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Cultured Stone – A Mess-Free Exterior Installation

Cultured stone is not only for new houses but can also be applied on any house – it can replace bricks, aluminum siding or stucco.  Cultured stone will transform your house from outdated to a modern look without the hassles or mess of structural construction.

I thought I’d show some pictures of an exterior cultured stone project, in-process, to demonstrate how clean and problem-free cultured stone installation is.

This 20-year old home is located north of Barrie, right on the water. Cultured stone is great for homes and cottages, and withstands all extreme weather conditions!

After-photos are on their way.

Exterior of the home, ready for cultured stone installation

Boxes of cultured stone

The beginning of a cultured stone wall

Cultured stone around the garage

Because of it's natural look, cultured stone goes great with landscaping & gardens

Another view of the gardens with the cultured stone project in the background

This is a big exterior project so stay tuned for "after" pics!

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Taps Toronto – Custom Showroom Fireplace

Anyone who’s ever considered designing, renovating, or upgrading a kitchen, washroom or powder room – and lives in the Toronto (Ontario) area – has surely visited Taps on Lawrence Avenue West for their design decisions and purchases. This stunning two-sided feature wall in their main showroom and window adds a high-end warmth and sophistication, making it easier for designers and homeowners to visualize transforming their own unique spaces. Rick worked with the owners to design and erect this cultured stone showstopper. Take a look at the following photos, and prepare to be inspired! Better yet, head to Taps to have your own in person ‘look and feel’ of the wall – I’ll be happy to help you customize a similar look in your home!

Taps, Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON

Sneak Peek – Cultured Stone in Kitchen, Powder Room of a Century Home

Here’s a sneak peek at a huge renovation currently in progress. This century home located in Barrie is being updated with a modern kitchen, complete with a feature wall in cultured stone, as well as a powder room off the kitchen with a cultured stone wainscoting design. When the renovation is completed, I’ll post another set of pictures – I’m told this home renovation will also be featured in a magazine and the complete story will appear once completed and published. Stay tuned…..

Cultured Stone feature wall in kitchen

Another view of the kitchen feature wall

Cultured stone wainscoting in the main-floor powder room

Finally, a view of the cultured stone work in the kitchen and powder room. Photos of the finished project coming soon.

Another fireplace feature in Our Homes magazine

The above fireplace I did in Midhurst was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Our Homes (Barrie Orillia). Click here to download the full issue for free.

I blogged this fireplace back in January. You can see that since then the fireplace has become the central focus of this beautifully designed living room. All of my fireplaces are custom designed to go with the decor of the room and the tastes of the homeowners – cultured stone comes in many different colours and shapes allowing for complete customization. Also, this cultured stone fireplace adds a lot of warmth to the large room – which I’m sure my clients will appreciate in the winter months!

Contact me for a free estimate. A fireplace can be added to any room, all that is needed is an outlet! It is a quick and inexpensive way to boost the value and “livability” of your home.

Creating a Feature Wall in Your Home

How to create a feature wall

Photo By Rick Minnings

Cultured stone is not just for exteriors or fireplaces. Make your house unique by adding a cultured stone feature wall. A feature wall can anchor any room and add a professionally designed feel. This technique can be installed in any room, and looks great in bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. In the above photos, the cultured stone wall put the finishing touch on my client’s billiard room. The possibilities are endless!

Cultured stone can be installed over any type of wall with very little prep work. Cultured stone is non-load bearing – nothing structural needs to be added or changed to install a beautiful cultured stone wall! Contact me for a free quote.

Feature Fireplace in Our Homes Magazine

These are some images from a fireplace that I did which was featured in the Spring 2009 issue of Our Homes magazine. To see a full online version of the issue click here (starts on page 37).

This fireplace is approximately 18 feet high and 8 feet wide. It provides a nice focal point for the great room, and is visible from the entry point and the kitchen. The homeowner also decided on a small cultured-stone wall which provided a nice transition between rooms.

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