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Manufactured Stone Remains a Top Option for Enhancing ROI on Remodels
Manufactured Stone Remains a Top Option for Enhancing ROI on Remodels

Manufactured stone veneer (MSV) ranks number two nationally for providing high ROI, with 92.1% of purchase cost recouped in value following installation.

29 September, 2021 in Industry News
CS – More is More: The Resurgence of Maximalism in Design
More is More: The Resurgence of Maximalism in Design

Whether as a result of more time spent at home over the past year or the inevitable back-and-forth of the infinite trend cycle, many are stepping back from the ‘less is more’ movement and embracing Maximalism instead, where ‘more is more.’

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
ES – Flexible Functionality: Home Hosts it All
Flexible Functionality: Home Hosts it All

From the daily grind of work and school, to entertainment and exercise, there are very few facets of life that aren’t anchored at home.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
ES – Dish on Design: Six Minutes with Molly Tally
Dish on Design: Six Minutes with Molly Tally

We recently sat down with Molly Tally, creator/curator of The Honest Home Blog, to discuss her approach to design as a self-taught DIY-er.

28 September, 2021 in Featured Projects
CS – Textures and Technique With Todd Peddicord
Textures and Technique With Todd Peddicord

Todd’s most recent project was an extensive indoor and outdoor renovation on a primary residence in Northern California for Instagram’s original engineer and his wife, and he shared several insights into how he brings a client’s vision to life, including a heavy reliance on – yes – Pinterest.

28 September, 2021 in Featured Projects
ES – Patriot Point, Maryland
Patriot Point, Maryland: A Veteran Rustic Retreat

This retreat-and-recharge approach is a sweet spot for Patriot Point, which is one of the nation’s newest retreat centers geared directly toward military veterans, as well as their families and caregivers.

28 September, 2021 in Featured Projects
CS – Going from Accumulation to Curation at Home
Going from Accumulation to Curation at Home

If it’s time to transition from the idea of home as an accumulation of possessions to home as the embodiment of your uniquely curated memories, here are three ways to get started.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
ES – MSV Holds the Advantage Over Thin-Cut Natural Stone
Manufactured Stone Veneer Holds the Advantage Over Thin-Cut Natural Stone

Over the years, the great debate within the stone industry has focused on how manufactured stone veneer, or MSV, compares to natural stone. While both provide many benefits, MSV’s lightweight properties, which allow for faster installation and require fewer to no structural interventions such as footings and tie-ins, have given it a clear advantage over natural stone on both commercial and residential projects.

28 September, 2021 in Industry News
ES – Enhancing Creativity with Nature-Inspired Playrooms
Reconnecting with Wonder: Enhancing Creativity with Nature-Inspired Playrooms

The growing divide between the natural and built worlds has prompted many to explore ways to stay connected with nature through the use of biophilic design, which intentionally integrates natural elements, textures and color tones into everyday spaces for the purpose of reinforcing our inherent need to stay connected to the wonder of the world outside.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
CS – Urban Aesthetics for the Sophisticated Suburbs
Metro Mojo: Urban Aesthetics for the Sophisticated Suburbs

As a significant portion of the population shifts from one setting to another, it’s likely that some of the most prominent design trends and other aspects of city life will soon take root in suburban areas as well.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
CS – Ageless Allure of the Great Outdoors
The Ageless Allure of the Great Outdoors

Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between regular access to nature and our own physical and mental wellbeing, as well as the distinctive physiological downsides to those whose access is routinely limited.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
CS – Stone Savants
Stone Savants: The Artistic Evolution of the Modern Mason

From stunning architectural wonders to our most casual, everyday spaces, our homes and workplaces owe a huge debt of gratitude to the millions of masons who have toiled to bring our ambitious dreams to life.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
ES – Lived in Luxury
Lived-in Luxury: The Perfect Union of Cozy and Couture for 21st Century Homes

Residential design is dynamic, expressive and quintessentially personal, not only for homeowners but also for the professionals who help to embody and empower their diverse lifestyles.

28 September, 2021 in Design Trends
Technically Speaking Blog Post #3
Wall Review: Prepping for a Project

As a craftsman, it is paramount that you care about the work that was done to the wall prior to you getting on the job, not only on account of your professional pride but also because you could be held liable for anything that has been done incorrectly in the past.

28 September, 2021 in Technically Speaking
Technically Speaking Blog Post #2
A Conversation With Chris Hines, Dev Tech Leader

I’ve been involved in the Manufactured Stone Veneer (MSV) industry since 2003, and I served as a go-to resource for several different types of building systems before that.

28 September, 2021 in Technically Speaking
Technically Speaking Blog Post #1
A Conversation With Jeff Tew, Director of Technical & Training

I love being a part of the building and construction industry. More specifically, I love being part of the growth of manufactured stone veneer as an industry subcategory that keeps adapting to stay relevant to new construction styles and buyers.

28 September, 2021 in Technically Speaking