Friday, December 30, 2011

Metamora Fields Country Club in Illinois



Metamora Fields is a beautiful golf course in Metamora, Illinois with rolling hills and valleys reminiscent of the Links golf courses of Scotland. Natural stone was used on the clubhouse exterior walls, foundation and fireplace. The Boston Blend Mosaic and Round Veneer was laid with wide joints and minimal trimming.





The entrance door is a beautiful dark wood surrounded by stone. A two-sided indoor/outdoor fireplace is the focal point of the interior restaurant and exterior patio seating area overlooking the beautiful greens. This stone was chosen because of its natural patina that has a unique historic feel.


Thank you to our local dealer Trinity Stone Center for working to provide the club with Stoneyard.com Boston Blend Mosaic and Round Veneer.

Friday, December 16, 2011

NEW Product & Design Guide

New England Stone Veneer Thin Natural Stone



Our new product catalog is FILLED with 20 pages of great pictures and product information to help you decide on the perfect stone for your project.  
 

Email sales@stoneyard.com or give us a call at 800.231.2200 to tell us how many you would like and how we can help! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stoneyard.com at the Build Boston Trade Show


Join us TODAY thru Friday at the 2011 Build Boston trade show.  New products, technology innovations and the debut of unique services for the building industry are waiting for your inspection. Whether you are a contractor, engineer, specifier, or architect, you will find what you need (and even what you didn't know you needed) at Build Boston.


When: November 16 | November 17 | November 18
Time:   Noon - 6 pm   |  Noon - 6 pm  | 10 am - 1:30 pm 
Where
:
Seaport World Trade Center - Boston, MA 
Booth #
:
859


For more information please visit www.stoneyard.com/bb2011 

Monday, November 07, 2011

New York Home with Natural Thin Stone Veneer

Boston Blend Square & Rectangular stone siding, fireplace, and chimney


Want to really make a good first impression? Stone goes a long way in sprucing up your front entry. The mix of colors in our Boston Blend compliments any design setting. The neutral color of the siding makes the stone look at home while the dark wood door stands as a beautiful focal point.


The foundation was covered around the home and the garage. A small riser was faced surrounding the back yard patio, the chimney, and an interior fireplace were all enhanced by using our Boston Blend Square & Rectangular natural stone veneer.

Check out more photos of the Boston Blend Square & Rectangular stone veneer in action and more photos of this project.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cozy Living Space Featuring a New England Stone Fireplace

What a perfect place to warm up on these cold fall days. Our Boston Blend Square & Rectangular Thin Veneer looks amazing in this cozy living space. Special thanks to Stonewood Products of Mashpee, MA for submitting this great photo! 
To contact Stonewood for your next project, please visit www.stoneyard.com/stonewood

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A New Twist on a Ledgestone Fireplace



Boston Blend has long been thought of as colonial or rustic. This Ledgestone Boston Blend fireplace is anything but. The modern clean lines are brought to the next level with a unique "twist". A blend of Greenwich Gray (25%) and Boston Blend (75%) Ledgestone Building Veneer was used to create the perfect mix of colors.






This tall fireplace goes from floor to ceiling. The top section was turned 45 degrees for added architectural interest. The outside columns and foundation are also faced in the same blend of Ledgestone.



The homeowners worked closely with the stone mason to choose the perfect blend of colors and shapes. The best way to decide on the correct blend of shapes, sizes, grout thickness, and stone color is to construct a mockup. Laying the stones out on a small area and adjusting the different variables is the best way to get that perfect blend.

Mason:
Eagle Hollow Stoneworks
(802-685-7830)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tedesco Country Club uses Boston Blend Thin Veneer


Tedesco Country Club is a beautiful private member facility located in Marblehead, MA. When deciding on which material to use, Stoneyard.com's environmental friendly and local material was the perfect choice.

A mix of Boston Blend Mosaic and Round Thin Veneer was used. Over 2,200 square feet of this natural stone can be seen throughout the landscape, interior, and exterior of this magnificent club. From retaining walls to the fireplace, this native building material blends perfectly in any environment.



To view more photos of this project and to learn more about our Mosaic and Round Thin Veneer please visit our website.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New England Home using Colonial Tan Mosaic Stone Siding



What better a way to spice up your home than to add a natural stone facade. The front entry, column accents, and siding were faced with Stoneyard.com Colonial Tan Mosaic Thin Veneer. White columns and trim really pop against the light beige, gray, and rust colors in the Colonial Tan mix. The dark wood door really pulls your attention to the beautiful statement piece surrounded by a warm blend of stone.



