Granite Memorials For One Person: Typical Sizes
In designing a memorial for one person, as mentioned before, we will have the full polished surface to design on. Throughout North Texas cemeteries, the 2′ x 1′ (24 inches by 12 inches x 3 inches thick) is by far the most common memorial stone used. For individuals, this traditional size is just enough to tell their story. The traditional 2′ x 1′ allows for plenty of room for a single person’s name, important dates, and a border or symbols around the outside. If more space is needed to achieve the desired design we will need to look at designing one of our larger grave marker sizes.
For those looking to make a larger marker, the sizes rise as follows: 28″x16″ & 29″x22″ then up to joint plot memorials. A good note here is that for any of our granite memorial accessories, we do recommend one of the two larger sizes.
Briefly, on the full burial plot cover, we do have the ability to source granite slabs of up to 48″x89″, also known as a full ledger. For more on these, please view our granite memorials for two people article.
Granite Memorials For One Person: Engraving Styles
In all of our granite memorial styles, we tend to focus on contrast. We want the design to stand out as well as legibly tell your loved ones story. With the letters or text in mind, we want to either engrave the letters deeply into the stone, or sink the “Frosted Panel” leaving the letters in the same fine polish as the original top. Either way, each is built to last. It then comes down to the overall design.
Depending on how much of the negative space you are looking for, the frosted panel may be small as with the Hermanson family stone or very large, leaving the polish as mostly just a border as with the Allison family example shown.
In the case of different shapes of our granite memorials, for our line of Bevel Granite Memorials; Hermanson & Miller examples, you will also have the option to choose the side polish style. The sides shown in both examples are call “rock pitched” which have a more natural look to them. Conversely, we do also offer full polished sides as a design option. for more on this please consult on of our local Texas Memorial Designers.
Choosing the right granite color
The granite color you choose to engrave on truly tells the other half of the story. We have a multitude of color options from all over the world. Those colors do include many quarried from right here in the United States.
Throughout this article, we have touched on one common theme with each design and that is contrast. Where one of the lighter granites may be more cost-effective, the darker granite colors such as Import Black, Galaxy, Fuji Blue, and Blue Pearl offer the most contrast. Thus, years from now when the memorial is visited the engraving will still stand out very prominently.
All of the colors are available and ready to be built into your loved one’s unique monument. Reach out today and have our friendly memorial design staff get you started.