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Where to buy Soapstone counters in/near SF

posted by: lds1 on 01.05.2010 at 11:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Folks,

We're ready to select our countertops and are leaning strongly toward Soapstone. The only place we can find is M Teixeira Soapstone which has a location in SF (according to their website, their largest selection on the West Coast). Any other places we can look?

We're on the Peninsula so are open to any place from San Francisco to San Jose. Any recommendations?

Thanks to all! Oh, and feel free to share your thoughts (good or bad) on soapstone.

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clipped on: 02.13.2010 at 09:54 am    last updated on: 02.13.2010 at 09:54 am

mostly finished white kitchen with soapstone

posted by: natashak on 01.23.2010 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

While my kitchen was fine before, I wanted to love being in it. I wanted more room so we removed the island. I've always wanted a Wolf Range and this was the only way I was getting it. We also desperately needed to lighten it up. Because we only have one tiny window and it's on the west side of our house, we don't get much sun.

I couldn't have done this without so many inspiring pictures to admire on GW. So, thank you!

We had some soapstone issues, but Josh is on his way up to help with those. We are getting the house painted in the spring. The walls in the kitchen will be a warm yellow. We needed a break from contractors for a while. ;)

I need a nice red rug for in front of the sink. I am accenting with red.

All details below.

Before:

Full kitchen view

After:

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Sink: Franke FHX710-33C (now discontinued, but available at homeandstone.com)
Faucet: Franke FHF 300
Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Backsplash: Ann Sacks Capriccio in Antique White
Cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Linen White
Soapstone: Black Venata (we think)
Stove: Wolf 48" DF
Pot Filler: Giagni (overstock)
Hood: Wolf

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Introducing.... Another Soapstone Alternative

posted by: niffy on 11.19.2009 at 11:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Just had these installed on Tuesday and we're thrilled. We decided against soapstone because the samples I got were just too soft. But I loved the look. I was about to go with Jet Mist when.... across the warehouse... I saw these slabs and thought they might be soapstone or some type of marble (there were some polished ones too). Turns out they are Aqua Grantique - which is actually a "granitic gneiss". Took home a piece of the brushed finish version and that thing was indestructible. No staining, no etching, no dings when I attacked it with the point of a paring knife.... Plus my husband fell in love with it to. SO, without further ado, I believe I introduce the first Aqua Grantique countertops on this board!

aqua grantique slab

aqua grantique countertop

ag countertop 3

ag countertop 4

backsplash materials and countertop

And now that I have hopefully figured out how to post photos, I shall start another thread and hit you up for backsplash ideas for this new pet rock of mine;)

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Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone

posted by: katieob on 12.04.2009 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A huge thank you to everybody on this forum who helped graciously with advice, photos, experience & info. What an incredible resource this is. Shout outs to Erikanh & marthavila for hood help, willowdecor for tile, all the stoners, and many more.

We moved in last week-bottom trim on fridge & dw are still missing, excuse the messy bottoms.

I'll be happy to provide details if anyone wants them.

Thanks for looking!

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Marble Close Up

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Soapstone Close Up

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Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen
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Old family room:
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Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)
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I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

-Cabinets-
Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

-Appliances-
SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

-Counters-
Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

-Hardware-
Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

-Sinks-
Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

-Faucets-
Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

-Lighting-
Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)

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