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A local, family owned and operated business. For over 11 years, Stonecutter’s has focused on providing the
highest quality natural stone countertops to our clients. To surpass our clients’ expectations, extereme care
and attention to detail must start with our very first conversation.

Our showroom staff is both experienced and talented and will spend the time necessary to help you make the right
design and material choices for you and your project. We know that this is a major purchase for our customers.
We appreciate the anxiety that is caused by these types of projects and we hope that we can help simplify the
process.


The History of Stone Cutter’s Guild

Owners

The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. is owned and operated by Chuck and Tina Martin. Tina is a talented and creative designer and businesswoman. She manages the day to day business, but her primary focus is ensuring that our clients have a pleasant experience throughout the countertop purchasing process.

Chuck has Bachelor of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Economics from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He spent 13 years in the oil field working for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. His geology background makes him very familiar with stone characteristics and how they perform as countertops in your home. Chuck measures for every job that goes through the Stonecutter’s shop, supervises the fabrication, and installations. It is this hands-on approach that Chuck and Tina believe in and will continue to provide to every customer.

Our History

In the fall of 1999, The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. opened for business in Huntsville, Alabama. It was only the second such granite fabrication shop to open in the city of Huntsville. Our primary goal was to supply a professional service to residential homebuilders and homeowners by providing natural stone countertops for their kitchens and bathroom vanities. The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. is a family owned and operated business. Tina’s brother, Mike Knox, had been working in the stone business in Huntsville for 7 years and was ready to take his Master Craftsman skills to the next level. The merging of a craftsman, a businessman, and a designer was a perfect combination and The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. was born. Mike left the company after 7 years to explore his other artistic talents.

Before we opened for business, we designed and built our fabrication shop to maximize our efficiencies. Our entire slab inventory is kept indoors so that our clients may view their slab comfortably. Our shop remains clean, as we encourage our clients to view the fabrication and feel the completed products so that they can see and understand that there are differences in our quality in the market. This education is one of our cornerstones.

Throughout the first 7 years, the new home market was booming. New construction made up +80% of our business with some remodeling. Home builders were our primary customers and our processes were geared to helping designers and new homeowners select stone for installation into newly constructed houses. Today, as the new construction market has scaled back, our market has now reversed. 80% of our business is directly with the homeowner aiding to remodel their existing home.

Remodeling is a completely different business and the homeowners have a completely different set of needs. Not to mention that remodeling can be overwhelming for some people. Trying to find good subcontractors can also be very difficult and intimidating. Identifying this need, The Stonecutter’s Guild put together a group of subcontractors that we are comfortable in referring (i.e. cabinetry, cabinet refinishing, tile setter, plumber, electrician, plumbing supply, and appliances). We do not take on the roll of a general contractor, but we do help walk our clients through the process and without hesitation make recommendations on who can help them. The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. will continue to identify the needs of our customers and work diligently to satisfy those needs now and in the future.

Our Showroom

At our showroom, our design team is more than happy to meet with you about your remodel or new construction project. We have a wide selection of granites, marbles, and other natural stones in our warehouses that will accommodate your job. If you are unable to find that perfect stone, we have a great relationship with our distributors and you can visit their warehouses via our links to find your material.

We completely understand that remodeling or new construction can be a stressful process, so we try to make it a pleasant experience for you. We have several different people that we work with such as tile setters, cabinet people, and faux finishers that we can refer to help with your project and make it as easy as possible for you.

At Stonecutter’s, we also like to educate our clients not only about natural stone, but the fabrication end of it and the difference between companies. We fabricate here at our warehouse and will be more than happy to show you the fabrication process and how everything works.

Directions and Hours

1546 Jordan Road
Huntsville, Alabama
35811

Monday – Friday
6:30am – 3:30pm

Saturday
By Appointment Only


Granite

Granite is an igneous rock and is a silica base material. Granite is the most popular material for countertops due to the durability and the very low maintenance. Granite comes in several different finishes: polished (the most common), honed, leathered/antiqued, or brushed.

Polished: Is a very glossy finish and is the standard finish from our distributors. It is also the least porous finish, so you will not have to seal your granite as often as some of the other finishes.

Honed: Is a smooth matte finish that will also dilute the true color of the material. By honing granite, the pores are opened and are more susceptible to staining and when wet will enhance the true color. To enhance the true natural color of the stone and to protect it from stains, you can use an enhancer that will enhance the natural color and seal it.

