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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Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas

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 Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company.

Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company
Natalie Spiniolas of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: Mother of two you enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Has been to over 30 countries and finds inspiration and beauty in architecture from around the world. Has a bachelors in Interior Design and has been specializing in kitchen and bath design for 17 years. Enjoys implementing visual texture and laying materials in a space to create warmth and beauty.

Designer Tip: To create visual interest layer materials and finishes. In this space we hand planed and heavily distressed the Grothouse walnut countertop to give dimension to the beautiful wood countertop. This feature mixed with stone, metal and multiple wood finishes we create a balanced and pleasing aesthetic.

Distressed Walnut Countertop with black painted cabinetry in a transitional space
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Design Details

Cabinetry: Plato Woodwork

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Flooring: 6″ Rustic white oak with light distressing on surface and machined V-groove

Countertops: Hand Planed and Distressed Walnut Countertop by Grothouse; 3cm Calacutta Silver Polished Marble

Faucet: Rohl RA1458LMWSPN2 Polished Nickel

Sink: Shaw RRC3018WH

Backsplash: Mediterra Tile 3×6 subway in antique white with decorative Mosaic for the Range are in antique white and Ball Clay

Wall Color: Benjamin MooreBaby Fawn OC-15 Matte

StoveWolf DF486G range

Dishwasher: Miele G6362SCVI panel ready

Other Appliances: IC36R panel ready fridge, IC30F panel ready freezer SubZero, warming drawer Wolf WWD30 panel ready, Wolf SO30PMSPH electric oven, Wolf MDD30PMSPH drop down microwave

Other Items, Comments or Advice: Custom wood hood to match serving island and beams. Don’t forget about your ceilings, they are as important as any other surface. In this space we used columns and beams to create interest and soft space division.

Transitional kitchen with distressed and handplaned peruvian walnut wood countertop
Photography by Shanna Wolf
Walnut Countertop with Distressing and Hand Planing for a transitional space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Photography by Shanna Wolf

Check out more designs by Natalie by following her on Houzz! Learn more about Distressed and Hand Planed Wood Countertops by visiting our website.

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Best of Houzz 2019 Wood Bar Top

Congratulations to Archipelago Hawaii for winning “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The Best of Houzz 2019 Tuscan style home design featured a Grothouse Wood Bar Top.

Best of Houzz 2019 Wood Bar Top by Grothouse in Hawaii
Photographer: Augie Salbosa

Best of Houzz 2019

Houzz provides people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

Best of Houzz winners were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community.

Grothouse Wood Bar Top

A custom Grothouse wood bar top was crafted for the Tuscan style home located in Hawaii. This bar says “Aloha” with its arced bar top for seating and Hawaiian flower design.  A decorative edge profile on the bar top adds flair, which is carried out in the cabinetry. The warm wood bar top creates the perfect place for entertaining guests.

Best of Houzz 2019 Wood Bar Top by Grothouse with Arc and Decorative Edge Profile in Hawaii
Photographer: Augie Salbosa

Click here to see more of the Best of Houzz 2019 design! See more Best of Houzz living room designs by viewing this ideabook. Follow Grothouse on Houzz for wood bar top inspiration.

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Breakfast Bar Tops

Breakfast bar tops are a brilliant way to add extra living space into the kitchen. They are the little perch where you start, and often finish, the day. Most designers choose a solid wood countertop for breakfast bars. Unlike stone and metal, wood is a naturally warm surface that is perfect for sipping morning coffee or enjoying ice cream.

Despite its name, a breakfast bar isn’t just a spot for morning coffee and a bowl of oatmeal. This handy feature, which can be as simple or ornate as your kitchen is, fulfills multiple roles: a cocktail party buffet, a kids’ homework station, extra dinner party seating and more.

Most breakfast bars are designed to sit higher than the kitchen countertops, but they have been designed to align with kitchen countertops as well as even sitting below them.

Designs with Breakfast Bar Tops

Custom Wood Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Walnut Breakfast Bar Top

The cooking and eating zones on this kitchen island designed by Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens have been ingeniously divided up, thanks to different worktop materials. It’s a simple trick that makes it instantly feel less like a workaday kitchen and more like a multi-functional space. For the breakfast bar, a Walnut countertop was designed to fit perfectly around the other countertop material.

Custom Wood Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Top

Designer Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio used Reclaimed Chestnut for this raised breakfast bar top. The wood has tons of ramshackle character and adds organic charm to the space.

Custom Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top
Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top

This half-wall could easily have languished as wasted space. However, Kitchenscapes saw an opportunity and put it to work with a simple Walnut All Heartwood counter, fun blue tile and bar stools that creates the perfect spot for coffee or cocktails.

Custom Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top
Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top

This large Cherry with Sapwood breakfast bar top designed by Kubik Builders provides plenty of room for sitting and gathering out of the main food prep space on the opposite side of the kitchen island.

