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Rooms Without Roofs: 5 Outdoor Living Trends for 2021

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 26, 2021 8:24:12 AM

 

In 2020, backyards around the world suddenly became so much more: gyms, offices, bars and restaurants. As the new hot spots for social gatherings, outdoor living spaces took on new importance—and popularity. 

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Topics: Fireplaces, Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, fire pit

Long Live The Queen: A Queen Anne Victorian Is Restored

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 4, 2021 8:00:00 AM

 

Narragansett, Rhode Island was first surging in popularity as a summer resort town in 1887 when a Queen Anne Victorian home was built at the corner of Narragansett Avenue and Robinson Street. With stained-glass windows, ornate bargeboards, and a charming assortment of shingle styles, it was a turn-of-the-century dream home. Flash forward 130+ years and the once stately Victorian still stands in the Pier neighborhood of the quaint seaside town, but the exterior was weathered, the interior structurally deficient, and the home sat on its corner lot, vacant and abandoned. 

 

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Topics: Historic restoration, Outdoor living, New England, Indiana Limestone, Woodbury Gray

Textures, Colors and Patterns Bring Life to an Expansive Outdoor Living Space Designed With Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Apr 9, 2021 8:20:50 AM

Virginia-based interiors stylist Sarah Raak of SKG Designs had been planning a project to redo her backyard patio for a while. But if ever there was an impetus to finally get it going it was this thing called 2020. Although this year brought challenges, it taught us to learn to appreciate the nature, air and space around us. It also allowed us to think outside the box and to innovate — challenges that have always informed Raak’s approach to design.

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Topics: Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, fire pit

What is Damp Proofing, and Is It Necessary When Working with Indiana Limestone?

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 24, 2021 9:37:32 AM

Simply put, damp proofing works as a long term prevention method to ward off moisture decay in walls and foundations. The process prevents moisture and water from passing into interior spaces by creating a durable barrier. This process can also act as a barrier between the Earth’s elements and the surface of limestone.

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Topics: Indiana Limestone

The Medway Store Has a Love of Stone, Top Notch Customer Service and All Things New England

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM
 
Nestled in the historic area of Norfolk County, Massachusetts sits the Swenson Granite Works Medway store. All four men on the team have a love and appreciation for natural stone, and all things New England.
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Topics: Granite, New England, Massachusetts, Store Spotilght

Sustainable, Timeless, and Everlasting — 9 Reasons You Should Choose Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 11, 2021 8:00:00 AM

There are many sustainable practices that manufacturers of building materials can adopt, but there is only one building material that is inherently good for the earth and good for your health natural stone.

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Topics: Granite, Natural Materials, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone, buy local

Tradition Meets Modernity in the Coastal Community of Westbrook, Maine

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 28, 2020 1:04:02 PM
 
Swenson Granite Works’ Westbrook, Maine Store Manager Jeremy Walbridge has been working with the company for 27 years — over half his life. He has had family members and friends work at the company, and credits the family oriented nature of the business to his tenure.

“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Swenson? Family. The Swenson name has a history attached to it. 133 years as a family business and I’ve seen all sides of it,” said Walbridge.

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Topics: Granite, Store Spotilght, Maine

Discover The Deep Roots Of The Swenson Granite Works Newtown Store

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM

John Doherty may not have been there when the Swenson Granite Works Newtown store (located just outside Danbury, Connecticut) opened in 2000, but he and his team have basically been there ever since. Deep roots and long standing connections are what you will find at the store—and this scenic small town—as a whole.

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Topics: Store Spotilght

Swenson Granite Works Debuts Woodbury Gray Granite Thin Veneer with the Homebuilders Association of Western Massachusetts Association

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 23, 2020 1:01:05 PM

When most people think of granite veneer, they commonly associate it with heavy full bed veneer, but thin veneer is an excellent versatile alternative that can be used a number of ways for both the interior and exterior of your home.

On September 22, 2020, Swenson Granite Works debuted WOODBURY GRAY™ granite thin veneer at its South Hadley, Massachusetts store in partnership with the Homebuilders Association of Western Massachusetts Association. The Swenson Granite Works team is thrilled to add this thin veneer to the Woodbury Gray granite family of products and is excited to share the details with customers!

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Topics: Granite, Events, Thin Veneer

Making The Case For Monochrome: An Artful Outdoor Hardscape Design with Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A black and white palette is a classic, with endless design possibilities from subdued to striking. Some may think that monochrome is boring or plain, but black, white and gray—when used the right way—can bring a space to life. A hardscape project in Laconia, New Hampshire shows what can be done with monochrome design—and with granite from Swenson Granite Works.

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Topics: Granite, New England, buy local

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