House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz

House Beautiful is celebrating its tenth annual Kitchen of the Year 2017 at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. This year’s 625-square-foot kitchen was designed by Jon de la Cruz of DLC-ID. This being a 1904 historic home, the kitchen features amazing architectural details: 12-foot ceilings, open pantry shelves, a beautiful mix of new and old materials and many windows.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz Breakfast Nook Pantry
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz

For the kitchen, de la Cruz focused on beautiful functionality by combining his expertise in cooking with his deep knowledge of design history. The space features multiple stations for cooking, baking, breakfast and family dining — as well as innovative storage and display ideas. This was a necessity for the family of 10 that live in this home.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 Pantry Shelves
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 Pantry

Featured in the breakfast nook are vertical ceiling-high, open pantry shelves made of American Black Walnut Wood crafted by Grothouse. The Black Walnut Wood Shelves capture the ethos of timeless elegance, serving as a dramatic accent for custom labeled jars and superb pantry organization by Blisshaus – also referred to as The Pantry Detox.

Superb pantry organization by Blisshaus in Kitchen of the Year 2017
Superb pantry organization by Blisshaus

Taking customization even further, the shelves feature laser engraving on the front. Jon de la Cruz’s favorite part of the kitchen is the s’mores section, and we happen to agree!

Grothouse American Black Walnut Wood Pantry Shelves in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017
Grothouse American Black Walnut Wood Pantry Shelves

This dream space was unveiled on April 29, 2017 and was open to the public until May 29, 2017. Click here to take a tour of the kitchen with Jon de la Cruz and House Beautiful’s Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson.

Be sure to pick up the October issue of House Beautiful to see the full kitchen. Join us on Instagram to see more of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2017 and the San Francisco Decorator Showcase home via #HBKOTY and #sfshowcase.

Photography by John Merkl.

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Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks

Black White Kitchens feature a classic color combination that is timeless and sophisticated. Designers often use wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme.

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks
Black and White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops

Here are some black and white kitchens including wood countertops and butcher blocks.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Stonington Cabinetry & Designs blends natural materials with modern finishes, using wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. A Walnut Butcher Block matches the floating shelves and kitchen island cabinetry.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens

Showcase Kitchens chose a Wenge Butcher Block for the end of the island in this elegant kitchen. This black and white design is crisp and clean, while providing drama and contrast.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed this mostly black kitchen. Featuring a Peruvian Walnut counter and matching shelves, the wood keeps the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark.

Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show
Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show

Grothouse was selected to craft a Sapele Mahogany butcher block for this black and white kitchen in the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more black white kitchens with wood countertops and butcher blocks.

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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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Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms for extra counter space
Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom wood countertops are designed for use in many rooms throughout the home, including laundry rooms. They can be designed for the wash station area or for extra counter space. Wood countertops provide a naturally warm surface for folding and switching the wash. Some designers choose to combine an integrated mudroom and laundry room. For integrated spaces like that, a wood bench seat is often crafted for a warm place to sit.

Custom African Mahogany Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms
African Mahogany Counters for a Laundry Room

Collaborative Interiors designed this Seattle, Washington laundry room to include an African Mahogany wood countertop above the washer and dryer. Also designed was an African Mahogany bench seat for the built in cabinetry on the parallel wall. The warm, red tones of the wood compliment the cabinetry in the wash station area, as well as the wood ceiling beam.

Custom Wood Counters designed to complete Laundry Room Tasks
African Mahogany Counter for a Laundry Room

Standing out against the white wall of paneling and cabinetry, the counter makes for the perfect area to fold and stack clothing. It also provides extra counter space for laundry related items to be in reach.

Long Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room runs the length of the wall
Long Custom Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room

A bright laundry room with lots of efficiency was designed for this Hawaiian home. Archipelago Hawaii designed a countertop to run the entire length of the wall, offering plenty of counter space to complete laundry-related tasks. This large laundry room also offers an expansive run of custom cabinetry.

Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room with an expansive run of cabinetry
Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room

Interested in seeing more wood countertop designs for laundry rooms? Check out the Grothouse Image Library for more inspiration. Like us on Facebook for daily wood innovations.

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Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing

Grothouse introduces 3D printing to the shop. This printing process permits the crafting of unique prototype of custom items requested by our creative clients.

Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing
Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing

Our engineer Steve demonstrates the innovative process to craft a wood record player tonearm prototype.

The 3D printer uses a flexible, strong plastic material through a very small tip and puts it out in a pattern layer by layer. The machine goes back and forth layer by layer printing out exactly what we want before it goes all together.

Once the part is done building, it is removed from the support layer. This particular part is too big for the printer, so we had to build it in two pieces. The parts are built with two separate joints that fit perfectly together to create one solid, functional piece.

Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing with Perfect Joints
A perfect joint is created to join the two pieces.

The customer will get the 3D printed example of the tonearm and try it out to see how well it works. If everything goes well the customer will return the example to us and we will craft the entire piece out of wood.

This allows us to reduce our overall costs to the customer and allows us to make sure that it fits properly and functions properly and the overall form is what the customer wants before making it out of wood.

