Custom Table by Grothouse for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

A Custom Table crafted by Grothouse was designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz of Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects for the Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018.

Custom Table designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz for KBIS 2018 Liebherr Booth
Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for KBIS 2018 Liebherr Booth

This booth unveiled the groundbreaking Liebherr Monolith – a refrigerator built for the future with whisper quiet operation and advanced technology. 84 inches from top to bottom, this impressive monumental wonder of German engineering takes food preservation to a new level. With superior food-saving advancements and energy efficiency, Monolith is a fusion of technical genius and practical ingenuity.

Custom Table Details

Custom Stained White Oak Table Top features a Chevron Pattern and Brass Inset Screws
Custom Stained White Oak Table Top features a Chevron Pattern and Brass Inset Screws

The three inch thick table top was crafted out of White Oak. It features a chevron pattern and inset brass screws down the center of the table top. A custom stain was used to achieve the white color. An eighth inch Roundover was selected for the top, bottom and vertical edges of the table top for a sleek look.

Custom Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Finished Table Base and Base Foot
Custom Anvil™ Ferrum Metal Finished Table Base and Base Foot

The table base and base foot are coated in Anvil™ Ferrum metal finish with a Durata® Satin top coat. The Ferrum finish replicates the gray color of iron, matching the grays used throughout the rest of the design. The edges of the base were rounded a quarter inch to continue the sleek look of the table top.

Grothouse is honored to have crafted a table for the unveiling of this stunning Monolith inception kitchen. To see more custom tables by Grothouse, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

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Transform Any Space with Wood

Transform Any Space by incorporating Wood Countertops, Accents, Shelves, Wall Niches into your design
Transform Any Space with Wood | Design by Bunker Workshop

Wood is the 1 ingredient that will transform your space, states Mitchell Parker of Houzz in his article The 1 Ingredient That Will Transform Your Kitchen or BathAnd of course, we couldn’t agree more! Our favorite application of wood is in the form of countertops, but it can also be used in many different ways to revamp and warm up a space.

Wood Applications

Wrap Your Kitchen Island Cabinetry in Wood to Make it a Focal Point and Add Warmth
Wrapping Kitchen Island Cabinetry | Design by Tru Kitchens

Wrapping your kitchen island cabinetry adds warmth to the space while also visually making the piece the focal point of the space. Designed by Todd Wiley, Tru Kitchens, designed this transitional space to have a kitchen island wrapped in Walnut. A Walnut kitchen bar top matches the island and provides a seating area.

Custom wood wall niche creates a level of privacy and adds warmth to the space
Custom Wall Niche | Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Incorporating a cool wall niche into a space creates a cozy and unique area. Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed this Asian-inspired bathroom with a custom Teak wall to match the vanity top and bath tub and add a level of privacy.

Open Wood Shelves add warmth and provide plenty of storage space with easy access
Open Shelves | Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful KOTY 2017

Open shelves expose the American Black Walnut in this kitchen design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful magazine’s Kitchen of the Year 2017. Weaving in wooden accents is a relatively quick and easy way to add warmth and these ceiling-high pantry shelves do just that.

Make Support Columns part of the design by wrapping them in wood
Wrap Support Columns | Design by Kitchenscapes

Kitchenscapes incorporated a support column into the design by wrapping it in Walnut to match the custom walnut countertop on the bar.

There are many different ways to incorporate wood into a design to completely transform the space. Whether it is intending to add warmth, storage or a unique niche, wood is a versatile material that is used to transform any space. See more designs by visiting the Grothouse Countertop Image Library and by liking Grothouse on Facebook.

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Am I Going to be Affected by the Chinese Birch Plywood Tariff?

Am I Going to be Affected by the Chinese Birch Plywood Tariff
Chinese Birch Plywood Tariff

Russell Plywood, Inc. keeps us up to date on the progress of the U.S. Commerce Department and International Trade Commission (ITC) Tariff against Imported Chinese Birch plywood. Most recently, on November 14, 2017 there was a temporary ruling of 206% levied on those products with a final ruling date of December 1, 2017.

A tariff is defined as a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports. What the Chinese Birch plywood tariff means is that all Chinese Birch moving forward will have a 206% tariff on it.

Russell Plywood, Inc. estimates has Chinese Birch imports at approximately 7500 trucks per month. With the current capacity of our industry, 1000 trucks would be hard to get through production and will extend lead times out and force prices upward. This tariff puts Chinese Birch pricing approximately 25-30% higher than D-3 Maple.

Suppliers have stated that once their current stock is depleted, this item will no longer be available. At this time, there is no way for domestic mills to sell any of their products below Chinese pricing.

