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Affordable Remodeling

Posted on July 11, 2014

Remodeling can be a stressful process but that changes with the advances made in the home improvement industry. Tools and remodeling products have been evolving every generation. Saving money while remodeling is not so tricky when using the right materials and methods.

Saw blades are designed with more accuracy and sharpness. Computers now give us more exact construction methods. The handheld tool has been redesigned to have a longer list of different capabilities in order to accommodate many uses.

Chemicals are created that form stronger bonds. Alloys are being designed that are stronger than their previous counterparts. With all of the advancements being made the goal is not only to make different projects easier, but cheaper as well.

Power To The People

Products like faux stone panels enable individuals to do projects such as home renovations or business remodeling themselves. It helps make large remodeling projects affordable. Compounds like polyurethane have been improved upon over the century leading to great architectural elements that aid people in their remodeling project. It is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process and has an incredible amount of longevity. Its manufacturing process has also been upgraded so the atmosphere is not hurt by the emissions the production.

Start Of Renovation

Start Of Renovation

Polyurethane is a hardened resin which is then painted to look exactly like the architectural elements it represents.  The product comes in many different forms. They save a lot of money for people who can’t afford to remodel their homes using regular contractors and traditional construction methods.

Remodeling is an essential part of the economy helping keep the values of home in an attractive profit margin. It stimulates different sectors in manufacturing as well as labor. Polyurethane products may seem insignificant to most people that don’t know about it or have never used it but in fact it is a beacon in the home improvement industry.

It serves as a rally point for people that are ready to make their home better without diving into a series of crippling loans or credit card expenses. This product makes it possible to make anyone’s home or business into a luxurious retreat. By changing your home or business you can revolutionize it so it looks better in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Modern Faux Stone Fireplace

Posted on September 13, 2013

Over the years fireplaces have been an iconic symbol for each generation. Although, they have changed over the years and each time they always reflect the architectural philosophy of that generation. Everybody who has had a fireplace in their home remembers the cozy feeling it inspired. It brings a warmth to the home besides the heat the fire brings. Everyone sits around the fireplace talks and laughs and shares Christmas presents or plays with their children. The fireplaces now have changed considerably with different technology.

New technology has changed the look and feel of fireplaces by making them safer and cleaner. With a whole new variety of new style of fireplaces a new contemporary design comes into play. Now many designers and homeowners are changing their fireplace by using faux stone products.

Faux Stone Fireplace

Faux Stone Fireplace

Antico fireplace

Antico fireplace

Designers are taking advantage of the benefits offered by faux stone products. The modern fireplace has been revolutionized. The trend is redefining the way the American fireplace looks by creating the utilitarian look with a contemporary edge. Faux stone products can easily go around the fireplace and even be used to create a mantle.

The versatility of this product is best explained when you examine the various methods it can be applied. In the fireplace setting it can wrap around the corners and go right up to the ceiling with any problem. But the one of the greatest things about this product is you can add fixtures such as lights through the panels. With stone you must make a sacrifice because you can’t drill straight through stone and put lamps or mirrors on it. With the faux stone panels people can easily drill through and anchor whatever they want into the panels.

Fireplaces are not complete without some form of mantle. Where else would everybody hang the stockings and put up albums of their family. The mantle plays a large role in the room due to the albums and ornaments that adorn it. When people pass by the mantle usually a long parade of smiles and hugs dot the pictures above the fireplace. This was very special to me as a child because every Christmas we always added our new albums to the mantle highlighting the fun we had that year. These important pieces of our lives should be revered. Remodeling the traditional fireplace with a modern touch is made easy when using faux stone because you can take that boring blank space around the fireplace and create a masterpiece of design in under a day.

The modern fireplace is still evolving. Many homeowners have adopted the faux stone approach because it is a cheaper way to remodel the fireplace. Most people have been purchasing the newer versions of fireplace which complements the design theory of the faux stone method because after the easy installation most people love the great look it creates. Save time and money while making your house into a cozy home. Escape from the trouble of the world and warm up by your new fireplace enjoy the great textures and colors brought on by the faux stone.

The Ultimate Interior and Exterior Design Makeover Product.

Posted on August 22, 2013
Example of faux stone fireplace.

Example of faux stone fireplace.

Faux stone has been in the home improvement market for about five to six years. Since then it has substantially increased in sales due to the fact that is the ultimate medium for decorating interior or exterior sections of your house without sacrificing time and labor cost. For any room in any size and shape faux stone can be applied. Some of the most amazing applications are the use of faux stone in a shower, yes even in a shower.

