According to RICKI – The Kitchen Think Tank, countertops are the first planned kitchen purchase that U.S. homeowners plan to buy in the coming year, and we can see why.
Kitchen countertops are a huge part of your daily routine. Whether you start your day by eating breakfast at the kitchen island, packing your lunch or preparing dinner, you are utilizing your kitchen countertops. Because they are so crucial to your everyday life, it is important that you consider purchasing a countertop material that suits your every need.
Contrary to some beliefs, wood countertops make for very versatile surfaces. They are not only kind to fine china and crystal, but can be sanded and oiled to look like new. Knife blades stay sharper longer, and wood is a naturally warm surface to cozy up to during any point in the day. When crafted by Grothouse, wood kitchen countertops are covered under our lifetime warranty.
Another advantage to choosing wood for your kitchen countertops is that they can be customized to your unique, personal taste. Choose from an assortment of over 60 wood species and a huge variety of features and options like laser engraving or integrated fruit bowls.
Next in line after countertops, the first planned kitchen purchase, are kitchen faucets, refrigerators, lighting and backsplash. RICKI states that millennials are significantly more likely than their older counterparts to be planning to buy lighting for their kitchens, but we are hoping to have changed their minds.
Kitchen countertops are typically the largest flat surface in our home, so naturally a lot of things tend to end up being set down on them. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and a cluttered counter hinders the function and enjoyment of the space. Fortunately, we’ve gathered a few easy tips to declutter kitchen countertops.
4 Tips to Declutter Kitchen Countertops
1. Put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen
Put away items that don’t belong in the kitchen, like the TV remote or your children’s toys. Removing these items will help you distinguish what is left to be organized that belongs in the kitchen.
2. Organize your cabinets
By organizing your cabinets to create a space for everything, you will eliminate the need to keep anything out on the countertop. Make space in a drawer for mail or extra papers that you need to keep. Appliance garages are often incorporated into cabinetry for an easily accessible place to keep smaller appliances off the counter.
3. Make use of wall space
If you don’t have enough cabinetry space, make use of empty wall space. Mary Jo Peterson designed this kitchen to include a special rack for wine bottles and more.
Maximize every inch of your kitchen with shelves. Jon de la Cruz designed custom black walnut wood shelves for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. The shelves created a pantry to store a variety of ingredients and decor.
4. Customize your countertop to make the best use of the space
Knife slots are another great wood countertop option for clearing counter space. By incorporating knife slots into your counter, you eliminate the need for a knife holder. KT Highland Inc. designed the Oak wood kitchen island countertop pictured below to include knife slots.
We hope these tips help you easily declutter kitchen countertops to properly use and enjoy your kitchen. To learn more about the wood countertop options available at Grothouse, click here.
Grothouse introduces 3D printing to the shop. This printing process permits the crafting of unique prototype of custom items requested by our creative clients.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Designs of Accessorial Wood Surfaces
Some of the most talented kitchen designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces into their designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts often contain drop in stove inserts gas, electric or induction. They can be safely used following the cooktop manufacturer’s instructions. Slide in ranges should be installed so the stove surface is level with the countertop. This can be accomplished by adjusting the feet of the slide in stove. Grothouse has the design capability to craft any wood countertop to safely fit a cooktop or stove.
Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts | Design Options
Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts can be crafted out of any three construction styles available at Grothouse. The three construction styles available are End Grain, Edge Grain, and Flat Grain. The construction style should be chosen for the countertops intended use. Click here to find out more information about countertop construction styles.
Cooktop Cutouts can be used with countertops finished with Grothouse Original Oil™or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Grothouse Original Oil™ should be chosen if you plan on chopping directly on the wood countertop and do not mind re-oiling the top on a monthly basis. Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish should be chosen if you do not plan on chopping directly on the countertop and want a maintenance-free finish that is permanent.
Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts | Design Inspiration
Designing Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts might appear to be difficult. However, this feature can easily be included in any style kitchen. Below is an assortment of inspirational kitchen designs.
The traditional kitchen pictured above was designed byLandmark Cabinetry. The countertop is crafted of Reclaimed Oak wood in Flat Grain construction style. The cooktop is conveniently located across from the sink and on the center of one side of the countertop. This provides extra space on the countertop for other uses. This Reclaimed Oak countertop is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte Sheen.
Shown above is a Traditional style kitchen with a different style cooktop. The countertops are Maple in Edge Grain construction style. They are sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen. House Captains, Inc. designed this comfortable kitchen.
This kitchen was designed by Waterbury Kitchens. The African Mahogany countertops are crafted in Edge Grain construction. The perimeter countertops include a cooktop cutout for the Dacor RGC365. The countertops are sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.
The Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Countertops pictured above were included in this design by Steven Miller for the House Beautiful 2014 Kitchen of the Year. The Peruvian Walnut Countertops were constructed in Edge Grain style. They include a 36″ Whirlpool Cooktop Cutout. The countertops are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.
To see more inspirational designs of Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts, visit ourImage Library. If you like any of these designs you can pin them to your boards on Pinterest!
Grothouse Original Oil ™ Finish is the best product for keeping butcher blocks and wood countertops properly maintained. Grothouse Original Oil ™ is heavy weight pharmaceutical grade pure mineral oil and is used for lasting protection on wood surfaces. This finish is completely food safe and can be used on surfaces used for food preparation. This finish is hypoallergenic and contains no Tung oils. You can entertain guests with no concerns of nut allergies.
An advantage to using this finish is that it is fragrance free and color free. This finish needs to be renewed on a regular basis depending on the environment and amount of use. The surface should be oiled when it appears visually dry. Maintaining the finish is very important to the long term life of the wood surface, as well as keeping the surface protected from water.
