Friday, March 30, 2007

March Springboard and My Stone Column Display


I still can’t believe that the month is already over. All of us at Stoneyard.com feel like March was a springboard month. I have started many new and exciting things this month. I know that many of you are using these tools and find them helpful. Let me take a minute to recap what I have started this month.

I know that a lot of you are interested in my Dealer Program. My phone has been ringing off the hook since the email requesting dealers went out. Keep your calls coming in. I have caught up with the calls. Tahlia has been working hard with me to help gather information and give you some of the basics regarding the dealer program. She is also waiting to hear from you. If you can’t reach me at ext 14 try Tahlia at ext 10. She will be more than happy to explain the program to you.

You also have been signing up to be part of my Buyer’s Guide. The count continues to climb. As of yesterday the guide is at 6,798 searches in the past 30 days. Keep sending in your info; you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

My Design Center is still the hottest spot on my website. We are gathering and adding pictures on a daily basis. It’s easy when I have so many talented contractors to work with. Don’t worry if you don’t see your pictures right away, I have them, but I also have a bit of a backlog. Give me two weeks to get your pictures posted. It will be worth the wait. I am getting over 30,000 visits to the Design Center every month. I am convinced that out of the 30,000 visitors you will find a few people that will be impressed with your pictures. Give it a try and let me know how it works.

Finally, I have ended the month of March with the completion of the stone column in the center of my showroom. You can see from the pictures that it is made up of many different types of veneer stone. The bottom 3 feet of the column is made up of my New England Building veneer. This is veneer stone that is 3-6 inches thick and requires a footing to support it. Paul Sweeney of Cornerstone Masonry provided the expert installation, and I am more than happy to refer him for any veneer work of this type.

The four types of veneer that I used are 1. Round fieldstone veneer 2. Flat fieldstone veneer in a mosaic or “broken ice” pattern 3. Flat fieldstone veneer in a square and rectangular pattern and 4. Thin ledgestone. All of the veneers are New England Fieldstone, however, each one takes on its own unique characteristics. Look at the pictures and you decide which one is your favorite. I don’t have any favorites. Trying to pick one would be like trying to pick which one of your children is your favorite. It can’t be done. Each one is unique and special in its own way.


The middle of the column has some capstone material, which acts as a shelf for the thin veneer, and also provides separation for the two types of stone. We have bluestone, limestone, gray granite and brown granite. All of the pieces have a sloped thermal top with edges that are either rocked or thermalled. One of the corners has a slight one-inch radius, which creates an appealing look matched with the thermal finish.

The top half of the column displays some of my thin veneers. A thin veneer is a stone that is less than 1.75 inches thick and weighs less than 16 pounds per cubic foot. The weight is critical, because at 16 pounds the bonding agent will support the material. If it weighs more the bonding agent will fail unless the veneer is supported with a steel or concrete footing.

Because thin veneers don’t require a footing they are great for remodeling projects or interior projects.

The thin veneer section of the stone column is made up of four different thin veneers. The first three veneers are all New England Fieldstone. One is a mosaic stone, another is a square and rectangular stone and the last is a thin ledgestone. The thin ledgestone does have a few pieces of the square and rectangular mixed in to break up the busy look of the pattern. The fourth veneer is a 2 inch sawn bluestone veneer. This stone is approximately 1.5 inches deep and the top, bottom and ends of the stone are sawn. This is referred to as a sawn bed (top and bottom) and sawn joint (ends) veneer. It is much more formal looking than a fieldstone veneer, and is also used as trim or accent in conjunction with another veneer. In the column, I used the thin sawn bluestone as an accent across the top of all four sides. It created a nice looking cap that transitions the fieldstone veneer into the ceiling. How do you think it turned out?

So that is a brief recap of our activity for March. I’m glad that I spent the time now to get things up and running, because things are getting busier and busier by the day.

Take advantage of the tools that I have set up for you. It all fits into my Circle of Service. The circle is complete. These tools will help your business and help your customers satisfy their needs and provide solutions for their stone projects.

Enjoy the upcoming busy season. I am ready to take care of your stone requirements. Let me know if there are any other ways that I can be of service to your business.

Remember that success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.

Have a good weekend.





Monday, March 26, 2007

Calling all Stone Professionals

Are you looking to generate more leads? Do you have a desire to grow your business? Are you unsure about marketing on the Internet? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to talk to me at Stoneyard.com.

