6 May

Choosing Countertop Materials

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At Dorado Soapstone we meet hundreds of homeowners faced with choosing countertop materials. Some people who come through our doors are new to soapstone and some have done tons of research. Most people who have made the soapstone choice have done so because of soapstone’s organic presence, its soft, smooth feel, and the relationship between human […]

27 April

What Is Soapstone?

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What is soapstone? Soapstone is metamorphic rock. A metamorphic rock is a result of a transformation of a pre-existing rock that has been subjected to very high heat and pressure, which cause physical and/or chemical changes. Metamorphic rock can be formed by pressure deep inside the Earth, by tectonic processes such as continental collisions, or […]

8 April

Your Kitchen Renovation Costs

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Setting a budget is the first step (and highest priority) in your kitchen project. Determining your kitchen renovation costs is the starting point of your project. Once you have considered costs and established your budget, it is time to allocate funds to the specific details of the project. These days there are some savvy online resources […]

11 February

Planning a New Kitchen

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The Brain Planning a New Kitchen Getting your details sorted out 1. What is your budget? 2. What do you like and not like about your present kitchen? 3. How many people will be using the kitchen? 4. Do you want dining space in the kitchen? 5. Do you do a lot of entertaining? 6. […]

19 January

How Hard is Soapstone?

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One of the most frequent questions we receive from people considering soapstone for their kitchen countertops is “How hard is soapstone?” People want to know how the hardness or softness of soapstone will affect the appearance of the stone over the life of the countertop. The founder of Dorado Soapstone, Steven Chavez, addressed this concern […]

2 January

If You Really Knew Me

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Preparing myself for an information exchange with kitchen and bath designers addressing design trends and materials, I hightailed it to the Internet to search websites where I believed the experts on these subjects to live. I stopped first at countertopguides.com to check out their 2014 Annual Countertop Buyer’s Guide. Here the reader is assured that this guide will […]

5 December

Soapstone, Granite, and Marble: How Do They Compare in Price?

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Here’s the quick answer: Soapstone, like granite and marble, is a natural stone formed underground over millions of years, harvested and cut from quarries around the world, and all three are comparible in price.     Now for those of you who want the whole story with lots of detail: According to an article in […]

15 November

Why Choose Soapstone For Your Countertops?

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Here’s the quick answer: Its look is warm, organic, rustic, and contemporary. It exudes an earthy feel with deep colors and a sleek appearance that you won’t find anywhere else.     Now, for those of you who want the whole story with lots of detail: Soapstone is a natural quarried stone. It’s a metamorphic […]