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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 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 styles 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 a 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 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 fireplaces 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 a 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 a span of ten feet. Faux stone can be slightly molded and bent to fit the curve of the bar. The homeowner was incredibly pleased with himself now boasting he had built his beautiful bar. The faux stone gave it 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 of 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

Crating Faux DIY Stone Walls With Interlocking Panels

Posted on March 11, 2013

The vast majority of those who start a remodeling project does not have time to spare. In most cases, they would love to see the project completed as quickly as possible.

Stairway with faux stone wall panels

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels.

Remodeling a room can take from one day to several weeks and most households or businesses cannot afford to have tools and building materials laying around for weeks or months.

When it comes to renovating rooms and walls, there are many options. You can simply use paint to make it quick but you usually get what you pay for. If you would like a rock wall of a faux stone wall the choices are just a few. You can either choose heavy, cultured, cast or veneer stone or go the easy route and choose faux DIY stone wall panels. Instead of having to use expensive online referral or rating sites to choose a contractor or even a mason, you can make it easy on yourself.

Stone Wall Panels

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels.

With resin stacked stone panels for walls, we have entered a whole new dimension of DIY practices. Most of us have kind of given up to the idea that stacked stone walls will be a dusty and dirty job and that knowing when a contractor will complete the job is not something easy, right?

If you want to cut through the difficulties of dealing with a mason, save a considerable amount of money and control the quality of the finished project, you can either install faux stone wall sheets on your own or just pay your handyman to do it at a fraction of what a mason would charge. Antico's faux stone wall panels install in just a few minutes and are as easy to handle as this Antico Elements video clearly shows. It is just a matter of interlocking a few panels and corners and use other accessories to go around corners and turns.

It’s not always necessary to take the troubled path when it comes to remodeling. Simply follow what so many homeowners and builders are doing today, give Antico Elements' light-weight and clean stacked stone panels a try.

Here's how they get quickly installed.

No preparation needed for the wall behind. Install them directly on, Sheetrock, wood or metal framing,

  1. Take the first panel and cut the "fingers" off the left side, to create a straight edge. Any woodcutting tool will do the job.
  2. Glue the back with affordable construction adhesive like Liquid Nails. Apply a few screws.
  3. From left to right, install the next panels until the last one will reach the end of the wall.
  4. Measure the remaining wall surface to cover and cut the panel on the right side accordingly.
  5. Repeat the above steps if you need more rows of panels to cover your wall.
  6. If you create wainscoting simply use the Ledge Trim to cap the top of the panels.

DONE!
No grouting, sealing, cleaning or caulking needed. It's THAT easy.

They Look Real But They Are Faux Imitation Panels

Posted on January 14, 2013

If there are ground-breaking products that have been revolutionizing the construction, remodeling, DIY and decorating fields, these are undoubtedly the new faux stone panels.

The Faux Version Of Old Types Of Stone

The Faux Version Of Old Types Of Stone

It is not very easy to create realistic faux stone panels without employing the right technology. Real stones have their own, unique texture and colors that are not easy to replicate. With the faux version of these stones that come in single panels, the results can be quite amazing. By using polyurethane and specifically designed acrylic paints you can start to see a product that strongly competes with real stone.

Some imitation stone could almost seem real at a distance but when getting a bit closer, the person's reaction changes suddenly.

An Up-Close View Of A Faux Stone Panel Corner

An Up-Close View Of A Faux Stone Panel Corner

What has been pulling this great material into the construction and remodeling fields is the amazing ease of installation and maintenance. With faux stone panels, adding a rustic or contemporary stone look to a building is truly now affordable and fun. What once was an expensive job, for highly trained professionals, now is quick and at everyone’s reach.

If we take into consideration only the cost of preparing the wall surface before installing regular stone it would be enough to convince a homeowner or a professional builder to go with faux stone panels and save money.
When we add the saving derived from the reduced number of hours per square foot needed to install these panels, the case is clearly made against old types of stones.

Let’s summarize the easy process of creating a stone wall with faux stone panels.

1-      To prepare the surface make there is no dust or dirt so that the adhesive will be able to stick.

2-      Quickly layout the various panels and accessories to get an idea of how the parts will be installed.

3-      Create a horizontal line (preferably with a chalk liner) to use as a guide.

4-      Cut the first faux stone panel on the left side to create a flat area.

5-      Apply some adhesive in the back and where the various panels will interlock

6-      Install some screws in the middle of the panel and where the panels overlap.

7-      If some screws heads are visible simply use a touch-up kit to quickly paint them.

So, does it seem too simple for an installation?
This is exactly why so many people love this truly innovative replica stone material because it removes many obstacles created by old-fashion stones.

This faux stone panels CATALOG will allow you to choose the perfect combination of styles and colors to match your design.

Willing To Redesign Your Garden Wall? Try Alpi Stone wall

Posted on August 11, 2012

Today we would like to illustrate a beautiful and realistic product that has been on top of your sales lately: the realistic Alpi stone wall replica.

We see our clients being every day more satisfied with their choice of going with artificial stone when remodeling a project. They say the time they save for installation is unbelievable and also how the house or the outside of it can radically change from one day to another.

Take a look at this exterior design project and see how the garden acquires a completely different look once the installation of faux stone siding has been done.

faux stone siding

You can notice that the trendy new Alpi almond design gives a fresh and modern look to the garden wall, the stone looks real as Antico Elements works with only Made In USA high-quality material and the rock is actually molded from the real one and hand-painted to make sure that the final product meets all client expectation for a product that is realistic and beautiful.

