Wood Crush Wednesday | A Glimpse into the Grothouse Shop

Every Wednesday, we give a glimpse into the products and happenings going on in the Grothouse shop, called Wood Crush Wednesday.

Wood Crush Wednesday A Glimpse into the Grothouse Shop
#WoodCrushWednesday A Glimpse into the Grothouse Shop

Wood Crush Wednesday | The Team

Wood Crush Wednesday features members of the Grothouse team and projects they are working on. Below is craftsman Eric inspecting a batch of samples.

Inspecting a batch of wood countertop samples
Craftsman, Eric, inspecting a batch of samples

Craftsman Adam was caught organizing our shipping department and making room for a BIG top.

Custom Wood Countertop Shipping Department
Craftsman, Adam, making room for a BIG top in the shipping department

Even our Customer Service Team works with wood everyday, with a custom wood desk top. Here is Rich, hard at work on his Mahogany wood desk top!

Custom Wood Desk Tops for Customer Service
Our customer service team has custom wood desk tops

Our product engineer, Steve, and Director of Operations, Jake take a break for some afternoon silliness to cultivate creativity!

Creative Custom Wood Countertops
Afternoon silliness to cultivate creativity

Wood Crush Wednesday | Products

Wood Crush Wednesday also features the most unique custom wood surfaces, including tables, bar tops, Anvil metal finished countertops and more. Below are just a few of the wood crushes we have shared thus far.

Thousand pound large custom wenge wood countertop with Camelot edge profile
A thousand pound Wenge top with Camelot edge profile

Here is a 1,000 POUND TOP made of solid Wenge wood for a customer located in Canada. This top features one of our largest edge profiles, the Camelot.

Custom solid wood table with legs featuring intricate detail
Custom table legs with intricate detail

A custom table shows off its intricate legs for days.

Anvil Palladium Metal Countertop with Durata waterproof permanent finish
Anvil Palladium Metal Countertop

An Anvil Palladium metal finished countertop is ready to ship. This metal countertop features an undermount sink cut out, Rugen edge profile and Durata waterproof and permanent finish.

Stay tuned for more Wood Crush Wednesdays by liking Grothouse on Facebook and following @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Commercial Wood Bar Top for Lucky Dorr at Wrigley Field

Custom Commercial Wood Bar Top at Lucky Dorr Bar at Wrigley Field
Custom Commercial Wood Bar Top at Lucky Dorr | Mike Rivera

Matthias Merges opened Lucky Dorr at the park at Wrigley in July; a bar and restaurant focused on the craft beer experience. Paying tribute to baseball’s history, Lucky Dorr was named after iconic Wrigley Field groundskeeper, Bobby Dorr, who worked for the Cubs from 1919 to 1957.

Designed by William Huber Cabinet Works, Grothouse crafted a custom commercial wood bar top for Lucky Dorr. Made of Douglas Fir wood, the design features intermittent Walnut wood butt joints.

Commercial Douglas Fir Wood Bar Top with intermittent Walnut butt joints
Lucky Dorr | Mike Rivera

Commercial wood bar tops by Grothouse provide professional clients with the highest quality wood surfaces that meet their objective of a stunning warm design with an efficient use of space for servers.

The bar features a drink rail to protect the rear of the bar from spills and provide a suitable space to set glasses and other materials.

The bar top features super plus distressing and a black glaze stain. Sealed in our exclusive Durata® waterproof and permanent finish, this bar top is a protective, maintenance- free surface. This commercial grade finish has been used for years in commercial bars, restaurants and country clubs throughout the United States.

Grothouse also crafted a wood backsplash to match the bar top.

Custom Wood Bar Top for Lucky Dorr at Wrigley Field
Lucky Dorr

See the commercial wood bar top in person by visiting Lucky Dorr! The bar sits on Wrigley Field’s new plaza and offers fans plenty of outdoor seating and exclusive collaborative beers from an impressive group of Chicago’s best brewers. Their 20 taps will remain open during baseball’s offseason.

