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Historic Connecticut Home Renovation Blends Old and New with Local Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Feb 12, 2020 9:45:03 AM

From the moment she saw the historic Greek Revival home, built in the mid-1800s and set on an acre of property in charming Westport, Connecticut, actress, entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger Eva Amurri could see the potential. “We loved it from the second we saw it,” explained the mom of two young children with a third on the way, “but felt like its space was not utilized well and it lacked the grandness it deserved, given its historic location in town.

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Topics: Granite, Fireplaces, Patios, Outdoor living, New England, Woodbury Gray

Laying a Foundation Back Home in South Hadley, Massachusetts

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 29, 2020 11:02:14 AM

South Hadley native Dan Richard has come full circle. He grew up in this small town, not far from Springfield, and after working at the Medway Swenson Granite Works store in eastern Massachusetts, found his way back home in 2018 to manage the newest retail store.

The Swenson Granite Works South Hadley store, located on Granby Road on the site of an abandoned restaurant that had become “an eyesore,” brings locally-sourced, natural stone products to Western Massachusetts as a heartier — and more beautiful — alternative to wood and concrete products.

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Topics: Granite, New England, Massachusetts

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

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: New England, curb appeal, Colonial

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