Another good aspect of Antico Elements is that also complements like columns and corners are offered to you so that you can really install the stone on any kind of surface. Also because the product itself is very flexible and easy to cut.

We are satisfied when we can make our clients happy and for further questions and info don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team will be happy to assist you!

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The Versatility Of Faux Stone Panels.

Posted on August 11, 2012

We would like to bring your attention to this project we recently finished and focus on the versatility of our products.

As we mentioned in our previous blogs the items Antico Elements provides are versatile and can be used for many and different spaces. They can be used in: Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, in restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms below the siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.

The attention goes on this picture that shows the finished project of a clothing store and shows how these stone panels can be an outstanding additional element to a business or to your own house.

Storefront with charcoal stone

A welcoming stone wall placed at the entrance of a clothing store adds a stylish and cozy vibe to the shop itself. Because of the stone looking real the energy of the space where the stone has been installed is positive and romantic.

What is better than shopping at a place that gives you comfort and makes you feel welcome?

Again we are always careful of providing a great service and assistance to our clients so please contact us to give us feedback or to inquire further information.

Antico Elements Faux Stone Panel noir

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Vacation at home : faux walls.

Posted on August 3, 2012

So now, in summertime we are all getting ready for vacations spending some quality time at the beach, resorts and spas, intertwining with nature and with ourselves.

Surely we all deserve a break and some peace after working for the whole year.

But how about keeping that sense of calm and peace at your own house. How?

Remodeling your house after coming back from vacation time could be a way for you to feel your vacation has extended at your own house!

Wouldn’t if feel good coming back from work and find a falling rain faux wall welcoming you?

You can close your eyes and just relax to the sound of the rain falling into the rocks. Few moments to just breathe and be present.  You don’t have to go anywhere else but this can happen at your house with the installation of artificial panels.

Antico Elements has an extended range of products that fit each and every taste. Imitations stones are molded on real rocks and they are painted by hand to make sure that you get a real feel when being around them.

It’s not that hard! You can easily do it yourself in few hours! Antico Elements customer representatives will be happy to guide you through the selection and installation of your products providing you an expert opinion on your remodeling sure, making sure that your choice of panels match the style of your house or work place.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t you want extend your vacation at your house?

We are a phone call away!

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Great relation between quality and price: faux wall panels

Posted on July 25, 2012

Did you know that if you purchase with Antico Elements more than $3000 in panels you would get either a discount in quantity or free shipping if you live in the USA area?

So here,  another good reason to believe that Antico Elements cares about their customers!

Antico Elements' attention goes to the relationship between quantity and quality, price and quality. Finding very affordable products in the market now a day it is very possible, but how about the quality?

If you buy a very cheap dress, probably after few times washing it, it will damage or break.

So how about if you decide to remodel your house and you go for low-cost products? A house is not like a dress! It takes time and effort to install the remodeling items. And in this case, if you decide to purchase faux wall panels, if you don’t make the right choice and you only consider the price aspect of it, you will probably end up with a product that you will have to take off and change after few weeks.

Antico Elements doesn’t want that to happen to their clients! They carefully choose the raw materials in a way that they can guarantee a “lasting forever” product and they balance it with a price that can be affordable to everyone, and most important you can save from your pocket when deciding to go with Antico because the installation doesn’t imply an additional cost. You can actually install the panels yourself!!! You can see a great example in the image below.

Affordable high-quality products that last until you decide you want to change them!

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‘If it looks good, that it’s right” : Stone walls panels

Posted on July 22, 2012

"I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right." That is what the famous designer Dorothy Draper says.

If it looks right it feels right. Does it look right?

Fireplace with comiso stone

If it looks right and it feels right then it means you agree with what we do!

Antico Element focuses on creating original and creative ideas for your remodeling project using convenient and realistic stone wall panels products.  The main goal for our company is to provide to our clients the possibility to renew their home or work environment at an affordable price that yet guarantees high quality and realist products. Time and money-saving Antico Elements beautiful stone wall panels item will make your house look different and unique. Available in different shapes and colors these panels are hand-painted stone by stone to look even more real and to give the feel of "real stone".

Having a house that "feel good" is probably everyone's will and only following our few steps easy installation book you can create that feeling by yourself with few carpenter tools. Even women can do it, thanks to the lightweight of the stone wall panels.

Comfort and elegance & if it looks good then it' s right!

The importance of Faux Stone products.

Posted on July 20, 2012

Transforming a home or space is now easier than ever through the use of mock stone. These faux stone products can add flair and create an intimate ambiance in any given space. A great advantage of faux stone is that these panels are portable and can be installed and uninstalled very easily to change with themes or seasons. Many homeowners are jumping at these new innovative panels to create that natural look of stones or rocks without the headache of installation and labor costs.

Almond stone wall

Faux stone as an exterior option can help revitalize a residence in minutes. These products are durable enough to withstand different climates and temperatures, working as a protector while offering a stylish design. Many contractors and carpenters are fans of these faux stone products because it is very easy to put up and offers a cost-efficient alternative to real stones.

Interior design companies have become fans of faux stone over the years. Many companies look at these products as a great tool to dress up an area with. Designers have used these products in all building aspects from residential properties to commercial spaces to business offices. Faux stone can add a unique quality to any setting and can be installed on most applications through the use of screws and adhesives.

Another great advantage of this type of product is that there is a variety of styles and designs to choose from. These products are very Eco-friendly and work as a natural insulator when installed. There is minimal to no preparation needed with faux stone compared to that of real stones that may need backer boards, grouting, or even masonry work.