Leathered/Antiqued: Is a smooth textured finish that depends on the material. Stones that have more veins will have a deeper texture, while stones that are more consistent will have a very subtle texture (like an orange peel). When leathering the stone it leaves a slight sheen and also closes the pores, so you will not have to seal as often.

Brushed: Is a very textured finish and is not recommended for heavily used areas. The brushed finish also dilutes the true color of the stone and will need to be enhanced often (just like the honed).

Marble

Marble is a sedimentary material that is mostly made up of calcium and is a softer material than granite. Because marble is a softer material, it will scratch and stain easily. Anything acidic such as ketchup, soda and some cleaners will etch the stone. Luckily, these issues can be fixed.

Like granite, marble comes in different finishes: honed, polished, or antiqued.

Honed: Is a matte finish, and is the most recommended finish for marble. If the finish is scratched, stained, or etched there is a simple way to fix it yourself or we would be more than happy to come out and fix the marble for you. For scratches and etching, all you will need is fine grit wet/dry sandpaper, water, and some sealer. First you will need to wet the “problem area”, and then in a circular motion get the wet/dry sandpaper and gently rub the problem out. After rubbing the “problem area” the marble will need to be sealed with either mineral oil or enhancer. For stains please contact us for more information.

Polished: Is a very glossy finish, that is not recommended for kitchens or heavily used bathrooms. Some products such as hairspray, toothpaste, shaving cream, and most cleaners will etch the polish. Once the polish is etched, it is a very messy and labor intensive to get the polish back to where it was.

Antiqued: Is very similar to a honed finish, but it has more of a textured finish and the care is the same.

Limestone & Travertine

Limestone, like marble, is a calcium base material that is formed by several layers of sedimentation. Travertine is a type of limestone that is “land” formed, and steam has percolated its way up to create travertine’s distinctive holes. Because limestone and travertine are a calcium base material, they are vulnerable to mild acids.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that is composed of mostly talc, which makes it much softer than marble. Although it is softer than marble, it does have the same characteristics and they are maintained in the same fashion. Soapstone only comes in two finishes honed and antiqued. Please see Marble for more information.

Onyx

Onyx is a translucent material that is formed from stalactites and stalagmites in caves. Onyx comes in a variety of different colors and is softer than most marbles, Because of it’s translucent characteristic, onyx is a great material for underlet countertops, such as wet bars and powder baths. Onyx is not recommended for kitchens or heavily used areas, but it has the same care and maintenance as marble. Onyx comes in two different finishes honed and polished, and please see the Marble section for more information.

Links to Suppliers

The Process

The things you will need for an estimate are just the basics.
They will need to include the following:

Items to bring to help choose a material can include the following:

After the quote is accepted the following will occur:

A sink and faucet will need to be picked out (if you purchase your sink at either Park Supply or McCrary’ they will deliver it to us). We do not need the faucet here at the shop, but we will need to know what kind of faucet and how you would like the hole placement.

When we have the sink and faucet information, someone will come out and get an exact template of your job.

Within 10 to 12 business days from the time we template, we will schedule a time to come out and install your job.

Suggestions of Things to Do before we install:

Maintenance of Stones

Granite

Granite is extremely easy to clean and maintain. Because granite is a silica base material, you can clean it with your favorite glass cleaner with little or no ammonia. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your granite with just window cleaner, you can use any cleaning product that you like since as it will not hurt the granite in any way. Just remember that the harsher the chemical, the faster the sealer will break down. Therefore, you may have to seal more often depending on the stone.

Sealing your granite is also a very simple process and your type of stone will determine how often you need to seal. Usually, the darker the stone the less you have to seal, but some stones have proven that not to be true. An easy way to tell if your granite needs to be sealed is to get a cold glass of water and let it sit on the granine for a minute until it starts to sweat. Once it starts to sweat, lift the glass and if there is a ring were the glass was than it is time to seal. We recommend Pro-Solv made from Aqua Mix, which is a solvent base sealer. To seal, you first want to make sure your granite is cleaned and then pour a little sealer on either the granite or on an old white rag and wipe all the countertops. After about 10 to 15 minutes wipe off the excess sealer, if you leave it on for any longer the sealer will gum up and then you will have to remove it with acetone and steel wool.

