Morgan Furchner joins Grothouse Wood Countertops Team

Morgan FurchnerGrothouse is proud to announce the addition of Morgan Furchner as Marketing Assistant at Grothouse. Reporting to the Chief Brand Officer, Morgan will support the marketing and branding initiatives for our wood countertop, butcherblock, and bar top product lines.

Please join us in welcoming Morgan to The Grothouse Team!


Grothouse Live Edge Wood Countertops

A natural and functional art form

Grothouse has added Live Edge wood surfaces to its already extensive customization offerings. This product line enables designers to include natural edge solid wood countertops in their design aesthetic.

Clients can select blanks from many species of wood, and range in style from earthy Black Walnut or iridescent Sapele Mahogany. The live edge blanks are available in a great variety of lengths and widths to suit your particular design aesthetic. Grothouse Live Edge wood products embrace nature’s design. The characteristic slab shapes, figure, cracks, mineral streaks and wormholes, ensure each piece is unique, as it is in nature. Each surface is meticulously sanded and finished. The result is a distinctive, yet functional art form.

Live Edge Wood Countertop

Grothouse has paid particular attention to the supply chain aspects of this product, previously available only as a very special order product. Grothouse has developed extensive in-house stock and direct supplier relationships to give designers a great breath of inventory to choose from. By adding the Live Edge category into the Grothouse family of products, Grothouse can ship the finished surfaces in a staggeringly short lead time of 2 to 3 weeks. All this is combined with Grothouse’s second to none fabrication, finishing, quality and service.

Grothouse recommends the surface be finished with specially-formulated Durata® permanent finish, one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today. The Live Edge products are crafted in the USA and sold to the trade only. All Live Edge surfaces will arrive with a lifetime warranty.

“Any of the elements of Live Edge surfaces can be enhanced with the countless features we currently offer.” explains owner Paul Grothouse. “We are excited about this new product line that embraces the organic nature of our wood surfaces,”


Grothouse Introduces Durata® Matte Wood Countertop Finish

The Best Wood Countertop Finish now in Matte sheen

Grothouse, the premier supplier of custom-built wood countertops, tables and bar tops, continues to revolutionize their solid wood surfaces by creating a Durata® Matte, the first lifetime finish in a ten sheen. Durata® Matte was developed in response to enormous demand by the design community and provides an organic, virtually invisible finish for wood surfaces. The result is a truly permanent and protective finish. Durata® Matte provides a highly scratch and chemical resistant surface, even lacquer thinner does not affect the cured surface. Water left on the surface simply dries with no water rings. Red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish. In fact, Durata® is so water-proof, it is used to seal Grothouse custom wood sinks. “We encourage an exceptionally innovative and fresh environment at our company and strive to constantly offer new products that modernize the wood surfaces industry,” states owner and founder, Paul Grothouse. Durata Matte is a product exclusive to Grothouse and their wood products.

Durata Matte Finish CountertopCorresponding high resolution photography is available upon request

ABOUT GROTHOUSE
Located in Eastern Pennsylvania, Grothouse is the premier provider of custom-built wood countertops, Butcher blocks, bar tops and tables. Established in 1994, Grothouse is the most technically advanced manufacturer in the wood surfaces market and their products are consistently featured in countless magazines and books as well as This Old House® television show. Their water-proof Durata® permanent finish has been specially formulated to create the most durable protective coating available on the market today and can be found in commercial and residential projects worldwide. Each custom-built top can be configured from more than 60 responsibly harvested wood species, 30 standard edge profiles, and 40 stock stains. All products can be constructed with Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood species and qualify for a range of LEED certification credits. Each organic surface ships within a 2-3 week timeframe and arrives with a comprehensive lifetime warranty. The Grothouse commitment to the environment, quality, and customer service guarantees a product that exceeds every client’s expectations. For more information, please visit www.glumber.com.

