Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thin Stone Veneer Corners: 90° and 45°/135° Installation Methods

Thin Veneer is 1 inch thick, and light enough to adhere directly to any masonry surface. Once installed, it is nearly impossible to tell whether the stones are thin or full thickness. Corners are used to give the appearance of full thickness stone when wrapping around edges and corners. Matching 90° corners are available for all shapes and colors of our thin stone veneer. These corners can be used for interior and exterior applications, such as stone fireplaces, foundations, exterior siding, and columns.


45° Corners: Miter Cut vs. Weaving

A commonly asked questions is how do you handle a 45°/125° angled corner? There are 2 methods that can be used, miter cutting stones or weaving. Both are installed using flat material and are pictured below. When installing either option, be sure to alternate long and short pieces of stone on each side of the corner. That way, it will look more natural than if it was stacked.

Weaved 45° corner - round flats used


Miter cut 45° corner detail - flat rounds used

For more information on Thin Veneer corners, please visit our website for pictures and video

www.Stoneyard.com/corners

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New England Style Design: Fireplace, Chimney, Columns, and Siding



When designing your new home, there are many aspects of construction and design to consider. Consistency in design throughout the project is one of them. This beautiful home has some great architectural details that really make it unique. Copper accents were used above the porch and garage. A walk out second story balcony is the perfect evening retreat. Large granite steps were used at 3 different entrance points. Lastly, the quintessential New England stone, Boston Blend Round, was used throughout the project as siding, chimney stone, columns, and archways.



This New England style design was echoed throughout the interior including a grand fireplace in the living room. The neutral tones of tan, gray, brown, and white are carried through the color scheme of the room. Pops of red and green in accent pieces give you added color without overpowering the space.




There are many great installation using the Boston Blend Round Thin Veneer. Take a look at some of these great photos to inspire your next project: Boston Blend Round Images

For more great photos, please visit www.stoneyard.com/968

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Contemporary New Audi Dealership Features New England Stone



A brand new Audi dealership was recently completed in Natick, MA. This ultra-modern commercial structure features a design that incorporates many different elements. Glass, steel, and stone work together to create a sleek contemporary design. The clean, straight lines in the metal and windows are carried through to the Boston Blend Strips stone which was used on the retaining walls. The sleekness of the glass is contrasted by the rough, organic surface of the natural stone.



The Boston Blend is comprised of different stones that are native to the New England area. The vast array of colors in the Boston Blend are carried through the entirety of the design. The steel grays of the metal, the cool blues of the glass, and even the red in the Audi sign are all picked up by the colors in the stone. The multiple tiers of landscaping soften the look and bring in an added element of nature.



The Boston Blend Strips is one of our newest, and most contemporary shapes. Each piece of stone is 1.5 inches in height, 1.0 inch thick, random lengths, and sawn 4 sides with a textured face. Strips is the best shape to use on a modern project with clean, straight lines. It is available in all 6 colors: Boston Blend, Greenwich Gray, Colonial Tan, Vineyard Granite, Newport Mist, and Nantucket Brown making it possible to fit perfectly into any design scheme.

Please visit www.stoneyard.com/927 for more info and photos.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Cape Cod Vacation Home with Natural Design Elements

Dry-Stack Boston Blend Ledgestone Siding, Foundation, Walls, and Chimney



This amazing Cape Cod home is quintessential New England in design. Natural elements such as wood and stone add to the unique architectural details that make this home great.



An inviting entrance boasts a farmer's porch with a low-hanging eyebrow roof. The curves are accentuated by rounded stairs faced with natural stone risers. Boston Blend Ledgestone Thin Veneer was used throughout the project. A long stone retaining wall leads to a gated backyard entrance. The concrete foundation was also covered with this natural stone veneer.



In the backyard an extensive infinity pool area and entertainment space is there to greet you, complete with an outdoor kitchen and stone cladded stairs. The rounded elements are carried through to the backyard with circular stone staircases and archways.

For more info and pictures, please visit www.stoneyard.com/966

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Building Stone Magazine Spring 2013 Article Stone Brings Rustic Charm To Elegant New England Eatery

Article: Stone Brings Rustic Charm To Elegant New England Eatery

Written by Jennifer Adams


Elegant, warm and inviting are the three words designer Dana Boucher of Breath of Fresh Art uses to describe the interior dining space of the Copper Door restaurant in Bedford, NH. At the heart of the 8,000-square-foot design is a floor-to-ceiling fireplace with the surround and hearth built of a blend of three stone varieties, which were produced by Stoneyard.com of Littleton, MA, and supplied through Hudson Quarry of Hudson, NH. Further contributing to the upscale rustic ambience is a stone oven — featuring the same stone combination — that can be seen from the main dining area due to the open-concept kitchen design. The saturated colors and texture of the interior design elements make for a welcoming and comfortable environment for the restaurant’s guests.


