Modern Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher Block Countertops have made an increasing lead in today’s Modern Kitchen Designs. This blog will give you tips and inspiration for designing your very own Modern Butcher Block Countertop crafted by Grothouse.

Modern Butcher Block Countertops by Grothouse
Modern Butcher Block Countertops by Grothouse

Designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops

At Grothouse, the term “butcher block” refers to a countertop surface crafted in End Grain Construction. End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. In End Grain Construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This is shown in the diagram below. This construction style is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles because it requires a level of craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.

End Grain Butcher Block Countertop Construction
Modern Butcher Block Countertops are crafted in End Grain Construction

Butcher Block Countertops are the perfect surface area for food preparation because they are self-healing and can be sanded to look like brand new. Butcher Block Countertops are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, which requires a renewal process of the finish to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and use. The refinishing process varies based on the frequency of countertop use.

When designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops, it is important to keep in mind all of the possible uses. Butcher Blocks can be designed for use as dining tables, kitchen countertops, and kitchen island tops.

Modern Butcher Block Countertops Inspiration

A colossal of award-winning designers have incorporated butcher block countertops into their modern kitchen designs.

Interior Environments designed the Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop for the large kitchen island in the picture below. The Checkerboard Pattern and the simple chamfer edge profile enhances the modern feel of the kitchen island.

Maple and Wenge Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Maple and Wenge Modern Butcher Block Countertop

Venegas + Company LLC designed the Modern Kitchen shown below to include a Teak Butcher Block Countertop for the kitchen island. Our teak has natural water repellent properties, and requires less oiling.

Teak Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Teak Modern Butcher Block Countertop

In Detail Interiors incorporated the Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop into the modern kitchen shown in the image below. The butcher block countertop is used as a kitchen island end rather than the entire kitchen island top. The lower height makes it comfortable for chopping.

Checkerboard Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Modern Butcher Block Countertop

T C Studios designed the Modern Kitchen in the following picture. The Brazilian Cherry Butcher Block Countertop was used for only part of the kitchen island for dining and seating purposes. Wood provides a warm place to rest your arms or enjoy a quick meal.

Brazilian Cherry Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Brazilian Cherry Modern Butcher Block Countertop

Modern Butcher Block Countertops can also be incorporated into designs as Dining Tables. Aidan Design designed a Walnut Butcher Block Countertop for the dining table in the modern kitchen shown below. The dining table can double in purpose as a dining table and a food preparation area.

Walnut Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Walnut Modern Butcher Block Countertop

You can view more inspirational designs including Modern Butcher Block Countertops in the Countertop Image Library.

Dark Wood Countertops

Dark Wood Countertops have been the center of kitchens for years. Why? Because they are very easy to design, and fit into almost any kitchen style. This blog will discuss the various dark wood species we have available for wood countertops and the various kitchen styles dark wood countertops are typically found in.

Dark Wood Countertops custom crafted by Grothouse
Dark Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Dark Wood Countertops | Wood Species

Grothouse has three distinct dark wood species available: Wenge, Peruvian Walnut, and American Black Walnut.

Wenge is a heavy wood that has an attractive appearance due to its strong grain and subtle color variation. The heartwood is a darker brown with black veins and white lines. Wenge Wood Countertops are very rich in color and are naturally the darkest wood countertops available.

Wenge Dark Wood Countertops with Hand Planed Distressing
Wenge Countertop with Hand Planed Distressing designed by Venegas + Company LLC

Peruvian Walnut is lighter than Wenge, but it has a very rich, deep chocolate brown color. The dark brown hues are accentuated by the straight grains throughout the wood.

Peruvian Walnut Dark Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Peruvian Walnut Countertop designed by Jason Artus of Rutt Custom Cabinetry Group

American Black Walnut is the lightest wood specie of the three. As Walnut gets older, it mellows to a chocolaty-brown. American Black Walnut is one of the most popular woods in the industry.

Walnut Dark Wood Countertops designed by John Troxell
American Black Walnut Countertop designed by John Troxell, Director of Design of Wood-Mode

Dark Wood Countertops | Kitchen Styles

Dark Wood Countertops can be found in a kitchen with any style. One of the best qualities of Grothouse Wood Countertops is that they can be designed for any desired look.

The Wenge Wood Countertop shown in the image below was designed by The Shadowlight Group for this traditional kitchen. The decorative edge profile on the Wenge Countertop enhances the traditional look of the island.

Dark Wood Countertops in a traditional kitchen
Wenge Wood Countertop in a Traditional Kitchen

Below is an image of a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop in a Transitional Kitchen designed by Venegas + Company LLC. The countertop was crafted to be a Parsons Table. The clean, sleek look of the table compliments the kitchen island and perimeter counter spaces.

Dark Wood Countertop in a transitional kitchen
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop in a Transitional Kitchen

An American Black Walnut Wood Countertop completes the Modern Kitchen shown below. This kitchen was designed by John Troxell, Director of Design of Wood-Mode. A strong attention to detail was put into the design of the wood countertop to create a very modern, luxurious impression.

Dark Wood Countertop in a Modern Kitchen
American Black Walnut Wood Countertop in a Modern Kitchen

A Wenge Wood Countertop was chosen for the Contemporary display designed by Venegas + Company LLC in the image below. The Wenge Countertop fits the display perfectly.

Dark Wood Countertop in a contemporary kitchen
Wenge Wood Countertop in a Contemporary Kitchen

Dark Wood Countertops by Grothouse can be found in almost any kitchen style. To see more Dark Wood Countertops, visit the Countertop Image Library.

Grothouse Wood Countertops Sinks

Grothouse Wood Countertops Sinks
Grothouse Wood Countertops with Sinks

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Can Wood Countertops have sinks?” The answer is YES! At Grothouse, we manufacture Wood Countertops with Sink Cutouts every single day. Designing wood countertops with sinks is no different than designing with any other countertop surface. We seal all sink openings with proprietary methods that assure you a wood countertop with a lifetime of worry-free use. With our advanced technology and expertise in the Wood Countertop Industry, Grothouse countertops can include a variety of sinks. This blog will discuss the most popular sinks we accommodate.

Wood Countertops Sinks | Undermount Sinks

Wood Countertops with Undermount sinks are the most popular style of sink. This is our preferred method because they provide a clean line on the surface.

Pictured below is a Teak Wood Countertop with an Undermount Sink. The sink is a Blanco Niagara Double Bowl #440160 with a Blanco Meridian 1.8 Semi-Pro Faucet#440558.

Wood Countertops Sinks, Wood Countertops with Undermount Sink by Blanco
Grothouse Teak Wood Countertop with Blanco Undermount Sink, designed by Blanco

Wood Countertops Sinks | Farmhouse Sinks

Another type of undermount sink commonly paired with Wood Countertops are Farmhouse Sinks.

The Wenge Wood Countertop shown in the picture below includes a a large Blanco Farmhouse Sink.

Wood Countertops with Sinks, Wenge Wood Countertop with Farmhouse Sink
Wenge Wood Countertop with Undermount Farmhouse Sink, designed by The Shadowlight Group

Wood Countertops Sinks | Overmount Sinks

Grothouse also manufactures countertops to include Overmount Sinks. Overmount sinks are self rimming and the lip of the sink frames the sink opening.

The picture below is a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop with an Overmount Kohler Sink Model Brinx K3674 Stainless Steel.

Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop with Overmount Sink
Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop with Overmount Kohler Sink, designed by Plain & Fancy

You can learn more information and specifications about Grothouse Wood Countertops Sinks by clicking here.