Marble

Marble requires a lot more maintenance than granite and is not the most recommended material for kitchen countertops. However, many love marble and don’t mind the upkeep. For all finishes of marble, the best way to clean the surface is with a mild solution of hot soapy water. You may use some mild cleaners on honed and antiqued finishes only. Marble is a very porous material and needs to be sealed often. The first year the surface needs to be sealed at least six times a year depending on the material. The best and easiest way to seal your marble is to use mineral oil. First make sure the surface is cleaned and dried, then pour a generous amount on the surface and rub all over the material. You can let it sit on the marble for as long as you like (you can even leave it over night), the stone will “suck up” as much oil as it can hold and will leave the excess on the surface. Once you have let it sit, you can get an old white rag or paper towel and wipe off the excess oil. Another way to seal your marble is with an enhancer, which can be water or solvent based. With the enhancer, you apply the solution on the surface just like you would with the mineral oil, but it can only sit on the stone for a few minutes and will need to be wiped up before it gets tacky. For further questions, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Travertine

(Please See Marble Maintenance)

Soapstone

(Please See Marble Maintenance)

Onyx

(Please See Marble Maintenance)

Customer Testimonials

When we visited the showroom to pick out our granite, the salespeople were very knowledgeable and helpful. A few days later, the owner himself came out to measure for the template. Before he left, he gave us some very good advice (we didn’t even have to ask) about plumbing the dishwasher/sink and tiling the backsplash (my husband was going to do it himself). That was above and beyond what we expected, showed how much the owner cared about the entire finished product and our satisfaction, and it saved us a lot of time and money. The installation went flawlessly, the installers were on time and knew what they were doing. We love our new countertops and would definitely use Stonecutter’s Guild again. One more thing…the cost was competitive for a reputable company, and there were no hidden costs or surprises. We wish all companies provided such a good product and service.
Ben J.

Excellent work all around. Very polite and knowledgeable about granite and other stones and their proper installation.
Cecilia B.

We are very happy with the granite! They had several remnant pieces that would have worked for what we needed and they let us take samples home to help with our decision. They also gave us suggestions which we ended up going with and very glad we did! It took a couple of weeks for the granite to be cut and finished. but this was not due to any fault of The Stonecutter’s Guild. They were very busy at that time doing a complete showroom remodel for Park Supply and we were put in the queue for next on the list after we picked out the granite and put a deposit down.
Their service is excellent and will use them for any future granite or stone needs (we are currently planning a bath remodel and will use them for the counter-tops)!
Paige W.

I could not have been more pleased with The Stonecutters’ Guild. They were professional and did a beautiful job. I was really pleased with their procedure. The other people were going to have my counter out for about 4 days, but these people were able to come out and measure and come back later with the counter ready to install and were out of my kitchen in about 4 hours. I also was pleased with the price.
Barbara G.

They arrived at the appointed time, were professional in the granite countertop installation and cleanup afterward. The price included removal and disposal of the old countertop. Chuck was of great assistance in the granite selection and educating us on the ins and outs of what to look for in quality stonework. The price was in the middle of price quotes from other similar vendors, yet the helpfulness was far superior.
Roger C.

Stonecutters provided excellent service in selecting granite countertops for kitchens and bathrooms. Tops were cut and installed at requested time. Pricing was competitive and in line with competition. All personnel were professional and excellent to work with.
Carolyn F.

They helped me to find and select the granite I wanted for my kitchen. They were very easy to work with and very patient. They gave good advice. The installation went smoothly. I did have them back out to re-glue a seam which was taken care of promptly. Everything went well. The work was done properly and quickly.
Dee V.

The Stonecutter’s Guild were not the cheapest but they were not the most expensive either. They did exactly what they said they would do. They also had a designer on their team who came out and helped with colors at no extra charge.
Steven C.

I approached them in September about countertops for our renovated kitchen and master bath. They helped with stone selection and provided advice. Our primary contact was Terissa, who was great. We had to do a little dickering with them on price, and that is to be expected. It helps to have a competitive quote to use. However, their quality and attention to detail is excellent and expect to pay a little more for it. Along with Ceramic Harmony, they are the best in the Huntsville area.

They delivered the granite within a week of taking the final measurements. It looks great and I’m very happy with their punctuality.

One thing that they did that really stands out. After we discovered that one of my lower cabinets needed to be leveled off AFTER the granite was installed, Chuck and team were willing to come back, pull the countertops off, allow the cabinets to be re-leveled, and are going to put them back on. This really impressed me, because it does involve a bit of extra labor on their part.
John W.

