WWYD in this kitchen for counters--all soapstone or ss & marble?
What would you do in my situation? We are just doing a few minor upgrades--range, new venting (not installed yet and will go where the pot rack is), and new counters. I have looked at everything for counter tops and have decided that my original gut level choices are still my favorites and most appropriate for a house of this vintage--1916.
Because of the limited availability of soapstone in my area (I have visited every dealer in our large metro area), here are my two choices:
1. I love the original Green Mountain PA soapstone, and it has a nice hardness. But, the quarry is now mined out, and I can only get one slab. If I go with this soapstone, I need to put marble on one side of my kitchen. The soapstone would go on the entire long wall by the sink (including where there is now the piece of granite) and around the range area--the area where most of the real cooking is done. I would put a white marble ---Venatino-- on the counters on the other wall (the one with just the two counters).
2. Or, I can buy two slabs of a different soapstone that I don't like as well and is softer (I can scratch it with my fingernail). Then, all of my counters could be soapstone.
What would you do, and do you think one choice would be more appropriate for my style kitchen?