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How to Install Thin Veneer from Indiana Limestone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 13, 2019, 9:41:11 AM

Indiana Limestone is an American classic, bringing a look of timelessness wherever it’s used — whether on the soaring Empire State Building or cathedrals and monuments across the North American continent. With Swenson Granite Works’ newest addition of Indiana limestone thin veneers, the durability and versatility of the stone can now be easily added to residential projects.

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Topics: Thin Stone, veneer, Indiana Limestone

A DIY Granite Fire Pit Adds Classic New England Style to a Coastal-Inspired Home in Scituate, MA

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 25, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

As the end of the summer neared, Robbin Mangano, the lifestyle blogger behind The New England Life, and her husband, Jeff, were eager to spend the last few days of the season outside. A DIY granite fire pit from Swenson Granite Works was the perfect end-of-the-summer project and a great way to extend the livability of their backyard into the cooler months.

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Topics: Granite, Outdoor living, fire pit

The Rich History of Woodbury Gray Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 14, 2019, 7:00:00 AM

Quarried in the town of Woodbury, Vermont, Woodbury Gray granite, one of several granite types offered at Swenson Granite Works, has brought timeless style to buildings across the country for over a century.

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Topics: History and Heritage, Granite, Woodbury Gray

Radon Exposure from Granite: Debunking Health Concerns

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 1, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

Like all stone, granite contains trace amounts of radium, which decays over time into a naturally-occurring gas called radon, emitting low levels of radiation. Stone quarry workers are surrounded by massive amounts of granite on a daily basis. Should they be concerned about their health? Should homeowners be concerned about the granite inside their homes?

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Topics: Granite, Radon

From Flowers to Foliage: Your Ultimate Fall Planting Guide

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Sep 18, 2019, 8:43:47 AM

Amber leaves, golden blooms, scarlet shrubs — nothing says ‘fall’ like an abundance of nature’s most brilliant colors.

“Fall is a great time to plant and relax outside while working in the garden,” says Andy Grondalski, Nursery Manager at Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield, MA. While it’s a common misconception that you can’t plant in the fall, the cooler climate is ideal for a wide array of flowers and foliage.

This fall planting guide will show you a variety of flowers, trees and plants that will add festive hues and textures to your landscape, while complementing natural stone hardscape features.

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Topics: granite steps, fieldstone, flowers

On the Road with the Truck Drivers of Swenson Granite Works: Part One

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 28, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

At Swenson Granite Works, customer service is just as important as the quality of the natural stone products we produce. As a family business for over 135 years, each of our employees plays a unique role in fulfilling our commitment to unmatched craftsmanship and dedication.

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Topics: granite steps, mailbox posts, contest

10 Technical Advantages of Using Granite Curbing for Your Next Project

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 21, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

Functional elements are often the most important factors to consider when selecting curbing for commercial, residential and public properties. While the visual appeal of granite curbing speaks for itself, this versatile option offers a range of technical benefits for property owners to consider when planning their next project.

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Topics: Granite, curbing, granite curbing

8 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home with Granite and Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 25, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re interested in increasing the value of your home or simply refreshing the look and feel of its exterior, granite and natural stone are the most versatile ways to add curb appeal. These materials are unrivaled in terms of aesthetics and durability, adding timeless style and dimension that will last a lifetime.

All nine Swenson Granite Works stores offer a range of granite products, from natural stone accents to custom fabricated steps, that will complement both your house and front yard landscape to create a lasting impression.

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Transform Your Outdoor Space with Summer Blooms

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 9, 2019, 8:00:00 AM

 

From brilliant blue hydrangeas to vivid geraniums, summer flowers are an excellent way to add vibrant pops of color and texture to any backyard. With thousands of unique varieties available, the options are nearly limitless when creating your ideal landscape with summer blooms.

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Topics: Granite, garden, Landscape Design, flowers

What’s Cooking Outdoors: Trends in Outdoor Kitchen Design for 2019

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 14, 2019, 5:29:37 AM
 
Whether grilling by the pool at a bustling family barbecue or savoring a quick meal on the patio on a quiet evening, the simple joy of eating outside is a pleasure in and of itself. However, cooking outdoors with all the amenities of a fully-furnished kitchen can transform outdoor dining into an experience that will delight recreational cooks and professional chefs alike.

From granite countertops to natural stone veneer, your local Swenson Granite Works’ store can provide you with a range of products to create a timeless outdoor kitchen that makes a bold statement of unmatched durability.

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Topics: Outdoor spaces, Countertops, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, veneer

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