Category Archives: family room updates

Another living room fireplace with Cultured Stone

Good morning!

I hope you all enjoy this photo of a cultured-stone fireplace I did featuring a wooden mantle and a beautiful raised hearth. Like all of my fireplaces, this one was custom-designed by myself and the homeowners. The final product really provides a focal point for the entire room.

The homeowners have also enjoyed decorating and adding the finishing touches to their new cultured-stone fireplace.

 

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Added Elegance with a Double Sided Fireplace

Do you have a large open concept room in your home? Consider adding a double sided fireplace. Not only will it effectively heat a large room, these fireplaces can add definition to the space. One side can be the living area and the other side could be for dining or even an office space. Double sided fireplaces can also be installed in existing walls. Contact me for a quote!

Here is an example of a double sided fireplace I did in Muskoka.

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Side Two:

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.

Our own project – Built in flat screen tv and cultured stone fireplace

We love our home, especially the main floor – but, we found that we weren’t spending as much time as we liked in our living room. The reason? Our television and fireplace were in the family room on the lower level (basement). We decided that we wanted to bring our tv and fireplace upstairs, and chose to transform an interior wall in our living room. No tearing down of walls! No costly chimney’s required! No venting! No damage or changes needed to our existing hardwood floors! Read on to find out how we did it…and how you can add luxury to any wall or room in your home too!

What you will notice from this picture is that we decided to add the feature wall to an interior wall in our house. This is possible because the fireplace we chose is an electric model – complete with 3 heat settings, 3 flame settings, a fan to throw the heat into the room, and (always a bonus) remote control! This unit simply plugs into a regular outlet. Plug in. Instant ambiance! The new technology out there makes it hard to distinguish between a gas fireplace and an electric fireplace.

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During construction photo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final product:

Refacing brick fireplaces with CULTURED STONE

BEFORE and AFTER

Many fireplaces in homes that were built in the past decades are brick. Getting rid of your dated brick fireplace (and I don’t mean painting it!)  is not a difficult upgrade – regardless of whether your fireplace is wood-burning, gas, or electric….refresh your room and add comfort and value to your home with CULTURED STONE.

For this project, the main priorities of the homeowner was to cover up a large brick wall in a main floor family room – that is open to the kitchen – with a similar stone that they loved in their previous home in Quebec.

I met with the homeowner and explained how we could achieve her vision. I accompanied her on visits to a number of stone manufacturers, where she could see first-hand – on full size display panels – over 30+ cultured stone styles and colours available.

There was no ‘tear down’ involved – the old brick fireplace is still behind the stone – which keeps the price much lower!