4 Great iPhone Apps for Home Improvement

4 Great iPhone Apps for Home Improvement

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You may find that like many iPhone enthusiasts you just can’t get enough of all those cool apps currently available for the iPhone. Additionally, if you’re a homeowner or a do-it-yourselfer then North Star Stone is here to share with you 4 fun and helpful iPhone apps that you might find useful for those around-the-house projects you find yourself facing in the near future. Even better – most of the apps we discuss can be downloaded for free! Keep reading to learn more about these useful tools that can all be accessed by the touch of an icon.

 

Houzz Interior Design Ideas by Houzz Inc.

Bring the beauty and expertise of Houzz.com to your iPhone or iPad. Houzz leads the world of home design assistance with its near endless database of over 7,000,000 photos. From stone to stucco, plants to pillows create a virtual idea book where you can save your favorite pictures and products. Intuitive and convenient, this invaluable app provides users with several ways to find what they are looking for. If you need a little help executing or narrowing down your design vision you can join the Houzz community where you can share advice, ideas and more. Even better, this app is free!

The Woodshop Widget by Grand Unified LLC.

If carpentry work plays a part in your home improvement plans then check out the Woodshop Widget. The Woodshop Widget offers users various utilities to make working with wood easier. For $3.99 users gain access to tools that help determine wood’s movement or if it may grow or shrink depending on certain environmental facts, another option helps convert decimal measurements into fractions or vice versa and even more useful is woodworkers can investigate various species of wood before selecting the right one for the job – the Woodshop Widget has information on 288! But it doesn’t end there; if your phone isn’t handy, the Woodshop Widget even has an online companion site and can be found at woodshopwidget.com.

 

The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius by Readers Digest

The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius just might become your go-to app when it comes to getting a little extra help around the house with those DIY projects. Need some advice on how to better clean your gutters or maybe you need a little help picking out the perfect paint? Have a plumbing or appliance question? No problem with the DIY Tip Genius! Can’t figure out how to keep your stone mulch clean? Then Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius has you covered – in addition to providing help with many other outdoor or landscaping tasks. You’ll also find useful videos. Download this app for free and gain access to free tips or you can download the full version for $4.99 where you will be able to access more information.

 

Stanley® Level by Black & Decker

Next time you have to hang a picture or ensure that mantel overlooking your stone fireplace is straight, just grab your iPhone and access the Stanley® Level app. Trusted for their quality products, Stanly® has joined the app craze. After a simple calibration your level is ready to use. You can even change the color of your level to fit your personality.  What makes this app even better is that it can be all yours for free!

 

We hope you find these apps make your future home projects easier if not much more fun to tackle. If beautifying your home with highly customizable stone veneer is on your home improvement or DIY radar, then take a moment to visit North Star Stone and see what we have to offer. Tell your home’s story by selecting the perfect stone for your home’s interior or exterior. To learn more about what many homeowners in the Chicagoland area have already discovered call: 847.996.6850 and speak to one of our custom stone veneer experts.

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5 Ways to Beautify Your Kitchen With Stone

5 Ways to Beautify Your Kitchen With Stone

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Have you just finished creating your dream kitchen but feel like it is missing that little something extra? Or, are you happy with your kitchen but feel like it could be better? Then you may want to consider adding stone veneer. Versatile, strong, beautiful and highly customizable, stone may be just what you need to turn your kitchen from that place where you keep your food and eat the odd meal to a warm and inviting room that your family will want to congregate in as the heart of your home.

 

stone-veneer-accent-wallStone Accent Wall

Add depth and variety to your kitchen by turning a plain wall into a stone accent wall. Select colors to coordinate with your kitchen or do something a little bolder. Choose more symmetrical stones to offset gleaming stainless steel appliances like a stacked stone or maintain the earthy continuity of hardwood flooring with organic cobblestone.  Either way, we think you are going to love the new look.

