Congratulations to Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England – and her husband for taking home first place at the Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Swatched 2018 Event Design Competition!
This was the third annual Swatched event. It took place at Stark Carpet in Syosset, New York on October 9, 2018. All proceeds from this event supported charities by the design judges. Among the sponsors, guests included kitchen and bath designers, exterior, interior, students and architects.
All competition participants had one hour to put a swatch board together from a mystery bag of materials and a design library. The items in the mystery bag must be used for the design to qualify. The swatch boards included carpet, tile, paint colors, décor and more. At the end of the hour, the judges chose their favorite four boards.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Melissa Sakell of Kenwood Kitchens.
About the Designer: Melissa Sakell, AKBD is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Housing Program which focuses on kitchen and bath design. She has been designing custom spaces for over six years now, and with Kenwood Kitchens, in Annapolis MD for the last 4+ years. She loves transforming clients homes into the space of their dreams and visiting with clients a few months after to see how much impact the remodel has had on their lives is one of her favorite things.
Designer Tip: In this kitchen we mixed a lot of materials and finishes, which can be tricky. It is important to lay them all out and make sure they complement and not compete with one another, in this kitchen the walnut top became a great way to ground the space and pull your eye in.
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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 custom Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.
About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years. His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner. Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.
Designer Tip: “Be willing to break the rules and adapt to client needs. In this instance, every member of the family is over 6 feet tall and we wanted to ensure the design wasn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but comfortable for them to use as well. The counter height in the kitchen is 38” and we had custom cabinetry built taller to accommodate.”
Anvil™ Argentum Metal Kitchen Countertop
Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Greyhound finish on their Lacunar door style
Renowned British designer, Christopher Peacock, has paved the way for acceptance of his six figure sculleries worldwide.
About Christopher Peacock
Christopher Peacock began his career in the early eighties working at Terence Conran’s furniture store in London. He launched Christopher Peacock Cabinetry in 1992, beginning with a single kitchen display inside a small store in Greenwich CT. Since those early days he has opened showrooms throughout the U.S. and Europe, with locations in Greenwich, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Short Hills, Dallas, and in Cannes, Cote D’Azur, France as well as London England. Additionally, a new showroom in Jakarta, Indonesia will open in 2018.
His company and brand are recognized as the ultimate in luxury cabinetry design and there are many hundreds of rooms of beautiful cabinetry gracing homes in the United States and internationally. The classic understated elegance that has become the mark of his work has allowed the company some very special opportunities. Christopher has been invited to participate in the New York City Kips Bay Show House on seven occasions, has appeared on national television, he has been featured in many of the national newspapers, as well as having his work regularly published. He is in a rare position being able to say that he has truly left his mark in the homes of two U.S. presidents, both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as many celebrity clients and captains of industry.
Christopher proudly designs and manufactures his products from his own U.S. workshop, located in West Virginia. Peacock’s style of cabinetry has been imitated many times, but his creations remain singularly his own.
According to Antoinette Fraser “Chris’s genius lies in his relentless editing,” says Fraser, a Montclair resident. “His style is always being copied—but no one ever quite gets it right. The amount of detail that goes into our furniture would frustrate the most seasoned cabinetmaker.”
Drop Leaf Wood Countertops are the perfect way to incorporate additional counter space when you want, and additional kitchen space otherwise. Wood countertops featuring drop leaf ends are perfect for small spaces, but can be incorporated into larger kitchens as well.
Kitchen Designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops
Archipelago Hawaii designed this transitional kitchen to include a Walnut with Sapwood Drop Leaf countertop on the end of the kitchen island. The drop leaf adds seating space and additional food preparation space if needed.
Griffey Remodeling designed Maple Wood countertops for this small kitchen in Columbus, Ohio. The section to the right of the stove features a Drop Leaf End. This creates more counter space when needed, while still allowing room to get to the door next to the cabinets.
Identifying high quality wood can be difficult with many furniture pieces looking great in the store, only to prove flimsy and cheap once you purchase them and use them over time. Here’s how to identify whether or not wood furniture pieces are high quality.
Identifying High Quality Wood
The highest quality material for wood furniture is solid wood. Solid wood furniture is made from single pieces of wood or wood boards that are glued together to make panels. Trees, after all, are only so wide.
Solid wood comes in hardwood or softwood. Hardwood comes from trees that grow slowly. It is more dense and resistant to dings. Common hardwood species include Walnut, Ash, Maple and Cherry. Softwood comes from trees that grow fast. It is less dense than hardwood. A common softwood specie is Pine.
Why Choose High Quality Wood
When made with high quality wood and built with a solid construction, wood furniture can last for decades and sometimes even centuries. Solid wood furniture can be refinished and repaired easier than furniture made of other materials.
Solid wood furniture is typically sealed with a high quality finish, which helps the furniture to last even longer. Grothouse solid wood surfaces are either sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish or Original Oil™. Both are high quality finishes that keep the surfaces looking like new and protect them from everyday use.
Finding out if the furniture is made of solid wood is the best way to identify the quality. Be sure to find out if the solid wood was used to craft the entire piece or just certain parts. Another way to ensure you are purchasing a high quality piece is to shop at the right places, like Grothouse for example. Every piece crafted at Grothouse is made of high quality wood.
