Do It Yourself! Why Most DIY Homeowners Choose Brick Veneer

January 22, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

How Your DIY Family Can Get that Classic Brick Look If there’s one type of project most do it yourself homeowners can’t take on, it’s brick. Bricklaying is a special skill and even if you completed multiple home renovations over the years, you probably never did it yourself. No big deal. You can still get

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How to Install Thin Stone Veneer on Your Indoor or Outdoor Fireplace

October 2, 2015 by Grand River Natural Stone

A fireplace is a cozy way to spend fall evenings. And installing thin stone veneer on your indoor or outdoor fireplace is full of great benefits, such as: Giving it a rustic and charming appearance Protecting it from the outdoor elements Extending your enjoyment of the fireplace for the season The best part is that

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What Kind of Natural Stone is Best for What Use?

September 16, 2014 by Grand River Natural Stone

When visiting local landscaping suppliers in search of natural paving, wall and pathway products, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the variety of choices available. Most suppliers offer both manufactured and natural products with different characteristics and purposes. Understanding how a few of the most popular of these are made and used should help

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Which is Better, Natural Stone or Interlocking Concrete Pavers?

April 16, 2014 by Grand River Natural Stone

Deciding on the best material for home patio or walkway projects is a fun but challenging process. Homeowners have to balance appearance, style, ease of construction, durability and cost. Fortunately, there are some excellent materials that score high in all of these categories. Natural stone pavers and interlocking concrete pavers are two of the best

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4 Best Retaining Wall Materials & Things To Consider

February 27, 2014 by Grand River Natural Stone

Retaining walls are one of the most dramatic and effective ways to improve the appearance of your home landscape while increasing the amount of useable space in your yard. If you want to expand the area for a patio project or create raised planting beds, a retaining wall is often your best option. There are

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The Tricks to Building a Natural Looking Waterfall

August 8, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Creating a water feature in your backyard landscape is the type of project that provides multiple benefits. It becomes a focal point in your yard, adds value to your home and makes your outdoor space a more enjoyable place to spend time. Photo credit to Hamed Saber under cc2.0 Designing and building a natural looking

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How to Create Your Own Bubbling Rock Water Feature

August 6, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Building your own backyard water feature is a fun project for do-it-yourself types that has become much easier in recent years with lots of kits and products on the market. If you understand some landscape construction basics and don’t mind getting a little dirty, creating your own bubbling rock water feature is a fun &

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Get the most Unique patio with a Flagstone Mosaic

June 24, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Natural stone patios, whether they are constructed with flagstone, slate or field stone, are a popular addition to the backyard landscape of many homes. A well designed patio is an enjoyable place to spend time outdoors. Depending on the size of yours, it can be a place for outdoor dining, gathering around a fire pit

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Flagstone/Natural Stone Walkway Ideas

June 6, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

  Creating a walkway or path out of natural stone or flagstone is a popular choice for many homeowners. With the unique natural material and the limitless design options, no two features ever look the exact same. Here are some things to think through as you consider different natural stone walkway ideas. Choose Formal or

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Interior Natural Flagstone Ideas

May 28, 2013 by Grand River Natural Stone

Imagine a flooring material suitable for both formal and informal design styles that is durable, easy to maintain and looks much more expensive than its actual cost. Flagstone is a natural stone material with all of these characteristics, but it is often overlooked when homeowners are planning their interiors. Why? Many of us think about

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