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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Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens

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 and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Andy Foster of Foster Custom Kitchens.

Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Andy Foster of Foster Custom Kitchens

About the Designer: Andy Foster, an accomplished kitchen and bath designer, has been a cabinetmaker for over 40 years. He began woodworking as a hobby shortly after college, and it soon became a passion and a profession. In 1987, after over a decade of commercial woodworking in several venues, he founded Foster Custom Kitchens. What stands out about Andy is his knowledge of and experience in all phases of project development, including design, fabrication, installation, giving him a unique perspective of the process involved in creating a new or remodeled space.

A Tip from Andy: The downstairs of this home has Douglas fir walls, ceilings and beams. The owners chose beautiful rustic cherry for the surrounding cabinetry, and wanted a wooden countertop for their distressed, black, painted cherry island. We were concerned that adding a planked wood grain to the mix would be a little over the top. Choosing a contrasting, end-grain checkerboard pattern of Wenge and Cherry made the island “pop” and tied the painted and natural woods together.

Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Kitchen Island by Foster Custom Woodworks. Surrounding cabinetry by Kountry Kraft.

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Porcelain (existing)

Countertops: Kitchen Island – Wenge and Cherry Wood Checkerboard Butcher Block by Grothouse; Perimeter Countertops – Soapstone

Backsplash: Soapstone

Wall Color: Douglas Fir paneling

Stove: Viking

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Liebherr refrigerator

Wood Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens
Checkerboard Butcher Block designed by Foster Custom Kitchens for a Rustic style kitchen
Rustic kitchen with a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Rustic kitchen with a Wenge and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Black Kitchen Island with Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop
Black Kitchen Island with Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop
Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop
Checkerboard Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop

View additional designs by Foster Custom Kitchens on their website, Facebook, and Houzz. Other kitchen designs including a Checkerboard Butcher Block can be seen on the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. See the latest Grothouse news and announcements by liking our Facebook page.

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Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops
Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Gray cabinets in kitchens are nothing short of classic, elegant, and timeless – no matter the kitchen style. To keep gray from looking too dreary, designers often pair the cabinets with a warm material like a wood countertop or butcher block. Wood countertops and butcher blocks add warmth and texture to the cool tones of gray kitchens.

Designs featuring Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Ash Wood Countertop with Modern Gray Cabinets
Stained Ash Wood Countertop for a Modern Gray Kitchen

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this award-winning modern kitchen with glossy cabinets. Awarded Showroom of the Year 2016 by Kitchen & Bath Business magazine, this kitchen exudes a sense of sophistication and glamour. The kitchen island features a Stained Ash wood countertop, crafted to exhibit a simple and sleek look.

Distressed Walnut Countertops for Gray Cabinets
Distressed Walnut Countertops for a Small Gray Kitchen

A custom distressed Walnut countertop brings warmth to this small gray kitchen designed by Stefan Hurray of Architect Design. The countertops feature a Standard Roman Ogee edge profile finished in a hand rubbed black glaze.

Saxon Wood™ Countertop for Gray Cabinetrs
Saxon Wood™ Countertop for Gray Cabinetry

Wood-Mode designed a Saxon Wood™ countertop to grace the gray cabinetry in this mudroom space. The dark streaks in the wood compliment the dark gray color of the cabinets, while the lighter tones provide warmth and comfort.

Zebrawood Butcher Block for Gray Cabinets
Zebrawood Butcher Block for a Gray Cabinet

A Zebrawood Butcher Block sits perfectly on this gray cabinet with open shelving. Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed this display for the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. The dark gray mixed with warm wood tones create an intricate appeal.

Walnut Butcher Block for Gray Kitchen Island
Walnut Butcher Block for Gray Kitchen Island

Karen Swanson of New England Design Works added a Walnut butcher block to the light gray kitchen island in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Adding warmth to the kitchen, the butcher block also provides a food preparation work space.

To see more designs with wood countertops and gray cabinets, visit our Countertop Image Library.

Wenge Butcher Block designed by Homestead Kitchens

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 Butcher Block designed by Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens.

Wenge Butcher Block designed by Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens
Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens

About the Designer: Kate Connolly is an interior designer, mother of 2 little girls, aspiring yogi and art lover. She has been designing kitchens professionally for 20 years, collaborating with clients in suburban New England. Kate loves piecing together client’s wish lists into functional spaces making their everyday life easier; playing with colors and textures creating a cohesive space that her clients feel at home in. Kate and her husband, Kevin, opened their business, Homestead Kitchens, twelve years ago. They work together with wonderful employees in a beautiful 1904 house where every room is filled with inspirational kitchens.

A Tip from Kate: Think about how you want the room to feel whether it’s formal/fancy, clean/uncluttered, fresh/modern/trendy or warm/comfortable. Then create a focal point by letting one or two items stand out (in this kitchen it is the tile backsplash and the Wenge butcher block).

