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The Benefits Of Doing-It-Yourself

Posted on June 19, 2014
DIY

DIY

Explore the rewards of doing projects yourself and start projects as soon as right now!

These days with the busy schedules consisting of work, family, and the everyday repetitive tasks, sometimes the highlight of our week is getting to spend our hard earned money. We take our time looking for something that "defines" us. That perfect rug, that spacious bookcase, that beautiful painting that captures your character in the form of art. Then there are those pesky things we need to deal with in the process. Those things that can interrupt our escape from our own lives and bring us back into the reality that is the world around us. We have this need to have things that when we come into our space, we can rest comfortably in an environment that understands us. This, right here, is where do it yourself projects make their grand appearance into our world. To create things that even if not perfect, are closer to who we are than whatever can be purchased, simply because, well, because we created it. It was conceived in our own thoughts and born through the work of our own hands.

You might not feel that you are capable of such creativity. However, half the fun is that it does not have to be absolutely perfect. The slight imperfections that occur is what makes it custom, unique, it makes it more personal to you. The idea is just to start. Once you have completed your

first project, you may just become addicted to the concept. Your eyes will be opened and suddenly just about anything and everything you may have need of will be at your very fingertips. It becomes an adventure to create the next, better than the last. To add details that stirred in your mind during the previous project. You welcome the challenges because the rewards are much greater when you have completed something in which you have put your own time and effort.

Not creative? Have no idea where to start? There are plenty of resources out there that can guide you along the way. This project is for YOU! Who better to decide how to custom make something for you, but yourself. Take some time to look through the internet for websites, photos, and videos. There are plenty of sites out there that not only offer examples to look at, but also have step by step instructions. Books are sold on the topic of doing it yourself. The resources, and ideas are limitless.

Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Take that leap into the do it yourself world! Grab a glass of wine, (or tea). Turn up your favorite tunes and unleash the flow of creativity inside you. Build a bookcase, decorate your yard space with beautiful stones, create a unique wall piece or even add a new fresh look to a fireplace. Whatever your heart desires, conceive it, and birth it yourself.

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.

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.

Why You Should Replace That Old Door For A New Look.

Posted on December 4, 2013

Doors are a very interesting part of our lives because we don’t pay attention to them until they break or get dirty. Fixing your doors and making sure that they stand up to the test of time is a great way to improve your home. Choosing a door can be hard because there are so many varieties. Replacing that old door really makes the interior of the house feel fresh and new. Besides, everybody loves their privacy which is why it is important not to wait until it's too late and you have a broken door hanging off the hinges.

Choosing a door that fits your lifestyle is essential to finding the ideal accessories that fit your design. Usually, the doors of our homes go unnoticed. This article will highlight ways to replace doors and help make your house pop.

The doors that make the biggest impression are the ones that people see first. Upon entering the house the front door is the thing that guests see first therefore making sure the front is in good condition can make a good impression. The front entrance provides the influential characteristics for the house.

Pick doors that reflect your personality because it never hurts to add flare to your design choices. Simply start off by checking the dimensions for the door jam.

Once you have the correct dimensions then cut out the size or find the corresponding prefabricated door. Get ready to place your door by getting the saws and power drills which you will need in the installation.

The trickiest part may be placing the door lock kit on the door because not many people are familiar with the process. It is a very simple process and the best way to understand the hinge and door knob sections is by looking at the previous door that you took off.

The hinge section can be cut out to make a mortise which is the small recess where the hinge leaf goes. Take your time with this part because chiseling out the mortise is a tricky procedure and you have to make sure it fits flush with the door.

Once the door has been placed and fitted you must make sure the hinges line up with the corresponding spot for the door. The door knob needed for the door should be placed by the door and measured for the correct cut.

Use a razor knife to cut the lines where the cut is going to take place because it is more accurate. Making the right cuts is the most important part of this process because even the smallest mistake can make the door unusable so take time when following through with this process.

Once you have cut out the areas for the door knob and the hinges get ready to attach the door. Simply use the same pins or hinges you may have taken off the old door. Most people like to use the old hinges and door knobs but if you are remodeling the doors and want them to look their best it is wise to get new stuff.

You can recycle the old hinges and pins for doors that are out of sight in the least trafficked areas of the house. Fixing old doors is a great way to boost resale value and home enjoyment as well.

Old Door In Need Of Repairs

Old Door In Need Of Repairs

Fixing up those old creaky doors is a great to give you home a new and better feel. Replacing the doors may seem complicated and hard to do but it is actually quite easy once you see how the full process works. The main piece of advice to remember is to take your time when replacing the doors so you don’t make the wrong cuts. Replacing the door is a great way to add value to your home and give a new feel at the same time.

 

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.