Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island

Don Hodkoski of Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath designed this Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island, making this space the perfect fit for a chef.

Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island in a chef's kitchen design
Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island

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.

Design Details

The Perfect Chef Kitchen with Walnut Countertop
The Perfect Chef Kitchen

Cabinet Manufacturer: Homestead

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Island Countertop: Grothouse Walnut 3 inches thick Edge Grain Countertop

Complimentary Countertops: Betlan & Custom Stainless Countertops

Faucet: Waterstone

Sink: Stainless Steel from C-Tech

Backsplash: 2×6 Subway tile

Range: Wolf

Dishwasher: KitchenAid

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Fridge and 2 Wolf Ovens

Walnut Countertop for a kitchen island provides the perfect place to prepare food
Walnut Countertop for Food Preparation

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.

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Walnut Island Countertop designed by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio

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.

Walnut Island Countertop designed by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio
Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio

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!”

Walnut Island Countertop for a White Kitchen design by Claire Teunissen of Mingle Design Studio
Scott Amundson Photography

Design Details

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Island Countertop; Cambria Delgatie – Honed Finish Perimeter Countertops

Cabinet Manufacturer: Talora by Decor – Chantilly Lace Paint

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs – Brixton Honey Bronze Finish

Flooring: Existing

Faucet: Delta Cassidy – Champagne Bronze 9197-CZ-DST

Sink: Rohl Shaws Two Bowl Fireclay RC3918WH

Backsplash: Antique White Arabesque w/ TEC Antique White grout

Stove: Thermador 36” Duel Fuel Range – PRD364GDH

Dishwasher: Thermador Panel Ready DWHD650WPR

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero 36” Built-In Over and Under BI-36U/O-RH

White Kitchen with Honey Bronze Fixtures and a Walnut Island Countertop
Scott Amundson Photography

To see more designs by Claire Teunissen at Mingle Kitchen and Bath Design Studio and Showroom, follow @mingle_mn on Instagram!

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Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top designed by Roberta Wilson of Design Matters

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.

Designer of Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top for Modern Kitchen in Los Gatos, California
Roberta Wilson of Design Matters

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.

Design Details

Zebrawood Kitchen Bar Top in a sleek modern kitchen design by Design Matters in Los Gatos, California
Photography by Kalen Glenn Photography

Cabinet Manufacturer: Leicht

Cabinet Hardware: Touch Latch

Flooring: Porcelanosa Rodano Acero

Countertops: Grothouse Zebrawood Bar Top

Complimentary Countertops: Cambria Blackpool Matte

Faucet: Brizo Litze Two-tone pull down

Sink: Blanco Silgranite – Anthracite

Backsplash: Cambria Blackpool Matte

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029

Other Appliances: GE Appliances

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.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop designed by Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog highlights the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company designed a Saxon Wood Island Countertop for this multi-functional kitchen.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop Designer Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company
Joyce Zuelke, CKD, of Geneva Cabinet Company

About the Designer: “I am a certified kitchen designer with 20 Plus years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry. I designed the kitchen and other areas of this home for Lowell Custom Homes in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The homeowner’s fell in love with the display island wood top by Grothouse we have in our showroom, so we duplicated it on their new island,” explained Joyce.

A Tip from the Designer: “The island is awesome with an extra prep sink and the wood tops are a great choice with the Durata® finish!”

Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Multi-Functional Kitchen in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop Details

Saxon Wood™ is an exclusive species only available at Grothouse. It is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Paul Grothouse, owner of Grothouse.

Saxon Wood™ has a stunning visual appeal and unique appearance. The wavy, irregular grain of the wood has has base color tones ranging from yellow to tan to brown. It is accented with grey and black striations resembling Spalted Maple.

Saxon Wood Countertop for large kitchen island in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

Other Design Details

Complimentary Countertops: Wilsonart Quartz Osteria Q3002

Cabinet Manufacturer: Plato Woodwork

Cabinet Hardware: Emtek Tuscany Bronze Knobs and Pulls

Flooring: Rustic White Oak with an Oiled Finish

Sink: Blanco Ikon Silgranite Apron Front Biscuit

Backsplash: Tile by Bella Tile and Stone

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Stove: Thermador Range Top

Dishwasher: Thermador

Saxon Wood Countertop with an undermount sink for a large kitchen island
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography
Saxon Wood Countertop designed for a large kitchen island in Wisconsin
S. Photography/Shanna Wolf Photography

To see more designs by Joyce, follow her on Instagram, @JoyceZuelke! Learn more about Saxon Wood countertops by visiting our website.

