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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The Ultimate Combination of Beauty and Brawn

Walnut Counters with Cove Edges are the ultimate combination of beauty and brawn – a strong, durable wood complete with a bashful edge profile. We have seen this combination used time and time again in different style kitchens. This combination is one of the preferred choices of leading design professionals worldwide, especially for white kitchens. Kitchen styles including this combination vary from traditional to transitional and even modern.

Why Walnut Counters with Cove Edges?

Walnut Wood for Custom Solid Surfaces crafted by Grothouse in Germansville, Pennsylvania
Walnut Wood

Walnut wood counters are naturally rich in textural details and produces a large variety of figure types. Walnut is a prized wood that is noted for its beautiful grain and warm, chocolaty brown color. The sapwood in Walnut varies in color from white and yellow-brown.

Cove Edge Profile for Custom Solid Wood Surfaces crafted by Grothouse in Germansville, PA
Cove Wood Countertop Edge Profile

The Cove edge profile is a simple edge profile that is typically selected for the top horizontal edges of counters. Not only is it bashfully beautiful, but the Cove edge profile is also very easy to keep clean. In order for a countertop to include a Cove edge, it must be at least 1-1/2 inches thick.

Designs Featuring Walnut Counters with Cove Edges

Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs in Madison, New Jersey
Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

This white transitional kitchen was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs for a home in Madison, New Jersey. The large kitchen island features a Walnut with Sapwood edge grain countertop with a 3/4″ Cove edge profile on the top horizontal edges. The bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners feature a 1/8″ Roundover profile. The simplicity of the Roundover enhances the detail in the Cove on the top edges.

Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs
Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

The natural Walnut wood characteristics are magnified and protected by  Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Walnut Counter with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio
Walnut Counter with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio | Photography by Tara L. Callow

The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio designed a white traditional kitchen for a home located in Hingham, Massachusetts. A large kitchen island takes the focus of this space, featuring a flat grain Walnut with Sapwood counter with a Cove profile on the top horizontal edges.

Walnut Counters with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio in Hingham, MA
Walnut Counter with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio | Photography by Tara L. Callow

The rich browns in the wood contrast beautifully against the antique white cabinets and creates the perfect seating area for four. The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio selected Durata® permanent finish in Matte sheen for this counter.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library in the Countertop Design Guide on our website to see more kitchen designs featuring Walnut Counters with Cove Edges.

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Most Popular Feature to Upgrade in a Kitchen Renovation

Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, surveyed more than 1,700 homeowners doing a kitchen renovation as part of its 2018 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study. In addition to other things, the study asked what features homeowners are upgrading in their kitchens.

Survey respondents had completed a kitchen project in the previous 12 months, were working on one or planned to start one in the next three months. Their responses provide insight into what is currently trending in American kitchens.

 

Most Popular Feature to Upgrade in a Kitchen Renovation are Countertops
Major Upgraded Kitchen Features | Image Source: Houzz

As this graph shows, the most popular feature to upgrade in a kitchen renovation are the countertops. Countertops are the most common splurges during kitchen renovations, whereas homeowners tend to save on flooring, backsplash and lighting fixtures. This makes sense, as countertops are so much more than just a surface. Countertops create spaces for entertaining and spending time with family and friends.

Butcher blocks and wood slabs rank third in the top five popular choices in countertop materials, following natural stone and engineered quartz. However, these materials are often mixed together to create the perfect kitchen countertop flow.

While stone and quartz are beautiful in appearance, they are naturally cold, hard surfaces. Wood is a naturally warm, comforting material that is commonly used for food preparation or seating areas.

Countertop Materials in a Kitchen Renovation include a Walnut Butcher Block and Marble
Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs, this kitchen features a Walnut butcher block for a food prep station and a marble countertop for the kitchen island.

The countertop design guide on our website includes an image library, showcasing countertop inspiration for a kitchen renovation by some of the industry’s best designers. Click here to view the library!

