Beautifying homes inside and out
At Garden State Soapstone, we specialize in the fabrication and installation of all varieties of soapstone, slate and wood countertops. Unlike other stone retailers and installers, we represent quarries which supply only the highest quality soapstone located throughout Brazil, Alberene (Virginia, USA) and slate quarries in the USA.
What clients say
Dear Jay, So far, so good with the soapstone! Really, the countertop that you resanded looks as georgous as the rest, and the previous light areas seem to be gone. We really appreciate you coming up to take care of it. Thank you again, so much!
With our best wishes - Alice and Paul
Thank you very much! This has been such a pleasant experience! Both my husband and I LOVE the soapstone.
Kind regards - Ann
Hi there! I am so happy to be able to recommend Jay. He was the best part of a very long and hard renovation of our home. He was so easy to deal with and really helped me tremendously. I was actually 8 months pregnant and could not get down to the showroom in NJ. I described to him the look that I was going for, he brought me samples and measured for the soapstone. He installed it very soon after that because I was desperate to have a functioning kitchen prior to the birth of my baby. It was so easy to coordinate for both the templating and the installation. He arrived on time and was extremely professional.
The stone that he picked for us is absolutely perfect. He also helped to correct some of the issues we had with our island cabinets being slightly crooked. Because of the way he installed the counters no one would ever be able to tell. We love the soapstone and haven't had any problems. I have only oiled it once in the 8 months that we have had it and it still looks great. As far as scratching, which was a major concern of mine, we have had no problems. The few small scratches that we have gotten came right out with a dab of the oil.
I am not sure the exact type of soapstone that he installed - I know we have one of the harder ones but you would have to ask him for specifics. We have a farmhouse sink so I really can't speak to how an undermount sink would be, but I would imagine it would be fine. We went back and forth between soapstone and honed absolute black granite and I have to say I am SO HAPPY we chose the soapstone. It gives so much more character than the granite. I highly recommend him and if you have any other questions please let me know!
Jay is not only a world class craftsman; he is an fine artist and soapstone is the canvas he paints upon. The kitchen Jay created for my home has attracted the attention of architects and designers thought the East End of Long Island.
Bravo Jay and thanks.
I go into the still unfinished kitchen and rub my hands over the stone each day. When I'm at work, I find I look at the pictures in my camera as a pick-me-up. I LOVE my soapstone so far and can't wait to actually live with it. Sure, please give out phone number and my email address to prospective clients. I will be happy to show off the counters!
I'll send you finished pictures as soon as the kitchen is done!
Wanted to tell you how great the counters look! They are fantastic and exactly what I wanted for the kitchen. My builder Tom also loved them- I think you may have sold another customer! Thanks again for everything.
Catherine- Chatham, NJ
I have an old house in Jersey City and wanted to do a kitchen that looked both 1930s and modern at the same time. I am tired of granite as you see it everywhere. I decieded on Soapstone as it is durable and very beautiful. I then checked out the websites for several places. Jay had good reviews and they are well deserved. He is truly into his work and knows the product well. I picked a beautiful Soapstone from Brazil. Jay did a great job cutting and installing it. I am really happy with my choice and would reccommend Soapstone counters to everyone.
Thank you so much for the gorgeous soapstone and flawless install. My new guilty pleasure is staring at my kitchen counters. Althought the Reno isn't yet finishes we've already received many comments in how beautiful the counters are. You were a pleasure to work with and, as promised, delivered a quality product. Thank you!!!
Jay, It looks awesome! We are so thrilled with the counters and sink. Everything just looks so great and I think they really compliment the cabinets well. Thanks for all your hard work. We will definitely recommend you!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my counters. They are truly beautiful and everything I hoped for. It was worth the seach to find you. Also thank you for the cutting board and the trivet. You guys are awesome.
I am completley in LOVE, not only with my new soapstone countertops but with the quality of work hat Jay and his demonstrated from beginning to end. We contacted Jay about 3 weeks ago, he invited us to come check out his shop and learn about soapstone. We met with him, he quoted us a prices and from there things only got better..once our cabinets were installed, our countertops were measured and installed 2 days later! Jay is a complete expert at what he does..I would not have chosen anybody else, from the first meeting with him, I knew that Garden State Soapstone was who I wanted to work with. Jay is HONEST and professional, he returns emails and phone calls right away. This was by far the smoothest part of our kitchen renovation! Thank you Jay and GSS! We will refer you to everybody we know!
