Grothouse Receives “Best of Houzz 2013” Customer Satisfaction Award

View Countertops by Grothouse on HouzzAt Grothouse, customer service is more than just a catch phrase; it’s at the very core of our business philosophy. Grothouse was rewarded with the Best of Houzz 2013 Customer Satisfaction Award from Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. Grothouse is honored to receive this award and continues to keep providing outstanding Customer Satisfaction. Houzz gives everyone the ability to learn about specific details and design information. Grothouse shares details and photography of wood countertops, butcher block countertops, bar tops, and tables globally through out different projects and ideabooks. Click here to view Grothouse’s Houzz.

Pastore Waterfall Wood Countertops by Grothouse Featured on This Old House

Waterfall Wood Countertops by Grothouse were included in episode 13 of This Old House®, The Cambridge Project 2012. The countertops were an integral part of the kitchen designed by Kathy Marshall of K Marshall Design located in Wenham, MA. The Waterfall Wood Countertop graces the large kitchen island, measuring an incredible 11-1/2″ foot long and includes a beautiful Quartz inset counter that surrounds the integrated undermount sink. The countertop was constructed by Grothouse of solid Maple wood, with Dovetail Keys to enhance the mitered edges. The countertop is finished with Durata® finish, a waterproof and maintenance free permanent wood finish.

How Professionals Build Waterfall Wood Countertops Pastore™ Style

Waterfall Wood Countertops are described as having legs that extend from the countertop giving the appearance of one fluid piece. Grothouse refers to this style of countertop Pastore™. They can be tricky to manufacture as precision is of utmost importance to give the desired result. Paul Grothouse walks Norm Abram through the process on Episode 13 of This Old House®, The Cambridge Project 2012. Paul and his team of craftsmen demonstrate how the piece is assembled and finished in the Grothouse workshop.

Installing Waterfall Wood Countertops

The Waterfall Wood Countertop crafted for the large kitchen island weighs a staggering 600 pounds and getting into the narrow home takes careful consideration and an army of men to carry. Tom Silva decides the best path is to carry the countertop through a window. Tom also explains how to scribe the legs of the waterfall countertop to accommodate an uneven floor. The scribing assures the waterfall wood countertop has a level surface. The Waterfall Wood Countertop and the Quartz countertop are secured in place to form the centerpiece of the kitchen space.

Pastore Waterfall Wood Countertops by Grothouse on This Old House®Click here to view Episode 13 Pastore™ Waterfall Wood Countertops by Grothouse on This Old House

Grothouse Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks on This Old House

This episode marks the fourth appearance for the Lehigh Valley based wood surfaces manufacturer. Grothouse produced a custom teak butcher block countertop for the Newton Shingle Style 2007 project, a Mahogany Butcher Block Countertop for the 2010 Newton Centre Project and a stunning Mahogany Plank Style Wood Counter for the Auburndale 2011 Project. “It’s an incredible honor to be included in another episode of This Old House®,” stated owner Paul Grothouse. “It is one of the most well-respected home improvement resources currently available, so for us to be considered as a supplier and participant is phenomenal.”

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Jake W Joins Grothouse Team Crafting Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Jake WPlease join us in welcoming Jake W to our production team. Jake will work in production, assembling wood planks into custom wood butcher block countertops based on the client specifications. This role requires a keen eye for careful selection of wood boards to ensure the utmost quality.

Jake is a recent graduate of Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.

Grothouse is committed to educating young craftsmen and developing quality wood workers for future generations. Paul Grothouse serves as Chairman of the Cabinetmaking and Millwork Occupational Advisory Board for Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, one of the largest career and technical institutes in the United States

Grothouse Butcher Block Countertops | This Old House® Newtown, MA Project 2007

Teak Wood Butcher Block Countertop Newton MA

Grothouse crafted a custom Teak Butcher Block Countertop with under mount sink for a large kitchen island. Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company designed the incredible kitchen space. In addition, a custom table was made and stained to match the homeowners treasured heirloom chairs. Grothouse was highlighted on two separate episodes as outlined below.

