Category Archives: home renovations

An Update: Century Home Cultured Stone Renovation

Last year I had posted a sneak peak of one of my projects: a century home renovation with a gorgeous cultured stone feature wall in the kitchen— not something I had done before, but it turned out beautifully! I haven’t had a chance to post the completed pictures, I stumbled upon the finished product in the current issue of Our Homes magazine and thought I’d share.

Here it is! The cultured stone feature wall in the kitchen. Photo credit: Kitchen & Bath Design House Inc.

The kitchen is featured in an ad for Design House, in the Barrie 2012 Fall Issue of Our Homes magazine.

Click here to check out Kitchen & Bath Design House in Barrie. They are also on Facebook.

Click here for the Fall 2012 issue of Our Homes Barrie! The ad and picture is on page 80.

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  Cultured stone will transform your house from outdated to a modern look without the hassles or mess of structural construction.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!

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.

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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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!