Capitol Granite Design Center

Our Company History & Mission

About Our Founder

When Paul Menninger felt unsatisfied with the quality of work and craftsmanship in the countertop industry, he decided to take matters into his own hands, building his own shop which still, today, operates on a philosophy of customer satisfaction first.

Before starting Capitol Granite and Marble in 2002, Paul Menninger was a woodworker who had spent time in the corporate world as a sales engineer and then sales manager. As a woodworker, he built furniture and cabinets and utilized those skills and techniques to flip houses.

His catalyst for entering the stone industry developed while he was doing work on his own personal residence. Menninger was upgrading his own kitchen, having made all of the cabinetry himself, and when looking for an individual to fabricate and install granite countertops, he found himself feeling very disappointed with his experience. He ultimately decided to offer those needs to the market himself.

“I figured if I bought into technology I could put out a top-quality product,” said Menninger. “I knew I would also need to focus on customer service, so I made it a priority. I saw it as a unique business opportunity to get into the ground floor of automation in an industry that is otherwise screaming for it.”

There were four or five employees in the beginning of the business including Menninger, his wife, one other fabricator and a couple extra sets of hands. The first location of Capitol Granite and Marble was a rented 5,000-sq.-ft. facility.

“My first facility was, at the time, enormous,” remembers Menninger, who filled the space with three different machines from Park Industries–a single-head edger, a bridge saw and a manual overhead pin router–to get it all started. By the end of the first year, Menninger’s business was putting out three projects a week. The first material Menninger worked with in his facility was granite. He started out by selling his service and product direct to homeowners and builder businesses, which is how he continues to build business today, largely through word-of-mouth.

Why Capitol Granite is Different

When you remodel your space with Capitol Granite in Richmond, VA, you are receiving more than just a job well done. At Capitol Granite, we take great pride in our work and our customer’s satisfaction. That is why it is our mission to provide our clients with the highest quality kitchen and bathroom countertops, cabinets, and flooring, with an unmatched level of workmanship to ensure a precise and beautiful finished product. How we do this you may ask? It’s no secret.

Why Choose Capitol Granite?

  • We're a One-Stop Shop.
    Our customers have told us that they want a one-stop-shop for their kitchen or bath renovation. They don’t want to spend weeks on end thinking they are close to finishing their project only to be let down by issues or miscommunicated timelines. Remodeling with Capitol Granite allows you to shop for your countertops, cabinets, flooring, backsplash, and fixtures.

  • We're Knowledgeable Experts.
    We believe an educated customer is a good customer. Our team is here to help with your construction process and ensure your project is an enjoyable one; from concept to completion.

  • We Boast Quick Lead Times.
    Managing a remodel can take a lot of time and many frustrations can arise. That is why we control ALL aspects of the kitchen remodel! The subcontractor variable is removed, allowing us to capitalize on a shorter time frame.

  • We're an Accredited, Trusted Source.
    We are the only Natural Stone Institute Accredited fabricator in the Richmond area. The accreditation process is thorough and rigorous including documentation of our business and employment practices, letters of recommendation from our peers, a written exam, and site visits to our facility & our completed jobs.

    Receiving this accreditation means we exemplify best practices in all facets of our business, but what it means for YOU is:

    • Our facilities are clean and we operate under strict safety standards.
    • We have exceptional technical knowledge and product expertise.
    • We are dedicated to ensuring you are well educated on your options.
    • Our materials and projects undergo rigorous quality control inspections.
    • We prioritize a great experience with your countertop or remodel project.

For the last two decades, we have built a reputation for craftsmanship and customer experience within the industry. We stand behind our work and are confident that we can provide you with the BEST countertops, cabinets, flooring and more for your design project.

We have two showrooms and fabrication facilities, in Midlothian and Glen Allen, just minutes from Richmond, VA. We invite you to come visit us and speak with one of our customer service representatives and experience the Capitol Granite Design difference.

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Reviews from
Happy customers

  • We couldn't be happier!

    “Working with Capitol Granite was such a great experience. We were able to get the quartz countertops - the exact ones priced higher elsewhere! - we wanted for our kitchen. Everyone we worked with was courteous, polite and was genuinely interested in our project. We couldn't be happier!”

    Martha Anderson

  • You have found a return customer in me!

    “Every aspect of my dealings with Capitol Granite were excellent. Ashley was friendly and informative. David came to the house to conduct the final measure and was also helpful and provided guidance on how to prepare for the install. And finally, our absolutely stunning quartz counters were delivered and expertly installed by Dan and his assistant Craig. You have found a return customer in me! Happy New Year!”

    Pam M.

  • When we have a need we will be back!!

    “Knowledgeable staff, so many nice choices of counter top to choose from! They were on time to measure as well as to install! Very satisfied with customer service! When we have a need we will be back!! thanks!!!”

    Mary Wilmetti

  • They did an excellent job installing the counter tops!

    “They arrived when they said they would and did an excellent job installing the countertops.”

    Craig Buchbinder

  • They truly are a customer service centric company which makes all the difference.

    “Working with Capitol Granite was a great experience! They truly are a customer service centric company which makes all the difference. Haley who helped us pick out our stone was patient and detailed. CG also installed our kitchen cabinets. Jim and George did an amazing job and the countertop installation was flawless. We will be working with them again when we remodel our bathrooms.”

    Stephanie M

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Quality Second To None

Why we are the premier choice for all your natural stone needs!
  • Benchmark for Quality

    We are the only accredited Natural Stone Institute fabricator in Central Virginia.

  • Professional & Experienced

    Our team has successfully completed Over 50,000+ Projects.

  • State of the Art Equipment

    State of the art equipment and automation in house!

  • Peace of Mind

    We always stand behind our work and offer the best warranties in the area.