Adding Exterior Stone Veneer Means Higher Home Resale Values

Adding Exterior Stone Veneer Means Higher Home Resale Values

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Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and for many homeowners throughout the Chicagoland area that means the eager anticipation of exterior home remodeling projects.  There are a number of outside improvements you can make to your house that will upgrade its appearance into a newer and more luxurious one.  However, for many people it boils down to their budgets and which potential renovations provide the highest resale return on investment.   To assist your decision making, Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value Report ranking the most common exterior home remodels based upon their future market resale value payback on investment.

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Their 2018 analysis is now available, and for the second year in a row manufactured stone veneer siding placed second in overall project cost to home resale value benefit, posting a solid 97.1% showing.  To arrive at that figure, Remodeling Magazine used a measurement based upon an average replacement of a 300-square-foot continuous band of vinyl siding on the bottom third of a home’s front with manufactured stone veneer, along with new sills, corners and an address block.  Bested in their survey by only a new garage door installation, exterior stone siding once again proved itself as a viable payback consideration for your next exterior home improvement project.  Let’s take a closer look now at some of the advantages of using manufactured stone to liven up your house.

Exterior Stone Veneer is Versatile and Attractive

If the outside of your current home is finished with vinyl or clapboard siding, replacing it with one of the many available designs of manufactured stone veneer will dramatically showcase its exterior, while transforming it into a richer-looking alternative with enhanced curb appeal.  Additionally, situations arise when a home’s exterior has a Dryitt issue and that’s where a mixture of stone veneer with another siding material can be used to replace the damaged Dryitt areas.  In any of these cases, envious onlookers including potential buyers will be drawn to the rejuvenated appearance as your structure stands out from others around it.  In fact, faux stone can actually create the illusion that your home was constructed with expensive stone or brick!   As a versatile remodeling material, stone veneer can be used to improve the look of the following exterior features:

  • Around the front entryway
  • On the front of your garage
  • As a full wall accent
  • To decorate pillars
  • Chimneys
  • Lower portions of walls (knee walls)

 

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Overall, stone siding can be used on a wide-variety of exterior home remodeling jobs while providing an attractive appearance and higher return-on-investment when it’s time to sell.

 

Other Ways Exterior Stone Veneer Provides Value

In addition to the aforementioned payback benefits of using manufactured stone siding on your home, it also gives you more bang for your buck in these ways:

  • It’s easy to install for do-it-yourselfers or professionals
  • It’s durable and holds up well to all types of weather conditions
  • It’s easy to care for and maintain
  • It’s much cheaper than real stone or brick

Another feature of stone veneer siding is the variety of custom colors available that coordinate nicely with any home’s exterior.  A company like North Star Stone offers a wide-range of styles and shapes and will work with you to best incorporate those into the existing character of your home.  Stone siding can also be easily washed with soapy or vinegar water and a soft bristled brush or sponge.  Then simply rinse off the cleaning mixture with water from your garden hose.  When you look at all of the positives that manufactured stone veneer brings to the table, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular and affordable home resale value-adding material!

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Enjoy Higher Home Remodeling Payback with Stone Veneer!

Manufactured stone veneer makes for a cost-effective, easily-installable and highly-attractive addition to your next exterior home improvement project.  Additionally, stone veneer siding provides the second highest resale payback on investment remodeling option according to the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine.  At North Star Stone, we specialize in the manufacturing, sales and installation of both interior and exterior stone veneer products.  We’ve proudly worked with numerous homeowners around the Chicagoland area while enhancing their resale values using our fine stone veneer siding.  To learn more about home exterior remodeling ideas showcasing our wide-variety of manufactured stone veneer styles visit: www.northstarstone.biz now.

Adding Exterior Stone Veneer Means Higher Home Resale Values

Adding Exterior Stone Veneer Means Higher Home Resale Values

Stone Veneer

Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and for many homeowners throughout the Chicago land area that means the eager anticipation of exterior home remodeling projects.  There are a number of outside improvements you can make to your house that will upgrade its appearance into a newer and more luxurious one.  However, for many people it boils down to their budgets and which potential renovations provide the highest resale return on investment.  To assist your decision making, Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value Report ranking the most common exterior home remodels based upon their future market resale value payback on investment.