This tariff will impact the cost of cabinetry made in the United States that historically use Chinese Birch Plywood. We strongly encourage cabinet manufacturers inform and prepare their dealers and designers for the quick upward price movements and lead time extensions. Check back for further updates about the Chinese Birch Plywood Tariff.

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Wood Shelving for Creative Custom Storage Solutions

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

Wood Shelving for Creative Custom Storage Solutions
Custom Wood Shelving

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

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

Designs with Wood Shelving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz

House Beautiful is celebrating its tenth annual Kitchen of the Year 2017 at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. This year’s 625-square-foot kitchen was designed by Jon de la Cruz of DLC-ID. This being a 1904 historic home, the kitchen features amazing architectural details: 12-foot ceilings, open pantry shelves, a beautiful mix of new and old materials and many windows.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz Breakfast Nook Pantry
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 designed by Jon de la Cruz

For the kitchen, de la Cruz focused on beautiful functionality by combining his expertise in cooking with his deep knowledge of design history. The space features multiple stations for cooking, baking, breakfast and family dining — as well as innovative storage and display ideas. This was a necessity for the family of 10 that live in this home.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 Pantry Shelves
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017 Pantry

Featured in the breakfast nook are vertical ceiling-high, open pantry shelves made of American Black Walnut Wood crafted by Grothouse. The Black Walnut Wood Shelves capture the ethos of timeless elegance, serving as a dramatic accent for custom labeled jars and superb pantry organization by Blisshaus – also referred to as The Pantry Detox.

Superb pantry organization by Blisshaus in Kitchen of the Year 2017
Superb pantry organization by Blisshaus

Taking customization even further, the shelves feature laser engraving on the front. Jon de la Cruz’s favorite part of the kitchen is the s’mores section, and we happen to agree!

Grothouse American Black Walnut Wood Pantry Shelves in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017
Grothouse American Black Walnut Wood Pantry Shelves

This dream space was unveiled on April 29, 2017 and was open to the public until May 29, 2017. Click here to take a tour of the kitchen with Jon de la Cruz and House Beautiful’s Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson.

Be sure to pick up the October issue of House Beautiful to see the full kitchen. Join us on Instagram to see more of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2017 and the San Francisco Decorator Showcase home via #HBKOTY and #sfshowcase.

Photography by John Merkl.

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Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks

Black White Kitchens feature a classic color combination that is timeless and sophisticated. Designers often use wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme.

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher blocks
Black and White Kitchens with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops

Here are some black and white kitchens including wood countertops and butcher blocks.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Stonington Cabinetry & Designs blends natural materials with modern finishes, using wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. A Walnut Butcher Block matches the floating shelves and kitchen island cabinetry.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens includes a Butcher Block
Black and White Kitchen Design by Showcase Kitchens

Showcase Kitchens chose a Wenge Butcher Block for the end of the island in this elegant kitchen. This black and white design is crisp and clean, while providing drama and contrast.

Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Black and White Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed this mostly black kitchen. Featuring a Peruvian Walnut counter and matching shelves, the wood keeps the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark.

Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show
Black and White Kitchen Design by This Old House® Television Show

Grothouse was selected to craft a Sapele Mahogany butcher block for this black and white kitchen in the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more black white kitchens with wood countertops and butcher blocks.

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Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and inevitably you find family and friends gathering around the kitchen island. Here are three important elements to consider when designing the perfect kitchen island.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Design by Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works

1. Function

The first step in designing the perfect kitchen island is to decide what the main function is going to be. Some kitchen islands are designed around food preparation, storage, entertaining guests, doing homework and even charging stations for devices. Islands are often designed to be used for a variety of reasons. The functionality of your kitchen island should be designed to fit your family’s daily kitchen activities. In addition to designing around what your family needs today, you also want to plan for the possibilities and create a kitchen island that can evolve as your family evolves.

Kitchen Island Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath includes Wood Countertop
Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

2. Size

After choosing the main function of your island, you can then figure out the size of the island. The size of your island should be proportional to the size and design of your kitchen. Professionals on Houzz recommend an island to have a width of 2 to 3 feet. For length, professionals feel that 4 to 7 feet is best, depending on how much storage and how many appliances you plan to incorporate.

If your kitchen already has a lot of cabinetry space, island storage may not be a priority. Designer Steve Justrich explains, “Typically, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back will accommodate most under-island functions,” in this article by Houzz.

If the island will be used as a main food preparation area, a sink and other appliances may have to come first in priority. Should you choose entertaining as the main function of your island, then seating arrangements should be the main priority of your island.

An important factor to keep in mind is the aisle space between the kitchen island and any perimeter cabinets or appliances. According to decoist.com, experts suggest that an ideal aisle space would be 42 inches between the counters. If you have a smaller kitchen, they suggest a minimum of 36 inches.

