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Featured Project Program


When you’ve worked hard on your design and love the results you want to share it with the world! With our Featured Project Program, we want to help you do just that. Selected projects will be shared anywhere from our weekly email newsletter to our social media, website and even our catalogs.

How to submit:
1. Take plenty of high-quality photos of your finished projects or for best results work with a professional.
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2. Identify the Realstone products used.
3. Complete and submit the information form below.
4. Send your photos to


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Natural Stone Veneer from Realstone

Top 5 home exterior trends

From contemporary to traditional natural stone products bring character and depth to home exteriors. With our customers boundless imagination there are so many incredible projects to choose from. We have selected just a few of our most popular projects trending on our website

Toni Sims Design Studio

Derrick Builders

“Our focus on this project, from beginning to end, was a consideration of balance.  Old and new, traditional and current elements, are what make this exterior interesting and relevant to today’s clientele. We kept the balance between traditional French elements on the exterior and added Realstone’s Berkshire Buff product, which lended a more current feeling to the stone element of the home. We did not want to have an expected stone such as tumbled with grout, but rather something updated yet still complementary to the traditional French architecture.  Realstone’s Berkshire Buff was the perfect stone selection to accomplish this. Although traditional in its color tones, it has a modern edge and upscale look which is strongly appealing  to today’s clientele.  Its shape, cut and dry-stack look compliments the traditional exterior and creates an authentic finished look giving a nod to both the traditional elements of the French exterior and the updated stone elements which creates interest and relevancy thus producing a great balance in the amazing exterior of the overall finished home.”

– Toni Sims

Natural Stone Veneer from Realstone



Gorgeous Natural Stone Neutrals for Interior and Exterior Design

With natural stone neutral is never bland or boring. It can be warm or cool, sparkle or shine. It can be rough or smooth and show off all the beauty that nature has to offer with veining, color variations and sometimes even fossils.  If your taste isn’t quite white on white or shades of grey, try one of our many gorgeous neutrals.

You can find many more neutrals by visiting our product pages and filtering by ‘Color’ then ‘Neutral’.

Featured Product: Carbon

Not that long ago charcoal slate was the go-to product when a grey-blue cladding was needed. Today there are many options and the customer palate has embraced bold contrast and color. One of our favorites is our Carbon. It is a travertine with a deep grey color, subtle speckling and looks gorgeous both honed and with a cleft face. Carbon works well in both contemporary and traditional projects and is available in three patterns, two finishes, matching corner pieces and hearths.

How to pair natural stone with 2019 colors of the year

White and Pale tones create the perfect neutral backdrop and allow for the bright Living Coral to really pop.


Paired with black and dark grey toned natural stone, Metropolitan pairs beautifully with some of the most interesting stone panels and tiles we have to offer.


Cream and warm-toned stone pairs well with the earthy warmth of Cavern Clay. Try it as a contrasting color or tone-on-tone.



Custom products can make your dream home a reality

For a recent project, one of our customers fell in love with our Pewter Honed Shadowstone Panels but really liked the larger pieces included in the Accentstone pattern. Our products team was able to work with the client to make their dream a reality.  This incredible lakefront home in West Bloomfield,  Michigan is exactly as the homeowner envisioned, and clad in a one of a kind stone panel.


Original Product: Pewter Honed Shadowstone

Custom Products: Pewter Honed Accentstone panels and sills


7 Amazing Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Inspire Your Next Project

If you like to entertain, having an outdoor kitchen can really enhance your parties. With an outdoor kitchen, you and your guests have everything you need right at your patio, deck, lanai, or pool. There’s no need to keep going into and out of the house, your drinks, food, grill, and other items are all right where you are.

Outdoor kitchens come in many shapes, sizes, and configurations. Most will, at a minimum, contain a grill or cooktop and some form of refrigeration. Beyond that, you can customize your outdoor kitchen to include seating, smokers, pizza ovens, wine coolers, and more.

These seven beautiful outdoor kitchen ideas will give you a glimpse of what may be possible to create in your own home. Take a look and get inspired to create the perfect outdoor kitchen of your own.

1. Central Patio Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 1

-Hive Barnwood Tiles

The location of your outdoor kitchen should be one of your first decisions. This central patio kitchen is accessible on all sides and includes seating for guests. The island itself features a barn wood tile in a hexagon pattern that sets it apart from the surrounding landscaping, so it becomes a focal point, as well as a central gathering place.

2. Kitchen with Lounge Area

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 2

-Sierra Shadowstone Panels

Because outdoor kitchens are central to entertaining outside, it makes sense that you may want to include a seating area, as well. This kitchen features a long bar and countertop with seating, as well as a separate seating area surrounding a fire pit, so guests can eat at the kitchen or move away slightly for conversation. Both areas feature the same stone veneer for a cohesive look.

3. An Updated Grilling StationOutdoor Kitchen Ideas 3

-Terracotta Shadowstone Panels

Outdoor kitchens don’t need to be large, elaborate affairs. This simple kitchen is an upgraded grill with refrigeration, storage, and counter space built in. Located right next to the door, it makes outdoor cooking easy in the warmer months. Clad in natural stone, it has a permanent and classic appearance that makes it a focal point in the landscaping.

4. Complementary Appearance

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 4

-Terracotta Ledgestone Panels

While most outdoor kitchens are added after the rest of the house and landscaping has been completed, this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t complement the rest of the area. Located against the red brick of the home, this outdoor kitchen features a rich terracotta stone veneer that complements the rustic landscaping and the color of the brick for one, unified appearance.

5. Sink and ShadeOutdoor Kitchen Ideas 5

-Terracotta Ledgestone Panels

When designing your outdoor kitchen, think about what it is you want to accomplish there. This kitchen features a sink beside the grill for fast cleanup. It also has a shaded seating area, so guests can enjoy the kitchen even if the weather heats up.

6. Keeping It Light

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 6

-Arctic White Thin Panels

If you entertain after sunset, then be sure to pay close attention to the color of your outdoor kitchen, as well. This grill is outfitted in a thin-strip veneer in Arctic White, which makes the most of any ambient light in the evenings. Your guests won’t have any trouble finding the bar or the grill even on the dimmest of evenings.

7. Framing the Area

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 7

-Antique Wood Driftwood Panels

If you plan on entertaining outdoors year round, consider giving your outdoor kitchen an enclosure. This space includes a roof to keep out the elements, and the same antique driftwood panels are used both as an accent behind the grill and on the exterior façade. This helps frame the area and makes it one dedicated and separate space from the rest of the patio.

Create the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Space

Outdoor kitchens enhance your landscaping and your lifestyle. Pay attention to the location and how you plan to use the kitchen to get the best results. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you plan to include, so start designing your perfect outdoor kitchen space today.