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RE: Cost of Soapstone vs. Granite (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: megpie77 on 08.23.2009 at 02:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

gayl- I live in Tacoma. We went with Tops Countertops in Olympia. We chose our soapstone from Pental in Seattle (on occasion Pental in Fife has the same stuff). Tops only charged us for what they actually used whereas other countertop companies would have charged us per slab. They install LOTS of soapstone and did an excellent job, especially with the seams. Another great company who install soapstone often is Johnson (it may be Johnstone) in downtown Tacoma. I almost went with a guy who told me how porous soapstone is yadda yadda and realized he didn't know much about the stone. I was going to go with him because he does excellent work but better to go with someone who is an expert with the stone you chose. Our soapstone is called Original Green. It is basically soft black with subtle veining and has green hues, but I wouldn't really call it green. It was just what I had wanted. Oh I should mention that you can get soapstone from Dorado and other places online that specialize in soapstone even though they are in a different state. They have installers around the country I think. Good luck!

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clipped on: 08.23.2009 at 02:22 pm    last updated on: 08.23.2009 at 02:23 pm

RE: Let's see your honed granite or soapstone countertops! Help! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kpaquette on 07.27.2009 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

If you plan on living in your house for a very long time, I'd put little weight on what a realtor says. I'd get what you want.

That said, I'm definitely partial to soapstone. I know trends vary depending on what region you live in, but where I am soapstone is considered just as high end (if not moreso, these days) than granite. Everyone who has come to see the house has drooled over the counters.

I was all set to get honed granite because I wanted the look of soapstone, but after reading threads on here I decided to get the real thing. Certain types of honed granite are bad with fingerprints and showing rings from liquids (I don't remember which ones but I got scared when I read the thread here about it.) Soapstone however is softer than granite, it will scratch. But it's meant to be part of the look, so if that would bother you then maybe honed (or leathered, or antiqued - I don't know the differences) is the way to go for you.

Here are pics of my Julia soapstone.

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RE: Ratings of Cabinet Manufacturers? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: kerrygw on 06.26.2009 at 03:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm attaching a link to an older thread that discusses many different cabinet manufacturers. Out of your list, I've only seen Brookhaven in person - though I liked it, we ended up leaning towards either Crown Point (who I believe offers a frameless line) or our local cabinetmaker, who eventually won the bid. Brookhaven didn't have all of the options we were looking for in finishing or in door styles. But this thread may help as well - good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cabinet comparisons

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Creamy white kitchens!

posted by: natashak on 08.22.2009 at 04:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am in love with travertine versailles pattern tile. I'm going to be starting my renovation in less than 6 weeks and need to have everything firmed up. I'm hoping you can help!

I love creamy white cabinets with black honed granite. But, think the granite is too gray, after seeing it in person today. I prefer a dark black counter. But, I also LOVE carrara and calacatta marble. However we're scared that if we go with marble counters, ivory travertine floor and creamy cabinets with a creamy white subway tile, that it will be a bit blob of cream! I definitely don't want that.

Suggestions/Pictures?

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