Save Big Without Sacrificing – DIY Soapstone Kitchen Kit

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Soapstone – The Perfect Kitchen Counter Material

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, but many homeowners hesitate to update their kitchen due to excessive cost. A good renovation costs thousands of dollars, making it difficult to bite the bullet and spruce up your home. At M. Teixeira Soapstone, we’re proud to offer a smart solution to this problem: Our Kitchen-to-Go Soapstone Counter Kit. While soapstone is famously impervious to stains, chemicals, acids, and general wear-and-tear, it is also soft enough that the average handy homeowner has all the tools needed to fabricate a stunning soapstone countertop.

 
 
 
 
 

Soapstone is an ideal material for the kitchen because it does not require sealing, it will not stain, and it has heat-resistant qualities. Most people are surprised to learn it is more dense than marble, slate, limestone, and even granite. Withstanding the test of time, soapstone is still widely used in chemistry lab countertops and acid rooms. It’s remarkable durability is perfect for a high-trafficked and well-used kitchen that will stay beautiful for years to come.

Fabricated With Ease by Handy Homeowners

With more than half the cost of natural stone counters going towards labor, it’s an easy decision for DIY-ers to incorporate beautiful stone countertops at a fraction of the price. Instead of needing specialized stoneworking tools, all you need is a circular saw, a jigsaw, a drill/driver, a grinder, and a sander.

Recently, homeowners Matt and Laura reached out to report their success with our DIY kit and soapstone sink. When emailing to let us know how much they love their soapstone kitchen, they wanted us to share this message:

“I have never worked with stone countertops before and I want your customers to know how easy soapstone is to work with. I was very nervous to take on this project, but it was not technically difficult and the end result exceeded my expectations.”

Interested but unsure if you have what it takes to DIY your kitchen? For homeowners who doubt their ability to complete this project, we offer a no-cost “practice piece” for you to test your skills before committing to the full project.

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Our DIY kit has 4 options so you can choose just how involved you would like to be in the fabrication of your countertops: Complete DIY, Cut-to-Size, Cut-to-Size and Finished Edge, and Full Pre-Fabricated.

M. Teixeira Soapstone is eager to help you save on building the kitchen of your dreams. Matt and Laura wrote, “We are really happy to have found M. Teixeira Soapstone and greatly appreciate your assistance with filling our order, holding the material for us, and the care your warehouse guys took while loading and securing the stone in our vehicle the day we picked it up.”

We’re passionate about this resilient and attractive natural stone. Get started on the renovation you’ve always dreamed of and order your sample package today!

Soapstone Remnants Add Eclectic Style to Pizza Moto’s Historic Brooklyn Building

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Brooklyn's Pizza Moto

Brooklyn’s Pizza Moto

After eight years of serving Brooklyn’s best pizza from wood-fired mobile ovens, Pizza Moto found its home in an unassuming building that is rich in history. The restaurant was built and remodeled to create a unique Brooklyn aesthetic and features the timeless durability of soapstone. The bar countertop was handcrafted from M Teixeira Soapstone’s remnants to blend seamlessly with the restaurant’s eclectic style. Using reclaimed remnants is a sustainable and earth-friendly choice. Soapstone is the perfect material for the countertop bar because it does not stain and cannot be damaged by hot pots, citrus, wine, acidic liquids, or chemicals.

While it’s certainly a highlight, the charisma of Pizza Moto goes far beyond the bar. The building was originally erected by an Irish immigrant baker in the mid-1800s and later followed by a Prussian cigar maker, an Italian pasta and sub purveyor, and an American coal-fired pizza baker. The history became even richer when co-owners Dave Sclarlow and Anna Viertel discovered a coal oven hidden behind the wall. Sclarow restored the masonry and converted the oven to burn wood instead of coal, and the team went on to build their restaurant around this delightful piece of New York’s history.

The updated turn-of-the-century wood-burner allows Pizza Moto to quickly produce consistent and evenly charred Neapolitan-style pies with a delicate white interior. The restaurant features inventive choices such as the “clam pie,” which has sliced potatoes, smoky bacon, and clams cooked in cream and white wine. The New York Times gave Pizza Moto a glowing review: “the pies coming out of the old bakery are already among the top tier of New York brick oven pizzas.”

 
 
 
 

The design, masonry, welding, plumbing, and finishing carpentry were done entirely by the Pizza Moto team. The restaurant’s bar is particularly appealing – the stools were welded from discarded desks found at a nearby school.

We’re thrilled to see our soapstone used by creative and talented people like Dave and Anna – we know its lasting durability and chic charm will be the backdrop for great times at one of Brooklyn’s hidden gems.

Italian Classic White Marble Arrives at Our New Jersey Stone Warehouse

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We continue to see the popular trend of combining two natural stone countertop materials in kitchens. One of the most popular countertop combinations is soapstone and marble. For example, Soapstone countertops and a white marble island. The combination is timeless and classic.

