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Dry-Stack Stone Wall Course for Masons

Brian Post, Executive Director at The Stone Trust, taught a two-day dry stack stonewall building class at the Stoneyard showroom and warehouse, teaching the best traditions of English stone walls. Experienced stonemasons and one determined homeowner spent two full days learning how to construct a stonewall that will still remain standing even if the ground

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What stone is right for a wine cellar?

Stone Business Magazine Aging Well WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. – When the look says “castle,” but the construction says drywall, a thin-veneer stone can go a long way. At least that’s the experience of Ed Loughran, owner of the locally based Charles River Wine Cellars, Inc., who’s taken his stone expertise from landscapes to basements in

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What is an Elegant Stone for a Fireplace in New England?

Building Stone Magazine Article: Stone Brings Rustic Charm To Elegant New England Eatery Written by Jennifer Adams Download PDF of article 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

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Hardscape Installation

How to Install A Dry-Laid Fieldstone Wall

How to Install A Dry-Laid Fieldstone Wall The aged fieldstone wall rambling through the countryside will forever be a symbol of our New England lifestyle. Freestanding fieldstone walls serve as property lines and fences. Retaining fieldstone walls not only are beautiful; they also serve a very important function to hold back and stabilize steep embankments.

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Installation Tip

What Moisture Control Cavity Weep System Should I Use?

Why include a weep system? Veneer stone is not a structural wall, it is either adhered to the structural wall (thin veneer) or anchored to a weight bearing foundation (building veneer). Stone and mortar are porous and so water can eventually weep through these materials and cause two potential issues: damage to the substrate or

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Installation Tip

Which Cement Board Saves Stone Install Time?

Cement Board Substrate Saves Installation Time by 35% and Cost by 6% National Association of Home Builders Association-affiliated Home Innovation Research Labs finds that using PermaBase Cement Board as a substrate in exterior wall systems with modified veneer mortar reduces adhered stone installation time by 35 percent and total installed cost by 6 percent against

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Article

What Are The Top 5 Stone Remodeling Projects?

Top 5 Stone Remodel Projects for This Year Tackling your home remodel list might feel like an impossible task. Staying up to date on current design trends is a full-time job in itself, so applying the latest style facts and figures to your to-do list can be overwhelming. If you feel like your home needs

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Installation Tip

Why Natural Thin Veneer Stone is Best for Exterior Use

What types of thin veneer are Harsh Climate Approved? The exterior of your home, government, or commercial building faces Mother Nature’s extreme conditions every day. Depending on your location, this could mean anything from bitter cold and snow to scorching heat and hurricanes, not to mention the numerous freeze-thaw cycles that we face here in

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Installation Tip

Masonry Selection Process for Thin Veneer

The Masonry Selection Process for Stonemasons To ensure a successful thin stone veneer project, these are steps a stonemason will take before thin stone veneer is applied to the surface. Order samples. Dry fit on the floor. Install on mock-up board or inconspicuous area of project Select grout color Select grouting method (dry stack, jointed,

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Article

Kitchens with Natural Thin Stone Accents

Kitchens with Natural Thin Stone Accents and Wall Coverings Colonial New England is no stranger to the use of stone in design and construction, including in kitchens. Choosing a natural stone veneer that is native to these grounds for your kitchen design just makes sense. The timeless atmosphere it creates is sure to stir up creativity in design,

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Article

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. Here are three tips to help you make the perfect stone choice, some tips from Tim Carter

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Installation Tip

How Should I Mix and Match Natural Stone Shapes?

Mix of Boston Blend Mosaic, Boston Blend Round, Boston Blend Square & Rec, and Boston Blend Ledge Stone Formula: Mix & Match Colors and Shapes to Create a Unique Design When designing your home or commercial space, every structure has unique design elements. Sometimes, a little customization is just what is needed to make the

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Article

5 Tips for Planning to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

By Mary Sauer Creating an outdoor kitchen in your backyard comes with so many benefits. Hardscaping structures are beautiful, and the perfect way to cultivate a gathering spot for your friends and family in your own backyard. They’re also highly customizable, and most contractors will work closely with you to design a space that is

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News

Stoneyard Donates Thin Veneer Materials for New Vet Center

FITCHBURG —Thanks to the generosity of numerous supporters and donors, Monty Tech’s new Veterinary Science Training Center is fast becoming a reality. One such supporter was at the school recently to donate masonry materials and to give students a demonstration on their use. David P. Croteau, founder and VP of sales for Stoneyard in Littleton,

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Historic New England Home Remodel Featured on A&E’s Flipping Boston

Brick Fireplace Refaced with Greenwich Gray Ledgestone BEFORE the Restoration An 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

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