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Tips On Quick Ways to Make Your Home Look and Feel Amazing

Posted on January 3, 2014

Find Your Diamond In the Rough

A diamond in the rough is a phrase that refers to an object that is very valuable, but hard to find. Finding that diamond in the rough is a boost to any renovation project. This means finding a style or a piece of the puzzle for your  home improvement project that wraps up the whole concept efficiently. Faux stone panels represents that diamond in the rough for small projects like a fireplace remodeling job The best way to stay ahead of the problems that come with any renovation is  through good research.

Wood Skeleton

Wood Skeleton

The best designers and contractors both agree the ability to find the right piece for a project is tough. Most projects demand a flexible product that can go anywhere. Imitation stone panels can go inside and outside with great success.

Sometimes the homeowner's ideas are constantly changing and inconsistent. This creates a demand for materials that are easy to install. Easy installation also

Establishing a method for renovation is hard because of the many different issues involved. The time factor that affects it can create the biggest obstacle in finishing a project on time and most importantly on budget. Traditional methods are quickly becoming outdated which was the inspiration for the polyurethane architectural elements.

Using creative ideas means finding innovative ways to apply those ideas. Many home improvement projects require skilled laborers to make the renovation complete.

Fortunately, no skilled labor is needed when using creative products like the ones offered at Antico Elements. These panels provide the diamond in the rough. They can be applied anywhere in any climate and reduce the project time into minutes or a few hours.

Faux Stone Bathroom Example

 

Creativity Equals Success

The designs being used today are aimed at bringing together the modern contemporary style with a traditional earthy tone. Evoking a sense of liberal modernism has been the result of the trending designs that have been taking over the United States.

The best way to calculate the difference is by the traffic in these styles and how many buildings now incorporate them automatically in their finished real estate. Many investors have realized the need and benefit of selling furnished homes or offices.

It is important for contractors to be aware of the alternative when approaching these projects because they can be finished sooner rather than later.

It will help increase the ability of the contractor to pick up more work.

The more projects the better it is for the company and the more contractors that network the stronger the home improvement industry will become as a whole. If contractors learned how to work with  faux stone or brick panels then a new age of construction will follow.

Making sure your project goes as planned is just as important to us as it for our clients. We go the extra distance to make sure our clients are happy with their project.

Ensuring success in every job received is important for business because reputation is everything. Quality and consistency is important in delivering the right brand. Imitation stone panels are a diamond in the rough for the home improvement industry.

How To Choose And Use Miter Saws

Posted on December 18, 2013

Don't Get Mad Get A Miter Cut

Many people are wary of using tools they don't understand but using the miter saw is easy to use once you understand the basics. Miter saws perform a large number of tasks and provide support for many projects which is why it is essential in the building process. For the do it yourself people out there who are ready to tackle any project this tool is invaluable.

Miter Saw 1

The miter saw enables you to cut on an angle so that you can create different trims and moldings, as well as a number of other miter joints. Creating a miter joint may seem difficult but it is actually very simple.

Simply measure the dimensions of the joint area then divide by two. That will give you the degrees where you need to make the cuts.

There are three different types of miter saws. The different types offer you a range of different options for projects. The first type and the most common type is the standard miter saw. It is the basic miter saw that can make a perpendicular cut through a board or other material at angles typically ranging from 45 degrees left to 45 degrees right. The blade uses an angle scale and locking device keep the blade correctly aligned.

The second type of miter saw is the compound miter saw which adds the ability to tilt the blade at a specified angle from vertical, to cut a compound angle. This is also referred to as "bevel" cut.

The best way to remember the difference is by thinking of compound as a two in one tool because it cuts in two angles. This saw allows you to move the blade and tilt it so you can do different kinds of cuts according to the project.

Miter Saw 2

The third type of saw is the sliding miter saw. This saw slides along a horizontal arm, similar to a radial arm saw so that it can accomplish a large amount of tasks. This saw enables the user to cut a wider piece of material for bigger projects.

