Wood Countertops with Stoves and Undermount or Overmount Sinks

Custom Wood Countertops with Stoves and Undermount or Overmount Sinks
Design by Steven Miller for 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Wood countertops with cut outs for sinks or stoves are common in Grothouse wood counters. Please visit out photo gallery for examples of counters containing this feature. Stoves and sinks can be used with counters sealed with Grothouse Original Oil finish or Durata® waterproof permanent finish. Grothouse Original Oil finish should be chosen if you plan on chopping directly on the wood countertop and do not mind re-oiling the top on a monthly basis.

Custom Teak Wood Countertop with undermount Blanco sink

Durata® permanent finish should be chosen if you want a maintenance free finish that is permanent and do not plan on chopping on your counter. Read on to learn more about the design considerations for sinks and stoves.

Dark Wenge Wood Countertop with undermount sink

Wood Countertops with Undermount Sinks

Wood Countertops with Undermount sinks are the most popular style of sink we accommodate. The undermount sink style is our preferred style of sink to use with wood countertops. They provide a clean line on the surface and also enable us to incorporate drainboards when used with Durata® waterproof finish. We recommend a 1/2″ radius edge profile to be used on the sink opening but can accommodate a variety of edge profiles to suit your design.

Custom Wood Countertops with a Circular Undermount Sink
Design by Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio | Josh Goetz Photography

The openings are cut based on your centerline placement with a preferred set back of 3 to 4 inches from the edge of the counter. The cut out size is typically based on the manufacturer template, or a handmade physical template for custom made one of a kind sinks. It is rare that we require the actual sink to do the cut out. The countertop will be designed to overhang the sink opening by 1/8″ to allow water to naturally fall into the sink and not collect on the sink ledge.

Wood Countertops with Overmount Sinks

Wood countertops with overmount sinks are cut out to the sink opening based on the manufacturers specifications and the centerline dimensions you provide. We prefer a setback of 3 inches from the edge of the counter.

Custom Teak Wood Countertop with overmount sink

Overmount sinks are self rimmining and the lip of the sink frames the sink opening. We prefer to finish countertops containing overmount sinks with Durata waterproof finish.

Dark Wenge Wood Countertop with bridge faucet

Wood Countertops with Faucets

Wood countertops finished with Grothouse Original Oil can be cut on site or by Grothouse. We do recommend that wood countertops sealed with Durata® waterproof finish have the faucet holes cut by Grothouse. This ensures the faucet openings are sealed and waterproof in the event of a leak. Faucet holes are relieved to the standard thickness required by the faucet manufacturer for ease of installation. A good rule of thumb is to have the faucet spout be aligned to the sink drain to alleviate excessive splashing when running the water. Refer to the sink manufacturers recommendation for faucet placement to assure proper installation and performance.

Custom Maple Wood Countertop with gas stove insert

Wood Countertops with Stoves

Wood countertops for kitchens often contain drop in stove inserts of gas, electric or induction. They can be safely used following the manufacturer’s instructions. Most stove manufacturers are concerned with flammable materials above the counter surface, as heat rises. Slide in ranges should be installed so the stove surface is level with the countertop. This can be accomplished by adjusting the feet of the slide in stove.