Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Design by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

About the Designer: Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years.  His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner.  Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.

Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens designer of Walnut Dining Room Bar Top
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

Designer Tip(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”

“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top with Blue Cabinetry and Gold Hardware
Edge Grain Walnut Bar Top for a Dining Room

Cabinet Manufacturer:  Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style

Cabinet Hardware: Champagne bronze

Flooring: Medium hardwood

Countertops: Edge grain Walnut with sapwood

Backsplash: Mirror

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero panel ready ice maker, Perlick panel ready wine storage, Perlick panel ready undercounter refrigerator

Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!

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Grothouse KBIS 2020 Recap

The Grothouse team had a blast at KBIS 2020. There was no shortage of inspiration, remarkable products, outstanding booths and talented designers. Not only did Grothouse craft pieces for two renowned booths, one booth even won best of show!

The Wellborn Booth

Grothouse crafted a Wenge half parsons table for the classic contemporary, sleek kitchen display designed by Darcie Miller in the Wellborn Cabinet booth. The inspiration for this design was trendy, basic and affordable. Frameless cabinets combined with glossy and matte finishes and wood accents.

Grothouse KBIS 2020 Wellborn Cabinet Half Parsons Table
KBIS 2020 Wellborn Cabinet Booth

The parsons table served as a peninsula in the kitchen display. At 3 inches thick, it was finished with the exclusive Durata® Waterproof permanent finish.

During the show, Wellborn hosted a presentation by master designer Matthew Ferrarini, who spoke about this year’s hottest design trends.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Representatives at KBIS 2020 Wellborn Cabinet Booth
Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse at the Wellborn Booth

Pictured are Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse.

The Monogram Booth

Industry Rockstar and renowned designer Richard Anuszkiewicz brought a fresh take on cutting-edge design in kitchens for Monogram Appliances. The booth featured four distinct spaces, each with their own themes and all with one goal: to challenge the status quo. A big element in the kitchens was the return of the kitchen table married with cooking elements. Learn more behind the design on Kitchen & Bath Design News. It is with much sincerity we wish Monogram and Richard a huge congratulations for winning Best of Show!

The Grothouse Table

Grothouse Wood and Metal Table Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram's Booth at KBIS 2020
Table Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram’s Booth at KBIS 2020

Grothouse crafted a custom table; featuring a handplaned Wenge base. The tops, however, were split. One side featured a handplaned Wenge top.

Custom Table in KBIS 2020 Monogram Appliances Booth designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz
Table Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram’s Booth at KBIS

The other side features stainless steel countertops that are integrated with two brand new appliances Monogram introduced at the show. The apron is also stainless steel.

Half Metal Half Wenge Table in Monogram's Booth at KBIS 2020
Half Metal Half Wenge Table in Monogram’s Booth

There are Anvil™ metal finished accents on the apron and between the two surfaces. Overall table size was a massive 5’ x 12’-6”.

Charcuterie by Board & You on Custom Wenge Wood Table at KBIS 2020
Charcuterie by Board & You

During the show, Monogram had the table decked out with beautiful charcuterie by Board & You.

Grothouse Wood Surfaces Team gets together with customers from the northeast and midatlantic
Grothouse Team Get Together with Customers

The Grothouse team had a great time and enjoyed a get together with customers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops designed by Marcus Otten

Custom Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops designed by Marcus Otten of Exquisite Kitchen Design are like the “cherry on top” of this classy, modern kitchen.

Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops designed by Marcus Otten for a modern kitchen design
Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops

All of the colors throughout this kitchen are complimentary. The tones in the Bolivian Rosewood countertops match the wood grained cabinetry. The dark stripes in the Bolivian Rosewood match the dark brown cabinets.

About Bolivian Rosewood

Bolivian Rosewood Pastore waterfall countertops for a modern kitchen island
Design by Exquisite Kitchen Design

Bolivian Rosewood is a rare, exotic, very dense and rich colored wood originating in Bolivia and Brazil. Other common names are Pau Ferro, Santos Rosewood and Morado.