So popular, that we just imported a unique selection of white marble slabs and quartzite. M Teixeira Soapstone owner and founder Roger Teixeira, personally selected each and every slab, while in Italy, in order to exceed our customers’ expectations. We have now in stock, White Carrara, Statuary Marble, Statuarietto and Super White Quartzite. These beautiful slabs are not going to last. Come to our New Jersey stone warehouse and select your your slabs today.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Take Grilling to the Next Level with a Soapstone Fire Pit Barbecue Grill

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fullsizerenderThis innovative outdoor beauty is sure to be a conversation piece and the stunning heart of your outdoor space. Everyone will enjoy the grilling process with our new Soapstone Barbecue grill. Precision-cut soapstone top and Corten steel base make this grill weather-resistant and durable enough to be kept outdoors year-round. The solid soapstone slab is 1 ⅛” thick and sits atop a fire bowl made of weathering steel. You can even choose between a soapstone or steel base to create your ideal look.

Available for purchase exclusively from our online store.

Make a Statement with Soapstone Outdoor Furniture

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chaiseAs all decorators know, furniture is just as much about aesthetics as it is practicality. Our contemporary soapstone outdoor furniture items are one-of- a-kind and passionately designed by renowned Brazilian architects Souza and Zanini. Hand carved from gorgeous solid soapstone slabs, these contemporary classics will enhance your outdoor living space for generations to come.

Available for purchase exclusively from our online store.

Our New Soapstone Kitchen Visualizer – Explore Endless Possibilities

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Envision Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is the focal point and heart of any home, where functionality and aesthetics come together to embody your personal taste and style. Release your inner designer with our easy-to-use Kitchen Visualizer. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, designing a new kitchen can be overwhelming, but this new tool will help you take the guesswork out of the design process and your new kitchen plan.

From Inspiration to Reality

When you first make the choice to upgrade or remodel your kitchen, you probably begin your search for inspiration. You bookmark blog posts and kitchen galleries or save magazine clippings of kitchen pictures. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who recently remodeled their kitchen and you find yourself imagining it in your home. At a certain point throughout this process, you have ideas of your favorite kitchen design ideas, and then you hit an inspiration roadblock. You like the wall color in one image, the counters in another…

Bring Your Kitchen Design Elements Together

M. Teixeira’s new Kitchen Visualizer is here to help! Bring your favorite design elements together in one easy place. With a few clicks, our easy online tool lets you build your dream custom kitchen with soapstone countertops and backsplash. Don’t give in to the roadblock, use our interactive guide to help you visualize the kitchen of your dreams!

Soapstone Kitchen VisualizerEasy to Use Features

This great new web tool allows you to quickly and easily choose your favorite kitchen design elements in one place. Our visualizer also allows you to print, email, or save your designs.

Choose from a variety of applications, such as:

  • Countertop
  • Backsplash
  • Appliance finish
  • Flooring
  • Cabinet style
  • Cabinet color
  • Wall color

See For Yourself

Our Kitchen Visualizer is right at your fingertips to help you create the kitchen of your dreams – get started today!

Barroca Soapstone – A Winning Classic

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FullSizeRender[2]Each of our nationwide soapstone warehouses has been receiving gorgeous soapstone slabs from the Barroca quarry. Pictured is our most recent lot of Barroca™ Soapstone. This product is a traditional soapstone from the Baroque-inspired Mariana region of Brazil. The stone is a beautiful light gray color. After oil or wax treatment, it takes on a rich black hue with occasional white veining.

White Soapstone – Does it Exist?

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whitethAfter an Italian quarry recently marketed their white marble as soapstone, we have been receiving a lot of requests for the now-famed product. While their stone is beautiful, Steatite (soapstone) is only white when composed of pure talc (which is unsuitable for architectural applications).

Soapstone Masonry Heater Saves NY State Homeowners on Heating Bills

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Recently, we received a letter from a couple who wanted to share the enjoyment of their soapstone masonry heater. In addition to the “wonderful ambiance” provided by the charming warm glow, they wanted us (and other homeowners) to know just how much they saved on their heating costs in the notoriously chilly 2014 – 2015 winter season:

“We used the Sinatra heater exclusively to heat our new (2,000 sq. ft.) home for three years now… Last winter saw many days at -30 degrees. For the entire 2014 – 2015 winter season, we burned 12-face cords of wood for a total winter heating cost of $765.00.”

The Money-Saving Sinatra Bake Oven Soapstone Masonry heater

The Money-Saving Sinatra Bake Oven Soapstone Masonry heater

How can one masonry heater heat an entire home in -30 degree weather? It surely helps if that masonry heater is made from soapstone. The first difference is the type of heat stored and emitted by the fireplace. While traditional fireplaces are known to emit short-lived convection heat in close proximity, soapstone stores and releases heat slowly. The other thing that sets soapstone apart from traditional hearths is its efficiency. Soapstone’s thermal mass absorbs slowly and radiates the heat long after the fire has extinguished. In traditional fireplaces, much of the heat and energy is wasted by being almost immediately released through the chimney.

The particular model of soapstone heater is our Sinatra BakeOven Soapstone Wood Burning Stove, which boasts a 12-16 hour heat output per 3-4 hours of burn time. Another delightful feature of this masonry heater is its ability to help prepare your dinner!

“We both work full time and it’s also nice to come to a delicious crock pot dinner waiting in the Sinatra’s oven. We call it our slow cooker on steroids. We couldn’t be happier.”

Stay warm and save on your heating costs this winter with our Soapstone Wood Burning Stoves!

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