Taking Home First Place

Congratulations to Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England – and her husband for taking home first place at the Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Swatched 2018 Event Design Competition!

Jeannine Price Grothouse Regional Sales Representative Taking Home First Place
Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England

This was the third annual Swatched event. It took place at Stark Carpet in Syosset, New York on October 9, 2018. All proceeds from this event supported charities by the design judges. Among the sponsors, guests included kitchen and bath designers, exterior, interior, students and architects.

IDS Swatched Event Design Competition 2018
IDS Swatched 2018

All competition participants had one hour to put a swatch board together from a mystery bag of materials and a design library. The items in the mystery bag must be used for the design to qualify. The swatch boards included carpet, tile, paint colors, décor and more. At the end of the hour, the judges chose their favorite four boards.

George Oliphant George Oliphant of George to the Rescue with IDS Swatched 2018 First Place Winner Jeannine Price
George Oliphant of George to the Rescue with Jeannine Price

With over 200 attendees, and about 50 designers participating in the competition, Grothouse is proud of Jeannine for taking home first place! Click here to watch a video of the event.

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Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens.

Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block Kitchen Designer Melissa Sakell, AKBD, of Kenwood Kitchens
Melissa Sakell, AKBD, of Kenwood Kitchens

About the Designer: Melissa Sakell, AKBD is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Housing Program which focuses on kitchen and bath design. She has been designing custom spaces for over six years now, and with Kenwood Kitchens, in Annapolis MD for the last 4+ years. She loves transforming clients homes into the space of their dreams and visiting with clients a few months after to see how much impact the remodel has had on their lives is one of her favorite things.

Designer Tip: In this kitchen we mixed a lot of materials and finishes, which can be tricky. It is important to lay them all out and make sure they complement and not compete with one another, in this kitchen the walnut top became a great way to ground the space and pull your eye in.

Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens
Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Kenwood Kitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: WoodMode Custom Cabinetry – Presidio Raised Door-style in Vintage Bright White & Matte Twilight Finishes

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Chareau Collection

Flooring: Wood Plank Porcelain Tile

Countertops: Cambria Quartz – Swanbridge

Faucet: Kohler Bellera

Sink: Kohler Whitehaven Apron Front Sink

Backsplash: Lunada Bay Glass Tile

Stove: GE Monogram 48″ Pro Range

Dishwasher:GE Monogram

Other Appliances: GE Monogram French Door Refrigerator

Traditional Kitchen featuring a Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block
Traditional Kitchen featuring a Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block
Custom Walnut Wood Butcher Block with Juice Groove along edge of countertop
Walnut Butcher Block with Juice Groove

Follow Kenwood Kitchens on Houzz and like their Facebook page to see more of their uniquely beautiful and functional designs. Check out the Grothouse Image Library to see more kitchens with Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Blocks.

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Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a custom Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.

Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens
Todd Wiley of TruKitchens

About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years. His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner. Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.

Designer Tip: “Be willing to break the rules and adapt to client needs. In this instance, every member of the family is over 6 feet tall and we wanted to ensure the design wasn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but comfortable for them to use as well. The counter height in the kitchen is 38” and we had custom cabinetry built taller to accommodate.”

Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop

Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by TruKitchens in Cedar, MI
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio
Anvil Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by TruKitchens for a home by Little Traverse Lake
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio
Metal Finished L Shaped Kitchen Island Countertop for a home by Little Traverse Lake in Michigan
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio
Metal Countertop for a kitchen located near Little Traverse Lake in Cedar, Michigan
Design by TruKitchens | Photography by M-Buck Studio

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Greyhound finish on their Lacunar door style

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Nickel

Countertops: Cambria Whitehall, Grothouse Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finished Kitchen Countertop

Backsplash: Cambria Full Slab Whitehall

Stove: Wolf Stainless Steel Natural Gas Cooktop,

Oven: Wolf Stainless Steel E-Series Built-in Wall Oven

Dishwasher: Bosch Benchmark Series- Panel Ready

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero SubZero Integrated Bottom Mount Refrigerator with 2 Freezer Drawers- Panel Ready, Sub-Zero Built-In Wine Storage, Wolf  Dropdown Door Microwave, JennAir Trash Compactor- Panel Ready

Other Items, Comments, Advice: Builder: Falcon Custom Homes, Designer: Rock Kauffman Design, Architect: Visbeen Architects, Photographer: M-Buck Studio

 

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Christopher Peacock

Renowned British designer, Christopher Peacock, has paved the way for acceptance of his six figure sculleries worldwide.

Christopher Peacock Renowned Designer
Christopher Peacock

About Christopher Peacock

Christopher Peacock began his career in the early eighties working at Terence Conran’s furniture store in London.  He launched Christopher Peacock Cabinetry in 1992, beginning with a single kitchen display inside a small store in Greenwich CT.  Since those early days he has opened showrooms throughout the U.S. and Europe, with locations in Greenwich, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Short Hills, Dallas, and in Cannes, Cote D’Azur, France as well as London England.  Additionally, a new showroom in Jakarta, Indonesia will open in 2018.

