Grothouse Wood Countertops in House Magazine

Grothouse Wood Countertops are thrilled to be featured in the latest House Magazine Issue IV 2018. The feature is all thanks to Jeannine Price, Grothouse Regional Sales Representative, for winning first place in the IDS Swatched 2018 design game.

Grothouse Wood Countertops featured in the latest House Magazine Issue IV 2018
House Magazine Issue IV 2018

Part of the winning prize was an article in House magazine, in which Jeannine speaks about her experience as an interior designer, how it got her to where she is today and current countertop design trends.

Designs featured in House Magazine

A top design trend Jeannine mentions in her article is mixing countertop materials. Contrasting elements are the secret ingredients that give memorable spaces their impact.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Article in House Magazine Issue IV 2018
Grothouse Wood Countertop Article

The first design that was featured in the article was a kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio. The kitchen was designed for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year in 2012. White cabinetry and a Grothouse Wenge counter were combined create a large kitchen island with plenty of prep and seating space.

Moving to the right is a modern farmhouse style kitchen with a Grothouse Reclaimed Wood counter for the island designed by Coastal Cabinet Works. Taking center stage of this kitchen, the Reclaimed counter adds warmth to this otherwise all white space.

Also designed by Coastal Cabinet Works is the transitional kitchen in the bottom left. The Grothouse wood countertop on the island matches the wood doors on the cabinetry. Overall this kitchen has a very classy, elegant yet glamorous appeal.

Last but not least is the contemporary design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath in the bottom right. A large White Oak Half Parsons table was crafted for this L shaped island.

Click here to download the digital edition and read the full House magazine article!

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2019 Kitchen Island Trends

2019 Kitchen Island Trends create gathering spaces for entertaining and increase functionality of space in the form of multi-level islands and movable islands.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Multi-Level Islands

Islands are being upgraded with dedicated dining space that is set apart by contrasting counters in different heights and materials, a table base and built-in banquette seating.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with wood countertops for dining and granite for food prep
Designed by Karen Schone of Designers Point | Visual Memories Photography

Karen Schone of Designers Point designed this multi-level island to include a Grothouse Walnut wood countertop as the table top and a granite countertop for the other section. The wood top is perfect for dining and the granite for food prep. If needed, the wood top can also be used for food prep.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with banquette seating wood table tops and metal bases
Design by Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

Ahead of his time, Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz designed this space featuring a multi-level island for the Liebherr booth last year at KBIS 2018. This island features a built-in banquette dining area. The table includes a Grothouse White Oak Bleached wood countertop with an Anvil Ferrum finished metal table base. The countertops on the other sections of the island were supplied by Kelya – Natural Collection by Dekton.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Movable Islands

Islands are handy as prep surfaces and extra seating, but they don’t need to be set in stone. In 2019, movable islands will grow in popularity as they offer flexibility when entertaining, and can be designed perfectly for small spaces.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends Movable Islands with Wheels and Wood Countertops
Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017

This space was designed by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Grothouse American Black Walnut countertops and metal frames create the slim, movable island. The island ties in the matching Walnut wood shelves. and adds warmth to the white and black design.

Stay tuned as we release more 2019 kitchen island trends by following Grothouse on Houzz, Instagram or Facebook! View more designs including Grothouse wood countertops on the Countertop Image Library.

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2019 Countertop Trends

In 2019 Countertop Trends are all about allowing raw materials to shine on their own. Kitchens will be pared down with reclaimed wood, butcher block countertops, and matte finishes.

2019 Countertop Trends

2019 Countertop Trends Reclaimed Wood Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by KDW Home | Kip Dawkins Photography

To us, Reclaimed wood countertops will always be in. Reclaimed wood fits the minimalist trend for the new year, adding just enough character to any kitchen design with its natural imperfections. We offer a variety of reclaimed wood species, like Chestnut and Oak.

2019 Countertop Trends Butcher Block Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by Julie Cavanaugh of Design Matters

Butcher block countertops by Grothouse are custom wood countertops crafted in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block countertops tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, they can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again. They require very little maintenance, as they only need to be oiled when they appear dry. Their functionality and natural beauty is what makes them a continuous trend in kitchens and other spaces year after year.

2019 Countertop Trends Matte Finishes Wood Countertops for Kitchens crafted by Grothouse
Design by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens | Photography by Chuck Heiney

Our exclusive Durata® waterproof permanent finish is predicted to be requested in the matte sheen. Matte finishes are said to be used throughout kitchens in the new year, from cabinetry to appliances; and we don’t see why that wouldn’t apply to countertops as well. Wood countertops with a matte finish have a forever-cool allure that is certain to never go out of style.

Stay tuned as we unveil more 2019 countertop trends by following @grothouseinc on Instagram and liking our page on Facebook!

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Southside Virginia Counter Tops

Handcrafted in our shop, southside Virginia counter tops are custom made for any style kitchen design, ranging from transitional to modern farmhouse to contemporary.

