The Wicked Yard

What’s Cooking Outdoors: Trends in Outdoor Kitchen Design for 2019

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jun 14, 2019 5:29:37 AM
 
Whether grilling by the pool at a bustling family barbecue or savoring a quick meal on the patio on a quiet evening, the simple joy of eating outside is a pleasure in and of itself. However, cooking outdoors with all the amenities of a fully-furnished kitchen can transform outdoor dining into an experience that will delight recreational cooks and professional chefs alike.

From granite countertops to natural stone veneer, your local Swenson Granite Works’ store can provide you with a range of products to create a timeless outdoor kitchen that makes a bold statement of unmatched durability.

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Topics: Outdoor spaces, Countertops, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, veneer

10 Outdoor Living Essentials for The Ultimate Summer Pool Party

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There is no better place to spend a hot summer day than poolside. By combining reinvented summer essentials with timeless granite and stone features from Swenson Granite Works, a backyard pool can become a favorite hangout spot for parties all summer long.

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Topics: Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, Pools

Buying Local and Tips for Increasing The Value of Your Home with South Hadley, MA Real Estate Agent Aimee Kelly (And May 18 Open House Invite Too!)

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Last spring we opened our South Hadley location, celebrating Swenson Granite Works’ ninth store opening in New England and our fifth store in Massachusetts (Rowley, Medway, Hanover and Shrewsbury). It’s been fun getting to know the community. One year later, we heard from a few of our new neighbors, including realtor Aimee Kelly, that they thought we weren’t open to the public. Wow! That was a big surprise to us and we’re about to change that impression in a big way.

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Topics: mailbox posts, curb appeal, Open house, Massachusetts

Make Your Home Your Own with Granite & Natural Stone at the South Hadley Open House (And Enter To Win a Fire Pit 🔥 Right Here)

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Apr 26, 2019 10:56:49 AM

Since 1883, the Swenson Granite Works team has been helping homeowners and design professionals across New England select the stone products needed to bring exterior and interior projects to life. At our newest location in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Swenson Granite works with local customers on projects from outdoor kitchens and backyard patio retreats to granite steps and walkways, while making them feel like part of the family.

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Topics: fire pit, Open house, Massachusetts

Swenson Granite Works Now Carries Indiana Limestone at Our 9 Retail Locations

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Apr 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Swenson Granite Works is proud to announce that Indiana limestone products are now available at our nine retail locations throughout New England. Indiana limestone can guarantee durable and long-lasting landscaping products for your next residential project. Visit your closest Swenson Granite Works retail location to see our newest product offerings.

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Topics: veneer, Indiana Limestone, Hardscape, pavers, sills

8 Essentials to Increase the Livability of Your Outdoor Retreat

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Mar 25, 2019 8:34:10 AM

When it comes to designing the perfect outdoor retreat, few factors are more important than livability. A balance of comfort, warmth and functionality can make a step into your backyard feel like the start of a vacation.

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Topics: Patios, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, Hardscape

Celebrating the “Beauty of Balance” at the Boston Flower and Garden Show

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Attendees and exhibitors from across the Northeast will be attending the Boston Flower and Garden Show, one of the largest horticultural events in New England, from March 13-17, 2019 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.

The show will feature brilliant indoor garden displays and vibrant floral designs from dozens of the region’s leading nurseries, landscapers, and florists.

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Topics: New England, garden, Massachusetts, Hardscape, Softscape

Balancing Your New England Landscape Design with Hardscapes and Softscapes

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Whether rustic or contemporary, minimal or intricate, all beautiful landscape designs have one thing in common: a well-balanced combination of hardscape and softscape.

Hardscape consists of the solid, heavy, unchanging parts of a landscape, such as stone paths, retaining walls, gravel and patios, while softscape describes the living, botanical elements of a landscape, including plants, soil, shrubs, and flowers Unlike hardscape, softscape is moveable and changes frequently—sometimes as often as several times per season. Your local Swenson Granite Works store can help with any hardscape design by supplying you with the natural stone and granite needed for your project.

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Topics: Granite, New England, Hardscape, Softscape, Landscape Design

New Hampshire Schools Have a Love for Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

From stunning architecture to lush grounds, New Hampshire boasts some of the most undeniably scenic campuses in the country. For most New England schools, quality and durability are just as important as appearance when it comes to designing long-lasting, inspiring spaces for students and visitors alike.

For years, schools and universities across New Hampshire have turned to Swenson Granite Works to elevate their campuses with granite masterpieces. When carefully designed and crafted, stonework can transform ordinary spaces into long-standing campus landmarks.

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Topics: Granite, granite steps, New England, New Hampshire, signs

Durable and Long-Lasting Building Materials for Coastal Homes

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

From elegant seaside estates to charming beach bungalows, coastal homes celebrate the natural beauty of their surroundings. Drawing inspiration from rocky coastlines, fresh ocean air, and the rich blues and grays of the water, these captivating homes can be designed to reflect the very best of the landscape around them.

Coastal homeowners know that durability is just as important as appearance when it comes to choosing materials for exterior design. These homes are typically exposed to much harsher conditions than their neighbors inland, requiring stronger and longer-lasting materials, including granite and natural stone from Swenson Granite Works.

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Topics: Granite, coastal, coastal living, retaining wall, beach house

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