American Beech Countertops designed by Archipelago Hawaii

The Grothouse Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This week, we are featuring a Kaimuki Bungalow kitchen that includes American Beech Wood Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto, CKD, Allied ASID, CGP, of Archipelago Hawaii.

American Beech Countertops for a kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

About the Designer: Tiare is the Co-Founder and President of Archipelago Hawaii. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Green Professional (CGP), and holds a certification from the Allied American Society of Interior Designers (Allied ASID). Tiare’s unique background includes kitchen and bath as well as interior design. She has extensive savvy in both ground-up construction and remodeling. Tiare has served as a designer in the fields of graphic design, furniture, fabrics, kitchens, bathrooms, high-end residential and commercial design.

American Beech Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
American Beech Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Design Craft

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas A836-BN

Flooring: Bamboo and Antique Wire Scraped Beech Wood

Countertops: American Beech Countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction by Grothouse

Faucet: Grohe Elberon

Sink: Stainless Steel

Backsplash: American Olean Urban Canvas in Ice White

Stove: Jenn Air Slide-in Electric Range

Dishwasher: Jenn Air

Other Appliances: Jenn Air Refrigerator and Hood

American Beech Countertops for a white kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
White Kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
White Kitchen with American Beech Wood Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
Design by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

Check out Archipelago Hawaii on the following platforms for further design inspiration: website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more kitchen designs with American Beech Countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Half Pastore Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017

A clean, crisp modern booth design by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017 featured a Grothouse custom crafted Walnut Wood Half Pastore  Table.

Custom Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table for Wellborn Cabinet KBIS 2017 display booth
Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table for Wellborn Cabinet KBIS 2017 display

About the Design: Creativity was used to balance the design of this vignette, establishing a modernistic masterpiece. Parallel in design between the top upper cabinets and the wooden section of the peninsula, there is a continuous line across the top of the cabinetry corresponding with the stainless-steel bar running laterally along the way. This cutting-edge kitchen is stylish, yet functional in nature.

Making a peninsula, the Pastore™ Table is the focal point of this design. Each side of the peninsula features push to open cabinets to store large pots and pans. The kids’ corner, located on the rear of the piece, creates a play area low to the ground for children to enjoy.

Wellborn Cabinet design for KBIS 2017 features custom Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table
Wellborn Cabinet peninsula design for KBIS 2017 display

Design Details

Cabinetry:  Aspire Cabinetry Full Access Frameless line by Wellborn Cabinet in Midtown DLV Gloss Marine, Midtown DLB Matte Graphite and Arcadia DLV Cotton Pine

Flooring: Pergo Willow Lake Pine

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Half Pastore™ Table, Silestone Yukon Blanco countertop and Starlight granite countertop

Faucet: Kohler Malleco®

Sink: Kohler Prolific®

Stove: GE 36″ Built-in Gas Cooktop

Other Appliances: Four Seasons Metalworks Hood

Additional Comments and Advice: L&S Lighting Lugano, Sunny HE, and Bali

Walnut Wood Waterfall Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017
Walnut Wood Waterfall Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017

Click here to learn more about the Wellborn Cabinet display at KBIS 2017. To see more designs by Wellborn Cabinet, visit their website, Facebook, Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. See other designs featuring a custom wood Half Pastore Table in the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Bar Top Ideas

Custom Wood Bar Top Ideas that will make your home bar entertainment area stand out
Bar Top Ideas

A home bar constitutes a major feature of any room. What truly sets a bar area apart is the countertop in which guests enjoy a drink or two and in which you can prepare drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Here are a few unique and innovative designs to inspire custom crafted wood bar top ideas that will make your home bar area and entertainment space stand out.

Bar Top Ideas: Synthesis™ Bar Rail

Bar Top Idea include Grothouse Synthesis Bar Rail for an outstanding, continuous and substantial bar top
Bar Top Idea: Synthesis™ Bar Rail

Stuart Kitchens designed this home bar area featuring a custom wood bar top with Synthesis™ Chicago Bar Rail. Synthesis™ Bar Rail is an integrated Chicago Bar Rail carved from the solid wood that creates the countertop surface. The result is a singular piece of bar, with a grain matched surface that eliminates seams at the molding. This innovation also eliminates the need for unsightly mounting fasteners underneath the bar.

