Tim Hand Cutting Design


Custom Design Monuments has been in business for over 40 years. We are 2nd generation family owned & operated. Our main showroom is located at the intersection of Routes 422 and 268 in West Kittanning.

Our company represents honesty, dedication, and most importantly pride. We strive to bring individuality, affordability and the best possible service to you and your family during this extremely difficult time.

Our goal is to provide your family with a quality, affordable memorial which will express your loved one’s legacy, and suit your cemetery site.

The selection of a cemetery marker can bring you and your family a great deal of pride and satisfaction when done with proper care and counsel.

You will find our staff exceptionally kind, considerate and knowledgeable in helping your family. Our skilled craftsman can generate a computer image to show how your memorial will look when it is placed in the cemetery.

Let us share our long experience and ethical record in the monument industry with you.

We offer both domestic and import granite. A question that is most important to ask when placing your order. We guarantee our work, if you are not happy we will do everything we can to correct it so that you are.

Our craftsman are local to the area and they pride themselves on productivity, quality, and they get your memorial placed in a timely fashion.

"When you do it right the first time you never have to go back the second time, so do it right" Tim Stennett

We do everything from start to finish, when you leave our shop you are entrusting us to order your memorial (if we do not stock it) order the cemetery required foundation, blast the memorial and set the memorial. We do all work in house we are the only shop locally that does all work ON SITE.


When it comes to planning for your future, prearranging your final arrangements is one of the most considerate and practical plans you can make. Not only do you relieve your family of emotional and financial stress during their time of grief; you are able to make choices with which you are comfortable. In addition, you are able to choose from a larger variety of available options and locations without the pressure of time constraints.

There are, however, many important factors to consider when deciding to preplan. At Custom Design

Monuments, memorial advisors will be happy and able to answer all your questions directly and clearly.


Why should I preplan a memorialization?

You probably have already taken steps to prepare for a death in the family by making a will and taking out a life insurance policy. Preplanning your memorialization is simply the next step to completing your plans. By preplanning, you are making the wise decision to ensure that all of the emotional and financial details are in order for your burial. You relieve your family of a difficult decision in their time of grief and save a substantial amount of money by taking advantage of today’s prices.

What does preplanning involve?

Preplanning allows you to arrange and pay for burial needs in advance, providing you with the opportunity to make the choices that are right for you. You make the important decision regarding traditional burial, above ground entombment or cremation. You choose the location. And you can control the cost, spending as much or as little as you deem necessary.

Will preplanning really make it easier on my family?

Definitely! Your family will not be faced with the uncertainty of whether or not they are carrying out your wishes. Preplanning also helps avoid “emotional overspending,” an expensive situation many families face when they need to make immediate decisions at a highly stressful time.

Why is it important to have a memorial in a cemetery?

A memorial serves as a tribute, honoring past generations, acknowledging history and remembering one’s life and passing. We believe that it’s vital to provide a permanent tribute so that future generations may remember our ancestors who have passed on and reflect upon our history.

I’m planning on cremation. Do I still need a burial plan?

Cremation is a popular choice for its simplicity, dignity and affordability. Yet there are still many decisions. Cremated remains may be placed in a traditional burial plot or above ground in a mausoleum niche.

Isn’t a memorial something my family is supposed to take care of? Should it really be up to me to decide?

A memorial is a personal reflection of one’s life. Preplanning gives you and your family the time to think about and discuss the memorialization that will be most meaningful, to ensure that their legacy will live on and provide peace to family members who visit the site.



Choose a monument that reflects the life of your loved one and have it customized to suit your unique requests.

Granite Vases

Eternal Lights & Vases

A unique way to cherish your life or your loved on is through the beautiful eternal lights that light the way of a resting place.

Bench Monument

Bench Memorials & More

Choose from a variety of memorials including bench monuments, slanted, bronze, specialty memorials and more.


Sue Schwenk wrote on May 10, 2016 11:07 am

Dear Jennifer and to all of those at Custom Design Monuments:

I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful stone that you had designed for my fiancée, Richard J. McCullough and placed at Belknap Cemetery last week.

Being in the cemetery business myself, I know how first-hand how important it is to create these memorializations not only to pay tribute to our loved ones but to help facilitate in our grieving process.

When I drove to the cemetery and saw that memorial for the first time, I dropped to my knees and cried and could not stop crying. Not only is that just a tombstone, it captures him and everything about him he treasured including the color of the stone (black granite), the truck, the bulldogs, the number “102” on the truck and the angel.

You know when your customers cry when they see your final product you know you went over and above in satisfying your customers.

I will be truly grateful to your company for this memorial and would be honored to recommend you to anyone who is need of your services.

Thank you again and again…..

Sue Schwenk

Deb Young wrote on May 10, 2016 11:14 am

Hi, Jennifer.
I just wanted to let you know how very pleased I am with my husband's grave marker that was placed on Friday.
It is perfect and my husband would have loved it as well! Both of my children are extremely pleased with the stone too!
Again, thank you so much for making this part of my husband's passing so smooth and easy. I will definitely recommend your business to my family and friends!
Thanks again,
Deb Young

Cathy Claypool wrote on November 8, 2016 9:59 am

Thank you so very much for your kindness & helpfulness in getting my Aunt & Uncle's stone reset & the lettering redone. (DOLMOVICH) @ St. Mary Cemetery-Ford City. It was a pleasure working with you Cathy.