Want to see more designs featuring breakfast bar tops? Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library by clicking here.

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Custom Wenge Countertops designed by North Star Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes Custom Wenge Countertops designed by Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens.

Custom Wenge Countertops designed by Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens for a kitchen in Minneapolis, MN
Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens

About the Designer: Peter Harms has been designing kitchens and custom cabinetry for North Star Kitchens in Minneapolis MN for nearly 20 years. Peter loves to design kitchens in all flavors, but his favorite is soft contemporary. Peter strives to design beautiful kitchens that are both practical and functional. The use of integrated appliances helps to meld the kitchen into today’s open floor plans nicely.

Designer Tip: In this kitchen we utilized thick Wenge countertops to soften the kitchen aesthetic and provide a warm soft touch to the eating area of the kitchen island.

Custom Wenge Countertops

Custom Wenge Countertop for a Seating Area at a Large Kitchen Island in Minneapolis, MN
Custom Wenge Countertop for Seating Area
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Seating Area at a Large Kitchen Island in Minneapolis, MN
Wenge Countertop for Seating at the Kitchen Island

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Downsview Custom Kitchens – Horizontal Wenge Veneer

Cabinet Hardware: Custom Polished Stainless Steel

Flooring: European Rustic White Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Wenge, Cambria –  Newport

Sink: Custom by Mekal

Backsplash: Cambria – Newport

Hood: Polished Stainless Steel

Stove: Wolf 48″ Dual Fuel

Dishwasher: Asko – Integrated

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Refrigeration and Freezers

Seating Area and Bar with Wenge Countertops for a home in Minneapolis, MN
Seating Area and Bar with Wenge Countertops

 

Wenge Bar Countertop with Laser Engraving for a contemporary style home in Minneapolis, MN
Wenge Bar Countertop with Laser Engraving

Follow North Star Kitchens on Houzz and like their Facebook page to see more of their uniquely livable luxury designs. Check out the Grothouse Image Library to see more custom Wenge countertops.

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Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops come in many different shapes and sizes at Grothouse. With over 40 stock stains and glazes available and the ability to custom stain match, there are no design limitations. A color lab is used to custom stain any wood surface to match the sample provided. Matches are within a delta E of 0.5 or less.

Any wood surface crafted in Flat Grain or Edge Grain construction style can include a stain application. Our propriety Durata® waterproof and permanent finish is required for all stained wood countertops.

Designs with Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Because there are no design limitations, stained wood kitchen bar tops can be custom crafted to fit it any style space.

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops designed by Tobias Design for kitchen island in a contemporary kitchen
Stained White Oak Kitchen Bar Top designed by Tobias Design

Tobias Design chose Jericho Stock Stain (# 04915) for this edge grain White Oak wood kitchen bar top. This bar top makes for the perfect seating area for six guests at the end of the kitchen island. The countertop features a simple 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile to tie in the contemporary style of the kitchen. Finished in Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops designed by Coastal Cabinet Works for seating in a contemporary kitchen
Stained Cherry Kitchen Bar Top designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works designed an edge grain Cherry wood countertop stained with T-Rex Stock Stain (#04333) for a bar in this kitchen. The stain application matches the bar top with the kitchen cabinetry. Finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent finish in Satin sheen.

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops designed by Tobias Design for kitchen island in a transitional kitchen
Stained Walnut Kitchen Bar Top designed by Tobias Design

Tobias Design selected The Favorite Stock Stain (# 03012) for this Walnut wood kitchen bar top. Crafted in an L-shape to fit this kitchen island, the bar top features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile. It is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

View more stained wood kitchen bar tops by visiting the Grothouse Image Library.

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Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters

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 Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie of Design Matters
Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters

About the Designer: Julie completed her education in Interior Design in 1998, achieved a CID licensure and became a professional ASID member in 2002. With an eye for spatial relationships and problem solving, Julie’s interiors bring functional sensibility and tremendous flow while achieving beautiful proportions. Not afraid to mix color, texture and scale, Julie’s homes provide unique and unparalleled “livable luxury”. 

About Design Matters: Design Matters provides unique, detailed and client focused design solutions. From architectural development, space planning, material selections, color and furniture specifications and more, Design Matters’ approach threads together comprehensive designs down to the last threaded detail.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs in Medium Bronze

Flooring: Arto Brick – Normandy Cream, 14″ Hexagon

Countertops: Kitchen Island – Grothouse End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block finished with Grothouse Original Oil; Perimeter – Raw Concrete

Sink: Native Trails Farmhouse Quartet in Ash

Backsplash: Blue Slide Art Tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Twisted Oak Path in Matte

Stove: Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Range

Dishwasher: Thermador Built-In Dishwasher

Other Appliances: Thermador Professional Series Wall Mount Range Hood

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top for a kitchen in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top creates an inviting seating space
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top located in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top provides plenty of food preparation space
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top Roundover Edge Profile in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top features a Roundover Edge Profile

Follow Design Matters on Houzz and like their Facebook page to see more of their uniquely livable luxury designs. Check out the Grothouse Image Library to see more custom Walnut wood butcher block kitchen bar tops.