Stone Veneer

Their 2018 analysis is now available, and for the second year in a row manufactured stone veneer siding placed second in overall project cost to home resale value benefit, posting a solid 97.1% showing.  To arrive at that figure, Remodeling Magazine used a measurement based upon an average replacement of a 300-square-foot continuous band of vinyl siding on the bottom third of a home’s front with manufactured stone veneer, along with new sills, corners and an address block.  Bested in their survey by only a new garage door installation, exterior stone siding once again proved itself as a viable payback consideration for your next exterior home improvement project.  Let’s take a closer look now at some of the advantages of using manufactured stone to liven up your house.

Exterior Stone Veneer is Versatile and Attractive

If the outside of your current home is finished with vinyl or clapboard siding, replacing it with one of the many available designs of manufactured stone veneer will dramatically showcase its exterior, while transforming it into a richer-looking alternative with enhanced curb appeal.  Additionally, situations arise when a home’s exterior has a Dryitt issue and that’s where a mixture of stone veneer with another siding material can be used to replace the damaged Dryitt areas.  In any of these cases, envious on lookers including potential buyers will be drawn to the rejuvenated appearance as your structure stands out from others around it.  In fact, faux stone can actually create the illusion that your home was constructed with expensive stone or brick!  As a versatile remodeling material, stone veneer can be used to improve the look of the following exterior features:

  • Around the front entryway
  • On the front of your garage
  • As a full wall accent
  • To decorate pillars
  • Chimneys
  • Lower portions of walls (knee walls)

Overall, stone siding can be used on a wide-variety of exterior home remodeling jobs while providing an attractive appearance and higher return-on-investment when it’s time to sell.

Stone Veneer

 

Other Ways Exterior Stone Veneer Provides Value

In addition to the aforementioned payback benefits of using manufactured stone siding on your home, it also gives you more bang for your buck in these ways:

  • It’s easy to install for do-it-yourselfers or professionals
  • It’s durable and holds up well to all types of weather conditions
  • It’s easy to care for and maintain
  • It’s much cheaper than real stone or brick

Another feature of stone veneer siding is the variety of custom colors available that coordinate nicely with any home’s exterior.  A company like North Star Stone offers a wide-range of styles and shapes and will work with you to best incorporate those into the existing character of your home.Stone siding can also be easily washed with soapy or vinegar water and a soft bristled brush or sponge.  Then simply rinse off the cleaning mixture with water from your garden hose.  When you look at all of the positives that manufactured stone veneer brings to the table, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular and affordable home resale value-adding material!

Stone Veneer

 

Enjoy Higher Home Remodeling Payback with Stone Veneer!

Manufactured stone veneer makes for a cost-effective, easily-installable and highly-attractive addition to your next exterior home improvement project.  Additionally, stone veneer siding provides the second highest resale payback on investment remodeling option according to the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine.  At North Star Stone, we specialize in the manufacturing, sales and installation of both interior and exterior stone veneer products.  We’ve proudly worked with numerous homeowners around the Chicago land area while enhancing their resale values using our fine stone veneer siding.  To learn more about home exterior remodeling ideas showcasing our wide-variety of manufactured stone veneer styles visit: www.northstarstone.biz now.

Hottest Stone Veneer Basement Remodeling Trends of 2018

Hottest Stone Veneer Basement Remodeling Trends of 2018

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How many times have you ventured down to your home’s drab cluttered basement and envisioned it as being more than just a catch-all storage or laundry area?  Most homeowners under utilize their basements, and any seasoned realtor will tell you that creating more living space with a basement remodel adds resale value to your home and makes it more attractive to potential buyers.  To assist your efforts,manufactured stone veneer is one of the most popular and cost-effective basement remodeling construction materials available today.  That’s because decorative stone veneer looks great, installs easily and holds up well.  With that in mind, here are some popular basement remodeling trends for 2018 that look even hotter highlighted with stone veneer.