Angela R wrote on May 16, 2018 7:27 pm

I just wanted to say thank you all for the help with my family's stone. It is beautiful.

Heather Newbold-parsons wrote on June 27, 2018 9:27 am


Beautiful work, in a timely fashion, compassionate caring people to work with !! My family has always trusted custom design monuments. I highly recommend them for your needs also !!

Mike Rupert wrote on September 6, 2018 3:53 pm

Jennifer, Just want to say how pleased we are with your prompt service regarding our mother's marker. You handled all the details and had the job completed the same day. I can't imagine how anyone else could provide better service! I would highly recommend you to others.

Mickey Guzanick wrote on October 18, 2018 12:57 pm

jen, can't say enough about your prompt services with my wife's headstone everything was so beautiful and how caring all your staff has been since sue passed away. when I go to visit her at the monongahela cemetery my eyes see the the most beautiful headstone there I cry of joy and sadness about her passing away. I highly recommend others to use your services. thank you so much. mickey guzanick

Carole Ann Nolder wrote on July 2, 2019 11:21 am

Dear Cathy,
Thank you for your help. I have been telling people to come and see you for their headstones. You were very kind to my daughter and myself.
Bless You
Carole Ann Nolder

Darlyn & Brendon Harrington wrote on July 2, 2019 11:25 am

A little in posting but you guys do awesome work...I took them a picture of my dad's farm for his head stone...when I saw the finished product it brought me to tears..thank you so much awesome job

Jennifer T (marple) Evans wrote on August 19, 2019 10:55 am


I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful service and the quickness at which you have responded and helped with such a beautiful product! Your kindness and the workmanship of the product is heart-touching. "Thank you" is not sufficient.

Kathleen Lorence Lucci & Family wrote on September 6, 2019 9:13 am

My parents monument is beautiful. My mother is very pleased with it. Thank you for making our choice very easy.

Betty Cogley wrote on September 30, 2019 11:52 am

Thank you for repairing the Cogley monument. I was told you did a very nice job. Sincerely, Betty

Carol Hollenbaugh wrote on November 27, 2019 11:40 am

We loved how our stone turned out. Thank you for the effort you took with us. We deeply appreciate it. Also, thanks to the person who did the etching that couple looks like us. Sincerely, Carol

Mendell & Pam Reitler wrote on April 21, 2020 10:11 am

Cathy, thank you for the engraving of Betty's headstone. Our plans were delayed due to virus, but as soon as this is resolved we will bring her home to enter. We appreciate your kindness. Take good care. Mendell & Pam Reitler

Sandy Titus wrote on September 30, 2020 10:38 am

You did a wonderful job on the stone my my son Sean, it turned out beautiful. Thank you!

Becky Stephens wrote on September 30, 2020 10:39 am

My baby’s headstone was set today and I couldn’t be more thankful! I want to send out the biggest thank you ever to my brother Andrew Johnson, my sister Jen Stennett-Johnson and Custom Design Monuments Inc, for such amazing work! It turned out more perfect and beautiful than I had even imagined, thank you! ❤️
Please visit Custom Design Monuments Inc if you are looking for a professional, compassionate, hardworking team to take care of you and your families needs during times of loss, they will take great care of you! During the hardest of times they will make this step easy, they listen and they genuinely care!
It’s so hard to believe that it’s been seven months today since I got to hear your amazing laugh, to see your beautiful smile, or to hold you in my arms! I know that you are in good hands with the Good Lord and you’ll remain in my heart forever! I love you always and forever, you hold my heart

Nancy Schaeffer wrote on November 4, 2020 1:48 pm

Thank You! Awesome Job!

Karen Smith wrote on May 17, 2022 10:10 am

Hi Cathy,

Thank you. My brother Tim sent pictures of Robert's stone. I am happy with his stone. I am also happy that he finally has the tombstone he deserves, Thank you very much. Karen

Lois M. Winslow wrote on May 17, 2022 10:12 am

Thank you so much for the beautiful monument for my husband. I AM SO PLEASED! Thank you! Thank you!

Lois M. Winslow

Heritha Davis wrote on May 17, 2022 10:13 am

Thank you for all your help and advice. You made our choice easy. We are so pleased when we went to see the stone set.

Heritha Davis

Malec Family wrote on May 17, 2022 10:14 am

Hi Cathy,

We are so pleased with the memorial.

Karen Malec

Janice Hamburg Re: Deborah Mccanna wrote on June 2, 2022 1:27 pm

I am so happy with my sister's monument. It's just perfect. I couldn't be any happier. The placement, the engraving, the fonts and the stone itself is beautiful. Thank you so much! Janice Hamburg

Frank Fulmer wrote on July 25, 2022 11:05 am

Thank you so much for what you did for my families' graves. Especially, thank you for the repair of my great Uncle James Fulmer's grave.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

Beautiful work, in a timely fashion, compassionate caring people to work with !!
My family has always trusted custom design monuments. I highly recommend them for your needs also !!
Heather in Kittanning, PA