The Wicked Yard

Amanda Pittsley

Amanda is Swenson's marketing manager.

Recent Posts

How to Create a Concrete or Gravel Pad for Granite Steps

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In many ways, a home is your foundation. Having a safe and soundly-built structure brings peace of mind for every design that follows. When it comes to the entryway, a properly constructed base ensures that the steps leading into your home will remain solid for decades. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, base preparation for your set of Swenson Granite Works steps is essential.

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Topics: granite steps, curb appeal

5 Ways to Decorate Your Home’s Interior with Granite and Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 30, 2018 8:45:35 AM

Today, more than ever, natural stone is a favorite choice of material for designers, architects and homeowners — not only for exterior projects, but for interior design as well. Whether it’s thin stone veneer walls, granite kitchen shelves or bluestone floors, incorporating natural stone into your home’s interior design means a detailed and customized appearance that is unique to the space. 

Take a look at how these New England homeowners used thin veneer, granite and bluestone from Swenson Granite Works to decorate their home interiors.

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Topics: interior, Fireplaces, veneer, granite, Bluestone

Outside is the New Inside: The Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2019

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Over the past several years, outdoor living has become a top priority for homeowners. Backyards are turning into entertaining spaces, outdoor eating spaces and outdoor living rooms. To make this possible, homeowners are incorporating features like patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces into their yard designs. For evening entertaining, more and more homeowners are installing lights to illuminate their granite and natural stone hardscape designs.

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Topics: outdoor kitchens, lamp posts, Outdoor living, garden, fire pit

How a Granite Fire Pit Completed the Look of a New England Family’s Nantucket Style Backyard Retreat

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 9, 2018 7:20:28 AM

Adding a fire pit to your backyard is one of the simplest ways to transform it into a four-season outdoor living space. For Jen Migonis, home design blogger, real estate investor and mother of four, a DIY Woodbury Gray granite fire pit from Swenson Granite Works was the perfect addition to the Nantucket style backyard retreat at her newly renovated Cape-style home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

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Topics: fire pit, granite, Outdoor living

These Timeless Granite Ornamental Treasures Will Never Be Outdated

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Accent pieces handcrafted from granite best suit outdoor spaces, as they seamlessly align with natural surroundings and add an element of lasting elegance that will never go out of style. Rather than give into fads and trends involving mass-produced products, consider the timeless, handcrafted granite ornamental treasures from Swenson Granite Works — chess tables, compasses, sundials, and millstones. Classic and enduring, these ageless decorative items bring antiquity and functional beauty to your yard.

Also consider the moon gate, a decorative dry stone walling feature, for your garden. This timeless architectural feature can actually be constructed with the Swenson Granite Works fire pit.

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Topics: ornamental, sundial, compass, granite, garden

Reconstructed Moosilauke Ravine Lodge Bridges Past and Present with Natural Stone and Locally Sourced Wood

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The inspiration for the re-imagining of Dartmouth College’s treasured Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in Warren, New Hampshire was all about bridging the past and present. Think: A new look with the same old soul. To keep in line with its North Country heritage, the historic lodge was outfitted with the same kind of rustic charm as its former structure, but it also had to meet Dartmouth’s standards for low maintenance and functional elegance.

To accomplish this ambitious, enviable goal, Dartmouth needed the perfect partner. Enter, Swenson Granite Works.

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Topics: masonry, granite, steps

Why Skilled Stoneworkers Prefer Handmade Masonry Tools for Splitting, Shaping and Trimming Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Sep 12, 2018 3:02:02 PM

Every successful home project by Swenson Granite Works is a true testament to the power of teamwork. From the contractors to the skilled stonemasons to the homeowners themselves, no one part of the process is less important than the other. To create these masterful home designs, we are proud to work with professionals who create high-quality products and demonstrate the kind of expertise that is only developed through years of hands-on experience in the industry.

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Topics: masonry, granite, tools

How to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen with Natural Stone Veneer and Countertops

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 22, 2018 6:37:30 AM

 

For most of us - and more often when the weather cooperates - a meal outside on the patio in the fresh air can be an enjoyable experience. Backyard chefs are packing up their old rolling barbecue cart, paper plates, and plastic utensils to make their outdoor dining spaces a bigger priority when planning home improvements. More and more, outdoor home entertaining is a gourmet affair, requiring easy access to equipment like sinks and stovetops and thoughtful seating areas. A well-designed and fully functional outdoor kitchen built with granite and natural stone from Swenson Granite Works guarantees a memorable outdoor dining experience and increases your home’s value.

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Topics: Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, granite

Luxe Pool and Spa Designs Featuring Granite and Bluestone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 13, 2018 9:18:57 AM

A luxe pool and spa in your backyard can take relaxation and recreation to another level. There are so many designs to choose from – infinity edge, perimeter overflow, freeform, geometric, kidney shaped or classic rectangular. But only certain hardscape materials will give a resort-style poolscape that high-end look and unsurpassed quality. With granite and natural stone, you can create a luxurious poolside oasis that will last for generations.

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Topics: Pools, Spas, Bluestone, granite, coping, Patios

A Fishers Island Home Adds Coastal Charm with Granite and Natural Stone That Withstand the Elements

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 30, 2018 1:10:44 PM

Located just a couple miles off the southeastern coast of Connecticut lies Fishers Island, New York  a remote island with one operating ferry. With such rich history and natural beauty, it's no wonder summer resident Ralph Carbone decided to renovate his oceanfront property with granite and bluestone from Swenson Granite Works. Not only do these materials add coastal charm to the home, they enhance it with their durability and weather resistance.

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Topics: granite, Bluestone, oceanfront, coastal living, Pools, Vacation home

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