This Old House Newton ProjectThis Old House Newton ProjectPictured is cameraman Steve “Dino” D’Onofrio being held onto the GMC truck to shoot a driving scene with Norm and Paul Grothouse in the driveway of GrothouseCustom Teak Farmhouse Table

The Project: Newton Shingle Style built in 1897, the house is a Colonial Revival in “Shingle-style clothes”—a typical transitional-style house from the late Victorian era.

Season: 29

Program: #2708 Newton Project Part 8 0f 16

Original Air Date: Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 1:30pm ET

Grothouse Highlight: Master carpenter Norm Abram traveled to Germansville, Pennsylvania to see how wood countertop fabricator Paul Grothouse crafts a 3-inch teak butcher block countertop island top for the kitchen.

Program: #2715 Newton Project, Part 15 of 16

Original Air Date: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 1:30 pm ET

Grothouse Highlight: Custom countertop fabricator Paul Grothouse arrives from Pennsylvania to install the end grain butcher block teak island top and deliver its companion piece “a custom teak farmhouse table” for the breakfast area.

Click here for more information about this project and to visit the
This Old House® Website for the Newton Shingle-Style House Project

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Butcher Block Countertops | This Old House® Newton Centre

Mahogany Wood Counter Newton Centre MA

Grothouse crafted a custom Sapele Mahogany butcher block countertop measuring 2-1/2″ thick x 37-3/4″ wide x 43-1/2″long in End Grain construction. The butcher block is coated with The Original Oil, an ideal finish for chopping surfaces as it is hypo-allergenic and so safe you can drink it. The butcher block created a much needed food preparation space and the Mahogany contrasts nicely with the soap stone perimeter countertops.

This Old House Newton Centre Project

The Project: The renovation of a 1915 Dutch Colonial Revival in Newton Centre, a suburban community a few miles west of Boston.

Season: 29

Program: #2915 Newton Centre Project, Part 15 of 16

Original Air Date: January 16, 2010

Grothouse Highlight: Paul Grothouse discusses The Original Oil finish, types of woods and construction of butcher block countertops.

Click here to watch the full episode that includes Grothouse on the This Old House® Website
for the Newton Centre Project

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Grothouse Wood Counters | This Old House® Auburndale Project

Mahogany Wood Counter Auburndale MA

Grothouse crafted a custom Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter for the large kitchen island. It is flat grain construction the highlights the grain of the wood. The countertop measures 4-1/2 feet wide x 8 feet long and contains an undermount sink. The Sapele Mahogany Counter is distressed to provide an aged appearance, a black glaze is applied to highlight the distressing and the counter is sealed with waterproof Durata® finish with a satin sheen. The island sits atop a striking green kitchen island, creating much needed storage and a large workspace.

This Old House Auburndale Project

The Project: This Old House helps the Sharma family renovate their 1940’s house on Boston’s famous Charles River.

Season: 30

Program: Program #3015 Auburndale Project, Part 15 of 16

Original Air Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:30pm ET

Grothouse Highlight: Paul Grothouse shows how he achieved the distressed finish for the large kitchen island.

Click here to watch the full episode that includes Grothouse on the
This Old House® Website for the Auburndale Project

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Grothouse Wood Countertops Included in 4th This Old House Cambridge Project

Grothouse is pleased to announce that our wood countertops are selected as part of the design for the current This Old House Project in Cambridge Massachusetts. Tom Silva is the general contractor overseeing the renovation of the Queen Anne Style home. New episodes of the Cambridge House project will begin airing in October on PBS. For more information on this project visit This Old House Cambridge

Grothouse Online Training “Intro to Wood Countertops”

At Grothouse we strive to reach the highest level of customer service and quality in our industry. We are offering a one hour NKBA CEU certified course entitled “Intro to Wood Countertops” to design professionals. This course provides you with the basic tools necessary to design award winning wood countertops in any kitchen.

The course is offered monthly for the rest of the year. It is free of charge to Grothouse clients. There will be three separate sessions at 9am, 12 noon and 3pm EST on each day. The future course dates are September 28, 2012, October 19, 2012, November 16, 2012, and December 14, 2012.