Kitchen Design by Christopher Peacock
Kitchen Design by Christopher Peacock

His company and brand are recognized as the ultimate in luxury cabinetry design and there are many hundreds of rooms of beautiful cabinetry gracing homes in the United States and internationally.  The classic understated elegance that has become the mark of his work has allowed the company some very special opportunities.  Christopher has been invited to participate in the New York City Kips Bay Show House on seven occasions, has appeared on national television, he has been featured in many of the national newspapers, as well as having his work regularly published.  He is in a rare position being able to say that he has truly left his mark in the homes of two U.S. presidents, both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as many celebrity clients and captains of industry.

Christopher proudly designs and manufactures his products from his own U.S. workshop, located in West Virginia.  Peacock’s style of cabinetry has been imitated many times, but his creations remain singularly his own.

Kitchen Design for 2015 Kips Bay Showhouse by Christopher Peacock
Kitchen Design for 2015 Kips Bay Showhouse by Christopher Peacock

According to Antoinette Fraser “Chris’s genius lies in his relentless editing,” says Fraser, a Montclair resident. “His style is always being copied—but no one ever quite gets it right. The amount of detail that goes into our furniture would frustrate the most seasoned cabinetmaker.”

Meet Christopher Peacock

See a presentation by Christopher Peacock at an exclusive trade invite only event hosted by Grothouse at the Sub-Zero Fretz Philadelphia Navy Yard Showroom on November 7, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM.

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Drop Leaf Wood Countertops for Kitchens

Drop Leaf Wood Countertops are the perfect way to incorporate additional counter space when you want, and additional kitchen space otherwise. Wood countertops featuring drop leaf ends are perfect for small spaces, but can be incorporated into larger kitchens as well.

Drop Leaf Wood Countertops for Kitchens
Drop Leaf Wood Countertop

Kitchen Designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops

Walnut Drop Leaf Wood Countertop in Hawaii
Walnut Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Archipelago Hawaii

Archipelago Hawaii designed this transitional kitchen to include a Walnut with Sapwood Drop Leaf countertop on the end of the kitchen island. The drop leaf adds seating space and additional food preparation space if needed.

Maple Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling
Maple Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed Maple Wood countertops for this small kitchen in Columbus, Ohio. The section to the right of the stove features a Drop Leaf End. This creates more counter space when needed, while still allowing room to get to the door next to the cabinets.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops.

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How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying high quality wood can be difficult with many furniture pieces looking great in the store, only to prove flimsy and cheap once you purchase them and use them over time. Here’s how to identify whether or not wood furniture pieces are high quality.

How to Identify High Quality Wood Furniture, Countertops, Desks, Tables
How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying High Quality Wood

The highest quality material for wood furniture is solid wood. Solid wood furniture is made from single pieces of wood or wood boards that are glued together to make panels. Trees, after all, are only so wide.

Solid wood comes in hardwood or softwood. Hardwood comes from trees that grow slowly. It is more dense and resistant to dings. Common hardwood species include Walnut, Ash, Maple and Cherry. Softwood comes from trees that grow fast. It is less dense than hardwood. A common softwood specie is Pine.

Why Choose High Quality Wood

When made with high quality wood and built with a solid construction, wood furniture can last for decades and sometimes even centuries. Solid wood furniture can be refinished and repaired easier than furniture made of other materials.

Solid wood furniture is typically sealed with a high quality finish, which helps the furniture to last even longer. Grothouse solid wood surfaces are either sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish or Original Oil™. Both are high quality finishes that keep the surfaces looking like new and protect them from everyday use.

Finding out if the furniture is made of solid wood is the best way to identify the quality. Be sure to find out if the solid wood was used to craft the entire piece or just certain parts. Another way to ensure you are purchasing a high quality piece is to shop at the right places, like Grothouse for example. Every piece crafted at Grothouse is made of high quality wood.

Learn more about the high quality wood surfaces custom crafted by Grothouse on our website www.glumber.com.

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Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round Kitchen Counter Corners are an easy way to make your design unique, add a sense of smoothness to your space. In addition, they make the counter safe for families with young children in the kitchen.

Round Kitchen Counter Corners | Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables
Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round corners can be achieved by designing a counter with a round shape, such as a circle, oval or with an arc or curve. Another way round corners can be achieved is by selecting a round edge profile for the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners. The roundest edge profiles available at Grothouse include: ½” Roundover¾” Roundover1” Roundover1 ½” Roundover and Full Bullnose.

Designs with Round Kitchen Counter Corners

The designers of these kitchens found creative ways to ease the transition from counter to walking zone. It’s pretty standard for kitchen island cabinets to run in a straight line. But sometimes, that isn’t the smoothest route. These two kitchens employ clever usage of wood island countertops with round corners. Though the solutions vary, each makes the nearby passageway feel a little more smooth. Could this be a solution for your kitchen?

