October 3, 2023


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The Fantastic thing about Soapstone Counters (+ why we selected them for our kitchen)

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The Beauty of Soapstone Counters (+ why we chose them for our kitchen)
Hendel Homes

For so long as I’ve liked charming structure and most popular traditional supplies in a house, I’ve LOVED soapstone. In actual fact, we put soapstone round our range in our English Tudor! I’d’ve used extra soapstone however that kitchen had present tile flooring, so we wished to go together with wooden counters to be a heat complement to the tile. The wooden counters had been completely lovely, too! Our toilet had marble and it additionally stole my coronary heart.

So once we had been deciding what sort of counters to place into our present dwelling throughout our kitchen transform, I knew surely I’d select natural parts once more. That is our endlessly dwelling, so it was essential to me to decide on one thing that might deliver us pleasure for a few years to come back. Pure stone might not deliver pleasure to each dwelling or character, however we knew it was the suitable selection for us.

The Beauty of Soapstone Counters (+ why we chose them for our kitchen)
W Design Collective

We chosen marble for our perimeter counter tops many months in the past (see our kitchen design temper board right here), however remained undecided what we wished for our island. Our first thought was to make use of soapstone, however we set that concept apart for a time as a result of we thought we’d go together with wooden or a butcher block.

As soon as our wood flooring had been put in we liked them a lot that after a lot dialogue, we ultimately realized we wished to allow them to shine on their very own because the “wooden assertion.” So at that time, we revisited the concept of soapstone and as soon as we did, it felt completely proper to us. We received further enthusiastic about our kitchen as soon as determined to go together with soapstone! It felt like dwelling to us. I’ve realized to take my time when there’s any indecision and never rush into something that isn’t clear.

The Beauty of Soapstone Counters (+ why we chose them for our kitchen)
Kitchen from One thing’s Gotta Give // Photograph: Sony Photos through Apartment Therapy.
Who didn’t fall in love with this iconic seaside home and traditional kitchen? (As I perceive it, these had been fake counters made to imitate the look of soapstone.)

Soapstone stands the take a look at of time, as does marble. Soapstone is commonly present in New England houses round fireplaces and kitchens, courting again to the 13 colonies as a tried and true traditional right here within the states. In fact, soapstone and marble are classics in Europe! I’ll always remember the fantastic thing about actual marble on the counters and tables in European cafes, there’s really nothing just like the patina of actual stone.

That’s the sense of historical past and patina we determined felt proper for our dwelling. You understand how a lot I like a house that looks like cozy sanctuary, one which tells tales and displays household historical past. My purpose is to not hold a pristine showplace search for my dwelling. Fairly I need to really feel, see and sense the fantastic thing about life lived there. Whereas we are going to lovingly take care of our stone and it’ll deliver us pleasure to take action, we gained’t reside with concern of them exhibiting indicators that we reside right here.

Stone yards, contractors and designers will attempt to speak you out of selecting soapstone and marble for the very cause I wished to make use of them! I like that these supplies will present a patina with age. Professionals who promote it try to be sure you know that, so it is smart they add warning.

The Beauty of Soapstone Counters (+ why we chose them for our kitchen)
The Handmade Home

It appears right here in America most individuals need their supplies to remain pristine and ideal, so no marvel they get pissed off when marble and soapstone don’t keep “showroom new”. You undoubtedly have to know your self and your purpose and ask questions earlier than you decide that you would remorse. Whereas there are granites that mimic the look of soapstone, I’m excited for the pure getting older course of and fantastic thing about pure stone.

We put Quartz in our final two houses (our Seattle kitchen, and our craftsman home kitchen) and whereas it’s lovely differently, to me there’s simply nothing just like the natural and historic look of marble and soapstone in the suitable dwelling. One commentary I’ve had with different artifical supplies we’ve had is that they aren’t essentially idiot proof or with out downsides of their very own. Our quartz nonetheless received some stains and etching, but it surely wasn’t repairable like soapstone. Plus it didn’t ever get that lovely patina just like the stone will. Soapstone can be warmth resistant, and quartz shouldn’t be.

We’re so enthusiastic about our counters going into our kitchen! The delight these lovely natural parts already deliver to us has made us fall much more in love with our dwelling. We’re thrilled to make them part of our household’s historical past right here. I can share much more about them in addition to the care and holding of the stone as soon as we they’re in our dwelling.

Extra Posts about Our Kitchen Rework:

My New Kitchen Flooring Plan + Mother and father’ Addition and Exterior Elevation

Our New Kitchen Design Temper Board (and 5 questions that helped me make choices)

Including Character in a Kitchen Rework: The Story of Our New Vary and Faucet

Kitchen and Eating Room Renovation Replace! Tasks Have Begun!

Kitchen Renovation Replace: Flooring, Cupboards, Sink, {Hardware} and Extra

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