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 Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block designed by Debbie Nassetta, CKD, CBD, CID of Roomscapes, Inc.
About the Designer: Principal Designer and owner of Roomscapes, Inc., designing kitchens and baths, laundry rooms, bars, wine rooms, etc.
About the Designer: Don’t be afraid to mix materials.
Faux live edge countertops are artisan crafted with meticulous care to look very similar to a true live edge slab. The faux live edge detailing replicates wood’s natural contours. Given its handmade and hand-finished nature, each countertop is unique and no two are exactly alike.
Designs with Faux Live Edge Countertops
A Tigerwood countertop was designed by Brooke Eversoll CKBD for S & W Kitchens Inc. featuring a faux live edge along the front. The faux live edge draws attention and visual interest, creating a gathering spot for family and friends.
Scott Haig, CKD and Co-Designer Randy Godeau of Bay Area Kitchens designed this kitchen to feature two Walnut countertops with faux live edges. One countertop was designed for the end of the kitchen island.
The faux live edge runs along an arc, serving as an astonishing finishing point to this long kitchen island end. It also serves as a place to display décor, food and beverages for entertaining and more.
The second countertop is at the other end of the kitchen island, which was designed for a raised bar seating area. The faux live edge was designed for the edge facing the guests seated at the bar. Both ends of this island are complete with faux live edge countertops, creating an extraordinary balance in this uniquely shaped kitchen.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes an Oil Finished Walnut Countertopdesigned 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.
A Tip from Todd: “The client was looking to maximize counter space to accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen as they like to entertain often. The homeowner had a completely different kitchen design in mind when they first came to us that didn’t take advantage of the space that was occupied by a window seat. By bumping up the window seat to convert it into a bay window, we added a second sink and more prep space. Also to avoid seams in the stone but also allow for a large island, an inverted an L-shaped slab of natural quartzite was paired with a custom L-shaped walnut with oil finish wood countertop.”
Matthew Quinn is one of the leading experts in kitchen and bath design. He has worked around the world to provide original, memorable spaces. In his designs, function is amply addressed, as well as aesthetics and comfort.
His work is seen in applications and publications worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous national design awards and he serves on multiple design boards for high-end kitchen product manufacturers.
Matthew observes the environments, lifestyles, and desires of his clients to inform his custom design solutions. His innovative and creative concepts highlight his keen awareness of the synergy between design and lived experience.
This is not the first time Grothouse has been privileged with the opportunity to work with Matthew. Matthew designed the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen. Grothouse crafted a custom Walnut Wood Pastore™ Table for the kitchen, pictured below.
The kitchen was featured in House Beautiful magazine’s November 2014 issue as Kitchen of the Month.
Stay tuned to see Matthew Quinn’s design for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 #HBKOTY!
Dark Wood Countertops have been the center of kitchens for years. Why? Because they are very easy to design, and fit into almost any kitchen style. This blog will discuss the various dark wood species we have available for wood countertops and the various kitchen styles dark wood countertops are typically found in.
Dark Wood Countertops | Wood Species
Grothouse has three distinct dark wood species available: Wenge, Peruvian Walnut, and American Black Walnut.
Wenge is a heavy wood that has an attractive appearance due to its strong grain and subtle color variation. The heartwood is a darker brown with black veins and white lines. Wenge Wood Countertops are very rich in color and are naturally the darkest wood countertops available.
Peruvian Walnut is lighter than Wenge, but it has a very rich, deep chocolate brown color. The dark brown hues are accentuated by the straight grains throughout the wood.
American Black Walnut is the lightest wood specie of the three. As Walnut gets older, it mellows to a chocolaty-brown. American Black Walnut is one of the most popular woods in the industry.
Dark Wood Countertops | Kitchen Styles
Dark Wood Countertops can be found in a kitchen with any style. One of the best qualities of Grothouse Wood Countertops is that they can be designed for any desired look.
The Wenge Wood Countertop shown in the image below was designed by The Shadowlight Group for this traditional kitchen. The decorative edge profile on the Wenge Countertop enhances the traditional look of the island.
