The Stone House Project with Anthony Carrino featuring Garden State Tile January 29, 2022

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In Season 2 of TheBuild.TV, Designer and Developer Anthony Carrino put his skills to the test with the full renovation of a 1960s stone house nestled in the Catskills Mountains. The best part? He’s shared all of his tips for planning, product selection, and project management to provide viewers with the tools and confidence to take on a project of their own.  

Check out the room-by-room recap of the Stone House Project featuring Garden State Tile below – and be sure to watch the full season available on YouTube.


While plans for The Stone House were being finalized, Phase 1 of the project started with The Barn – an amazing AirBnB space on the property that allows travelers to enjoy the beautiful Catskills Mountains. At 350 square feet, it is the perfect studio apartment featuring a king size bed, desk area, living space, and a small kitchenette.

In the bathroom, glossy 3×12 subway tile from the Garden State Tile Maritime Collection was installed in a modern, vertically stacked pattern to elongate the space. The handmade-look edges of the tile were the perfect addition to the rustic design.



The Stone House was intended as a gathering place for family and friends…meaning lots of hosting and LOTS of cooking. After deciding on a kitchen layout that would meet the requirements for both form and function, it was time for the product selection.

Since the kitchen has low ceilings, Anthony opted for no upper cabinets to avoid making the space feel too claustrophobic. Instead, he wanted to really accentuate the backsplash. With the help of Garden State Tile, he landed on a gorgeous green subway tile with a custom mix of 70% gloss and 30% matte. The blend helped to create visual interest and a sense of movement without introducing additional colors or pattern into the mix.



With the focus of the home being on entertaining, Anthony opted for a bar area that sits within the living room space. The goal was to make the bar seamlessly integrate into the overall room design, while still standing out as a focal point. To achieve this, Anthony’s team utilized a library bar design that integrated lots of open shelving for books, media consoles, and personal items alongside a wine fridge, beverage fridge, and ice maker.

The Garden State Tile backsplash featured a mix of triangle ceramics selected from the Crossville Cursive Collection. The fun blend of colors played together perfectly with the cabinets and flooring, creating an eye-catching bar that’s stylish without being overwhelming.



This room was originally a slab-on-grade patio to the home, where the original owners framed it into the house for additional square footage that was used as a family room and dining space. With a lot of work and creativity, Anthony was able to transform it into the primary suite of the home.

After sizing out the space of the bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in-closet, Anthony found that he had more than enough square footage to integrate a claw foot tub and wood burning stove. For floor protection and an added design element, cement tile from Garden State Tile was selected as a custom tile mat, framed out by Garden State Tile Dash Collection Porcelain Tile.

The fully tiled ensuite bath features large format slate-look porcelain from the Garden State Tile Ardosia collection that carries all the way into the shower. On the shower floor and back wall, mesh-mounted river rocks bring a spa-like serenity to the space.



The second floor of the Stone House is dedicated to hosting friends and family with a super comfortable and camp-y feel. The space features 3 guest bedrooms, and two bathrooms; one guest bath off the hall and one ensuite bath in one of the guest rooms.

Anthony brought the idea of installing custom sayings in the shower tile penny-rounds to Garden State Tile, where we were able to work with our partners to bring the concept to life. The Garden State Tile penny-rounds were provided to the vendor in contrasting colors, where they were then disassembled, re-mounted, and labeled in-order before being delivered to the stone house for installation.  


Thank you, Anthony, for choosing Garden State Tile to be your tile partner for The Stone House project! For even more, be sure to follow Anthony on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook for even more tips, tricks, and inspiration.

All photography and project information courtesy of Anthony Carrino.