I have developed a business strategy that will help you grow your business, get more people into your business and not have to worry about marketing on the Internet. I am looking for companies throughout the U.S. to sell my natural stone products. I have a wide range of products to include New England Fieldstone, thin stone veneer, building veneer, pavers, polished and seaside pebbles, flagging and cobblestones.

I have leads coming into my office everyday for all these types of stone. The stumbling block always is the shipping cost. It is expensive to ship small quantities throughout the country. If the same material is shipped in full truckloads the shipping cost is reduced dramatically. For example, the shipping cost for a pallet of stone shipped to central Florida will cost approximately $500. This is a cost of $500/ton just for shipping. If the same material is shipped in a full truckload of 22 ton the shipping will be approximately $2,800. This reduces the shipping cost to $127/ton. That is a savings of $373/ton. This is the case no matter where my product is shipped. If it ships in truckload quantities there is a substantial savings in the unit cost of shipping.

Since I run my own business, I understand the cost of doing business, and the cost of carrying inventory. Because a dealer is someone that stocks my material I acknowledge this fact by providing you with my lowest possible price. No other price is lower than my dealer’s price. You can buy from me with the confidence that you are getting my natural stone products at the best available price. All of my products have a minimum profit margin of 20%. I will do the Internet marketing and send you the leads, and you will earn a minimum of 20% selling my natural stone products. I am doing this because my stone is in high demand throughout the country. Instead I have created a win-win-win situation. The end-user wins by purchasing the stone at a fair price from a local business, and you and I win by generating more business and selling more stone.

Here is a quick explanation of how my system works. My website, Stoneyard.com has about 60,000 visitors to it each month. These are consumers that are interested in stone and using stone in their projects. A majority of these visitors go to my Design Center to get ideas and solutions for their needs. Each of my dealers has their own gallery in my Design Center, which highlights their work and the stone that they stock. Leads will go directly to a dealer from this source, as their company information is included. The second leg of the stool is the Buyer’s Guide. My Buyer’s Guide has generated over 6000 searches over the last 30 days. Each of my dealers has an enhanced listing on the guide. This means that they always appear at the top of the list when a search is performed. The final leg of the stool is the direct leads that come directly to me from the website. I process these leads and forward them to the closest dealer that stocks the material.

That is a brief overview of how the process works. The rest of the work is up to you. Are you ready to expand your business? Are you ready to increase your profits? Are you ready to be part of a marketing system that is tried, tested and proven to work?

Give me a call when you are ready. I can discuss the details with you and get you going right away. I am fully stocked with material. All I am waiting for is a chance to find a new home for it. Give me a call and let me know what questions you have.

You can reach me at 800-231-2200 x 14.

My name is John Croteau and I’m the President of Stoneyard.com.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

What If, Mother Nature and Custom Fabrication

I was reading an article where the author wrote about the power of innovation. He stated that many innovations are founded by two simple words…”What if?”

In the article he asked the question “What if we can make this as good as Mother Nature?” I understand where he was going, but that is not the direction I ended up at. Everyday in the stone industry people are always asking “What if we can make this as good as Mother Nature?” Their assumption is that if they can then this will propel their company to success and wealth. I see man made products that try to replicate stone everyday, and I always ask “Why this?” If you have the real thing at your disposal, why would you want to use an imitation? If I can get real stone for my project why would I settle for a man made cement product? I can’t answer that question.

What I can answer is why Stoneyard.com only deals with natural stone products. If it doesn’t come from Mother Nature then I won’t deal with it. This makes my mission very easy. I provide only natural stone products at a fair price with customer service that is second to none. Not only do I sell natural stone products, but I also custom fabricate stone to your specific requirements.

My custom fabrication shop in Littleton, Ma is equipped to handle whatever you can dream up. The only catch is that I will only deal with natural stone. I have 20 years of experience dealing with stone, so there isn’t much that I haven’t seen. Let me help you with your custom fabrication. Currently my shop is cutting stone for a chimney cap, fireplace hearth, wall caps and treads for steps. Our next projects include pool coping, windowsills, thresholds and other specialty pieces for commercial and residential construction projects.

It’s nice to know that what you deal with is the best. The best form of flattery is imitation. I guess Mother Nature should be flattered, because everyday someone new tries to imitate what she does so very well.

I have included a few pictures that highlight how I have taken what Mother Nature has given us and used it to meet your needs and requirements.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. I know the owners are enjoying the beauty, quality and durability that natural stone has provided them.

