The Wicked Yard

6 Uses for Granite Cobblestones, the Versatile Building Material with Old World Charm, Traction and Durability

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 5, 2018 8:57:55 AM

Cobblestones have been used all over cities and towns as building material and road surfaces since the 19th century. Due to their rich history, old world charm, durability and traction, we still find use of this versatile building material for our homes.

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Topics: cobblestones, granite, curb appeal

The Backyard Retreat: Expand Your Living Space Outdoors with Granite and Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 22, 2018 8:43:17 AM

Bringing the outside in and the inside out has been a key home trend in recent years. Greenery, neutral colors and natural stone featured inside the home bring about calmness, serenity and a sense of connection to the beauty beyond its doors.. And, at the same time, outdoor structures, such as fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and pergolas, can transform your backyard into what feels like an extension of the home’s interior. With durable stone features styled by Swenson Granite Works, as well as stylish furniture, comfortable fabrics, outdoor appliances, you can create a functional outdoor space perfect for both a personal retreat and space for entertaining.

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Topics: granite, Outdoor living, Patios, Fireplaces, fire pit, Staycation

Massachusetts Makeovers: 5 Yards Transformed with Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 6, 2018 8:30:29 AM
 
 
For a few Massachusetts homeowners, it had finally gotten to the point where old deteriorating steps, unsightly walkways, and unkempt lawns needed to go -- it was time for a makeover. That’s when they called Swenson Granite Works and the pros for help. While Tom Kraus of Natural Path Landscaping worked on these projects, he captured some photos demonstrating the transformative power of quality hardscaping. With some added greenery, you’ll see how these yards went from blah to breathtaking.
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Topics: granite steps, flagstone, Bluestone, before and after, walkways

6 Things to Consider When Choosing The Stone That Naturally Fits Your Patio Design

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When warm weather approaches, it’s time to leave the living room couch behind and get out to your favorite backyard spot. Whether it’s to kick back under the sun, entertain guests or dine alfresco, the patio is where it all should happen, so why not make it perfect in every way? The right look, feel, design, size and location all play a part, but most importantly, it all starts with the right hardscape material.

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Topics: granite, Patios, Bluestone, flagstone, Outdoor living

New Swenson Granite Works Retail Locations Opening in Western and Central Massachusetts

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 7, 2018 8:53:43 PM

Ready for some exciting news? Swenson Granite Works is opening two new locations this May in Shrewsbury and South Hadley, Massachusetts. Now there are nine convenient locations in the New England area, each with a dedicated team who is ready to help you complete your next home project.

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Topics: Outdoor living, Open house, Massachusetts, fire pit

Classic Colonial Homes and The New England Stone That Give Them Curb Appeal

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 4, 2018 8:01:13 PM

Thanks to the rich colonial history of the New England area, it’s no surprise that the folks who live, work and play here have a love for a true colonial style home that runs deep. Though all homes built in the colonial style share certain common elements, it's the thoughtful use of other, time-honored materials and features that makes each of these homes truly one-of-a-kind.

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Topics: Colonial, New England, curb appeal

A New England Minimalist Landscape Uses Classic Materials to Connect with Nature

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Mar 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In Andover, Massachusetts overlooking the Fish Brook Wetlands sits a custom-built contemporary home that connects the interior, landscaping and natural environment in the most intriguing ways. Using classic New England materials, including granite steps, pavers and pool coping from Swenson Granite Works, Andover Landscape designed a contemporary minimalist landscape for this unique residence surrounded by traditional Cape and Colonial homes.

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Topics: granite steps, Patios, walkways, contemporary, minimalist

7 Granite Ornamental Garden Elements That Add the Finishing Touch to Any Outdoor Space

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Mar 9, 2018 8:32:43 AM

It’s the little touches that make a house a home, and the same holds true for your yard. A well planned garden will improve the appearance of your landscape and give you a peaceful place to retreat outdoors. Whether in your front yard or backyard, granite ornamental elements can beautifully accent your garden and add the finishing touch to make it picture-perfect.

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Topics: garden, ornamental, Benches, fire pit, compass, millstone, sundial, bird bath, fountain

The Dirt on Digging Holes for Granite Fence Posts, Lamp Posts and Mailbox Posts

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 26, 2018 7:10:00 AM

If you are ready to light your landscape, create a rustic fence line, or upgrade your mailbox with granite, it’s important to know how you’re going to dig those post holes.

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Topics: fence posts, lamp posts, mailbox posts, granite posts

11 Rustic Fence Designs with Granite Posts For Country Charm and City Style

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 30, 2018 9:48:19 AM

From country meadows to city streets, granite posts are a durable design element that gives style and definition to homes and businesses, with no maintenance needed.

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Topics: fence posts, curb appeal, granite, granite posts

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