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A Fire Pit is the Perfect Addition to Your Shawnee Backyard Living Area

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Fire pits are becoming more popular all across Shawnee and Kansas City as people are finding more ways to stay outside longer. There is becoming increased importance in the outdoor living areas of homes, and a fire pit is a natural fit in many cases.  Fire pits are perfect for burning wood, but are just as inviting with gas log or fire pit glass applications as well. Fire pits are fairly inexpensive and can really dress up a dull back yard living area. The fire pit can be seemlessly integrated into any existing or theorized outdoor living space, with anything from natural thin veneer stone, full veneer stone, or fabricated stone to brick, stucco or any other concrete adherent. You can choose from many looks that are pre-build fire pit kits or you can build a custom fire pit. It helps to talk with the experts at Builder’s Stone & Masonry to go over all your options.  You can also look at some of the kits that we offer by CLICKING HERE.

Fire Pit Kits Are A Quick Addition to Your Outdoor Living Space

If you want quick, easy, and affordable, then a fire pit kit is perfect for your backyard living area.  Our fire pits are engineered for a very simple installation that can be done in as little as an hour, making them a quick, inexpensive addition that will provide many years of entertainment. There are many different sizes to choose from as well the outside stone. The shape of your fire pit kit can either be square or round.  The interior of the kit is fire rated material that will withstand the test of time as well as very high temperatures. You will need an area well away from your home and you will also need a sturdy base. Stone Pavers make a good choice for a sturdy base but there are also many other options.

Custom Fire Pits Let You Dream Up The Perfect Outdoor Living Area Accent

If you can dream it, then Builder’s Stone & Masonry can help you make it come to life.  You can customize the interior of the pit as well as pick out the perfect man-made or natural stone for the exterior.  Check out our natural stone gallery as well as our manufactured stone gallery to get the exact appearance for your fire pit that you are looking for. And if your already have an existing outdoor living area for your Shawnee home and want your fire pit to match, then going custom is probably the best choice.

Why stop at only adding a fire pit to your outdoor living area?

How about also adding a  Fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen,  Pizza Oven, or Brick Oven!

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Natural Stone Project for Manhattan Hotel is Simply Breathtaking

 
The city of Manhattan, Kansas got a beautiful commercial addition to it’s historic downtown area. The Bluemont Hotel opened it’s doors to the public in September at the corner of Bluemont and Manhattan avenues, adjacent to Kansas State University campus.  The natural stone used for the face of the building and many of the indoor features was installed by the professionals at Builder’s Stone & Masonry.  The stone was carefully chosen for many of the beautiful features including the outdoor patio, interior stone columns, stone archways, and interior walls near the entrance.  This new luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan features a indoor heated pool, complimentary breakfast, 24-hour fitness center, lobby bar and local room service features.

Extend Your Patio Season in Kansas City with an Outdoor Fireplace

oudoor patioWith the extreme ups and downs in Kansas and Missouri weather, when the snow finally melts we are all anxious to make the most of our outdoor space. And what better way to extend the life of your patio and outdoor area than with a fireplace? At Builder’s Stone and Masonry we have just the right stone to fit your needs for an outdoor fireplace. Whether for an upcoming spring evening or delaying winter, choose from our selection of natural and manufactured stone to make your outdoor fireplace. Let’s consider a few other benefits of an outdoor fireplace:

Outdoor entertainment

Extend your home and gathering space with a cozy outdoor fireplace. Work with a outdoor living professional to integrate your fireplace design into the landscape and layout of your home, at a price you can afford. No matter the size, an outdoor fireplace can extend your outdoor entertaining schedule.

Warmth and Comfort

Since you don’t have to rely on the warmth of the season, outdoor fireplaces allow you to spend more time on your patio. With a variety of source options including, propane, butane or natural gas, outdoor firesides can provide warmth and comfort without the hassle constant maintenance. On the other hand, if you prefer the campfire feel, we have options for wood burning fireplaces as well.

Cooking

Depending on the type of fireplace you choose, it can be a valuable asset for cooking. Keep your house cool by cooking outside on a warm summer evening – and then stay warm by the fire as the night cools down. Ambiance. Outdoor fireplaces are perfect centerpieces for any outdoor gathering or relaxing evening in. At Builder’s Stone and Masonry our fireplaces come with a variety of options to fit your needs. Find the perfect match to compliment your home and outdoor space. An outdoor fireplace, large or small, can set the mood for entertainment or relaxation. Remember, Builder’s Stone and Masonry has a wide selection of outdoor fireplace options available. No matter your style or budget, we have something to fit your needs. Take advantage of the cool Kansas City evenings by extending your outdoor season.

How to Take Care of a Manufactured Stone Fireplace

Made of lightweight concrete and molded to replicate the look of natural stone, manufactured stone veneer is a modern building material for fireplaces. While the firebox itself is made of heavy-duty materials, the hearth, mantle, and chimney are clad with faux stone. Manufactured stone is colored with pigments and stains to match the type of stone found in nature, then sealed to maintain the veneer’s integrity. Both indoor and outdoor fireplaces clad in manufactured stone are low maintenance.

Things You’ll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
  • Vacuum extender attachment
  • Broom
  • Towel
  • Spray bottle glass cleaner
  • Garden hose
  • Exterior window cleaner
  • Garden spray nozzle
  • Manufactured stone cleaner
  • Brush
  • Pressure sprayer

Here are 3 ways to clean and take care of your manufactured stone:

  1. Vacuum the entire surface of an interior manufactured stone fireplace once a month or more frequently in regions where dust and debris accumulate quickly. Use the brush attachment on the hose of the vacuum cleaner to avoid scratching the seal on the faux stone. Add an extender attachment to the hose to reach higher surfaces. For an exterior fireplace, brush dust and debris from manufactured stone surfaces with a broom.

  2. Wipe the hearth, mantle, and any surfaces that can get fingerprints with a soft towel moistened with glass cleaner. Allow the cleaner to dry completely before starting a new fire. Outdoors, spray a manufactured stone fireplace with an exterior window cleaner attached to a garden hose. Rinse residue away thoroughly with clear water through a garden spray nozzle attachment on the hose.

  3. Use a manufactured stone cleaner to remove stains or built-up grime that can accumulate on outdoor fireplaces near cooking areas or during construction. Clear the area of furniture and cover the surrounding surfaces with plastic. Dilute the cleaner with water in proportions directed by the manufacturer’s label instructions. Moisten the faux stone with clear water, apply the cleaning solution with a brush or sprayer, then rinse repeatedly with a pressure sprayer.

Our Work is Made to Last

Builders Stone KC is a family-owned and operated business that partners with Centurion Stone. We have delivered beautiful stucco and stonework to the residential and commercial sectors of the Kansas City area since 2008, but have extensive experience before the founding of our company. We specialize in masonry work for remodeling, any type of home improvement, repair work, remodeling and new construction. Builders Stone works for all commercial and residential consumers, and we offer a full line of maintenance-free materials, including stone, brick, stucco and EIFs. We’re ready to serve your family or business and our portfolio is extensive for many types of projects. So, before you make a decision for your home remodeling project, give us a call for a free estimate.

Since we are a volume dealer, our prices are extremely competitive. We sell and install our whole product line, and encourage you to ask your builder about us. Our knowledgeable staff will help you pick the perfect stone for your project, and if you would like to install the stone yourself, we’ll even show you how.

Whether you are a builder, architect, business owner or homeowner, stop by or call and set up an appointment to visit our showroom and see all the excitingproducts we have to offer for your next building project. At Builder’s Stone of Kansas City, we are ready to help you and provide you our insight to ensure that your project is a success.