If you want the best forget about the rest and use natural stone.

You will be happy with your decision everyday.



Monday, March 19, 2007

The Season for Natural Stone Pavers

As spring sneaks up on us we are all very busy at Stoneyard.com. The spring season is our busiest time of the year. All of you have had the last 3 months to plan your new projects for 2007. Whatever your project is Stoneyard.com can help you bring it to a successful completion.

My Design Center is growing everyday. I have galleries from landscape and mason contractors as well as galleries that are dedicated to certain types of stone. Whatever your design need is you will find ideas in my Design Center. Most of us are inspired visually, so the Design Center will assist you in making choices.

A tool on my website that has been growing rapidly is the Buyer’s Guide. I just checked the activity and you have had over 6000 searches within the last 30 days. I have hundreds of professionals throughout the country, so whether you are from Fort Kent, Maine or San Diego, CA my Buyer’s Guide can help you locate a professional for your stone requirements. I hope by now that all of you have had a chance to try the Buyer’s Guide. I am getting a lot of positive feedback from many of you regarding its usefulness. If you haven’t signed up to be included in the Guide, please let me know and I will get you signed up right away. I am working on enhancing the Guide to make it more powerful and more user friendly. Let me know if you have any comments on its effectiveness. This will help make it a more interactive tool that will benefit you.

The showroom is taking shape, as we are finalizing the display panels and the main display column located in the center of the showroom. Paul Sweeney has finished his work with the building veneer. His work is impeccable. I am now having the thin veneer installed above the building veneer that Paul created. All of this work will be done and ready for unveiling at our Spring 2007 Open House. The open house will be March 29th from 3-6 pm. Let Tahlia know at ext 10 if you would like to attend. David and I will be available to chat with you about stone. I may even be convinced to give any interested participants a tour of the yard and/or fabrication shop. Don’t miss out; these tours have been known to impress many stone enthusiasts.

I would like to spend a little bit of time talking about natural stone pavers. My contractors are calling at a steady pace looking for availability of many of my different stone pavers. The first thing to remember is that all of my pavers are natural stone products. Nothing that I sell is man-made. I prefer to work with what Mother Nature has provided all of us. Nothing can beat the look, the quality or the durability of natural stone.

I have many different types and colors of stone pavers. My bluestone is very popular. This is a sandstone product and comes in rich earthy colors that include blue, gray, green and brown. This versatile stone comes in a natural cleft and thermal walking surface which maintains a non-skid surface when wet. The quartzite pavers are also very intriguing and in high demand. This paver comes in a natural cleft surface so it will also have an acceptable walking surface.

Enjoy the pictures that I have included for these two different pavers.

This picture shows the GB Quartzite pavers. This stone compliments most landscapes with its rich creamy shades combined with warm tan and brown colors. I find this a very appealing and neutral stone that blends well with many different stones. The pattern for this patio is a running bond. The stone is lined up in one direction and offset in the opposite direction. Notice that your eye is drawn to each of the rows of stone.


This bluestone patio has taken a formal approach to the installation. The pieces are installed in a stacked bond. The same size pieces are installed in a linear fashion with the joints lined up in both directions. The patio gains some life by using mixed color bluestone. This gives the patio a formal look with the lineal alignment of the pieces, while bringing out its own character with the different colors of the stones.


JP Ehwa installed the bluestone in this picture. He is a master stone craftsman, with excellent attention to detail and a true love of his work. JP custom cut the centerpiece into a beautiful compass rose with a pebble border. This work is an example of JP’s creativity and workmanship. The stone is laid in a random pattern. This pattern draws your attention to the focal point of the patio, allowing you to enjoy the custom cut detail of the centerpiece.

I have many more examples of work like this that will wet your appetite for your own stone patio. Visit my Design Center. When you are through give one of my sales representatives a call. They will help you choose the right stone for your patio.

My Buyer’s Guide will help you find a professional to work with you on your installation. The time is right to get your work scheduled. Many contractors are breaking ground to start their season. Get on their schedule now so you will have plenty of time to enjoy Mother Nature’s gift to us.