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Walnut Waterfall Counter designed by Showcase Kitchens

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Showcase Kitchens designed this sleek kitchen featuring a Walnut Waterfall Counter.

About the Company: For 85 years, family owned Showcase Kitchens has created thousands of upscale kitchens and other fine interior cabinetry. Their service driven company specializes in custom cabinetry for the kitchen, bathroom, library, home office mud room, wine cellar and closets – to a discriminating clientele. From Old World classics to out-of-this-world contemporary, their designers are adept in working in any style. With two locations on Long Island Manhasset, serving famed Gold Coast communities and a second location in Massapequa, their projects span the entire NY tri-state area.

Modern Kitchen with Walnut Waterfall Counter designed by Showcase Kitchens
Photography by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Walnut Waterfall Counter Details

Grothouse worked with Showcase Kitchens to craft the perfect counter for the kitchen island. At three inches thick, this edge grain Walnut counter was crafted as a waterfall counter. The category “waterfall” is based on the shape of the counter, where two wooden legs meet with the wood top.

Walnut Waterfall Counter in Modern Kitchen designed by Showcase Kitchens
Photography by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Other Design Details

Complimentary Countertops: Pental Quartz

Cabinet Manufacturer: Cesar

Flooring: Porcelain Tile

Stove: Wolf Induction Cooktop, Steam Oven, Wall Oven and Warming Drawer

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Sub Zero Wine Cooler, Refrigerator and Freezer Columns

Walnut Wood Waterfall Counter in Modern Kitchen designed by Showcase Kitchens
Photography by Tim Cree/Creepwalk Media

Follow Showcase Kitchens on Instagram, @showcasekitchens, and like their page on Facebook to see more of their stunning designs!

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Reclaimed Chestnut Island Counter designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath designed this beautiful rustic kitchen with a modern flair, featuring a reclaimed chestnut island counter.

Reclaimed Chestnut Island Counter designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Photography by Tom Little Photography

Reclaimed Chestnut Island Counter Details

Grothouse worked with the team at Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath to craft the perfect flat grain Reclaimed Chestnut counter for the kitchen island. The counter is 1-1/2 inches thick and measures 38-1/2 inches by 70-1/4 inches.  A 1/4 inch Roundover edge profile creates rounded square top edges. Often selected for reclaimed wood counter tops, this counter was finished with Grothouse exclusive Durata® permanent finish in matte sheen.

Reclaimed Chestnut Island Counter Adds Rustic Charm to Modern Kitchen
Photography by Tom Little Photography

Other Design Details

Cabinetry: Medallion Cabinetry

Complimentary Countertops: Aurea Stone

Quartz Fabricator: Primo Marble and Granite

Plumbing: Kohler

Slate Flooring: Ceramiche Tile & Stone

Backsplash: CR Studio 4

Rustic Kitchen with Modern Flair designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Photography by Tom Little Photography

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Visit our full website at www.glumber.com to learn more about meeting a Grothouse dealer near you and designing a reclaimed chestnut counter for your kitchen.

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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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Percent of Kitchen Remodeling Budgets Spent on Countertops

The percent of kitchen remodeling budgets spent on countertops is increasing, with less expensive materials trending downward as homeowners look to designers to help them select countertops that will be both durable and beautiful. Kitchen & Bath Design News conducted a survey that polled more than 220 kitchen and bath dealers and designers about how countertops fit into their clients’ overall project budgets.

According to the survey results, the value of countertops can be seen in consumers’ increasing willingness to invest in these materials. To that end, more than half of those polled invest 10-20% of their clients’ kitchen budget (55.9%) in countertops, with another 29.1% saying that countertops account for 20-40% of the project budget. Additionally, 7.3% note that their clients spend as much as 41-60% of their overall budget on the countertops (see Graph 5 below from KBDN).

