Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Roberta Wilson of Design Matters

A Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Roberta Wilson of Design Matters is the highlight of our Custom Wood Countertops blog this week; featuring the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad.

Designer of Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top for Modern Kitchen in Los Gatos, California
Roberta Wilson of Design Matters

About the Designer: Roberta Wilson is Passionate about design! She loves all things design and particularly enjoys working on projects of varying styles. Having spent her childhood in rural Montana, she has an intense appreciation for the outdoors and loves to incorporate items with inherent natural beauty and interest into her designs feeling that they provide a sense of peace and comfort to interior spaces that can oftentimes be lacking.

Designer Tip: Changing materials and/or adding a rug or paint color can help to visually define a space and provide indication and direction as to the functionality of an area.

Design Details

Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top in a sleek modern kitchen design by Design Matters in Los Gatos, California
Photography by Kalen Glenn Photography

Cabinet Manufacturer: Leicht

Cabinet Hardware: Touch Latch

Flooring: Porcelanosa Rodano Acero

Countertops: Grothouse Zebrawood Bar Top

Complimentary Countertops: Cambria Blackpool Matte

Faucet: Brizo Litze Two-tone pull down

Sink: Blanco Silgranite – Anthracite

Backsplash: Cambria Blackpool Matte

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029

Other Appliances: GE Appliances

Other Advice: “Don’t be afraid of a little color!”

To see more spaces designed by Roberta and the team at Design Matters, follow them on Instagram @designmatters.design. Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Tops.

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Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop

The winners of Kitchen & Bath Design News Awards were just announced in the August 2019 issue. The winning designs showcased some of today’s hottest trends, from waterfall countertops, Moroccan influences and creative storage solutions to organic elements, large-format tile and more subtly integrated Universal Design elements.

About the Awards

Nearly 300 designs submitted were judged in 11 different categories, including: Best Kitchen Over $225,000, Best Kitchen $150-225,000, Best Kitchen $75-150,000, Best Kitchen Under $75,000, Best Master Bath Over $100,000, Best Master Bath $50-100,000, Best Master Bath Under $50,000, Best Powder Room, Best Showroom, Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath, and Best Specialty Project.

The entries are judged by a panel of top design professionals. Each design was evaluated on the basis of aesthetic appeal, functionality of the space, attention to detail, handling of unusual situations, originality, selection of colors and finishes and overall impression. Judges provided valuable design feedback to all entries.

Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop

Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop
Design by Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens | Photos: Rickie Agapito

A huge congratulations to Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens in Longwood, Florida for winning the Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold award! This open floor plan kitchen was a challenge due to the range of elements and working within the style of the 1980’s build.

Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold Award Winning Walnut Waterfall Countertop for Modern Florida Kitchen
Design by Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens | Photos: Rickie Agapito

The client desired a modern, warm look, and Krista achieved just that by incorporating a mix of natural, warm elements in a sleek way. Flat panel cabinetry is used throughout the design. A stone wall between the front door and the kitchen adds organic texture. A Grothouse 3-inch thick Walnut waterfall bar top provides a sophisticated seating area for four.

Kitchen & Bath Design News Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop in Modern Kitchen Design
Design by Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens | Photos: Rickie Agapito

Grothouse congratulates all the winners, and we are thrilled to have been a part of a gold award winning kitchen! Learn more about the award winners by reading the August 2019 issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. Visit our website www.glumber.com to learn more about incorporating a custom wood waterfall countertop into your design.

Source: Kitchen & Bath Design News | August 2019 Issue

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Best of Houzz 2019 Wood Bar Top

Congratulations to Archipelago Hawaii for winning “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The Best of Houzz 2019 Tuscan style home design featured a Grothouse Wood Bar Top.

Best of Houzz 2019 Wood Bar Top by Grothouse in Hawaii
Photographer: Augie Salbosa

Best of Houzz 2019

Houzz provides people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

Best of Houzz winners were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community.

Grothouse Wood Bar Top

A custom Grothouse wood bar top was crafted for the Tuscan style home located in Hawaii. This bar says “Aloha” with its arced bar top for seating and Hawaiian flower design.  A decorative edge profile on the bar top adds flair, which is carried out in the cabinetry. The warm wood bar top creates the perfect place for entertaining guests.

Best of Houzz 2019 Wood Bar Top by Grothouse with Arc and Decorative Edge Profile in Hawaii
Photographer: Augie Salbosa

Click here to see more of the Best of Houzz 2019 design! See more Best of Houzz living room designs by viewing this ideabook. Follow Grothouse on Houzz for wood bar top inspiration.

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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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Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops are artisan crafted to retain the salvaged wood’s visible knots, cracks and nicks, creating a truly unique design rich in textural details.

Reclaimed wood beams used for crafting custom kitchen bar tops
Reclaimed Wood Beams for Bar Tops

Reclaimed countertops are crafted from antique barn wood floor boards, beams and siding. Heavily distressed reclaimed wood tops are normally crafted from floor boards and siding. Reclaimed wood beams may have nail holes and insect scarring, but the aged character is less apparent than counters made from barn siding or flooring.

