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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Before, During, and After: Brick Fireplace refaced with Greenwich Gray Ledgestone
BEFORE the RestorationAn 1820s-era brick townhouse was purchased and restored on the A&E television show Flipping Boston "Trouble and Strife" episode. Pete and Dave of CityLight Homes were able to transform the outdated (with some areas in disrepair) property while preserving its historic New England charm. There were some major structural challenges and differences in opinion about the design that the team needed to overcome, but the finished product was well worth the journey.
DURING ConstructionThe existing brick fireplace and adjacent wall were uncovered, cleaned, and restored where possible. The fireplace was prepped to be modernized and transformed. The kitchen was gutted, the ceiling was replaced in areas, and the walls were removed to create an open concept living space perfect for entertaining. Major efforts were required on the first floor, a new roof, new windows, rewiring of the entire townhouse, and new concrete in the basement are just a few of the many improvements.
AFTER Completion of the RestorationThe finished product is simply amazing. The modern appliances, white cabinets, quartz counters, and other kitchen accents seamlessly blend with the exposed brick wall. Greenwich Gray Ledgestone natural thin stone veneer was used on the fireplace adding a pop of color and creating an eye catching focal point. The original wood floorboards were stained with a light gray wash which lightened up the space while still preserving the homes historic appeal. The overall "shabby chic" theme and attention to detail create a warm and inviting space that anyone would love to make their home.
Friday, February 05, 2016
What an inspiring space! This natural stone accent wall creates a tranquil environment that anyone can imagine relaxing in a warm bath after a hard day. The barn style sliding doors make the space even more inviting with its rustic flair.
Thin Stone pictured: Greenwich Gray Ledgestone by STONEYARD®
For more photos and info about STONEYARD® Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Visithttp://www.stoneyard.com/stone-products/veneer/greenwich-gray-ledgestone/
Monday, January 11, 2016
New Milford Regional Medical Center with New England Natural Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Thin Veneer by Stoneyard
The new Milford Regional Medical Center looks fantastic with Greenwich Gray Ledgestone sitting walls and entrance columns. The walls were capped with a speckled Granite and include an etched glass accent.
Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Entrance Columns
Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Thin Veneer Walls
Natural Thin Veneer Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Sitting Area with Etched Glass Accent
To learn more about the natural New England thin cut stone Greenwich Gray Ledgestone visit
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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Courtesy of Barry Bros. Landscape Design LLC we can see the before, during, and after progress of this Boston Blend Round (http://goo.gl/qHyKVI) natural Thin Stone Veneer siding project. Durock was used as the cement backer board which allowed for the stone to be affix directly to the surface with a masonry veneer mortar.
Great work Barry Bros!
For more photos of the Boston Blend Round visit
Natural Thin Stone Veneer Mason Contact:
Barry Bros. Landscape Design
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!
STONEYARD® Holiday Office Hours
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Thursday, October 01, 2015
In keeping with the local theme, Boston Blend Ashlar, a local New England stone, was used as cladding along the exterior foundation, entrance, and interior store walls. You can purchase everything from a keg of your favorite beer to your very own Smutty the Harbor Seal puppet at the brewery store.
George W. Pynn Masonry did a great job with this natural split-face veneer stone. A more rustic look was achieved by installing the Boston Blend Ashlar with a standard (typically 1/4 - 3/8 inch thick) grout joint. The stone flows seamlessly from the exterior to the interior while elevating the overall design.
Smuttynose Brewery continues to go strong with over 1.5 million gallons of beer sold a year, in 28 different states and 7 different countries.
For more photos and video of this project visit
Friday, August 21, 2015
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
Mix of Boston Blend Ledge, Ashlar, and Greenwich Gray Ledge Fireplace Stone
Mix of Boston Blend Ledge and Mosaic Thin Fireplace Stone
Monday, August 10, 2015
Boston Blend Square & Rectangular Thin Veneer Cladding Dry-laid Paper Thin Joints
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.
Posted by amcgarry at 11:40 AM
Friday, July 31, 2015
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
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
Posted by amcgarry at 2:06 PM
Thursday, July 02, 2015
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)
Monday, June 22, 2015
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.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
To learn more about the Boston Blend Mosaic please visit our website: http://goo.gl/sW38XO
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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 Blend & Colonial Tan Ledgestone & Ashlar
Monday, June 08, 2015
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.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
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.
Posted by amcgarry at 12:00 PM
Friday, May 15, 2015
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!
582 Bridgton Road
Westbrook, ME 04092
Posted by amcgarry at 10:23 AM
Monday, May 11, 2015
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.
Posted by amcgarry at 11:03 AM
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
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
Posted by amcgarry at 11:05 AM
Friday, May 01, 2015
Natural Stones that are able to withstand the harshest hot and cold climates
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.