12 Ways To Add Beautiful Stone (Veneer!) To Your Home

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Stone Veneer is a beautiful, versatile material that can work wonders in creating and designing beautiful home exteriors and interiors. The flexibility and versatility that comes with stone veneer is unmatched by natural stone. Stone veneer is lighter in weight – Stone veneers weigh typically 75% less than real stone and require no additional support.  It’s often much faster to install a manufactured stone that it is to install a natural stone- a one story  stone veneer fireplace can be typically installed in one day.  Our manufactured stone veneers are molded from real stones which gives them a natural, beautiful appearance. Stone veneer also offers versatility when it comes to color and design- custom colors that match real stone or a home’s decor are easily created.  And don’t forget that manufactured stone is less expensive than real stone veneers. When you factor in installation, you can save 20-30% on your entire project! Houzz offers some beautiful ideas for incorporating stone veneers with different aspects of your home.  Take a look and don’t forget to follow us on Houzz!  We’d love to see you there!

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North Star Stone Announces Launch of Custom Stone Color App

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Chicago area North Star Stone develops application that allows customers to custom design and color their stone fireplaces and stone exterior veneer online.

Libertyville, Illinois– April 25, 2013   Stone Veneer manufacturer North Star Stone has announced the launch of their new Stone Veneer Color Selector online. The custom color selector allows users to custom design a wall that would represent the colors their stone fireplace or exterior walls would have once installed.

The Stone Color Selector uses a combination of HTML5 and Javascript to allow users to drag and drop the stone veneer bricks they like to their wall and create a customized design. They can then send their custom stone wall to North Star Stone as well as a copy to themselves.

NSS Custom Color Stone Veneer App

NSS Custom Color Stone Veneer App

“We’re excited to allow customers a more active role in choosing the color of the stone veneers they have installed in and on their homes. This new feature will allow users to truly customize their designs and match their décor and color schemes as well as their individual tastes,” owner, Alan Andrews says of the custom color selector.

The Stone Color Selector is now live on the North Star Stone website for users to start custom designing stone for fireplacesinterior stone and exterior stonework.

About North Star Stone
North Star Stone, Inc., founded in 2004 offers custom stone fireplaces, exterior stone work and interior stone design for homes throughout Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs. North Star Stone custom manufacturers stone veneer to transform old and outdated fireplaces, update home exteriors and add new style to interior structures like wine cellars, interior walls and stone columns. Find out more about the custom stonework that North Star Stone offers at http://www.northstarstone.biz.

Corner Brick Fireplace Gets New Look with Stone Veneer

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Corner Brick Fireplace Gets New Look with Stone Veneer

Is Your Corner Brick Fireplace Dated? Want to change it?

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Time to give your home a fireplace make over? Call North Star Stone at 847-996-6850 or check our web site at http://www.northstarstone.biz

Stone Fireplace Transformation in just one day:

Our customer selected our blend of our popular Wisconsin Prairie Blend. It is a blend of our two ledge stones and field stone and the color was selected and hand made just for this order. A skim coat of mortar is applied directly to the brick and the stone is installed piece by piece to get the finished look. We can assist you and your fireplace project from design to stone selection and installation. Your fireplace can be brick, drywall, or just about any other material and we can help create a new fireplace focal point.

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The new stone fireplace in on day http://northstarstone.biz for more information email us with questions at info@northstarstone.biz


North Star Stone, Inc
1921 Industrial Dr.
Libertyville, IL 60048


Basics Stone Veneer Installation

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Basics Stone Veneer Installation

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Manufactured stone veneer can be installed to any structurally sound material including wood, wallboard, masonry and metal. If the surface of where the stone is going to be installed has a residual coating such as paint, additional preparation is necessary. Either the coating needs to be removed or a wire lath needs to be secured into painted surface.

Installation over wood, wall board or similar surface needs a moisture barrier similar to a Tyvek Stucco Wrap installed with galvanized fasteners and the seams sealed with tape designed for the wrap. Some building codes also require an additional non perforated asphalt saturated organic felt installed for exterior stone installation. Over a masonry walls such as block or brick a moisture barrier is typically not necessary. Check your building codes for additional requirements.

A galvanized wire lath is secured over the moisture barrier for the non masonry surfaces (unless the masonry is painted) with appropriate sized fasteners usually nails or screws. A skim coat of mortar approximately 3/8” is applied to the wire lath surface and allowed to dry.

Corners are installed first and staggered. Typically starting at the bottom of the project, mortar is then applied to the backs of each piece of stone approximately 3/8”- ½” thick and the stone is then pushed on to the wall and gently wiggled to get a firm grip. Hold the stone for a short period of time. Try to avoid getting the mortar on the front of the stone.

Mortar joint thickness depends on the style of the stone, some stones look better without a mortar joint. After the stones have been installed you can go back with a masonry bag filled with mortar and fill in between the stones, using a trowel to strike the joint. A brush then should be used to remove excess mortar from the joint or the face of the stone.

Tips: Lay out the stone if you are new to this. Use a masonry hatchet or a grinder with a diamond blade for trimming stones to fit. Look at a masonry book to get an idea of the stone arrangement. You don’t want to have a straight line with the stones across your project. You also want to make sure that the sizes, shapes and color of stones are mixed well for variety and interest. Though you will be saving money by installing the stone yourself, you might want to consider hiring a professional mason for expert installation, their years of experience will make sure you project looks beautiful and authentic.

Stone Fireplace Before N After

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Stone Fireplace Before and After

Stone Fireplace Before and After

Our stone veneers can be applied directly over brick. In this situation, we filled in the mirrored area with 2×4’s and Durock and then used our Wisconsin Prairie Style stone in the color of Caramelo. This is considered a drystack installation.

The project was located in Lincolnshire and took two days to complete.

If you would like a free estimate, just call 847-996-6850 or email aandrews@northstarstone.biz