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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Percent of Kitchen Remodeling Budgets Spent on Countertops

The percent of kitchen remodeling budgets spent on countertops is increasing, with less expensive materials trending downward as homeowners look to designers to help them select countertops that will be both durable and beautiful. Kitchen & Bath Design News conducted a survey that polled more than 220 kitchen and bath dealers and designers about how countertops fit into their clients’ overall project budgets.

According to the survey results, the value of countertops can be seen in consumers’ increasing willingness to invest in these materials. To that end, more than half of those polled invest 10-20% of their clients’ kitchen budget (55.9%) in countertops, with another 29.1% saying that countertops account for 20-40% of the project budget. Additionally, 7.3% note that their clients spend as much as 41-60% of their overall budget on the countertops (see Graph 5 below from KBDN).

Percent of Kitchen Remodeling Budgets Spent on Countertops
Image via Kitchen & Bath Design News

Homeowners’ willingness to invest in countertops might be related to their view that countertops add both beauty and function to the kitchen. When asked whether their clients were more interested in aesthetics or durability/function/ease of maintenance, more than three quarters of those polled (77.7%) said their clients valued both equally.

This survey also polled which countertop materials are currently trending. The results released that wood countertops have the second largest percentage of growing interest, at 31.7%. The countertop material with largest percentage of growing interest is quartz/quartzite, and with the current mixed surface materials trend, this makes total sense. Designers often pair wood countertops with quartz countertops to create the perfect combination.

Walnut Wood Counter Mixed with Quartzite Counter for a Large Kitchen Island in Michigan
Design by Todd Wiley, Tru Kitchens

Senior designer Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens in Michigan designed this beautiful transitional kitchen pictured above to feature a large kitchen island. A custom Grothouse walnut wood counter was crafted for the seating area. The counter was constructed so that the grain of the wood runs in 126 3/8″ direction. The wood counter was rabbeted to overlap a quartzite countertop, designed for the remainder of the kitchen island.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website, www.glumber.com, to see more designs with wood countertops and quartzite counters. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like Grothouse, Inc. on Facebook for more kitchen design trends and news, like the percent of kitchen remodeling budgets spent on countertops.

Source: Kitchen & Bath Design News

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Beige Kitchen Designs with Dark Wood Counters

Currently trending and growing in popularity are beige kitchen designs with dark wood counters. Beige is a light, soothing neutral that is deeper than the traditional white kitchen. Beige also lets built-in accents, like the counters, really shine. Designers love the contrast of a dark wood against beige tones. The overall appeal creates a comfortable space with earthy tones.

Beige Kitchens with Dark Wood Counters

Beige Kitchen Designs with Dark Wood Counters
Stained White Oak Counter

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this transitional kitchen design is jaw-dropping. The beige cabinets are Poplar and White Oak Rift. Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, of TruKitchens designed a White Oak counter for a seating area around the kitchen island. Naturally White Oak is lighter in color, so Todd selected a dark stain application. The dark stained White Oak counter contrasts beautifully with the beige cabinets, while complementing the range hood and wood ceiling beams.

Dark Peruvian Walnut Counter with Beige Kitchen Cabinetry in Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Peruvian Walnut Counter

J Paul Lobkovich designed this kitchen to be on display at the Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. He chose Peruvian Walnut for the kitchen counter. Since the wood is naturally like dark chocolate in color, there was no need for a stain application. The warm tones of the Peruvian Walnut counter bring out the grain and figures in the beige cabinets.

Dark Wood Counter in Peruvian Walnut for Beige Kitchen Island
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Counter

Past Basket designed this transitional, beige kitchen in Geneva, Illinois to feature a large Peruvian Walnut counter for the island. Perfectly complementing the bar stools and wood flooring throughout the space, the counter creates the perfect place to entertain, food prep, or just sit and enjoy a meal together.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more beige kitchen designs with dark wood counters!

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Congratulations Matthew Quinn!

We would like to take the honor of congratulating the prestigious Matthew Quinn for winning Kitchen & Bath Business Person of the Year! The editors at Kitchen & Bath Business chose the Person of the Year and the six Praiseworthy Picks based on how they are leading the way and making a difference in our industry.

KBB Person of the Year Matthew Quinn Kitchen Designer
Photography via KBB

Wood Countertops by Matthew Quinn

Grothouse had the honor to work with Matthew Quinn on many occasions, including the prestigious House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016. His designs are more than inspiration, they are truly unique innovations.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Matthew Quinn
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Table

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Quinn featured a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edging along the table and pedestal base.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Grothouse Anvil Metal Finished Wood Countertop designed by Matthew Quinn
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Countertop and Shelves

Also a part of Kitchen of the Year was this White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop featuring an Anvil™ Argentum Metal Textured Finish applied to show the wood grain. Matching floating shelves were crafted in the same finish.