It offers a variety of colors from medium to light browns to almost black brown and purple with black striping. Medullary rays are often visible in sawn lumber and furniture.

Bolivian Rosewood makes a nice choice for acoustic and electric guitars but is also used for anything from high end veneers for corporate jets to jewelry boxes and everything in between.

About Pastore Countertops

Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops also known as Waterfall Countertops
Pastore Waterfall Countertops

Pastore countertops are also known as waterfall countertops. They are often crafted so the grain of the wood falls with the design of the top. As you can see in this design, the dark rays in the Bolivian Rosewood follow the countertop horizontally across the surface, and then downward on the leg. Pastore countertops make for a great seating area, as shown in this kitchen, while adding a level of luxury.

See more of the award-winning spaces by Exquisite Kitchen Design on Houzz, Facebook and Instagram!

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops.

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Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter

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 set of Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio.

Ash Wood Countertops designed by Melissa Sauter of Whiski Kitchen Design Studio
Design by Melissa Sauter

About the Designer: Loving living and working in the Detroit area! So gratifying to be a part of rebuilding the city! I love the characteristics and details in the historical homes in Detroit and preserving and showcasing them. I moved here after growing up in Ohio, attending Western Michigan University for Interior Design and Business, and living in Chicago for a few years. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, visiting museums and exhibits, and panting abstract art.

Designer Tip: Mix textures and finishes to create interest and don’t be afraid of using the color black! Too many people are worried using such a dark color will make a space appear smaller but it doesn’t, it adds a richness and layer of luxury!

Ash Wood Countertops for black cabinets in a kitchen designed by Melissa Sauter
Design by Melissa Sauter

Design Details

Cabinetry: Legacy Crafted Cabinets

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Homewares – Steam Punk

Flooring: Tile Shop 2″ Matte White Hex

Grothouse Countertops: A set of Ash countertops were crafted for this design, each with a Classical Small Bead and Cove edge profile and finished with Durata® permanent finish in satin sheen

Other Countertops: Aurea Stone Top fabricated by Solid Surfaces Unlimited

Faucet: Signature Hardware – Isadora

Sink: Elkay Fireclay Apron Front

Backsplash: Quintessenza Cromia26 Subway Supplied by Genesee Tile

Stove: GE

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: LG Refrigerator and Whirlpool Microwave

Ash Wood Countertops with Apron Front Sink and Black Cabinetry
Design by Melissa Sauter
Black Cabinets with gold hardware and ash wood countertops
Design by Melissa Sauter
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop
Classical Small Bead and Cove Edge Profile on Ash Wood Countertop

Check out more designs by Melissa by following Whiski Kitchen Design Studio on Instagram and by liking them on Facebook!

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Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms

The primary function of a laundry room is to serve as the perfect place to wash, dry, store and iron. The most important part of a laundry room, aside from the washer and dryer (of course), is a place to store and fold. For many years we have seen designers incorporate Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms.

Why? Well to start, wood countertops are a naturally warm surface. They are the perfect welcoming spot for your freshly, clean laundry. Conversely, wood countertops are very easy to clean, so they can just as easily welcome your dirty laundry. Wood countertops double as a prep zone and a wash and dry zone.

One of the greatest benefits to adding a Grothouse wood countertop into a laundry room is the exclusive Durata®  Finish. Not only is it permanent and waterproof, but it is also impervious to most household chemicals. Water left on the surface simply dries with no water rings, red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish. Durata® is not affected by these chemicals, providing a worry free finish.

Designs with Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms

We have seen laundry rooms of many styles that incorporated wood countertops into their designs. To start, we’re showing off this Reclaimed Oak wood counter designed by This Old House for Idea House 2018 located in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Custom Reclaimed Oak Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms with Blue Cabinetry Design
Design by This Old House | Nat Rea Photography

Creating the perfect laundry station, the Reclaimed Oak counter is finished with Durata® in Matte sheen.

Walnut Wood Countertop for a White and Green Laundry Room in Hawaii
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Archipelago Hawaii designed a long Walnut wood countertop measuring 144 inches for this bright laundry room.

