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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.

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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.

Creating Curb Appeal

cultured stone exterior home

Combining Cultured Stone and Stucco gives great high end curb appeal


Whether you are planning a new build, or a face lift to your existing home or office consider using CULTURED STONE.

For those who have a home with brick exterior, consider adding cultured stone to give it an updated look with a huge curb appeal without structural worries – i.e. no extra cost or need to tear down your old brick, or install footings – in most instances, cultured stone is applied directly to the face of the brick!

For those who have a home with siding exterior, the installation is still relatively simple. Old siding comes down, and very little prep work is required to begin refacing with cultured stone.

For this project I installed cultured stone to the exterior of this home – using a style and colour pallette that is warm, inviting and provides fabulous curb appeal.

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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(705) 726 9506
rwminnings[at]sympatico.ca

Custom fireplace with “Country Ledge Stone”

This fireplace was perfect to add some warmth to a large, bright room. The Country Ledge stone blends traditional colours with a few modern toned pieces. This colour palate is perfect for any decor. The wooden mantle was also custom made. Cultured stone fireplaces always allow for easy TV mounting. A gas or electric fireplace will be a welcome addition to any Canadian living room, and they are easy to install.

Custom fireplace with Muskoka Granite Stone

This 2009 project was designed by the homeowners to suit the great room in their custom-built country estate. The fireplace became the showpiece of the main level of the home, and the design of it complements the beautiful rustic scenery outdoors. The homeowner had specific tastes and decided on a different cut of stone below the mantle. Think outside the box when choosing your mantle – an unfinished piece of oak from their property was the finishing touch for this couple’s dream fireplace.