We received our Faux Norwich Sierra Brown Dakota Stonewall Panels the end of the week, worked on installing it in a lower cabinet below the TV over the weekend and by Monday we had finished the installation of our fireplace, faux panel and our mantel in our motor home. We wanted to have a fireplace in our motor home and save money by doing it ourselves. Also we'd never seen a motor home with a stone fireplace like we wanted.
We built the mantel ourselves from some scrap wood we had, sanded and stained it to complement the colors in the stone. In order to prevent us from making a mistake cutting the stone, we made a paper pattern first with our measurements written on it. We built a frame for the fireplace so it wouldn't move when the motor home was traveling. Following the paper pattern, we cut and installed the stone and fireplace. Those who have seen it, have said "Wow, it looks so real". It has become the centerpiece of our motor home, making it feel like a cabin instead of a motor home.
We recently received our order, and I was pleasantly and impressed with the quality of your product. I ordered the Norwich Colorado stacked stone in the Earth color and the product and color is perfect, exactly what I expected. Attached is a picture of our gorgeous new room.
Thank you for making a durable and beautiful product that is easy to install and looks fabulous.
I have been meaning to get these photos to you for the past couple of months. Needless to say we are very pleased the way the stone work turned out. We designed and built the artwork over the baptistery. Its 1/2” computer routed acrylic edge lit with LED lights. I figured you might like to see our innovation on the stone work in front of the pulpit.
I accomplished this by vertically routing the back of the panels on 3” center with a ½” wide route line. I cut the panel within about 1/8” of the rear stone surface – in other words about ½ way through the panel without cutting through the lowest part of the stone joints. This way I was bend about 1" of material instead of 2". Then I put the panels in the warming oven in the church kitchen (don’t tell the ladies) for about 30 minutes. The oven only goes to 180 degrees and I believe the panels were probably 110 – 120 degrees when I bent them. I bent them by securing the female end of the panel again the floor at the wall and then just applying gradual pressure. They bent easy with no distortion. Thanks for your produce.
I'd like to submit a review & photos of my completed project. I was able to complete this entire project alone. It took me a while to get started because I'm a procrastinator. :-). I've had my 1st party & my family, friends & neighbors absolutely love it! The product was very easy to work with.
I would definitely recommend it to an intermediate "do it yourself person" who is comfortable with using a jig saw, drill, construction adhesive & measuring tape. TIP: cutting should be done outside of home due to dust debris unless your cutting tool has an attached vacuum.