Countertops with Grothouse Original Oil™
This finish is primarily used on butcher blocks. Butcher blocks are a common term used to refer to countertops crafted in end grain construction. It can be used on large butcher block countertops such as the maple butcher block pictured below. This space was designed by JP Walters Design Associates.
It can also be used on wood countertops, cutting boards, salad bowls, soapstone, and wood utensils. Wood Countertops can include any options when finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. The edge grain Teak wood countertop pictured below includes an undermount sink designed by Blanco.
Wood countertops with oil finish can also include trivets. The Walnut countertop pictured below includes trivets and an undermount sink. This countertop was designed by Deborah Dyste of Souris River Designs.
Wood Countertop Patterns are a fun, creative way to add an element of interest and appeal to any kitchen space. At Grothouse, we have created a multitude of Wood Countertop Patterns. Countertops with patterns and other designs are extremely unique and custom to client specifications. Custom patterns can be facilitated designs that do not conform to typical geometric shapes. In this blog post we will discuss some of the most popular Wood Countertop Patterns we have crafted.
Most Popular Wood Countertop Patterns
Random Mix construction is the most artful form of butcher blocks we create. Our craftsmen mix a variety of wood species in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to the eye. No two Random Mix wood countertop patterns are alike. The Random Mix pattern is only available for countertops crafted in End Grain construction, otherwise known as butcher block countertops.
Photographed below is a Walnut, Wenge, and African Mahogany End Grain Butcher Block. The three wood species are randomly mixed to create the beautiful pattern. This countertop was designed by Brandon MacDonald.
Another extremely popular wood countertop pattern is Checkerboard. Checkerboard patterns are also only available for End Grain Butcher Block Countertops. The Checkerboard pattern consists of two alternating wood species. Checkerboard patterns require precise measuring and block size to execute properly. This style continues to be our most popular pattern.
Below is a Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop. This countertop was designed by Interior Environments.
Clients have also used checkerboard patterns in the form of borders for their butcher block countertops. The kitchen photographed below includes a Beech butcher block countertop with a Wenge and Beech Checkerboard pattern border, which is then bordered with Walnut. This space was designed by Jenny’s Design Build.
Another popular pattern includes stripes of different wood species. The kitchen below was designed by Bluebell Kitchens. It includes two edge grain countertops with Maple with African Mahogany stripes.
Other patterns can also be crafted as well. An extremely unique pattern, that can only be crafted by the finest craftsmen, is exhibited in the butcher block photographed below. This butcher block was designed to have an Interlocking Pattern of Walnut, Maple, and White Oak.
Wood Countertop Patterns are a fun, creative way to add an element of interest and appeal to any kitchen space. Some of the most popular patterns at Grothouse include Random Mix, Checkerboard, and Stripes. to see more Wood Countertop Patterns, visit our Countertop Image Library.
Wood Countertop Tables are common in many different types of spaces due to their level of functionality. They double as a food preparation space and a dining space. Because wood is so kind to fine china, many clients include wood countertop tables in their designs.
Wood Countertop Tables | Designs
Pictured above is a Flat Grain Walnut Wood Countertop Table. This counter was crafted into a Trestle table. This Walnut Wood Trestle Table was included in the Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry booth at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City. This booth consisted of a fully featured Ruskin kitchen designed by Scott Stultz.
Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Inc. designed the Flat Grain Walnut Wood Countertop Table pictured above. This table is located at one end of the island and provides seating for four. You can read the client’s review of this wood countertop table here.
Wood Countertop Tables can also be crafted from End Grain Construction, also known as Butcher Block Countertops.
The above Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table was designed by In Detail Interiors. This table is a trifecta of useful, for a casual seating table, for chopping and for serving wine and cheese to guests.
This Walnut Butcher Block Wood Countertop Table was designed by Jennifer Gilmer. This kitchen design won the 2009 NKBA Pinnacle of Design Award, a prestigious award that is granted to only one kitchen design every year. Grothouse offered a solution to the client who needed a table that could seat 6 people comfortably, while being moveable. The solution is a 6 foot round table that can be transported onto the beach front deck balcony located near the kitchen.
This Walnut Butcher Block makes for the perfect table top. This design exhibits the ultimate comfortable seating area. With a warm and inviting surface paired with cushion bench seating, who wouldn’t want to sit here to enjoy a meal? The Walnut Butcher Block Table appears darker than Walnut typically looks because of the lighting in the photograph.
We love this creative use of a Zebrawood Butcher Block, the table can double a food preparation station for direct chopping and then can convert into a dining table. The table was designed by Brandy Cohen of Dandamudi’s, Inc. This design provides creative interior design inspiration for small kitchens and apartments.
Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miter Joints were unveiled by Grothouse at the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Mick De Giulio. The main kitchen included a large island with a Wenge Wood Counter with Shark Tooth Miter Joints. The Shark Tooth Miter highlighted Mick’s attention to personalization and detail.
A Joint is where two countertops come together to become one. Typically, on most countertops a joint is a straight line. A Shark Tooth Miter adds a unique and edgy element to the design.
Wood Countertop Shark Tooth Miter Joints | Design
Designing Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miters is fairly simple. Any wood countertop crafted in Edge Grain and Flat Grain Construction can include a Shark Tooth Miter. Wood Countertops with Shark Tooth Miters can be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Shark Tooth Miter Joints have become increasingly popular and have been used in various style spaces.
The Transitional space designed by Mick De Giulio for the 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year included a Wenge Flat Grain Wood Counter with a Shark Tooth Mitered Joint. This counter is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.
Auer Kitchens designed the Traditional space pictured below. This space includes a Walnut with Sapwood Countertop crafted in Flat Grain Construction. The countertop includes two Shark Tooth Miter Joints. It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.