Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop

The winners of Kitchen & Bath Design News Awards were just announced in the August 2019 issue. The winning designs showcased some of today’s hottest trends, from waterfall countertops, Moroccan influences and creative storage solutions to organic elements, large-format tile and more subtly integrated Universal Design elements.

About the Awards

Nearly 300 designs submitted were judged in 11 different categories, including: Best Kitchen Over $225,000, Best Kitchen $150-225,000, Best Kitchen $75-150,000, Best Kitchen Under $75,000, Best Master Bath Over $100,000, Best Master Bath $50-100,000, Best Master Bath Under $50,000, Best Powder Room, Best Showroom, Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath, and Best Specialty Project.

The entries are judged by a panel of top design professionals. Each design was evaluated on the basis of aesthetic appeal, functionality of the space, attention to detail, handling of unusual situations, originality, selection of colors and finishes and overall impression. Judges provided valuable design feedback to all entries.

Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop

Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop
Design by Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens | Photos: Rickie Agapito

A huge congratulations to Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens in Longwood, Florida for winning the Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold award! This open floor plan kitchen was a challenge due to the range of elements and working within the style of the 1980’s build.

Kitchens Over $225,000 Gold Award Winning Walnut Waterfall Countertop for Modern Florida Kitchen
Design by Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens | Photos: Rickie Agapito

The client desired a modern, warm look, and Krista achieved just that by incorporating a mix of natural, warm elements in a sleek way. Flat panel cabinetry is used throughout the design. A stone wall between the front door and the kitchen adds organic texture. A Grothouse 3-inch thick Walnut waterfall bar top provides a sophisticated seating area for four.

Kitchen & Bath Design News Gold Award Winning Waterfall Countertop in Modern Kitchen Design
Design by Krista Agapito of S&W Kitchens | Photos: Rickie Agapito

Grothouse congratulates all the winners, and we are thrilled to have been a part of a gold award winning kitchen! Learn more about the award winners by reading the August 2019 issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. Visit our website www.glumber.com to learn more about incorporating a custom wood waterfall countertop into your design.

Source: Kitchen & Bath Design News | August 2019 Issue

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Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham

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 Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda
Needham.

Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes
Designer Amanda Needham

About the Designer: Amanda’s goal is to create a livable design that shows the personality of the client and her passion is the interior architecture of the home. During her six years working for one of the nation’s top designers, she collaborated on homes as large as 40,000 square feet and had a project featured in MTV teen cribs. Amanda developed a discerning eye for color, scale and form while working at Tradition Homes and Eric Charles Designs and earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Interior Design while studying at Michigan State University.

Designer Tip: I typically wrap the wood waterfall top over standard countertop height, but we addressed the scaled the height of our clients and ergonomically it was best to design this waterfall top just below standard countertop height.

Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes
Walnut Pastore Table designed by Amanda Needham of Tradition Homes

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Omega Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Sand in place random white oak

Countertops: Cararra Marble and Grothouse Walnut Pastore Table

Faucet: Rohl

Sink: Shaw classic modern farmhouse

Backsplash: Handmade white subway tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Stove: Thermador 48″ range

Dishwasher: Bosch dishwasher

Other Appliances: Custom range hood from Raw Urth Designs

Advice: Make sure to address how the client intends to use the wood top so the best finish is selected. This client preferred to have the lowest sheen possible and this wood top will get light so we chose the Original butcher block oil finish.

Walnut Pastore Table for a Large Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table for a Large Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table with Matching Wood Columns for a Kitchen Island
Walnut Pastore Table

Check out more of Amanda’s work by following her on Instagram and Tradition Homes on Instagram. Learn more about wood Pastore tables by visiting our website.

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Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops, also known as Pastore™ counters, can be designed for use anywhere in the home. Most luxury designers choose to use them as a kitchen island, while some use them as a peninsula or bar top.