 

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“Wow”Your Guests with a Basement Multipurpose Room

We all enjoy having friends and family over for game night, watching a movie or just sharing some good food and laughs.  A basement remodel is a perfect way to create an inviting and spacious multipurpose entertainment area for all ages.  To begin, conceptualize how you want to maximize your new room’s potential.  For example, multipurpose uses may include a:

  • Man cave for the guys to hang out
  • Home theater or television viewing area
  • Game room for pool, darts and cards
  • Music listening room even topped off with a stage
  • Living room for mom to enjoy with her friends
  • Play room for the kids

 

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Then start visualizing the room’s layout, color scheme, flooring, ceiling and lighting preferences.  Manufactured stone veneer can be added as an attractive decorative touch that accentuates structures no matter which of the above multipurpose applications you decide to go with.  Homeowners routinely use faux stone as an elegant final touch for multipurpose room features like:

  • Fireplaces
  • Bar fronts or a back wall behind the bar
  • On side walls, dividers or around doorways
  • Framing a wine cellar

 

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In the end, renovating your home’s basement into a guest-wowing space will give you more entertaining flexibility and boost resale value when it’s time to sell.

Workout Any time in Your Basement Fitness Area

Many of us like to work out, but gyms can be pricey, packed and involve travel to and from.

Wouldn’t it be great instead to walk downstairs into your very own basement fitness center?  Remodeling part of your basement into a workout area also means not having to wait on fitness machines, watching your favorite television show without all that noise, and that a fridge is always nearby.  If the remodeled area is large enough, you can also add a massage table or sauna for post-workout cool downs.  Decorative stone veneer makes a great addition to any basement fitness room by highlighting its walls, doorways and other areas.  In fact, the faux stone may look so luxurious that you’ll think that you’re working out at an upscale fitness club instead of in your own home!

 

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Convert Basement Space into a Cozy Guest Bedroom

Do parents, in-laws or other house guests frequently come to stay and you’re embarrassed to have them sleep on that torture rack doubling as a foldout couch?  Converting part of your wasted basement space into a cozy guest bedroom always works.  And adding another finished bedroom assuredly boosts your home’s market value.  If you’re really feeling ambitious and have it within your budget, add a breakfast nook, kitchenette, extra bathroom or fireplace to make the area feel even more like home.  Along the way, decorative stone veneer will add warmth and elegance to all these bedroom remodeling ideas.

Hot Basement Remodels Look Better with Stone Veneer!

 

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There you have it; the hottest basement remodeling ideas of 2018.  All will provide you with more living space while increasing your home’s value.  Manufactured stone veneer has become a very popular addition to any basement renovation project because it’s easy-to-use, looks great, is cost-effective and simple to maintain.  At North Star Stone, we specialize in a wide-variety of decorative stone veneer products.  We’ve had the pleasure of assisting numerous homeowners around the Chicago land area with their basement remodels and the transformative outcomes proudly speak for themselves.  To learn more about hot basement remodeling ideas, or how our manufactured interior and exterior stone veneer products could be used on your next project, visit www.northstarstone.biz now.

My DIY Stone Veneer Fireplace Project

My DIY Stone Veneer Fireplace Project

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A wonderful customer took the time to share his experience with DIY stone veneer installation. He took the time to write up his experience of updating his stone fireplace with stone veneer to share with our website visitors and customers and we couldn’t be more impressed with the end results! 

Here is Tim’s story of his DIY stone veneer installation in his Georgia Mountain home and the gorgeous Stone Veneer Fireplace he created!

We have a log cabin in the north Georgia mountains. It originally had a builder-grade wood surround on the fireplace, but what could be better in a log cabin than a stacked stone fireplace?

 

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I’ve done my share of remodeling projects,but I had not done stone masonry work before this. Perhaps like you, I watched a lot of YouTube videos on the subject and decided it was a project I could tackle. My plan was to do a floor-to-ceiling stone veneer to accommodate the existing firebox that is flush with the log wall. My photos don’t show it, but the room’s floor is hardwood except for in front of the fireplace, which is now slate tile in a 6’ x 30’ area. This makes that side of the room feel like a fireplace space, but there is no hearth. This saved me from needing hearth cap stones and simplified the overall stone install project.