Be the first to see Durata® Matte finish at KBIS 2012 in the Hafele Booth #1261

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Grothouse Butcher blocks featured in Wood Mode Kitchen Design

Wood Mode Cabinetry custom end grain Cherry countertop with a Walnut and Wenge borderWood Mode Cabinetry just completed another stunning kitchen to add to their design portfolio. The creative visionary is John Troxell, Director of Design at Wood-Mode. The Elegant Traditions lifestyle theme featured in this kitchen incorporates multi-levels of wood countertops atop a large center island. The butcher block work surface is end grain Cherry with a Walnut and Wenge Border. Two Walnut butcher blocks flank the island, creating the tiered landscape. The butcher blocks are protected with food grade oil finish, safe for direct chopping and food preparation. “We’re continuing to see an interest in timeless, traditional designs that bring with them a sense of history and stability,” states John. For over 70 years, Wood-Mode has been widely recognized for excellence in cabinet design, material selection, construction and finishes. Look for Wood-Mode’s ads featuring Grothouse wood countertops in these National Publications in 2012; Architectural Digest and Elle Décor.


Grothouse Design Contest Win an iPad!

Grothouse will be awarding an iPad to one homeowner and one professional designer.

Step 1: Simply like us on Facebook and post a picture or pictures of your room featuring a Grothouse product on the Grothouse wall. Include a brief description of 50 words or less of the Grothouse product and the room features. This contest includes any room in the house that features a Grothouse product.

Step2: Encourage your friends and family to “Like” Grothouse and “Like” your entry.

Beginning January 1, 2012 the kitchen with the most likes received by midnight EST on March 31, 2012. We will select two winning entries, one iPad will be awarded to a trade professional and one will be awarded directly to a homeowner. The photography submitted will become the property of Grothouse. Grothouse employees are not eligible. The photography of the two winning entries cannot be identical.

Timing: For consideration in the contest, the picture must be posted no earlier than January 1, 2012. On March 31, 2012 at midnight eastern standard time we will select the winner. The homeowner with the most “Likes” and the Kitchen Designer or Trade Professional photo with the most “Likes” will be awarded an iPad. We will not consider “Comments “into the calculation. We will notify the winner via Facebook. The iPad will be shipped within 30 days after receipt of the winning entries mailing address.

Helpful Hints: By taking good quality photographs you are improving your chances of winning. When photographing your room, turn on all the lights to avoid shadows. Avoid glare from windows by photographing at select times of the day when the sun is not shining directly into a window. De-clutter the space and limit the number of personal objects on countertops and tables. Avoid having people in your photos so the photography focuses on the space. Take pictures from many angles so you capture the feel of the entire space. Take close-ups of notable details.

An example of a bad photographBad kitchen photography example
No real kitchen features are accented, the photo is too dark and the eye is drawn to the woman in the photo, not the kitchen.

An example of a good photographGood example of a custom bar top photograph
Proper lighting, de-cluttered space and the angle highlights the feel of the room.


Want your project published?
Garner additional exposure for your project in major magazines and books by emailing high resolution photography of your entry to glumber@glumber.com or mailing a CD attention Denise Grothouse. Publishers and Editors frequently request Grothouse to provide photography for articles on design and wood surfaces. In addition, Grothouse promotes designs on our website, Facebook and Twitter. Images should be a MINIMUM of 1 MB in size, bigger is always better!


Grothouse Pastore Tables and Countertops – The Latest Luxury Design Trend

Custom solid wood Pastore Table from Grothouse LumberPastore countertop of Wenge with The Original Oil Finish. Design by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd

Grothouse solid wood Pastore Tables are the latest design trend in today’s luxury homes. This style has a solid wood countertop that is mitered to solid waterfall legs, creating the appearance of a continuous surface that blends into legs. So is it a countertop or a table? The answer is both; the design can take the form of a table of a countertop. Pastore designs can be used in several applications. Often they are placed over island cabinets or used as tables and desks. They can be fixed, or installed with casters to create a moveable surface for additional counter space.

