Winter’s Hottest Home Design Trend: Natural Stone Veneers

A Warm Holiday Home Starts with Natural Stone

Stockings hung on a fireplace mantle with festive decorations are often the focal point for cozy holiday family gatherings, photo opps and memorable moments. But if your fireplace is in dire need of an upgrade, there’s still time to spruce it up with low-cost, natural stone veneers. Torrison Stone & Garden, an award-winning landscape construction company in Durham, Connecticut, is bringing the hot new interior design trend to homes this cold winter season.

“Stone veneers offer contemporary, yet classic elegance inside various areas of one’s house,” said Tyler Gerry, owner of Torrison Stone & Garden in Durham. “Made from natural stone, veneers are simple to install and best of all, provide a 150% increase in a home’s value and return on investment if a person decides to sell.”
Gerry explains that a stone veneer can take as little as one day to install, so a project can be easily completed before the holidays. Homeowners can select from limitless stone styles, shapes, and patterns, such as ashlar, mosaic, square and rectangle, in any color to match their decor.

“Our nearby stone yard has a vast inventory of our most popular materials, locally-sourced and supplied, so we don’t experience any delays,” notes Gerry. “Having access to quality materials, from bluestone to travertine to pavers, creates an efficiency of workflow unparalleled in the industry.”

For those who have an electric or gas fireplace insert, Gerry notes that surrounding it with a natural stone veneer can create a stunning architectural statement. Additionally, natural stone veneers can also be applied to stone columns, bathrooms and accent walls to alter the feel of the space without making a major overhaul.
“Many people are surprised by the warm feeling that stone actually brings to a room,” adds Gerry. “It isn’t cold or dungeon-like, but warm and inviting with texture and dimension.”

Natural stone veneers are in-demand 

Further, homeowners can bring their design vision from concept to reality with Torrison Stone & Garden’s unique computerized process that produces a 3D rendering of the project upgrade.

Besides interior applications, Gerry emphasizes that an exterior natural stone veneer is a beautiful, yet durable choice for step risers, home foundations, siding and pool scapes to boost a home’s curb appeal. The company’s own Landscape Architect will create a custom plan to fit any budget.

Popular outdoor areas for natural stone veneers include:
• Patios
• Walls
• Walkways
• Outdoor kitchens
• Pizza Ovens
• Fireplaces
• Firepits
• Steps
• Pool scapes

The talented team at Torrison Stone & Garden is also committed to giving back to the community and was selected as the first recipient of the Blue-Ribbon Business Award in Durham for donating its time and services to the local community. The company offers free yard clean-ups to local veterans during the spring and fall months, and has regularly participated in the annual Relay for Life event in Durham.

Torrison Stone & Garden is an award-winning landscape construction company specializing in stone and landscape design, installation and maintenance of patios, fire pits, walls, walkways, and pool scapes using a wide selection of natural stones and pavers. Since 2000, the company has worked with homeowners across New England to improve upon and create outdoor living spaces that set the bar for the industry. Its majestic indoor and outdoor showrooms at 422 Main Street in Durham, CT are unlike anything in the Northeast. Take a virtual tour of a fire room, tap room or 10,000 sq ft outdoor showroom for design inspiration. For information, hours and appointments visit or call 860.349.0119.

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