 

My online search for materials brought me to NorthStar Stone.I talked through my project with Alan, hearing about the stone options and how NorthStar makes them to color specifications. Not being in the showroom, I selected my product based on the samples on the website and queued up my order. I felt like the cost of the material was such a good deal that the shipping cost to me in Georgia was worth it. I could tell that Alan was determined that my product met their high-quality standards on color accuracy and he followed up to ensure that shipping went as it should. I will say to buyers who might be hesitant to purchase something like this online, it isn’t an automatic, anonymous process. Being able to speak with a specialist and get hands-on attention for exactly what my project needed made me feel like I was making the right purchase, just as if I had bought it locally.

 

After a lot of researching, I went with Laticrete’s MVIS Hi-Bond Veneer Mortar for the install mortar and grout between the stones. This ended up being a somewhat difficult product to track down here but may be more readily available in other parts of the country. I will say that it worked great, bonding even the heaviest of the stones very easily. It’s also lighter and doesn’t have the gravel of cheap big box store mortar.

 

For the mantle, I wanted something that looked like a rustic beam, but I didn’t want a 50 lb. slab, and I also needed more light in the fireplace area. I decided to build a hollow box version out of cedar and included flush-fitting LED lights so that I could get a nice light effect across the stones without having to install lights in the ceiling. Given that the cabin walls are solid log, I ran the power up from the basement via a small groove behind the Durock cement board and included the light switch and an outlet in the beam as well. Once it was mounted on a cleat and had the stone installed around it, the resulting look was the beefy beam I was going for (without the weight of a solid beam or the need to mount lights elsewhere). The lights are spring-load mounted – should I ever need to swap one or get to their wiring, I have multiple access points.

Stone Fireplace

With all of the stone materials in place, Durock on the wall and the mantle installed, I got started on the stone work. I laid out the material on the floor as a guide for install – this worked great for about the first 2/3 of the process. As I got further up I found that I was adjusting positioning on the fly to get the best mix of stone sizes and to account for where they needed to be cut.

Stone Veneer for fireplaces

 

 

For cutting,I used a 4.5” diamond blade on my angle grinder. I was actually surprised how easily the stone material cut, and then used the grinder to make the cut edges less perfect for blending with other stone. Given that the install is a “flat fireplace” (i.e. no corners or extended depth), I used uncut stones on both sides and worked to the middle, putting the cut stones in varying middle places so that when you look at the final product from either side you only see factory stone edges. It also worked in my favor that my log walls have a lot of imperfections and variation, so any variation in the edge where the stone meets the logs adds to the rustic look.

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I used a traditional “squeeze” grout bag to put the mortar between the stones. The particular mortar I used being so quick to dry ended up translating to only mixing about a grout bag or two at a time, but once I figured out the right mix for this (i.e. thinker than I expected), it went pretty well.

 

Stone Veneer Fireplace

 

Stone Fireplaces

The stone install portion of the effort (including the grouting) was about 20 hours spread out over several days. I would imagine that the pros can do this project a lot faster and if I was to do it again, I could as well. My pacing was based more on tinkering with the mortar mix and resting as I went, so others might have different timeframes. I’m pretty happy with the results and it’s always great to be able to add a new “I built that” to my list of projects. Hopefully my photos and story are useful to you – if you’re a DIYer who’s able to plan, prep for, cut and lay floor tile, you should be able to do this too, with help from Alan and NorthStar Stone.

 

Tim Brammer

Beautiful Illinois Home Uses Stone Veneer to Help Gain LEED Certification

Beautiful Illinois Home Uses Stone Veneer to Help Gain LEED Certification

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Brick and stone veneer are nothing new to the world of architecture and construction. They are attractive, durable, and don’t come with the same hefty price tag as a traditional, full sized stone or brick.

And, in the instance of this beautiful new home in Evanston, Illinois, their use marks achieving a standard of sustainability measured by the popular certification program, LEED. These are no ordinary stone veneers. They are entirely man-made, which gives them several important qualities that do well to promote environmentally friendly design.

