Brazilian Cherry Countertops

Brazilian Cherry Countertops are one of the hardest wood surfaces available. They have a strong resistance to scratches and dings, making great countertops for any room in your home.

Brazilian Cherry Countertops by Grothouse
Brazilian Cherry Countertops by Grothouse

Brazilian Cherry Countertops | Construction Styles

Brazilian Cherry Countertops manufactured by Grothouse can be made in End Grain Construction or Flat Grain Construction.

Brazilian Cherry Countertop in End Grain Construction
Brazilian Cherry End Grain Butcher Block Countertop

End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. End Grain surfaces are commonly referred to as Butcher Blocks. Brazilian Cherry Butcher Blocks are not limited to being used as a food preparation area. Butcher Blocks are often used for dining areas as well. This is seen in the modern kitchen pictured below. 

Brazilian Cherry Butcher Block Countertop
Brazilian Cherry Butcher Block Countertop

Flat Construction is generally preferred for an aesthetic furniture surface that enhances the grain of the wood. Flat Grain Construction is commonly known as Wide Plank. When Brazilian Cherry is crafted in Flat Grain Construction you can see the beautiful orange-red-brown tones of the wood. 

Brazilian Cherry Countertop in Flat Grain Construction
Brazilian Cherry Flat Grain Wood Counter

The Brazilian Cherry Flat Grain Counter pictured below is used as a residential basement bar top. The wood bar top compliments the stone nicely and the natural light brightens the space to a lively gathering place. Instead of a traditional bar with stools, the designer opted for comfortable leather club chairs. The carpeting keeps the space warm and cozy. A wall mounted television is placed for easy viewing by bar patrons. The bar is a simple and elegant design that was very tastefully done.

Brazilian Cherry Wood Bar Top
Brazilian Cherry Wood Bar Top

Brazilian Cherry Flat Grain Counters are typically used for kitchen islands. The traditional style kitchen pictured below boasts a large kitchen island with a Brazilian Cherry Countertop. The countertop is protected with Durata Permanent Finish that is scratch resistant and waterproof. The counter is not stained, and is the natural color of the wood. The color truly stands out, making the countertop the first thing you see when looking at this kitchen.

Brazilian Cherry Countertop for Kitchen Island
Brazilian Cherry Wood Kitchen Island Countertop

Another kitchen island with a Brazilian Cherry Countertop is shown below. The simple edge profile of the countertop emphasizes the natural color tones in the wood. This kitchen island countertop makes for the perfect seating area.

Brazilian Cherry Kitchen Island Countertop
Brazilian Cherry Kitchen Island Countertop

If you would like to view more photography of Brazilian Cherry Countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

Wood Backsplash by Grothouse

Custom Wood Countertops by Grothouse can include a matching Wood Backsplash Wood Backsplashes are typically crafted in the same wood specie to create a uniform look. They are included in all types of designs.

Custom Countertop with matching wood backsplash
Custom Wood Countertop with Wood Backsplash

Wood Backsplashes | Uses

Wood Backsplashes are typically found in kitchen designs. The traditional kitchen shown below includes a Custom Cherry Wood Countertop with a matching Cherry Backsplash.

Cherry Countertop with matching Wood Backsplash
Cherry Wood Countertop with matching Backsplash

This kitchen also includes a matching backsplash around the stove.

Wood Countertop with Backsplash around Stove
Cherry Wood Countertops and matching Backsplash around Stove

The backsplash continues to another part of the kitchen.

Custom Cherry Wood Backsplash
Custom Cherry Backsplash

By adding the backsplash in multiple locations throughout the entire kitchen, a uniform look has been created.

Another traditional kitchen design includes a matching Backsplash, Wood Countertop, and Cabinetry.

Cherry Wood Countertops with Cherry Wood Backsplash
Matching Wood Countertops, Backsplash, and Cabinetry

Backsplashes can also be used to add the effect of connecting one countertop with another. The rustic kitchen shown in the image below has a raised wood countertop and a lower wood kitchen countertop. Between the two countertops is a matching wood backsplash that makes them look connected.

Wood Countertops with matching Wood Backsplash
Wood Countertops with matching Backsplash

Wood Backsplashes are not limited to kitchen designs. Echelon Custom Homes designed this Wood Bathtub Surround with a matching Backsplash.

Wood Bathtub Surround with Wood Backsplash
Wood Bathtub Surround with matching Wood Backsplash

To see more designs including Wood Backsplash visit the Countertop Image Library.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company

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 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.

Cherry Kitchen Countertops

American Cherry is one of the most well known furniture hardwoods. Cherry Kitchen Countertops darken to a deep red brown color over time, a natural color that is notorious in today’s kitchen designs.

