The owner of this residence was looking for a face lift for their fireplace after it was hit by lightning in a summer storm. The original brick fireplace was built 30 years ago and the brick required to repair the fireplace was no longer available. The owner was left with a couple of options, replace all the brick with new brick or reface the original fireplace with a natural thin veneer stone. After structural repairs were complete to ensure the fireplace was in good working condition, the owners chose the Elite Blue Granite Ledgestone from Colonial Brick & Stone based in Ontario, Canada.

Roma Mia Masonry based in Red Deer AB was the contractor brought in for the repair and Nic commented on the “trueness” of the natural stone material. The corners were square and the stone was very masonry friendly to work with. This enabled Nic to make use of all various sizes of the Elite Blue Granite on this project that was just over 400 sq feet of material. This natural stone material from northern Ontario is making some great inroads in our market as it has a color brilliance ranging from soft white/pink to green/grey that sparkles in the natural sunlight. Colonial Brick and Stone are excellent to work with and have fulfilled a few custom stone projects for our customers such as single piece mantles (60” long by 2” thick by 8” deep), corbels and hearthstones (78” long by 2” thick by 20” deep) to compliment their stone. Elroy with Colonial Brick & Stone has been a stone mason for decades and understands the requirements that the masons face using natural stone materials.

Note: The above info was written by our dealer in Edmonton AB.

This house in the Milverton, ON area had its bricks replaced with Elite Blue Granite Ledgerock.

This house is close to the butmins where two trains used to cross over each other (CPR and CNR), and some locals would see them coming and crossing over each other periodically. Imagine seeing the cloud of smoke when they were still both steam engines. Another happening that sometimes happened in the CNR stretch between Newton and Milverton was that the young bucks would grease the tracks. Because there was an incline between these two villages, it took a lot of steam to make the grade and when lugging tremendously and barely making it, they would hit the grease and spin out. Then they would have to stop and wipe the track clean, back all the way to Newton and try again. Remember that this power was not generated with fossil fuel, but roaring fires were built with wood or coal to get the water hot enough to boil to create enough steam power to pull a huge and heavy train. When you see a train, multiply the cars by 95 tons each to get an idea of how much weight the engine pulls. At the best of going, the fireman had a very hot and dirty job. Think about how much fire it took to get that water boiling enough to take the second run at the hill. I imagine the blood in the poor fireman’s body boiled faster than the water did. If you wonder how I knew so much about this situation, I was not involved, I just heard the stories. Another Newton train track story: One time a vehicle barely got stopped for the train. As each train car passed, it went tick tick against the vehicle bumper. Talk about stress! So there’s some Milverton and Newton history that wasn’t in our history books in school – I hope you enjoyed it!

Another Elite Blue Granite Ledgerock fireplace.