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New England Curb Appeal Doesn’t Stop at The Door - Introducing Fencing, Lighting and Mailbox Posts

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 16, 2022 9:48:29 AM

The front of your home is more than just paint, trim and steps. You can create a stunning New England look with aesthetic details around your property that bring beauty and value to your curb appeal.

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Topics: granite posts, fence posts, mailbox posts, New England, curb appeal, lamp posts, Woodbury Gray

Your Home’s New England Curb Appeal Starts with The Steps

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 2, 2022 10:00:49 AM

If you drive around New England, one thing you’ll notice is the use of granite and natural stone on structures from state buildings to countryside homes. “Look around. All the old houses and barns have slabs of granite stacked to make the foundation. It’s just something that’s been used since we were founded here,” says Robert Howard of Stone Solutions Maine. He’s been using Swenson granite in the majority of his projects, many of which are rebuilding steps that have rotted or succumbed to the harsh weather conditions that the East Coast can dole out.  

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Topics: granite steps, New England, Woodbury Gray

Thin Stone Veneers Make a Fireplace Update Easy

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 19, 2021 8:00:00 AM

If you’re thinking of updating your fireplace but are holding back because of the potential cost, time and mess of removing what you currently have, thin stone veneers may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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Topics: Fireplaces, before and after, masonry, veneer, Thin Veneer

How To Install a Granite Mailbox Post

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 2, 2021 10:35:40 AM

Your mailbox is not only a gateway to communication with the outside world; it’s also part of the overall curb appeal of your home. If you currently have an existing mailbox on a wooden, plastic, metal or concrete post, chances are, at some point, you will need to replace it due to environmental erosion to the foundation or post causing it to lean, or rotting wood weakening the structure.

A granite mailbox post provides the everlasting durability of stone pulled and cut from solid rock. It’s just a matter of setting it in place correctly.

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Topics: Granite, granite posts, mailbox posts, Woodbury Gray

Introducing, The Sleek Square Fire Pit from Swenson Granite Works

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 25, 2021 3:15:35 PM

After a year of spending more time than ever indoors, homeowners are upgrading their outdoor living spaces and making them the center of activity and a focal point for families and friends. One common backyard improvement is the addition of a granite fire pit. Whether you’re looking to entertain guests or enjoy down time at the end of a long day,  a granite fire pit is an essential addition to any home that can be enjoyed during all seasons and is quick to assemble. 

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Topics: fire pit, Woodbury Gray, DIY Fire Pit

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

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