Wood is naturally a warm, comfortable material, which is why some of the industry’s best designers choose custom wood bath surrounds for luxurious master bathrooms.
The most popular wood specie selected for wood bath surrounds is Teak. This is due to its natural waterproof high natural oil content. Teak is actually one of the most common woods used for yachts.
Designs with Wood Bath Surrounds
An elegantly traditional master bathroom designed by Echelon Custom Homes includes a custom Teak wood bath tub surround. It was designed as an accent piece to cover only the top of the tub.
The wood was finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. Matching perfectly with the hutch aside of the tub, the wood also complements the marble floor and white bathroom cabinetry. This bright bath has a spa like feel. While it is spacious, it still remains warm and calming.
A contemporary Asian-inspired master bath designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath includes a wood bath surround. Wood baths are popular in Asian-inspired spaces, as they reflect a calming, spa-like appeal.
The entire tub itself is made of Teak wood. Grothouse crafted a custom wood countertop and divider wall to match the tub. The wood was stained with Grothouse The Favorite Stock Stain (#03012) and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.
Grothouse has had the honor of crafting a kitchen island countertop for the This Old House® renovation of an 1872 Italianate in the historic Boston suburb of Arlington.
Kitchen Island Countertop Details
The kitchen island countertop is 300 pounds and 11 feet long. It is crafted of Burmese Teak wood in Flat Grain Construction. The countertop is sealed with our Durata® Finish in Satin sheen; a maintenance-free, waterproof finish only available on Grothouse wood surfaces. The countertop includes an Apron Sink Cutout for a Kohler sink (Model K6487). The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on all of the top horizontal edges. The vertical corners and the bottom horizontal edges are square.
The island countertop can be seen on Episode 3324 (Season 33, Episode 24) of This Old House® called “Decorative Details.”
In this episode Norm Abram finds Paul Grothouse at the house ready to install the stunning countertop and sink.
This episode will begin airing on April 17, 2014. You can check your local listings to see when the episode will air near you.
About The Grothouse Lumber Company:
This episode is the sixth appearance of Grothouse on This Old House®. Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata® permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Teak Countertops are popular for use in kitchens and baths. Not only are they beautiful, but one variety is known to contain natural waterproof properties. Tectona grandis is one of three species in the genus Tectona. It is the variety with natural water repellent properties and used on luxury yachts and areas of high humidity and moisture. Other plantation teaks may have the visual characteristics of Tectona grandis, but they typically lack the water repellent properties. Here is more information on Grothouse Waterproof Teak http://www.glumber.com/wood-countertops-design-guide/wood-countertop-species/burmese-teak/
Cost of Teak Countertops
Teak Countertops are high in price, reflecting the cost of the coveted wood. At Grothouse, our Planation Teak is carefully selected and sourced for quality and visual appearance from Plantations. Our authentic Teak is sourced from reliable suppliers that carefully sort and dry the wood to assure the highest quality finished product. Beware of suppliers offering low cost teak as the wood can be inconsistent and visually unappealing. In addition, the lower cost teak typically does not have the desired water repellent properties. Expect authentic Teak Countertops to cost in the $150 to $250 per square foot range.
Designing with Teak Countertops
Teak countertops are often used in bathrooms for vanity tops and tub surrounds. The gorgeous bathroom below, designed by Echelon Custom Homes has a Teak Tub Surround.
In kitchens, they are used for countertops containing sinks. They are often used as butcherblocks around sinks to serve as a water repellent surface that is suitable for chopping and food preparation. The Teak Butcherblock pictured below was designed by Donna Venegas and a focal point of this kitchen featured on This Old House Television Show.
About The Grothouse Lumber Company:
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.