This article aims to examine this stunning work of residential construction, and answer a few fundamental questions about LEED. What is it? Why is it Important? And how do things like sourcing local, sustainable materials make an impact on the environment?

Leed Stone VeneerLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED isn’t the only sustainability certification program in the design and construction industry, but it’s become the most ubiquitous. It began development in 1993 by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as an avenue for setting green building standards for architects, engineers, builders, material suppliers, and developers.

Few things affect the health of our planet more than the things we build. From design and construction to maintenance and upkeep, the embedded energy in the constructed world contributes to a host of environmental issues that architects, engineers, and legislators are responsible for addressing in an attempt to slow our impact on the planet and preserve it for generations to come.

LEED was designed to do just that.

The program is in a constant state of development – always adjusting to our ever-changing understanding of environmental impact and protection. While the intricacies and details of the criteria are complex, projects can earn credits for such things as using low-VOC paints and materials, insulating past code requirements, specifying energy efficient HVAC systems and appliances, and other design related issues such as solar orientation and water conservation.

Depending on how many credits a project earns in accordance with the building type, it will be awarded a silver, gold, or platinum designation.

However, for everything LEED does to set a project up for environmental success, it’s still up to the design and construction team to focus those efforts into something that is beautiful, comfortable, and functional.

The LEED Home Made With Stone Veneer

That brings us to Evanston, Illinois first ever LEED Platinum certified home. The home, which is currently undergoing construction and knee-deep in the certification process, is as architecturally interesting as it is sustainable. It is organized as an ‘H’ shape in plan and wraps around several exterior courtyards. The design focuses on energy efficiency, water conservation, and utilizing materials that reinforce its commitment to sustainability.

One of those primary materials is an exterior stone veneer product that has several embedded qualities that help the project earn valuable LEED credits.

The stone veneer used in this project, our stone veneer,  is entirely man-made. Ironically, it’s this very fact that made it such an appropriate and sustainable stone siding material for this home. It’s manufactured using significantly less water than natural stone, which requires a massive amount for the cutting and shaping process. Furthermore, the manufacturing facility is located in the nearby northern Indiana, earning LEED credits for proximity to the job site.

Our stone veneer helps the project achieve its status as a leader in sustainability, yes, but it also gives the home a unique, natural look in places its applied. The stone veneer product can be applied to the exterior, where it will last as long as the structure does, or the interior as fireplace stone or perhaps an attractive accent wall.

The versatility of the stone veneer allows architects and builders to be creative with a product that is also inherently sustainable. And better yet, it comes with an affordable price tag that will ensure it doesn’t get value engineered out of the project.

The Future of Building Materials

The construction materials industry is currently undergoing a massive shift in the way products are manufactured, delivered, and even installed. People today are aware of how important protecting the environment has become, and value sustainability in home building more than ever.

And when clients and home-buyers universally begin to value something, the industry responds. Sustainably manufactured exterior stone veneers are just the beginning of a story that includes a wide variety of eco-friendly, ‘green’ products. They are not only getting more and more affordable, they are easy to source no matter where you happen to be building your new home.

And more than that, a responsibility has been bestowed upon architects and engineers to take sustainability into their own hands, in part by developing relationships with vendors and product manufacturers to get the most out of the material specifications for their jobs. And whether you’re cladding an entire building in exterior stone or simply renovating a stone fireplace, there are small choices to be made that can have a massive impact on the built world.

This home in Evanston, Illinois provides a beacon that future residential projects can look to for eco-friendly inspiration. It masterfully blends architectural innovation with environmental engineering, wrapped in a package that expresses its most choice material specifications. It gives meaning to its place, and provides the home owners with a comfortable place to live that pays the ultimate respect to the environment. North Star Stone was proud to be a part of this LEED project, and looks forward to many more down the road. If you’re in the process of building a LEED certified home, stone veneer is a perfect choice for your home’s stone fireplace, siding and so many other parts of the home. Get a free, fast estimate for your stone veneer here.

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