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.
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.”
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 Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCIDQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths.
About the Designer: Chip Tiber is a certified designer with Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths located in the Greater Cleveland area. He has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design, lighting design, construction, and interior design. His experience enables him to fully comprehend the relationship between excellent design and functional spaces. Chip’s certifications include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).
A Tip from Chip: A well-defined kitchen uses a mixture of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts of texture. Contrast is defining and distinctive, but the blending character is balance. It is this harmonious balance which says “there is something so inviting about this space.”
Additional Comments and Advice: When designing an over-sized island, consider warm materials such as this 1 3/4″ thick wood countertop fabricated by Grothouse. The distressed and glazed Walnut wood, which includes some sapwood, invites family and friends to gather for meals and conversations. The warmth of these materials encourages guests to linger and the generous expanse of the counter provides ample space for enjoyment.
Our Custom Wood CountertopsBlog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Peruvian Walnut Countertop designed by Kristin Kleban, Senior Designer, and Bruce Roth, Owner, of Sycamore Kitchens & More.
About the Designers: A collaborative effort was used to create this striking custom 1 3/4″ Peruvian Walnut edge grain countertop. It was designed by Kristin Kleban, Senior Designer, and Bruce Roth, Owner of Sycamore Kitchens & More. The client wanted the softness and wow factor of wood in her beautiful new kitchen crafted by Sycamore Kitchens & More. Kristin has been designing beautiful kitchens for over 20 years and Bruce was instrumental in actually coordinating the look and managing the fabrication.
A Tip from Bruce & Kristin: If abutting another material such as granite, make the wood top 1/4″ thicker so you can overlap the edge of the granite so no crumbs fall into a “seam” between the two materials!
Cabinet Manufacturer: Yorktowne Cabinetry provided the beautiful painted Maple cabinetry.
Cabinet Hardware: Brushed Satin Nickel
Countertops: Perimeter – Leathered Quartzite
Faucet: Brushed Satin Nickel
Sink: Brushed Satin Nickel Farm House and Prep.
Backsplash: Ceramic Tile
Wall Color: By owner
Other Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele coffee maker
Other Items, Comments, or Advice: Make sure you can fit jumbo wood counter tops into the home! This one was so large it had to be made in 2 pieces and seamed in the middle. The guys did a great job- you can’t even see the seam!
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 Countertops are one of the most popular countertops manufactured by Grothouse. Walnut is a prized cabinetmaking wood. This is because Walnut is noted for its beautiful grain, which is slightly open and straight. It can also exhibit a wavy or curly figure.
Walnut Countertops can be made in Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank), Edge Grain Construction, and End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block). Walnut Countertops can be crafted to match any style room, whether it be traditional or modern.
Walnut is a great wood for making countertops because it is hard and tough which gives it moderate crushing and bending strength, as well as medium stiffness. The janka scale for Walnut is 1010.
Pictured above is a Walnut Counter made in Flat Grain Construction. This kitchen design demonstrates how wood can be used effectively in Modern Kitchens. The Walnut Counter adds warmth to the room.
The Walnut Countertop pictured above was manufactured in Edge Grain construction. This countertop contains an undermount sink. The grain figure in the Walnut is shown beautifully throughout the countertop. The brown colors in the Walnut are complimented by white cabinetry.
Walnut Wood Facts
Walnut originates from North America. It is also known as Black walnut, American Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Gunwood, and Virginia Walnut. The heartwood of Walnut is brown and the sapwood is beige or Maple colored.
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.