The Wicked Yard

Add Year-Round Visual Interest to Your Yard with These Ornamental Features

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 26, 2019 8:12:32 AM

In the same way a unique painting or statement chair can transform an entire room, ornamental features of all sizes can elevate an outdoor space. From handcrafted benches to custom-engraved millstones, Swenson Granite Works offers a range of granite ornamental products for every backyard style.

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Topics: Granite, ornamental

A DIY Granite Fire Pit Adds Classic New England Style to a Coastal-Inspired Home in Scituate, MA

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

As the end of the summer neared, Robbin Mangano, the lifestyle blogger behind The New England Life, and her husband, Jeff, were eager to spend the last few days of the season outside. A DIY granite fire pit from Swenson Granite Works was the perfect end-of-the-summer project and a great way to extend the livability of their backyard into the cooler months.

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Topics: Granite, Outdoor living, fire pit

The Rich History of Woodbury Gray Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 14, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Quarried in the town of Woodbury, Vermont, Woodbury Gray granite, one of several granite types offered at Swenson Granite Works, has brought timeless style to buildings across the country for over a century.

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Topics: History and Heritage, Granite, Woodbury Gray

Radon Exposure from Granite: Debunking Health Concerns

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Oct 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Like all stone, granite contains trace amounts of radium, which decays over time into a naturally-occurring gas called radon, emitting low levels of radiation. Stone quarry workers are surrounded by massive amounts of granite on a daily basis. Should they be concerned about their health? Should homeowners be concerned about the granite inside their homes?

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Topics: Granite, Radon

10 Technical Advantages of Using Granite Curbing for Your Next Project

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Functional elements are often the most important factors to consider when selecting curbing for commercial, residential and public properties. While the visual appeal of granite curbing speaks for itself, this versatile option offers a range of technical benefits for property owners to consider when planning their next project.

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Topics: Granite, curbing, granite curbing

Transform Your Outdoor Space with Summer Blooms

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

 

From brilliant blue hydrangeas to vivid geraniums, summer flowers are an excellent way to add vibrant pops of color and texture to any backyard. With thousands of unique varieties available, the options are nearly limitless when creating your ideal landscape with summer blooms.

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Topics: Granite, garden, Landscape Design, flowers

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

5 Ways to Decorate Your Home’s Interior with Granite and Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 30, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Today, more than ever, natural stone is a favorite choice of material for designers, architects and homeowners — not only for exterior projects, but for interior design as well. Whether it’s thin stone veneer walls, granite kitchen shelves or bluestone floors, incorporating natural stone into your home’s interior design means a detailed and customized appearance that is unique to the space. 

Take a look at how these New England homeowners used thin veneer, granite and bluestone from Swenson Granite Works to decorate their home interiors.

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Topics: Granite, Fireplaces, Bluestone, veneer, interior

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