In 2002, Ron Brown found himself between a rock and a hard place when he could not find the right price for countertop installation in the home he was constructing as a custom builder. So he did what any mechanical engineer with a “get it done” attitude would—fabricated the granite kitchen countertops, by hand, in the garage of the house he was building. This was the genesis of Artistic Granite & Marble, which opened its doors that next year. Now, the Nicholasville-based company provides the highest-quality granite, marble, and quartz countertops to both residential and commercial customers throughout central Kentucky.
Artistic Granite & Marble has carved out a place as one of the top stone fabricators in the state.
The company prides itself in being family-owned and operated. Son, Chris Brown, who serves as manager, is a chip off the old block. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue. His mother, Jane gained her civil engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, before going on to handle the bookkeeping and customer service elements of the business for 15 years before retiring. Carrie, daughter of Ron and Jane, took over Jane’s role when she retired. Chris says, “We are a family of engineers. As engineers, we’re all used to wearing a bunch of different hats each day and accommodating whatever problems are thrown our way. Our business is built on doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Getting the job done includes helping customers choose the perfect product, fabricating it to their exact specifications, and installing it effectively and efficiently to ensure “the most hassle-free experience possible.” According to Chris, “Our mechanical engineering background is also helpful for creating designs that give our customers the exact look they are searching for, while still maintaining a structurally-safe and durable countertop.”
At Artistic Granite & Marble, they embrace their team as family, as well. “We pride ourselves on employees that are with us for the long haul. Jeff Rose is our lead installer and has been with us for fifteen years. He is regularly and specifically requested by every builder that we work with, and is foundational to the quality of craftsmanship that this company is known for,” says Chris.
Bigger, Better… Boulder
Over the years, the company has gained a greater and greater following, demanding a new 7,000 square foot showroom and separate on-site fabrication facility. Chris explains, “Our growth in the past has been fueled mainly by the quality of our work in the field and by building relationships with builders in and around Lexington, not necessarily by our ‘show-stopping’ showroom. As we continue to grow, it has become evident that this is the area that needs the most improvement.”
The company, which is currently set up in a 300 square foot showroom, is thrilled to be moving to the much larger space so clients can peruse the full range of their products in full length slabs. The showroom will display 72 different colors of granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, and remnant selections in a clean, quiet, and relaxing environment. Artistic Granite & Marble procures the finest granite, in a wide range of colors and textures, from all over the world. They also offer a vast variety of marble, which homeowners have long turned to for an elegant and classic touch to kitchens and baths. Due to its strength and availability in bolder colors, manufactured quartz is also a popular countertop choice. But, lately, quartzite, a natural stone characterized by solid hues and distinctive veining, has surged in popularity for both its durability and dramatic effect.
In addition to allowing them a more spacious work area and improved workflow, the new fabrication area will garner an opportunity to help the environment. To “go greener,” the company will be adding a water recycling system, which will save approximately 3,000 gallons of water per day.
Thriving During COVID-19
Unlike many companies, the biggest challenge for Artistic Granite & Marble during the pandemic has been keeping up with the demand—“One of the most challenging things during COVID has been handling the extra work. With so many people stuck at home and working on home improvement projects, our volume has risen substantially this year”
If you are one of the people ready for an upgrade to your home, Artistic Granite & Marble knows how to make the process as painless as possible. As explained by Chris, “So often, a customer will be living in their house during a remodel. We understand the struggle of living in a construction site, so we get it done for them, whatever it takes.”
And, they can do it safely, as well. All of their employees were trained on proper sanitation practices to follow in the shop and during installation.
In closing, Chris offers these words of professional advice—“Remodeling your home doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Make sure to have a plan that includes the scope of work, a realistic budget, as well as a timeframe. Living through the remodel is never fun, but the end point makes that discomfort worth it.”
Artistic Granite & Marble’s new location will be opening in December of 2020 at 105 Means Drive in Nicholasville (behind Kohl’s).