Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - Natural Stone Siding for Architecture: Choosing the Perfect Stone for your Fireplace - 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

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,

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,


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Slippery Rock Gazette Article

The Slippery Gazette has been publishing stone industry news and trade show information for ten years. It has become the most widely read stone trades newspaper in the United States, mailed directly to businesses and individuals working in the stone and associated trades.

An article featuring and some of our new products was published in the February 2011 issue. Check it out for some great information and quotes from John Croteau, President of

Monday, February 14, 2011

Passion Begets Success

~ A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means ~

- William Hazlitt

Friday, February 11, 2011

Square & Rec Fieldstone Natural Stone Thin Veneer Fireplace

Square & Rectangular New England Fieldstone Boston Blend Thin Veneer is an all natural stone with beautiful neutral colors. It was used to face this floor to ceiling fireplace. The stones were trimmed to make the keystones lining the fireplace opening.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Price Lists and Products!

Effective February 2011

Spring is just around the corner and in order to help you prepare for your stone veneer siding and landscape projects we have added 2 new veneer products (Greenwich Gray and Colonial Tan Square & Rec) for a total of 14 unique options.

Our updated price list is available for you online, or give us a call at 800.231.2200 and we will be happy to email or fax it.    
Get pricing here:

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

New England Fieldstone Veneer Mosaic Siding for Garage and Foundation

View this photo of New England Fieldstone Veneer Mosaic Siding and many more in our search-able photo gallery at