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops for luxury kitchen designs
Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops. Design by Venegas + Company in Boston, MA

Designs with Waterfall Wood Countertops

Zebrawood is one of the most popular wood species designers use for waterfall countertops. This is because the wood grain naturally exhibits strikingly beautiful and exotic lines and striations. Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited designed a Zebrawood waterfall counter for the kitchen island, offering plenty of food prep space and room for seating.

Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc. designed a Zebrawood waterfall bar top to serve as a divider between an entry way and kitchen. The bar top adds warmth and visual interest to this otherwise white space.

Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.
Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.

Another popular wood choice for waterfall countertops is Walnut. For KBIS 2017, Wellborn Cabinet designed an American Black Walnut wood waterfall countertop for their modern display. Serving as a peninsula, the countertop also camouflages extra storage cabinets.

Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet serves as a peninsula
Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed two Wenge waterfall wood tops, one for use as the bathroom vanity top and one for use as a bench seat. The mirror frame was also crafted out of Wenge wood for a uniform look in this contemporary master bath.

Wenge Waterfall Countertops for a master bath designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Wenge Waterfall Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

If you would like to see more designs featuring waterfall wood countertops, be sure to visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library on our website. For daily design inspiration, follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Half Pastore Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017

A clean, crisp modern booth design by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017 featured a Grothouse custom crafted Walnut Wood Half Pastore  Table.

Custom Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table for Wellborn Cabinet KBIS 2017 display booth
Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table for Wellborn Cabinet KBIS 2017 display

About the Design: Creativity was used to balance the design of this vignette, establishing a modernistic masterpiece. Parallel in design between the top upper cabinets and the wooden section of the peninsula, there is a continuous line across the top of the cabinetry corresponding with the stainless-steel bar running laterally along the way. This cutting-edge kitchen is stylish, yet functional in nature.

Making a peninsula, the Pastore™ Table is the focal point of this design. Each side of the peninsula features push to open cabinets to store large pots and pans. The kids’ corner, located on the rear of the piece, creates a play area low to the ground for children to enjoy.

Wellborn Cabinet design for KBIS 2017 features custom Walnut Wood Half Pastore Table
Wellborn Cabinet peninsula design for KBIS 2017 display

Design Details

Cabinetry:  Aspire Cabinetry Full Access Frameless line by Wellborn Cabinet in Midtown DLV Gloss Marine, Midtown DLB Matte Graphite and Arcadia DLV Cotton Pine

Flooring: Pergo Willow Lake Pine

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Half Pastore™ Table, Silestone Yukon Blanco countertop and Starlight granite countertop

Faucet: Kohler Malleco®

Sink: Kohler Prolific®

Stove: GE 36″ Built-in Gas Cooktop

Other Appliances: Four Seasons Metalworks Hood

Additional Comments and Advice: L&S Lighting Lugano, Sunny HE, and Bali

Walnut Wood Waterfall Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017
Walnut Wood Waterfall Table designed by Wellborn Cabinet for KBIS 2017

Click here to learn more about the Wellborn Cabinet display at KBIS 2017. To see more designs by Wellborn Cabinet, visit their website, Facebook, Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. See other designs featuring a custom wood Half Pastore Table in the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited

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 Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID of Kitchens Unlimited.

Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited
Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID of Kitchens Unlimited

About the Designer: Karen Kassen is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, member of the NKBA and an Allied member of ASID. She and her husband, Joe, purchased Kitchens Unlimited in 1998. A graduate of Auburn University, with a B.S. in Interiors and Housing, she has been practicing kitchen and bathroom design in Memphis for over 23 years.

A Tip from Karen: When designing an all white kitchen, use wood tones and warm accents to keep the room from appearing sterile and feeling cold.

Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Mouser Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Stained Oak (original to home)

Countertops: Polished Marble and Grothouse Zebrawood Pastore Table sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen. This table features plug-mold multi-outlet strips under the table overhang.

Faucet: Rohl

Sink: Kohler

Backsplash: Full Height Polished Marble

Wall Color: Custom

Stove: Viking

Dishwasher: Asko

Other Appliances: Dacor, Miele, SubZero and Wolf

Additional Comments and Advice: By integrating plug-mold multi-outlet strips under the countertop overhang, you avoid interrupting the beautiful waterfall edge of a Pastore table with an unsightly electric outlet.