Jay, Thank you again for such a beautiful and professional job you did on our countertops. We absolutely love them!
We are totally in love with the counter, and your precision work is incredible. Thanks so much!
Just got home and we love the countertops. Thanks so much for your great work and your gift. My husband was especially impressed with your work, and he appreciates and recognizes craftmanship more than I (he is the jeweler, I am the lawyer). It was a pleasure doing business with you and we will definitely recommend you to our friends.
All the best,
.... wanted to tell you how much I LOVE the countertop...Amazing work. Everything I hoped and more...Thank you soooo much! Great doing business with you
Jay, I love the wax! It has made me fall in love with my soapstone counters again (I've had them for about 6 years)! I waxed them immediately after getting the product in the mail. I haven't waxed them since and they still look great. No more splotchy oil marks (even after wiping them with a paper towel) and oil transfer to what ever I set on the counter, and the color is consistent even aroung the sink despite the water splashes. Love it!!! Thank you for making such a great product.
Thanks again for everything..we love our countertops!
Just wanted to say thank you and your team in making our Kitchen absoutely fabuolus. Quick turnaround and professionalism was greatly appreciated. We will definately recommend Garden Statesoapstone to all our friends.
We LOVE our soapstone counters! And the whole experience, stsrt to finish, was so pleasant, professional and stress-free. As a post-script, when you left, our contractor, Don, said, "He really knows his stuff!"
I wish I would have thought to take a photo of the new counters with you in it! I was eaiting for it all to come together- faucet, back-splash, etc. for photos; but it would have been nice to have one of "Mr. Soapstone" lol...I will send you photos when it's all finished- I promise!
Jay is a consumate craftsman, and his work is gorgeous. Needless to say, the gorgesous. He is very responsive, professional, and fair....I will also say that his turnaround time for installation is extrememly fast.
Jay, Jon really loved the job you did. The soapstone looks great (actually way better than great). We will take pictures for after we spiffy up the rest of the kitchen. Thanks for everything.
Hey Jay, Chris and I are soooo happy with our countertops. They look fabulous and you guys did a great job. Thanks again for everything!
Many thanks to you and your assistant. The counters look spectacular, I couldn't be more pleased. Your attention to detail and actually caring about your craft really shines through. Thank you so much!!
Lorin- Montclair, NJ
The countertops look incredible!! We are so happy with them. You did an amazing job! Thank you for getting them done so quickly. We will send you pics when its all finished. Thanks again.
Just put the first coat on & I love it. I will do a second coat in about a week.
Once again, thank you for the special & extra service,
Jay, you are a rockstar! The counters look fabulous!
I stopped by late last night so viewed them in the dark - and they looked good then, so I can only imagine how they look in the daylight. Will go back and check them out this weekend. Thank you so much for all your hard work. We really have enjoyed working with you.
All the best - Nadia and Hamish
"I can't believe that's my amazing kitchen. Thank you Jay I love it."
I highly recommend Garden State Soapstone and owner Jay Tauber for anyone considering new or replacement countertops, or any granite or soapstone needs. Jay worked with me on a complete kitchen and fireplace surround demo and made a great space with outdated granite look totally amazing with new stone an a new design. Jay also helped coordinate all my accessories for the job, started the job on time and left the house in great order after. Love the work...
I highly recommend GSS if you're choosing soapstone for your project. Excellent selection and pricing, and Jay and his crew provided timely, top quality work. My project was a weird size, and in a somewhat diffcult installation location., but was handled with no fuss- the soapstone looks as if it's always been in that wet bar alcove. When I renovate my kitchen, I'll be calling GSS...
I just wanted to thank you for the fine work you did on our counter top and to say that it has been a pleasure working with you. You are exceeding professional, patient, your work quality is excellent and we would gladly be a reference for you should you need one. Thanks again and I wish you all the best.
"...I don't know how to put it into words but the counter is just outstanding!! It is more beautiful than I cold have hoped for and your work is impeccable! You have just been great to work with and the way you worked with our schedule and our contractor is appreciated. I will be recommending you to everyone I know"
Yvonne- Montclair, NJ