A Walnut Wood Home Bar Top was designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham for an English Manor in Birmingham, Michigan.
About the Designer: At a young age Lauren developed a passion for all things design, and went on to pursue a career in both architecture and interior design. By establishing Maison Birmingham, Lauren is able to fully engage both of these interests as she utilizes her technical expertise as an architect to take her innovative designs to the next level, making each space truly unique.
Designer Tip: “By embracing the original architectural character of this English Manor we were able to create a new functional kitchen that feels like it has always been there.” – Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham
A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.
Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers
Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.
A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.
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(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”
“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”
Cabinet Manufacturer:Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style
Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!
The Grothouse team had a blast at KBIS 2020. There was no shortage of inspiration, remarkable products, outstanding booths and talented designers. Not only did Grothouse craft pieces for two renowned booths, one booth even won best of show!
The Wellborn Booth
Grothouse crafted a Wenge half parsons table for the classic contemporary, sleek kitchen display designed by Darcie Miller in the Wellborn Cabinet booth. The inspiration for this design was trendy, basic and affordable. Frameless cabinets combined with glossy and matte finishes and wood accents.
The parsons table served as a peninsula in the kitchen display. At 3 inches thick, it was finished with the exclusive Durata® Waterproof permanent finish.
During the show, Wellborn hosted a presentation by master designer Matthew Ferrarini, who spoke about this year’s hottest design trends.
Pictured are Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse.
The Monogram Booth
Industry Rockstar and renowned designer Richard Anuszkiewicz brought a fresh take on cutting-edge design in kitchens for Monogram Appliances. The booth featured four distinct spaces, each with their own themes and all with one goal: to challenge the status quo. A big element in the kitchens was the return of the kitchen table married with cooking elements. Learn more behind the design on Kitchen & Bath Design News. It is with much sincerity we wish Monogram and Richard a huge congratulations for winning Best of Show!
The Grothouse Table
Grothouse crafted a custom table; featuring a handplaned Wenge base. The tops, however, were split. One side featured a handplaned Wenge top.
The other side features stainless steel countertops that are integrated with two brand new appliances Monogram introduced at the show. The apron is also stainless steel.
There are Anvil™ metal finished accents on the apron and between the two surfaces. Overall table size was a massive 5’ x 12’-6”.
During the show, Monogram had the table decked out with beautiful charcuterie by Board & You.
The Grothouse team had a great time and enjoyed a get together with customers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
One of the hottest kitchen design trends in 2020 will be incorporating metal accents into designs. Grothouse makes it easy to add metal accents on any piece we craft with our Anvil™ line of metal finishes.
What is Anvil™?
Anvil™ is our proprietary line of metal finishes. In other words, we take any solid surface, wood or composite substrate, and coat it with a finish that consists of real metal particles. When the metal finish is applied to the surface, it looks as if the surface is made of real metal. Just like real metal countertops Anvil™ is a real living finish and will naturally patina over time like real metal should.
Why is Anvil™ the preferred choice over real metal countertops? Sheet metal products cannot be designed for curved profile applications and complex shapes, however, when a surface is made of wood or composite substrate, the design possibilities are limitless.
Another perk to Anvil™ finished surfaces is that they are naturally warm to the touch, since they are made of wood, and comfortable to lean on, have a cup of coffee or enjoy a martini. Metal countertops are naturally cold to the touch. In addition, wood helps to quiet a room. Real metal countertops tend to add to the noise.
Anvil™ Metal Finishes
There are 8 different colors available in the Anvil™ line, each representing different metal types: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum.
Brass and copper will be especially popular metal colors this year. For a copper look, you’ll want to go with Kratos. It even oxidizes like real copper. For a brass look, Magnum has the perfect luxe warmth.
“Grothouse Anvil™ metal finished surfaces are ideal for designers looking for a high end, unique product,” states President, Paul Grothouse. “With designs trending towards a marriage of varied materials, the Anvil line offers unique and versatile new design options.”