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop with Round Corners
Walnut Butcher Block with Round Corners

Haile Kitchen & Bath designed this transitional kitchen. Its large island features a Walnut end grain butcher block with an arched end. The edge profile selected for this design is an 1/8″ Roundover on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Counter and Dining Table with Round Corners
Peruvian Walnut Counter with Round Corners

Kitchen counters with round corners are perfect for dining tables, like this one designed by Wendy Danziger of Danziger Design. This Peruvian Walnut edge grain wood countertop features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges. Click here to learn more about this countertop design.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with round kitchen counter corners.

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Purchase Grothouse Original Oil on our Online Store

Grothouse Original Oil keeps custom solid wood countertops properly moisturized and ensures your countertops look as beautiful as the day you got them. This oil can be used on wood countertops, butcher blocks, soapstone, salad bowls, wooden utensils and more.

Walnut Butcher Block Countertop Finished with Grothouse Original Oil
Walnut Butcher Block Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ | Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Grothouse Original Oil™ is a fragrance-free, heavy weight pure mineral oil. It does not contain nut oils, making it food safe and hypoallergenic.

The oil applying process is simple and easy. All you need is a paper towel or cotton cloth to spread a thin coat of oil over the surface. Be sure to oil the sides and the exposed bottoms of the wood countertop. For best results, allow the oil to soak in overnight. If you need to use your countertop or butcher block top right away, then remove any excess oil with a dry cloth and your piece will be ready to use.

Grothouse Original Oil™ should be applied once a week for the first month after receiving your wood surface. Thereafter, the piece should be oiled at a minimum of once per month or if the surface appears visually dry.

How to Purchase Grothouse Original Oil

Purchase Grothouse Original Oil Food Safe Finish for Custom Solid Wood Surfaces Soapstone Countertops Wood Utensils and More
Grothouse Original Oil™

Grothouse Original Oil™ may be purchased through our online Shopify store. We offer 3 types of bundles, single bottle, case of 4 bottles and case of 12 bottles. If you purchase one of the bigger bundles you could save up to $103.

Purchase Grothouse Original Oil to keep your solid wood surfaces properly moisturized to last a lifetime. Please contact us if you have any questions by giving us a call at 610-767-6515 or emailing glumber@glumber.com.

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How to Clean Cutting Boards

Cutting boards at their core are designed for food preparation; which includes cutting, smashing, even pulverizing. It’s important to keep them up to the task by making sure they’re properly cleaned and sanitized. Continue reading to learn the proper way to clean cutting boards to keep them looking like new, while preventing cross-contamination in your kitchen.

How to Clean Cutting Boards Custom Crafted by Grothouse
How to Clean Cutting Boards

Butcher block cutting boards are made up of end grains, meaning the board’s surface consists of exposed wood fibers. Butcher block cutting boards are resistant to nicks and scratches and even self-heal over time, as the fibers will push back into place.

Techniques to Clean Cutting Boards

Always wash your cutting board by hand only. Use anti-bacterial dish soap and warm water. If the cutting board is small enough, it is recommended to wash both sides.

You can add a small amount of bleach or vinegar (a teaspoon per gallon of water) to the water for extra bacteria killing power. You can also rub the block with a half a lemon to kill bacteria.

Never put a wood cutting board into the dishwasher. Wood is porous and moisture will seep in to it and damage the board.

After washing, thoroughly dry the cutting board. If possible, allow the block to dry standing up on edge to help the block dry properly and prevent warping.

For more tips on how to clean cutting boards, visit our website.

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Breakfast Bar Tops

Breakfast bar tops are a brilliant way to add extra living space into the kitchen. They are the little perch where you start, and often finish, the day. Most designers choose a solid wood countertop for breakfast bars. Unlike stone and metal, wood is a naturally warm surface that is perfect for sipping morning coffee or enjoying ice cream.

Despite its name, a breakfast bar isn’t just a spot for morning coffee and a bowl of oatmeal. This handy feature, which can be as simple or ornate as your kitchen is, fulfills multiple roles: a cocktail party buffet, a kids’ homework station, extra dinner party seating and more.

Most breakfast bars are designed to sit higher than the kitchen countertops, but they have been designed to align with kitchen countertops as well as even sitting below them.

Designs with Breakfast Bar Tops

Custom Wood Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Walnut Breakfast Bar Top

The cooking and eating zones on this kitchen island designed by Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens have been ingeniously divided up, thanks to different worktop materials. It’s a simple trick that makes it instantly feel less like a workaday kitchen and more like a multi-functional space. For the breakfast bar, a Walnut countertop was designed to fit perfectly around the other countertop material.

Custom Wood Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Top

Designer Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio used Reclaimed Chestnut for this raised breakfast bar top. The wood has tons of ramshackle character and adds organic charm to the space.

Custom Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top
Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top

This half-wall could easily have languished as wasted space. However, Kitchenscapes saw an opportunity and put it to work with a simple Walnut All Heartwood counter, fun blue tile and bar stools that creates the perfect spot for coffee or cocktails.

Custom Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top
Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top

This large Cherry with Sapwood breakfast bar top designed by Kubik Builders provides plenty of room for sitting and gathering out of the main food prep space on the opposite side of the kitchen island.

Want to see more designs featuring breakfast bar tops? Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library by clicking here.

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