residential stone clients, conservatory

Custom Blending for Interior Designs

Today’s residential stone clients are looking to truly differentiate their living spaces and make them a reflection of their unique style and personality. As you can see in the gorgeous conservatory highlighted in our video, the right combination of stone can create an amazing focal point that catches your eye as soon as you walk…

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mosaic floors, porcelain walls

Why (And How) You Can Combine Mosaic and Porcelain Tile

Both mosaic and porcelain tiles are popular options among homeowners, especially in kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. However, the potential applications for mosaic and porcelain tile are truly endless. Rather than urging a client to pick one or the other, many designers these days are finding unique ways to combine both mosaic and porcelain tile…

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natural stone kitchen backsplash tile

Transform Your Kitchen with a Natural Stone Kitchen Backsplash

Whether your client is looking to remodel their entire kitchen completely or simply wants to make a few cost-effective changes, installing a beautiful new backsplash can make all the difference. And when it comes to materials that are beautiful, durable, and versatile enough for use on a backsplash, natural stone is a practical choice. Applications…

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What Are the Best Outdoor Kitchen Materials?

 An outdoor kitchen can transform any exterior space into one that’s perfect for gathering and entertaining. From stunning outdoor kitchen islands with built-in grills to functional outdoor fireplaces that not only create ambiance but can serve a dual-purpose as a pizza oven as well—there are so many beautiful options to choose from when designing an…

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Four Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen provides a great space to entertain and relax. However, times change, and so do exterior entertaining trends. So, if your clients’ outdoor kitchen space is looking and feeling a little dated, it’s time to help them reclaim the enjoyment of their outdoor space. By offering some of these great outdoor kitchen updates,…

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Choosing a Natural Stone for Your Custom-Made Outdoor Bench

An outdoor stone bench can add beautiful and functional seating to any entertaining space. Whether your client is looking to add a large custom-made stone bench around an outdoor fireplace or a simple stone garden bench next to their favorite flower bed, there are plenty of material and design options to consider for an outdoor…

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advantages of engineered stone on kitchen counters

Advantages of Using Engineered Stone on Kitchen Counters

As you’ve likely realized, engineered stone has become an increasingly popular option for those seeking a durable countertop material in both residential and commercial applications. By having a better understanding of what an engineered stone is, as well as its many benefits when used as a countertop material, designers and homeowners alike can make educated…

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Dekton countertop materials

Dekton: The New Generation of Countertop Materials

 At CT Stone, we’re proud to carry an innovative product known as Dekton, which can be used in both interior and exterior applications. This technically advanced product offers incredible durability—and because it can be used for many applications and projects, Dekton is perfect for any client who is looking for a practical yet beautiful material…

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Exterior Benefits of Dekton

Dekton: The Exterior Benefits and What it Can Be Used For

 When your commercial or residential clients turn to you for help with an exterior project, one of the most important decisions will be the type of material used. Today’s clients are looking for options that are beautiful and eye-catching while remaining durable and easy to maintain. For many exterior applications, including tabletops, patio paving,…

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Choosing Stone Veneer for an Outdoor BBQ or Island

Choosing Stone Veneer for an Outdoor BBQ or Island

Today’s homeowners’ value outdoor entertaining and living spaces now more than ever before—and this is reflected in the increasing popularity of outdoor kitchen projects. If you’ve recently been contacted by a residential or commercial client looking for help in designing or building an outdoor kitchen, being able to provide quality and long-lasting materials is a…

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Everything You Need to Know About ThinStone

Everything You Need to Know About ThinStone™

At Connecticut Stone, we take pride in the wide range of quality stone products we’re able to provide for many different project applications. If you’re a designer, builder, or architect, then you know just how important it is to be able to offer the latest and greatest materials to your commercial and residential clients. But,…

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Best Stone Product for Exterior Pool and Patio Decks

What is The Best Stone Product for Exterior Pool or Patio Decks?

 When it comes to pool patio and deck materials, there are so many possibilities that it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But there are many considerations to keep in mind when a client comes to you looking for material recommendations and options. Appearance, cost, durability, and ease of installation may be some of the first factors that come to…

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What You Need to Know About the Trough Sink Trend

 In recent years, trough sinks have become increasingly popular in both residential and commercial bathroom designs. Today, they are a top choice among residential clients looking to achieve a high-end and luxurious appearance in their master bathroom, guest bathroom, or even a powder room. Natural stone, engineered quartz, porcelain slabs, and a variety of other materials are excellent choices when creating a trough sink – and…

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Benefits of Using Engineered Quartz or Man-Made Quartz

Benefits of Using Engineered Quartz or Man-Made Quartz

Man-made quartz has become an extremely popular interior stone option among designers, contractors, and more in recent years. Specifically, quartz refers to a man-made stone option that is typically composed of about 90-97% natural quartz that is mixed with a resin and pigment to create a unique look. There are many different brands of man-made quartz on…

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Quartz

Understanding the 2018 Market Volatility of Engineered Quartz

These days, engineered stone is extremely popular in both the residential and commercial markets. More than ever, homeowners are turning to engineered stone options such as quartz for their countertops, and commercial clients are choosing engineered stone for other applications. According to Adam Weinberg, general manager of Cosentino Boston, “we don’t have exact numbers, but…

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Quartz

Kitchen Consequential: Sizing Quartz for the Perfect Island

Kitchen islands are a design feature that embodies everything we love about open-concept homes. The popular, multifunction kitchen unit is the ultimate domestic symbol of our fluid and fast-paced lives, where multitasking is the norm and the boundaries between work, play, and leisure have been knocked down like the walls in closed-in rooms. Still, as…

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Quartzite Testing

How Does Quartzite Stone Hold Up to Common Kitchen Spills?

