Natural Stone Fireplaces
- Friday, 11 October 2013 19:35
There’s nothing better than curling up by the fire on a chilly, fall night. Fireplaces add warmth and ambience, making spaces in your home, such as the living room, the ideal place for entertaining and hanging out with your family. By combining the elegance of a fireplace with the beauty of natural stone, you can turn any home’s living space from so-so to so sophisticated.
Aesthetically speaking, a fireplace can make an excellent focal point for most any room by adding texture, scale and color to the room. Whether you want to complement your existing décor or develop the room’s look around the fireplace, the variety of stone offered by Semco makes it easy to find a finish that will suit you and your family’s taste.
In addition to being visually pleasing, natural stone fireplaces are also extremely durable and low maintenance. The sturdiness of the stone allows it to withstand the high temperatures that come with housing a fire and its durability insures the stone will last for a number of years. Natural stone is also very easy to clean needing only warm water and a rag to wipe away dust, grime and dirt.
If you’re not quite ready to commit to natural stone or already have a fireplace made of another stone, there is always the option of installing natural stone thin veneer. Not as heavy or expensive as regular natural stone, thin veneer allows you to add the look of natural stone to your home without the cost or commitment. Check out our previous blog for tips and our “how-to” section for a video on the process.
Natural stone fireplaces can enhance any home’s style while adding warmth and elegance to your space. Whether your home is modern and trendy or classy and elegant, Semco has a stone that will work for you.
Installing Thin Stone Veneer
- Friday, 04 October 2013 06:30
Natural stone is a beautiful way to add sophistication and classiness to any space. However, it can also be an intensive, sometimes costly venture that is overwhelming to some homeowners. For those homeowners who are not ready to make the full-size stone commitment, thin veneer stone offers a nice, lightweight alternative.
Thin veneer stone is an entirely natural stone, created by taking high-quality, full thickness stone and processing it to a thinner consistency. The thinner, final product can then be applied over any solid material including brick, wood and concrete to create the look of full-size natural stone without the added weight or bulkiness.
Thin veneer stone offers the same benefits of full-size natural stone including durability and abundant product availability. It is also an entirely natural product so there are no unwanted chemicals being brought into your home as with a man-made substance such as laminate.
Natural thin veneer stone also comes in a variety of shapes and can be custom-blended to complement your home’s existing décor and landscaping. Plus, considering it is natural stone, each look is unique with natural tones and hues with no unnatural color reproductions.
If you’re not quite ready for full-size natural stone, thin veneer stone might be for you and Semco can help. Our “how to” page offers a full instructional video on installing thin stone veneer on your own. If you’re not comfortable doing your own install, call a trained professional to help you bring a natural stone look to your home.
Preparing for fall
- Friday, 16 August 2013 06:57
Summer is winding down and while the days are still warm, the evenings are getting a little cooler. If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about making your patio or outdoor space one that can be enjoyed year round. From fireplaces and fire pits to outdoor lighting and decor, it’s never too early to start getting your patio ready for fall. Here are a few simple additions to extend the use of your patio and add to your home’s resale value.
We talk a lot about fire pits but they really are a great way to make your outdoor space usable year round. They provide warmth when entertaining on chilly nights, as well as contribute to creating a beautiful ambiance. Semco offers all the tools you’ll need to get started, like this Blue River Fire Pit kit. Before installing a fire pit, be sure to take its placement within the space into careful consideration. You’ll want to make sure it’s centrally located to provide warmth while not being in the way and a fire risk. For more information watch our fire pit installation video.
Some spaces call for a larger, more dramatic look. If your space is one of these, we suggest installing an outdoor fireplace. A custom fireplace is the perfect addition to you or your customer’s outdoor living space to keep you enjoying it year round. It provides a focal point to your space as well as a gathering place for guests when entertaining. When installing a fireplace, as with any large project, it’s important to make certain the stone you choose complements your existing decor and works in the space. If you decide a fireplace is right for your space, Semco offers complete outdoor fireplace kits in a wide variety of stone, like our 42″ FireRock Fireplace Kit that is sure to work with most any landscaping or decor.
Outdoor lighting and decor
Good lighting is important, as you won’t have the light of the sun for as long in the afternoons and evenings later in the year. When choosing outdoor lighting, keep in mind the type of space you have and the type of entertaining you normally do. Bright lights provide the most visibility but can tend to be harsh and attract bugs. Soft, dimmer lights help add ambiance and warmth to your space but won’t light up the space as well. As for decor, you’ll want to have comfy pillows and blankets in deep, rich autumnal hues on hand for when the nights really cool off.
While you may not need these things right now, fall is just around the corner and you’ll want everything ready to enjoy before the fall season. Let Semco help you create a space for you and you family to enjoy year round.
Adding Stone Indoors
- Saturday, 10 August 2013 07:26
When you think of stone what comes to mind? Many people immediately think of outdoor uses such as patios and walkways. But have you considered using stone indoors for entertaining spaces such as wet bars and fireplaces? At Semco we offer a variety of stone that you can use inside your home and enjoy year round.
We know summer isn’t over yet and we’re likely to have another warm spell but it’s never too early to start prepping your home for the chill of fall. A great way to do this is by installing a stone fireplace or replacing the facing on your existing fireplace with stone from Semco. From added warmth and coziness to savings on your heating bill, a custom stone fireplace is a great addition to any home. Semco has a wide variety of stone, like our Lake Cedar Tumbled Machine Cut stone, that is sure to complement your home’s interior. Keep in mind a fireplace will more than likely be the centerpiece of any room due to its size so be sure the color, size and style of the stone enhances the room’s decor instead of competing with it.
Another way to add stone into your home is by creating a custom entertaining space. From beautiful bars to kitchens with custom countertops, a well-thought through space, like this one featuring a bar made of Premium Fieldstone Blend stone, can add a ‘wow’ factor to your home and be functional at the same time. When creating an entertaining space, you’ll want to take into account what you will be using it for. Will it be cozy nights in the kitchen playing board games with your family or larger social gatherings with friends? Knowing the function of the space will help you determine they type of stone you want to use and the size of space you want to create. Once again, keep in mind the decor of your home and choose a stone that complements it.
Natural stone is a great way to create a custom entertaining space in your home. Give Semco Stone and Semco Outdoor a call today to upgrade your home’s interior and create a wonderful addition to you family’s living space.