Friday, August 21, 2015

How to Choose the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace



So you have decided to take the leap and FINALLY cover that old brick fireplace or include a natural stone fireplace in your new home. The amount of different choices available to you, and questions that go along with it, may feel overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider, some tips from Tim Carter (a licensed contractor), and some great fireplace examples to give you inspiration!

Combining Stone and Design for your Fireplace

Rustic, Colonial, Contemporary, Modern or Old World, Tuscan or Log Cabin, these are just a few of the different designs  that you may choose for your home or space. Not only the type of natural stone veneer that you choose, but also the color, shape, and installation will create the final work of art.

Contemporary and Modern Fireplace Stone Examples
Boston Blend Ledgestone Fireplace

Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Fireplace


Rustic and Traditional Fireplace Stone Examples
Boston Blend Mosaic and Square & Rec Mix Fireplace

Boston Blend Round Stone Fireplace

What a Difference a Joint Can Make

One aspect of the installation that can have the biggest effect aesthetically is the chosen joint technique. There are three popular application types used with fireplace stone: dry-Laid or recessed joint, standard joint, and wide joint. The color of the mortar used in the pointing processes will also dramatically effect the overall look and design. In all installations the joints should be as uniform as possible.

Dry-Laid or Recessed Mortar Joint Fireplace
Boston Blend Mosaic Dry-Laid Stone Fireplace

Standard Grout Joint Fireplace
Boston Blend Round Stone Fireplace with Standard Grout Joint

Wide Grout Joint
Boston Blend Round Wide Grout Joint Fireplace

Customize and Combine Stone Colors & Shapes to Make your Fireplace Unique

When deciding on the perfect natural stone choice to fit your space it can be difficult to find just the right blend of colors and shapes. No matter where your fireplace is going it will be the focal point for the room and the anchor of the overall design. Sometimes a little customization is just what is needed to make the space truly your own. The best way to do this is by combining different colors and shapes of natural thin stone veneer to create your own unique work of art.

Mix and Matched Shapes and Colors of Natural Stone
Mix of Boston Blend Ledge, Ashlar, and Greenwich Gray Ledge Fireplace Stone

Mix of Boston Blend Ledge and Mosaic Thin Fireplace Stone

For more examples and information on how to find the perfect stone for your fireplace: www.stoneyard.com/fireplace-tips

Monday, August 10, 2015

Colonial Style Ranch with Dry-Fit Natural Stone Accents

Boston Blend Square & Rectangular Thin Veneer Cladding Dry-laid Paper Thin Joints



This colonial style ranch adds a touch of elegance with the addition of local New England stone cladding. The Boston Blend Square & Rectangular thin stone veneer was artfully cut and shaped by the mason in a dry-laid installation technique. Pieces of stone were sawn on the sides and fit together with paper thin joints, with no mortar showing. The local stone used along with a modern installation technique elevates the design of the home without overpowering it.



Other details such as an iron light fixture, garage trim and accessories, columns, dark green shutters, and siding all tie in with the color scheme presented in the Boston Blend. Colorful landscape plants and flowers add curb appeal and additional pops of color to the overall design. To complete the look, a gray granite was used as window sills, headers, and stair treads.


For more photos and info visit
www.stoneyard.com/977

Friday, July 31, 2015

New England Stone Fireplace with Hidden Access Panel


This elegant fireplace has a hidden secret access panel. The Boston Blend Ledgestone was used as fireplace cladding around a gas insert and mounted TV. The problem: homeowners need access to the shut off valve.



The solution: three stones were cemented together but kept unattached to the surface to act as the panel door. The pieces easily pop out when access to the piping is needed. Once the stone door is put back into place it flawlessly blends with the surrounding stones. The result is an amazing beautiful, functional, and easy to use stacked stone fireplace.

View our website for more stone fireplace photos and for more information about the Boston Blend Ledgestone Thin Stone Veneer.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

3 Stone Install Tips: How to Use Thin Veneer Corners to Elevate your Design



There are many benefits to using natural thin cut stone veneer including a wide range of applications, ease of use, and lower transportation costs. One of the biggest benefits of using Thin Veneer over Building Veneer is that it gives the appearance of a full thickness stone without the additional weight or need for a footing. Although these stones have been cut thin, when used with matching 90° corners it can be impossible to tell the difference. These cut pieces of stone are not just for wrapping around corners, but can be used in many ways to elevate your design. Below are a few examples of these applications.


Tip 1: Use Corners Around Recessed Windows & Doors


Use corner pieces to wrap around edges of recessed windows and doors. This can also be done around fireplace edges or the sides of interior and exterior walls. This application will add depth and dimension to your project.


