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Grothouse, a custom solid wood countertop manufacturer in Germansville, Pa. recently appeared on This Old House, again.

“As participants in many past This Old House projects, Grothouse is thrilled to make their seventh appearance on the show in Season 41 – The Cape Ann House,” says Morgan Furchner, the company’s marketing coordinator.

The episode, which aired in May, features a series of custom solid wood surfaces including countertops, desks, more for the home offices, powder room, kitchen and mudroom for the house, which was designed by Venegas and Co.


One office features a walnut wood desk with a live-edge slab top and sides with a custom grain-matched hidden outlet cover and access holes through the bottom to hide wires for computers and other accessories. For a second office, another walnut wood desktop features a unique mitered assembly.


The powder room includes a walnut live-edge slab with a custom rabbeted edge, creating a unique vanity. The kitchen island butcher block is crafted out of Kensington Wood, one of a series of species exclusively available at Grothouse. For a cohesive look throughout the home, Kensington Wood surfaces were also crafted for the mudroom.

Established in 1994, Grothouse has been featured in numerous media sources. The company uses water-resistant Durata permanent finish that has been specially formulated to create a durable protective coating. Each custom-built top can be configured from more than 60 responsibly harvested wood species, 30 standard edge profiles, and 40 stock stains.

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This article originally appeared in the July 2020 issue.

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