Grothouse Cherry Kitchen Countertops
Cherry Kitchen Countertops by Grothouse

Designing Cherry Kitchen Countertops

The first decision to be made when designing Cherry Kitchen Countertops is the construction style. Cherry Countertops manufactured by Grothouse can be crafted in three different construction styles: End Grain, Flat Grain, and Edge Grain.

End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation, for example direct chopping. End Grain surfaces are commonly referred to as Butcher Blocks. The picture below is a Cherry Butcher Block used for a Kitchen Island Countertop. This traditional kitchen was designed by Cabinet Tree Design Studio.

Cherry Kitchen Countertop crafted in End Grain Construction
End Grain Cherry Butcher Block used for a Kitchen Island Countertop

There are numerous benefits to having this large Cherry Kitchen Island Butcher Block Top. For one, you can prepare food safely directly on the countertop. Butcher Blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, which is a completely food safe finish. The Cherry Butcher Block is a warm and comforting surface to enjoy breakfast in the morning, or dinner in the evening. The color of the Cherry compliments the brick around the stove. The Cherry Butcher Block easily becomes the center piece of the entire kitchen.

Cherry Kitchen Countertops can also be crafted in Flat Grain Construction. Flat Grain Construction is commonly known as Wide Plank and is generally preferred for an aesthetic furniture surface that enhances the grain of the wood.  The Cherry Wood Counter pictured below was crafted in Flat Grain Construction. This counter is a wonderful example of the beautiful grain of Cherry. The white under mount sink and white cabinetry compliment the rich red tones in the Cherry wood and create a warm space. This counter is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, allowing the counter to be used as a food preparation surface if desired.

Flat Grain Cherry Kitchen Countertops
Flat Grain Cherry Wood Kitchen Counter

Cherry Kitchen Countertops are also available in Edge Grain Construction. Edge Grain Construction is extremely stable and makes for great surface countertops. The Cherry Wood Countertop shown in the picture below was crafted in Edge Grain Construction.

Edge Grain Cherry Kitchen Countertops
Edge Grain Cherry Wood Kitchen Countertop

The next step in designing Cherry Kitchen Countertops is to decide if you would like any features added to your countertop. Countertops manufactured by Grothouse can include features that add function to your kitchen. The Cherry Kitchen Countertop pictured below takes opportunity of a couple features.

Cherry Kitchen Countertops with features that add function
Cherry Wood Kitchen Countertop with Drainboards, Backsplash, and Drop Leaf Extension

First, the countertop is sealed with our Durata® Permanent Finish. This finish is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces and makes the countertop completely waterproof. Next, the countertop includes a Drainboard. A drainboard is a series of routed channels in the countertop that are sloped so that water will drain off the countertop naturally into the sink. This countertop also includes a Cherry wood back splash to match the countertop. A Drop Leaf Extension is located at the end of the countertop. The client requested this Drop Leaf Extension to allow for an increase in the available counter space when desired. The picture below demonstrates the Drop Leaf Extension in the upright position.

Cherry Kitchen Countertop with extension
Cherry Kitchen Countertop with Drop Leaf Extension in upright position, Drainboards, and Backsplash

Grothouse Cherry Kitchen Countertops can be designed in any of the three construction styles available, and can include a numerous amount of features that add function to your kitchen. Visit the Countertop Image Library to view more Cherry Kitchen Countertops.

Maple Wood Countertops

Grothouse Maple Wood Countertops are extremely popular in today’s kitchens. Maple is one of the most commonly used woods to craft wood countertop surfaces. It has an excellent resistance to abrasion and wear. Maple Wood Countertops are typically light in color, ranging from a light tan to a light yellow. Designers often use Maple Wood Countertops in kitchens because their color is easily matched with anything. Also, they are very easy to incorporate into any design.

Maple Wood Countertops
Maple Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Maple Wood Countertops | Design

Maple Wood Countertops can be constructed in any of the three construction styles available at Grothouse: Flat Grain, Edge Grain, or End Grain. The construction style you choose for your Maple Wood Countertop should depend on your intended use for the countertop.

The Maple Wood Countertop pictured below was crafted in Flat Grain Construction. Flat Grain countertops are generally preferred for a fine furniture aesthetic surface. This countertop includes Breadboard Ends and an undermount sink. It was crafted and designed to match the transitional style of the kitchen. This kitchen was designed by Greenfield Custom Cabinetry.

Custom Maple Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Flat Grain Maple Wood Counter

Maple Wood Countertops can also be crafted in Edge Grain construction. This style of wood countertop construction is very stable and makes a great surface.

