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Installing Thin Stone Veneer

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.

Natural Stone in the kitchen

Natural Stone in the kitchen

Although fall just arrived, it won’t be long before we’re talking about preparing for the holidays. Whether you entertain large groups or just do small family gatherings, most kitchen areas tend to get a lot of use during the holiday season. Why not upgrade your kitchen this year with the addition of natural stone?

Natural stone can be used in a variety of ways in a kitchen. From an accent wall around the stove like this install using Rustic Cedar Tumbled Dimensional stone available from Semco to countertops, natural stone brings an air of sophistication and elegance to any home. In addition to being visually pleasing, natural stone is also known for their durability and ease of maintenance making it the perfect addition to your kitchen.

When it comes to durability, natural stone is great for use in the kitchen because it is unaffected by most heat. We don’t recommend sitting pans straight off the stove onto your countertops, but natural stone can withstand more heat than other common artificial surfaces, like laminate. Another testament to the durability of natural stone is its ability to be repaired. Most natural stones last for years, but accidents do happen. If you chip or damage your countertop, a professional can repair it fairly easily.

The addition of natural stone also adds a sense of character and charm. Being a natural it comes in many different shades and variations. This variety and uniqueness means that Semco has a stone that will complement any home as well as ensure your neighbor will not have the exact same kitchen.

If you’re like a lot of people and love to cook but hate the clean up, then natural stone is for you. Natural stone is very low maintenance and most stains can be cleaned up using just a soap and water mixture, instead of chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals being used in your home.

If you are interested in adding stone to your kitchen, Semco has a variety of stone options that are sure to complement any home. Let Semco help make your kitchen a place to be proud of with natural stone.

2013 Hardscape North America

Semco Stone and Semco Outdoor want you to join us at the 2013 Hardscape North America trade show on Oct. 24 and 25.

Held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky this event is devoted entirely to the hardscape industry. Indoor and outdoor exhibits feature state-of-the-art tools, products, services and equipment specifically for the hardscape industry. Test drive tools and equipment before you purchase and attend seminars and certifications led by industry experts.

Stop by booth #3216 to see new products and demonstrations from Semco Stone and Semco Outdoor. Go to www.hardscapena.com to register or contact your local Semco dealer for more information.

We’ll see you there!

Enjoying Labor Day Weekend Outdoors

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Ah, Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer and a long weekend for many. If you’re one of the lucky ones to enjoy a three-day weekend, why not utilize your outdoor space and spend the weekend in the comfort of your own home? Whether you decide to have a large gathering or just a few friends and family, here are a few tips for making the most of the long weekend.

1. Dine outdoors. Enjoy your outdoor space while the days are still long by planning an outdoor meal. Keep things simple by doing your entire meal on the grill. From a juicy steak to veggies on the side to grilled peaches for dessert, you can easily plan a menu that will satisfy the pickiest of eaters.

2. Set the mood with lighting. Hopefully you and your guests will be having such a good time the party will still be going on when the sun goes down. If so, you’ll want to have lighting to set the mood and create an ambience. To create a warm peaceful glow you can place lanterns and tabletop candles strategically around your space. Want to add something a little more permanent to your yard? If so, a fire pit or fireplace is a great addition to any space. It not only provides light but also warmth and a central gathering place for your guests.

3. Enjoy the sounds of nature. The sound of water is one of the most peaceful and relaxing sounds. To add this sound to your outdoor space year round consider the addition of a water feature from Semco. From elaborate waterfalls to bubbler boulders, Semco has the perfect water feature for your home to suit the size of your space.

4. Make your space comfortable and practical. Have you ever gone to a party or get together that was beautifully decorated and catered but there wasn’t enough seating for everyone? Keep this from happening at your party by making sure to have plenty of seating. Whether you use chairs, cushions or benches, like this Brentwood Bench, make sure there’s plenty of seating for everyone and that it is comfortable to ensure your guests will want to visit longer.

5. Stay safe. Most importantly when entertaining or spending time outdoors, make sure you are providing a safe atmosphere for you and your guests. Keep your grill away from structures or high traffic areas, never leave fires unattended and always have plenty of cold, non-alcoholic drinks on hand for your guests to prevent dehydration.

With a little planning and a little preparation you and your guests can enjoy a relaxing long Labor Day weekend in the comfort of your own home.

The Soothing Sounds of a Water Feature

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Are you looking for a way to add peace and tranquility to an outdoor space? Maybe you just want to give your existing landscaping a little extra oomph. If so, why not consider the addition of a water feature using natural stone?

Whenever water and outdoors are mentioned, the initial thought is a swimming pool. But there are so many ways to add the peaceful sounds of splashing water to your backyard. Whether you want a water fountain or a waterfall, there are many benefits to installing a water feature in your outdoor space. In addition to be aesthetically pleasing and creating dimension to any landscaping plan, a water feature also creates a soothing soundtrack to outdoor entertaining.

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Depending on the size of your space, many different types of water features are available. If you’re looking for something grand, consider installing a cascade waterfall like this one using Holey Limestone Boulders. Maybe you have a smaller space or don’t want to make such a large commitment. No problem, you can always do something more simple like this feature using Weathered Limestone Ledge.

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No matter what size space you have or what type of feature you choose, the most important thing to remember when installing a water feature is to use a stone that complements your landscaping and your existing outdoor space. Ideally you want all aspects of your landscaping from stone to plants to mulch to blend together seamlessly. Semco offers a wide variety of natural stone boulders to help you create the perfect water feature for your existing outdoor space.

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