Click here to learn more about this achievement and Matthew Quinn!

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125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop designed by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens

A 125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop was designed by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens for the large kitchen island in this gorgeous traditional white kitchen.

125" Walnut Butcher Block Countertop designed for a traditional white kitchen in Ohio
Design by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens

Redefined classic white kitchen cabinets create a timeless look in this kitchen. A white backsplash and perimeter countertops are seamless with the white cabinets. Crystal chandeliers and a white apron sink add farmhouse flair to the design.

A Timeless Classic White Kitchen with a large island and butcher block countertop
A Timeless, Classic White Kitchen

The wood floors are complemented by the warmth of the large Walnut butcher block countertop, and contrast perfectly against the white cabinets, backsplash and countertops.

About the 125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop

Custom Walnut Butcher Block Countertop designed for a Large White Kitchen Island
125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop

The large kitchen island is complete with this 125″ walnut butcher block countertop. At 2 1/2″ thick and 55″ in depth this end grain butcher block is ready for some serious food preparation. In addition, it provides the perfect place for everyone to gather, while still leaving the chef, or chefs, plenty of room to still prepare.

Walnut is one of the most popular wood species selected for kitchen countertops. Walnut is a prized cabinetmaking wood, noted for its beautiful, slightly open and  straight grain. It can also show a wave or curly figure. Walnut is hard and tough,  which gives it moderate crushing and bending strength, as well as medium stiffness. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this Walnut butcher block can be sanded and oiled to look like new after many uses.

Want to see more designs by Nikki? Visit her profile on Houzz! Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like us on Facebook to see more designs featuring a 125″ Walnut butcher block countertop!

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Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula

An Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop creates the perfect place to gather in this soft teal kitchen designed by Jillian Clark of Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc.

Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc
Kitchen Design by Jillian Clark of Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc.

“This paradise in the pines needed a total refresh with new flooring, doors and windows throughout,” stated Jillian Clark. “Wolf appliances are surrounded by soft teal “Carolina Gull” custom color cabinets in the kitchen by Urban Effects Cabinetry in their Foxfire door style. The Blanco Ikon apron front sink in Cinder is complemented by a Newport Brass Vespera faucet.”

Ash Wood and Engineered Quartz Counters for a Soft Teal Kitchen
Caesarstone Engineered Quartz Counters in “Georgian Bluffs”

Caesarstone engineered quartz counters in “Georgian Bluffs” on the perimeter and portion of the island. A random blend mosaic backsplash tile blends beautifully with the walls, cabinets, wood top and flooring.

Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop Details

Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop crafted by Grothouse
Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop crafted by Grothouse

The Ash Wood Countertop crafted for this kitchen island is 1-1/2 inches thick. It is 88-1/2 inches wide by 66-1/2 inches deep. Featuring a custom stain application, this countertop was sealed with our proprietary Durata® waterproof permanent finish in matte sheen.

Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like our page on Facebook to learn more about us. To see more designs featuring an Ash Wood Kitchen Island Countertop, visit our website www.glumber.com.

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Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed by Eva Andersen

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 Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders.

Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed by Eva Andersen
Eva Andersen

Design Details

To serve as a divider between the kitchen and living room of this home, Eva designed white cabinetry with a Grothouse Walnut wood countertop. The countertop features a Small Classical Bead and Cove edge profile and stain application (stain # 03004). It was finished with Durata® permanent finish in matte.

Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed for a traditional kitchen and living room area
Walnut Countertop Room Divider

Cabinetry: Signature Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Porcelain tile in herringbone pattern

Other Countertops: Taj Mahal Quartzite

Backsplash: Walker Zanger

Stove: Wolf Cooktop

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: SubZero Paneled Fridge

Other Items, Comments or Advice: We brought this luxurious stone and glass mosaic to the crown molding, functioning like a beautiful wallpaper behind the sink and the range. Often it’s better to continue one material versus having choppy delineation between areas. While this is usually a more contemporary way of treating the backsplash in this case it worked beautifully in this traditional kitchen because of the materials.

Room Divider with Walnut Countertop and Wood Beams for traditional white kitchen
Room Divider with Walnut Countertop and Wood Beams
Walnut Countertop Complements the Wood Kitchen Island
Walnut Countertop Complements the Wood Kitchen Island

Want to see more designs by Eva? Like Teakwood Builders on Facebook! Visit our website, glumber.com, to see more designs featuring a Walnut countertop room divider.

