Focusing on the rebuilding of our home and our lives post fire.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
We're hoping we can figure out how to do soapstone for our kitchen counter tops. Soapstone is softer than, say granite, but is much more dense, and thus nonporous and impenetrable to stains. Soapstone cannot be harmed by hot pots, citrus, acids or wine. It's virtually heat proof and has been used to construct wood burning stoves and cookware. Unlike granite, soapstone does not need to be sealed. The maintenance is a mineral oil treatment that enhances the darkening process (as seen in the photo above) and brings out the inherent natural veining and crystallization characteristics of the stone. Though soapstone can scratch, most scratches will disappear with oiling or, if it's a deeper scratch, you can take 120 grit sandpaper, sand it out with some water added to the area and then re oil. Soapstone will not have the pristine, perfect look that granite will have. Our builders made a good comparison that it's like a pair of blue jeans--- the idea is that the soapstone will be broken in and wear and patina over time. M. and I were first attracted to the look (the veining is gorgeous) and feel of soapstone (it just begs to be touched!) but have also come to love the idea of a counter top that can stand to be beat up a bit in a well-loved kitchen.
We are rebuilding our house after losing it in a massive fire on November 17, 2007. It's been a difficult ordeal-- losing so much, being displaced and then dealing with the major nightmare of our insurance company... but this blog is an effort to focus on the future and the path we're taking to get there. It's an effort to focus on the positive-- that we are rebuilding, rebuilding a house that we never otherwise could have found-- a house according to our tastes exactly. I've vowed not to bring up insurance or banking headaches or even the multitude of heartaches of the past year plus, but instead to focus solely on the exciting (and sometimes frivolous) adventures in building a house. More importantly, having lost so much of our 'history'in the fire.... this is the beginning of a new story, the story of our new HOME....