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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Custom Wenge Countertops designed by North Star Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes Custom Wenge Countertops designed by Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens.

Custom Wenge Countertops designed by Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens for a kitchen in Minneapolis, MN
Peter Harms of North Star Kitchens

About the Designer: Peter Harms has been designing kitchens and custom cabinetry for North Star Kitchens in Minneapolis MN for nearly 20 years. Peter loves to design kitchens in all flavors, but his favorite is soft contemporary. Peter strives to design beautiful kitchens that are both practical and functional. The use of integrated appliances helps to meld the kitchen into today’s open floor plans nicely.

Designer Tip: In this kitchen we utilized thick Wenge countertops to soften the kitchen aesthetic and provide a warm soft touch to the eating area of the kitchen island.

Custom Wenge Countertops

Custom Wenge Countertop for a Seating Area at a Large Kitchen Island in Minneapolis, MN
Custom Wenge Countertop for Seating Area
Wenge Wood Countertop for a Seating Area at a Large Kitchen Island in Minneapolis, MN
Wenge Countertop for Seating at the Kitchen Island

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Downsview Custom Kitchens – Horizontal Wenge Veneer

Cabinet Hardware: Custom Polished Stainless Steel

Flooring: European Rustic White Oak

Countertops: Grothouse Wenge, Cambria –  Newport

Sink: Custom by Mekal

Backsplash: Cambria – Newport

Hood: Polished Stainless Steel

Stove: Wolf 48″ Dual Fuel

Dishwasher: Asko – Integrated

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Refrigeration and Freezers

Seating Area and Bar with Wenge Countertops for a home in Minneapolis, MN
Seating Area and Bar with Wenge Countertops

 

Wenge Bar Countertop with Laser Engraving for a contemporary style home in Minneapolis, MN
Wenge Bar Countertop with Laser Engraving

Follow North Star Kitchens on Houzz and like their Facebook page to see more of their uniquely livable luxury designs. Check out the Grothouse Image Library to see more custom Wenge countertops.

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Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents

Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents are becoming increasingly popular in today’s luxury kitchens, baths and entertainment spaces. Metal accents take many different forms at Grothouse, like edging, rivets, and more. The design opportunities are limitless. The most common accent design is edging.

Anvil Metal Countertop Accents for Luxury Kitchens Baths Offices and Other Spaces
Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents

Accents can be finished in any of the eight Anvil™ metal coating colors available: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum. Chosen for its lustrous, brassy radiance, the most popular accent color is Magnum.

Designs with Anvil™ Metal Countertop Accents

Anvil Metal Countertop Accents for a Table Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016
Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016

Matthew Quinn designed the custom Walnut wood table pictured above to feature a Magnum metal band along the table top and along the table base. This table was designed for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Anvil Metal Countertop Accents for a Custom Wood Bar Top Design by Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens
Design by Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens

Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens designed a custom Sapele Mahogany bar top with Palladium metal finished edges. Palladium gleams like white gold and adds a special touch to the bar top, making it stand out against the dark cabinetry.

Click here to learn more about Anvil™ metal finishes exclusively available at Grothouse. Visit the countertop image library to see more designs with Anvil™ metal countertop accents.

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Blue Designs featuring Wood Countertops

Blue Designs featuring Wood Countertops to add warmth to the cool tone of blue
Blue Designs featuring Wood Countertops

Jennifer Ott wrote an article for Houzz, Will These 10 Colors Be Big in 2018? discussing the colors paint manufacturers are rolling out for 2018. Among these colors are various shades of blue, some including green and others gray. No matter the tint, blue always has a cooler tone. Because of this, designers tend to incorporate wood into blue designs to add warmth.

Blue Designs with Wood Countertops

Blue Powder Room Vanity with Peruvian Walnut Countertop
Blue Powder Room Vanity with Peruvian Walnut Countertop

Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham designed an edge grain Peruvian Walnut countertop for this blue vanity. The wood countertop makes this informal family powder room feel unique and warm with a modern twist on traditional design.

Blue Traditional Kitchen with Cherry Countertop for the kitchen island
Blue Traditional Kitchen with Cherry Countertop

Heidi Piron designed a distressed American Cherry wood countertop to match the island in this otherwise all blue kitchen. The rich warm brown and red tones of the wood add warmth against the cool, bright blue cabinets and make the kitchen island the focal point of the kitchen. The hood includes a matching wood band to tie in the island.