 At Connecticut Stone, we take pride in the wide range of stone options we offer for your interior and exterior design and building needs. But one of the most popular stones we carry is quartzite, which has similar qualities to granite. Due to its natural hardness, quartzite is a great stone option for kitchen countertops and other high-traffic countertop spaces. Different types…

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Waterfall Countertops

Waterfall Countertops: A “Flowing” Trend in Wine Rooms

 When you walk into a kitchen, it’s hard not to notice the large, one-of-a-kind, natural stone island right in the middle of the room. It’s the focal point – the statement piece that everyone admires and wants to touch as they walk through. But lately, the waterfall countertop trend has been adding an extra design element to natural stone countertops that has designers,…

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Quartzite Stone

Quartzite Stone: What You Need to Know

Natural quartzite has become one of the most popular options for high end residential design. Quartzite offers similar aesthetic qualities to marble including vibrant colors and free flowing veins. That said, quartzite is a stronger, more durable stone when compared to marble. This makes it an ideal choice for high traffic areas like kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and even fireplace facings. But how do…

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The Art of Fluidity: How to Blend Stones and Patterns

Your client wants a natural stone structure to liven up their exterior setting, but they want it to be unique. They want it to be eye-catching, enviable, and to perfectly express their design aesthetic. In this situation, creating a blended stone design is ideal. By strategically pairing various colors and textures of natural stone and…

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Viewing Stone Before Purchase

Stone Terroir: The Importance of Viewing Material Before You Purchase It  

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But what if those thousand words include phrases like: “Wait, are you serious, that color looks nothing like the color in the picture.” Or, “No, it didn’t look like that on the company’s website. The stone didn’t have those quartz flecks, and the pink highlights were…

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Natural Stone Installation

Why a Mason Is an Integral Part of Natural Stone Installation

When it comes to the installation of any natural stone project, there are a lot of professionals involved. From the architect to the designer, and the stone supplier, many people contribute to a gorgeous finished result. However, out of all of the people involved in a natural stone installation, the mason has a very important and special…

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Motion Stone

There’s something about Motion stone that sounds inherently futuristic. Maybe images of Dubai’s famous skyscrapers come to mind, their towering curves and rotating balconies defying space and logic, inspired by the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Or perhaps you envision Oscar Niemeyer’s “Brasilia,” the 1960’s urban plan featuring shape-shifting modernist structures that seem transported from…

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CT Stone Maintenance Program

How to Clean Stone Counters Like a Professional

Natural stone is one of the most gorgeous options for countertops. With so many alluring colors, intriguing vein patterns, and unique types available, there is a natural stone that will provide the wow factor to any kitchen. However, since it is a natural, sometimes-porous substance, you need to be very careful with how you clean…

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Natural Stone Finishes

The Different Types of Natural Stone Finishes

Structural design aesthetics are important when creating any space. Everything from changing the mood, to coordinating themes and motifs and even including practicality are all reasons for using different types of stone finishes for an application. In this post, we’ll be providing an overview of the different types of stone finishes to choose from, their…

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Rockface Edge

Natural Stone Techniques: How to Get a Rockface Edge

One way to dress up your pool coping or give more texture to your home’s front entry is to utilize rockfacing on the edge of a piece of natural stone. After all, nothing compares to the beauty—and durability—of natural stone, and an aesthetically pleasing rockface is an ideal way to finish the edge. Therefore, adding…

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CT Stone Bathroom

The Advantages of Incorporating Marble into Your Design Projects

From the ancient Romans and Greeks in their design of the Colosseum and the Parthenon to today’s homes and businesses, marble has been utilized in architectural design to great benefit. Its characteristics make it advantageous to use in a wide variety of elements in terms of both functionality and aesthetic appeal. What Are the Characteristics…

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Talking Techniques: A Look at the Flaming Process

As an architect or designer, you probably already understand how important it is to have choices. Being able to give your clients options for their projects or having an array of building materials – choices are important to the craft. They also create room for innovation and for the introduction of new techniques to take…

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Splitting Stone: The Feather and Wedge Process

Here at Connecticut Stone, we love a new challenge whenever an interesting project comes around. Creating a large piece for a very unique space, manipulating a difficult stone medium to do what you need it to – the adventures in stone can be truly endless. Splitting stone is a labor of love itself. Sometimes there’s…

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Natural Stone Countertops

Natural Stone Countertops. Breaking Down Stone Age Misconceptions

A natural stone countertop is as unique as an original work of art. Every stone that’s quarried from the earth has its own color, veining, and speckles, and these characteristics can’t be recreated with man-made materials. Stone has depth of character and a sophisticated feel. It’s both a prepped canvas and a natural, one-of-kind design…

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Processes Behind the Stone

The Processes Behind the Stone: Making the Cut

As a building material, natural stone is difficult to surpass for durability, distinguished appearance, and strength. It comes in a variety of textures, appearances, colors, and sizes for all different applications. However, while some admire the look and texture of these products, what is often overlooked is the craftsmanship and stonecutting processes that go on…

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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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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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