Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents are becoming increasingly popular in today’s luxury kitchens, baths and entertainment spaces. Metal accents take many different forms at Grothouse, like edging, rivets, and more. The design opportunities are limitless. The most common accent design is edging.
Accents can be finished in any of the eight Anvil™ metal coating colors available: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum. Chosen for its lustrous, brassy radiance, the most popular accent color is Magnum.
Designs with Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents
Matthew Quinn designed the custom Walnut wood table pictured above to feature a Magnum metal band along the table top and along the table base. This table was designed for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.
Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens designed a custom Sapele Mahogany bar top with Palladium metal finished edges. Palladium gleams like white gold and adds a special touch to the bar top, making it stand out against the dark cabinetry.
Jennifer Ott wrote an article for Houzz, Will These 10 Colors Be Big in 2018?discussing the colors paint manufacturers are rolling out for 2018. Among these colors are various shades of blue, some including green and others gray. No matter the tint, blue always has a cooler tone. Because of this, designers tend to incorporate wood into blue designs to add warmth.
Blue Designs with Wood Countertops
Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham designed an edge grain Peruvian Walnut countertop for this blue vanity. The wood countertop makes this informal family powder room feel unique and warm with a modern twist on traditional design.
Heidi Piron designed a distressed American Cherry wood countertop to match the island in this otherwise all blue kitchen. The rich warm brown and red tones of the wood add warmth against the cool, bright blue cabinets and make the kitchen island the focal point of the kitchen. The hood includes a matching wood band to tie in the island.
Russell Plywood, Inc. keeps us up to date on the progress of the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission (ITC) Tariff against Imported Chinese Birch plywood. Most recently, on November 14, 2017 there was a temporary ruling of 206% levied on those products with a final ruling date of December 1, 2017.
A tariff is defined as a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports. What the Chinese Birch plywood tariff means is that all Chinese Birch moving forward will have a 206% tariff on it.
Russell Plywood, Inc. estimates has Chinese Birch imports at approximately 7500 trucks per month. With the current capacity of our industry, 1000 trucks would be hard to get through production and will extend lead times out and force prices upward. This tariff puts Chinese Birch pricing approximately 25-30% higher than D-3 Maple.
Suppliers have stated that once their current stock is depleted, this item will no longer be available. At this time, there is no way for domestic mills to sell any of their products below Chinese pricing.
This tariff will impact the cost of cabinetry made in the United States that historically use Chinese Birch Plywood. We strongly encourage cabinet manufacturers inform and prepare their dealers and designers for the quick upward price movements and lead time extensions. Check back for further updates about the Chinese Birch Plywood Tariff.
As the new year approaches, we look forward to upcoming 2018 countertop trends. From floating counters with hidden supports, to exclusive curated woods, countertop designs in 2018 are bound to be even more beautiful and functional than in years past.
2018 Countertop Trends: Floating Counters with Hidden Support
Floating counters with corbels and angular support brackets are a thing of the past as we move into 2018. In 2017, about 40% of Grothouse wood countertops include some form of hidden support. Paul Grothouse predicts that this trend will continue to grow in popularity as we move into 2018.
2018 Countertop Trends: Kensington™ Wood
Kensington™ Wood is the second in a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Grothouse. The wood is noted for its darker colors with action in the grain. Its striking visual appeal and lustrous finish will make this one of the top wood choices for designers in 2018.
2018 Countertop Trends: Quiet Open Floor Plans
Homeowners are beginning to regret the open floor plans they have chosen. Though they love the look when they walk into the space, it tends to be loud and offers little privacy or individual spaces. This also requires expanding the floor plan in other areas to meet the needs not being met by the open floor plan.
Creative room dividers like glass cabinetry to separate spaces will be used more often in 2018. Sound absorbing materials are a way for designers to combat this issue. The best sound absorbing material is wood.
“Wood helps with quieting down a space because it eliminates sharp sounds when dishes and glasses are placed on it,” stated Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd.
Multitasking at its best, Eat-In Kitchens with custom wood countertops provide the perfect place for friends and family to gather, as well as an additional food preparation area. Wood countertops crafted for eat-in kitchens take many forms. They often serve double duty as a kitchen island top and table top.
