A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.
Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers
Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.
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.
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.
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.”
Cabinet Manufacturer:Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style
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!
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.
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.
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 crafted a custom table; featuring a handplaned Wenge base. The tops, however, were split. One side featured a handplaned Wenge top.
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.
There are Anvil™ metal finished accents on the apron and between the two surfaces. Overall table size was a massive 5’ x 12’-6”.
During the show, Monogram had the table decked out with beautiful charcuterie by Board & You.
The Grothouse team had a great time and enjoyed a get together with customers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
One of the hottest kitchen design trends in 2020 will be incorporating metal accents into designs. Grothouse makes it easy to add metal accents on any piece we craft with our Anvil™ line of metal finishes.
What is Anvil™?
Anvil™ is our proprietary line of metal finishes. In other words, we take any solid surface, wood or composite substrate, and coat it with a finish that consists of real metal particles. When the metal finish is applied to the surface, it looks as if the surface is made of real metal. Just like real metal countertops Anvil™ is a real living finish and will naturally patina over time like real metal should.
Why is Anvil™ the preferred choice over real metal countertops? Sheet metal products cannot be designed for curved profile applications and complex shapes, however, when a surface is made of wood or composite substrate, the design possibilities are limitless.
Another perk to Anvil™ finished surfaces is that they are naturally warm to the touch, since they are made of wood, and comfortable to lean on, have a cup of coffee or enjoy a martini. Metal countertops are naturally cold to the touch. In addition, wood helps to quiet a room. Real metal countertops tend to add to the noise.
Anvil™ Metal Finishes
There are 8 different colors available in the Anvil™ line, each representing different metal types: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum.
Brass and copper will be especially popular metal colors this year. For a copper look, you’ll want to go with Kratos. It even oxidizes like real copper. For a brass look, Magnum has the perfect luxe warmth.
“Grothouse Anvil™ metal finished surfaces are ideal for designers looking for a high end, unique product,” states President, Paul Grothouse. “With designs trending towards a marriage of varied materials, the Anvil line offers unique and versatile new design options.”
Riftsawn White Oak wood shelves were designed by Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria for this butler’s pantry. To make the shelves stand out, Matthew selected the Anvil Magnum metal finish for the shelf edges. (And now we want floating shelves with metal edges, too!)
How classy is this Anvil metal range hood designed by Michael English of Teakwood Builders? It stands out beautifully against the white cabinetry, creating a focal point.
Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to this curved bar designed by Distinctive Design LLC? A composite substrate coated with Anvil Ferrum metal finish. It also includes 22 faux metal rivets to give the design some edge.
Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table to feature Magnum metal edging around the table top and the table base. By adding a metal accent, this table radiates luxury.
Want to see more designs with Anvil metal accents? Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like our Facebook page! Interested in Anvil metal accents for your own home? Contact us to find a Grothouse dealer near you.
Anvil Metal Shelves are a unique way to differentiate any design. Shelves can be designed for any space, any style, any application.
Most often shelves are designed to be used as open shelves. They can also be designed to add some sparkle inside of cabinets with glass doors.
Anvil™ is a luxurious and versatile metal finish exclusively offered on Grothouse solid wood surfaces. The finish is applied to solid wood or a composite substrate. Anvil™ line finishes allow the natural grain and imperfections of wood to show through. Just like real metal countertops, Anvil™ surfaces develop a rich aged patina over time, and slight imperfections and variations in color are inherent in the finish process.
Some shelf designs feature Anvil metal on the entire shelf, while other designs highlight portions of the shelves with a metal finish. There are eight different metal coating colors available, including Magnum which is brass/gold in color, Kratos which is copper in color, Medallion and Exodus which are more bronze in color, and Axel, Ferrum, Palladium and Argentum which are more silver in color.
Anvil Metal Shelves | Design Inspiration
Matthew Quinn designed Anvil™ Argentum metal finished shelves for the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016.
House Beautiful teamed up with forward-thinking designers from across the country to build a house from the ground up and craft its rooms with a family’s total joy in mind. The result of this 6,201-square-foot haven is more than a home – it’s an experience.
An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse Flat GrainWhite Oak Riftsawn countertop. The wood countertop features an arc and a custom stain. In addition, it has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen).
Butler’s Pantry | Whole Home Concept House
To make sure this smaller space didn’t feel too tight, Quinn used open shelving on one wall, flanking the window and sink—and on the other side, upper cabinets have mesh screen inserts.
A Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design creates a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. Their bold Mid-Century Modern design perfectly suited this client’s home and style for this kitchen renovation.
Designer Tip: “We chose Peruvian Walnut and Color Quartz Oyster Shell. Changing the counter material allows the top to feel grand without feeling overly long.”
Other Appliances: Jenn Air White Glass Fridge; Stainless Zephyr Hood
Other Items, Comments or Advice: “We took the adjacent eating area and incorporated it as part of the kitchen to maintain an eating area, but also allow the kitchen to feel bigger by extending the island while taking full advantage of the view.”
About Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath: Where design, craftsmanship, functionality and service come together. At Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath they design and build kitchens, bathrooms, closets, laundry rooms, mudrooms, outdoor kitchens and unique spaces. They specialize in creating quality environments which reflect your taste and lifestyle. Their team of master designers and craftsmen provide innovative designs and create positive experiences.
To see more designs by Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Houzz. Visit their relaxing showroom overlooking the East Aspetuck River, to get fresh ideas and discuss your goals and needs.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog highlights the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio designed a Walnut Island Countertop to visually warm up this beautiful white kitchen.
About the Designer: Growing up in the family remodeling business, kitchen and bath design was a natural fit for Claire. She enjoys working on projects inspired by her client’s individual tastes, blending their style with functional design. She especially appreciates a clean, classic design that stands the test of time. This client decided to stay in their home and remodel rather than sell. Built in the 1990s, the kitchen definitely needed an update. The client wanted to maintain the traditional style of the home but was open to suggestions for layout. The main goal was to move the cooktop off of the island and extend cabinetry to the ceiling.
A Tip from the Designer: “Incorporating a wood accent in an otherwise completely white kitchen is a great way to visually warm up the space! It also feels warm on your arms when sitting at a countertop in comparison to stone!”
A Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Roberta Wilson of Design Matters is the highlight of our Custom Wood Countertops blog this week; featuring the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad.
About the Designer: Roberta Wilson is Passionate about design! She loves all things design and particularly enjoys working on projects of varying styles. Having spent her childhood in rural Montana, she has an intense appreciation for the outdoors and loves to incorporate items with inherent natural beauty and interest into her designs feeling that they provide a sense of peace and comfort to interior spaces that can oftentimes be lacking.
Designer Tip: Changing materials and/or adding a rug or paint color can help to visually define a space and provide indication and direction as to the functionality of an area.
Other Advice: “Don’t be afraid of a little color!”
To see more spaces designed by Roberta and the team at Design Matters, follow them on Instagram @designmatters.design. Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more designs featuring Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Tops.