There are no ends to it application. Another great interior example is the use of it on a ceiling. This gives the occupant of the room the feeling that they are in a beautiful earthy cabin with stone walls and a stone ceiling, thereby transforming a dead and tired master bedroom into a luxurious oasis from the stress of the day.

Just above the text is a great picture of the different uses of faux stone to revitalize a boring looking fireplace into a luxurious cozy place to relax and socialize. A great example of the variety of interior uses was the application to a bar. The homeowner was tired of looking at a plain unappealing bar for his den. The bar itself was a curved surface with the span of ten feet. Faux stone can be slightly molded and bent in order to fit the curve of the bar. The homeowner was incredibly pleased with himself now boasting he had built his own beautiful bar. The faux stone gave not only gave it a modern look but also was easy to install. Interior design was revolutionized with this product. Interior designers or set designers can easily use and reuse faux stone to transform any room or set.

Some of the biggest projects are done on the exterior of the house. These projects help make the home unique and more pleasing to the eyes. Sometimes people hide chipped paint or faded areas of the house with faux stone giving it a durable and long lasting clean fresh look. Many people love the versatility of faux stone and the value and depth it adds to any home. From mobile home skirting to column wrapping just about anything on the exterior can be reshaped and transformed with the use of faux stone. With simple measurements a couple simple tools anybody can change their house into a home. The difference is the personalization and customization of the house thereby making it your unique home. So if you were thinking of renovating or simply adding value to your home faux stone provides the easiest, fastest, and best way to do that while saving money.

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Fireplace With Faux Stacked Stone Panels Facing

Another beautiful faux stone fireplace.

Posted on May 14, 2012

Another example of how beautiful a room can be with the addition of faux stone in a room but specifically on a fireplace.

As seen in these photos, nothing can add that natural and charming look like faux stone can.

Faux Stone Fireplace

It can be very challenging to a blend a new element into a project without making it look out of place. This can happen when the texture of a stone doesn't match the decor. For example of a home has a more traditional style, the use of a gray slate elements will probably not blend in. If a modern contemporary environment maybe it may not be appropriate to use a faux stone like river rock - which it looks beautiful in other settings.

Faux Stone Fireplace

One great thing about Antico Elements is the ability to choose from a large variety of faux stone styles and colors. There is a panel for every project and style.

Whether you are looking to create a warm traditional room or a more modern and cool space, you can easily find a panel that fits your needs.

Don't forget to visit our Fireplace blog page:
http://www.anticoelements.com/blog/stone-fireplace-designs-and-remodel

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.

Fireplace Stone Installation Made Easy.

Posted on April 23, 2012

If there is one thing that makes any home a much cozier place, that is definitely a stone fireplace. Any fireplace design that remains imprinted in people's mind has some form of stone on it. We all know, though, how expensive it is to install real stone on a fireplace. This is why we really appreciate the beauty, ease of use and affordble pricing of fireplace faux stone.
Faux stone panels make any home improvement project a simple task with the look of natural stones and the ease of simple installations. The light weight of the faux stone panels make it easier than ever to improve a room  or space with very little to no extra tools needs. Installation on a fireplace can be done by the homeowner or your local handyman or neighborhood carpenter without the high costs associated with labor. The panels are made of 100% polyurethane material which make them strong and durable yet light in weight and easy to put up in hard to reach locations.

         

It is now easier than ever to complete those home improvement projects that seemed so far out of reach. The natural stone look is now available at less than half the cost of labor and products through faux stone panels. There are a variety of patterns and designs to choose from. Projects that once were estimated at long hours of labor can now completed in no time. Just like many before you, your stone fireplace will improve the look of your family room in no time. Take a look at our testimonials page for some examples.

 

Why Use Our Products

Posted on October 15, 2009

Visit Our Store At AnticoElements.com

Why Use Rock Or Faux Stone Panels?

( Save money, easy to install, looks great )

Most of us at some point had to deal with the stress and frustration of purchasing expensive materials, hiring expensive contractors and have little control over the process and the results of a remodeling or a home & garden project. Imagine if you had in your had a product lika a Stone Panel, an affordable product with the support and advice of knowledgeable experts and do the work yourself? What if you then had fun doing it and be so proud of it that you started sending the photos of the finished work to your family and friends? It’s not just a concept, it very possible with our faux stone panels. All you need are some basic carpenter’s tools and to browse through a few pages in our catalog at AnticoElements.com