The purpose of this course is to give everyone a better understanding of the wood countertop industry, to create confidence in our wood countertops and other products, and to make it easier for you to specify and sell!

We provide this training course to you via GOTO Meeting upon completion, you are eligible to receive 0.1 CEU continuing education unit. The GOTO Meeting format allows you the flexibility to attend the web cast meeting from anywhere in the world. All you need is a telephone and a computer with web access.

The topics that are discussed in the course include species, construction, finish, custom applications, and features/benefits.

We believe that everyone would benefit from the knowledge gained from this course!

To reserve your space in a course, email Chad Hafler at or call Chad directly at 610-751-6608. Space fills up quickly, so we suggest that if you are interested in the course you reserve your space as soon as possible.

If you need any further assistance please give us a call at 877-286-5412, or feel free to email us Our business hours are 8am to 6pm EST Monday through Friday.

Grothouse crafts Wenge Wood Countertops for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Wenge Wood Countertop on Island
Wood countertop with integrated bowlEvery July, House Beautiful Magazine takes center stage in Rockefeller Center and builds The Kitchen Of The year. The 2500 square foot kitchen is designed by Mick De Giulio, a renowned kitchen designer. Mick’s vision boasts a kitchen, complete with a butler’s pantry, seating and dining areas and two outdoor living spaces. The space embraces the kitchen as being the gathering place of the home. There is so much to explore and the attention to detail is nothing short of impressive.

The main kitchen area is defined by a large island and is center stage for the casual seating and dining area opposite of the room. The large kitchen island is designed for food preparation and seating. The white island cabinetry is complimented by Grothouse Wenge wood countertops with an integrated bowl. The bowl is handy for fruits and vegetables or to keep eggs from rolling off the countertop during food preparation.

Wood countertop with shark tooth mitered cornerThe Wenge counter has a Shark Tooth mitered corner, highlighting Mick’s attention to personalization and detail. It is protected with Durata Satin Finish; the most waterproof and scratch resistant finish on the market. Grothouse also crafted walnut wood countertops for the butler’s pantry… stay tuned.

For more information on Grothouse wood countertops please visit Wood Countertops.

About the Kitchen of the Year:
It is open to the public July 16-20, 2012 at Rockefeller Plaza, between 50-51st Streets, New York City. There are guest appearances from top chefs such as Sandra Lee, Gabrielle Hamilton, Todd English, Carla Hall, plus cooking demonstrations from top New York City restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill, and Aquavit. Visiting this dream kitchen is free and open to the public for tours, cooking and mixology demonstrations, the ultimate strawberry jam contest, and more.

About Grothouse:
This is Grothouse’s second appearance at Kitchen of the Year. In 2011, Grothouse crafted a custom butcherblock table for Kitchen of the Year based on the design guidance of celebrity chef Tyler Florence. Grothouse is the premier supplier of solid wood surfaces and their products ship worldwide in a staggeringly short lead time of 2 to 3 weeks. Their innovative and quality products are covered with a comprehensive lifetime warranty.

Butcher Block Countertop of Bolivian Rosewood

Butcherblock CountertopThis week we are featuring this jaw dropping butcher block countertop designed by Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company. Donna has a keen eye for incorporating wood countertops in her designs, and does so in a uniquely unexpected manner. The craftsmanship combined with the enthusiasm, talent and experience of her Boston based Kitchen Design Team makes for a stunning final result.

For this project, Donna chose cabinetry by Premier Custom Built, a Grothouse Bolivian Rosewood Butcher block Countertop and under cabinet lighting by Hafele. The hammered sink provides a sleek contrast to the warm wood, and the dark chocolate cabinetry compliments the rich tones found in the butcherblock. The butcher block is classic end grain construction and is the best surface for direct chopping as it is kindest to knife blades. It is coated with food grade mineral oil that is FDA approved for consumption. The Bolivian Rosewood Butcherblock is not your typical butcherblock wood, and offers elegance not typically associated with butcherblocks.

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Bolivian Rosewood, also called Morado is grown in: Bolivia, Brazil. It is beautiful with black striping on top of a dark brown and red background. Bolivian Rosewood offers a wide range of colors from medium to light browns and almost black brown and purple tones, there is repeated black striping. Rosewood lightens over time from the dark brown tones to lighter gold/tan tones. It is suitable for residential and commercial applications.