Percent of Kitchen Remodeling Budgets Spent on Countertops
Image via Kitchen & Bath Design News

Homeowners’ willingness to invest in countertops might be related to their view that countertops add both beauty and function to the kitchen. When asked whether their clients were more interested in aesthetics or durability/function/ease of maintenance, more than three quarters of those polled (77.7%) said their clients valued both equally.

This survey also polled which countertop materials are currently trending. The results released that wood countertops have the second largest percentage of growing interest, at 31.7%. The countertop material with largest percentage of growing interest is quartz/quartzite, and with the current mixed surface materials trend, this makes total sense. Designers often pair wood countertops with quartz countertops to create the perfect combination.

Walnut Wood Counter Mixed with Quartzite Counter for a Large Kitchen Island in Michigan
Design by Todd Wiley, Tru Kitchens

Senior designer Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens in Michigan designed this beautiful transitional kitchen pictured above to feature a large kitchen island. A custom Grothouse walnut wood counter was crafted for the seating area. The counter was constructed so that the grain of the wood runs in 126 3/8″ direction. The wood counter was rabbeted to overlap a quartzite countertop, designed for the remainder of the kitchen island.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website, www.glumber.com, to see more designs with wood countertops and quartzite counters. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like Grothouse, Inc. on Facebook for more kitchen design trends and news, like the percent of kitchen remodeling budgets spent on countertops.

Source: Kitchen & Bath Design News

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Beige Kitchen Designs with Dark Wood Counters

Currently trending and growing in popularity are beige kitchen designs with dark wood counters. Beige is a light, soothing neutral that is deeper than the traditional white kitchen. Beige also lets built-in accents, like the counters, really shine. Designers love the contrast of a dark wood against beige tones. The overall appeal creates a comfortable space with earthy tones.

Beige Kitchens with Dark Wood Counters

Beige Kitchen Designs with Dark Wood Counters
Stained White Oak Counter

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this transitional kitchen design is jaw-dropping. The beige cabinets are Poplar and White Oak Rift. Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, of TruKitchens designed a White Oak counter for a seating area around the kitchen island. Naturally White Oak is lighter in color, so Todd selected a dark stain application. The dark stained White Oak counter contrasts beautifully with the beige cabinets, while complementing the range hood and wood ceiling beams.

Dark Peruvian Walnut Counter with Beige Kitchen Cabinetry in Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Peruvian Walnut Counter

J Paul Lobkovich designed this kitchen to be on display at the Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. He chose Peruvian Walnut for the kitchen counter. Since the wood is naturally like dark chocolate in color, there was no need for a stain application. The warm tones of the Peruvian Walnut counter bring out the grain and figures in the beige cabinets.

Dark Wood Counter in Peruvian Walnut for Beige Kitchen Island
Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Counter

Past Basket designed this transitional, beige kitchen in Geneva, Illinois to feature a large Peruvian Walnut counter for the island. Perfectly complementing the bar stools and wood flooring throughout the space, the counter creates the perfect place to entertain, food prep, or just sit and enjoy a meal together.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more beige kitchen designs with dark wood counters!

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Congratulations Matthew Quinn!

We would like to take the honor of congratulating the prestigious Matthew Quinn for winning Kitchen & Bath Business Person of the Year! The editors at Kitchen & Bath Business chose the Person of the Year and the six Praiseworthy Picks based on how they are leading the way and making a difference in our industry.

KBB Person of the Year Matthew Quinn Kitchen Designer
Photography via KBB

Wood Countertops by Matthew Quinn

Grothouse had the honor to work with Matthew Quinn on many occasions, including the prestigious House Beautiful Magazine Kitchen of the Year 2016. His designs are more than inspiration, they are truly unique innovations.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Matthew Quinn
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Table

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year designed by Quinn featured a Walnut wood table with an Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edging along the table and pedestal base.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Grothouse Anvil Metal Finished Wood Countertop designed by Matthew Quinn
House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Countertop and Shelves

Also a part of Kitchen of the Year was this White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop featuring an Anvil™ Argentum Metal Textured Finish applied to show the wood grain. Matching floating shelves were crafted in the same finish.

Click here to learn more about this achievement and Matthew Quinn!

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