Many designers use this clever product to integrate wood surfacing into their contemporary and transitional designs. They find the addition of the wood surfaces helps improve the warmth and live- ability of any room. Using wood also helps quiet down a room and adds an organic textural element.

Pastore tables can be styled to use for direct chopping, or sealed with Durata finish for a maintenance free surface. Each custom-built product can be configured from more than 60 responsibly harvested wood species, 30 standard edge profiles, and 40 stock stains. All products can be constructed with Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood species and qualify for a range of LEED certification credits. Each organic surface ships within a 2-4 weeks and arrives with a comprehensive warranty. The Grothouse commitment to the environment, quality, and customer service guarantees a product that exceeds every client’s expectations.


Paul Grothouse featured on Renovation Bootcamp™ with Robin Siegerman

Episode scheduled to begin airing October 24, 2011 on WebTalkRadio.net

October 24, 2011 – Robin’s Tip of the Week, Paul Grothouse gives us the scoop on wood counter tops, their myths and facts and the surprising ways that wood can be used that you would never have imagined!

Robin Siegerman is a Registered Interior Designer and international, award-winning, Certified Kitchen Designer. With almost 20 years experience designing and managing home renovations, owner and principal designer of Sieguzi Kitchen & Home Inc., she sets a new standard for the kitchen renovation guide with Renovation Bootcamp™: Kitchen.

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UPDATE: The Grothouse Butcherblocks featured in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Grothouse butcher blocks will be featured in both the indoor and outdoor cooking environments

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with Tyler FlorenceAugust 2011 (Germansville, PA) – Grothouse was chosen by House Beautiful magazine for its annual “Kitchen of the Year.” Grothouse products were featured in both the indoor and outdoor cooking environments. Tyler Florence, noted chef, Food Network host and House Beautiful contributing editor, designed this year’s kitchen, described as a “perfect union of tradition, functionality and warm, welcoming design.” The kitchen was located in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Chopping and cutting surfaces are essential to a well-designed and functional kitchen. As the butcher block sponsor, the indoor kitchen featured a Sapele Mahogany Grothouse work table, designed by Tyler Florence. “We worked in tandem with Tyler to create an heirloom table that will provide an essential work surface and adds the desired warmth to the space,” said Paul Grothouse, owner of Grothouse. The work table features a 4″ thick chopping surface with integrated knife slots and five drawers for convenient storage. The functionality of the work table is optimized by rolling casters, permitting the work table to be positioned anywhere in the kitchen and used to serve tableside. The table secures to the kitchen island with magnets. Tyler added a personal touch by including an engraved Latin phrase from the patron saint of Chefs. The table is artfully designed with clean contemporary lines in rich brown mahogany hues.

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with Tyler FlorenceThe outdoor kitchen featured an American Cherry cutting board. The end grain butcher block is the preferred construction for serious chefs, as end grain does not dull knives and surface scratches and nicks can be easily sanded out. The rich American Cherry butcher block compliments the gray stone of the outdoor kitchen and is removable for cleaning and winter storage.

Additional information about the Kitchen of the Year can be found on the House Beautiful website. Consumers can also visit www.glumber.com to view detailed information on purchasing the butcher block work table as well as watch a video of Tyler explaining his design and his favorite features of the butcher block table.

Click here to learn more about the extraordinary new piece created by Grothouse for the 2011 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.


The Grothouse Butcher blocks featured in House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Grothouse butcher blocks will be featured in both the indoor and outdoor cooking environments

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with Tyler FlorenceGrothouse has been chosen by House Beautiful magazine for its annual “Kitchen of the Year.” Grothouse products will be featured in both the indoor and outdoor cooking environments. Tyler Florence, noted chef, Food Network host and House Beautiful contributing editor, is designing this year’s kitchen, described as a “perfect union of tradition, functionality and warm, welcoming design.” The 1,000-square-foot kitchen and, for the first time, an adjoining 1,500-square-foot outdoor kitchen will be located in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The Kitchen of the Year will be open to the public from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22.