Bar Top Ideas: Upside Down Edge Profile

Bar Top Idea place edge profile upside down for distinctive appearance
Bar Top Idea: Upside Down Edge Profile

Glyn Tindall Construction Co. designed this custom Brazilian Cherry wood bar top for an entertainment space in a basement. The distinctive appearance of the bar top is due to the unique idea of using an upside down Medium Roman Ogee edge profile on the bottom edges.

Bar Top Ideas: Super Distressing

Bar Top Idea select super distressing for a bar top with charming appeal
Bar Top Idea: Super Distressing

Wood-Mode Inc. designed this wet bar to feature a Sapele Mahogany top with Super Distressing. The distressing creates a charming, inimitable appeal.

Bar Top Ideas: Anvil™ Metal Finish

Bar Top Idea choose an Anvil Metal Finish to create the look of a metal countertop
Bar Top Idea: Anvil™ Metal Finish

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016, Matthew Quinn designed a custom White Oak bar top to be gilded in Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish. The finish was applied in such a way that shows the White Oak wood grain.

Want more bar top ideas? Be sure to check out the Solid Wood Bar Tops section of the Grothouse Photo Gallery. Like us on Facebook for weekly design inspirations.

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Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by TruKitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes an Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.

Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer 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.

A Tip from Todd: “The client was looking to maximize counter space to accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen as they like to entertain often. The homeowner had a completely different kitchen design in mind when they first came to us that didn’t take advantage of the space that was occupied by a window seat. By bumping up the window seat to convert it into a bay window, we added a second sink and more prep space. Also to avoid seams in the stone but also allow for a large island, an inverted an L-shaped slab of natural quartzite was paired with a custom L-shaped walnut with oil finish wood countertop.”

Oil Finished Walnut Countertop for a kitchen designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens
Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Glacier White and Nut Brown Walnut

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Nickel

Flooring: Refinished Maple

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, Natural quartzite, Etched stainless steel

Faucet: Riobel Fuego kitchen faucet with spray

Backsplash: Full slab natural quartzite

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

Stove: Wolf

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, Coffee Machine: Miele, Steam Oven: Miele

Additional Comments and Advice: Fidler furniture – custom stainless steel work; builder is Insignia Homes.

Walnut Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil for a transitional kitchen
Walnut Kitchen Countertop with Grothouse Original Oil Finish
Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Bar Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil
Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Bar Countertop with Original Oil Finish
Walnut Countertop with Oil Finish for a transitional kitchen island designed by TruKitchens
Walnut Countertop designed by TruKitchens

See more designs by TruKitchens by checking out their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs including an Oil Finished Walnut Countertop.

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Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Custom Counters by Grothouse Complement Decorative Backsplashes
Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Some of the industry’s best have designed Grothouse custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes to create unique and outstanding designs. Whether it be a solid wood surface or an Anvil™ metal countertop, it can be designed to complement even the most drastic backsplash.

Designs featuring Custom Counters and Decorative Backsplashes

White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble Backsplash
White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble

Matthew Quinn designed House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016, which included this wet bar. Quinn covered the wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window. A White Oak Rift Sawn Blank with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish bar top was designed to bring out the gray tones in the marble. Also designed for this space were custom floating shelves to match the bar top.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings
Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings. Photography: Nikki Ritcher for House Beautiful.

A Peruvian Walnut countertop and matching shelves stand out against Phillip Jeffrie’s Quartz wall covering made of mica shavings. This kitchen was designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in California. This kitchen also featured an extraordinary backsplash composed of Black and Silver Iridized Chrysalis tiles by Ann Sacks.

Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles inspired by the Mediterranean Sea
Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles

This rustically elegant kitchen boasts a myriad of textures and materials. Designed by Peter Cardamone and Lynne Kaltman of Blue Bell Kitchens, a custom Walnut butcher block and leathered quartzite countertops complement the Mediterranean Sea inspired handpainted by Tabarka Backsplash.

