Trending Stone Selections for Exterior Fireplaces

Designers and architects are doing amazing things with exterior fireplaces. This spring and summer, fireplaces are much more than bricks and mortar; they are a way for your clients to bring their interior aesthetic preferences to the outdoors. When your client comes to you for an exterior fireplace, you now have an abundance of options…

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Bluestone

Bluestone is one of the most popular stone options in New England. It is inexpensive, simple to work with, and it is found locally. A variety of bluestone can be split into slabs and often contains remnants of quartz, feldspars, phyllosilicates, and other minerals, which are all indurated together to form the stone. Where Is Bluestone Quarried?  Bluestone is…

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White Quartz Countertops Complete a Multi-Step Kitchen Renovation

Ever since moving into her home years ago, this homeowner has been updating her kitchen step by step. The backsplash and cabinets were all upgraded to be a fresh and airy white color, and she knew it was time to complete her kitchen renovation with new countertops. While her kitchen looked nice and her countertops…

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Thassos Marble

When you picture a pure white, brilliant marble, you are probably picturing Thassos marble. Renowned for its magnificent white color and its limited availability, Thassos marble is a highly sought-after stone selection for high-end contemporary, modern, or transitional interior design projects. Where Is Thassos Marble Quarried? Thassos marble is named after the small Greek island…

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Soapstone 101: What You Need to Know About Soapstone

Soapstone, also known as steatite, is a quarried stone that is softer to the touch, yet extremely pliable and non-porous. It can be used in a variety of ways in both interior and exterior spaces, and it was famously used to create the “Christ the Redeemer” statue located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here is…

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The Many Uses of Granite: From Common to Extraordinary

Granite is one of the most popular stone options in commercial and residential designs. It offers incredible durability and a rich array of colors, patterns, and finishes, so it can make any space look amazing. Additionally, granite is extremely versatile. It can be used in everything from granite countertops to granite pavers. Here is a…

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Partner Spotlight: George Pusser With Cornerstone Contracting

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down to speak with George Pusser, owner and president of Cornerstone Contracting. This particular business specializes in the building of luxury custom homes, working directly with architects and designers to provide optimal craftsmanship at competitive prices. For more than 25 years, Cornerstone Contracting has been serving the local community…

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Product Spotlight: Thin Porcelain Panels From Connecticut Stone

When you wish to achieve a one-of-a-kind, elegant look in any interior space, thin porcelain panels are an excellent option. Specifically, thin porcelain tiles from Connecticut Stone, such as those shown here from Neolith, provide the versatility and easy installation needed to achieve just about any look, anywhere. Available in a wide range of colors,…

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Upcoming Trends in Countertop Design

These days, quality countertops are more important than ever in kitchen design. Homeowners want premium materials and stylish designs that bring both elegance and practicality into their kitchen spaces. As a result of these demands, kitchen designers and builders are now tasked with staying on top of ever-changing trends in countertop design in order to…

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5 Barefoot-Friendly Patio Stone Options in Connecticut

Few details can transform the look of an outdoor living space as well as a good quality, gorgeous stone. Whether it is surrounding a pool, providing a platform for a fire pit, or serving as the foundation for a pergola, the natural beauty of stone always steals the show. When you are creating an outdoor…

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Man-Made Quartz or Quartzite: Which One Is the Best for Your Client?

Quartz and quartzite are two of the most popular stones for kitchen countertops. The stones are stunning, durable, and versatile, and they are ideal for a wide variety of uses. However, they are not created equal. Quartzite is a natural stone product that is mined from the earth’s crust and sold in slabs. Man-made quartz,…

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Step Outside with Stone

Today’s new homeowner trend is looking to expand their outdoor living space to create a more open area for guests to gather. Pools and spa areas have increased in popularity to incorporate areas for relaxation and entertainment. However, weather can sometimes pose a threat to maintain your glorious outdoor living space. Fortunately at Connecticut Stone,…

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2014 Tucker Design Awards

Building Stone Institute Presents the 2014 Tucker Design Awards

Building Stone Institute, one of the country’s longest serving natural stone trade associations, proudly presents the 2014 Tucker Design Awards. Established in 1977, the Tucker Design Awards honor those who achieve a criteria of excellence in the use of natural stone through concept, design and construction. The award is a prestigious biennial architectural design recognition valued by both the building…

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Connecticut Stone Fireplace Featured in Connecticut Builder Magazine

Connecticut Stone was recently featured in Connecticut Builder’s Summer 2014 issue! Connecticut Builder is a popular industry publication put out by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut. We are thrilled to be included in their cover story Inside Out, about how today’s builders are bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out. The launch of…

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A Home in Time for the Holidays

This fall, Connecticut Stone, in partnership with Building Homes for Heroes, teamed up to build a home for a disabled veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Sergeant Greg Caron was serving in the Marine Corps when an IED exploded – he lost both of his legs, and his right arm was severely wounded. Caron’s medical…

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Outdoor Fireplace – Private Residence

A young couple collaborate with talented mason, Mike Nusdeo of Ridgeview Designs to create a unique fireplace that will surely keep their guests talking. The project started when the homeowner was inspired by two huge raw pieces of stone spotted in our Milford Stone Yard. One of the pieces resembles an African mask and the…

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Showroom wins 2012 Home Builders and Remodelers Association HOBI award

In 2011, Connecticut Stone had the opportunity to expand its market and open its second showroom at The Galleria Design Center located at 234 Middle Street in Middletown CT. This gave Vice President of National Interior Sales, Tyra Dellacroce, and her design team a chance to create an “Inspirational” showroom where customers can mill around…

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The Building Stone Institute Tucker Design Awards, Cornell University

Connecticut Stone won a Tucker Design Award for our part in the Bailey Plaza project at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This project transformed a one-acre parking lot into a modern thoroughfare combining practicality with design. Our very own Lance Dellacroce was the Project Manager on this high-profile project, and Connecticut Stone was one…

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MIA Pinnacle Award of Merit Private Residence

Our National Project Group Division has the honor of working with the most talented architects and designers in the industry. On this Award Winning project Architect Vern Swaback of Swaback Partners and the designers from Studio V  created a home that was and art piece. We were ecstatic to be a part of such a…

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Fire Pit Kit DIY Instructional

In this short film we will provide you with all of the necessary instruction and supplies for you to successfully build your fire pit from the ground up.  Dave Holmes from Holmes Masonry will instruct you every step of the way as well as helpful tips from the trade. This is a great project for…

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Architects Love Thinstone!

Architects and Mason contractors rave about of our innovative product ThinStone. Its versatile, easy to use, green and economical features are the premiere reasons for this natural stone products tremendous popularity. We have something for everyone with over 50 beautiful color and patterns to choose from. Its everything you love without the heavy lifting!

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The Building Stone Institute – Tucker Design Award – Private Residence

Connecticut Stone also won a Tucker Design Award for our work on the Private Residence in Glencoe, Illinois. We supplied materials for this innovative home based on English Arts and Crafts architecture and relying heavily on natural stone décor and landscaping. An excerpt from the jury comments: “The craftsmanship is outstanding. It appears as if…

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