Riftsawn White Oak wood shelves were designed by Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria for this butler’s pantry. To make the shelves stand out, Matthew selected the Anvil Magnum metal finish for the shelf edges. (And now we want floating shelves with metal edges, too!)
How classy is this Anvil metal range hood designed by Michael English of Teakwood Builders? It stands out beautifully against the white cabinetry, creating a focal point.
Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to this curved bar designed by Distinctive Design LLC? A composite substrate coated with Anvil Ferrum metal finish. It also includes 22 faux metal rivets to give the design some edge.
Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table to feature Magnum metal edging around the table top and the table base. By adding a metal accent, this table radiates luxury.
Want to see more designs with Anvil metal accents? Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like our Facebook page! Interested in Anvil metal accents for your own home? Contact us to find a Grothouse dealer near you.
‘Tis the season for baking all of our holiday favorites – from apple pie to sugar cookies and more. While preparing to bake for the holidays it is easy to overlook the most important ingredient… the surface used to prepare! The best surface to prepare cookies on? Wood of course! Today we are discussing the perks of holiday baking with wood countertops.
Because of the way that wood countertops are crafted, you can chop directly on the surface – no cutting board needed! You can roll dough, cut and decorate cookies, pies, muffins and more directly on a wood countertop. In addition, this makes for easy clean up since you don’t have to get as many items out.
Countertops can be crafted in three different construction styles. The best construction style for baking is end grain. Counters crafted in end grain construction style are called butcher blocks. End Grain Construction is the preferred chopping surface by chefs, as this construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, the butcher block can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again.
After cleaning up, wood countertops and butcher blocks serve as a pretty surface to display and serve your baked goods for guests.
Anvil Metal Shelves are a unique way to differentiate any design. Shelves can be designed for any space, any style, any application.
Most often shelves are designed to be used as open shelves. They can also be designed to add some sparkle inside of cabinets with glass doors.
Anvil™ is a luxurious and versatile metal finish exclusively offered on Grothouse solid wood surfaces. The finish is applied to solid wood or a composite substrate. Anvil™ line finishes allow the natural grain and imperfections of wood to show through. Just like real metal countertops, Anvil™ surfaces develop a rich aged patina over time, and slight imperfections and variations in color are inherent in the finish process.
Some shelf designs feature Anvil metal on the entire shelf, while other designs highlight portions of the shelves with a metal finish. There are eight different metal coating colors available, including Magnum which is brass/gold in color, Kratos which is copper in color, Medallion and Exodus which are more bronze in color, and Axel, Ferrum, Palladium and Argentum which are more silver in color.
Anvil Metal Shelves | Design Inspiration
Matthew Quinn designed Anvil™ Argentum metal finished shelves for the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016.
House Beautiful teamed up with forward-thinking designers from across the country to build a house from the ground up and craft its rooms with a family’s total joy in mind. The result of this 6,201-square-foot haven is more than a home – it’s an experience.
An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse Flat GrainWhite Oak Riftsawn countertop. The wood countertop features an arc and a custom stain. In addition, it has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen).
Butler’s Pantry | Whole Home Concept House
To make sure this smaller space didn’t feel too tight, Quinn used open shelving on one wall, flanking the window and sink—and on the other side, upper cabinets have mesh screen inserts.
Grothouse custom crafted five butcher blocks for Aramark global headquarters building in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 19 countries around the world every day.
Situated along the Schuylkill River, the existing structure of where the headquarters are now, was originally built as a Hudson Motor Car Company plant in the 1920s. It was transformed into a modern, 600,000 square foot, nine-story building with an emphasis on innovation, sustainability and green space. Aramark occupies the top five floors and nearly 300,000 square feet as the building’s anchor tenant.
Each floor has an industrial tables, where the long part is almost 18 feet by 4 feet and the short part is 127 feet by 40 feet for ADA.