Eat-In Kitchens | Design Inspiration
When designing an eat-in kitchen, it is important to consider the needs of your family. It is also important that the eating area is out of the way of traffic flow. Eat-in kitchens are not limited to any configuration and allow you to maximize your space. They have been designed to take many forms such as built-in banquettes, breakfast nooks and kitchen islands.
Matthew Quinn designed this eat-in kitchen for House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year 2016. Featuring a kitchen island with a built-in banquette, this kitchen includes a custom Walnut wood table. An Anvil Magnum metal finished banding was designed for the edge of the table top and table base.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed a Peruvian Walnut wood countertop for the island in this contemporary style kitchen. The countertop features a large overhang, creating a perfect eat-in area away from the traffic flow of the rest of the kitchen.
A custom wood table featuring an Antique Reclaimed Chestnut was designed by Lobkovich to take center stage in this traditional kitchen. Not only does the table add charm to the space, it also provides plenty of room for seating.
Visit the Image Library on the Grothouse website for more eat-in kitchens design inspiration! Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like Grothouse on Facebook to stay up to date with exciting wood innovations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kensington Wood Countertops exhibit a striking visual appeal and lustrous finish. Kensington is the second wood species in a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Grothouse.
The appearance of Kensington countertops are often described as a cross between Walnut and Zebrawood, with hardness and characteristics like Sapele Mahogany. Kensington wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tables are exclusively available at Grothouse.
Installing an island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and, with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit with narrow kitchen islands. Narrow kitchen islands can be just as functional and effective as average-size islands, including food preparation space and plenty of storage.
According to Houzz, the average size of a kitchen island is about 3 by 6½ feet (1,000 by 2,000 millimeters). An island that size would typically have a surrounding clearance zone of about 40 inches (1,000 millimeters). However, an island’s size is usually determined by the distances around it, so larger kitchens allow for bigger islands.
Wood countertops custom crafted for narrow kitchen islands are uniquely designed to fit the needs of every client. They can be crafted as the entire surface of the island, or as the kitchen island end.
An American Beech wood countertop was designed by Brandon Okone and Monica Miller, MCR, UDCP, CMKBD of J.S. Brown & Co. for this narrow kitchen island located in Columbus, Ohio. The countertop, crafted in edge grain construction, was designed to be the entire islands surface. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this top can be sanded and oiled to look like new after years of use.
Griffey Remodeling designed a 5 inch think Peruvian Walnut edge grain countertop for the end of this red kitchen island. The countertop serves as a cutting board and food preparation space away from the traffic between the sink and the cooktop, but close enough to be easily accessible.
Ash is known as the wood of choice for baseball bats. Its solid workability and overall strength makes it a fantastic choice for custom wood countertops. Ash wood countertops have a great shock resistance and has phenomenal staining potential.
There are about 8.7 billion Ash trees in North America valued at more than $280 billion. The EAB has already killed approximately 50 million trees. Ash trees are marked with s-shaped galleries or tunnels found beneath the bark when infested by the EAB.
Wisconsin state officials have confirmed that the EAB has spread to five new counties as well as South Carolina. All Wisconsin counties will be quarantined, requiring that firewood and other wood products stay inside quarantined areas. EAB is now in 46 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, covering about two-thirds of the state. South Carolina is also enforcing quarantine initiatives that may cover all 46 counties in the state. Officials in both states are asking for the public’s help in limiting the movement of firewood.
In addition to implementing quarantines, efforts have been made to service logs of dead, infected trees into lumber and other wood products. Using a specialized heating chamber, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have discovered a way to kill EABs in wood for pallets and other shipping components.
Efforts to limit EAB’s scope have affected businesses that sell Ash trees or wood products, property owners and governments. Economic impacts are high for urban and residential areas due to the treatment and removal costs and decreased land value associated with dying trees.
The loss of Ash from an ecosystem can result in increased numbers of invasive plants, changes in soil nutrients, and effects on species that feed on Ash.
Ash Wood Countertops continue to be available at Grothouse and will be for the foreseeable future. We are keeping close watch on the supply to ensure Ash remains available at Grothouse.
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.
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.
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