Friday, March 16, 2007

Paul Sweeney; An Authority in Stonemasonry

When we were looking for a professional to help us build our displays of New England Fieldstone we had many people we could turn to. After all there are hundreds of professionals listed in our Buyer’s Guide. This would be a good place to start. Still, we wanted someone with expertise, craftsmanship and unprecedented quality. We also wanted someone that we had a good working relationship with. This still left us with many qualified candidates. After much reflection and thought we decided that Paul Sweeney of Cornerstone Masonry was the man for our project.

You can see from the pictures that Paul was the right man for this job. Paul has been working with stone since he was 16. He hates to admit it, but this means he has over 30 years experience as a stonemason. Paul does all types of masonry work. He is excellent at building patios, walkways or terraces. However, his passion is building with fieldstone. Whether a fireplace, chimney, entrance way or stonewall to highlight a beautiful landscape, Paul’s workmanship, wisdom and understanding of stone guides his projects to completion like a beacon guides a ship through a rocky channel on a foggy night.

When working with fieldstone many people think that it is just a random array of stones that are easily pieced together. But upon careful review a fieldstone installation has many guidelines and rules that need to be followed. It is Paul’s authority that makes this happen, so that when he is done it appears that the fieldstone was easily installed. The more a craftsman knows about his trade the easier he makes his work look. The way he handles his tools, breaks and splits the stones, and even selects the correct stones for the wall; all this looks matter-of-factly when in the hands of a true professional. Paul is one of these true professionals. We are all glad that he was willing to share his skills with us, and allow us to display them in our showroom. Make sure you check out his pictures in our Design Center. If you have some time stop by our showroom and see Paul’s work up close and personal. You will appreciate his attention to detail and careful deliberate craftsmanship.

The display column that I have pictured above is made with New England Fieldstone. Each of the four sides of the column is veneered with a different cut of fieldstone. Each side has its own unique look. However, all of the fieldstone came from old farmers’ walls that have been aging gracefully in the outdoors for the last 100+ years. One side is all round fieldstone. The second side is flat mosaic fieldstone. This is sometimes referred to as a broken ice pattern. The third side is a square and rectangular cut. All of the cuts for these pieces were made by hand and are cut by the mason installing the stone. It is important to find a mason with creativity when you are looking for this cut of veneer. The fourth and final side is a thin ledgestone veneer. This gives the veneer a look of stacked rectilinear stone. The two sides that can be seen in the above picture are thin ledgestone on the left and square and rectangular on the right.

If you would like more information on any of these New England Fieldstone veneers give us a call at 800-321-2200. All of our sales representatives can walk you through the process of choosing a stone veneer for your own stone creation.

Thomas Edison once said “Genius is but one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Paul is a genius in his profession.

Paul’s contact information is Cornerstone Masonry Paul M. Sweeney, II 42 Streeter Street Hubbardston, MA 01452 Telephone # 978-928-4325; mobile 978-580-4260

Give him a call to discuss your next stone project. Use his expertise to your advantage.




Saturday, March 10, 2007

Stoneyard.com Cobblestones; Part of the Anacostia Waterfront Revitalization

"Planning History
Building on the Great Historic Plans for The District of ColumbiaWashington, DC has a long history of great planning and public works. The original plan for the city of Washington, designed in 1791 by Pierre L’Enfant under the direction of George Washington, established the framework for a great capital city between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers."


The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) is one of the largest revitalization projects in the country. Based on information from its website:

“The AWI Framework Plan is a guide to the revitalization of the Anacostia Waterfront. Organized according to the five AWI themes, the Framework Plan identifies vibrant new places for people to live, work, enjoy nature and celebrate Washington’s local and national heritage along the Anacostia River.”

“Today, the
Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) Framework Plan puts forth a vision for the Anacostia River and its neighborhoods that will prove as powerful and enduring as the planning endeavors of the city’s past.”

“The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative envisions an energized waterfront that will unify diverse areas with one of the city’s greatest natural assets, the Anacostia River. The Initiative seeks to revitalize neighborhoods, enhance and protect parks, improve water quality and increase access to waterfront destinations.”

It would appear that a project this large would require considerable planning and carefully prepared guidelines to insure its successful implementation.

This is where Oliver Boehm, ASLA, RLA, LEED Landscape Architecture and Asset Planning Manager will lend his knowledge and expertise. Mr. Boehm is a partner of Michael Baker Jr., Inc. 3601 Eisenhower Avenue; Suite 600 Alexandria, Virginia 22304. They are the Asset Planning Managers for this project.

