Most Popular Kitchen Layout 2018

As part of its 2018 Kitchen Trends Study, Houzz recently surveyed more than 1,700 U.S. homeowners in various stages of a kitchen renovation project. Their answers offer a look into what is currently popular in American kitchens. Among many other things, the study asked homeowners about which kitchen layout they chose for their remodel.

Most Popular Kitchen Layout 2018 Houzz Study
Most Popular Kitchen Layouts 2018 | Image Source: Houzz

Half of the homeowners surveyed changed or planned to change their kitchen layout during the renovation. Of those, 35 percent chose an L-shaped layout, making that the most popular option. Shown in the graph above, this is a shift as two years ago U-shaped was most popular among renovating homeowners who changed their kitchen layouts.

L-Shaped Kitchen Layout Design Inspiration

L-shaped kitchen layout designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

This L-shaped kitchen was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. Featuring white cabinetry and a Grothouse Walnut wood kitchen island countertop.

L-shaped kitchen layout designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Design by J.S. Brown & Co.

Brandon Okone and Monica Miller, MCR, UDCP, CMKBD of J.S. Brown & Co. designed this gray transitional L-shaped kitchen with an American Beech kitchen island countertop.

L-shaped kitchen layout designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Design by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Diana Burton of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio designed this traditional white L-shaped kitchen with a Sapele Mahogany countertop for the kitchen island. View the Countertop Image Library in the Countertop Design Guide on our website to see more designs with an L-shaped kitchen layout.

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Wood Bath Surrounds

Wood is naturally a warm, comfortable material, which is why some of the industry’s best designers choose custom wood bath surrounds for luxurious master bathrooms.

Wood Bath Surrounds Custom Designed for Master Bathrooms
Wood Bath Surrounds

The most popular wood specie selected for wood bath surrounds is Teak. This is due to its natural waterproof high natural oil content. Teak is actually one of the most common woods used for yachts.

Designs with Wood Bath Surrounds

Wood Bath Surround designed for a traditional style master bathroom with white cabinetry
Wood Bath Surround | Design by Echelon Custom Homes

An elegantly traditional master bathroom designed by Echelon Custom Homes includes a custom Teak wood bath tub surround. It was designed as an accent piece to cover only the top of the tub.

Wood Bath Surround matches hutch and complements marble floor in traditional master bath
Wood Bath Surround | Design by Echelon Custom Homes

The wood was finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. Matching perfectly with the hutch aside of the tub, the wood also complements the marble floor and white bathroom cabinetry. This bright bath has a spa like feel. While it is spacious, it still remains warm and calming.

Wood Bath Surround designed for an Asian-Inspired style master bathroom with white cabinetry
Wood Bath Surround | Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

A contemporary Asian-inspired master bath designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath includes a wood bath surround. Wood baths are popular in Asian-inspired spaces, as they reflect a calming, spa-like appeal.

Wood Bath Surround matches vanity countertop and divider wall in Asian style master bath
Wood Bath Surround | Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

The entire tub itself is made of Teak wood. Grothouse crafted a custom wood countertop and divider wall to match the tub. The wood was stained with Grothouse The Favorite Stock Stain (#03012) and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library and like @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more custom wood bath surrounds!

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Custom Table by Grothouse for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

A Custom Table crafted by Grothouse was designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz of Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects for the Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018.

Custom Table designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz for KBIS 2018 Liebherr Booth
Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for KBIS 2018 Liebherr Booth

This booth unveiled the groundbreaking Liebherr Monolith – a refrigerator built for the future with whisper quiet operation and advanced technology. 84 inches from top to bottom, this impressive monumental wonder of German engineering takes food preservation to a new level. With superior food-saving advancements and energy efficiency, Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity.

Custom Table Details

Custom Stained White Oak Table Top features a Chevron Pattern and Brass Inset Screws
Custom Stained White Oak Table Top features a Chevron Pattern and Brass Inset Screws

The three inch thick table top was crafted out of White Oak. It features a chevron pattern and inset brass screws down the center of the table top. A custom stain was used to achieve the white color. An eighth inch Roundover was selected for the top, bottom and vertical edges of the table top for a sleek look.

Custom Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Finished Table Base and Base Foot
Custom Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Finished Table Base and Base Foot

The table base and base foot are coated in Anvil™ Ferrum metal finish with a Durata® Satin top coat. The Ferrum finish replicates the gray color of iron, matching the grays used throughout the rest of the design. The edges of the base were rounded a quarter inch to continue the sleek look of the table top.

Grothouse is honored to have crafted a table for the unveiling of this stunning Monolith inception kitchen. To see more custom tables by Grothouse, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

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How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Preparing Valentines Day Dinner can be stressful, but with the right food preparation surface and advice your meal can be a success.

How to Prepare for Valentines Day Dinner with Custom Wood Countertops Butcher Blocks
How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Dinner

The first step in preparing Valentine’s day dinner is to select the recipes you want to make as an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choose something that you and your date will both enjoy and that you have confidence to make to ease stress.

Allrecipes provides plenty of appetizer inspiration, from crab-stuffed mushrooms to brie cheese fondue. Country Living offers over 40 romantic dinner recipe ideas like butternut squash ravioli, bucatini with winter pesto, pancetta and brussel sprouts linguine and more. The Food Network made a list of decadent chocolate desserts perfect for the holiday, like chocolate raspberry mousse candy cake and chocolate cheesecake.

Once you have selected the recipes you are going to make and purchase all of the ingredients, it is best to ensure that you have all of the tools you need for preparation. The most important tool is the surface that you will be using to prepare the food.

Grothouse solid wood butcher blocks are the surface preferred by top chefs at home and in restaurants. Butcher blocks are very hard surfaces and knives keep their edge far better because the blade slides between the wood fibers much like cutting into a firm brush. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is a heavy weight pure mineral oil used for lasting protection that is food safe and  hypoallergenic. It does not contain any Tung oils. You can prepare your meal with no concerns if your date has any nut allergies.

One of the best ways to prepare Valentines day dinner is by cooking together! It is a fun and romantic way to start the evening and enjoy each other’s company. Together, you can start the night by preparing a delicious meal and end it by enjoying it together!

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