Creative Stone Products by Rick Alpen

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Customer Testimonials


Brad and I are extremely pleased with the design  and service provide by ArtisStone.  We just moved into our new home and can't say enough about the fireplace, not only does it look amazing it truly looks like real stone with out the weight saving us a fortune in construction fees.  We had the privilege of having our home in the "Young Life Home Design & Renovation Tour "  many people commented on how beautiful the fireplace looked. We were very please with the service proved after we settle into our home.  Our hand sculpted fireplace not only looks amazing it adds a lot of character to our home. The contractor backed up his work with a follow up visit to make sure we were satisfied with the design and his work.  We would recommend this company.  Outstanding job!!!!
Linda & Brad  Victoria BC   

Rick designed and built the fireplace mantel in my new home in Kamloops. This beautiful mantel is the main focal point of the main floor in our home. I have worked with many professionals and I would rate him as a top notch one. I have no hesitation in recommending Rick for your consideration.  If you need more information, please feel free to contact me.                          

F.   Kamloops BC

This letter serves as a recommendation for the workmanship and expertise of Rick Alpen. We found Rick very easy to deal with and very accommodating to any changes we made. He was always on time, completed well before the due date and invoiced exactly to the quote tendered.  After surviving a long and arduous home construction we found Rick to be one of the few sub trades who fulfilled his mandate professionally and efficiently.  

T&D   Penticton BC

We had our fireplace re-faced by Rick Alpen in January of this year and were extremely pleased with the advice, the service and of course the final result. Rick was prompt, courteous and very knowledgeable.  The fireplace is now the focal point of the living room and everyone who has seen it has commented on how attractive and artistic it is.  We would not hesitate to recommend Rick and his work to anyone looking for a fireplace make-over.   

S&R   Summerland BC


 When building a new home in 2006, we contacted Rick Alpen to build a fireplace in our living room with a Tuscan influence. He showed us the many options, colors, textures and finishes. We had the work done by Rick, the workmanship was excellent and the project was completed in a timely manner as he guaranteed.  It has been a year since we moved into our home. The fireplace is exactly what we were looking for and is the focal point of our room. The comments by our guest have been very positive.  We could not be happier with the work and would highly recommend Rick Alpen to anyone. 

J.   Penticton BC


 A bit of praise

Rick, we've worked on this house for a couple of years now and spent three thousand dollar on many parts of it but the three thousand we spent on this fireplace you've created for us is the most satisfying and fulfilling of the lot. You've given us a lot more for our money than our house-building experience has led us to expect. It's been praised by everyone who's had the pleasure of looking at it and it continues to delight us daily.

J.   Courtenay BC


Thank you Rick for our beautiful fireplace!

A.  Parksville BC


Thank you so much for all your hard work, advice and artistry. We are very pleased with the final result and have had many compliments already. I will let you know when the rest of the house is finished if you would like to take some pictures for you web site. Thanks again,

B.   Parksville BC


Hi Rick, I've been meaning to let you know how much we all enjoy the fireplace you just finished for us! It is amazingly beautiful, and we all oogle it every day. You really are an artist!

B.   Courtenay BC


Thank you for taking on this project. I have really enjoyed meeting & working with you both, and I have a great admiration for what you do. Your work on these fireplaces will set this house apart from anything else I have worked on.                                        


K.  Kamloops BC


 When we finished our fireplace mantel and hearth with ArtisStone we were so very pleased with the finished product. Not only did we have the natural color and true stone slab textures of tyndall stone, but without the excess weight the product would naturally have. No one would know this was not a large slab of tyndall stone. We will enjoy our new fireplace for years to come as it is so unique. We show it off every opportunity we can. Thank you to the Master of ArtisStone. We love the finished look of our fireplace.

S&A   Penticton BC


Rick has built and fitted two fireplaces in our home. He was involved in the design of both and assisted us in deciding upon the most appropriate style and size. The fireplaces were built and completed onsite with a minimal of disruption and time. We now have two beautiful fireplace surround/mantels which look as good as authentic stone and for which we paid a fraction of the cost. Rick was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him for the design and installation of stone effect mantel and surrounds.

