Category: Featured Projects

Belmont University Project by Earl Swensson Associates

At 10 stories, Tall Hall Residence Hall at Belmont University in Nashville TN, is the tallest building on campus and  houses over 600 students. The 243,478 sqft LEED® Gold Certified building pays homage to Belmont’s architectural vernacular and addresses current and future student housing needs.

“We selected the Realstone Portugal series because its visual profile was a great compliment to the exterior architectural limestone. The texture of the stone was assertive enough to anchor the feature wall of the two-story lobby and the inherent strength of natural stone could stand up to daily collegiate traffic, in particular during the move-in and move-out phases. It has held up beautifully!”, said Janet Wennerlund of Earl Swensson Associates.

Featuring various housing options for students and sweeping views of Nashville’s skyline, this signature building is the tallest on the campus, while establishing additional green space. Rapid growth in student population in recent years created the need for this new co-ed residence hall, Belmont’s largest student housing building.

CHALLENGES: This project had many corners and required a large volume of product that could stand up to heavy traffic. With thousands of feet of stock, unique pre-built corners and a large selection of high-quality natural stone, Realstone was the perfect natural stone product for this project.

Designer: Janet Wennerlund, IIDA, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED® AP ID+C

Architectural Firm:  Earl Swensson Associates

Stone Dealer: Louisville Tile

Project: Belmont University, Nashville TN

Products: Portugal Terra Dimensional Tiles, New York  Blue Shadowstone

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This contemporary lake house embraces stone, wood and glass

This incredible lakefront home in West Bloomfield,  Michigan reflects its natural surroundings with the use of stone and wood in both the exterior and interior of the home.

Architect: Kevin Akey Associates

Custom Products: Pewter Honed Accentstone panels and sills

Architect Kevin Akey commissioned a custom natural stone panel and wainscot for this project. Realstone Pewter Accentstone is a  blue-grey limestone which was originally only available as a Shadowstone and a Ledgestone profile. The homeowner wanted larger pieces of stone in the panels due to the scale of the project and worked with Realstone to create a custom product that would complete their dream home. The resulting product pairs beautifully with the smooth wood panels and glass.

This luxurious home welcomes guests with a grand entrance flanked with stone pillars, glass and a furry welcoming crew. The color of the stone is pulled through to the roof tiles and patio pavers and reflects the cool blue of Cass Lake in the rear of the property.

The eight-car garage blends seamlessly into the design of the home due to the clean lines and the minimal number of surface materials.

The home interior brings the curves of the exterior design in with wood and glass and a clean aesthetic that doesn’t take away from the gorgeous views.

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This white-on-white kitchen has a few surprises

This beautiful white-on-white kitchen has a few surprises with a deep navy blue island and gold hardware paired with stainless appliances. Tempered Fog tiles bring depth and interest to pull the project together.

Designer: Charleene’s Houses LLC

Distributor: Chesapeake Tile and Marble Inc.

1. Tempered Fog Tiles 2. White cabinet finish 3. Brushed gold bar cabinet pull  4. Paint: Sherwin Williams Naval  5. Stainless hardware and appliances  6. Counter in Carrara


“As soon as I saw this tile I knew it would be the perfect way to pull the entire kitchen together. The texture and color of the glaze adds warmth and interest to simple white cabinets while the tile and counters look like they were made for each other.  “

  – homeowner

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I chose Realstone because it was important to me to use, well, real stone! I wanted an organic feel to the room: wood, stone, linen; so I wanted to stay away from the pressed concrete type materials. Also, the color and texture of the White Birch Honed panels supported the streamlined “Nordic” look I was going for.

Sort of a moot point in the end, but another big thing for me was how Realstone did their corners. I saw the interlocking “fingers” as a huge benefit over other materials to achieve the natural look I was going for. But ultimately we went with a “framed” look with the walnut side panels so we didn’t need to wrap the corners after all.

– Pat Walsh, homeowner

Homes like these are made for staycations

Nestled in the hills of North Irvine is the new Altair master-planned community.  Estrella, by Toll Brothers is a community boasting the most expansive home designs with beautiful views and lush landscaping. The transitional designs created by Land Creative Inc. combine classic architectural elements in the home with modern landscape design outside.

The overall goal in the design was to create homes with a personal, resort-like experience within the backyard. Realstone Carbon Honed panels were used to create elegant and soothing water features including a pool, waterfall and fountain, contrasting the dark charcoal color of the stone with the light limestone pool surround.


Featured Project: Luxury Wine Room Ceiling

After completing several previous projects for these homeowners, we were very excited to work with them again to create a new wine storage room.  Since we had plenty of height, I suggested that we consider a ceiling feature to bring the eye up, possibly a brick or tile.  The client fell in love with the Hive Etched Cream tiles in our local showroom, and the rest of our design evolved from that selection.  We were initially concerned about installing such a large, thick tile on the ceiling. The Realstone Systems rep was very helpful and gave us specific instructions on how to install the tile so our tile contractor was prepared for the proper installation. The trickiest part of the installation was getting a perfect circle cut into the tile to allow for a thick chandelier canopy to be countersunk into the tile ceiling.  The result was stunning!  The Hive tile imparts a warm limestone feel that complements the traditional tones and materials used in other parts of the house, but the shape and dimensional facets resonate with the clean modern lines of the chandelier.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the final result or the service we received.

– Monica Lewis Miller, Design Consultant & Sales Manager, J.S.Brown & Co.

Realstone Dealer: Hamilton Parker

Featured Project: Chatham Day School with Sierra Accentstone

Walter Kneis and Marlene Borruso of NK Architects selected Realstone Sierra Accentstone to create a grand two story feature wall at Chatham Day School in New Jersey. Bathed in natural light streaming from above,The wall is embedded with niches, each of which holds a  photo of a CDS student. The labor intensive project was completed by Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp and was awarded a 2017 silver medal for “Feature Element” by the Newark and Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The airy, light filled  space and  the wall of photos creates an environment where every student is a star pupil.