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Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops are artisan crafted to retain the salvaged wood’s visible knots, cracks and nicks, creating a truly unique design rich in textural details.

Reclaimed wood beams used for crafting custom kitchen bar tops
Reclaimed Wood Beams for Bar Tops

Reclaimed countertops are crafted from antique barn wood floor boards, beams and siding. Heavily distressed reclaimed wood tops are normally crafted from floor boards and siding. Reclaimed wood beams may have nail holes and insect scarring, but the aged character is less apparent than counters made from barn siding or flooring.

Designs with Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in transitional style kitchens
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio

Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio designed a Reclaimed Chestnut wood kitchen bar top for this transitional style kitchen. The bar top highlights the wood’s rustic, one-of-a-kind character. This bar top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in modern farmhouse style kitchens
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

Monica Miller, CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co. designed this Reclaimed Oak wood kitchen bar top for this white, modern farmhouse kitchen. This bar top is simple and functional in design. It is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for seating in modern style kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this award-winning Reclaimed Chestnut wood kitchen bar top. A salute to clean and modern style, the bar top celebrates the beauty of the salvaged Reclaimed oak wood. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this top can be sanded and oiled to look like new.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for kitchen islands in farmhouse style kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works cleverly designed this Reclaimed Chestnut countertop to function as the island top as well as a bar top. It is protected by Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. The beauty of the reclaimed wood takes center stage of this kitchen.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Bar Tops for kitchen islands in cabin kitchen designs
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by Landmark Cabinetry

Landmark Cabinetry also designed a Reclaimed Oak kitchen island top to include a section for bar seating. This top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen for a natural, rustic appearance.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring reclaimed wood kitchen bar tops. To learn more about the reclaimed wood used for crafting tops, click here. Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram for daily design inspiration!

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Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and inevitably you find family and friends gathering around the kitchen island. Here are three important elements to consider when designing the perfect kitchen island.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Design by Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works

1. Function

The first step in designing the perfect kitchen island is to decide what the main function is going to be. Some kitchen islands are designed around food preparation, storage, entertaining guests, doing homework and even charging stations for devices. Islands are often designed to be used for a variety of reasons. The functionality of your kitchen island should be designed to fit your family’s daily kitchen activities. In addition to designing around what your family needs today, you also want to plan for the possibilities and create a kitchen island that can evolve as your family evolves.

Kitchen Island Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath includes Wood Countertop
Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

2. Size

After choosing the main function of your island, you can then figure out the size of the island. The size of your island should be proportional to the size and design of your kitchen. Professionals on Houzz recommend an island to have a width of 2 to 3 feet. For length, professionals feel that 4 to 7 feet is best, depending on how much storage and how many appliances you plan to incorporate.

If your kitchen already has a lot of cabinetry space, island storage may not be a priority. Designer Steve Justrich explains, “Typically, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back will accommodate most under-island functions,” in this article by Houzz.

If the island will be used as a main food preparation area, a sink and other appliances may have to come first in priority. Should you choose entertaining as the main function of your island, then seating arrangements should be the main priority of your island.

An important factor to keep in mind is the aisle space between the kitchen island and any perimeter cabinets or appliances. According to decoist.com, experts suggest that an ideal aisle space would be 42 inches between the counters. If you have a smaller kitchen, they suggest a minimum of 36 inches.

3. Style

The next step in designing your island is choosing the style. Style includes the cabinetry finish, countertop material, lighting and seating arrangements. Typically the style of the island follows suit with the style of the rest of the kitchen.

When it comes to cabinetry finish, some choose a paint or stain color that stands out against surrounding kitchen cabinets. Others choose a matching finish to bring the design together.

Kitchen Island Design by Pine Street Carpenters features a Tigerwood Countertop
Design by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

It’s important to choose the right countertop that best suits the island’s activity. For food preparation, a butcher block countertop is most recommended. Waterfall counters have a sleek look that works for both modern and traditional kitchens. For seating areas, a wood bar top is a warm place to cozy up to.

Kitchen Island Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited features a Waterfall Countertop
Design by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited

Lighting above your island is a way to express your personality, while adding to the overall functionality of the space. Some designers choose recessed lighting, others choose pendant lighting. Some also choose to use a combination of both. Designers often use three pendant lights above an island, depending on the light design.

Kitchen Island Design by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design features a Wood Countertop
Design by Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design

Seating is another way to add to the style of the overall kitchen and island. Some designers choose backless bar stools, while others choose a chair style stool.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more perfect kitchen island designs.

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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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