Other Points to Consider
Soapstone is a viable choice for your kitchen. It has different levels of hardness depending on its talc content. Less talc means a harder stone that is more suitable for kitchen countertops and the wear and tear they endure.
Soapstone is non-porous, this means no sealant is needed and spills of wine are not going to stain your countertops. For dark rich color you oil or wax it more frequently in the beginning but that regime lessens over time. Soap and water are all the cleaning necessary for this remarkable stone.
Soapstone starts at a mid-level price and then goes up from there. Pricing may depend on where it is quarried (Brazil vs North America for example). We often work with Alberene Soapstone quarried by Canadian company Polycor in Virginia USA.
As stated above, Soapstone will darken over time as a patina develops. Some people love this and some do not. Be aware this WILL happen when deciding if Soapstone is for you.
You will need to contact Martina to see samples of this wonderful stone.
The final decision is up to you. There are pros and cons for every type of countertop. The secret is a quality product, milled by incredibly passionate artisans and installed with old-world attention to detail.