Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark

Grothouse custom crafted five butcher blocks for Aramark global headquarters building in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Grothouse crafted Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark Global Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jen Kell and David Hagerty of Grothouse with Walnut Butcher Block at Aramark Global Headquarters

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across foodfacilities 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.

Aramark Global Headquarters in Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aramark Global Headquarters | Photo via Phillymag

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.

Large Custom Walnut Butcher Block Tables by Grothouse
Large Custom Walnut Butcher Block Tables by Grothouse

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.

Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark | Details

Five butcher block tops were custom crafted in end grain construction style out of Walnut with Sapwood. The tops were designed by Boyertown Planing Mill Co. Each butcher block countertop is three inches thick and features a 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish was applied to each top before installation. This finish does require ongoing maintenance, however it is food safe and is the preferred finish for food preparation.

Five Two-Layered Industrial Tables with Walnut Butcher Block Tops
Five Two-Layered Industrial Tables with Walnut Butcher Block Tops

The butcher block tops were shipped in pallets, each weighing approximately 1600 lbs. Each butcher block top had to be delivered by crane to each of the five floors.

Walnut End Grain Butcher Block Tops for Industrial Tables in the Aramark Global Headquarters Building
Walnut End Grain Butcher Block Tops for Industrial Tables

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Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by TruKitchens

A Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design creates a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. Their bold Mid-Century Modern design perfectly suited this client’s home and style for this kitchen renovation.

Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed for a Mid Century Modern Kitchen
Design by TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design

Designer Tip: “We chose Peruvian Walnut and Color Quartz Oyster Shell. Changing the counter material allows the top to feel grand without feeling overly long.”

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop and Quartz Oyster Shell Countertop make the kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop combined with a Quartz Oyster Shell Countertop

Project Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Shiloh Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Hardware

Countertops: Grothouse Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop

Complimentary Countertops: Quartz Oyster Shell

Flooring: Original White Oak Flooring Refinished

Faucet: Moen Align

Sink: Kohler Cault Double Bowl Undermount

Backsplash: Porcelanosa

Wall Color: SW7022 Alpaca

Stove: Jenn Aire White Glass Cooktop

Dishwasher: Jenn Aire White Glass

Other Appliances: Jenn Air White Glass Fridge; Stainless Zephyr Hood

Other Items, Comments or Advice: “We took the adjacent eating area and incorporated it as part of the kitchen to maintain an eating area, but also allow the kitchen to feel bigger by extending the island while taking full advantage of the view.”

Project Credits

Designer: Jennifer Butler Design
Kitchen Designer: TruKitchens
Appliances: Bekins Appliance
Photographer: Bill Lindhout Photography

Click here to learn more about Peruvian Walnut wood countertops. See more designs by following @jenniferbutlerdesign and @trukitchens on Instagram!

Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island

Don Hodkoski of Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath designed this Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island, making this space the perfect fit for a chef.

Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island in a chef's kitchen design
Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island

About Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath: Where design, craftsmanship, functionality and service come together. At Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath they design and build kitchens, bathrooms, closets, laundry rooms, mudrooms, outdoor kitchens and unique spaces. They specialize in creating quality environments which reflect your taste and lifestyle. Their team of master designers and craftsmen provide innovative designs and create positive experiences.

Design Details

The Perfect Chef Kitchen with Walnut Countertop
The Perfect Chef Kitchen

Cabinet Manufacturer: Homestead

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Island Countertop: Grothouse Walnut 3 inches thick Edge Grain Countertop

Complimentary Countertops: Betlan & Custom Stainless Countertops

Faucet: Waterstone

Sink: Stainless Steel from C-Tech

Backsplash: 2×6 Subway tile

Range: Wolf

Dishwasher: KitchenAid

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Fridge and 2 Wolf Ovens

Walnut Countertop for a kitchen island provides the perfect place to prepare food
Walnut Countertop for Food Preparation

To see more designs by Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Houzz. Visit their relaxing showroom overlooking the East Aspetuck River, to get fresh ideas and discuss your goals and needs.

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Walnut Island Countertop designed by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog highlights the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio designed a Walnut Island Countertop to visually warm up this beautiful white kitchen.

Walnut Island Countertop designed by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio
Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio

About the Designer: Growing up in the family remodeling business, kitchen and bath design was a natural fit for Claire. She enjoys working on projects inspired by her client’s individual tastes, blending their style with functional design. She especially appreciates a clean, classic design that stands the test of time. This client decided to stay in their home and remodel rather than sell. Built in the 1990s, the kitchen definitely needed an update. The client wanted to maintain the traditional style of the home but was open to suggestions for layout. The main goal was to move the cooktop off of the island and extend cabinetry to the ceiling.