To watch the video of the 3D printer creating the record player tonearm, click here.

Decorative Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are naturally beautiful in their simplest form, but when designed with a more decorative eye they are any room’s best feature. Decorative wood countertops take many forms at Grothouse.

Decorative Wood Countertops
Decorative Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Designs with Decorative Wood Countertops

Because our wood countertops are custom crafted to your design specifications, they can be designed for the most elegant of spaces, or designed for the most tranquil of spaces.

We recently introduced our Anvil™ line of metal finishes. Matthew Quinn  designed a custom Walnut wood table embellished with our Magnum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016. You can embellish your wood countertop with any of our eight Anvil metal finishes.

Embellished and Decorative wood countertops
Embellished Wood Countertops

You can also design your wood countertop to be completely gilded in one of our Anvil metal finishes. Matthew Quinn also designed a White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop gilded in our Argentum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Metal Gilded and Decorative Wood Countertops
Anvil Metal Gilded Wood Countertops

Designers often choose to have the countertop distressed or hand planed to add character and worn-in charm. Wood-Mode Inc. designed the below Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to be super distressed. Super distressing means that the countertop is very heavily distressed with very unevenly worn corners and edges. It also has plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, and possibly termite tracks.

Distressed Decorative Wood Countertops
Distressed Wood Countertops

Any of our edge profiles can also be used to create decorative wood countertops. The most lavish profiles include: RhineRugenCharmantKroneSuper Double Roman Ogee with a Notch, and El Guapo.

Grothouse can also add a faux live edge to your countertop to mimic a real live edge countertopS & W Kitchens Inc. designed this Tigerwood countertop to include one faux live edge.

Decorative Wood Countertops with Faux Live Edge
Wood Countertop with a Faux Live Edge

Choose a real live edge countertop to make the most opulent statement. Christopher Peacock designed this English Wych Elm countertop to be the center of attention in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Live Edge Decorative Wood Countertops
Live Edge Wood Countertops

Visit the image library in our design guide to see more decorative wood countertops. Want to save an image for later? Pin it to one of your Pinterest boards or save it to an ideabook on Houzz!

The Camelot Edge Profile

The Camelot Edge Profile exclusively available on Grothouse Wood Surfaces
The Camelot Edge Profile

The Camelot Edge Profile is exclusively available on Grothouse custom solid wood surfaces. The name “Camelot” is most commonly known as a castle and court associated with King Arthur. This edge profile features strong details and elegant curves, much like the architecture of the Camelot castle. And thus, the edge profile was named the Camelot.

Designing Wood Countertops with the Camelot Edge Profile

A countertop must be at least 3 3/4 inches thick to feature the Camelot edge. A large overhang is required because of edge projection. This edge also features a large inside radius.

Camelot Wood Countertop Edge Profile
Camelot Wood Countertop Edge Profile

The edge can be applied to wood countertops crafted in edge grain and end grain construction style. Flat grain construction with applied edges can be done, but is not recommended as it would be unusual at that thickness. This edge cannot be added to a composite substrate.

A wood countertop with the Camelot edge can be crafted in any of our 60+ wood species. It can also be coated in any of our Anvil™ metal finishes. Any of our custom features and options can also be applied to a countertop with a Camelot edge.

Camelot Edge Profile on Hard Maple Wood Countertop by Grothouse
Camelot Edge on Hard Maple crafted in Edge Grain Construction and coated in Anvil Axel Finish

The Camelot edge profile photograph featured in this blog is a sample crafted out of Hard Maple wood in edge grain construction style. The wood is coated in the Anvil™ Axel metal finish. The sample is a 3 3/4 inches thick.

This sample is a part of our Anvil™ Metal Sample Kit for Grothouse Dealers. If you are interested in becoming an Anvil™ Grothouse Dealer and purchasing the kit, contact us at glumber@glumber.com.

Top of the Camelot Edge Profile
Top of the Camelot Edge Profile

You can view more edge profiles available for Grothouse wood surfaces by visiting this page on our website. Visit the Countertop Image Library to see designs featuring wood surfaces with the Camelot edge profile.

Custom Distressed Walnut Countertop in a kitchen designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCIDQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths.

Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths
Custom Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

About the Designer: Chip Tiber is a certified designer with Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths located in the Greater Cleveland area. He has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design, lighting design, construction, and interior design. His experience enables him to fully comprehend the relationship between excellent design and functional spaces. Chip’s certifications include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).

A Tip from Chip: A well-defined kitchen uses a mixture of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts of texture. Contrast is defining and distinctive, but the blending character is balance. It is this harmonious balance which says “there is something so inviting about this space.”

