Stone and Trowel

Natural stone design inspiration and technical information for architectural and landscape professionals.

Concrete Front Steps Makeover Using Granite Entry Steps

Posted by Steven Schrenk

If you recently stepped up to your home and noticed cracked concrete, wobbly bricks, or sagging wood on your front door steps, it’s likely time for a much needed replacement. Outdoor steps ideas come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes, colors and finishes - from natural to synthetic. But

Topics: granite steps, steps

What Are The Benefits of Thin Stone Veneer Siding?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Naturally beautiful, natural stone is a timeless choice for many home building projects. It’s an authentic choice for everything from fireplaces to fences in beautiful kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and outdoor spaces. And granite, marble, and limestone from quarries in North America are

Deb Foglia of Seeking Lavender Lane Reveals Her New Fireplace Featuring Indiana Limestone Thin Veneer

Posted by Steve Schrenk

When Deb Foglia, of Seeking Lavender Lane, purchased her fixer-upper home in Farmingdale, New Jersey, she knew she had a lot of projects ahead of her. Foglia is no stranger to do-it-yourself projects, having worked on her first home alongside her husband.

Topics: Fireplaces, veneer, Indiana Limestone, Thin Veneer

Watch Your Back: How to Prevent a Misstep During Veneer Installation

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Natural, environmentally sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing, there’s little wonder why thin stone veneers have become a popular choice of masonry material with homeowners. The benefits are widely recognized and contractors are finding there’s a huge payoff in customer satisfaction (and

Topics: Hardscape How To, Thin Veneer

No Barriers: Indoor-Outdoor Living Trends for 2021

Posted by Steven Schrenk

2020 became the year of upgrading your backyard: as many homeowners worked to create or customize their outdoor spaces, demand for everything from pools to space heaters skyrocketed. And that trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Topics: Georgia marble, Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, veneer, Indiana Limestone

An All Hands on Deck Approach to Designing an Outdoor Living Space with Natural Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

In 2014, TV celebrity, lifestyle influencer and culinary artist Evette Rios and her husband bought a stone house in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania that was built in the late 1700s. Since then, the couple had planned to expand it— not by building an addition to the house, but by making an

Topics: Pearl Grey Marble, Fireplaces, Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, Indiana Limestone

Long Live The Queen: A Queen Anne Victorian Is Restored

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Narragansett, Rhode Island was first surging in popularity as a summer resort town in 1887 when a Queen Anne Victorian home was built at the corner of Narragansett Avenue and Robinson Street. With stained-glass windows, ornate bargeboards, and a charming assortment of shingle styles, it was a

Topics: Outdoor spaces, Interior Design, Outdoor living, buy local

Rooms Without Roofs: 5 Outdoor Living Trends for 2021

Posted by Steven Schrenk

In 2020, backyards around the world suddenly became so much more: gyms, offices, bars and restaurants. As the new hot spots for social gatherings, outdoor living spaces took on new importance—and popularity. 

Topics: Granite, Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, Indiana Limestone, DIY Fire Pit

Natural Stone Veneers Take Outdoor Dining to the Next Level

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Whether you want a freestanding pizza oven, a built-in BBQ island, or a full outdoor kitchen with counters, cabinetry and bar seating, Polycor’s natural stone veneers can help create a first-rate outdoor space.

Topics: Home Design, Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, veneer

Textures, Colors and Patterns Bring Life to an Expansive Outdoor Living Space Designed with Natural Stone

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Virginia-based interiors stylist Sarah Raak of SKG Designs had been planning a project to redo her backyard patio for a while. But if ever there was an impetus to finally get it going it was this thing called 2020. Although this year brought challenges, it taught us to learn to appreciate the

Topics: Material Selection, Outdoor spaces, Outdoor living, buy local

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