Designs with Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in transitional style kitchens
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio designed a Reclaimed Chestnut wood kitchen bar top for this transitional style kitchen. The bar top highlights the wood’s rustic, one-of-a-kind character. This bar top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in modern farmhouse style kitchens
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co. designed this Reclaimed Oak wood kitchen bar top for this white, modern farmhouse kitchen. This bar top is simple and functional in design. It is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in modern style kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this award-winning Reclaimed Chestnut wood kitchen bar top. A salute to clean and modern style, the bar top celebrates the beauty of the salvaged Reclaimed oak wood. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this top can be sanded and oiled to look like new.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for kitchen islands in farmhouse style kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works cleverly designed this Reclaimed Chestnut countertop to function as the island top as well as a bar top. It is protected by Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. The beauty of the reclaimed wood takes center stage of this kitchen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for kitchen islands in cabin kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by Landmark Cabinetry

Landmark Cabinetry also designed a Reclaimed Oak kitchen island top to include a section for bar seating. This top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen for a natural, rustic appearance.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops. To learn more about the reclaimed wood used for crafting tops, click here. Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram for daily design inspiration!

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Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

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 Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design.

Custom Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design

About the Designer: Jim Martin is an independent kitchen and bath designer based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jim’s approach as a kitchen and bath designer comes from a career of hands on experience. The skills and knowledge he’s accumulated along the way give him a unique perspective and the expertise to produce great designs and manage projects successfully.

About Jim Martin Design: In 2014, after 13 years working in a design/sales role, Jim started his own company as an independent designer focusing on residential kitchen and bath remodeling. Jim Martin Design serves the client as both the designer and project manager. Unlike many other design/build firms Jim Martin Design has no obligation to particular manufacturers which allows for open collaboration with multiple tradespeople, vendors and designers to better serve the varied styles and needs each project deserves.

A Tip from Jim: “It’s important to consider the significance of how negative space is used. When used appropriately it creates breathing room and helps to accentuate the focal points of your design. When designing, it’s easy to think about what you are putting in, but it’s equally important to think about what you are not putting in.”

Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI

Cabinet Hardware: Cliffside Hardware

Flooring: Union Square field tile 4″ X 8″ Plain in “Cobble Brown”; Grout – Maple 907 Chocolate

Countertops: Wenge wood bar top by Grothouse; Black ash leather granite

Sink: Elkay

Backsplash: Exposed brick

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Indian River 985

Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 300 Series

Appliances: Appliances from Martin Appliance

Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a basement designed by Jim Martin
Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a Basement
Basement bar with custom wood countertop designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design

Be sure to check out the Jim Martin Design website, Facebook, Houzz and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more designs including a custom wood basement bar top.

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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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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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Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed 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 Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Alicia Saso of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio
Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

About the Designer: Alicia Saso, AKBD, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture. For the past eight years, Alicia has specialized in residential kitchen and bath design. “I believe that the most important part of the design process is at the beginning. That is when you form a relationship with your client and learn what is most important to them. Once that is established, everything else falls into place. My goal is to design a space that not only meets my client’s vision but exceeds it.” Click here to read Alicia’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 Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Inset Cherry Wood Grabill Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs hardware in Brushed Nickel finish

Flooring: Pre-finished Walnut

Countertops: Grothouse Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish in Satin sheen

Stone countertop: Quartzite Tempesta with Satin Finish

Faucet: Brizo in Stainless Steel

Sink: Blanco in Biscuit

Backsplash: Lineare, Textured, 11-1/2” x 23-1/2” Color: Crema. & Savoy, Mosaic, Herringbone Color: Bronze (Metalic) – also on raised countertop piece

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Wolf 5 Burner Gas Cooktop

Dishwasher: Fisher Paykel

Other Appliances: Microwave: Sharp, Double oven: Wolf, Refrigerator/freezer: Sub-Zero, Wine station: Dacor

Additional Comments and Advice: The client loved the uniqueness of the Grothouse top since every piece made out of reclaimed wood is individually unique. This anchored the rustic design of the kitchen.

Custom Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Design by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio
Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio designed a Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Bar Top for Kitchen Island Seating
Design featuring a Wood Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen design featuring a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Bar Top
Design by Alicia Saso of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio featuring Wood Bar Top
Design by Alicia Saso of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

See this design and more by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. More designs featuring a Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top can be viewed on the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.  Like our page on Facebook to stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements.

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Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops

Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops
Anvil™ Argentum Countertops

The Anvil™ Argentum finish imitates the look of real nickel silver countertops. Argentum countertops are identical to nickel silver countertops in look, while embracing the benefits of wood countertops. Argentum countertops are warm to the touch. They are not limited to size or shape, and can be used for complex designs and curved applications unlike real metal countertops.

The Argentum finish can be applied to any wood specie or a composite substrate. When applied to a composite substrate, the countertop can be used in outdoor applications. Countertops with the Argentum finish may include a Durata® overcoat.

Designs with Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops

Argentum Nickel Silver countertops were recently featured in the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 designed by Matthew Quinn. Grothouse crafted a Rift Cut White Oak wood bar top with Argentum metal finish. The Argentum finish was applied to show the texture and grain of the wood. The bar top includes an overcoat of our exclusive Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops in House Beautiful KOTY 2016
Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops in House Beautiful KOTY 2016

Grothouse also crafted the floating shelves in this bar area out of a composite substrate with the Argentum metal finish. The shelves include an overcoat of Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish as well.

Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Floating Shelves in House Beautiful KOTY 2016
Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Shelves in House Beautiful KOTY 2016

To see more designs featuring Anvil™ Argentum Nickel Silver Countertops, visit our Countertop Image Library. Visit this page on our website to learn more about the Anvil™ line of metal countertops and the other metal finishes available.

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