StoneMakers will be exhibiting at the Concrete Decor Show on Feb. 20-24, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Now in its third year the event focuses on the hands-on training and continuing education decorative concrete contractors and specialty artisans need to improve their knowledge and skills and expand their business opportunities.
New for 2012, Stonemakers has engineered an innovative panel system for creating swimming pool waterfalls, backyard waterfalls and commercial water features. Created with molds from New Hampshire mountain ledge rock, the patent pending LedgeFalls System for waterfalls allows swimming pool and hardscape contractors the opportunity to create custom, realistic water features in days, not weeks.
One of the first questions that arises about the StoneMakers system is how does it work? How can you stack concrete without forms or molds? The following video will help to answer those questions.
Nearly anything that you cook on your BBQ grill is definitely just as good and maybe better on your fire pit. There is definitely a spark of magic which seems to come from cooking in this very natural, unadulterated way that makes you feel at one with nature. Our ancestors have been cooking on open flames for centuries.
Fresh after coming off a national television debut on the DIY Network Show "Turf War", StoneMakers and and founder David Montoya were featured in The Union Leader on Monday, August 16.
Creating a backyard retreat is like adding additional rooms to a home. Outdoor kitchens, patios and for a peaceful setting, water features. Large or small, water features add serenity to a backyard. The tranquil sound of trickling water is a great way to unwind after a long day. Here are 7 reasons to consider adding a waterfall or pondless waterfall to backyard projects.
StoneMakers has partnered with Structure Studios to offer the Vizterra 3D landscape design software This customized version features rock patterns and hardscape features that Stonemakers dealers can incorporate into 3D renditions to give their clients the experience of the design from virtually any perspective. How will this benefit dealers and their customers?
One of the most successful methods Stonemakers dealers have had in generating new business is by hosting a demonstration day. Any contractor that does hardscapes, retaining walls, water features, outdoor living areas and patios can benefit from this type of promotion. Belknap Landscape Company in Guilford, NH and Complete Concrete in Sykesville, MD both had tremendous returns from hosting a demonstration. Here are the four key areas to ensure success.
1. Select a date 4-6 weeks out in advance.
2. Find a suitable location that can accommodate a good number of people and has some traffic. Car dealerships and retail shopping centers lend well to a promotion, and you'll gain exposure beyond the demonstration. Typically a water feature and 30-40 ft of sitting wall can be completed in 4-5 hours. Offer to cover the cost of labor if they'll pay for only the materials in exchange to do the promotion. They can also help in cross promoting through their local advertising.
As the demand for outdoor living areas and innovative hardscape design continues to grow, homeowners have a number of choices for building retaining walls, patios, walkways and water features. Here's a comparison of the Stonemakers System and concrete block and pavers.
Concrete wall block and pavers:
1. Can be purchased at any local supplier or retail outlet.