The menu consists of historic ballpark staples with a new twist, including an oversize German‐style pretzel served with beer cheese, homemade mustard and ranch dressing, as well as delicious salty snacks designed for beer pairing.

Learn more about Grothouse custom crafted commercial wood bar tops by visiting our website. Check out the Image Library to see how other designers used a custom commercial wood bar top in their commercial spaces.

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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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Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

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 Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design.

Custom Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design

About the Designer: Jim Martin is an independent kitchen and bath designer based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jim’s approach as a kitchen and bath designer comes from a career of hands on experience. The skills and knowledge he’s accumulated along the way give him a unique perspective and the expertise to produce great designs and manage projects successfully.

About Jim Martin Design: In 2014, after 13 years working in a design/sales role, Jim started his own company as an independent designer focusing on residential kitchen and bath remodeling. Jim Martin Design serves the client as both the designer and project manager. Unlike many other design/build firms Jim Martin Design has no obligation to particular manufacturers which allows for open collaboration with multiple tradespeople, vendors and designers to better serve the varied styles and needs each project deserves.

A Tip from Jim: “It’s important to consider the significance of how negative space is used. When used appropriately it creates breathing room and helps to accentuate the focal points of your design. When designing, it’s easy to think about what you are putting in, but it’s equally important to think about what you are not putting in.”

Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin of Jim Martin Design
Wenge Wood Basement Bar Top designed by Jim Martin Design

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI

Cabinet Hardware: Cliffside Hardware

Flooring: Union Square field tile 4″ X 8″ Plain in “Cobble Brown”; Grout – Maple 907 Chocolate

Countertops: Wenge wood bar top by Grothouse; Black ash leather granite

Sink: Elkay

Backsplash: Exposed brick

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Indian River 985

Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 300 Series

Appliances: Appliances from Martin Appliance

Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a basement designed by Jim Martin
Custom Wenge Wood Bar Top for a Basement
Basement bar with custom wood countertop designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design
Basement Bar Entertainment Area designed by Jim Martin Design

Be sure to check out the Jim Martin Design website, Facebook, Houzz and Instagram to see more of their designs. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more designs including a custom wood basement bar top.

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Bar Top Ideas

Custom Wood Bar Top Ideas that will make your home bar entertainment area stand out
Bar Top Ideas

A home bar constitutes a major feature of any room. What truly sets a bar area apart is the countertop in which guests enjoy a drink or two and in which you can prepare drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Here are a few unique and innovative designs to inspire custom crafted wood bar top ideas that will make your home bar area and entertainment space stand out.

Bar Top Ideas: Synthesis™ Bar Rail

Bar Top Idea include Grothouse Synthesis Bar Rail for an outstanding, continuous and substantial bar top
Bar Top Idea: Synthesis™ Bar Rail

Stuart Kitchens designed this home bar area featuring a custom wood bar top with Synthesis™ Chicago Bar Rail. Synthesis™ Bar Rail is an integrated Chicago Bar Rail carved from the solid wood that creates the countertop surface. The result is a singular piece of bar, with a grain matched surface that eliminates seams at the molding. This innovation also eliminates the need for unsightly mounting fasteners underneath the bar.

Bar Top Ideas: Upside Down Edge Profile

Bar Top Idea place edge profile upside down for distinctive appearance
Bar Top Idea: Upside Down Edge Profile

Glyn Tindall Construction Co. designed this custom Brazilian Cherry wood bar top for an entertainment space in a basement. The distinctive appearance of the bar top is due to the unique idea of using an upside down Medium Roman Ogee edge profile on the bottom edges.

Bar Top Ideas: Super Distressing

Bar Top Idea select super distressing for a bar top with charming appeal
Bar Top Idea: Super Distressing

Wood-Mode Inc. designed this wet bar to feature a Sapele Mahogany top with Super Distressing. The distressing creates a charming, inimitable appeal.

