Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland

A Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design for a new kitchen. Darcy stated, “Packed full of charm to match the original house, this kitchen took months of planning and was worth every minute of it.”

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland
Photography by Carrie Niland

About the Designer

Darcy Niland is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, proud Penn State graduate with a background in real estate finance.  She lives in Fayetteville, New York with her husband and three children.  Darcy discovered her passion for design while remodeling the Niland Family’s current home and lake house properties.  She spent months poring over design ideas, researching layouts, and sourcing materials which eventually led to the sketching of initial design layouts and meticulously overseeing the construction process to make sure every detail came to life.  It was the love of seeing a space with potential and watching it transform that led to the start of Darcy Niland Design.

Darcy Niland Design
Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design

Darcy Niland Design works with clients on projects of all budgets and sizes, commercial and residential, with a focus on layout and function of a space.  She brings the same passion and attention to detail to her clients’ projects as she does her own, actively collaborating while offering counsel and guidance in order to create beautifully designed spaces to fit each client’s individual style and needs.

Designer Tip

In the case of this project, the client felt very strongly about incorporating a wood countertop as a design element but often felt unsure of her decision.  I try to help the client focus on the details that are important to them at the start of the project and help them to navigate through the decision process while keeping the overall design in mind.  While going the more traditional route and carrying the quartz countertops throughout the kitchen would have simplified the process, we decided to focus on the wood countertop and make that the focal point of the design which truly elevated the space and gave the client the warmth she was looking for.

Traditional Kitchen Design with a Wood Counter for the Kitchen Island
Photography by Carrie Niland

 

Design Details

Contractor: DeBlois Renovate & Remodel

Cabinet Manufacturer: Showplace CabinetsKitchen Express

Cabinet Hardware: Assorted

Flooring: Oak

Wood Countertop: Grothouse Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Counter Distressed to Level 2 with Hand Rubbed Black Glaze and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen

Complimentary Countertops: Calacatta Arno

Faucet: Moen Weymouth

Sink: Signature Hardware

Backsplash: Atlas Canyons Cobblestone

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

Stove: GE Café

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Fisher & Paykel Integrated Panel Ready Refrigerator

Kitchen Island Counter made of Sapele Mahogany for a Traditional Kitchen
Photography by Carrie Niland

Follow @darcynilanddesign on Instagram to see more of her beautiful designs! Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counters.

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All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top designed by Margaret Dean, NKBA

A beautiful kitchen in Rancho Peñasquitos, California features an All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top designed by Margaret Dean, NKBA at Design Studio West.

All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top for a Kitchen in San Diego, California
Brady Architectural Photography

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 mdean@designstudiowest.com or by phone at 858-454-9133.

Kitchen Remodel in Rancho Peñasquitos, California features a Grothouse Walnut Waterfall Top
Brady Architectural Photography

Designer Tip

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.

Custom All Heartwood Walnut Wood Waterfall Top in a San Diego, California Kitchen Remodel
Brady Architectural Photography

Cabinet Manufacturer: Sollera Fine Cabinetry supplied by Design Studio West, San Diego, CA 92117

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs, Aspen Series, Light Bronze

Flooring: M. Austin Flooring, San Diego, CA

Grothouse Wood Countertop: All Heartwood Walnut Half Pastore Top sealed with Durata® permanent finish in satin sheen

Other Countertops: Aurea Stone Quartz, “Paragon”

Faucet: Waterstone

Sink: Rohl

Backsplash: Cle Tile, “Zellige” and “Paragon” Quartz

Wall ColorDunn Edwards “Winter Morn” DET617

Stove: Miele

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Miele and Thermador

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.

Click here to see more designs by Margaret Dean and Design Studio West. To see other designs featuring an all heartwood Walnut half Pastore top, visit the Countertop Image Library on our website.

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Kitchen Islands for Gathering

Have you ever noticed where family and guests naturally gather in your home? I bet most of us would answer with, “around the kitchen island.” Today, kitchen island is the ultimate expression of the kitchen’s move from the back of the house to the center of the home. Often times, it acts as a replacement for breakfast nooks and kitchen tables. So what elements create gathering kitchen islands?

Gathering Kitchen Island Elements

First and foremost, the most gathering-friendly kitchen island countertop material is wood. Wood is a naturally warm material, and thus is also an inviting material to cozy up to.