3. Style

The next step in designing your island is choosing the style. Style includes the cabinetry finish, countertop material, lighting and seating arrangements. Typically the style of the island follows suit with the style of the rest of the kitchen.

When it comes to cabinetry finish, some choose a paint or stain color that stands out against surrounding kitchen cabinets. Others choose a matching finish to bring the design together.

Kitchen Island Design by Pine Street Carpenters features a Tigerwood Countertop
Design by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

It’s important to choose the right countertop that best suits the island’s activity. For food preparation, a butcher block countertop is most recommended. Waterfall counters have a sleek look that works for both modern and traditional kitchens. For seating areas, a wood bar top is a warm place to cozy up to.

Kitchen Island Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited features a Waterfall Countertop
Design by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited

Lighting above your island is a way to express your personality, while adding to the overall functionality of the space. Some designers choose recessed lighting, others choose pendant lighting. Some also choose to use a combination of both. Designers often use three pendant lights above an island, depending on the light design.

Kitchen Island Design by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design features a Wood Countertop
Design by Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design

Seating is another way to add to the style of the overall kitchen and island. Some designers choose backless bar stools, while others choose a chair style stool.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more perfect kitchen island designs.

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Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

According to Houzz, subway tile backsplash is one of the best options to pair with wood countertops – and we couldn’t agree more.

Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Designs featuring Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops

Much like custom wood countertops, the classic look of subway tile is extremely versatile, permitting it to be easily paired with just about any kitchen style.

Farmhouse is one of the most common kitchen styles featuring subway tile and wood counters. Farmhouse style is often mixed with other kitchen styles, such as industrial and modern.

White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops
White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops

Griffey Remodeling designed this small farmhouse industrial style kitchen to include a white subway tile backsplash and maple wood countertops.

White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop
White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works mixed modern and industrial farmhouse style in this white kitchen. A large Reclaimed Oak counter was designed for the kitchen island. The subway tile backsplash is continued all the way to the ceiling, making the room feel larger.

White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top

Designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, this transitional/modern kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features walls of white subway tile and a Reclaimed Chestnut kitchen bar top.

Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Countertop
Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Countertop

White subway tile is a popular choice, but colored subway tile is often used as well. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs chose a light gray subway tile for this transitional kitchen. The kitchen island includes a large Walnut countertop.

Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block Countertop
Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens went with a soft, dark blue subway tile backsplash that continues along the wall under the cabinets. Conveniently located across from the range is a Wenge butcher block.

Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter for a Wet Bar
Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter

A distressed Sapele Mahogany counter was paired with a tan subway tile for this traditional style wet bar designed by Wood-Mode Inc.

Due to their design versatility, subway tile backsplash and wood countertops make the perfect pair. To see more designs featuring this pair, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Decorative Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are naturally beautiful in their simplest form, but when designed with a more decorative eye they are any room’s best feature. Decorative wood countertops take many forms at Grothouse.

Decorative Wood Countertops
Decorative Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Designs with Decorative Wood Countertops

Because our wood countertops are custom crafted to your design specifications, they can be designed for the most elegant of spaces, or designed for the most tranquil of spaces.

We recently introduced our Anvil™ line of metal finishes. Matthew Quinn  designed a custom Walnut wood table embellished with our Magnum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016. You can embellish your wood countertop with any of our eight Anvil metal finishes.

Embellished and Decorative wood countertops
Embellished Wood Countertops

You can also design your wood countertop to be completely gilded in one of our Anvil metal finishes. Matthew Quinn also designed a White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop gilded in our Argentum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Metal Gilded and Decorative Wood Countertops
Anvil Metal Gilded Wood Countertops

Designers often choose to have the countertop distressed or hand planed to add character and worn-in charm. Wood-Mode Inc. designed the below Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to be super distressed. Super distressing means that the countertop is very heavily distressed with very unevenly worn corners and edges. It also has plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, and possibly termite tracks.

Distressed Decorative Wood Countertops
Distressed Wood Countertops

Any of our edge profiles can also be used to create decorative wood countertops. The most lavish profiles include: RhineRugenCharmantKroneSuper Double Roman Ogee with a Notch, and El Guapo.

Grothouse can also add a faux live edge to your countertop to mimic a real live edge countertopS & W Kitchens Inc. designed this Tigerwood countertop to include one faux live edge.

Decorative Wood Countertops with Faux Live Edge
Wood Countertop with a Faux Live Edge

Choose a real live edge countertop to make the most opulent statement. Christopher Peacock designed this English Wych Elm countertop to be the center of attention in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Live Edge Decorative Wood Countertops
Live Edge Wood Countertops

Visit the image library in our design guide to see more decorative wood countertops. Want to save an image for later? Pin it to one of your Pinterest boards or save it to an ideabook on Houzz!