Countertop as backsplash
These are such common terms that I didn't get anything specific on search. My question is: As far as I can remember, the kitchens I've lived with have always had a little bit of the countertop going up the wall, 3" or so of countertop turning up the wall. But I don't see this so much any more. It seems more common to just butt a countertop up against the wall, and then have a tile backsplash, or even just the wall.
Is there a reason for the difference? Just fashion? An issue of materials (e.g., what made sense with formica doesn't make sense with granite)? Or is there some functional difference?
I'm hoping for Soapstone in our new kitchen, but cost may prohibit it (so much of our budget is having to go to structural, plumbing, and electrical). Is soapstone a material that could be used as that little backsplash bit?