of adhesives such as Liquid Nails or P & L Glue to name a couple. The adhesives should be applied to the back of the panels on the flat surface. It is also recommended that dry wall screws be used as well to help secure the placement of the panels on any surface.

Many beautiful replica stone panels come painted in acrylic paint, where the paint serves as a natural protector against mildew and mold and helps to keep maintenance to a minimum.
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The final product will come out immaculate.

After river rock photo

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 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, business' are now too 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 area, for instance installing stacked stones to compliment 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.

 

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.

 

 

Think Outside The Box: Stone Veneer Panels Can Help You.

Posted on August 6, 2012

When remodeling your house there are no rules.You have to do what your instinct tells you to do. It's very important to stay open minded and creative when giving birth to a new space.

Think outside the box, what feels good to you not necessarily meets other people’s taste.But your house, office, bedroom is where you spend a big percentage of your time and if it doesn’t feel good to you, than you need to take few steps and make it the best place possible!

We are all busy doing something else while life is happening, and that is why we wake up one day, needing to change something around. And surely when choosing to remodel a house, a big wave of fresh air is on its way.

Antico Elements is here to show you how to redecorate a new space with elegance and charm, yet at a convenient price and time. Using affordable stone veneer panels ideas, your house or office can radically change and upgrade in a short time.

Take a look at the "before and after" of this remodeling project using our panels of stone veneer.

  

Installation took only few hours and the place looks completely new and different.

Our clients are very happy with the stone veneer panels and they are thinking on remodeling other parts of their house.

When it's time to install them you are not left alone. We have an extensive list of Installation Pages and our list of Instructional Videos is constantly growing.

So, keep your mind open and think outside the box.

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.