Bolivian Rosewood is not to be confused with Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra). Brazilian Rosewood is threatened by habitat loss, since most of its habitat has been converted to farmland. Due to its endangered status, it was protected on November 6 1992 and illegal to trade.

Bolivian Rosewood Butcherblock Countertops often reveal Medullary rays a common characteristic found in woods. Medullary rays refer to radial sheets or ribbons extending vertically through the tree across and perpendicular to the growth rings. Also called pith rays or wood rays, these formations of primarily parenchyma cells allow the radial transmission of sap. At a glance, they often appear to be a crack in the wood, but are a natural occurrence that permits proper tree growth. See the photo below. The arrows point to the rays.

Butcherblock Countertop

Bolivian Rosewood Butcherblocks can be custom designed to fit your application. To see other examples of butcherblock countertops, view our photo gallery Butcherblock Photos

Butcher Block Table by Grothouse

House Beautiful Butcher Block Table
This walnut butcher block table was inspired by our featured piece in House Beautiful magazine for “Kitchen of the Year” designed by Tyler Florence. The table provides your kitchen with a warm, contemporary feel and includes many features for your upmost convenience. Four drawers for convenient storage have soft close to ensure a clean and quiet kitchen.

House Beautiful Butcher Block TopHouse Beautiful Butcher Block Knife Slot

An integrated knife slot provides an area to put an assortment of knives, giving you as much work space as possible, while keeping your knives at a convenient place for when they need to be used. Tyler Florence liked this feature because it allowed him easy access to knives, while keeping them out of the reach of his young children. The butcherblock surface serves double duty by providing a cutting surface as well as a serving surface, and thanks to the rolling casters, the butcherblock table can be moved tableside for carving a turkey or serving large cuts of meat.

House Beautiful Butcher Block CastersHouse Beautiful Butcher Block Magnets

Rolling casters allow the table to be positioned anywhere in your kitchen. They are lockable to keep your work table in place. Magnets are installed in the back for attachment to the desired place for the butcher block table, such as your kitchen island. The magnets easily snap the table in position. Our most detailed feature is the custom laser engraving. The quote from Einstein, “It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of music perception.” Was requested by the client.

House Beautiful Butcher Block DrawersHouse Beautiful Butcher Block EngravingFor more detailed information on this style of butcherblock table visit Butcher Block Table or contact us at 877-268-5412.

Reclaimed Wood Countertops

Grothouse reclaimed wood countertops continue to be a popular and distinctive element in design. The warmth and aged appearance of reclaimed wood is unique to each piece, adding a treasured antique to the spaces it graces. While many may think of reclaimed wood as a product that is only for use in traditional designs, using it as a warm compliment to cool contemporary spaces is growing.

At Grothouse, our reclaimed wood is primarily from dismantled 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania barns and the character of each board varies based on the original use. The structural beams, sawn into boards are old growth lumber and have minor imperfections, albeit a few nail holes where a harness hung on a nail. In contrast, old floorboards have scrapes, gouges and holes from years of traffic and hardworking farm hands. Exterior boards tell a tale of weathering, worm holes, nails and an occasional bullet hole. When discussing reclaimed wood countertop for your design, a conversation about the desired appearance is critical for a successful result. For a cleaner appearance, select reclaimed wood from beams. For a distressed, worn appearance, choose reclaimed wood from the floor or walls of the barn.

Our reclaimed wood is typically Oak, Heart Pine and Chestnut and our Durata Matte is a popular finish for its organic low luster look. Durata is the best wood countertop finish, offering a truly permanent protective coating. For design inspiration visit us at reclaimed wood countertops or call 877-268-5412.

Reclaimed Wood Countertop
This counter was created from floor boards from an old barn.
Chestnut Wood Reclaimed Countertop
This countertop with a sink cut out was crafted from Antique Chestnut
Reclaimed Pennsylvania Barn Beams
A stack of Antique Pennsylvania Barn Beams