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Updating an aluminum siding exterior using cultured stone veneer


Even though we have a foot of snow outside, it’s time to start thinking about springtime home improvement projects.

This house is one of my favourite projects. The homeowner wanted to update his all-siding home that he had just purchased in Horseshoe Valley. He told me that he loved everything about this home, except it’s tired-looking aluminum siding exterior.

The result speaks for itself. The cultured stone veneer was a quick and easy way to really increase the curb appeal of this home. I’ve now done several projects involving the replacement of aluminum siding with cultured stone. If done properly, it is a simple but stunning home update. Check out the before and after shots below:


BEFORE: The front of the house with the aluminum siding.


BEFORE: The front of the house with the double garage visible.


BEFORE: The side of the house, which is visible from the road.

And now, the AFTER shots featuring cultured stone veneers.


AFTER: The front door now stands out with a stone arch framing it.


AFTER: Cultured stone along the front porch and the side of the garage.


AFTER: Another view of the front door.


AFTER: A view of the double garage with cultured stone details.


AFTER: The stone wraps around the side of the house. which now looks great and adds to the curb appeal.


AFTER: Another shot of the front of the house with it’s new cultured stone veneer finish.


AFTER: Another view of the front door area.


A Stone Fireplace Makeover using Cultured Stone

It’s been a long time since I updated my blog. I’ve been busy doing all kinds of projects – fireplaces, interior walls, rec rooms, and some great exteriors as well. Keep an eye on this blog over the next few weeks as I will be updating a lot of new projects!

Today I have a great fireplace makeover to share. The temperature is dropping and it is officially fireplace season.

The new stone that I laid is flat, allowing me to place it right over top of old stone or outdated brick fireplaces. That means there is no demolition needed (no mess and no clean up!)

Here is the before photo. You can see the stone has been discoloured by years of fires in that cozy log fireplace. Cultured stone can also be used on gas or electric fireplaces.


Here is a look at the process. I always take some time to lay out the stones in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. It makes a huge difference in the finished product.


The stone wraps around to the other room as well, creating a fresh. modern focal point in two rooms.


Finally, here are the after shots. The old fireplace was stand-alone, and the homeowner and I decided to extend the new stone right to the wall. This grounds the fireplace and makes it a more cohesive look for this open-concept living space.

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And here is the other side of the fireplace, forming a focal wall in the adjoining dining room complete with two floating shelves.


Contact me if you would like a quote for your fireplace makeover! rwminnings at

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.


Another of my Cultured Stone fireplaces featured in Spring 2012 edition of Our Homes Magazine!

These days, it’s impossible to flip through a home improvement, decorating or house & home magazine without seeing at least one application of Cultured Stone. As I’ve stated before, and the many pictures of my work illustrate….cultured stone is a sure way of adding value and warmth to your home.

In the Spring 2012 edition of Our Homes Magazine (Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Innisfil) you will see a featured fireplace that was previously an all-wood trim fireplace. I installed the Cultured Stone over the existing wood fireplace – again, no invasive tear-down involved! This installation can also be applied over existing old and out-dated brick fireplaces without having to remove the existing brick.

Here is the spread from Our Homes - The fireplace I did is in top middle.

Here is a close up of this beautiful custom built fireplace, complete with wainscoting and wall sconces to finish off the look.

Click here to see the full issue online. (This fireplace is featured on page 51)

Spring is around the corner….

Hi all,

It has been a while! I’ve been busy this winter doing Cultured Stone fireplaces and feature walls all over Southern Ontario. Stay tuned for posts showcasing warm-and-cozy living room transformations using Cultured Stone.

As much as I LOVE winter (yeah right!) I couldn’t be happier that spring is right around the corner. Exterior stone walls, retaining walls, outdoor fireplaces and living spaces – lots of options for using Cultured Stone to upgrade your exterior.

We’re working hard on compiling new posts for the blog. In the meantime, check out my new PINTEREST board! It is called “I built these” – because, well, I built them.