A beautiful kitchen in Rancho Peñasquitos, California features an All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top designed by Margaret Dean, NKBA at Design Studio West.
About the Designer
Margaret has been designing and building kitchens, baths and more for over 25 years. She has won many awards for her work and accolades from her clients. Her clients are very appreciative of her creativity, expertise and thoughtfulness and come back to her time and time again. Contact Margaret by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 858-454-9133.
Cooks are happier when all used items are within reach and counters are free of clutter. The shallow backsplash shelf in this design allows for efficient prep in a small kitchen. The clients are tall and can easily access the upper cabinets.
Other Items, Comments or Advice: When using a cool pallet, wood adds warmth and comfort to a space. In a kitchen or well used area, it is imperative the wood can withstand basic affronts such as spills and splatter. I advise other designers to check out Grothouse woods with the “Durata” finish. My clients are amazed at the resilience and cleanability of the products. I’m always confident that Grothouse will supply a superior product and that my clients will be exceedingly satisfied.
A Walnut Wood Home Bar Top was designed by Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham for an English Manor in Birmingham, Michigan.
About the Designer: At a young age Lauren developed a passion for all things design, and went on to pursue a career in both architecture and interior design. By establishing Maison Birmingham, Lauren is able to fully engage both of these interests as she utilizes her technical expertise as an architect to take her innovative designs to the next level, making each space truly unique.
Designer Tip: “By embracing the original architectural character of this English Manor we were able to create a new functional kitchen that feels like it has always been there.” – Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham
A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.
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.
Designer Tip(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”
“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”
Cabinet Manufacturer:Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style
Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!
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.
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.
A 125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop was designed by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens for the large kitchen island in this gorgeous traditional white kitchen.
Redefined classic white kitchen cabinets create a timeless look in this kitchen. A white backsplash and perimeter countertops are seamless with the white cabinets. Crystal chandeliers and a white apron sink add farmhouse flair to the design.
The wood floors are complemented by the warmth of the large Walnut butcher block countertop, and contrast perfectly against the white cabinets, backsplash and countertops.
About the 125″ Walnut Butcher Block Countertop
The large kitchen island is complete with this 125″ walnut butcher block countertop. At 2 1/2″ thick and 55″ in depth this end grain butcher block is ready for some serious food preparation. In addition, it provides the perfect place for everyone to gather, while still leaving the chef, or chefs, plenty of room to still prepare.
Walnut is one of the most popular wood species selected for kitchen countertops. Walnut is a prized cabinetmaking wood, noted for its beautiful, slightly open and straight grain. It can also show a wave or curly figure. Walnut is hard and tough, which gives it moderate crushing and bending strength, as well as medium stiffness. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this Walnut butcher block can be sanded and oiled to look like new after many uses.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes two Walnut butcher blocks and a Walnut table designed by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design.
About the Designer: Bianca launched Splendid Home Design on the foundation of creating living spaces where intimate stories are written and told. This is made possible by synthesizing her knowledge of the construction industry, artistic background, and love for people. Her portfolio of projects can be found throughout the Treasure Coast, from Palm Beach Island to Port Saint Lucie. Breathing life into homes has become a passion that Bianca treasures and cultivates. She loves traveling and discovering the lesser-known parts of her favorite places, going out of her way to draw inspiration from the places she visits and bringing unique styles and stories from around the world to her projects.
Designer Tip: We wanted to incorporate a huge walnut butcher block for our client who is an avid cook that would bring a warm and organic touch to her kitchen.
Cozinha Feliz, which is Portuguese for “Happy Kitchen” features a Grothouse Walnutbutcher block designed for one section of the island. The other part of the island features banquette seating at a custom Walnut Pedestal Table, also crafted by Grothouse. In the kitchen pantry resides a matching Walnut butcher block.
Other Items, Comments or Advice:When it comes to designing your space it needs to be a space that serves YOU, your needs and your style. Keep in mind the feeling you want to convey when you enter that space and follow your gut.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes custom wood Walnut Kitchen Island Ends designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders.
About the Designer: Eva Andersen’s passion for cooking and entertaining led her into designing kitchens. She has been in the kitchen and bath design business since 2002, working first in Boston and later in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is now the designer for Teakwood Builders, leading their kitchen and bath designs, as well as space planning, finish selections and furniture.
A Tip from Eva: In order to keep the guests entertained but away from the work zone, an impressive thirteen foot kitchen island was also added, seating up to seven people and housing the farm sink, creating a spacious entertaining area for the clients.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Signature Custom Cabinetry
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Chareau in Brushed Satin Nickel
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.
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.