The Wicked Yard

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

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Sep 12, 2018 3:02:00 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 6:37:00 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 9:18:00 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 1:10:00 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

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

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 5, 2018 8:57:00 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 8:43:00 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 8:30:00 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 8:53:00 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 8:01:00 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

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