See how other designers use custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes by visiting the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. For even further inspiration, follow our profile on Houzz.

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1 in 4 Homeowners Combine Kitchen Countertop Materials

According to Houzz, 1 in 4 homeowners combine two or more kitchen countertop materials when renovating their kitchens. Custom wood countertops are often paired with marble, engineered quartz, quartzite, granite and metal countertops. A popular design choice is to include a wood countertop in a food preparation area while using a metal or stone countertop for perimeter countertops. Another design used often is to select a stone, like marble or quartz, for the kitchen island countertop and select a wood countertop for the seating area.

Design Inspiration for Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials

Taking ques from some of the best designers in the industry, here is some design inspiration for mixing kitchen countertop materials.

Combining Zinc and White Oak Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Zinc and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

For this traditional chef kitchen with two kitchen islands, Venegas and Company, Boston chose a Zinc countertop for the seating area as well as a White Oak wood countertop for the food preparation work space. Photography by Michael J Lee.

Combining Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Kitchen Countertops

Persa Avorio Leathered Granite countertops were chosen for the perimeter countertops and kitchen island. Designer Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens then selected a Wenge butcher block for the kitchen island end. The butcher block creates a perfect food preparation work space and adds a layer of texture to the kitchen.

Combining Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

A kitchen designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited features a Zebrawood Pastore™ Waterfall Countertop. Polished Marble countertops flank the perimeter of the kitchen.

Combining Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Countertops

Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio chose a Reclaimed Chestnut counter for a raised kitchen bar top. In addition, Quartzite Tempesta was selected for the kitchen island and perimeter countertops.

For more design inspiration, check out the Grothouse Image Library to see how other designers combine kitchen countertop materials.

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Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms for extra counter space
Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom wood countertops are designed for use in many rooms throughout the home, including laundry rooms. They can be designed for the wash station area or for extra counter space. Wood countertops provide a naturally warm surface for folding and switching the wash. Some designers choose to combine an integrated mudroom and laundry room. For integrated spaces like that, a wood bench seat is often crafted for a warm place to sit.

Custom African Mahogany Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms
African Mahogany Counters for a Laundry Room

Collaborative Interiors designed this Seattle, Washington laundry room to include an African Mahogany wood countertop above the washer and dryer. Also designed was an African Mahogany bench seat for the built in cabinetry on the parallel wall. The warm, red tones of the wood compliment the cabinetry in the wash station area, as well as the wood ceiling beam.

Custom Wood Counters designed to complete Laundry Room Tasks
African Mahogany Counter for a Laundry Room

Standing out against the white wall of paneling and cabinetry, the counter makes for the perfect area to fold and stack clothing. It also provides extra counter space for laundry related items to be in reach.

Long Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room runs the length of the wall
Long Custom Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room

A bright laundry room with lots of efficiency was designed for this Hawaiian home. Archipelago Hawaii designed a countertop to run the entire length of the wall, offering plenty of counter space to complete laundry-related tasks. This large laundry room also offers an expansive run of custom cabinetry.

Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room with an expansive run of cabinetry
Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room

Interested in seeing more wood countertop designs for laundry rooms? Check out the Grothouse Image Library for more inspiration. Like us on Facebook for daily wood innovations.

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Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works.

Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works

About the Designer: Phoebe really enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to life. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and her goal is always to create a space that the homeowner is excited about, so they are happy to share it with family and friends. Aesthetics are very important, but a kitchen design is only successful when it is functional. As a designer my goal is always to create a beautiful space that feels effortless.

A Tip from Phoebe: Play with symmetry. A symmetrical layout is the foundation of any good design, but try making a statement with a glass cabinet that is a different size than all the rest, use asymmetry to create focal points.

Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop in a modern farmhouse kitchen designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop in a modern farmhouse kitchen designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Fieldstone Cabinetry

Countertops: Perimeter countertops – Quartzite; 1 3/4″ thick Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop by Grothouse

MModern Farmhouse Kitchen with a Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Large kitchen island with Reclaimed Chestnut countertop creates a seating area and food prep space
Large Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop
Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop, sink, copper faucet, wine fridge, and microwave
Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop

See more kitchen designs by Coastal Cabinet Works by checking out their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit our Countertop Image Library for more design inspiration including a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop. Love this design? Save it to Pinterest!

