Kensington Wood Countertops by Grothouse

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.

Kensington Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables exclusively available at Grothouse
Kensington Wood Counters exclusively available at 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.

Designing Kensington Wood Countertops

Kensington countertops can include any edge profile and any countertop feature. They can be crafted in any construction style. The type of construction style chosen may dictate the wood finish applied. End grain Kensington butcher blocks are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Flat grain and edge grain Kensington counters may be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

Kensington Wood Countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
Edge Grain Kensington Wood Countertops
Kensington Wood Counters crafted in Flat Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
Flat Grain Kensington Wood Counters
Kensington Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
End Grain Kensington Butcher Blocks

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see designs featuring Kensington Wood Countertops.

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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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Three-ton Solid Wood Bathtub

Is it possible to make a solid wood bathtub out of one three-ton mass of wood, without any glue or epoxy – and can it be done sustainably? The answer is uncovered in an article written by Bill Esler of Woodworking Network on August 7.

Three-ton Solid Wood Bathtub one of the latest wood innovations
Three-ton Solid Wood Bathtub | Photo via Woodworking Network

Timber Neutral fashioned this three-ton solid wood bathtub, along with other wood tubs, for Amelie & Max, a retailer in Toronto. “The goal was to make a 100% natural object and a reflection of the organic nature of wood and true to the spirit of the tree,” said Fiona French of Timber Neutral.

Timber Neutral states that there is something within the fiber of wood that no other material can capture – the vitality and uniqueness of an organic object. The tubs are said to be the fusion of high-tech craftsmanship and the originality and form of solid wood.

Each tub is made from a solid, single 6,600-pound block of wood that has been painstakingly carved down to create a two-person tub. Each tub is unlike any other, and is sold at retail cost of $34,000 at Amelie & Max.

Harvested in Columbian forests, the trees must be very large to produce such a large block of wood, so Timber Neutral goes to lengths to make the case that the harvesting is sustainable. Each tub is given an individual identification, bearing the personalized name of a tree, reflecting both the personality of the bath and its exotic origin.

While Timber Neutral has no plans to continue making these massive wood tubs, a few of the limited collection are available in North America and sold exclusively through www.amelieandmax.com.

Stay tuned for more wood innovations like this solid wood bathtub by liking Grothouse on Facebook and following @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Source: Woodworking Network

Wood Shelving for Creative Custom Storage Solutions

Wood shelving is a major design trend seen in spaces of all styles. Wood shelving can be designed for creative storage solutions out of necessity or decorative desire.

Wood Shelving for Creative Custom Storage Solutions
Custom Wood Shelving

Part of the reason for this trend is because wood is an excellent shelving surface due to its natural kindness to fine china and crystal. When finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, wood shelves can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new after years of use.

Wood shelves are often designed for use as open shelving because their open nature makes a space feel larger. Open wood shelves are a great substitution for traditional closed cabinets. Another popular design option is to use wood shelves for cabinets with glass doors. The shelves act as a beautiful backdrop to display dishes and other items.

Designs with Wood Shelving

Wood Shelving for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017
Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz

Jon de la Cruz was perfectly on trend with his design for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Custom black walnut wood shelves grace the 12-foot high walls. Exposed brackets anchor each wood shelf. Capturing the ethos of pared-down, timeless elegance, the shelves serve as a dramatic accent for custom pantry organization by Blisshaus.

Wood Shelving for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016
Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 designed by Matthew Quinn

Custom White Oak wood floating shelves gilded in Anvil™ Argentum metal finish were designed by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. The shelves were designed to match the bar top.

With 8 Anvil™ metal finish colors available, shelves can be custom crafted and gilded to match the design and style of any space. Anvil™ finishes can be applied to any wood specie or a composite substrate. Click here to learn more about Anvil™ metal finishes.

Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Wood Shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014 designed by Steven Miller

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed custom Peruvian Walnut wood shelves to showcase bowls and other dishes in black cabinets with glass doors. The shelves were customized for organization perfection, with laser engraved labels on the front for bowls, drinking, dessert and more. Custom crafted to match the Peruvian walnut countertop, the shelves pop against the silver sparkling backsplash.

Shadow Box Wood Shelving designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry
Shadow Box Wood Shelves designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry

Another form of wood shelves is in the form of shadow boxes. Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed two Sapele mahogany wood shadow boxes to complement the cabinet surround in this display. The shadow boxes make for some unique looking shelves with plenty of space to showcase decorative items.

Learn more about the specifications of each design featured in this blog by visiting the Countertop Image Library. Want to see more designs with custom wood shelving? Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like Grothouse on Facebook!

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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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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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Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath.

Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

About the Designer: Growing up overseas, Sarah developed a passion for historical preservation. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Interior Design. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Color Therapy and strongly believes that living amidst great design can positively affect your subconscious and inspire you. After working over a decade in the design/build field, Sarah found herself drawn to the nuance and detail of custom millwork. In 2014, this passion led her to Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and  Bath. Her award-winning work has been featured in HOME, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Chesapeake Home and The Washingtonian.

