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

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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 beautiful cultured stone exterior

Are you trying to sell your home? Or maybe you’re just wanting to add some curb appeal? A cultured stone exterior is a great way to give your home a memorable first impression.

Check out this beautiful home. My clients wanted their house to stand out, so I added just enough cultured stone to highlight the architectural details of the home.

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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Cultured Stone for your Commercial Building

I transformed this existing commercial building – facing Hwy 400 in Barrie –  with a cultured stone facelift. Previously, the building had an unwelcoming cement block exterior and little, if any, curb appeal. Now, it is welcoming and attractive for customers and clients.

Cultured stone can be used to improve the esthetic of your business or storefront and requires little to no prep work. It is durable and can withstand the elements (even Ontario winters).

Email me a photo of your business or home and I can give you a free quote and design ideas: rwminnings [at] sympatico . ca

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.