Bar Top Ideas: Anvil™ Metal Finish

Bar Top Idea choose an Anvil Metal Finish to create the look of a metal countertop
Bar Top Idea: Anvil™ Metal Finish

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016, Matthew Quinn designed a custom White Oak bar top to be gilded in Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish. The finish was applied in such a way that shows the White Oak wood grain.

Want more bar top ideas? Be sure to check out the Solid Wood Bar Tops section of the Grothouse Photo Gallery. Like us on Facebook for weekly design inspirations.

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Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops

Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops radiate in rich, rustic charm. The wood exhibits an extremely unique character from hundreds of years of weathering. This look is nearly impossible to reproduce. Reclaimed Oak is also commonly referred to as Antique Oak.

Using Reclaimed Oak for your countertop is an environmental contribution because it is a recycled material. The reclaimed oak wood used by Grothouse to craft wood countertops is from dismantled antique Pennsylvania Barns. Each wood board is inspected and carefully juxtaposed to create a visually pleasing surface.

Designing Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops

Countertops crafted in Reclaimed Oak make a naturally stunning focal point in any space. While Reclaimed Oak countertops can be custom crafted for any style kitchen, we typically see them in country, rustic, and farmhouse style kitchens.

Reclaimed Oak Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Reclaimed Oak Kitchen Island Bar Top designed by J.S. Brown & Co.

A modern farmhouse kitchen in Columbus, Ohio designed by Monica Miller , CMKBD, CR of J.S. Brown & Co. features a Reclaimed Oak kitchen island bar top. The bar top accents the floating wood shelves and provides a comfortable seating area. The charm and warmth of the wood adds to the farmhouse feel of the design.

Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops designed by Landmark Cabinetry
Reclaimed Oak Countertop designed by Landmark Cabinetry

Landmark Cabinetry designed this Reclaimed Oak countertop for a kitchen island in Rock Hill, New York. The countertop makes for the perfect focal point in this rustic kitchen and compliments the wood beams gracing the ceiling.

Reclaimed Oak Countertops with Stove Top
Reclaimed Oak Countertop with a Stove Top

A stove top insert is conveniently located across from the main sink in the middle of the kitchen island. Food preparation is easily accomplished with this clever set up. Sealed in our exclusive Durata® Permanent Finish, this countertop is waterproof and durable.

Reclaimed Oak countertops can also include any of our other wood countertop features, including an integrated bowl or laser engraving of your favorite quote.

The Countertop Image Library features more designs with Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops. For more information about Reclaimed Wood Countertops, visit this page on our website. Our Pinterest board features more Reclaimed Wood Countertop design inspiration.

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Grothouse Wood Surfaces in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

Grothouse Wood Surfaces House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Grothouse Wood Surfaces in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

Grothouse Wood Surfaces were featured at the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 designed by Matthew Quinn. This is the fourth Kitchen of the Year Grothouse has had the honor of participating in.

Grothouse Wood Surfaces at #HBKOTY 2016

Walnut Wood Table Banded with Magnum Finish House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Walnut Wood Table banded with Magnum Metal Finish

Grothouse crafted a custom 48” round Walnut wood kitchen table with an edge finished in Anvil™ Magnum metal finish, which has a brass-like appearance.

Walnut Wood Table House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Walnut Wood Table in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

The table is sealed with our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent Finish in Matte sheen for a natural look.

Rift Cut White Oak Wood Bar Top with Argentum Metal Coating
Rift Cut White Oak Wood Bar Top with Argentum Metal Coating

Grothouse also crafted a Rift Cut White Oak wood bar top gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish, which is a real metal coating that replicates the appearance of nickel silver.

Argentum Metal Floating Shelves House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Argentum Metal Floating Shelves

Grothouse manufactured matching floating shelves constructed of a smooth composite substrate to match the wood bar top. The shelves are also gilded with Anvil™ Argentum metal finish. The bar and the shelves are sealed with Durata® waterproof permanent finish in Satin sheen.