Monday, August 15, 2011

Hi-Way Concrete Products Uses Boston Blend Round Thin Veneer on Entrance Sign



Special thanks to Hi-Way Concrete Products for using our natural stone Boston Blend Round Thin Veneer on their new company sign. You can visit Hi-way Concrete Products at:

2746 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28)
Wareham, MA 02571
508.295.0834

Monday, August 08, 2011

Ledgestone Home Natural Exterior Stone Facade Focal Point


This Massachusetts home was faced using New England Fieldstone Boston Blend Ledgestone Veneer. The stone was laid to give the dry stacked stone appearance with no exposed mortar. The beautiful mix of colors in the Boston Blend works well with the pale yellow color of the home. Corners were not used on this project because white trim enclosed the stone area. Trim, without the use of stone corners, is a cost effective construction option and it enhances the real stone veneer by drawing your eye to this well crafted focal point.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Wheaton College Selects Ledgestone Boston Blend Building Veneer for New Science Center


Local, natural stone stays in line with Wheaton's commitment to environmental sustainability.


A new science center is under construction at the Norton, MA school Wheaton College. What began in April 2010 is coming to an end and the final bells and whistles are being installed. This includes some amazing freestanding stonewalls that were made using the Boston Blend Ledgestone full thickness Building Veneer.

Approximately 2,000 square feet of stone was purchased and used throughout the landscape. This local stone was sorted and split right here in Littleton, MA. Why is this so important? It keeps in line with "green" building and enables the building to earn LEED certification credits.

This $42 Million dollar project is set for completion in Fall 2011. 

Check back soon to see pictures of the final project. Can’t wait and want to see the progress? Take a look at the construction web cam feed! It has pictures and a time-lapse video of the project.



For more pictures and info please visit the Wheaton College Project Page.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ashlar Veneer Project VIDEO!


Take a look at this great video of an ocean side home in New Jersey. Boston Blend Ashlar Thin Veneer was used as siding, on the foundation, garage, stair risers, and stone walls. This video features some great pictures as well as an overview of the different colors of natural stone veneer available through Stoneyard.com

For more pictures and information about this project, visit the featured gallery page.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ashlar Boston Blend Ocean Side NJ Home


Who wouldn’t want to spend summers here? This seaside New Jersey home has an historic appeal with great modern perks!
Almost 1,700 SF of natural stone veneer was used throughout the project. The foundation, walls, stair risers, siding, and garage were faced with Boston Blend Ashlar Thin Veneer. The outdoor entertainment area is complete with kitchen, changing room, and showers. A sitting bench was also created to enjoy sunny days on the ocean side dock.

Take a look at more of these amazing pictures!

Want to learn more about Ashlar Veneer?

Friday, July 01, 2011

Happy July 4th!

Stoneyard.com would like to wish all of you a happy and safe 4th of July holiday.

Sincerely,

Your friends at
Stoneyard.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Lodge Natural Stone Siding


Sugarloaf Mountain is a beautiful winter skiing and summer golfing spot located in Carrabassett Valley, ME. A recent addition to the resort is some beautiful natural stone veneer walls and stair risers. Using the New England native stone Boston Blend in the Square & Rectangular shape was the perfect choice for this local hot spot. Natural wood siding and beams along with Granite accents complete the project.


Visit www.sugarloaf.com for pricing and more information.

For more information on Stoneyard.com Square & Rectangular Boston Blend Veneer visit our website.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A New Twist on a Ledgestone Fireplace

Boston Blend has long been thought of as colonial or rustic. This Ledgestone Boston Blend fireplace is anything but. The modern clean lines are brought to the next level with a unique "twist". A blend of Greenwich Gray (25%) and Boston Blend (75%) Ledgestone Building Veneer was used to create the perfect mix of colors.



Choosing the right blend of colors and shapes can be a difficult process. Working closely with your mason through the beginning stages of construction will ensure that the end result is exactly what you envision. The best way to decide on the correct blend of shapes, sizes, grout thickness and color, and stone colors is by having your mason do a mockup. Laying the stones out on a small area and adjusting the different variables is the only way to get that perfect blend.


This tall fireplace goes from floor to ceiling. The top section was twisted on an angle for some added architectural interest.

Mason:
Eagle Hollow Stoneworks
(802-685-7830)


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Boston Blend Round Veneer with Square & Rec Corners

Want to really make your entrance pop? Beautiful stone columns and colorful flowers create an inviting entryway that would please any guest. Boston Blend Round Veneer was used to cover the foundation, columns, and as siding on this local home.


What’s unique about this home was the use of Square & Rectangular corners instead of the Round. The straight lines of the Square & Rectangular cut make perfect corner pieces that blend harmoniously throughout the project.



The Mason:

Ehwa Stone Masonry

JP Ehwa
Ayer, MA
978-772-9870
www.ehwastonemasonry.com


Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Log Cabin Mosaic Fireplace with Hand Carved Wood Mantel



Our Mosaic Boston Blend Fieldstone was used to create this beautiful fireplace, perfect for any home. The hand carved wood mantel and accent pieces bring the tranquility of nature inside for a relaxing and beautiful focal point.

Mason:

Model Masonry

Adam Kersnowski
207-409-6502

Architect:

Architectural Services

Aaron Socrat
508-655-1878




Monday, June 06, 2011

THE LADY IN A GINGHAM DRESS

THE LADY IN A GINGHAM DRESS

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston , and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer office.
The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge ..