The Edge Grain Maple Wood Countertop pictured below was designed by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop. This countertop was crafted and designed to match the Transitional Modern style of the kitchen. It includes an undermount sink and a stove top.

Custom Maple Wood Countertops in Transitional Modern Kitchen
Edge Grain Maple Wood Countertop

Maple Wood Countertops can also be crafted in End Grain construction. Wood Countertops crafted in End Grain construction are typically referred to as Butcher Blocks or Butcher Block Countertops. End grain construction is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for direct food preparation.

The Maple Butcher Block Countertop pictured below was designed to fit the Traditional Kitchen style. This traditional kitchen is perfect for any chef because it includes double ovens, a large cook top, and the chopping block flanking the island. All of these components make cooking a breeze. This kitchen was designed by Leslie DeShaver in Dallas, Texas.

Maple Butcher Block Countertops
End Grain Maple Butcher Block Countertop

Maple Wood Countertops | Customer Review

Grothouse has received numerous amounts of positive Customer Reviews regarding Maple Wood Countertops. Bob and Kathy from Boca Raton, Florida designed this Traditional Kitchen and included Grothouse Maple Wood Countertops.

“Denise, Thanks for the kind words! We’d be honored to be included among the beautifully crafted examples in your gallery of work. My wife Kathy and I have operated a home personalizing business in South Florida for almost 40 years and are now in the process of retiring. She’s waited 25 years for her “House Captains kitchen” but fortunately we’ve been too busy to spare the people to take care of our own needs. It’s been such fun showing off the new maple counter tops and watching people feel and “pet” the incredibly smooth finish of our Grothouse tops. As soon as we decide whether to use leaded glass compositions or pewter lattice over clear class in the three open upper cabinet doors we’ll have some better photography to pass along to you. We are absolutely thrilled with the superb quality of the products you delivered to us.”

Below is a picture of Bob and Kathy’s kitchen. Grothouse is honored to receive such a wonderful review and to be included in their House Captains kitchen.

Maple Wood Countertops Review
Maple Wood Countertops Review

To learn more about Bob and Kathy’s kitchen, read our previous blog post http://wood-countertop.glumber.com/custom-wood-countertops-house-captains/

Visit the Grothouse Image Library to see more Maple Wood Countertops.

Custom Butcher Block in a Kitchen Designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Our Custom Butcher Block and Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. The featured kitchen was designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works.

Custom Butcher Block in a kitchen designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works
Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

About the Designer: Karen Swanson is the owner and designer at New England Design Works, an independent kitchen and bath design firm servicing the greater Boston area. She received her training at the Boston Architectural College. Feeling that every project has unique goals and challenges, her approach to design focuses on the individual needs of each client. Space planning and creative design solutions are her specialty. She regularly hears from her clients: “wow, that’s a great idea… no one else thought of that”. She brings creative energy and dedication to each project while shepharding her clients through the renovation process. Her work has been featured in various design magazines and two of her projects were selected for Houzz “Kitchen of the Week”. In 2012, Ms. Swanson was named 1st place winner of the NKBA’s National Design Contest for the medium kitchen category. Also in 2012, she was named “Best of the Best” as a regional winner selected amongst over 1600 entries worldwide in the Subzero Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.

A Tip from Karen: Establishing a budget early on is helpful to the design process as it illuminates what the possibilities are. Is moving windows, doors, and plumbing possible? What type of appliances will be used? Is there a “splurge” item that must be included in the project? Sharing your budget early in the process will allow your designer to help you most effectively plan the project in a way that meets your aesthetic goals while using your budget optimally.

Custom Butcher Block design by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works
Custom Walnut Butcher Block designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Pennville Custom Cabinets

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Perimeter Countertops: Frosty Carrina, Caesarstone

Kitchen Island Countertops: Grothouse Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block, Calacutta Marble

Appliances: Jenn Air

Light over sink: Urban Electric

Tile Backsplash: Ann Sacks

All Photography Credit: Evan White

Additional Comments and Advice: By keeping the fixtures in their original location, the clients were able to keep their project on budget while still affording custom cabinetry and special features such as custom color cabinetry and two luxury countertop surfaces for their island.

How to contact the designer:
New England Design Works
Karen Swanson
School Street,
Manchester, MA
United States, 01944
nedesignworks@gmail.com
(978) 500-1096
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Custom Butcher Block for kitchen island by Karen Swanson
Custom Walnut Butcher Block designed by Karen Swanson
Custom Butcher Block designed by New England Design Works
Custom Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Karen Swanson

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more photography of Grothouse Custom Butcher Blocks.