Our Custom Wood Bar Countertops blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured space was designed by Roger Yiengst of Kountry Kraft. Kountry Kraft is a family-owned business, established in 1959, that has evolved into one of the premier custom kitchen and custom cabinet manufacturers in the country. They are dedicated to staying the course of four guiding principles: craft the highest quality, custom product; deliver it on schedule; price it fairly; and be honest, genuine and friendly. Kountry Kraft is located in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania. Grothouse is truly honored to have been part of this project. After reading this blog, you can like Kountry Kraft on Facebook and follow them on Houzz to see more of their designs.
About the Designer:
Roger Yiengst has been with Kountry Kraft since 1977. Roger assumed the position of Sales Manager and Representative in 1995.
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and over 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata Permanent Finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Wood Bar Tops by Grothouse can be crafted for Commercial and Residential use. Bar Tops can be constructed in any configuration: construction style, wood species, edge profiles, shape, or size.
Grothouse offers two distinct bar molding styles. The bar molding style you choose should take cues from the design of the space. Traditional bars have Chicago Bar Rail, designed to provide a place for guests to rest their arms. Chicago Bar Rail also helps avoid spilled drinks from falling into guests laps or onto the floor. Grothouse crafts the Chicago Bar Rail of the same wood specie as the bar surface to ensure a uniform look.
The Bar Top shown below includes a Chicago Bar Rail. This bar was designed by Ruth Schoeneberger of Morris Black.
The other molding style available at Grothouse is the Synthesis™ Bar Rail. Synthesis™ Bar Rail is a Chicago style bar rail that is carved into the bar surface on site with the same wood species lot as the bar top.
Commercial Wood Bar Tops
Commercial Wood Bar Tops provide professional clients with the highest quality wood surfaces in the industry. Grothouse crafts the bar to meet your objective of a stunning warm design with an efficient use of space for servers and consumers. Each bar top is crafted to the clients’ custom design, including all cut outs, features and shapes. Grothouse bars always arrive ready to install.
Grothouse is the exclusive provider of Durata® Waterproof wood countertop finish. This commercial grade finish has been used for years in commercial bars, restaurants and country clubs throughout the United States. Durata® Finish is waterproof, so spilled drinks and stains are no longer a worry. The finish is permanent and does not require reapplication, which allows you to stay open for business with no shut downs necessary. Durata® is designed so it does not flake or yellow like polyurethane finishes and is more chemically resistant than Spar Varnishes. Durata® is available applied on wood bar tops crafted by Grothouse and is not sold as a stand-alone product.
Pictured above is The New Continental Tavern in Pennsylvania. The Wood Bar is crafted of Sapele Mahogany in Flat Grain Construction. The bar includes Chicago Bar Rail and is sealed with Durata® Finish.
Residential Wood Bar Tops
Bar Tops are popular in basements of residential homes. Wood Bars are a warm and inviting area to entertain friends and family. The residential bar pictured below was designed by PJ Stofanak Inc with luxury in mind. The Walnut Bar Top is finished with Durata® wood countertop finish. The overall bar design is very pleasing to the eye. A closer look will discover a bright blue countertop on the back bar that includes glass cabinetry doors for glass storage and a center glass shelf for displaying treasured pieces. The back bar has beautiful tile to accent the brown tones that dominate the design. Under counter wine fridge keeps cold bottles handy and a bar sinks makes clean up a breeze. The drapery protects the large screen television when not in use. This bar is an entertainers dream and the attention to detail speaks to the talented designers that created the space.
Opportunities are limitless for Commercial and Residential Grothouse Wood Bar Tops. You can view more photography of bars in our Photo Gallery.
Expanded Corners are a popular feature for Wood Kitchen Island Countertops. Clients with a refined taste typically choose wood countertops with expanded corners for their cultivated kitchen designs. This feature can only be accomplished at the hands of the most skilled craftsmen.