Integrated Multi-outlet strips in Zebrawood Pastore Table
Integrated Multi-outlet strips in Zebrawood Pastore Table
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Karen Kassen
Zebrawood Pastore Table designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Pastore Table
Zebrawood Pastore Table

View additional designs by Kitchens Unlimited on their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more designs including a Zebrawood Pastore Table, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. Stay up to date with Grothouse news and announcements by liking our page on Facebook.

Grothouse Waterfall Countertops

Waterfall Countertops by Grothouse
Grothouse Waterfall Countertops

Waterfall Countertops manufactured by Grothouse are the latest design trend in today’s luxury homes. They can be found in homes with any style design, ranging from Modern to Traditional. At Grothouse, Waterfall Countertops are referred to as Pastore™ Style Countertops. This style includes a solid wood countertop that is mitered to solid waterfall legs, creating the appearance of a continuous surface that blends into legs.

Waterfall Countertops manufactured by Grothouse
Custom Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Luxe Home & Design

Waterfall Countertops | Use

So is it a countertop or a table? The answer is both; the design can take form of a table or a countertop.

Waterfall Tables manufactured by Grothouse
Peruvian Walnut Waterfall Table designed by Venegas + Company LLC

Pastore™ Style designs can be used in several applications. They are often placed over kitchen island cabinets or used as tables or desks. They can be fixed in a permanent place, or installed with casters to create a movable surface for additional counter space. Adding casters to a Pastore Countertop™ creates a mobile kitchen work table for food preparation or seating.

Movable Waterfall Countertops manufactured by Grothouse
Waterfall Countertop on Casters for an easily movable food preparation surface or seating area

Waterfall Countertops | Construction

Pastore™ Style Countertops can be constructed in any wood specie. They can have any edge profile, but clients often choose a Roundover for a clean, sleek appearance.

Walnut Waterfall Countertops in a Modern Kitchen
Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Griffey Remodeling

Pastore™ Waterfall Countertops can be manufactured in End Grain Construction, Edge Grain Construction, and Flat Grain Construction. Edge Grain Waterfall Countertops can have a miter joint or box joint.

Reclaimed Waterfall Countertops manufactured by Grothouse
Reclaimed Chestnut Waterfall Countertop with two mitered joints designed by KDW Home Kitchen Designworks

End Grain Pastore™ Countertops can also have a miter joint. The miter joint permits the End Grain Butcher Block appearance throughout the leg. Another option is to have a continuous stave.

Walnut Butcher Block Waterfall Countertop
Walnut Butcher Block Waterfall Countertop designed by Vesta

Waterfall Countertops | Finish

End Grain Pastore™ Countertops must be finished with Grothouse Original Oil. Grothouse Original Oil Finish is the best product for keeping butcher blocks and wood countertops properly maintained. The Original Oil™ is pure mineral oil and is used for lasting protection on wood surfaces. It is completely food safe and can be used on surfaces used for food preparation, including direct chopping. This finish requires ongoing maintenance.

Walnut Butcher Block Waterfall Countertop
Walnut Butcher Block Waterfall Countertop finished with the Original Oil, designed by Past Basket Design

When a countertop is constructed in Edge Grain or Flat Grain Style, it has the option to be finished with our Original Oil or our Durata® Permanent Finish.

Walnut Waterfall Countertops finished with Durata
Commercial Walnut Wood Waterfall Countertop finished with Durata in a Restaurant

The commercial restaurant pictured above has a modern design utilizing the warmth of wood. The Walnut Waterfall Countertop wraps down the sides to create legs to the bar top. The bar top is sealed with Durata® Finish. The finish is waterproof and flexible so no flaking will occur over time. Durata® is a commercial quality finish used in many commercial spaces for restaurant tables and bar tops. It is the best wood countertop finish on the market today and does not require ongoing maintenance.

The Countertop Image Library features more designs with Waterfall Countertops.