Distressed Walnut Countertop with a sink designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths
Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Mouser Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Wood

Countertops: 

Perimeter – Honed Marble

Island – 1 3/4″ thick Flat Grain Walnut with sapwood countertop features a Standard Roman Ogee edge profile. It is distressed to level 4 with a hand rubbed black glaze and sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Stove: Wolf Range

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Refrigeration

Additional Comments and Advice: When designing an over-sized island, consider warm materials such as this 1 3/4″ thick wood countertop fabricated by Grothouse. The distressed and glazed Walnut wood, which includes some sapwood, invites family and friends to gather for meals and conversations. The warmth of these materials encourages guests to linger and the generous expanse of the counter provides ample space for enjoyment.

View additional designs by Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Houzz. To see more designs including a Distressed Walnut Countertop, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Introducing New Grothouse Edge Profiles

Grothouse is thrilled to introduce the addition of 11 new edge profiles to our extensive selection! The new edge profiles have been crafted for their distinctive appearances that can be worked into any style design. The edge profiles can be carved as shown upright, or flipped upside down for a unique twist.

New Edge Profiles

Calver New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Calver

The Calver edge profile is popular for traditional kitchen styles and visually increases the thickness of the countertop. It is exclusively available at Grothouse and requires a 1-1/2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate

Charmant New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Charmant

The Charmant edge profile was designed with traditional kitchen styles in mind and visually increases the thick appearance of the countertop. It is exclusively available on Grothouse countertops with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.

Kassel New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Kassel

The Kassel edge profile enhances traditional kitchen styles and visually increases the thick appearance of the countertop. This edge profile is exclusively available at Grothouse and requires a 2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate.

Kerpen New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Kerpen

The softened Kerpen edge profile is a custom touch for modern and transitional kitchen styles. It is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces crafted in edge grain, flat grain, and end grain construction. The edge requires a 1-1/2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate.

Kolossal New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Kolossal

Kolossal is a renaissance profile for transitional and traditional kitchen styles. The profile visually increases the thickness of the countertop. Kolossal edge is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces. It requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.

Krone New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Krone

Krone is a the crowning touch for modern and traditional kitchen styles. Krone is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces. It requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 3 inches and visually increases the thickness of the countertop. The price level for this profile is high.

Perlen New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Perlen

The Perlen is a Grothouse exclusive edge profile with an exaggerated bead that is popular for modern and traditional kitchen styles. The Perlen requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.

Rhine New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Rhine

Rhine is a popular edge for countertops used in modern and transitional kitchen styles. The Rhine edge visually increases the thickness of the countertop. It requires a 1-1/2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate.

Roman Notch New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Roman Notch

The Roman Notch is an exclusive Grothouse edge profile popular for modern and traditional kitchen styles. The Roman Notch requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.

Rugen New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Rugen

The Rugen edge profile is exclusive on Grothouse wood surfaces with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. This edge is similar to a bar rail for busy modern and traditional kitchen styles. The price for this profile is high.

Sonder New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Sonder

Sonder is a Grothouse exclusive edge profile, popular for modern and traditional kitchen styles. The countertop must have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches to include the Sonder edge. The price for this profile is moderate.

Visit our website, www.glumber.com, for more information about the new edge profiles. If you have any questions please contact us at 610-767-6515 or glumber@glumber.com.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces

Grothouse wood surfaces are known for their ability to be used for many different purposes, while exhibiting a stunning appearance. While most wood surfaces are crafted for food preparation or dining purposes, many designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces as shelves for a place to store fine china, glass, or other decorative items. Grothouse crafts accessorial wood surfaces for any purpose and to fit any space.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces by Grothouse
Accessorial Wood Surfaces by Grothouse

Designs of Accessorial Wood Surfaces

Some of the most talented kitchen designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces into their designs.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Steven Miller of Steven Miller Design Studio incorporated Peruvian Walnut wood shelves in his design for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. The shelves match the main Peruvian Walnut wood countertop. Steven Miller added laser engraving to the shelves to label what was being stored in particular areas, for example “bowls” and “drinking”.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry
Design by Signature Custom Cabinetry

Signature Custom Cabinetry designed the matching shadow boxes and cabinet surround box. All boxes are made of Sapele Mahogany wood in edge grain construction. Shadow boxes are perfect for exhibiting decorative items, like picture frames. Cabinet surround boxes add a unique and appealing appearance to cabinetry.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Elkay Manufacturing for KBIS 2014
Design by Elkay Manufacturing

Elkay Manufacturing designed this White Oak counter to be used as a reception counter. This design was featured in the Elkay Display Booth at KBIS 2014.  The counter holds decorative items such as a clock, a bouquet of flowers, and a glass container with candy.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces designed by The Savannah Cabinet Shop
Design by The Savannah Cabinet Shop

The Savannah Cabinet Shop designed this Teak wood counter for extra counter space in the kitchen and to hold items like a speaker and a toaster.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces designed by Echelon Custom Homes
Design by Echelon Custom Homes

Echelon Custom Homes designed this Sapele Mahogany wood counter for extra counter space. It is used to exhibit the gorgeous silver dish placed on top. The wood counter makes that area the center of attention. It can also be used as an extra food preparation or serving space.

To view more designs of accessorial wood surfaces, follow our Houzz and Instagram pages. Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date on Grothouse news and product updates!