Here we will take a look at the Flat Grave Marker Design, but specifically for one person. Flat Grave Markers can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, all with the intention of honoring your loved one and telling the story of their life.
Typically placed at the head of the burial plot, a flat grave marker can be engraved with so much more than just your love one’s name and dates.
In this article, we are going to cover:
The flat grave marker for one person is a perfectly personalized memorial meant to commemorate a life well lived by a single individual. Every flat grave marker will come with the standard name and important date engravings, likely centered. While those aspects alone make for a lot of personalization, it is the border and negative space that really brings the memorial to life.
Take the Calandri Natural Flagstone Grave Marker for example; When the Calandri family came to us to memorialize their beloved grandmother, they told of all of her wonderful stories of hiking and backpacking through the Sierra Nevadas and in Colorado. They told us of a rugged, yet kind old soul who was always there to lift everyone else up. They wanted a stone that was unique and one that was unique to her. In taking a tour through our studio they had us sort through our remaining flagstone and we were able to find the perfect non-symmetrical piece shown here. The family lost their beloved Mother and Grandma in 2009 but will now remember just how bespoke she and her life were.
Another example of customization, we see the beautiful Bahama Blue gravestone that memorializes Ms. Kimberley Jane Coe. Ms. Coe loved to ride her horse as fast as the beloved steed would take her. When we mention the customization of the negative space this gravestone is a shining example. By utilizing a frosted panel, we bring the details of the horse and the foliage to the foreground in beautiful polished granite. With the “sky and letter engravings in white, it also provides a ton of contrast that will be visible for multiple generations to look upon.
Selecting the right color takes time but will be one of the most important decisions when building your loved one’s flat grave marker. All of the colors of granite we carry are quarried and sourced from all over the world. Thus, each stone is ever so slightly different and unique.
The sample photos are a very good representation of the granite we source daily but it is likely that you may see some variation in the color across the stone as with the Rainbow or Bahama Blue granite examples. Where some patterns are more uniform like the Blue Pearl or Gray granite examples.
All colors considered, it’s best to reach out and speak with one of our expert memorial designers for more details of weekly stock and how long custom pieces will take to get to our studio.
When it comes time to design your loved one’s Flat Grave Marker, it is always wise to take your budget into account. In Santa Barbara and the surrounding area, you can expect the memorial to range anywhere from $600 – $1500+ depending on granite color, cemetery setting fees, and amount of design work. Requesting a proposal from our memorial designers will get you the quickest quote possible. Our memorialists have crafted many life stories and cannot wait to begin engraving your loved one’s story in stone.
Now that you have reviewed your color options, design ideas, and even the price range of your loved one’s flat grave marker, it’s time to set an appointment with our Artisan Memorialist, Jed Hendrickson, and his son Ryan. They and their Santa Barbara Monumental Team will engrave your loved one’s story and make that engraving last for generations to come.