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How To Install a Granite Mailbox Post

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 2, 2021 10:35:40 AM

Your mailbox is not only a gateway to communication with the outside world; it’s also part of the overall curb appeal of your home. If you currently have an existing mailbox on a wooden, plastic, metal or concrete post, chances are, at some point, you will need to replace it due to environmental erosion to the foundation or post causing it to lean, or rotting wood weakening the structure.

A granite mailbox post provides the everlasting durability of stone pulled and cut from solid rock. It’s just a matter of setting it in place correctly.

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Topics: Granite, granite posts, mailbox posts, Woodbury Gray

The Medway Store Has a Love of Stone, Top Notch Customer Service and All Things New England

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM
 
Nestled in the historic area of Norfolk County, Massachusetts sits the Swenson Granite Works Medway store. All four men on the team have a love and appreciation for natural stone, and all things New England.
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Topics: Granite, New England, Massachusetts, Store Spotilght

Sustainable, Timeless, and Everlasting — 9 Reasons You Should Choose Natural Stone

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 11, 2021 8:00:00 AM

There are many sustainable practices that manufacturers of building materials can adopt, but there is only one building material that is inherently good for the earth and good for your health natural stone.

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Topics: Granite, Natural Materials, Sustainable Design, Indiana Limestone, buy local

Tradition Meets Modernity in the Coastal Community of Westbrook, Maine

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 28, 2020 1:04:02 PM
 
Swenson Granite Works’ Westbrook, Maine Store Manager Jeremy Walbridge has been working with the company for 27 years — over half his life. He has had family members and friends work at the company, and credits the family oriented nature of the business to his tenure.

“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Swenson? Family. The Swenson name has a history attached to it. 133 years as a family business and I’ve seen all sides of it,” said Walbridge.

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Topics: Granite, Store Spotilght, Maine

Swenson Granite Works Debuts Woodbury Gray Granite Thin Veneer with the Homebuilders Association of Western Massachusetts Association

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 23, 2020 1:01:05 PM

When most people think of granite veneer, they commonly associate it with heavy full bed veneer, but thin veneer is an excellent versatile alternative that can be used a number of ways for both the interior and exterior of your home.

On September 22, 2020, Swenson Granite Works debuted WOODBURY GRAY™ granite thin veneer at its South Hadley, Massachusetts store in partnership with the Homebuilders Association of Western Massachusetts Association. The Swenson Granite Works team is thrilled to add this thin veneer to the Woodbury Gray granite family of products and is excited to share the details with customers!

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Topics: Granite, Events, Thin Veneer

Making The Case For Monochrome: An Artful Outdoor Hardscape Design with Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 12, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A black and white palette is a classic, with endless design possibilities from subdued to striking. Some may think that monochrome is boring or plain, but black, white and gray—when used the right way—can bring a space to life. A hardscape project in Laconia, New Hampshire shows what can be done with monochrome design—and with granite from Swenson Granite Works.

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Topics: Granite, New England, buy local

Swenson’s Granite State Stores Connect With Their Communities

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Sep 22, 2020 11:27:26 AM

From helping a homeowner with a first-time project to overseeing a monument honoring veterans constructed in their hometown, the teams at Swenson Granite Works’ two New Hampshire retail locations in Concord and Amherst are deeply connected to their surrounding communities. It makes sense, seeing as they work with a material so closely connected to the Granite State and quarried just steps away in Concord.

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Topics: Granite, New Hampshire, Store Spotilght

Connecticut Hardscape Project Uses Granite to Reflect Home’s New England Roots

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 29, 2020 7:59:51 AM

For the complete renovation of her mid-19th Century home in Westport, Connecticut, actress, entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger Eva Amurri wanted to stay true to its simple New England roots — both inside and out. So, just as the mom of three retained most of the original doors and hardware inside the home to blend old and new elements, the hardscape design incorporated natural stone details using granite that was quarried nearby, which seamlessly blends into the historic neighborhood’s landscape.

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Topics: Granite, Patios, New England, Hardscape

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

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