 

Give Your Island a Facelift

Turn a boring or plain kitchen island into something special by adding a stone veneer face to one or more sides. Select the perfect colors from the endless shades available. Why not consider updating the island top as well? Granite and marble still add a touch or refinement but you will never go wrong with classic butcher-block.

 

A Stone Veneer Backsplash? Why Certainly!

Tired of looking at that old tile backsplash? Then consider swapping it out with stone veneer. Stone is quickly becoming one of the first choices when updating kitchens.  Thin and lightweight, stone veneer is much easier to install and friendlier to the pocket book then original stone. Stone looks beautiful with any special hardware, faucet or sink materials. For an elegant look consider a brushed nickel faucet out in front of a narrow profile stone veneer – in your personalized color selection of course.

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stone-veneer-kitchen-chicago1Beautify Your Breakfast Bar

Completely transform your breakfast bar into something beautiful by adding a customized stone veneer face. Compliment your kitchen by selecting coordinating colors or select colors that pull in from a shared space with your breakfast bar, like the living or dining rooms. Compliment the stone facade of your breakfast bar with a granite top for a rich look. We think you are going to love your new and improved breakfast bar so much that you’ll find yourself eating more than your morning meal here!

 

Highlight Cabinetry By Adding Stone Accents

Have you ever wanted to add a rustic or country feel to your kitchen but were not exactly sure how? Then why not consider stone veneer? Hand pick your own style and color to bring out your kitchen’s potential as an inviting space that is a little closer to nature. Add stone around your cabinets and places that will accent the beauty of the wood or other special cabinetry you may have selected. For example, stone veneer nestled among glass-faced cabinets is not only beautiful but also adds openness to the space that can’t be denied.

 

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Stone pairs beautifully with marble or granite counters
  • When it comes to looking good with flooring materials, stone looks amazing with stone tile, wood, bamboo and all other flooring materials.
  • Because stone veneer is so customizable you can create the perfect color palette for other features in your kitchen like cabinets and flooring.

 

If you are ready to consider stone as an option to enhance and improve your kitchen then please call or email the experts at North Star Stone and learn why homeowners in Chicagoland suburbs like Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Barrington and Mount Prospect are turning to North Star Stone when it comes time to beautify those special indoor and outdoor spaces with stone.  To learn more, please contact us at info@northstarstone.biz or call 847-996-6850 for a free estimate on your new stone.

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Houzz is one of the most amazing resources available to homeowners today. From remodeling, to design, to home buying and selling advice, Houzz has become a well rounded tool for homeowners and professionals alike. North Star Stone has been a member of the Houzz community for over 2 years now. We’ve found it a valuable resource for our customers, business associates, as well as ourselves. From displaying our stone veneer to building connections and sharing content, we use Houzz in a variety of ways and wanted to share this with our customers in hopes that you might find it useful too.

Some of The Ways We Use Houzz:

We show off our stone work!

We’re very proud of our stone and the craftsmanship that goes into creating it. We have created an extensive portfolio on Houzz.com to display our work. We have stone fireplace galleries, stone exterior galleries, and other stone projects posted on our Houzz profile. You can see our profile here!

We connect with other professionals.

Houzz has been a great way for us to meet and connect with other professionals. Our customers are often looking for more than one service, and we’ve been able to recommend television installers, pavers, and other contractors that are on Houzz.

We get reviewed!

We meet a lot of new customers on Houzz, and they often leave us reviews on Houzz. We’re very proud of our 5 star review status and have over 40 reviews on our stone fireplace and stone exterior projects. Our customers who aren’t on Houzz can leave us a review too! Review us on Houzz Here! Or if you prefer to leave a review through a different site- here’s a list of places you can review our stone fireplaces and exteriors!

Homeowners can use Houzz in so many ways. We’re excited about this growing opportunity for home owners to create and visualize new and beautiful spaces in their homes. If you’re not on Houzz already, you can sign up here. And don’t forget to follow North Star Stone on Houzz!