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Walnut Desk Top designed by Jillian Clark of Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc.

The perfect home office was designed by Jillian Clark of Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc. featuring a Walnut Desk Top.

Walnut Desk Top for a Custom Built-In Home Office Desk with Walnut Cabinetry
Photography by daveclarkphotography.ca

This home office features cabinetry by DeWils Custom Cabinetry, Lakewood door style in Walnut stained “Nutmeg”. Grothouse crafted a beautifully matched radius Walnut wood countertop for the office desk top.

All together this customized built-in desk design provides a large work are, creating storage opportunities with the book shelves and the space underneath the desk. The area underneath the desk also offers a place for trash cans, paper shredders and other various items that should be tucked away.

About the Designer

Jillian Clark specializes in designing and creating uncommon kitchens, baths, and home spaces that completely reflect an individual ‘s discerning tastes and style.

The kitchen is not just a place to prepare food, it’s a family gathering spot, entertainment hub, homework area, the list can go on!” – Jillian Clark

Want to see more designs by Jillian? Like Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc. on Facebook and follow them on Instagram! Visit the Image Library on our website, glumber.com, to see more designs with a Walnut Desk Top.

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Two Tier Kitchen Island designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia

A Two Tier Kitchen Island takes center stage in this farmhouse style space designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia.

Two Tier Kitchen Island for a white farmhouse kitchen designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia
Two Tier Kitchen Island designed by Classic Kitchens of Virginia

Two Tier Kitchen Island Wood Countertops

The upper level of the kitchen island is a raised bar, composed of a three inch thick flat grain Walnut with Sapwood bar top. The character found in the wooden ceiling beams was complemented by distressing the bar top to level #4, which was then enhanced with a hand rubbed black glaze. Adding further character, the bar top features a Medium Roman Ogee edge profile.

Lower Level Kitchen Island Countertop is a Random Mix Butcher Block featuring a Cherry field and Walnut Border
Random Mix Butcher Block featuring a Cherry field and Walnut Border

The kitchen island features a lower level with a Random Mix End Grain Butcher Block with a Cherry field and a three inch Walnut Border. A custom edge profile was created by reversing the Chamfer with a step on the bottom edge.

Custom Walnut Wood Backsplash Connects the Upper and Lower Levels of the Kitchen Island
Custom Walnut Wood Backsplash Connects the Upper and Lower Levels of the Island

A custom flat grain Walnut with sapwood backsplash was designed to connect the two tiers of the island. The design features a matching outlet cover. The backsplash was also distressed to level #4 and enhanced with a hand rubbed black glaze to match the upper level Walnut bar top.

The custom wood countertops and backsplash on the two tier kitchen island were the perfect addition to match the wooden ceiling beams and the wood fireplace mantel.

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Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter

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 set of Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio.

Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio
Design by Melissa Sauter

About the Designer: Loving living and working in the Detroit area! So gratifying to be a part of rebuilding the city! I love the characteristics and details in the historical homes in Detroit and preserving and showcasing them. I moved here after growing up in Ohio, attending Western Michigan University for Interior Design and Business, and living in Chicago for a few years. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, visiting museums and exhibits, and panting abstract art.

Designer Tip: Mix textures and finishes to create interest and don’t be afraid of using the color black! Too many people are worried using such a dark color will make a space appear smaller but it doesn’t, it adds a richness and layer of luxury!

Ash Wood Countertops for black cabinets in a kitchen designed by Melissa Sauter
Design by Melissa Sauter

Design Details

Cabinetry: Legacy Crafted Cabinets

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Homewares – Steam Punk

Flooring: Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hex

Grothouse Countertops: A set of Ash countertops were crafted for this design, each with a Classical Small Bead and Cove edge profile and finished with Durata® permanent finish in satin sheen

Other Countertops: Aurea Stone Top fabricated by Solid Surfaces Unlimited

Faucet: Signature Hardware – Isadora

Sink: Elkay Fireclay Apron Front

Backsplash: Quintessenza Cromia26 Subway Supplied by Genesee Tile

Stove: GE

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: LG Refrigerator and Whirlpool Microwave

Ash Wood Countertops with Apron Front Sink and Black Cabinetry
Design by Melissa Sauter
Black Cabinets with gold hardware and ash wood countertops
Design by Melissa Sauter
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop

Check out more designs by Melissa by following Whiski Kitchen Design Studio on Instagram and by liking them on Facebook!

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