Types of Sinks in Wood Countertops

Types of Sinks in Wood Countertops
Sinks in Wood Countertops

The types of sinks that can be included in Grothouse wood countertops and butcher blocks are limitless. Sinks can be made in any style – from vessel sinks to apron sinks, single or double bowl, and made out of any material – from stainless steel to cast iron.

Types of Sinks

Vessel Sink in Wenge Wood Countertop
Vessel Sink in a Wenge Wood Countertop

This bathroom designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath includes a Wenge wood countertop with a Vessel sink.

Apron Sink in a Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Apron Sink in a Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block

Showcase Kitchens designed this Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with a Walnut Border to include an Apron sink.

Farmhouse Sink in Wenge Countertop
Farmhouse Sink in a Wenge Countertop

The Shadowlight Group designed this Wenge wood countertop to include a Farmhouse sink.

Double Bowl Undermount Sink in Teak Wood Countertop
Double Bowl Undermount Sink in a Teak Wood Countertop

The most common sink included in wood countertops is an undermount sink. Blanco designed this Teak wood countertop to incorporate a Blanco Niagara Double Bowl #440160 undermount sink.

Overmount Sink in Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop
Overmount Sink in a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this Sapele Mahogany butcher block countertop to include an overmount Kohler Sink model Brinx K3674 in Stainless Steel.

Types of Faucets

Grothouse wood countertops and butcher blocks can also accommodate any type of faucet. Other accessories can also be included, like soap dispensers and sprayers.

To view more designs of wood countertops and butcher blocks with sinks, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

Small Wood Surfaces

Typically the general rule of thumb is “go big or go home,” but when it comes to wood surfaces, they don’t have to be big in size to provide functionality and character to a home. Small Wood Surfaces can be designed to fit in any space with any style design.

Designs with Small Wood Surfaces

Sapele Mahogany Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Past Basket Design

This small Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block was designed by Past Basket Design. Cleverly placed at the end of the kitchen island, this butcher block provides plenty of space for food preparation out of the way of the rest of the kitchen.

Peruvian Walnut Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Griffey Remodeling

Here we see another design with a small wood surface at the end of the kitchen island. This space was designed by Griffey Remodeling. The wood surface was crafted of Peruvian Walnut wood in edge grain construction. The wood surface is strategically placed in close proximity to the sink and cooktop, while still allowing plenty of room for food preparation. Not to mention, it naturally makes for a beautiful focal point.

Walnut Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

This classic white kitchen was designed by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.. The kitchen features a small Walnut Butcher Block for food preparation. The butcher block is placed thoughtfully between the sink and the cook top. This placement creates an efficient work space. Vegetables can be cleaned in the sink, chopped on the butcher block and cooked on the stove with just a few small steps in between.

Walnut Small Wood Butcher Block
Designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Karen Swanson of New England Design Works designed this kitchen to include a small Walnut Butcher Block at one the end of the kitchen island. This butcher block is larger than the other wood surfaces previously mentioned, and provides more space for food preparation.

To see more designs featuring small wood surfaces, check out our pins on Pinterest!

The History of Butcher Blocks

At Grothouse, we refer to wood surfaces crafted in End Grain construction as Butcher Blocks. According to Wikipedia, Butcher block, or butcher’s block, is a style of assembled wood used as heavy duty chopping blocks, table tops, and cutting boards.

The Evolution of Butcher Blocks

Antique Butcher Blocks
Antique Butcher Block

The history of wood butcher blocks is not defined. Some say the use of a butcher block first originated in China. Others say that wood has been used in the preparation of food since the prehistoric ages. Butchers used tree rounds to carve meat on. The rounds were often too soft and they rapidly became unsanitary.

Throughout the centuries, mankind evolved and started creating machines. When the circular saw was invented, nicer, cleaner slabs of wood were cut and used as cutting boards. Since soft wood was the most available type of wood at the time, it was the material of choice to be used for cutting boards.

The boards were made smaller since the slab of wood could now be cut to any desired size. Since they were made smaller, they were also used to eat off of and some people referred to them as trenchers. Trenchers were originally pieces of stale hard bread that were used as substitute plates. Wood trenchers quickly became the replacements of the eatable dinnerware.

Hard wood butcher blocks were the preferred choice of the butcher industry. They were made to be extremely thick and durable, so durable in fact, that a butcher could use the same block for almost his entire career.

One fact remains true, butcher blocks have been used in butcher shops for centuries, and still are in many European countries today, as well as in homes for the use of food preparation.

Visit our website to learn about butcher blocks manufactured today.

 

Sources Used:

http://www.cuttingboardusa.com/news/quick-history-of-the-cutting-board-47.aspx

http://www.cuttingboard.com/blog/butcher-blocks-vs-cutting-boards-whats-the-difference/

White Kitchens and Wooden Surfaces

White Kitchens and wooden surfaces have stood the test of time. The timeless appeal of this combination creates a space that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. White kitchens have been the most popular for over 20 years and continue to be the most commonly installed cabinet color. But did you know there are over 1,000 shades of white to choose from? This blog post highlights some of our favorites of white kitchens.

White Kitchens with Wooden Surfaces

White Kitchens with Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops

In 2007, this kitchen served as a backdrop for a skit on the television show Saturday Night Live. The countertops are crafted of Sapele Mahogany wood and sealed in our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

White Cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Tops
White Cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Tops. Photography by Jim Graham.

In 2009, Waterbury Kitchens designed this kitchen to include white cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Countertops.

White Kitchens with Walnut Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Walnut Wood Countertops

In 2012, Mick De Giulio designed this space for House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year. The white cabinetry is paired with two Walnut Wood Countertops sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

White Kitchens with Walnut Wood Countertop
White Cabinets with Walnut Wood Countertop

In 2013, Auer Kitchens designed this white kitchen to include a Walnut Wood Countertop sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

White Kitchens with Distressed Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop

In 2014, Wood-Mode, Inc. incorporated a distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop into the bar area of this white kitchen.

White Cabinetry with Walnut Wood Countertop
White Cabinetry with Walnut Wood Countertop

In 2015, Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this white kitchen with a large Walnut Wood Countertop for the kitchen island.

To see more designs of White Kitchens and Wood Countertops, visit our Houzz profile.