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counter top help - slate, limestone, soapstone, granite...?

13 years ago

We are compiling our costs for our kitchen renovation, having to scale back(sigh) on various things. But the one area I haven't looked into in great depth is counter top materials. We'll have a separate island, which doesn't have to match the rest of the counters. We'll have bar stool s around 2 sides of it, and a small bar sink at the other end - I want it to have a "warm " feel (wood, soapstone?), and it doesn't have to be as tough as the rest of the counter surfaces near the stove, sink etc.. For those areas I'm thinking of slate or granite - does anyone out there have things to say about slate? I love the way it feels. I need something that doesn't mind heat and stains.

Any slate info would be appreciated, as one salesperson [in a kitchen showroom] told me slate was a little more reasonably priced than many granites.


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