Mr. Boehm has created a design manual for the AWI. He came to Stoneyard.com for some advise on durable stone paving material to be used in medians and planting areas. David was able to get our Black and/or Gray Cobblestones specified for the manual. Our cobblestones will be included in the manual that will be used by all the contractors involved in the construction of this project. The design manual defines all of the specifications for the project, to include conceptual pictures and specific product literature. The manual includes a page from our product catalog showing all pertinent information for our cobblestones.

What really impressed us was the next step that Mr. Boehm took. He secured warehouse space and has constructed many of the design details that are included in the design manual. The above picture shows our cobblestones included with the other pavers that will be used to make up many of the walkways, pathways and trails. A full size walkway has been built inside the warehouse to show it in living color. This way there will be no confusion regarding what products to use, or how to install them. This is taking customer service to a whole new level.

We are glad to be part of this grand revitalization of our nation's Capital. Because of the careful planning and implementation this will be another shining star on display of American ingenuity, cooperation and workmanship that is second to none.

Enjoy navigating through its website to get a flavor for what this project will bring to Washington, DC and all those who share in its many uses.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Stoneyard.com Open House

The weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the high 40s this weekend. Next week we are going to see 50s. It looks like spring is springing. And it looks like we will be ready.

We are putting the finishing touches on our sample panels and our sample column. As soon as the work is done I will have pictures. I did put some of the in progress pictures into the Design Center. The panels are showing our thin veneers, and the column will have Building Veneer on the bottom and Thin Veneer on the top.

Paul Sweeney of Cornerstone Masonry is helping us with the Building Veneer display. He is doing a fantastic job. He has been working with stone for the last 30 years. According to him, this qualifies him as a youngster in his profession. He keeps telling us stories about the “good-old-days”. Judging from his work, these days aren’t treating him too bad. I’ll spend more time with Paul and his work as soon as the display is ready. Keep an eye out for that blog; you are going to love his work.

The big news is our Open House. We are going to roll out the red carpet on March 29th from 3-6 pm.

We will have our entire displays ready, to include samples and literature of the actual products. David and I will be giving tours of the yard and the fabrication shop. Bring your digital cameras. Our inventory levels are high in anticipation of the spring rush. If you have plans for upcoming work bring them and we will start working on getting prices to you for the work.

If you haven’t already signed up for our Buyer’s Guide, we will take care of that.

Also, bring us a CD with pictures of your best work. We will create your own professional gallery on our website. This is a great way to get exposure for your company and your work. We have over 700,000 visits to our website every year. Our Design Center is the most popular section of our website. April told me about a customer that has spent 24 hours looking at our Design Center. Make sure she spends some time looking at your work.
If you are planning on attending, give Tahlia a call at x 10. She will make sure you get signed up.


Finally, I wanted to share a few of our customers’ comments with you. Sometimes we get caught up in the day-to-day activity, and forget about why we do what we do. Then a customer sends us a quick note and we remember why we are here. Everyone that works at Stoneyard.com is here because we are excited about stone. Not everyone is an expert yet, but we are all working on learning more everyday.

Lee Wilson from Cincinnati, OH reminded us of these facts. Here is what Lee had to say:

“April,

Thanks for sending the info. I am leaning toward New England Fieldstone for the walls and Bluestone for the patios…I really enjoy your e-newsletters as they provide excellent updates on new products and services. There are a few stone yards in Cincinnati, however it seems as if you guys love what you do.

Again, thanks for the info and I look forward to hearing from you soon."

Lee Wilson

Tahlia received this e-mail the other day. I am the boss she forwarded it to:

“Hi I received my pebbles today, I only ordered them on Monday. Wow. You are an amazing company.
I only ordered 6 bags of pebbles and was given the giant marble slab treatment. I thank you.If you have a boss, please forward to him/her.
My pebbles are perfect your service is impeccable.
Thank you.”
Marie McNicholas

Enjoy the weekend, and remember to live one day at a time, the best that you can.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

JP Ehwa - A Stonemason in New England

A prophet in his homeland is often overlooked. A stonemason in New England can have the same fate befall him.

Because New England is blessed with some of the most beautiful deposits of stone, we also have many talented masons that work with stone. This talent is at our disposal and occasionally overlooked.


As I was looking through my Design Center, I came across the gallery for JP Ehwa. JP is a local stonemason who builds some magnificent fireplaces. Each of his fireplaces is a work of art. The lucky customers that are smart enough to commission him for their project are never disappointed. It is always a labor of love with JP.