A Tip from Sarah: Be realistic about how you cook and what your storage needs are. Do an inventory of all your largest and smallest gadgets. You most likely have more than you think! Now is the time to efficiently find dedicated space for everything from that colander to the smallest measuring spoons. We have innovative ways to maximize even the smallest spaces if we accurately know what your needs are. A collaborative project is the best kind!

Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath
Walnut Kitchen Island Top designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: QCCI Quality Custom Cabinetry

Countertops: Bratti Black Soapstone perimeter countertops; Grothouse Walnut with Sapwood kitchen island countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil™

Backsplash: Silver Quartzite Edge Mosaic Tile

Stove: Wolf GR486G 48” Dual Fuel Pro Range with black knobs, six burners, and griddle

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero IT-36Ci Refrigerator with Ice Maker

Other Appliances: Hot rolled steel shelf with 3 puck lights

Additional Comments and Advice: We sourced a reclaimed beam from a barn in Pennsylvania and accented a custom hood with it to add character and warmth. Reclaimed wood also frames each of the doorways to extend the rough hewn wood texture. Soapstone and walnut wood was used on the countertops to add to the patina.

Walnut with Sapwood Countertop for a Kitchen Island designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Walnut with Sapwood Countertop for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island with Walnut wood countertop designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen Island with Walnut wood countertop
Undermount sink in Walnut wood countertop designed by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Undermount sink in Walnut wood countertop

View additional designs by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs featuring a Walnut Kitchen Island Top.

Photography by Bob Narod.

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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.

Small Wood Surfaces

Typically the general rule of thumb is “go big or go home,” but when it comes to wood surfaces, they don’t have to be big in size to provide functionality and character to a home. Small Wood Surfaces can be designed to fit in any space with any style design.

Designs with Small Wood Surfaces

Sapele Mahogany Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Past Basket Design

This small Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block was designed by Past Basket Design. Cleverly placed at the end of the kitchen island, this butcher block provides plenty of space for food preparation out of the way of the rest of the kitchen.

Peruvian Walnut Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Griffey Remodeling

Here we see another design with a small wood surface at the end of the kitchen island. This space was designed by Griffey Remodeling. The wood surface was crafted of Peruvian Walnut wood in edge grain construction. The wood surface is strategically placed in close proximity to the sink and cooktop, while still allowing plenty of room for food preparation. Not to mention, it naturally makes for a beautiful focal point.

Walnut Small Wood Surfaces
Designed by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

This classic white kitchen was designed by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.. The kitchen features a small Walnut Butcher Block for food preparation. The butcher block is placed thoughtfully between the sink and the cook top. This placement creates an efficient work space. Vegetables can be cleaned in the sink, chopped on the butcher block and cooked on the stove with just a few small steps in between.

Walnut Small Wood Butcher Block
Designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Karen Swanson of New England Design Works designed this kitchen to include a small Walnut Butcher Block at one the end of the kitchen island. This butcher block is larger than the other wood surfaces previously mentioned, and provides more space for food preparation.

To see more designs featuring small wood surfaces, check out our pins on Pinterest!

White Kitchens and Wooden Surfaces

White Kitchens and wooden surfaces have stood the test of time. The timeless appeal of this combination creates a space that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. White kitchens have been the most popular for over 20 years and continue to be the most commonly installed cabinet color. But did you know there are over 1,000 shades of white to choose from? This blog post highlights some of our favorites of white kitchens.

White Kitchens with Wooden Surfaces

White Kitchens with Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops

In 2007, this kitchen served as a backdrop for a skit on the television show Saturday Night Live. The countertops are crafted of Sapele Mahogany wood and sealed in our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

White Cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Tops
White Cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Tops. Photography by Jim Graham.

In 2009, Waterbury Kitchens designed this kitchen to include white cabinets and African Mahogany Wood Countertops.

White Kitchens with Walnut Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Walnut Wood Countertops

In 2012, Mick De Giulio designed this space for House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year. The white cabinetry is paired with two Walnut Wood Countertops sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

White Kitchens with Walnut Wood Countertop
White Cabinets with Walnut Wood Countertop

In 2013, Auer Kitchens designed this white kitchen to include a Walnut Wood Countertop sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

White Kitchens with Distressed Wood Countertops
White Kitchen with Distressed Sapele Mahogany Countertop

In 2014, Wood-Mode, Inc. incorporated a distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop into the bar area of this white kitchen.

White Cabinetry with Walnut Wood Countertop
White Cabinetry with Walnut Wood Countertop

In 2015, Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath designed this white kitchen with a large Walnut Wood Countertop for the kitchen island.

To see more designs of White Kitchens and Wood Countertops, visit our Houzz profile.