Tip 2: Use Corners to Cap Retaining & Freestanding Stone Walls


Whether it's a retaining or freestanding stone wall, one way to cap it is by using the Square & Rectangular or Round corners. Square & Rectangular corners can be used as a wall cap for the Ledgestone, Ashlar, Mosaic, and Square & Rectangular shapes. Round corners can be used as a cap for both the Round and Mosaic shapes.


Tip 3: Use Corners Around Archways



Archways are a great way to spice up both interior and exterior doorways. Around the curve of the arch the use of corner pieces will create a seamless flow for the transition from vertical to horizontal. This can be done with either a soldier course or with corner pieces shaped into keystones.


For information about Thin Stone Veneer corners including more alternative applications visit www.stoneyard.com/corners




Thursday, July 02, 2015

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Logger's Revenge Ride with New England Stone



The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA chose the perfect accent for their Logger's Revenge ride. Our Boston Blend Round (http://goo.gl/qHyKVI) fits right in with its the rustic old-world charm!

"Enjoy a panoramic ocean view from high above the park as you float around a watery track. Keep your eyes open for the final drop, and expect to get wet!" (http://beachboardwalk.com)

To learn more about the popular New England stone Boston Blend Round visit www.stoneyard.com/bbr

Monday, June 22, 2015

NEW PRODUCT: Portsmouth Granite Natural Thin Stone Veneer


Introducing the newest addition to the STONEYARD® New England Stone Veneer product line: Portsmouth Granite™. This New England stone was selected due to its desirable range of colors, fine grain, and harsh climate durability. It is available in four shapes: Mosaic, Square & Rectangular, Ledgestone, and Ashlar.

   

Portsmouth Granite is a fine grain granite stone with slight veining. It is a salt & pepper mix with light gray and subtle specks of black and brown. Accents of white and beige complete the color profile. This speckled gray granite is a perfect match to some of the historic architecture seen throughout New England. It is available now through our network of building and masonry supply yards throughout the USA.

Free samples  of the Portsmouth Granite can be requested through the online store

For more photos, info, and literature visit www.stoneyard.com/portsmouth



Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Workers Credit Union in Westford MA Boasts Boston Blend Stone



The newest Workers Credit Union location in Westford, MA features some amazing stonework! The Boston Blend Mosaic thin stone veneer was used around the foundation of the entire structure. RDK Construction Inc out of Maynard, MA did an amazing job working with this local stone. A full project feature is in the works and will be release soon. Check back to see more as this project continues.

To learn more about the Boston Blend Mosaic please visit our website: http://goo.gl/sW38XO

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ipswich Country Club to Use New England Stone in Entrance Remodel


North shore's Ipswich Country Club is undergoing a remodel to the entrance of their prestigious country club and golf course. A unique mix of colors and shapes are being used for retaining walls and columns surrounding the drive. Construction is set to finish by the end of summer 2015.

Mason: ND Landscape Inc (http://www.ndlandscape.com/)
Architect: H.J. Collins & Associates (http://hjcollinslandscape.com/)
Dealer: Georgetown Building Supply (http://www.georgetownbuildingsupply.com/)

Product: Unique mix of Boston BlendColonial Tan LedgestoneAshlar





Monday, June 08, 2015

Museum of Science Boston New England Habitats Exhibit Features Local New England Stone


Looking for something fun to do this summer? Check out the Museum of Science, Boston's New England Habitats exhibit. Complete with model animals, casts, landscapes, and of course...New England stone. A mix of Boston Blend Ledgestone and Ashlar, truly native thin cut stones, help to bring this exhibit to life!

For tickets and museum info: http://goo.gl/jCsplF

STONEYARD® feature photos & video: http://goo.gl/TSGJmk


Monday, June 01, 2015

Cape Cod Winstead Inn & Beach Resort with New England Stone Cladding, Retaining Walls, and Water Feature


Cape Cod is a vacation hot spot due not only to its vicinity to amazing beaches and seafood, but also because of its historic seaside charm. The Winstead Inn & Beach Resort located in Harwich, MA, is the perfect place to enjoy everything Cape Cod has to offer.



If you are lucky enough to stay in the "Commodore's Quarters" prepare to be greeted with the soothing sounds of moving water and the rich textures of historic natural stone. This charming getaway reminds you of years past with STONEYARD® Boston Blend™ Mosaic, a local natural stone that was used as cladding, on retaining walls, stair risers, and in a water feature. Corner stones were used around the top of the retaining walls and water feature to maintain the look and feel of full thickness stones.