Most carpenters or contractors have a miter saw that they can use, but the general public does not.

Although, the equipment may be expensive the public can use it for a nominal rental price in order to avoid buying one. So the "do-it-yourselfer" is in luck because home depot and other home improvement stores rent out the miter saw for about forty three dollars a day with a small seventy five dollar deposit.

Renting the equipment enables anybody to get projects done without hiring someone to do the job for them. Learn the safety rules before you rent the product and take your time. Watch as many instructional video

The miter saw is easy to use and provides a range of different capabilities that enable people to complete a variety of different projects. Simply place the material you want cut then set the degree at which the cut should be made.

The cut can be made but be careful with your hands and clothes so they don’t get caught in the blade. Make sure that the saw is placed somewhere that is easy to clean up afterwards because the dust from the cuts will fly everywhere and could be hard to clean up.

Avoid The Weight

Posted on December 11, 2013

Many building projects have a lot of factors that affect the construction process. Weight is a big factor in the construction process. It affects the transportation costs.

It also influences the labor cost by increasing the time it takes to install as well. Ultimately, weight can play a large role in any type of building project. Thankfully, there is a great way to get around the weight issue.

Stone slabs

Any masonry job can cost a large amount of money due to the installation and the many additional expenses associated with it.

Some of the major expenses that affect the price is the actual cutting of the stone from the quarry and then transportation cost.

That expense is calculated into the material price at first. The contractor picking up the stone or brick can add onto the bill whatever amount they want.

A small section of a couple dozen square feet would weigh hundreds of pounds. If that were to ship with UPS or a freight company it would cost a fortune. Even with freight shipments it will be expensive because they weigh so much that the cost can even prevent certain projects from being finished.

The weight can also prevent it from being installed in certain spaces. Some walls are not designed to hold that kind of weight so it limits the areas that you can apply the stone.

This problem can hold back a lot of people from using the real stone on their projects.

Since our imitation stone panels don’t weigh that much they can be placed on any flat surface.

Another problem with using natural stone is the distance from the quarry. The selection for some people is extremely narrow because the distance can prohibit the use of different styles from regions farther away. For example, a client in New York would spend a fortune getting desert style stone to his or her project.

Stone with water

With our product you can choose from dozens of styles and colors.

Natural stone weighs too much to send around the country which prohibits the stylistic choices for the client.

Real stone is obsolete. The weight involved in stone installation is too inefficient because it is not cost effective. Our high quality faux stone or brick panels come with an array of accessories that help make it look and feel real.

Let's not forget about the wall preparation. With natural stone or brick a different type of framing and preparation is required to hold the weight of the stone. This is not the case with the faux version.

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.

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.

Presenting The Amazing Faux Brick.

Posted on April 28, 2012

The first thing that comes to mind to most people, when seeing the words faux brick, is faux paint and maybe painting a brick pattern on a wall. This is because for decades there were really a couple of options to create a brick look.

You could either use full brick, brick veneer, or thin brick and maybe go toward the faux painting route. The first options was usually the one homeowner discarded quickly. Installing real brick is not a job for weekenders or inexperienced brick layers. It is a heavy job and quite messy.
Painting a brick pattern on a wall can take a long time to master and by the time you get to that point the walls already finished do not really look like what you had envisioned in the beginning.

The reason why faux brick in the form of wall panels are becoming so incredibly popular is that it avoids all the above.Panels of imitation brickThe advantages are not only for homeowners but for builders alike. These faux brick are not just some fake looking panel, they actually incredibly realistic. So why not use a cheaper product, one that anyone can install quickly and achieve the same result?

It might be a concept hard to grasp because such revolutionary product has not been seen until the past few years. All people need to do is order a sample from Antico Elements to see how real they look. Ideally you want to get samples from other sources to compare and realize that Antico's quality is higher and at the best faux brick price. Also let's not forget that not every store offering faux brick can honestly say they are Made In USA.