A Tip from the Designer: “Incorporating a wood accent in an otherwise completely white kitchen is a great way to visually warm up the space! It also feels warm on your arms when sitting at a countertop in comparison to stone!”

Walnut Island Countertop for a White Kitchen design by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio
Scott Amundson Photography

Design Details

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Island Countertop; Cambria Delgatie – Honed Finish Perimeter Countertops

Cabinet Manufacturer: Talora by Decor – Chantilly Lace Paint

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs – Brixton Honey Bronze Finish

Flooring: Existing

Faucet: Delta Cassidy – Champagne Bronze 9197-CZ-DST

Sink: Rohl Shaws Two Bowl Fireclay RC3918WH

Backsplash: Antique White Arabesque w/ TEC Antique White grout

Stove: Thermador 36” Duel Fuel Range – PRD364GDH

Dishwasher: Thermador Panel Ready DWHD650WPR

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero 36” Built-In Over and Under BI-36U/O-RH

White Kitchen with Honey Bronze Fixtures and a Walnut Island Countertop
Scott Amundson Photography

To see more designs by Claire Teunissen at Mingle Kitchen and Bath Design Studio and Showroom, follow @mingle_mn on Instagram!

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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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Saxon Wood Countertops designed by Boxwood Design

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Two Saxon Wood Countertops were crafted for a stunning kitchen designed by Boxwood Design.

Saxon Wood Countertops designed by Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design
Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design

About the Designer: Lisa Brosius, has over 30 years’ experience in the building industry. Currently owns Boxwood Design located in Central PA, specializing in custom kitchens and baths.

Designer Tip: Before starting any home renovation hire a designer to assist with the project. A designer can help you stay on budget, increase efficiencies and insure a functional finished space.

Design Details

Saxon Wood Countertops for a kitchen island in a blue kitchen design
Design by Boxwood Design

Cabinet Manufacturer: Tedd Wood

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Countertops: Grothouse Flat Grain Saxon Wood Countertop and End Grain Saxon Wood Butcher Block

Sink: Kohler Porcelain

Backsplash: Calacatta Corchia

Wall Color: Anew Gray Sherwin Williams

Stove: Lacanche

Dishwasher: Miele

Saxon Wood Butcher Block Countertop Insert
Design by Boxwood Design

Other Advice: “There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated Lisa.

Stunning Kitchen Design with Wood Countertops on Kitchen Island
Design by Boxwood Design

To see more kitchens and baths by Boxwood Design, follow them on Instagram @boxwood.design. Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Saxon wood countertops.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop designed by Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog highlights the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company designed a Saxon Wood Island Countertop for this multi-functional kitchen.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop Designer Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company
Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: “I am a certified kitchen designer with 20 Plus years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry. I designed the kitchen and other areas of this home for Lowell Custom Homes in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The homeowner’s fell in love with the display island wood top by Grothouse we have in our showroom, so we duplicated it on their new island,” explained Joyce.

A Tip from the Designer: “The island is awesome with an extra prep sink and the wood tops are a great choice with the Durata® finish!”

Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Multi-Functional Kitchen in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop Details

Saxon Wood™ is an exclusive species only available at Grothouse. It is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Paul Grothouse, owner of Grothouse.

Saxon Wood™ has a stunning visual appeal and unique appearance. The wavy, irregular grain of the wood has has base color tones ranging from yellow to tan to brown. It is accented with grey and black striations resembling Spalted Maple.

Saxon Wood Countertop for large kitchen island in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

Other Design Details

Complimentary Countertops: Wilsonart Quartz Osteria Q3002

Cabinet Manufacturer: Plato Woodwork

Cabinet Hardware: Emtek Tuscany Bronze Knobs and Pulls

Flooring: Rustic White Oak with an Oiled Finish

Sink: Blanco Ikon Silgranite Apron Front Biscuit

Backsplash: Tile by Bella Tile and Stone

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Stove: Thermador Range Top

Dishwasher: Thermador

Saxon Wood Countertop with an undermount sink for a large kitchen island
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography
Saxon Wood Countertop designed for a large kitchen island in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

To see more designs by Joyce, follow her on Instagram, @JoyceZuelke! Learn more about Saxon Wood countertops by visiting our website.

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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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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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