A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.
Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers
Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.
The Grothouse team had a blast at KBIS 2020. There was no shortage of inspiration, remarkable products, outstanding booths and talented designers. Not only did Grothouse craft pieces for two renowned booths, one booth even won best of show!
The Wellborn Booth
Grothouse crafted a Wenge half parsons table for the classic contemporary, sleek kitchen display designed by Darcie Miller in the Wellborn Cabinet booth. The inspiration for this design was trendy, basic and affordable. Frameless cabinets combined with glossy and matte finishes and wood accents.
The parsons table served as a peninsula in the kitchen display. At 3 inches thick, it was finished with the exclusive Durata® Waterproof permanent finish.
During the show, Wellborn hosted a presentation by master designer Matthew Ferrarini, who spoke about this year’s hottest design trends.
Pictured are Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse.
The Monogram Booth
Industry Rockstar and renowned designer Richard Anuszkiewicz brought a fresh take on cutting-edge design in kitchens for Monogram Appliances. The booth featured four distinct spaces, each with their own themes and all with one goal: to challenge the status quo. A big element in the kitchens was the return of the kitchen table married with cooking elements. Learn more behind the design on Kitchen & Bath Design News. It is with much sincerity we wish Monogram and Richard a huge congratulations for winning Best of Show!
The Grothouse Table
Grothouse crafted a custom table; featuring a handplaned Wenge base. The tops, however, were split. One side featured a handplaned Wenge top.
The other side features stainless steel countertops that are integrated with two brand new appliances Monogram introduced at the show. The apron is also stainless steel.
There are Anvil™ metal finished accents on the apron and between the two surfaces. Overall table size was a massive 5’ x 12’-6”.
During the show, Monogram had the table decked out with beautiful charcuterie by Board & You.
The Grothouse team had a great time and enjoyed a get together with customers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
‘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.
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.
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.
An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse Flat GrainWhite 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).
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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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.