"We'd like to see the president," the man said softly.

"He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped.
"We'll wait," the lady replied.

For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away.

They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted.

"Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him!
He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.


The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus."
The president wasn't touched. He was shocked.

"Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now.

The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it cost to start a university? Why don't we just start our own? "

Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.



A TRUE STORY by Malcolm Forbes
"People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Monday, May 02, 2011

Greenwich Gray Stone Veneer and Palm Trees

A Beautiful Florida Home Uses Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Thin Veneer

This Florida home sure does remind you of the beach. Extensive walls in front of the home are faced with a natural stone veneer called Greenwich Gray in the Ledgestone shape. A fire pit, columns, foundation, and siding were also faced with the same beautiful stone. On the inside, an entertainment wall was faced with the same color stone, Greenwich Gray, in the Square & Rectangular shape.

Palm trees and colorful landscaping can really pull things together. This project is still underway and it looks like it is ready for entertaining. More photos are on the way so check back soon!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Natural Stone Home


It’s The Big Bad Wolf's worst nightmare...an entire home made out of stone! This grand home used a natural stone siding provided by Stoneyard.com to create a beautiful look that will stand the test of time. Boston Blend Fieldstone in the Square & Rectangular shape was used in the 1 inch Thin Veneer as well as a 3-5 inch Building Veneer. This blend of thicknesses made installation on the higher level a whole lot faster and simpler while maintaining a consistent look throughout the project.


Take a look at the in progress pictures, photos taken after completion, and watch the 3 minute project tour video!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Whimsical Home with Round Stone Veneer and a Thatched Roof


This whimsical home features the Boston Blend Fieldstone Round Veneer. A thatched roof and wooden beams add to the unique character of this charming residential construction. Even with the project still being in progress, this home is fit for a king! Check back again soon for more photos and updates.




Like the project? Contact Trombadore Contracting for more info.

Trombadore Contracting
Lincoln, MA
781-254-8040

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2,500 SF Mosaic & Ledgestone Boston Blend Veneer NY Home


This beautiful home has been veneered with an all natural real stone Thin Veneer provided by Stoneyard.com. A mixed of Ledgestone (2,000 sf) and Mosaic (500 sf) Boston Blend Thin Veneer was used to create an effortless mix.

The Designer:

Michael F. Dugan Designs

Yaphank, NY 11980
Phone (631) 205-0945
Fax(631) 205-0948
michaeldugan@optonline.net
 
 

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Whitman

Nothing endures but personal qualities. ~ Walt Whitman

Friday, April 01, 2011

Byron

To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin. ~ Lord Byron

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tzu

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. ~ Lao Tzu

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Roosevelt

Believe you can and you're halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, March 28, 2011

Carnegie

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. ~ Dale Carnegie

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein

Friday, March 25, 2011

Twain

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. ~ Mark Twain

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~ C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Faulkner

We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid. ~ William Faulkner

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pasture

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes. ~ Louis Pasture

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fuller

Nothing is easy to the unwilling. ~ Thomas Fuller

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Carlson

Don't sweat the small stuff... and it's all small stuff. ~ Richard Carlson

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Brinkley

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley

Or stones...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Success

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
~ Woody Allen

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stoneyard.com - Natural Stone Siding for Architecture: Choosing the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace

Stoneyard.com - Natural Stone Siding for Architecture: Choosing the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace

Choosing the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace

Key things to keep in mind with tips from Tim Carter of askthebuilder.com

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!


Tip #1: Combining Stone and Design

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.
"I’ve seen spectacular stone fireplaces that are 20 or more feet high, rustic stone fireplaces that have custom-carved stone-fireplace mantels and quaint stone fireplaces in modest homes. You can use flat stone, small rounded boulders or coarse volcanic rock. It’s just a matter of the style and the type of rock that matches the color scheme and feel of the room," (Tim Carter, askthebuilder.com)

Contemporary/Modern Example:

 

Rustic/Traditional Example:


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Unique and Inspiring Architecture



Afraid of heights? If you are then you wouldn't want to live here! This home was designed by Warren Schwartz for his wife BSO violinist Sheila Fiekowsky. Why is this home so interesting you ask? Well, it cantilevers for 45 ft, 14 ft off the ground! It was featured in an article by the Wall Street Journal.

"Visitors walk through a long slice of hallway, past three terraced bedrooms, before arriving in the great room. Round, steel support beams painted white slice across the home's glass walls at varying angles. Midway through the home, thin steel sheets that have been folded into steps connect the home's rooftop terrace to the basement-and-patio level.

Walls of frosted glass separate the 12-by-11-foot bedrooms from the hallway and translucent, honeycombed plastic doors slide away to reveal en-suite bathrooms. "I wanted everything to be very light in color, light in structure, and feel as much as possible like floating," said Mr. Schwartz, age 67."  (Juliet Chung, WSJ.com)


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