“The design goal for the Copper Door was to make it feel as if you were dining in somebody’s really nice home,” explained Boucher. “Elegant, warm and inviting — there are elements of this throughout our restaurant. There are comfy chairs and sofas where you can dine, an extra-thick butcher block community table that mimics a grand kitchen island, a large boat shaped dining table that seats 10 placed in its own cozy nook with a custom chandelier above, and of course, the coziest of them all — our stone fireplace.


“The best designed rooms have a nice mix of materials and textures,” the designer went on to say. “With vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, tile flooring made to look like wood and a zinc bar top, it seemed that stone was the perfect material to complete the rustic yet elegant look of our building.”

To achieve the desired blend of shapes and sizes for the fireplace and stone oven, a mix of three different stone veneer products — Boston Blend Ledgestone, Boston Blend Ashlar and Greenwich Gray Ledgestone — were selected. “These three stones, when used together, have a nice range of color and shape that are not too traditional or modern — a perfect look for us,” said Boucher.

A total of 75% of the stone employed for the fireplace and oven design is Boston Blend Ledgestone. The pieces range in size from 1 to 4 inches in height and 4 to 18 inches in length. An additional 20% consists of Greenwich Gray Ledgestone with pieces also varying between 1 to 4 inches in height and 4 to 18 inches in length. The last 5% is Boston Blend Ashlar with pieces measuring 3 to 7 inches in height and 4 to 14 inches in length. All of the stone pieces have a thickness of 1 inch.

From the start, the designer knew that she wanted to use thin stone veneer. “We had used veneer before in another location for an outdoor dining terrace,” explained Boucher. “It is more cost effective, speedier for installation, and you can’t even tell that it is veneer.”

Overall, construction of the Copper Door restaurant went smoothly. “The stonework seemed to go really flawless,” said Boucher. “We had a great installer, general contractor and architect.”

The project broke ground in April of 2011 and the doors opened in December 2011 — two weeks before the Christmas holiday. “Customers love the fireplace,” said the designer. “It is really the anchor that separates the bar from the dining room. It is a two-sided fireplace, so you can enjoy it no matter which side of the restaurant you choose to sit. I have often given out the stone information to our guests, as many say they want to incorporate it into their own homes. You know what they say, ‘Imitation is the highest form of flattery.’ We are happy to share all of the design questions our guests often ask.”

Copper Door Restaurant
Bedford, NH

Architect: Scott Delorme Dignard Architects, Bedford, NH
Designer: Breath of Fresh Art, Bedford, NH
General Contractor: Fulcrum Associates, Amherst, NH
Stone Quarrier: Stoneyard.com, Littleton, MA
Stone Dealer: Hudson Quarry, Hudson, NH

For more info, please visit the article page on our website



Monday, June 03, 2013

Introducing Nantucket Brown Square & Rectangular Thin Veneer

This quality home pool displays Nantucket Brown with authentic appeal.  The radiant beige, brown and tan earth tones give this pool a natural flare while maintaining originality.  Stoneyard.com's newest product called Nantucket Brown is a sandstone that has been described as the chocolate of the stone world because it boosts creamy, caramel swirls throughout the stone's texture.  Nantucket Brown was also featured on a new Sun-room wing of a recent home project. 



Friday, May 31, 2013

Product Feature: Vineyard Granite Mosaic Natural Stone Veneer

Vineyard Granite Mosaic Stone Veneer 

Natural stone veneer was used on this home to create a bold entrance, giving a sense of protection and security.  Using stone veneer for your home's siding protects the home from the seasonal elements.  Natural stone veneer provides years of a durable home facade that appears as strong as it should be.  This stone home project choose Stoneyard.com's Vineyard Granite Mosaic to create their desired appeal.

Vineyard Granite is a coarse grain stone indigenous to the central core of New England mountain ranges. The stone is predominantly gray, black and white with splendid crystals of peach and pink. Mosaic pattern stone veneer consists of irregular pieces of natural stone for siding, facing, and cladding. The shapes consist primarily of triangles and stop sign shapes and the pattern is similar to the mosaic dimensions created from broken ice.

Vineyard Granite Mosaic Thin Veneer Specifications:


Facing Area: 0.25-1.25 sf per piece
Thickness: 1 inch
Weight: Less than 14 lbs per sf

Packaging Flats: 5 sf box or 168 sf crate
Packaging Corners: 5 lf box, 75 lf half crate, or 150 lf crate.


wm_5bd77151e86c8ffc846c36a3ec918e86 

Vineyard Granite is also available in 4 other shapes, Square & Rectangular, Strips, Ashlar, and Ledgestone.