For more photos, info, and video please visit
www.stoneyard.com/winstead



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Enjoy your Outdoor Space with Style!



Real stone is the best way to spice up your entertaining space making it not only look amazing, but also warm and inviting. Get inspired to revamp your space with this photo gallery.

http://goo.gl/SLpFV2

Friday, May 22, 2015

STONEYARD® Closed Monday May 25th for Memorial Day


In observance of the Federal Memorial Day holiday, STONEYARD® will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015.


Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. (Source: Wikipedia)


We wish you a Memorial Day filled with family and peace.

Friday, May 15, 2015

STONEYARD® to Attend Swenson Granite Customer Appreciation Day Saturday May 16th

Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at Swenson Granite Westbrook, ME Location

STONEYARD® will be exhibiting at the Customer Appreciation Day event tomorrow, May 16th, at the Swenson Granite Westbrook, ME Location. Ask the expert and a live installation demonstration are just a few of the activities available during this full day (8AM–4PM) event. 

Prizes and a store special 10% discount will also be offered to attendees. Stop by and tell us about your project while enjoying the festivities!

Swenson Granite
582 Bridgton Road
Rte. 302
Westbrook, ME 04092 



Monday, May 11, 2015

STONEYARD® Natural Thin Stone Veneer Heading to Martha's Vineyard


STONEYARD® Natural Thin Stone Veneer was spotted on its way to Martha's Vineyard, MA over the weekend. All of our Thin Veneer products are available at local dealers throughout the USA. To find the location nearest you visit www.stoneyard.com/where-to-buy.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Award-Winning Timber Home Features STONEYARD® Ledgestone Veneer


This timber home is situated amongst the amazing Vermont mountains. Winner of the 2013 AIA New Hampshire People's Choice Award, Bonin Architects design was inspired by a grand tree located on the property. The use of natural stone with the timber frame is as natural and grounded as the roots of its inspiration. A mix of the Boston Blend Ledgestone and the Greenwich Gray Ledgestone was used around the foundation, as column bases, chimney, and interior fireplace.


Featured in the 2014 Buyers Guide Edition of Timber Home Living Magazine:


For more photos and info about the project, please visit
www.boninarchitects.comor
www.vermonttimberworks.com

Friday, May 01, 2015

STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved (HCA) Natural Thin Veneer Stones

Natural Stones that are able to withstand the harshest hot and cold climates




The exterior of your home, government, or commercial building faces Mother Nature's extreme conditions every day. Depending on your location, this could mean anything from bitter cold and snow to scorching heat and hurricanes, not to mention the numerous freeze-thaw cycles that we face here in New England. Because of this, choosing a siding that is durable and long lasting becomes a major concern in the design process.

Natural stone as a building material is the oldest and one of the most durable products that can be used as exterior siding. STONEYARD® Thin Veneer is comprised of all natural stones. The longevity and minimal up-keep required once installed make it the perfect siding product. But not all stone is created equal.

That is why we have developed the STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved (HCA) rating system. Due to the density of minerals such as granite and quartzite, thin veneer that is HCA is perfect for interior and exterior use in any region, including applications below grade. It is also suitable for use in water features, near salt water, and in areas where blowing sand is a concern. Currently, the following thin veneer lines of natural stone are STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved: Boston Blend (predominantly Quartzite), Colonial Tan (predominantly Quartzite), Greenwich Gray (predominantly Quartzite), Newport Mist (predominantly Quartzite), and Vineyard Granite (Granite).

So before deciding on the stone for your exterior siding, make sure that it is STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved. Proper installation techniques and the highest quality building material will result in a finished project that will stand the test of time.

For more about STONEYARD® Harsh Climate Approved Thin Veneer WWW.STONEYARD.COM/HCA




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Penthouse with Amazing Views, Warming Fireplace, and Natural Stone Feature

This amazing penthouse is located in the heart of Boston, MA at the Intercontinental Hotel. It houses not only a great view, but a natural stone fireplace and wine cooler. The Greenwich Gray Ledgestone blends perfectly with the cool gray tones throughout the space. Pops of color with red chandeliers add the perfect touch of elegance.

For more photos and to see a video tour of the space
www.stoneyard.com/963



Monday, March 09, 2015

From Ordinary to Extraordinary Architectural Design

With Unique Color Combinations and Colonial Tan Natural Stone Siding




What a combination! Green never looked so good as it does paired with the earthy tones of natural stone. This traditional home creatively infused its design with unique applications of the Colonial Tan Square & Rectangular. These include covering the exposed foundation, stair risers, columns, as an accent around a one and two story bay window, chimney, and fireplace.




