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.
Utilizing two countertop materials such as soapstone and marble in kitchen remodels is one of the most popular trends. However, many homeowners are concerned with the porous nature of marble. A perfect alternative is Quartzite natural stone. Quartzite will give you the elegant and unique look of marble and is more durable.
After 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).
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.”
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!
Our new soapstone treatment is the best way to beautifully age your new soapstone. This treatment is a 100% food-safe blend of beeswax and mineral oil. Many new soapstone owners treat their stone with mineral oil alone, which provides a moderate seal. We work hard on sourcing the finest soapstone available, so we wanted to provide a soapstone treatment of the highest quality while keeping the treatment natural. The Beeswax & Mineral Oil Soapstone Treatment is available for purchase from our online store in both 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes.
Adding beeswax to the mineral oil increases the staying power of the treatment by providing a stronger seal and a longer-lasting, subtle shine. This treatment will also help to lessen the time that new soapstone takes to darken to its aged glory.
Try it for yourself to see the difference in your soapstone countertop, sink, tiles, or fireplace!
Justin of Bridgewater, NJ recently reached out to let us know how beautiful his newly remodeled kitchen looks with our affordable DIY Soapstone Slabs. Justin touted the project as a unique aspect of his remodel and only requiring a little patience, diamond blades and routers, and a few strong friends to help lift the slabs. He also managed to complete the whole countertop installation with only one small seam, barely visible behind the sink.
Justin’s kitchen is a prime example of achieving your dream kitchen for just a fraction of the cost. Fabricating and installing your own soapstone slabs is an incredibly affordable way to produce a high-end, tasteful result on a tight budget. We love to see these success stories; if you have one to share please email us at !
Click here to read Justin’s blog post about his beautiful new kitchen.
M. Teixeira Soapstone just opened its newest location in Sterling, VA, serving the Washington DC Metro area, Virginia and Maryland. Our new showroom offers the broadest selection of soapstone slabs in the area. Most of the slabs in stock at this branch are US-sourced from the Alberene Soapstone Quarries, located within 150 miles of our location, along with a selection of imported soapstone. Soapstone sourced in the US is highly desired and we are happy to support local quarries, American jobs, and American soapstone!
We are offering full custom fabrication and installation in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We also offer our popular Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Soapstone Program, which is a great way to save money and get quality soapstone. Our installation guide provides details on how to cut and install your own DIY soapstone countertops.
Our Grand Opening Sale features a special discount on our most popular variety, Church Hill Soapstone. We are also offering a free soapstone backsplash (up to 4”) on every countertop installation in the state of Virginia (with a minimum of 30 square feet). Both of these great deals on soapstone expire on July 31st, so visit us soon to start planning the remodel of your dreams!
M. Teixeira Soapstone IV, Washington, DC
23585 Overland Dr. Unit 100
Sterling, VA 20166
A solid soapstone backsplash is often praised by interior designers for the stunning effect they have on a kitchen. While the effect is luxurious and customized, part of the appeal is that a solid backsplash does not require an extravagant budget. Many homeowners are looking for affordable ways to update their kitchen, and a solid backsplash can be the answer.
Contemporary Slab Soapstone Backsplash
The solid, unbroken surface of a soapstone slab backsplash creates a bigger and bolder effect than traditional subway tile. Homeowners can have the best of both worlds when using stone; it yields a contemporary look and timeless durability. Stylistically, stone marbling is a fantastic design element on a soapstone backsplash, as the eye is naturally drawn to vertical surfaces before horizontal.
When using veined soapstone as a solid backsplash, many designers have found success in combining simpler, more toned-down materials in the composition of a kitchen. For instance, you may pair a soapstone backsplash with grained wooden cabinets, a matching island, and a solid (un-veined) countertop surface. For this concept, designers recommend sticking to no more than three materials, to avoid clashing.
For more information visit our Soapstone Backsplash page.
Our hand crafted Soapstone Pizza Stone, made in the New Jersey, will give your pizza a wonderful crustiness, similar to what you would experience from a commercial brick oven pizza.
Due to the thermal properties of soapstone, the heat is evenly distributed across the stone, resulting in a perfectly cooked pizza.
More then Just a Pizza Stone
Your pizza stone does double-duty as a serving tray or large trivet, and is ideal for cheese platters, sushi and cold cuts. When placed in the refrigerator the stone will retain a cold temperature which is ideal for keeping food items cool.
How to Order Your Soapstone Pizza Stone
You can order your Soapstone Pizza Stone from our online store. It makes a unique gift that will surely impress your friends and family. Each pizza stone is unique with natural veining and color variations.
Remodelista is considered the number one home interiors website. Created for design enthusiasts and homeowners, this site is followed intently by influential figures in interior design, architects, bloggers, and more. M. Teixera is proud to announce that we have been featured in an article about the use of soapstone in countertop application. Our “richly-veined” soapstone slabs and soapstone counter and apron sink were pictured in this informative piece by Remodelista.
The article touts soapstone as an elegant and practical countertop material. While there was skepticism about the almost maintenance-free nature of soapstone, research and a few “test drives” proved that soapstone is a tough and aesthetically pleasing countertop surface.
There were three qualities that Remodelista explained sets soapstone apart from other natural stones: soapstone doesn’t stain, it can withstand acidic materials, and it is highly heat resistant. These attributes of soapstone make it a perfect choice for countertops, but you don’t have to take our word for it! Read the full article here.