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What to do with an Old Brick Feature Wall

February 1, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

You may be wondering what to do with your old red brick feature wall. Exposed brick is becoming an increasingly popular interior décor trend. The historical background of the brick combined with modern design ideas provides the chance to try several neat décor opportunities.  If it is Already Exposed  If you live in a home

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What is the Difference Between Brick and Brick Veneer?

January 23, 2019 by Grand River Natural Stone

A common question that we hear all the time is: “What is the difference between brick and brick veneer?” Brick (also known as full bed veneer) and thin brick veneer often look identical. However, there are key differences. Mainly, thin veneer products are not real stone or brick. Instead, they are often cement-based and shaped in

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The Benefits of Thin Stone Veneer For Your Fireplace

December 7, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

As winter is quickly approaching, you’ll want to spend more time indoors around the fireplace. And while cozying up to the warmth coming from your fireplace is paramount, you also want to enjoy looking at it too. That’s where thin stone veneer comes in. Beautiful, durable and easy to install, thin stone veneer is the

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Why It’s Important to Mulch One Last Time Before Winter Arrives

November 8, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

In the spring and summer, we use mulch to retain moisture in the soil, keep the weeds at bay and add a beautiful, consistent texture to our landscaping. In the winter, mulch takes on a whole new role in keeping our gardens healthy. Mulch to Regulate Soil Temperature Once the ground freezes your garden plants

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5 Reasons Why Stone Outperforms Other Materials

October 25, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Did you know natural stone was one of the first building materials ever used? From large buildings and bridges to backyard stone pathways and retaining walls, natural stone has been used for its versatility and reliability. Plus, natural stone outperforms other materials time and again. Why? Well, natural stone has a low environmental impact, it’s

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Important fall landscape chores to get your landscape ready for winter

September 10, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Your landscape recovers quicker in the spring if you help it through the winter. That means taking care of a few simple fall landscape chores before the first frost sets in. While you’re at it, you may as well do a few things to get your house ready too. Follow this guide and you’ll be

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How to build stone steps at home

August 15, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

Replacing worn-out steps (or a slippery slope at the front or side of your house) with attractive stone steps provides a more inviting entry into any outdoor space. They improve your home’s curb appeal and make walking through the yard easier and safer for older family and friends. With basic tools and materials, a little

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5 Flagstone Projects You Want to Replicate

August 1, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

5 flagstone projects you want to replicate Flagstone has a very distinct look, is low maintenance, natural, and pulls together the various features of any landscape. It’s an easy natural stone material to work with for do-it-yourself-ers, whether in traditional roles (like a patio) or more modern designs (as raised garden edging). If you want

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Base Materials – How to Lay a Solid Base with Good Compaction and Drainage

July 1, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

How to lay a solid base with good compaction and drainage Without a good foundation, your paver patio, walkway or driveway will look uneven and unsightly. With the swings in temperature we get in Ontario through the year, there’s a good chance your stone will settle in the winter if your base isn’t even, compact

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Do It Yourself – How to Make a Bubbling Rock Water Feature

June 25, 2018 by Grand River Natural Stone

It’s easier than you think. Follow the steps in our latest infographic to build your own bubbling rock water feature. If a full sized pond isn’t practical for your property, this is a great alternative (it’s a great alternative even if your property is large enough for a big pond). You can click through to the

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