Walnut Wood Countertops for Laundry Rooms with White Cabinetry and Wood Flooring
Design by Archipelago Hawaii

Finished with Durata® in Matte sheen, the Walnut countertop is the perfect place to fold, organize, store clothes and more.

Maple Wood Countertop for a Laundry Room and Kitchen All in One Area
Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop

Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop designed this kitchen and laundry room area to include two Maple Wood Countertops. The first Maple countertop is a half Pastore table that features a waterfall edge. This countertop was designed for additional counter space for this small area. The second Maple countertop was crafted to include a cooktop and undermount sink. Both wood countertops were finished with Durata® in Satin sheen.

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Counter Intuitive

A kitchen counter has long been a anchor of kitchen design, and can offer a dramatic focal point, splash of color, textural interest, sense of warmth or visual contrast.

Counter Intuitive Surfacing Material Traits and Trends
Counter Intuitive | Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine recently surveyed over 500 kitchen dealers and designers across the U.S. and Canada. The survey looked at material trends, including most desired surfacing traits, views on the importance of surfacing regarding design and functionality of the kitchen, and what percentage of their kitchen remodeling budgets dealers’ and designers’ clients devote to surfacing.

The growing role of the kitchen has expanded the functional role of countertops from durable food prep surfaces to multi-functional places for cooking, eating, entertaining and more.

77.6% of designers/dealers rate the importance of countertops to the look of the overall kitchen extremely important. 58.3 of designers/dealers rate the importance of countertops to kitchen functionality extremely important.

52% of the kitchen remodeling budget is spent on counters, as they are  increasingly being viewed as a worthwhile investment, particularly if they are beautiful, durable and long lasting.

What adds value to a countertop? The top three desired aspects are durability, beauty and ease of maintenance. Other desired countertop qualities cited included fits with overall design, color pattern options and a classic look that won’t get dated too quickly. Most desired aspects of surfacing materials include:

  • • Durability
  • • Beauty
  • • Low maintenance
  • • Affordability
  • • Fits with overall design
  • • Color/pattern options
  • • Classic look/won’t get dated quickly
  • • Fits with overall kitchen
  • • Unique look
  • • Trendy
  • • Creative fabrication options
  • • Flexibility

 

Clients’ top concerns with choosing counters:

  • • Price
  • • Damage from stains/scratches/heat/wear and tear
  • • Maintenance requirements
  • • Color/pattern going out of style too quickly
  • • Not getting something that looks unique/personalized
  • • Not looking “real”
  • • Natural imperfections
  • • Fabrication concerns

 

Wood is Counter Intuitive

Wood is counter intuitive because it contains all of the most desired aspects of surfacing materials including durability, beauty and low maintenance. Wood is trendy and classic at the same time. No matter how old a wood counter is, it looks right in the design. Durata® Finish can be applied to wood counters so no maintenance is required. Each wood countertop is custom made to the clients’ specifications, so each top is something unique and personalized. Visit glumber.com to learn more about wood counters.

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How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Preparing Valentines Day Dinner can be stressful, but with the right food preparation surface and advice your meal can be a success.

How to Prepare for Valentines Day Dinner with Custom Wood Countertops Butcher Blocks
How to Prepare for Valentine’s Day Dinner

The first step in preparing Valentine’s day dinner is to select the recipes you want to make as an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choose something that you and your date will both enjoy and that you have confidence to make to ease stress.

Allrecipes provides plenty of appetizer inspiration, from crab-stuffed mushrooms to brie cheese fondue. Country Living offers over 40 romantic dinner recipe ideas like butternut squash ravioli, bucatini with winter pesto, pancetta and brussel sprouts linguine and more. The Food Network made a list of decadent chocolate desserts perfect for the holiday, like chocolate raspberry mousse candy cake and chocolate cheesecake.

Once you have selected the recipes you are going to make and purchase all of the ingredients, it is best to ensure that you have all of the tools you need for preparation. The most important tool is the surface that you will be using to prepare the food.