Stone is the perfect way to add a finishing touch to any new or remodeled home. The exposed concrete foundation was covered with Colonial Tan Square & Rectangular and capped with a Bluestone sill. The neutral tan, beige, and brown of the material blend perfectly with the decorative landscaping. The ultimate touch was the pop of color added by using vibrant plants and flowers.


The best part about working with Thin Veneer is that it is light enough to be installed on the interior, while durable enough to withstand even the harshest climates. With this project, the same stone (Colonial Tan Square & Rectangular) that was used on the exterior was brought inside and used on a fireplace feature. The attention to detail that was taken in the design of this home raised the appearance from something ordinary to an elegant masterpiece.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stoneyard™ will be Attending the World of Concrete 2015 in Las Vegas

World of Concrete 2015

When: February 3 - 6, 2015

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Feb. 3-5)
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Feb. 6th) 

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV
Booth #: N1458

Description: Come to World of Concrete, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at the year’s newest products, equipment and services. Technology, training, resources and ideas—zoom in at the industry’s only annual international event designed specifically for commercial concrete and masonry professionals. WOC features innovative tools, construction machinery, construction equipment, safety training courses and training, technologies and unlimited networking opportunities to give you new ways to sustain and grow your business. World of Concrete is considered by many to be one of the top shows in the industry.



Stop by and say hi to David and Mike!

For more info about the show, please visit:
http://stoneyard.com/information/events/

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Warm up with Natural Stone Fireplace Photos


After a couple of snowy days including the Blizzard of 2015, we thought you might want to warm up with some cozy fireplace photos. Each of the below photos features a natural stone native to New England. The stones have been gathered, sorted for quality, split into the different shapes, and cut thin (approximately 1.0 inch) so it can be applied directly onto any masonry surface without a footing for support. Each photo is labeled with the stone pictured.












For more inspirational fireplace photos, please visit:
http://stoneyard.com/gallery/fireplace-stone/



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Curry College Student Center with New England Stone: Photo & Video Feature

Curry College Student Center: 
The Living Room of Campus

Boston Blend Round natural New England stone interior fireplace and court yard sitting walls



Located in Milton, MA, Curry College is a private liberal arts-based institution situated on a wooded 131-acre campus. A Student Center was built with the intention of centralizing student activities which were previously spread across the vast campus. Multiple dining areas, a cozy fireplace, comfortable seating, sports lounge, game room, and much more have given the center its nickname, "the living room of campus".


As you approach the Curry College Student Center, you are greeted by a welcoming courtyard. Complete with sitting and retaining walls faced with natural stone and topped by a grassy knoll. This summer study area is complete with New England native materials, tying the space in with the natural surroundings. Boston Blend Round was used extensively as an exterior wall facing and on stair columns and sides.


Next, as you enter this hub of activity you are welcomed by a warming double sided fireplace and natural stone feature. The same Boston Blend Round was used on the interior space continuing the project theme. The depth and texture of this New England stone reveals a calm and inviting home away from home for all students.

The Curry College Student Center is located in the heart of campus and designed to attract the interests of all students. The outstanding view and unique architecture it provides are an added bonus. Students truly believe this new center has been a great addition to their campus, uniting everyone together under one roof.

For more information including photos and a student video, visit:
www.stoneyard.com/curry


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Country Home Boasts Rustic Luxury with Natural Stone

A Design Featuring Real New England Stone Boston Blend Square & Rectangular and Mosaic



A perfect blend of old world charm and modern luxury, this home is sure to be a neighborhood favorite. An open layout with inviting fireplaces make this the perfect place for entertaining and relaxing. Around the home you will find unique stone accents, wood and metal staircases, custom kitchen and bathrooms, and a rec room complete with bar and pool table.


This craftsman style residence uses a mix of the Boston Blend Mosaic and Square & Rectangular thin stone veneer. It was used as a kitchen backsplash, interior wall accent, on multiple fireplaces, and stone archways. 



Great care was taken so the stones could be installed without a mortared joint. Corners were used along archways to create the illusion of full thickness stones and to allow for a more consistent and complete look.



Scattered throughout, the mason cut custom large pieces of stone and wood to use as focal points. 


New England’s finest real stone veneer was the perfect choice to pair with the rustic dĂ©cor. The variety of colors offered in our popular Boston Blend complement any design setting with an elegant touch.

For more photos, info, and video please visit www.stoneyard.com/973