Learn more about the high quality wood surfaces custom crafted by Grothouse on our website www.glumber.com.
Round Kitchen Counter Corners are an easy way to make your design unique, add a sense of smoothness to your space. In addition, they make the counter safe for families with young children in the kitchen.
Round corners can be achieved by designing a counter with a round shape, such as a circle, oval or with an arc or curve. Another way round corners can be achieved is by selecting a round edge profile for the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners. The roundest edge profiles available at Grothouse include: ½” Roundover, ¾” Roundover, 1” Roundover, 1 ½” Roundover and Full Bullnose.
Designs with Round Kitchen Counter Corners
The designers of these kitchens found creative ways to ease the transition from counter to walking zone. It’s pretty standard for kitchen island cabinets to run in a straight line. But sometimes, that isn’t the smoothest route. These two kitchens employ clever usage of wood island countertops with round corners. Though the solutions vary, each makes the nearby passageway feel a little more smooth. Could this be a solution for your kitchen?
Haile Kitchen & Bath designed this transitional kitchen. Its large island features a Walnut end grain butcher block with an arched end. The edge profile selected for this design is an 1/8″ Roundover on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges.
Kitchen counters with round corners are perfect for dining tables, like this one designed by Wendy Danziger of Danziger Design. This Peruvian Walnut edge grain wood countertop features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges. Click here to learn more about this countertop design.
Grothouse Original Oil keeps custom solid wood countertops properly moisturized and ensures your countertops look as beautiful as the day you got them. This oil can be used on wood countertops, butcher blocks, soapstone, salad bowls, wooden utensils and more.
Grothouse Original Oil™ is a fragrance-free, heavy weight pure mineral oil. It does not contain nut oils, making it food safe and hypoallergenic.
The oil applying process is simple and easy. All you need is a paper towel or cotton cloth to spread a thin coat of oil over the surface. Be sure to oil the sides and the exposed bottoms of the wood countertop. For best results, allow the oil to soak in overnight. If you need to use your countertop or butcher block top right away, then remove any excess oil with a dry cloth and your piece will be ready to use.
Grothouse Original Oil™ should be applied once a week for the first month after receiving your wood surface. Thereafter, the piece should be oiled at a minimum of once per month or if the surface appears visually dry.
Purchase Grothouse Original Oil to keep your solid wood surfaces properly moisturized to last a lifetime. Please contact us if you have any questions by giving us a call at 610-767-6515 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butcher block knife slots are a popular feature selected for kitchen counters. Knife slots are built-in knife storage custom crafted into a wood butcher block countertop.
The term “butcher block” is used by Grothouse when referring to wood countertops built in end grain construction style. End grain is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for food preparation. Knives stay sharper longer when used on butcher blocks because the knife blades slide between the wood fibers, much like cutting into a firm brush. An additional benefit is that butcher blocks don’t show knife marks as readily as wood countertops crafted in edge grain or flat grain construction. Knife slots can be integrated into a butcher block crafted out of any wood specie available at Grothouse.
Knife slots free counter space by eliminating the need for a knife block. They are designed so that knives are easily accessible, but also safely tucked away so that young children cannot reach them.
Knife slots take many different forms, from a single slot to a series of slots that fit different size knives. Knife slots designed to be one long singular slot are more universal, as they fit different size knives. Designing butcher blocks with knife slots of different sizes may be a problem if you change your knife set in the future. Removable knife slots are also available and can be replaced with another piece when you update your knife set.
Designs with Butcher Block Knife Slots
Cabinets Plus designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block to include knife slots. The knife slots were cleverly placed behind the sink, making the knives easily accessible but also out of the way as to not interrupt the food prep space.
A current countertop design trend is pairing a wood countertop with an apron sink. This is a timeless combination that is popular in any style kitchen, especially in traditional and transitional kitchens.
The type of wood selected for the countertop varies, but the most popular species is Walnut. Various types of apron sinks are used, from a classic white to copper and patterned sinks.
When sealed with Grothouse exclusive Durata® permanent finish, the countertop is completely waterproof and safe from water damage. Durata® is available in different sheen levels, and the sheen level chosen varies based on the look the designer is striving to achieve.
Durata® Satin finish is a sheen level of 35 and has an appearance similar to common household furniture and dining tables. Satin sheen is the most popular selection. Durata® Semi-Gloss finish is a sheen level of 55 and is the best application for a kitchen countertop with a glossy finish. Durata® Matte finish is a sheen level of 10 and has an organic appearance similar to natural oil finishes.
Countertop Design Trend Inspiration
Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works designed a Cherry All Heartwood kitchen island countertop to feature a copper apron sink. The countertop is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.
Walnut wood counters were designed by Chris Black-Puckett Design for the perimeter of this traditional kitchen. The walnut counters include a white apron sink with beautiful detailing on the front. The counters are accentuated with Level 2 Distressing and finished with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish.
Showcase Kitchens designed a Walnut and Cherry checkerboard butcher block for the island in this traditional style kitchen. Although this is a butcher block, an apron sink was still able to be incorporated into the design. The wood butcher block is still safe from water damage.