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Powder Room Vanity Countertops

During the 18th Century, a powder room referred to a tiny room where people went to have their wigs re-powdered. Powder rooms were still used through the Victorian period as well, but the definition of powder room changed to mean a general bathroom. Women would discretely excuse themselves from company by going to “powder their noses” in the powder room. Though the uses for a powder room have changed over time, the exclusive privacy they provide has remained the same.

Powder rooms in today’s homes offer a myriad of design possibilities. Unlike historical powder rooms, they can include design elements of furniture such as decorative vanities. Vanities offer storage space for towels and other toiletries. However, they can also serve as a design statement.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design Ideas

Powder Room Vanity Countertops can be designed to stand out or to bring balance to the space.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design by Teakwood Builders
Stained Cherry Powder Room Vanity Countertop

In the Asian-inspired powder room pictured above, the stained cherry wood countertop does both. Teakwood Builders designed the vanity to balance with the dark wall trim, although a custom edge profile on the countertop makes the vanity stand out.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design by Collaborative Interiors
Sapele Mahogany Powder Room Vanity Countertop

Vawn Greany and Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors designed Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to serve as the vanity for a vessel sink. The simple color palette mixed with the rich colors of the wood create a statement.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design by Echelon Custom Homes
American Beech Powder Room Vanity Countertop

Each component of this powder room only reaches its full potential when combined with all the components as a whole. The lovely wallpaper has flecks of colors that pick up the balance of design elements and the bright red vanity base adds a vibrant pop of color. The American Beech wood vanity top is accented with the bright and neutral tones of the wall paper.

For further powder room vanity countertops inspiration, visit the Grothouse Photo Gallery. Like a design? Save it to your board on Pinterest!

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Wenge Kitchen Island Top design by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: For more than fifteen years, Janice owned and operated two custom design/build home construction companies in the Dallas area. In addition to organizational duties, she helped her clients define every aspect of their home from exterior elevations and space planning to material selections. As rewarding as this scope of work was, Janice particularly enjoyed the intricacies of kitchen and bath design and earned her certifications in both areas through the NKBA.

“Asking a lot of questions and listening to my client’s needs and desires is essential to a successful remodel,” Janice believes. “Our clients are very involved in the design process; after all, it’s their home and their dream. I take great pleasure in helping them realize their vision.” Janice has received construction and design awards from Builder/Architect magazine and her work has been published in Trends, Better Homes and Gardens, and Chicago Home and Garden. Janice has helped her clients complete kitchen and bath remodeling projects in Wheaton, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook and Barrington.

“Our clients benefit from Drury Design’s great team of people who ensure each remodel is completed on time and on budget. I am proud to be part of that team.” Click here to read Janice’s full bio.

About Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio: Founded by Gail Drury, CMKBD in 1987, Drury Design’s Client Focused Design™ approach integrates design recommendations, materials selection and construction management into one seamless customer design, project management, and build experience.

Custom Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Kitchen Island Top designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Pure White

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Chrome knobs and pulls

Flooring: Red Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Wenge Kitchen Island Top finished with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Satin sheen

Perimeter countertop: Granite in Colonia White

Faucet: Grohe in Polished Chrome

Sink: Apron front white by Kohler

Backsplash: Glazed 3 x 6” beveled subway tile in Ice White

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf 4 Burner/Griddle Range

Dishwasher: Asko

Other Appliances: Microwave Drawer: Sharp, Steam Oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/Freezer: Sub-Zero, Under Counter Freezer Drawer: Sub-Zero

Additional Comments and Advice: The homeowners had two objectives concerning their new island countertop. They wanted it to complement the existing features of their 1920s home and provide the durability needed for an active family. The Grothouse Wenge wood countertop was chosen for its rich color as well as the easy-maintenance Durata finish.

Custom Wenge Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Wood Countertop Janice Teague of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Design by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Visit the Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio websiteFacebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more Wenge Kitchen Island Top designs.

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