Meet Tomas Rypka

Hands on Granite is owned and operated by Tomas Rypka of Raleigh, North Carolina. Tomas is originally from the Czech Repbulic and even as a teenager he realized his passion and desire for working with stone. While in high school and during training in technical college, Tomas had a job restoring historic cobblestone streets and roads. It started as a summer job and then he began working every day after school and weekends.

His work became more than just “work”. His job wasn’t just a “job”. He loved doing this work and seeing the final results from his sweat and labor. His patterns and originality brought attention and fame to his work from his peers, clients and family. Tomas’ previous time in the military taught him patience and discipline which are vital skills when working with stone.

Tomas came to the United States in the 90’s, where he eventually began working in the granite business. He was very passionate about it and wanted to learn as much as possible including templating, fabrication and installation.

A Family Business

He met his wife, Nadia, in 2006, who was also working in the granite industry and together in 2011 Hands On Granite was founded. With being a family owned business, the Rypka’s truly care about customer satisfaction. Working closely together, Hands on Granite can help customize and create the perfect counter tops in your home. Specializing in granite, marble, quartz and soapstone for your kitchen, bath, fireplace surround or any other interior and exterior counter top needs.

We strive to do the absolute best job possible, make it as simple and stress free as possible and stay within your budgetary needs. With over 25 years of combined experience, Hands on Granite has the experience, vision and dedication required to accomplish any project no matter big or small.

Building your perfect kitchen or bathroom is more than just a job at Hands on Granite. With each block we place in your home, we take great pride in knowing that our hard work and labor is being seen and used everyday by your family and friends. We hope you’d give us a chance to build the blocks of life in your house, so you and your family may enjoy them for many decades to come.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments please never hesitate to contact us. If you’re ready to take the next step in enhancing your home’s usability and appearance, complete our online custom quote form and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Hear From Our Customers


Hands on Granite did a great job with communication, installation and pricing. I would definitely recommend them to anyone shopping for… Read more “Wesley”


If there’s ever a business that deserves 5 stars, it’s Hands on Granite. The service and communication were excellent from start to finish. Nadia was wonderful to work with and always quick to respond to our questions. There’s no doubt that we selected the right company and would highly recommend them to anyone – you will not be… Read more “Edward”


We had a wonderful experience with Hands on Granite. Nadia was very patient and helpful! The installation was fast and they look great! We will definitely be recommending… Read more “Beth”

Melissa R, Knightdale, NC

I couldn’t be more satisfied. Tomas was fast, friendly and the work was… Read more “Melissa R, Knightdale, NC”

Mike D, Raleigh, NC

Money well spent. My home looks like it should be in a magzine… Read more “Mike D, Raleigh, NC”

Candy B, Rocky Mount, NC

Polite and professional. Hands on Granite was obviously the best choice for my… Read more “Candy B, Rocky Mount, NC”

Mike U. Raleigh, NC

Top notch service, and attention to detail topped off by the best prices in town. I got 3 quotes for my countertops and island, and Hands On Granite beat them all! Fast quote. No seams. Quick service and installation. Had them return to do my bathrooms as well! Highly… Read more “Mike U. Raleigh, NC”

Mike L. Durham, NC

Was very impressed with the quality of care and service we received from Hands On Granite on our recent kitchen redo. We had issues with a previous company and Nadia and Tomas stepped right up and within the first day of contact with them got the ball rolling in the right direction. We had informative communication, showed up to house for measurements quickly and just a few days later granite was installed. Fast service and… Read more “Mike L. Durham, NC”

Jim & Deidre S – Raleigh, NC

Hi Nadia! We’ve been out of town and just got to see the granite you installed. It’s beautiful and the installation is superb. We are so delighted with your price and skillmanship and would recommend you to… Read more “Jim & Deidre S – Raleigh, NC”

Silke – Raleigh, NC

I cannot thank Nadia and her team enough!! My kitchen and bathrooms look absolutely amazing! It took me awhile to find the perfect stone/slab for my kitchen and Nadia was very patient and quoting several options for me. She is also perfectionist!! I chose a granite with a lot of movement and have an odd size/shaped kitchen and she matched the pattern at the seams perfectly!! Her install crew was very professional and super nice… Read more “Silke – Raleigh, NC”

Matthew Hetrick

I had called many companies in search of one that could install my countertops before Christmas; none of them could. One of them told me it was unrealistic. When I stumbled upon Hands on Granite, I was surprised by all of their 5-star reviews and now I know exactly where they come from. These guys earn every. single. one. They were not only able to get my countertops in within 8 days of me contacting… Read more “Matthew Hetrick”

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Cheryl H – Youngsville, NC

We have had 2 projects done by your company in the past 2 countertops and most recently 2 bathroom vanities. We are pleased with the results of these projects and would recommend your company to others. As a small business owner in this country’s trying times I wish you well and hope you keep  up your efficient and quality… Read more “Cheryl H – Youngsville, NC”