Argentum Metal Finished Shelf House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Argentum Metal Finished Shelf

Grothouse Wood Surfaces is honored to have been a part of this absolutely stunning design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. To learn more about Anvil™ Metal Countertop finishes, click here.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas

An extremely popular design in today’s homes are kitchen islands that include a bar seating area. Grothouse wood surfaces are often used for kitchen islands. This is because wood is a warm, relaxing material – and much better for eating breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee on a cold morning than stone or concrete. Wood is also very kind to fine china and other tableware. Most designers incorporate the wood surface as the entire kitchen island top, although some designers choose to only use the wood surfaces for the bar seating area. Here are some kitchen island bar ideas for inspiration.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas | Design Inspiration

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas with wood countertops
Design by Past Basket

Past Basket designed this Peruvian Walnut wood countertop to grace the entire kitchen island. On one side of the island, there is a sink and plenty of food preparation space. On the other side of the island is a great bar seating area. This kitchen island makes for a great entertainment space.

Kitchen island bar ideas with wood countertops
Design by Showcase Kitchens

Showcase Kitchens designed this distressed Walnut wood counter for the entire kitchen island top. Similar to the last design mentioned, this kitchen island has a sink on one side with plenty of food preparation space, and a bar seating area on the other side.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas with Wood Tops
Design by Libby Mullin

Libby Mullin designed this kitchen to have an island with two Walnut wood countertops. One countertop is for the lower level of the kitchen island, which can be used for a food preparation space. The other countertop is raised creating a bar seating area. This clever design takes advantage of every available inch of the island space.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas Raised Wood countertop with Marble
Design by Braam’s Custom Cabinetry

Braam’s Custom Cabinetry designed this kitchen with two islands. The kitchen island shown in this image exhibits how wood and marble can be united for an overall beautiful appearance. The raised wood kitchen bar allows for a comfortable seating area. Since wood is a warmer material than marble, it naturally lightens the feel of the kitchen.

Kitchen Island Bar Ideas with Wood Pastore Countertop
Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed this kitchen island to include a Grothouse Walnut wood Pastore™ waterfall counter for the bar seating area.

For more kitchen island bar ideas, visit our Countertop Image Library.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops by Grothouse
Kitchen Wood Bar Tops by Grothouse

Grothouse crafts kitchen wood bar tops to fit any style space, whether you strive to achieve a classic, traditional look or a more modern style design.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops | Design Considerations

When designing a custom kitchen wood bar top there are several generally accepted guidelines that can help you ensure that the finished product will meet your expectations:

• Typical bar height is 42-inches from the floor to the bar surface. Bar stool average height is 30-inches.
• A section of the bar should be 30″ above the finished floor to accommodate wheel chairs if desired. Back bar tops are generally the same height as the front bar, but can vary.
• Home bar tops are usually between 12- to 16-inches wide. Commercial bar tops vary from 20- to 28-inches in width, including a drink rail (or trough) on the server side of the bar. Drink rails are typically 3/4-inch deep by 4-inches wide.
• The minimum bar top thickness is 1 3/4-inches utilizing a flat grain wood. Increased thicknesses are available using a built-up assembly or other construction styles, such as edge grain.
• The front overhang for the patron side of the bar is typically 6- to 12-inches if you intend to have bar stools. For a standing-only bar, 6- or 9-inch overhangs are comfortable.
• Allow 22- to 24-inches of space per person.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops | Design Inspiration

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops designed by John Troxell of Wood-Mode Inc.
Kitchen Wood Bar Top designed by John Troxell of Wood-Mode Inc.

This modern style kitchen was designed by John Troxell of Wood-Mode Inc. The kitchen bar top is crafted of Walnut with sapwood in flat grain construction. The wood adds warmth to the room and provides a comfortable seating area and extra counter work space.

Kitchen Wood Bar Tops designed by Griffey Remodeling
Kitchen Wood Bar Top designed by Griffey Remodeling

Grothouse Pastore™ style bar tops are the latest design trend in today’s extravagant homes. This kitchen bar top was designed by Griffey Remodeling and is crafted of Walnut with sapwood in flat grain construction.

View more kitchen wood bar tops in our image library and on our Houzz page.