Grothouse Lumber Makes A Strong Case For Wood Countertops

If you’re in the market for new countertops, the world is your oyster: I can think of at least 25 different materials off the top my head. The Grothouse Lumber Company in Germansville, Pa., makes a good case for why you should consider wood. From its 20,000-square foot facility located on a 50-acre farm, the company builds custom countertops, butcher blocks, and bar tops for high-end clientele, and this past April at The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, it unveiled the Paul Grothouse Collection of solid wood tables and food preparation surfaces. Over 60 species of high quality woods are available as well as hundreds of design options. The beauty of wood (besides its beauty, I mean) is that it’s much more interesting looking than solid surfacing, easier on glassware and knives than stone, and can be repaired easily (depending on the finish) with a light sanding. How many materials can make those claims?

A wenge island from Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath in Chevy Chase, Md.
Teak endgrain butcher block.
A project by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath.
An island by Artisan Kitchen and Bath in New Orleans, La.
A bamboo countertop by Cheryl Kees Clendenon in Pensacola, Fla.

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