Chuck and his daughter were great. They were extremely helpful and answered all questions. Chuck did the actual install and I could tell he was a perfectionist. I would definitely use this company again
Joyce L.

I started planning for a bathroom remodel over a year ago. I attended the Huntsville Builders show and interviewed several Granite Counter top installers. I met Chuck, the owner, and enjoyed that he took the time to educate me on the ins and outs of what to look for in quality stone work. I was much more impressed with his booth than any of the other vendors. When Ready, I came to the shop and met with his wife, co-owner, and started discussing my needs. She was very helpful in picking the right stone. I only needed a remnant so I had to wait a few weeks for one to come available. Chuck came out to measure and pick up my sinks. The stone was cut and installed on the vanity along with the sinks. The cut was a perfect fit. There was one back splash that contained fist size chuck of clear quartz which was not to my liking. They were able to replace the back splash. in short order. I am happy with the work and would use them again. NOTE: Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive

Fred M.

TOP QUALITY WORK!
We just had our new kitchen countertops installed by Stonecutter’s Guild and I have to say they did an fantastic job! Not only did they provided excellent help with the decision process, but had no problem stopping by the house to answer questions we had about the job. They transformed our kitchen from it’s previous appearance to a very rich and comfortable environment. We now plan to redo our master bathroom and they will certainly be the company of choice. Thank You Chuck, Tina, and Michelle!
Mark and Kathy Thompson

Before After

The staff at Stone Cutters were a pleasure to work with. They provided us with assistance from the beginning to the end of our project. They helped us select the slab that would work best within our plans, and then suggested certain design elements to enhance the final product. We were thrilled with the service and communication that took place from start to finish. It’s nice to know that there are still craftsman out there that take pride in the work that they provide to their customers.
Scott and Kelly Spangler

THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHOICE!
In the summer, Stonecutter’s Guild installed a gorgeous new granite countertop in our kitchen. They were outstanding from the first visit, to install, to the follow-up to make such we were totally satisfied. They left our kitchen clean & like new after installation! We are so proud of what they did for us! Chuck & Michelle & Kyle & Scott were extremely professional in every thing they did! Thanks! I’m so glad we chose Stonecutter’s Guild!
Linda T.

THE BEST IN TOWN!
Stonecutter’s did our new countertops and they are great. I got a bathroom countertop from another local company and they made a huge mess and didnt even come close to making the installation look as good. Stonecutters was meticulous in making sure the stone was level in every direction and did a remarkable job with the seam and backsplash. I have been in many large custom homes and noticed the countertop work was not nearly as nice as our humble remodel. Further, Tina and her husband Chuck are really nice people with much patience. I dont know why anyone would say otherwise. My wife and I are indecisive, but despite this Tina was great and offered excellent insight and advice. I was most impressed that after we were worried that the cabinets had settled, Chuck came back out to the house and checked everything and even cleaned the water stains off the stone behind the sink. A builder friend of mine referred Stonecutters to me and I could not recommend them more highly.
Todd H.

My husband and I have used Stonecutter’s on 2 custom homes. They were very professional and had excellent customer service. The installation was perfect and the seams are unrecognizable. I would definitely recommend them to any of my friends. They are very helpful in color selection and their stone is very well priced. Two thumbs up!
Heather C.

EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE!
I have used Stonecutter’s Guild for two different projects in my home and they were not only friendly, polite and businesslike, but went out of their way to give me specific information about how to care for my marble and granite and answered a million questions I had about specific products. I was very pleased with their customer service and found their prices to be less than another place in Huntsville.
Ellen M.

A local, family owned and operated business. For over 11 years, Stonecutter’s has focused on providing the
highest quality natural stone countertops to our clients. To surpass our clients’ expectations, extereme care
and attention to detail must start with our very first conversation.

Our showroom staff is both experienced and talented and will spend the time necessary to help you make the right
design and material choices for you and your project. We know that this is a major purchase for our customers.
We appreciate the anxiety that is caused by these types of projects and we hope that we can help simplify the
process.


Directions and Hours

1546 Jordan Road
Huntsville, Alabama
35811

Monday – Friday
6:30am – 3:30pm

Saturday
By Appointment Only



Granite

Granite is an igneous rock and is a silica base material. Granite is the most popular material for countertops due to the durability and the very low maintenance. Granite comes in several different finishes: polished (the most common), honed, leathered/antiqued, or brushed.