Blue Kitchen Island with Tigerwood Countertop for a White Kitchen
Blue Kitchen Island with Tigerwood Countertop

Pine Street Carpenters, Inc. designed an edge grain Tigerwood countertop for the large blue kitchen island in this white kitchen.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to view more blue designs featuring wood countertops. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram for even more design inspiration.

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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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2018 Countertop Trends

As the new year approaches, we look forward to upcoming 2018 countertop trends. From floating counters with hidden supports, to exclusive curated woods, countertop designs in 2018 are bound to be even more beautiful and functional than in years past.

2018 Countertop Trends: Floating Counters with Hidden Support

2018 Countertop Trends Floating Wood Countertops with Hidden Support Brackets for Kitchens
Design by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.

Floating counters with corbels and angular support brackets are a thing of the past as we move into 2018. In 2017, about 40% of Grothouse wood countertops include some form of hidden support. Paul Grothouse predicts that this trend will continue to grow in popularity as we move into 2018.

2018 Countertop Trends: Kensington™ Wood

2018 Countertop Trends Kensington Wood Countertops for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Design by New Ravenna

Kensington™ Wood is the second in a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Grothouse. The wood is noted for its darker colors with action in the grain. Its striking visual appeal and lustrous finish will make this one of the top wood choices for designers in 2018.

2018 Countertop Trends: Quiet Open Floor Plans

2018 Countertop Trends Wood Countertops Quiet Open Floor Plans for Kitchens
Design by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders

Homeowners are beginning to regret the open floor plans they have chosen. Though they love the look when they walk into the space, it tends to be loud and offers little privacy or individual spaces. This also requires expanding the floor plan in other areas to meet the needs not being met by the open floor plan.

Creative room dividers like glass cabinetry to separate spaces will be used more often in 2018. Sound absorbing materials are a way for designers to combat this issue. The best sound absorbing material is wood.

“Wood helps with quieting down a space because it eliminates sharp sounds when dishes and glasses are placed on it,” stated Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd.

Stay tuned for more 2018 countertop trends as we enter the new year by liking Grothouse on Facebook and following @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Eat-In Kitchens with Wood Countertops Custom Crafted by Grothouse

Multitasking at its best, Eat-In Kitchens with custom wood countertops provide the perfect place for friends and family to gather, as well as an additional food preparation area. Wood countertops crafted for eat-in kitchens take many forms. They often serve double duty as a kitchen island top and table top.

Eat-In Kitchens with Custom Wood Countertops provide the perfect place for friends and family to gather
Eat-In Kitchens | Design by Meghan Browne Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Eat-In Kitchens | Design Inspiration

When designing an eat-in kitchen, it is important to consider the needs of your family. It is also important that the eating area is out of the way of traffic flow. Eat-in kitchens are not limited to any configuration and allow you to maximize your space. They have been designed to take many forms such as built-in banquettes, breakfast nooks and kitchen islands.

Eat-In Kitchens with Custom Wood Tables and Anvil Metal Finished Accents
Design by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016

Matthew Quinn designed this eat-in kitchen for House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year 2016. Featuring a kitchen island with a built-in banquette, this kitchen includes a custom Walnut wood table. An Anvil Magnum metal finished banding was designed for the edge of the table top and table base.

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchens with Custom Wood Half Parsons Tables for Island Tops
Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed a Peruvian Walnut wood countertop for the island in this contemporary style kitchen. The countertop features a large overhang, creating a perfect eat-in area away from the traffic flow of the rest of the kitchen.

Eat-In Kitchens with Antique Reclaimed Wood Tables for kitchen islands provide seating for friends and family
Design by Lobkovich

A custom wood table featuring an Antique Reclaimed Chestnut was designed by Lobkovich to take center stage in this traditional kitchen. Not only does the table add charm to the space, it also provides plenty of room for seating.

Visit the Image Library on the Grothouse website for more eat-in kitchens design inspiration! Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like Grothouse on Facebook to stay up to date with exciting wood innovations.

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Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops come in many different shapes and sizes at Grothouse. With over 40 stock stains and glazes available and the ability to custom stain match, there are no design limitations. A color lab is used to custom stain any wood surface to match the sample provided. Matches are within a delta E of 0.5 or less.