Grothouse solid wood butcher blocks are the surface preferred by top chefs at home and in restaurants. Butcher blocks are very hard surfaces and knives keep their edge far better because the blade slides between the wood fibers much like cutting into a firm brush. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish is a heavy weight pure mineral oil used for lasting protection that is food safe and  hypoallergenic. It does not contain any Tung oils. You can prepare your meal with no concerns if your date has any nut allergies.

One of the best ways to prepare Valentines day dinner is by cooking together! It is a fun and romantic way to start the evening and enjoy each other’s company. Together, you can start the night by preparing a delicious meal and end it by enjoying it together!

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Exposed Brick Kitchen Designs with Wood Countertops

Gone are the days when brick was carefully and meticulously concealed with more polished, modern finishes. Exposed Brick Kitchen Designs with wood countertops exhibit an architectural feature that enriches and beautifies modern spaces, blending unique textures, patterns, and colors.

Exposed Brick Kitchen Designs with Wood Countertops custom crafted by Grothouse nationwide
Exposed Brick Kitchen Designs with Wood Countertops

Exposed Brick Kitchen Designs

Exposed brick is versatile and suitable for many kitchen styles. It has a cozy, inviting ambiance and can offer a beautiful backdrop that lets various elements in the space shine.

Exposed Brick Kitchen Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop
Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop

Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop designed a Walnut Pastore™ kitchen island countertop for this white kitchen with an exposed brick backsplash. The parallel wood countertop and brick add warmth to the otherwise all-white kitchen and add textural interest.

Exposed Brick Kitchen Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

This wet bar designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath features an exposed brick backsplash with a Peruvian Walnut countertop. The wood and gold cabinetry hardware beautifully accentuate with the warm red tones of the brick.

Exposed brick in kitchen design by Griffey Remodeling with Maple countertops
Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed Maple countertops for this light blue kitchen with an exposed brick wall and white subway tile backsplash.

Exposed Brown Brick in kitchen design with White Oak countertop
Design by KT Highland Inc.

KT Highland Inc. designed a custom White Oak kitchen island countertop to complement the exposed brown brick wall.

Exposed White Brick Kitchen Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop with Maple Countertop
Design by Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop

Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop also designed the kitchen pictured above. The kitchen island features a Maple countertop with a white brick base, matching the white brick on the wall behind the island.

Want to see more exposed brick kitchen designs? Check out the Grothouse Image Library and like Grothouse on Facebook!

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Wooden Car Parts

Wooden Car Parts are some of the latest wood innovations to reduce vehicle costs
Wooden Car Parts | Photo via The Japan Times

According to an article written by Robert Dalheim of Woodworking Network on August 17, Japanese car manufacturers are considering substituting wood for steel in order to make vehicles lighter. With wood pulp being 20 percent lighter than the weight of steel and five times as strong, wooden car parts are at the top of Japanese researchers’ considerations for reducing the weight of a vehicle.

As manufacturers move toward churning out electric cars for a mainstream consumer base, reducing the weight of a vehicle will be crucial. Automobile suppliers are hopeful because a reduction in car weight would require fewer batteries, saving costs.

Cellulose nanofibers are currently being used to create various products, such as ink and transparent displays. These fibers are obtained by breaking down wood.

In cars, the chemically treated wood fibers will be kneaded into plastics while simultaneously being broken down into nanofibres, slashing the cost of production to roughly one-fifth that of other processes. This process is referred to as “the Kyoto Process,” named after Japan’s Kyoto University who’s leading the research.

“This is the lowest-cost, highest-performance application for cellulose nanofibers, and that’s why we’re focusing on its use in auto and aircraft parts,” said Hiroaki Yano, professor at Kyoto University who leads the research. Yano’s team is working with several automakers in Japan to complete a prototype car built with cellulose nanofiber parts. They hope to complete it by 2020.

“We’ve been using plastics as a replacement for steel, and we’re hoping that cellulose nanofibers will widen the possibilities toward that goal,” stated Yukihiko Ishino, a spokesman at DaikyoNishikawa, which supplies parts for Toyota and Mazda.

Stay tuned for more wood innovations like wooden car parts by liking Grothouse on Facebook and following @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Source:  Woodworking Network and The Japan Times

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