D&L   Penticton BC

 We first saw examples of Rick's work at a local "Home Show" several years ago and knew if the opportunity arose we would definitely want one of his fireplace mantels in our home. When we purchased our present home in May 2013 we knew we now had that opportunity. The existing floor to ceiling brick fireplace did nothing for the space...Working with Rick from his first visit, to look at the space and discuss our and his ideas, to the completion of the project and his after care has been a complete pleasure! The project was completed on time in an extremely professional and workmanlike manner and the end result is better than we could have ever imagined.  Rick is a true artist!! the fireplace is admired by everyone who sees it, from visiting friends and family to professional contractors and various tradespersons, all comment extremely favourably on it. It has transformed our home in just the way we wanted!  We have no hesitation in recommending Rick and ArtisStone for any project for your home or yard, we are confident you will not be disappointed. 

A&M  Nanaimo BC

Rick Alpen is a true artist and built the fireplace, mantel and hearth just as we envisioned it. He took our ideas for adds to one of his original designs and made it our reality. The fireplace enhanced the enjoyment and the value of our home.

R&G  Nanaimo BC


We were in the process of building our new home in 2010 and had visited friends that had just had a new fireplace done by Rick. We knew right away we wanted Rick to work his magic at our house. Rick was great to deal with. We gave Rick some ideas of our own, but his creativity and skill is what really turned the fireplace in to a piece of art. Budget and schedule was never an issue. It definitely is a conversation piece and an amazing feature in our house. We look forward to working with Rick again in the near future and would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Rick.......

A&B  Parksville BC


We were very happy with our fireplace surround. Rick did a great job, exactly what we were looking for, and we have had many compliments. We will be working with ArtisStone again on future projects

L&N  Parksville BC


We are so very happy with our fireplace surround, hearth and mantle that looks just like the stonework we loved in Europe.  Rick is truly an artist.  Our friends are fooled, thinking it is stone!   We also had him fabricate the window ledges and a pillar to match.  They are lovely, tying together the theme in our home. Rick came when he said he would, did exactly what we agreed on and within the cost quoted.  He is a pleasant and efficient artisan and we happy to refer him!

J&B  Courtenay BC


We hired ArtisStone to create our great room fireplace.  It is contemporary, approximately 17' high.  We also hired ArtisStone to create part of our bedroom fireplace. Together with another company they did a great job.  We are very happy with both of the fireplaces.  ArtisStone is a friendly, creative company with lots of new ideas and the work that was done was excellent.

A&S  Nanaimo BC


Beautiful limestone fireplace, can't say enough about the exceptional workmanship and one of a kind talent. A pleasure to deal with.

K&K  Duncan BC


After wrestling with how we were going to refinish our brick fireplace, we saw a sample of ArtisStone's Limestone façade at our local fireplace retailer. Rick completed the job in a timely manner to our complete satisfaction. He is a true artist and perfectionist when it comes to his craft. We constantly get glowing comments from visitors. We would not hesitate to recommend ArtisStone to anyone looking for high quality product and work at a fair price.

B&N  Parksville BC


ArtisStone created for our home a beautiful handcrafted limestone fireplace mantel.  Rick, the owner and artist, was extremely knowledgeable, respectful, and explained the process in great detail.  He offered us many options and was very flexible on making changes if needed.  I would not hesitate to have Rick design and create other pieces for us.

R&T  Victoria BC


I am so lucky to have had Rick Alpen build me the most beautiful Wishing Well.  The designing and work he put into this was more than I could ever imagine.  All our friends and neighbours are so amazed when they first see it.... Everyone loves to sit around our front yard and listen to the sound of the water flowing from the pail into the well.  They say it is so soothing.  I would recommend Rick to anyone that wants something special designed and built for them, he does great work.... and does not waste any time while working on a project.....

V&T  OK Falls BC


Ever since I met Rick Alpen of ArtisStone I knew I wanted to work with him on a custom project. He is an artist and an exceptional tradesperson. I hired Rick to complete a concrete sculpture as a landscape and building solution. The project required that we collaborate and brainstorm together in the planning phase. Rick was a lot of fun to work with in this process. In the end he created just what I was envisioning, and our clients were thrilled. His work is still a conversation piece - people love to hear how the "rock planter" is made by hand, by a local artisan, using concrete. Recommended!

B.  Courtenay BC