Any wood surface crafted in Flat Grain or Edge Grain construction style can include a stain application. Our propriety Durata® waterproof and permanent finish is required for all stained wood countertops.

Designs with Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops

Because there are no design limitations, stained wood kitchen bar tops can be custom crafted to fit it any style space.

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops designed by Tobias Design for kitchen island in a contemporary kitchen
Stained White Oak Kitchen Bar Top designed by Tobias Design

Tobias Design chose Jericho Stock Stain (# 04915) for this edge grain White Oak wood kitchen bar top. This bar top makes for the perfect seating area for six guests at the end of the kitchen island. The countertop features a simple 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile to tie in the contemporary style of the kitchen. Finished in Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops designed by Coastal Cabinet Works for seating in a contemporary kitchen
Stained Cherry Kitchen Bar Top designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Gordon Blau of Coastal Cabinet Works designed an edge grain Cherry wood countertop stained with T-Rex Stock Stain (#04333) for a bar in this kitchen. The stain application matches the bar top with the kitchen cabinetry. Finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent finish in Satin sheen.

Stained Wood Kitchen Bar Tops designed by Tobias Design for kitchen island in a transitional kitchen
Stained Walnut Kitchen Bar Top designed by Tobias Design

Tobias Design selected The Favorite Stock Stain (# 03012) for this Walnut wood kitchen bar top. Crafted in an L-shape to fit this kitchen island, the bar top features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile. It is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

View more stained wood kitchen bar tops by visiting the Grothouse Image Library.

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Kensington Wood Countertops by Grothouse

Kensington Wood Countertops exhibit a striking visual appeal and lustrous finish. Kensington is the second wood species in a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Grothouse.

Kensington Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables exclusively available at Grothouse
Kensington Wood Counters exclusively available at Grothouse

The appearance of Kensington countertops are often described as a cross between Walnut and Zebrawood, with hardness and characteristics like Sapele Mahogany. Kensington wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tables are exclusively available at Grothouse.

Designing Kensington Wood Countertops

Kensington countertops can include any edge profile and any countertop feature. They can be crafted in any construction style. The type of construction style chosen may dictate the wood finish applied. End grain Kensington butcher blocks are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Flat grain and edge grain Kensington counters may be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™ or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.

Kensington Wood Countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
Edge Grain Kensington Wood Countertops
Kensington Wood Counters crafted in Flat Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
Flat Grain Kensington Wood Counters
Kensington Butcher Blocks crafted in End Grain Construction Style by Grothouse
End Grain Kensington Butcher Blocks

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see designs featuring Kensington Wood Countertops.

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Custom Wood Countertops for Narrow Kitchen Islands

Installing an island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and, with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit with narrow kitchen islands. Narrow kitchen islands can be just as functional and effective as average-size islands, including food preparation space and plenty of storage.

Custom Wood Countertops for Narrow Kitchen Islands
Custom Wood Countertops for Narrow Kitchen Islands | Photography by Rodney Middendorf

According to Houzz, the average size of a kitchen island is about 3 by 6½ feet (1,000 by 2,000 millimeters). An island that size would typically have a surrounding clearance zone of about 40 inches (1,000 millimeters). However, an island’s size is usually determined by the distances around it, so larger kitchens allow for bigger islands.

Wood countertops custom crafted for narrow kitchen islands are uniquely designed to fit the needs of every client. They can be crafted as the entire surface of the island, or as the kitchen island end.

American Beech Wood Countertop for Narrow Kitchen Island Designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Design by J.S. Brown & Co. | Photography by Rodney Middendorf

An American Beech wood countertop was designed by Brandon Okone and Monica Miller, MCR, UDCP, CMKBD of J.S. Brown & Co. for this narrow kitchen island located in Columbus, Ohio. The countertop, crafted in edge grain construction, was designed to be the entire islands surface. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this top can be sanded and oiled to look like new after years of use.

Peruvian Walnut Cutting Board for Narrow Kitchen Island Designed by Griffey Remodeling
Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed a 5 inch think Peruvian Walnut edge grain countertop for the end of this red kitchen island. The countertop serves as a cutting board and food preparation space away from the traffic between the sink and the cooktop, but close enough to be easily accessible.

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