This feature is typically added to wood countertops to accent a decorative corner corbel or post. When combined with a decorative edge profile, this feature provides visual interest and texture to the kitchen design.
Designing a Wood Countertop with Expanded Corners
Expanded corners can be crafted with any edge profile. The vertical edges of the corners can be rounded to soften the appearance, or left square to enhance the crisp edge details.
Edge profiles continue seamlessly throughout the entire perimeter of the countertop. The ending result is an impressive architectural detail that brings an air of elegance to your custom wood countertop.
Designing wood countertops with expanded corners require careful consideration to the dimensions. Typically they follow the same overhang as the balance of the countertop.
Installed Wood Countertops with Expanded Corners
In the Countertop Image Library, you can view various designs with installed wood countertops. Below are a few of the wood countertop designs with expanded corners.
This Walnut Wood Countertop has all four corners expanded. This traditional kitchen designed by Artisan Kitchen and Bath evokes southern charm. The kitchen island has architectural columns that are enhanced by the corners of the wood countertop. The edge profile, Medium Roman Ogee, runs continuously through out the expanded corners. This enhances the three dimensional appearance that is mirrored in the custom cabinetry.
This Wenge Wood Countertop was included in the Bremtown Custom Cabinetry display booth at KBIS 2014. Four corners are expanded. The 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile runs continously throughout the entire countertop. The corners enhance the classy cabinetry. Below is a closer picture of one of the expanded corners.
Expanded Corners are a popular feature for countertops in refined, cultivated kitchen designs. They provide visual interest and texture to the kitchen design and cabinetry. They can be crafted with any edge profile, which can continue seamlessly throughout the entire perimeter of the countertop. Further details about the corners can be found in the Countertop Design Guide. Click here to request a quote for a Grothouse Wood Countertop with Expanded Corners.
The Benefits of Grothouse Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops
Grothouse Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops add a very welcoming and inviting feel to any style kitchen. Their beautiful appearance instantly pleases everyone’s sense of sight. Each butcher block is carefully hand sanded to a silky, smooth finish; making them tactile and warm to the touch.
The thermal diffusion of wood is much lower than that of other materials, such as steel, concrete, and stone. For this reason, wood does not feel extremely hot or cold to the touch as do some other materials. This is the main reason why Grothouse Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops are inviting surfaces to sit at. Because of this, Butcher Block Islands become the center piece of the kitchen. They are also safe to use with sinks and stoves when installed properly. The Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top shown below includes an over mount Kohler sink. This kitchen was designed by Plain & Fancy.
Grothouse Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops also provide a functional work surface to any kitchen. Unlike granite or marble slabs, butcher blocks can be made to any size without unsightly seams. The beauty of using a large butcher block countertop for an island is revealed in the design pictured below. This large kitchen island countertop is constructed in one piece with no unsightly seams. The butcher block was designed by Cabinet Tree Design Studio.
Having a Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top eliminates the need for cutting boards and chopping blocks. Butcher Block Island tops create a large surface that can be used for direct chopping and food preparation. In addition, you can incorporate a waste hole with a compost bin underneath, which makes cleaning up a breeze.
These are all wonderful features to have in your kitchen if you have cooking parties and need space for groups of chopping chefs; or simply have a large family that loves to cook.
The eclectic kitchen shown below was designed by JP Walters Design Associates. This kitchen boasts a large maple butcher block island top. This kitchen is a chefs dream with top of the line appliances and plenty of counter space.
Grothouse Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops are very beneficial to any kitchen style. They are very welcoming and inviting surfaces to sit at. Because of this, they become the center piece of any kitchen. Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops provide a functional work surface to any kitchen. They are safe to use with sinks and stoves when installed properly. Unlike granite or marble slabs, butcher blocks can be made to any size without unsightly seams. Having a Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top eliminates the need for cutting boards and chopping blocks. You can add various features to your butcher block to increase it’s functionality.
You can view more Grothouse Butcher Block Kitchen Island Tops in the Image Library of our Countertop Design Guide.