Chopping and cutting surfaces are essential to a well-designed and functional kitchen. As the butcher block sponsor, the indoor kitchen will feature a Sapele Mahogany Grothouse work table, designed by Tyler Florence. “We have worked in tandem with Tyler to create an heirloom table that will provide an essential work surface and adds the desired warmth to the space,” said Paul Grothouse, owner of Grothouse. The work table features a 4″ thick chopping surface with integrated knife slots and five drawers for convenient storage. The functionality of the work table is optimized by rolling casters, permitting the work table to be positioned anywhere in the kitchen. The table is artfully designed with clean contemporary lines in rich brown mahogany hues.

The outdoor kitchen will feature an American Cherry cutting board. The end grain butcher block is the preferred construction for serious chefs, as end grain does not dull knives and surface scratches and nicks can be easily sanded out. The rich American Cherry butcher block compliments the gray stone of the outdoor kitchen and is removable for cleaning and winter storage.

Additional information about the Kitchen of the Year can be found on the House Beautiful website, housebeautiful.com/KOTY.

2011 House Beautiful Kitchen of the YearClick here to learn more about the extraordinary new piece created by Grothouse for the 2011 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.


Grothouse countertops tie for “Best of Show” at the New York Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Archtitectural Digest Home Design ShowGrothouse wood countertops tied for first place, receiving the most comments and votes from show attendees, exhibitors, ECPR fans and media members. Grothouse award-winning designs have been featured in a number of magazines, books and the television show, “This Old House”. The company is most known for crafting wood sinks, fine custom wood countertops, butcher blocks, tables, and bar tops. With company owner and founder Paul Grothouse’s extensive knowledge and background in woodworking and engineering, it is no surprise this company was one of the front runners for the “Best of Show”.


Grothouse Wood Counters Featured on Latest This Old House® Renovation Project

Episode scheduled to begin airing January 16 on local PBS television stations

Grothouse Featured on Latest This Old House® Renovation ProjectJanuary 13, 2011 (Germansville, PA) – Grothouse, a premier manufacturer of custom-built wood surfaces, will be featured in an upcoming episode of the PBS home improvement television series This Old House®. The episode marks the third appearance for the Lehigh Valley based wood surfaces manufacturer.

Grothouse was selected to manufacture a wood island countertop for the Auburndale House renovation project in Massachusetts. The project, located on Boston’s most famous Charles River involved the complete renovation of a 1940s Colonial Revival home as part of the This Old House® 31st season nationally.

Grothouse constructed a distressed 1-3/4 inch thick Sapele Mahogany island countertop as the centerpiece of the home’s newly-renovated kitchen. The episode, taped November 4, features owner Paul Grothouse installing the island top and describing the steps to create the distressed appearance.

“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.”

The flat grain design of the island, which is built using planks of wood, is a construction chosen to reveal the grain of the wood. Paired with Durata® finish, the surface is maintenance free and ideal for countertops with sinks.

Grothouse was previously featured as part of a 2009 episode of This Old House®. The project, located in Newton Centre, MA, included a 2-1/2 inch thick Sapele Mahogany island countertop as the centerpiece of the home’s newly-renovated kitchen.

The latest episode will begin airing in mid January. Interested individuals can find the air times by visiting the This Old House® website and clicking on the link for “Show Descriptions” listed next to “Auburndale House.”


Grothouse offering complimentary passes to KBIS event in Chicago

Grothouse is offering its valued customer complimentary passes to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago. To obtain the free passes, visit the KBIS registration site. The registration code should be automatically entered on the KBIS site when using the above link. If the code does not appear, please use “GLUMBER” as the registration code to obtain your free passes.

Grothouse will be located in Booth #S306, right next to the Kohler booth.