Wenge Butcher Block designed by Homestead Kitchens
Wenge Butcher Block designed by Homestead Kitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Signature Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Oak Hardwood

Countertops: Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and 2 1/2″ thick Wenge Wood Butcher Block

Faucet: Moen

Sink: Kraus

Backsplash: Cobblestone 3×12 Gloss Glass Tile

Wall Color: By homeowner

Stove: Thermador

Dishwasher: Thermador

Other Appliances: Imperial hood

Additional Comments and Advice: The clients wanted to omit the kitchen table and have a large island with seating for informal family meals and entertaining. To avoid a seam on the island, we opted for a gorgeous Grothouse Wenge butcher block top at one end. It was not only practical (the perfect spot for food prep), but adds another layer of texture and interest to this mostly monotone kitchen.

Wenge Butcher Block Countertop designed by Homestead Kitchens
Wenge Butcher Block Countertop designed by Homestead Kitchens
Wenge Butcher Block designed by Kate Connolly
Wenge Butcher Block designed by Kate Connolly
Wenge Wood Butcher Block for a Kitchen Island
Wenge Wood Butcher Block for a Kitchen Island
Design by Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens
Design by Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens

View additional projects by Homestead Kitchens on their website, Houzz, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. To see more designs including a Wenge Butcher Block, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

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Butcher Blocks for Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities

RICKI conducts a study among 1,000 U.S. homeowners each quarter. The research gathered is then made available to Professional and Executive level RICKI members. The studies gauge consumer sentiment regarding kitchen and bath renovations, planned purchases of kitchen and bath products, and other relevant and timely measures.

For this study, they asked the question, “Do you have an island in your kitchen at home? IF YES, How often do you use your island for the following kitchen island activities?” The data collected showed that butcher blocks are the perfect kitchen island countertop based on the top 5 most frequent kitchen island activities.

5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
5 Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities from RICKI

Around three in ten homeowners have an island in their kitchen. Almost two in three say that they are frequently preparing food on their kitchen islands and cutting and mixing ingredients. Kitchen islands are also used frequently when socializing with friends and family.

In order for all of these activities to take place, the kitchen island must have a durable, comfortable, and inviting countertop surface. Grothouse Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain construction style are the number 1 preferred kitchen island countertop surface – especially by chefs. This is because the construction style of the surface is 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.

Butcher Block Designs for Kitchen Island Activities

64 percent of homeowners use their kitchen island mostly to cut up food and mix ingredients. Butcher Blocks can be designed specifically for this use.

Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities designed by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this kitchen island with food preparation in mind. The island features a Sapele Mahogany butcher block with an overmount sink. It is in close proximity to the refrigerator, cooktop, and main sink. The butcher block size permits plenty of space for cutting food, mixing ingredients, and even serving food.

Butcher Blocks for Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Food Prep designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Butcher blocks can also be designed to co-exist with other surface types or use of food preparation. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs designed this Walnut Butcher Block to match up perfectly with the marble counter. The butcher block can be used for food preparation, while the marble can be used for eating and entertaining.

Butcher Blocks for Kitchen Island Activities
Butcher Block for Entertaining designed by M & M Design, Inc.

For purposes of serving food, eating, and conversations with family and friends, Butcher blocks can be designed to overhang the kitchen island for a fun seating area. M & M Design, Inc. designed the Walnut with Cherry Checkerboard Pattern Butcher Block above for entertaining.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie’s List

Grothouse butcher blocks were featured in an article on Angie’s List, “How Much Do Butcher Block’s Cost?” The article summarizes the definition of a butcher block, the pros and the cons, and also the cost of a butcher block.

The article states that butcher blocks consist of strips of glued hardwood. It’s been utilized for chopping blocks and cutting boards for years, and more recently, as a popular material for kitchen countertops, tables and islands.

The Grothouse definition of a butcher block is a wood surface crafted in end
grain construction. End grain construction is the construction style recommended for direct food preparation.

End grain construction consists of small wood pieces standing vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This style of butcher block is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles. It requires a level of skill and craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.

The Featured Grothouse Butcher Blocks

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie's List
Zebrawood Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

This Zebrawood Butcher Block was designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry and was on display at the on display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. It is 2-1/2″ thick and features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angies List
Walnut, Maple, and White Oak Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

This butcher block features an interlocked pattern of Walnut, Maple, and White Oak. It was designed by a homeowner in New York and is 3″ thick.

Grothouse Butcher Blocks featured on Angie's List
Teak Butcher Block featured on Angie’s List

Old Town Woodworking designed this 2-1/2″ thick Teak butcher block with a 1/4″ Roundover edge profile.

To see more designs with butcher blocks visit our Countertop Image Library. Angie’s List also featured Grothouse Butcher Blocks in a photo gallery. Click here to read the full article on Angie’s List.

Family Sized Butcher Block in the New York Times

A Family Sized Butcher Block custom crafted by Grothouse was featured in a New York Times article, “The Closed Kitchen Makes a Comeback.” The butcher block is pictured showing Jennifer McAllister-Nevins and her family in their TriBeCa loft’s enclosed kitchen.

