Stone and Trowel

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

Flat Mountain Farm: Enhancing and Embracing the Beauty of Mother Nature with Natural Stone

Posted by Steve Schrenk

Christopher and Margaret Shutze, the husband-and-wife duo of Shutze Studio, had a vision for a luxury haven with character and history, perfect for weddings, events, or retreats. They set off around the country looking for their dream location: Dozens of acres with charming cabins nestled in the

Topics: Granite, American natural stone, Natural Materials, steps, fire pit, Indiana Limestone, Garden wall, DIY Fire Pit, Locally Quarried

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

The Rich History and Promising Future of Woodbury Gray Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk
With its distinctive salt-and-pepper coloring and classic American good looks, WOODBURY GRAY™ granite — quarried in the town of Woodbury, Vermont — has brought timeless style to buildings across the country for over a century and reflects the natural beauty of the Green Mountain State.
 

Topics: Granite, American natural stone, Homeowners, Woodbury Gray, Stone Facades

Gather ‘Round the Campfire for Yearlong Patio Fun [VIDEO]

Posted by Steven Schrenk
Think your patio space is only good for a few months out of each year? No way!
 

Adding a fire pit is an easy opportunity to extend your outdoor fun well past Labor Day, and with a Polycor Hardscapes & Masonry granite fire pit kit, you can create an enviable entertaining space in one afternoon

Topics: Granite, Patios, fire pit, Hardscape How To, DIY Fire Pit

Granite Patio Sets the Stage for Life’s Moments [VIDEO]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Your outdoor patio sets the stage for many of life’s cherished moments: a child taking her first steps, sitting with friends around a casual table talking long into the night, getting cozy in front of a roaring fire roasting marshmallows and sharing stories. These are the moments that last - the

Topics: Granite, Patios, Hardscape How To

Build a Backyard Granite Fire Pit in a Weekend

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Not only does a fire pit add to the beauty of an outdoor living space, creating a cozy nook for gatherings or quiet contemplation, but it’s a feature that lets you enjoy relaxing in the great outdoors beyond the summer season.

Topics: Granite, fire pit, DIY Fire Pit

How to Choose (and Install) Pavers and Slabs That Work From Sub-zero Winters to Sizzling Summers

Posted by Steven Schrenk

One of the challenges of hardscape design is choosing materials that not only look good but are going to stand up to weather extremes, like Chicago summers and Massachusetts winters (or vice versa).

We spoke with two contractors in those two very different parts of the country who both have to

Topics: Granite, Indiana Limestone, pavers

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