Wood Types for Southside Virginia Counter Tops

A variety of wood types are selected by designers for counter tops in southside Virginia and other areas of the state. Some of the most popular wood counter selections include White Oak, Reclaimed Chestnut, Ash and Walnut.

Rift White Oak Southside Virginia Counter Tops custom crafted by Grothouse
Design by BCN Homes

BCN Homes designed a Rift White Oak waterfall counter for a transitional home located in Virginia. This counter matches the wood barn door and open floating shelves also incorporated in the kitchen.

Reclaimed Chestnut Southside Virginia Counter Tops custom crafted by Grothouse
Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro | Gordon Beall Photography

This kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award! Designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, a clean planed Reclaimed Chestnut counter makes the perfect island bar top in this Virginia kitchen.

Stained Ash Wood Southside Virginia Counter Tops crafted by Grothouse
Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro | Gordon Beall Photography

Also designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, this modern kitchen includes an Ash table top for the end of the island. Naturally, Ash is a light colored wood, but this top was stained to look like a darker wood. Designers often select Ash with a stain because Ash is a less expensive choice and is easy to customize for any space. This kitchen also won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award!

Walnut Wood Southside Virginia Counter Tops custom crafted by Grothouse
Design by Lobkovich

Lobkovich designed a Walnut countertop to double as a kitchen island top and a dining table top for a traditional kitchen located in Virginia. This kitchen also includes a desk top that matches the Walnut countertop.

Visit the image library on our website to see more kitchen designs in Southside Virginia with Grothouse wood counter tops.

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Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham

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 Pastore Table designed by Amanda

Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes
Designer Amanda Needham

About the Designer: Amanda’s goal is to create a livable design that shows the personality of the client and her passion is the interior architecture of the home. During her six years working for one of the nation’s top designers, she collaborated on homes as large as 40,000 square feet and had a project featured in MTV teen cribs. Amanda developed a discerning eye for color, scale and form while working at Tradition Homes and Eric Charles Designs and earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Interior Design while studying at Michigan State University.

Designer Tip: I typically wrap the wood waterfall top over standard countertop height, but we addressed the scaled the height of our clients and ergonomically it was best to design this waterfall top just below standard countertop height.

Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes
Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Omega Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Sand in place random white oak

Countertops: Cararra Marble and Grothouse Walnut Pastore Table

Faucet: Rohl

Sink: Shaw classic modern farmhouse

Backsplash: Handmade white subway tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Stove: Thermador 48″ range

Dishwasher: Bosch dishwasher

Other Appliances: Custom range hood from Raw Urth Designs

Advice: Make sure to address how the client intends to use the wood top so the best finish is selected. This client preferred to have the lowest sheen possible and this wood top will get light so we chose the Original butcher block oil finish.

Walnut Pastore Table for a Large Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table for a Large Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table with Matching Wood Columns for a Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table

Check out more of Amanda’s work by following her on Instagram and Tradition Homes on Instagram. Learn more about wood Pastore tables by visiting our website.

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Christopher Peacock

Renowned British designer, Christopher Peacock, has paved the way for acceptance of his six figure sculleries worldwide.

Christopher Peacock Renowned Designer
Christopher Peacock

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.

Kitchen Design by Christopher Peacock
Kitchen Design by Christopher Peacock

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.

Kitchen Design for 2015 Kips Bay Showhouse by Christopher Peacock
Kitchen Design for 2015 Kips Bay Showhouse by Christopher Peacock

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.”

Meet Christopher Peacock

See a presentation by Christopher Peacock at an exclusive trade invite only event hosted by Grothouse at the Sub-Zero Fretz Philadelphia Navy Yard Showroom on November 7, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM.

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Drop Leaf Wood Countertops for Kitchens

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.

Drop Leaf Wood Countertops for Kitchens
Drop Leaf Wood Countertop

Kitchen Designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops

Walnut Drop Leaf Wood Countertop in Hawaii
Walnut Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Archipelago Hawaii

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.

Maple Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling
Maple Drop Leaf Wood Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling

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.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with Drop Leaf Wood Countertops.

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How to Identify High Quality Wood

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.

How to Identify High Quality Wood Furniture, Countertops, Desks, Tables
How to Identify High Quality Wood

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

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Butcher Block Knife Slots

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.

Butcher Block Knife Slots for easily accessible knife storage and organization
Butcher Block Knife Slots

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

Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block with Knife Slots in Irvine, California
Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block with 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.

Visit the Grothouse Image Library and follow @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more designs with butcher block knife slots.

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Countertop Design Trend: Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks

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.

Wood Countertop Design Trend Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks
Countertop Design Trend: Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks

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

Countertop Design Trend Cherry Wood Countertop with Copper Apron Sink in Farmhouse Traditional Style Kitchen
Cherry Countertop with Copper Apron Sink

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.

Countertop Design Trend Walnut Wood Counters with Apron Sink in Traditional Style Kitchen
Walnut Counters with Apron Sink

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.

Countertop Design Trend Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with Apron Sink
Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with Apron Sink

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.

Want to see more kitchens featuring this countertop design trend? Visit the Grothouse Image Library! Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more design trends.

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