Family Sized Butcher Block in the New York Times
Family Sized Butcher Block in the New York Times (photo via New York Times)

During a New Year’s Eve dinner party several years ago, the pipes in Jennifer McAllister-Nevins’ kitchen were suddenly blocked. All of the guests got to witness each chaotic moment as the pipes for the sink backed up because she lived in a TriBeCa apartment with an open kitchen. Because of this instance, Ms. McAllister-Nevins, who loves to entertain, now lives in a different TriBeCa loft, one with an enclosed kitchen.

Family Sized Butcher Block Designs

Overtime we have seen butcher blocks used for kitchens used by families. Butcher blocks permit areas for seating and food preparation. Butcher Blocks often become the center of the kitchen, creating a central meeting place for the whole family to enjoy.

Large Butcher Block for Kitchen Island
Butcher Block designed by John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode Inc.

John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode Inc. designed this large butcher block with three tiers. The butcher block is made of Cherry wood on the inside, a Wenge wood stripe, and a Walnut wood border. The tiers on either side of the butcher block are made of Walnut wood. There is plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy around this butcher block.

Family Sized Butcher Block designed by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry
Butcher Block designed by Plain & Fancy Cabinetry

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block. This large kitchen island has plenty of space for food preparation and storage underneath. Chairs could be pulled up to the overhang to create a seating area. This space was designed with family, and convenience, in mind.

Family Sized Butcher Block designed by Home Supply Inc.
Butcher Block designed by Home Supply Inc.

Home Supply Inc. designed this American Black Walnut Butcher Block for this large kitchen island. This kitchen island has an area for seating. By leaving some space open on the butcher block across from the oven, it creates a space for food preparation and serving.

To read the New York Times article featuring a family sized butcher block, click here. To see more designs including large butcher blocks, visit our Countertop Image Library.

Types of Sinks in Wood Countertops

Types of Sinks in Wood Countertops
Sinks in Wood Countertops

The types of sinks that can be included in Grothouse wood countertops and butcher blocks are limitless. Sinks can be made in any style – from vessel sinks to apron sinks, single or double bowl, and made out of any material – from stainless steel to cast iron.

Types of Sinks

Vessel Sink in Wenge Wood Countertop
Vessel Sink in a Wenge Wood Countertop

This bathroom designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath includes a Wenge wood countertop with a Vessel sink.

Apron Sink in a Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block
Apron Sink in a Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block

Showcase Kitchens designed this Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with a Walnut Border to include an Apron sink.

Farmhouse Sink in Wenge Countertop
Farmhouse Sink in a Wenge Countertop

The Shadowlight Group designed this Wenge wood countertop to include a Farmhouse sink.

Double Bowl Undermount Sink in Teak Wood Countertop
Double Bowl Undermount Sink in a Teak Wood Countertop

The most common sink included in wood countertops is an undermount sink. Blanco designed this Teak wood countertop to incorporate a Blanco Niagara Double Bowl #440160 undermount sink.

Overmount Sink in Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop
Overmount Sink in a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block

Plain & Fancy Cabinetry designed this Sapele Mahogany butcher block countertop to include an overmount Kohler Sink model Brinx K3674 in Stainless Steel.

Types of Faucets

Grothouse wood countertops and butcher blocks can also accommodate any type of faucet. Other accessories can also be included, like soap dispensers and sprayers.

To view more designs of wood countertops and butcher blocks with sinks, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

The History of Butcher Blocks

At Grothouse, we refer to wood surfaces crafted in End Grain construction as Butcher Blocks. According to Wikipedia, Butcher block, or butcher’s block, is a style of assembled wood used as heavy duty chopping blocks, table tops, and cutting boards.

The Evolution of Butcher Blocks

Antique Butcher Blocks
Antique Butcher Block

The history of wood butcher blocks is not defined. Some say the use of a butcher block first originated in China. Others say that wood has been used in the preparation of food since the prehistoric ages. Butchers used tree rounds to carve meat on. The rounds were often too soft and they rapidly became unsanitary.

Throughout the centuries, mankind evolved and started creating machines. When the circular saw was invented, nicer, cleaner slabs of wood were cut and used as cutting boards. Since soft wood was the most available type of wood at the time, it was the material of choice to be used for cutting boards.

The boards were made smaller since the slab of wood could now be cut to any desired size. Since they were made smaller, they were also used to eat off of and some people referred to them as trenchers. Trenchers were originally pieces of stale hard bread that were used as substitute plates. Wood trenchers quickly became the replacements of the eatable dinnerware.

Hard wood butcher blocks were the preferred choice of the butcher industry. They were made to be extremely thick and durable, so durable in fact, that a butcher could use the same block for almost his entire career.

One fact remains true, butcher blocks have been used in butcher shops for centuries, and still are in many European countries today, as well as in homes for the use of food preparation.

Visit our website to learn about butcher blocks manufactured today.

 

Sources Used:

http://www.cuttingboardusa.com/news/quick-history-of-the-cutting-board-47.aspx

http://www.cuttingboard.com/blog/butcher-blocks-vs-cutting-boards-whats-the-difference/