The whole story: neighbors of ours just bought their house +2 months ago and are doing a significant renovation/repair. Honestly, their speedy progress has been really hard to watch. It is like a beehive over there with contractors working away making crazy improvements. I've just had to force myself to envision all those workers as big walking dollar signs in order to not loose my mind! (The owners are doing a fair amount of work themselves too.)
Anybunny, we have several mutual friends, one of whom told us that our neighbors just got a screaming deal on soapstone countertops. So I walked over last night to get the scoop. Turns out a stone company in Charlotte is going out of business and 14 hours later, we have bought countertops sight unseen! Scary, but at ~$45/sf installed, we decided to just do it!
Marc and I can't stop laughing. It is just so bizarre. Best thing is, that is better than the price we would have paid to go pick up stones and cut and install them ourselves! Now we have to finalize our sink, faucet and cooktop selections. The poor, broken hot plate will soon be outdated! :)
More info to come, we are hoping them will be installed in 2 weeks!