For more product information visit, Vineyard Granite Mosaic Stone Veneer.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bowlmor Times Square Features Natural Stone


Boston Blend Square & Rectangular Archways, Columns, and Accents


Experience the excitement of New York City at Bowlmor Times Square bowling alley. Bring back that child like wonder with over 50 lanes, arcade and carnival games, gourmet menu, and a night club. Each different area of Bowlmor is designed to mimic a different NYC era or neighborhood. Times Square, Coney Island, Prohibition, and Chinatown are just a few of the 7 themed bowling lounges.



The 3rd floor features the Central Park Bar & Lounge. Complete with dual fireplaces, a full bar, and 11 bowling lanes. Faux grass and natural stone columns are reminiscent of the famous Central Park. The Boston Blend Square & Rectangular Thin Veneer was used on the many columns and archways. The natural aged look of New England stone made it the perfect choice for this unique concept.

For more info including video, please visit www.stoneyard.com/965

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stoneyard.com at Coverings 2013



Come by and see us at Coverings 2013. We have some great new products to show you!

Booth #B1605
Monday, April 29 - Thursday, May 2
Georgia World Congress Center - Halls B + C
Atlanta, Georgia USA


For more information on the show, visit www.coverings.com

Monday, April 01, 2013

Perfect Pepperoni Pizzas with a Natural Stone Pizza Oven

Featuring Boston Blend Ledgestone and Ashlar



What better way to create culinary masterpieces than with your very own personal pizza oven. This stone pizza oven was faced with a mix of Boston Blend Ledgestone and Boston Blend Ashlar. A large Bluestone accent was used to create storage shelving. Small cut outs add depth and uniqueness. A temperature gauge was inlaid in the exterior and wood storage is close by for easy heat up and prep. Lets make every day pizza day!

For more information and photos, please visit www.stoneyard.com/964

Friday, March 29, 2013

Stoneyard.com’s Friday Natural Fireplace Feature


 


This elegant natural stone fireplace features our signature, Boston Blend Ledgestone Thin Veneer.  A seamless installation with recessed mortar and tight joints creates a classic look that is both contemporary and clean.  Making the choice to use natural stone boldly represents tradition and sustainability.  There is no better way to end the day then by relaxing in front of a warm fireplace.


Get inspired by some amazing fireplaces faced with New England stone. Check out our full array of photos in our searchable photo gallery.


 


Stoneyard.com only selects the finest natural stone New England has to offer.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Natural Colonial Stone Kitchen Accents


In my house, the kitchen is the central gathering place. Whether I am entertaining or just getting ready for the days activities, the kitchen seems to be where it is all happening. Why not spice up your kitchen with the old-world look of natural stone. Using stone around the stove and center island creates depth and texture in this architecturally interesting space. The stone used was Colonial Tan Ledgestone

What a unique way to finish the most popular room in any home. For more inspirational images, be sure to visit our searchable gallery.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Fire and Stone Go Hand in Hand

The words fire and stone go together like a river and water.  As long as fire has been used, so to has it been accompanied by stone.  The variety of stone fireplace designs is endless, but the best material choice is simple and standard.  Today, the use of “real stone” has been reinvented. Stoneyard.com takes these natural stones and sorts, splits, and saws them into Thin Veneer. This process makes the stone easier to install, deliver, and handle.



Round Stone Veneer has the irregular outside shapes of a smooth yet irregular mosaic pattern, with the depth and impact of rounded stones.  Its rustic qualities lend themselves well to an Old-World style.  Its natural face shows the weathered exterior of the stone.  Round is the most traditional New England shape making it the perfect choice for your next fireplace project.


Whether you are constructing a new fireplace or covering existing brick, know that natural stone is timeless. Choosing the Boston Blend Round Thin Veneer to be centered in the heart of your home will truly warm your family for generations to come.

Visit www.stoneyard.com/products for more design ideas and to view our full line of available products

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

InterContinental Hotel Penthouse with New England Stone Fireplace and Wine Cooler



Located in the heart of the city The InterContinental Hotel in Boston, MA features over 500 rooms, suites, penthouses and residences. One of these penthouses features a natural stone fireplace and wine cooler.



The Greenwich Gray Ledgestone Thin Veneer was used in a dry-laid application showing no mortar between the stones. The minimalist space and cool gray walls accent the natural green and gray colors in the stones with decorative accents of red in the sconces and chandeliers.



The use of stone around and above the wine cooler is a unique way to create some separation of the kitchen and living room in open concept spaces.