Holiday Baking with Wood Countertops

‘Tis the season for baking all of our holiday favorites – from apple pie to sugar cookies and more. While preparing to bake for the holidays it is easy to overlook the most important ingredient… the surface used to prepare! The best surface to prepare cookies on? Wood of course! Today we are discussing the perks of holiday baking with wood countertops.

Holiday Baking with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Holiday Baking with Wood Countertops

Because of the way that wood countertops are crafted, you can chop directly on the surface – no cutting board needed! You can roll dough, cut and decorate cookies, pies, muffins and more directly on a wood countertop. In addition, this makes for easy clean up since you don’t have to get as many items out.

Countertops can be crafted in three different construction styles. The best construction style for baking is end grain. Counters crafted in end grain construction style are called butcher blocks. End Grain Construction is the preferred chopping surface by chefs, as this construction style is the 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.

After cleaning up, wood countertops and butcher blocks serve as a pretty surface to display and serve your baked goods for guests.

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Walnut Island Top designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath for cooking and entertaining – that even has space for the family pet – features a Walnut Island Top.

Walnut Island Top designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry: Mouser

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Primo Marble & Granite / Allure Leathered Quartzite

Faucet: Brizo

Sink: Franke

Backsplash: Ceramiche Tile & Stone

Stove: Thermador

Refrigerator: Sub Zero

Walnut Counter for a kitchen island designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Walnut Island Top Details

The Walnut Island Top designed for this kitchen was crafted in edge grain construction. At one and a half inches thick, this top features a 1/4″ Roundover edge profile. It is sealed with the Grothouse exclusive Durata Finish in Matte sheen.

Walnut Top crafted in Edge Grain Construction with a Quarter Inch Roundover Edge Profile
Tom Little Photography
Kitchen Island with Built In Pet Bowls designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

A matching Walnut counter was crafted for this little nook in the kitchen, creating the perfect place for the toaster oven, liquor and more.

Matching counter for pantry nook area of the kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Follow Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath on social media to see more of their stunningly spacious kitchen designs! Houzz | Facebook | Instagram

Visit our website to learn more about meeting a Grothouse dealer near you and designing a Walnut Island Top for your kitchen.

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Grothouse Solid Surfaces in Whole Home Concept House

Grothouse was thrilled to partner with the prestigious Matthew Quinn to craft custom solid surfaces for House Beautiful’s Whole Home Concept House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grothouse Solid Surfaces in House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House in Nashville, Tennessee
Photography by David A. Land

House Beautiful teamed up with forward-thinking designers from across the country to build a house from the ground up and craft its rooms with a family’s total joy in mind. The result of this 6,201-square-foot haven is more than a home – it’s an experience.

The Kitchen | Whole Home Concept House

When dreaming up a new kitchen, it’s tempting to focus on the “pretty bits”: cabinet colorsquartz-versus-natural-stone surfaces, hardware finishes. But kitchen-and-bath expert Matthew Quinn starts with what’s practical.

Grothouse White Oak Wood Countertop for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House
Photography by David A. Land

An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse Flat Grain White Oak Riftsawn countertop. The wood countertop features an arc and a custom stain. In addition, it has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen).

Butler’s Pantry | Whole Home Concept House

To make sure this smaller space didn’t feel too tight, Quinn used open shelving on one wall, flanking the window and sink—and on the other side, upper cabinets have mesh screen inserts.

Grothouse Wood Shelves with Anvil Metal Finished Edges in House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House
Photography by David A. Land

Grothouse crafted the open shelves in Flat Grain construction out of White Oak Riftsawn wood to match the kitchen countertop. The shelves feature a notched radius corner and Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edges.

If you are in Nashville, you can take a tour of the house! Or you can visit House Beautiful‘s YouTube channel to watch every step of the journey. Learn more about the House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House by clicking here!

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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

Like Aramark on Facebook to keep up to date with company updates. Like Boyertown Planing Mill Co. on Facebook to see more of their designs. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram for wood countertop inspiraiton.

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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.

Read our previous blogs by visiting wood-countertop.glumber.com.

For weekly wood countertop design inspiration, follow @grothouseinc on Instagram.

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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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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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