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Granite is the Stone of Choice for Seaside Projects Along the New England Seaboard

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 19, 2020 10:02:07 AM

From its uppermost reaches in Maine down to Connecticut’s southern shores, New England’s coastline features a topography ranging from rugged cliff faces, rocky shorelines and sandy beaches. While varied, the length of the northeast seaboard shares one common variable: the occasional wrath of Mother Nature. 

Year after year, the coastline takes batterings from seasonal hurricanes and nor’easters — not to mention winter’s damaging cold temperatures and winds — all while being pounded by the waves of the salty Atlantic Ocean. It stands to reason that anything built along the coast calls for only the most durable building materials to weather New England’s seasonal swings and ocean tides. 

For many, granite is the natural choice for projects that must contend with the harsh ocean elements and withstand the constant freeze-thaw cycle.

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Topics: Granite, New England, coastal living

New Hampshire: There’s a Reason Why They Call it the ‘Granite State’

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 29, 2020 8:16:15 AM

High above New Hampshire’s Merrimack River, deep in the core of Rattlesnake Hill, Swenson Granite Works has been quarrying historic CONCORD GRAY™ granite since 1883. Also known as Swenson Gray, the iconic stone has brought timeless style to buildings across the country for over a century and has been a part of the company’s heritage of stonework. While methods for cutting the rock have changed over time and many other quarries have come and gone, one thing remains the same: Concord Gray granite has stood the test of time.

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Topics: History and Heritage, Granite, New Hampshire

Massachusetts Landscape Architect Takes Pride in Sustainable Design and Construction with New England’s Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Crisscrossing the landscape long before the Revolutionary War, stone walls are as classic to New England as church steeples and lighthouses, with a legacy that continues to this day.

Hundreds of years after the nation gained its independence, walls crafted from native stone are still a traditional element in hardscape design not only in a nod to the region’s history but also as a more modern approach to sustainability.

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Topics: American natural stone, Sustainable Design, stone walls, New England

A Visit to the Swenson Granite Works Shrewsbury Store is an Experience for the Whole Family

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Apr 30, 2020 8:55:42 AM

Friendly. Family and community oriented. Up and coming.

Those are just a few of the things that come to mind for John Proulx when he thinks of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where he manages one of Swenson Granite Works’ newest retail stores.

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Topics: Granite, New England, Massachusetts

Arnold Strongman Classic Pits Man vs. Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Apr 17, 2020 8:24:23 AM

How do you prove just who is the world’s strongest man?

Some of the strongest men from around the world hoisted massive granite stones weighing hundreds of pounds at this year’s Arnold Strongman Classic, in a “Trial By Stone” medley that pitted the strongmen against the strongest stone in the world.

The five round lifting stones, weighing between 275 and 420 pounds, were fabricated by Swenson Granite Works from BETHEL WHITE® granite, of which four were used in the annual competition held in Columbus, Ohio and featuring strength athletes from all over the world.

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Topics: Granite, Notable Project

Since Our Spring Vacations Turned Into Staycations, How About Some Backyard Inspiration?

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Apr 3, 2020 8:29:57 AM

We understand that responsibly hunkering down at home can be difficult. Why not give yourself a mental boost by envisioning all the improvements you’d like to make to turn your outside area into a place you never want to leave? There is no time like the present to get in touch with your area contractor to discuss your plans and work together to transform your yard into the space you have been daydreaming about. Many of your area contractors have adapted to the current situation and are offering videoconferencing to work with their clients.

Your local Swenson Granite Works store can not only provide you with granite and natural stone products to make your vision come to life, they can also connect you with a contractor in your area to get the job done.

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Topics: Inspiration, Staycation, Hardscape

Original Western Mass Home Show Features Something for Everyone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Mar 11, 2020 9:45:03 AM
 
Please note: The Original Western Mass Home and Garden Show slated for March 26-29, 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. Show organizers are currently working to establish new dates for the show. 
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Topics: Granite, garden, Massachusetts

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

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Swenson Granite Works truck drivers are as hardworking as the natural stone products they deliver throughout the Northeast. Whether they’re installing classic granite steps, mailbox or lamp posts, these guys excel at getting the job done, and getting it done right.

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Topics: granite steps, mailbox posts, lamp posts

Historic Connecticut Home Renovation Blends Old and New with Local Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 12, 2020 9:45:03 AM

From the moment she saw the historic Greek Revival home, built in the mid-1800s and set on an acre of property in charming Westport, Connecticut, actress, entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger Eva Amurri could see the potential. “We loved it from the second we saw it,” explained the mom of two young children with a third on the way, “but felt like its space was not utilized well and it lacked the grandness it deserved, given its historic location in town.

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Topics: Granite, Fireplaces, Patios, Outdoor living, New England, Woodbury Gray

Laying a Foundation Back Home in South Hadley, Massachusetts

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 29, 2020 11:02:14 AM

South Hadley native Dan Richard has come full circle. He grew up in this small town, not far from Springfield, and after working at the Medway Swenson Granite Works store in eastern Massachusetts, found his way back home in 2018 to manage the newest retail store.

The Swenson Granite Works South Hadley store, located on Granby Road on the site of an abandoned restaurant that had become “an eyesore,” brings locally-sourced, natural stone products to Western Massachusetts as a heartier — and more beautiful — alternative to wood and concrete products.

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Topics: Granite, New England, Massachusetts

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