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Artisan Crafted Stonework by Element Hearth and Home

 
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Transformation

We can take any structure, interior or exterior, wall, floor, fireplace, or foundation, and turn it into a masterful work of art.  Adding value to your home and giving you and your family, friends, loved ones and guests something to drop their mouths at.  Creating a beautifully artisan crafted, custom designed, and custom built focal center for your home, something you'll love to look at year after year, and something you'll be excited to show off every time you entertain your guests

Elegance

We take pride in the fact that we adhere to a strict code of customer satisfaction and what we call the "Wow" factor.  Every home we step into is an empty canvas waiting to be touched by our our skilled, mindful and experienced artisans.  Have you ever wondered what it was like to have all of the elegance and intrigue of a uniquely you, custom interior or exterior?  Let us help you pour life into any remodel project.

 
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Stone accents REally Can earn an impressive bang for the bucK

More information can be found here, on Remodeling with Stone Veneer.

From siding accents to fireplaces, love for stone is growing.  There's no doubt that adding some stone to your home can add some value, and the facts are out there, more and more people are likely to buy a home that has some added stone features.

Remodeling's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report underscores stone's attractiveness to buyers, and suggests that added value is real—not just perceived. In its first year in the report, a project replacing 300 square feet of vinyl siding with manufactured stone veneer recoups 92.2% of its cost. This high return makes a stone veneer accent the second most valuable home improvement project, only behind steel entry door replacement.

Range of Skills

Historically, masons have installed stone veneer because the process can be somewhat tricky to the untrained worker. A weather-resistive barrier (WRB) is applied over the sheathing, followed by diamond lath, and then a scratch coat of mortar that may have to cure for up to a day before the next step of individually placing back-buttered stones on the wall. For rustic-style designs, going back to grout between the stones is the final step. This installation process yields an authentic result when done properly, but the process can be time consuming.

For those to whom "mortar" is a dirty word, enter the screw-installed stone veneer option.  These products still require a WRB over sheathing, but do away with mortar in favor of brackets that link small panels of stone to one another, then screw to the wall.

Design Trends

You can combine ledge stone and field stone profiles to create a new look, and you can also blend colors so your home won't look exactly like the neighbors. With panelized sysetms you'll generally have to work within the color palettes and profiles they offer, but they're easier to install.

Whether homeowners want their designs to trend modern or rustic, a profile is available to suit their needs, and the design options only start on the exterior of the home. Seeing it on the commercial side is really helping the adoption rate, and showing people how versatile manufactured stone veneer can be. With stone veneer, if you have an existing home, you don't have to reinforce the footer to accommodate the stone, and it can be installed anywhere. That's what's driven the category and made it so accessible to the average person.

Cost Comparisons

In terms of which type of product—traditional mortared or screw-installed—is best for a given project, there is no right answer. Manufacturers agree that profiles and colors will be the real drivers for choosing which type of veneer to work with. In correctly following installation instructions, both formats can be used indoors or out, and both are designed to weather the elements without issue. The availability of a mason or other skills will be another factor, and cost certainly plays a role.

A general survey of the market shows traditional manufactured stone veneer ranging in price from $3 to $8 per square foot for materials only. Material costs for screw-installed products range from $8 to $12 per square foot. Those higher up-front costs account for the engineering that goes into bracketing systems for screw-installed installation, which ultimately saves on labor. Traditional veneer will require additional materials and significantly more labor, easily bringing the installed costs even with panelized products.