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2018 Countertop Trends

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

2018 Countertop Trends Floating Wood Countertops with Hidden Support Brackets for Kitchens
Design by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.

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

2018 Countertop Trends Kensington Wood Countertops for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Design by New Ravenna

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

2018 Countertop Trends Wood Countertops Quiet Open Floor Plans for Kitchens
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

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.

Stay tuned for more 2018 countertop trends as we enter the new year by liking Grothouse on Facebook and following @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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The First Planned Kitchen Purchase: Countertops

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.

First Planned Kitchen Purchase are Countertops
The First Planned Kitchen Purchase: Countertops | Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

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.

To see how some of the best designers in the industry design kitchens with wood countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library and follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops

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.

Tips on How to Declutter Kitchen Countertops
How 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

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by making use of empty wall space
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by making use of empty 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.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by utilizing shelves
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by utilizing shelves

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

Grothouse offers many different wood countertop options to help make the best use of your space. By integrating a fruit bowl into your countertop, you eliminate the need for a fruit bowl sitting on top of your counter. Mick de Giulio unveiled this clever idea in House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2012.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops with an integrated fruit bowl
Declutter Kitchen Countertops with an integrated fruit bowl

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.

Declutter Kitchen Countertops by including knife slots in your countertop
Declutter Kitchen Countertops by including knife slots in your countertop

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.

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Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing

Grothouse introduces 3D printing to the shop. This printing process permits the crafting of unique prototype of custom items requested by our creative clients.

Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing
Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing

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.

Grothouse Introduces 3D Printing with Perfect Joints
A perfect joint is created to join the two pieces.

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.

Introducing New Grothouse Edge Profiles

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

Calver New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Calver

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

Charmant New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Charmant

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.

Kassel New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Kassel

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.

Kerpen New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Kerpen

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 New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Kolossal

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 New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Krone

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.

Perlen New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Perlen

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 New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Rhine

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.

Roman Notch New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Roman Notch

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.

Rugen New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Rugen

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 New Edge Profiles by Grothouse
Sonder

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.

Visit our website, www.glumber.com, for more information about the new edge profiles. If you have any questions please contact us at 610-767-6515 or glumber@glumber.com.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces

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.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces by Grothouse
Accessorial Wood Surfaces by Grothouse

Designs of Accessorial Wood Surfaces

Some of the most talented kitchen designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces into their designs.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Steven Miller of Steven Miller Design Studio incorporated Peruvian Walnut wood shelves in his design for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. The shelves match the main Peruvian Walnut wood countertop. Steven Miller added laser engraving to the shelves to label what was being stored in particular areas, for example “bowls” and “drinking”.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Signature Custom Cabinetry
Design by Signature Custom Cabinetry

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.

Accessorial wood surfaces designed by Elkay Manufacturing for KBIS 2014
Design by Elkay Manufacturing

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.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces designed by The Savannah Cabinet Shop
Design by The Savannah Cabinet Shop

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.

Accessorial Wood Surfaces designed by Echelon Custom Homes
Design by Echelon Custom Homes

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.

To view more designs of accessorial wood surfaces, follow our Houzz and Instagram pages. Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date on Grothouse news and product updates!

Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts

Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts
Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts by Grothouse

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

Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts
Maple Wood Countertop with Cooktop Cutout. Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop.

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 can also include any of our other design options.

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.

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts
Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Countertop with Cooktop Cutout

The traditional kitchen pictured above was designed by Landmark 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.

Maple Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts
Maple Wood Kitchen Countertop with Cooktop Cutout

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.

Mahogany Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts
African Mahogany Wood Kitchen Countertop with Cooktop Cutout. Photography by Jim Graham.

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.

Peruvian Walnut Wood Kitchen Countertop with Cooktop Cutout
Peruvian Walnut Wood Kitchen Countertop with Cooktop Cutout. Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful’s 2014 Kitchen of the Year.

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 our Image Library. If you like any of these designs you can pin them to your boards on Pinterest!