Gathering Kitchen Islands with Grothouse Wood Countertops
Design by Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design

“There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated designer Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design.

Huge Kitchen Island with a Butcher Block Top
Design by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens, Inc.

Another key element in creating an island for gathering, is having both standing and seating room. Incorporating both is important, so guests that would prefer to stand have plenty of room without those who want to sit getting in the way of each other.

Two Tier Kitchen Island Designed for Gathering
Design by Kitchenscapes

Did you know a kitchen island can be more than one tier? How clever is this two-tier kitchen island designed by Kitchenscapes? One area is distinctly for seating, more like the kitchen table, and behind it is more seating, with an adjacent counter for standing room, entertaining and more.

Two Tier Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops Designed for Gathering
Design by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design | Photography by Kaunis Hetki Photographer

“This is a family that loves to cook and entertain so we incorporated their large commercial range flanked by perimeter quartz countertops, and a gorgeous walnut butcher block end grain countertop section. This is matched alongside by flat grain walnut pedestal table with built-in seating and storage,” stated the designer of this two tier kitchen island, Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more gathering kitchen islands.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers

Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.

Custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Contemporary Kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry Manufacturer: Mouser Cabinetry

Cabinet Color: Blue

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Ultimate Granite / Black Pearl

Appliances: Sub-Zero and Wolf Stainless Steel

Flooring: Wood Floors

Contractor: Century Interiors, Inc.

Custom Saxon Wood Countertop and Matching Drawers
Tom Little Photography

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Walnut Island Top designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath for cooking and entertaining – that even has space for the family pet – features a Walnut Island Top.

Walnut Island Top designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry: Mouser

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Primo Marble & Granite / Allure Leathered Quartzite

Faucet: Brizo

Sink: Franke

Backsplash: Ceramiche Tile & Stone

Stove: Thermador

Refrigerator: Sub Zero

Walnut Counter for a kitchen island designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Walnut Island Top Details

The Walnut Island Top designed for this kitchen was crafted in edge grain construction. At one and a half inches thick, this top features a 1/4″ Roundover edge profile. It is sealed with the Grothouse exclusive Durata Finish in Matte sheen.

Walnut Top crafted in Edge Grain Construction with a Quarter Inch Roundover Edge Profile
Tom Little Photography
Kitchen Island with Built In Pet Bowls designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

A matching Walnut counter was crafted for this little nook in the kitchen, creating the perfect place for the toaster oven, liquor and more.

Matching counter for pantry nook area of the kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Follow Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath on social media to see more of their stunningly spacious kitchen designs! Houzz | Facebook | Instagram

Visit our website to learn more about meeting a Grothouse dealer near you and designing a Walnut Island Top for your kitchen.

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Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by TruKitchens

A Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design creates a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. Their bold Mid-Century Modern design perfectly suited this client’s home and style for this kitchen renovation.

Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed for a Mid Century Modern Kitchen
Design by TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design

Designer Tip: “We chose Peruvian Walnut and Color Quartz Oyster Shell. Changing the counter material allows the top to feel grand without feeling overly long.”

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop and Quartz Oyster Shell Countertop make the kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop combined with a Quartz Oyster Shell Countertop

Project Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Shiloh Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Hardware

Countertops: Grothouse Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop

Complimentary Countertops: Quartz Oyster Shell

Flooring: Original White Oak Flooring Refinished

Faucet: Moen Align

Sink: Kohler Cault Double Bowl Undermount

Backsplash: Porcelanosa

Wall Color: SW7022 Alpaca

Stove: Jenn Aire White Glass Cooktop

Dishwasher: Jenn Aire White Glass

Other Appliances: Jenn Air White Glass Fridge; Stainless Zephyr Hood

Other Items, Comments or Advice: “We took the adjacent eating area and incorporated it as part of the kitchen to maintain an eating area, but also allow the kitchen to feel bigger by extending the island while taking full advantage of the view.”

Project Credits

Designer: Jennifer Butler Design
Kitchen Designer: TruKitchens
Appliances: Bekins Appliance
Photographer: Bill Lindhout Photography

Click here to learn more about Peruvian Walnut wood countertops. See more designs by following @jenniferbutlerdesign and @trukitchens on Instagram!

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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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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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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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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