Our Brick 28" Aspen Plus

What are some of the many benefits of our products? Made in USA. Although some of our designs are inspired by the beautiful and classical styles from around the world, we understand today’s importance in employing American work force. That’s why we proudly make our products in the US! The Look. Purchasing imitation Stones Panels, Dry Stack and, River Rock Panels sometimes means getting a lesser product that looks fake. Sometime so, sometime quite the opposite. Our products are molded from actual rocks, stone, bricks, and coral stone. The products coming out of  the molds reproduce every single detail, of the stone and even the grouting. Most people don’t believe they aren’t real rocks, stones and wood until they tap on them. The tapping or knocking is usually followed by a “oh, wow!”. The colors are applied by hand to further increase the realistic look and avoid pattern repetition when putting panels next to each other. Many competitor’s products are sprayed with one color and simply sponged off.  Not ours! We carefully apply different colors, one by one.

Fireplace design

Fireplace design - Laguna Line

Cost Saving. Why pay more for a hand-made stone materials and labor involved in long installation when you can pay less for another quality product? This building material is made of high quality, high-density polyurethane and it is available at a fraction of the cost of other materials and other vendors. You can let people admire your work without having to tell them how much you have saved. We provide an additional saving by removing middle men and passing the savings to the customer.  Compare our photos and samples with those from other companies to realize that our prices are lower and our quality superior. Don’t forget, we always have products on sale.

Faux Stone Skirting

Romana Stone for skirting - Sand

Applications. Our products are designed to withstand outdoor stress tests yet they are beautiful enough to be used as interior decoration. The latest trend designs are going toward natural look stones. They can be used in: Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, In restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms Below siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.

Alpi Stone Wall Panels

New Romana Almond Color Stone Wall - Almond

Our panels can be installed over most preexisting surfaces. What do you do if you are a home-owner and are not interested in buying a new home yet you like the look of the natural stone elements? Well, give the front of your home a facelift. Perfect for both residential and commercial applications, imitation products allow you to combine very affordable alternatives and style. Choose from the different styles and colors to pick the one most suitable for your project.

Alpi Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Laguna Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Stone panels create an everlasting yet modern ambiance and is a perfect architectural and landscaping stone wall material. These materials bridge the gap between exterior and interior areas. You can now recreate an exterior look in an inside space with very little effort.

Stone wall panels in charcoal color

Store Front Laguna Stone - Charcoal

Interlocking feature. Antico Elements’ Stone edges are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They use a system similar to tongue and groove to virtually remove the seam lines you easily notice in other competitor's products. We have spent vast resources to create a system that provides a great look, prevents water from sliding behind the panels and improve the insulation factor.

Interlocking Edges

Interlocking stone edges

Seamless look

Seamless look

Practical and lightweight. Have you ever seen someone install rocks and stone or have you done it yourself? You know how long it takes to lay one stone at a time. Now you can install 8-18 square feet of rocks and stone in one step utilizing our panels.

Fireplace Stone design

Interior Faux Stone design - Alpi Almond

Simple installation. Anyone can install our products. You don’t need to purchase expensive diamond blades or wet saws, mix mortar and learn to lay bricks before you have the power to fully manage your project. All you need are basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instruction and in case you need it, great customer support.

Chimney Stone

Comiso Stone Gray Used On Chimney - Outdoor

Flexible. Unlike other manufacturers our panels are not rigid. They can be installed on a bumpy and curved surface without the need to cut single stones in small pieces and compromise the look.

Stone Siding Example

Stone Siding Example With Laguna Beach

Fire rated. Although resistible to high temperatures, all our products are also available in fire rated material for only 10% more.

Stone Backsplash

Laguna Stone Used In Interior Kitchens

Easy to maintain and durable. Contrary to other “natural products” our panels and accessories are constructed with closed-cell polyurethane particles which means that they will not absorb water and there will be no mold or rutting. They can easily be cleaned and washed. They also will not crack and the finish will barely fade in time. They are so durable and impact resistant that you can even drive a car on it without damage.

Fireplace Design

Fireplace design - Coral Stone - Natural

Benefits of accessories. Although our panels can be cut, mitered and sanded to meet around corners, we offer an easier and cleaner solution. We provide matching accessories like: Inside Corners, Outside Corners, Ledges and Sills. We also have:

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps and Column Sleeves

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps - Sand

Stone Columns, Caps, Trim, Moldings, Wall caps, Keystones and many architectural elements. Panels for Chimneys.

Outdoor Stone Veneer

Outdoor Stone veneer - Laguna Beach

For details on all our products please visit our online catalog at www.AnticoElements.com For answers on the most frequent questions please take a look at our FAQ Page.