The part that I have overlooked is the fact that JP has been sending me these pictures for the last two years, and this is the first time that I am writing about him.


JP will often stop by my office to discuss an upcoming project. When he does I try to have something different for him to inspect. The last time he came by I had a piece of New England Fieldstone cut in half and polished on the smooth side. I asked him what he thought and he told me that it is pieces like this that keep him in the stone business. He truly loves his work, and loves working to bring out the beauty of stone.



These pictures of his work need no further explanation. Words would fail in trying to add to the beauty of these masterpieces.

April was speaking with a customer yesterday. She told April that she has already spent over 24 hours looking through our website to gather ideas for her project. With pictures like JP’s in our Design Center, you can see why it is hard to turn away.




If you have some time tonight go to my Design Center and look at the different contractors’ galleries. If you appreciate stone, this will be fun and rewarding.

Let me know if you have spent more than 24 hours on my website. I’ll bet there are a few Stoneyard.com groupies that can beat this record.

If you think you have pictures that are as good or better, send them to me. I promise I won’t wait 2 years to write about you in my blog.

JP can be reached at EHWA STONE MASONRY PO BOX 185 AYER, MA 978-772-9870. You can also find him listed in my Buyer’s Guide.


Temperatures are rising and so is the interest in our stone. In the last 30 days there have been over 5,000 searches in my Buyer's Guide. If you're not in the guide, contact us right away. This is a proven way to talk to people looking for stone professionals.


Do it NOW!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

A mountain estate, a swimming pool and a fireplace

This is a story of a mountain estate, a swimming pool and a fireplace.

Vermont is known for its rough hilly terrain. Much of the granite from New England comes from Vermont. The granite quarries have been a staple of Vermont for the last 150 years. For many towns this is the main source of employment. Because of this rich history it is not surprising that many of the estates that grace the landscape of Vermont include a lot of stone in their construction. This estate is no different.

Thaddeus and Sheila Czarnocki of TAD BUILT COMPANY contacted us. They were hired to construct a Family Room and Great Room for a beautiful mountain estate in Northern Vermont. An indoor swimming pool was going to be featured in the Family Room and a magnificent stone fireplace would be the center of attention in the Great Room.

TAD BUILT COMPANY is listed on our Buyer’s Guide and now has a gallery in our Design Center under stonemasons. They are located in Lyndonville, VT. If you would like more information on the company give them a call at 802-626-6105.

David met with Thaddeus and Sheila to help them narrow down their sample choices and find stone that would compliment the three different applications. The first stone they were looking for was the pavers for the family room. For this stone they wanted something that looked natural and had warm light colors that would blend in with the wood used in the room. The floor would be stone, but the walls, ceiling and beams would all be wood. They chose the GB Quartzite pavers. This stone comes with a natural cleft top and consists of a broad range of gold, yellow and white colors. A perfect selection to tie in the colors and textures of the wood.

Next they needed a coping to match the GB Quartzite. At the time this material was not available in 2 inch thick coping. So the challenge was to find coping that worked with the quartzite. Our pink/yellow sandstone was chosen. The material is 2 inches thick and can be rocked on the exposed edge to create a rough natural look. The colors are similar to the quartzite, but add some reddish pink hues. You can see from the picture that the hues are subtle. The sandstone matched well with the quartzite, finishing off the flooring with a rustic edge at the pool.

As an aside, we now can get the GB Quartzite in 2-inch thick material. More on that in another blog.

Finally, the stone for the fireplace was evaluated. SB Quartzite was chosen because its colors and texture are very similar to the GB Quartzite. As you can see from the picture, the stone was hand worked by the mason to create the wonderful square and rectangular pieces, curved arches, fanned quoins and diagonal and diamond shapes creating a unique work of art. The GB Quartzite makes up the flush hearth, with the wood mantle and surround completing the project.

The general rule for combining different stones in a project is to use no more than 3 different stones. TAD Built was able to accomplish this in supreme fashion. The owners of the estate were delighted with the outcome and thrilled with the stone that was used in their project.

Our Design Center, Buyer’s Guide, samples and delivery capabilities provide the “Circle of Service” necessary to complete a project of this magnitude. David is always available to assist you with selecting stone for your projects.

Give us a try you won’t be disappointed.
If you are looking for a contractor in the Northern Vermont area give TAD BUILT a call. They provide a full range of construction and contracting services.