Below is an image of a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop in a Transitional Kitchen designed by Venegas + Company LLC. The countertop was crafted to be a Parsons Table. The clean, sleek look of the table compliments the kitchen island and perimeter counter spaces.
An American Black Walnut Wood Countertop completes the Modern Kitchen shown below. This kitchen was designed by John Troxell, Director of Design of Wood-Mode. A strong attention to detail was put into the design of the wood countertop to create a very modern, luxurious impression.
A Wenge Wood Countertop was chosen for the Contemporary display designed by Venegas + Company LLC in the image below. The Wenge Countertop fits the display perfectly.
Dark Wood Countertops by Grothouse can be found in almost any kitchen style. To see more Dark Wood Countertops, visit the Countertop Image Library.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Custom Walnut Countertop designed by Deborah Dyste of Souris River Designs.
About the Designer: Deborah Dyste is the recipient of five ASID Design Excellence Awards for kitchen and bath design and historic preservation/adaptive use. Aside from the weather, returning to her home town of Minot, North Dakota, after twenty-five-years as the owner of her residential-design firm in Atlanta, was not as much of an adjustment as she thought it would be. “Interior design provides opportunities to have dynamic relationships with clients while suggesting solutions for their three-dimensional puzzles. Every client is unique and every puzzle presents different challenges. This project is a perfect example. How many clients require bar seating for eight?”
Clients say it best! “We recently had Deborah Dyste and Souris River Designs do some significant kitchen and bathroom remodeling for us. With Deborah’s design expertise and ability to view “the possible” we were able to turn an outdated cramped kitchen into a space that is easy and fun to cook in, and works great for entertaining our friends and family. She also was able to find a way to translate a master bath in need of serious work into an extremely convenient laundry/walk in closet and bathroom suite. Throughout the design process Deborah was very attentive to our tastes and what we wanted, and was always able to offer a range of good options for us to choose from. During the construction phase we really appreciated having Deborah as our “go to” person for coordinating schedules with builders, plumbers, and electricians. She was always very accommodating and easy to work with, and truly seems to love what she does.” (Tom and Barb Groutt, Minot, ND)
A Tip from Deborah: Lighting can elevate a good design to a brilliant design! The possibilities with LED are limitless. ‘Don’t scrimp on the electrical for two reasons: safety and it’s more expensive to add it later.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Dura Supreme – Lynden Panel – Cherry with Peppercorn Finish for the ‘L’ and desk plus Moda Vertical, Cherry, Cashew Finish for the island
Cabinet Hardware: HDL – Key Largo – Oil-Rubbed-Bronze
Painting above desk – by Walt Piehl, entitled Weatherly Square Skirt with Coloring Book: Cowboy Stuff.
Flooring: Columbia Flooring – Walnut
Countertops: Island – Grothouse – Custom Walnut Countertop
Kitchen ‘L’ – Caesarstone – Mocha
Faucet: Delta – Trinsic – Champagne Bronze
Sink: Elkay – E-granite – Brown
Backsplash: DAL Tile – Urban Metals
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore – Bennington Gray, HC82
Stove: Kitchen Aid
Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid
Other Appliances: All Kitchen Aid except for the Sharp microwave drawer.
Electrical: Task Lighting
Additional Comments and Advice: Provide your interior designer with visuals of spaces in which you think you could live comfortably. Be prepared to answer many questions. Then, utilize your designer’s skills and experience as an editor to tailor what you like to your space and budget.
Walnut butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchen islands. Grothouse offers two species of Walnut, Peruvian Walnut and American Black Walnut. Peruvian walnut countertops tend to be slightly darker than American Walnut and are a cost effective alternative to the dark, almost black tones of exotic Wenge. American Walnut with sapwood has chocolate brown tones and lighter Maple colored striations.
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Each custom-built top can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Our Commitment to Customers:
At Grothouse Lumber, customer service is more than just a catch phrase; it’s at the very core of our business philosophy. We’re not only committed to producing the highest quality wood tops in the industry, we’re obsessed with ensuring that each and every customer receives the personal attention they deserve.
From our same-day quote response to our fast 2-3 week lead-time, every part of our business is focused on making sure you experience the best possible service and receive the best possible product.