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Ripano Stoneworks Featured in This Old House Magazine

Ripano Stoneworks made the cover of the November/December issue of This Old House Magazine!

We're always proud to showcase our work, but today we're especially excited to talk about our countertops that were featured in the This Old House Magazine and on their website.

In keeping with the country-cottage style for this Concord, MA home, the kitchen & pantry counters and the large center island were done in 2-inch thick Imperial Danby Marble from Vermont with a honed finish and an eased edge.

The Master Bath was a 3-cm Bianco Carrara Marble from Italy with a honed finish and an eased edge.

You can view the project here and make sure to pay particular attention to images 10-12 and 15.

Ripano Stoneworks Featured in Business NH Magazine

Ripano Stoneworks is thrilled to be featured in the August 2014 issue of Business NH Magazine as one of NH’s Top Family Businesses. Our family is proud to have been serving New Hampshire for more than 25 years!

Ripano Stoneworks Featured on New England-wide TV Program

Ripano Stoneworks and Matt Laliberte were recently featured in the premier of Local Discovery New England seen across New England this fall on MyTV.

Feaured Project: Old World Kitchen Charm

Project Details:
Room Size: 300-square-foot kitchen

Stone:
Countertops - Blue Pearl Granite (Norway)
Baking Center - Bianco Carrara Marble (Italy)

Edge Profile:
Main countertops - 3/8" Pencil
Island - Ogee

Unique Features:
11-foot long kitchen island
Drop-down marble baking center

Not many clients request an 11-foot long island. But this homeowner in Dunstable, MA was looking to create an elegant kitchen that was conducive to entertaining.

Through kitchen design firm David R. Crupi, LLC, Ripano embarked on this ambitious countertop project. The focal point of the kitchen is of course, the seamless granite island. In fact, it took 8 people to install the Blue Pearl granite island. In addition to the generous food prep area and sink, the island seats four adults comfortably. The crowning touch is the Ogee edge detail. The counters were also a blue pearl granite with 3/8" pencil edge detail.

An added feature in this kitchen that is becoming more and more popular is the drop-down baking center. The baking center countertops are Bianco Carrara Marble quarried in Italy.

It's no wonder this kitchen is "the favorite room in the house."

Kitchen Design by David R. Crupi, LLC
Photography by Mike Rixon Photography

21st Century Customer Service - YouTube Launched

The granite countertop process -- from initial design to installation -- can be daunting. At Ripano, we don't want our customers worrying more about the details than they are about selecting the right stone.

We take extra time with each customer, whether they've walked into our showroom on their own or they've been sent to us by a kitchen design partner, to make sure they understand all of the details. But sometimes, questions come up and they need answers right away. Calling us is what people would like to do, but at 10:30 at night, its probably not the most practical solution.

So we've created a home for all types of instructional videos about Ripano and countertops - and its home is YouTube!

Employee Feature: Fernando Santos

There's not much at Ripano that Fernando hasn't done. He was the first employee of the company 21 years ago. He's had extensive experience in the fabrication shop. He's our lead installer and consistently wins high praise from satisfied customers because of his strong commitment to quality. He is absolutely a perfectionist and our customers love him for it and so does our team. Since Fernando started with us, he has recruited four of his brothers to join the company and now his son works for us too.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition: NH Chooses Ripano Stoneworks

Extreme Makeover Home Edition & R. J. Moreau Builders chose Ripano Stoneworks to be their exclusive countertop supplier during the construction of the Voisine Family home of Manchester.

The following countertops were donated:

Kitchen - Mark and Jon Edmunds of Leeza Distributors donated slabs of HANSTONE Swan Cotton for the 91 square foot kitchen counters.

Master Bath - Caesarstone Midnight counter with two stainless steel vessel sinks.

Bath 2 - Caesarstone Conrete with a honed finish and Kohler drop in sink.

Bath 3 - Cambria Welshpool Black with two vessel sinks.

Keith and Matt met with R. J. Moreau and the Extreme Team regarding all of the details of the project. After several meetings with the design team we were able to get some rough dimensions of all counters. Being aware of the quick turn around needed we decided to pre-fabricate all counters about 12" long to be cut down after templating.

Keith was on site from 10am on Monday until 6am on Tuesday to help oversee the cabinet installation. Crews from American Cabinet Corp, D&D Cabinets & Not Just Kitchens used their knowledge and skill to make sure the cabinets were placed just right so the sink centerlines would be perfect. Keith then took final dimensions, made a couple of templates and brought them all back the shop for final fabrication around 6am. By 10 am, yes four hours later, with the help of all the members of Ripano's award winning fabrication crew, all counters were loaded and in route to the Extreme Home. Lead installers Fernando and Paulo were assisted by Eric, Matt and Keith to make the installation a complete success.

You may have seen Keith's interview on NECN that evening.

There were some major changes happening even during the cabinet installation process. At about 11:30 pm on Monday Kim of the Extreme Team decided that the configuration of the cabinets didn't look right and that the countertop was going to be way to big (It was 120" x 52"). In a matter of minutes with the help of the cabinet and countertop crews the Extreme Team designers totally redesigned and reconfigured the island that was instantly being reinstalled. The new island was 82" x 52".

It was great to see all of the volunteers who came out to help this family. It would be great to see this type of community interaction more often.

NHDES Recognizes Ripano Stoneworks For Pollution Prevention

2007 Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention Honorable Mention

When moving our operation from Hudson to Nashua in 2006, we decided to retrofit an older building instead of constructing a new site. In the process, we upgraded the heating systems to an infra-red system and replaced existing lighting to energy efficient T8 fluorescent lamps. In addition, we installed a close-loop 100% water recycling system that saves approximately 30,000 gallons a day.

"Ripano Stoneworks Ltd. of Nashua fabricates and installs interior stone work including granite kitchen counters, vanity tops, bar tops and fireplace & hearths. When moving its operation from Hudson to Nashua in 2006, Ripano decided to retrofit an older building instead of constructing a new site. They upgraded the heating systems to an infra-red system and replaced existing lighting to energy efficient T8 fluorescent lamps. A close-loop 100% water recycling system saved approximately 30,000 gallons a day and the company reduced their energy use by 2,262 kWh and water usage by 5 million gallons a year. The savings from these projects have yet to be determined."