Butcher Block Co. Waterfall Edge Wood-Plank Kitchen Island Tops

Butcher Block Co. Waterfall Edge Wood-Plank Kitchen Island Tops

The Butcher Block Co. Now Offers Wood-Plank Waterfall Edge Kitchen Islands
The waterfall edge design theme has taken hold and the Butcher Block Co. has responded. What makes a kitchen island a “waterfall edge island” is the distinction that its top continues vertically down the ends of the island, mimicking the cascading effect of a waterfall. It’s important that the horizontal-to-vertical transition(s) be especially smooth and appear nearly seamless. The resulting continuous-flow look is visually appealing and can have a profound impact on the feel of any kitchen, especially a contemporary one.

Waterfall edge closeup


Of course, a waterfall top can have a single vertical end, such as in the case of a kitchen peninsula or when upgrading a single end of a kitchen counter. Another variation involves adding a waterfall edge to both ends of L-shaped or U-shaped counters. Like water flowing over a rock surface, a waterfall edge wood top brings visual interest to both islands and peninsulas. A nice advantage of waterfall edge islands is the fact that they can serve as kitchen islands with seating when the top and ends of the island are wider (deeper) than the island cabinet they cover, allowing room to tuck in bar stools or chairs.

waterfall edge island

As mentioned, it’s critical that the horizontal-to-vertical corner transitions appear virtually seamless for a sleek, contemporary look. In order to achieve seamless-looking transitions, the Butcher Block Co. uses only wood planks long enough to span the total “combined length” (top + end(s)) of the contemplated waterfall edge island or countertop. There are limits to these combined-lengths; they vary by species.

Waterfall Edge Island


Kitchens come in an incredibly wide range of colors and looks. That’s why the Butcher Block Co. offers counter and island tops – and now, waterfall edge tops – in 15 different wood species. So it’s highly likely we can create a waterfall island that’s perfect for YOUR kitchen. Over half of the species we offer are light or blond woods. Some introduce a hint of a soft yellow, a pinkish red or a light brown. Others showcase medium-to-dark browns. And whereas some woods are neutral or muted, certain others are visually striking. Whether you’re shopping for a waterfall island with a soft, soothing look, or one that makes a bold statement, we can help you bring the beauty of nature into your home.

15 wood species


BB Co. waterfall islands can ship either pre-assembled (provided the island top and sides are at least 1-1/2 inches thick); or knocked-down and ready to assemble on site. We recommend factory-assembled islands, but sometimes the ready-to-assemble option is the only practical solution, such as when home doorways are not wide enough for a pre-assembled island to fit through.

Create a clean, updated look in your kitchen with a unique waterfall design.
If you would like us to provide a price quote on a waterfall island or counter top, please call or email us at [email protected] with specifics.

Houzz Issues Report on 2020 Kitchen Trends Survey

Houzz Issues Report on 2020 Kitchen Trends Survey

Houzz, Inc., focused on home renovation and design, just published a report summarizing their recent survey of almost 2600 U.S. homeowners who either just completed a kitchen renovation project, or plan to launch one soon. Here are some of their findings that we at the Butcher Block Co. find interesting. We hope you will too.

Nine out of Ten Remodelers Upgrade Their Countertops
Countertops are targeted for upgrading more often than any other feature in the kitchen – 89% of the time. Backsplashes (84%), sinks (83%), and faucets and plumbing fixtures (81%) are also upgraded more than eighty percent of the time.
More often than not, upgraders shift to engineered quartz or granite countertops. Slightly more than one in ten (11%) upgrade to butcher block, plank or wood-slab countertops.

It’s increasingly on-trend for homeowners to top their counters and islands with contrasting materials as they seek diversity in both appearance and utility.

Twenty six percent of those surveyed by Houzz reported using different materials on their island top versus their countertops. While engineered quartz was chosen most often for countertops, butcher block (41%) was chosen most often for the kitchen island.

Island Top Materials

Of the remodelers in the Houzz survey opting for an island top color distinct from their countertops (29%), wood-tone island tops are the most popular option (35%), whether in dark, light or medium wood.

Island Color Top

One in three remodelers reported adding a kitchen island, and 22% upgraded an existing island. Another 5% left their islands intact. All told, 60% of respondents wound up with a kitchen island. More than nine in ten who upgraded islands expanded storage space and added overhead lighting.

$35,000 Was the Median Cost of a Major 2019 Kitchen Remodel
Respondents reported they spent $35,000 on average on their 2019 major remodels. That’s up markedly from 2018, when comparable remodels cost $30,000.

Kitchen Cabinet Replacements and Upgrades Remain Immensely Popular
Two thirds of 2019 remodelers (68%) replaced their kitchen cabinets altogether, and another 27% upgraded theirs. Nearly two thirds (64%) of those who upgraded their kitchens refinished cabinet exteriors. Far and away, white was the preferred cabinet color (45%).

Some Other Interesting Tidbits
• Half of respondents (51%) engaged a contractor for their remodel jobs, and 22% hired a kitchen designer.
• Seven percent chose blue for their kitchen walls, up from 5% last year.
• Hardwood was the most popular flooring material (29%).

Source: 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study

Winter Might Be the Perfect Season to Tackle Kitchen Improvement Projects

Winter Might Be the Perfect Season to Tackle Kitchen Improvement Projects

While it’s true that most homeowners execute kitchen improvement projects during spring and summer, there are a number of good reasons why some choose to schedule maintenance checks, appliance upgrades, and even full kitchen remodels during winter months.

For starters, some folks who worship warm-weather months prefer to reserve them for unfettered activity outdoors and for spending quality time with family and friends, without interruptions from contractors or suppliers concerning home remodel projects underway. Plus, wintertime home improvement projects can wind up costing you less and taking less time to complete, due to the simple law of supply and demand.

During winter, when there’s less demand for contractors and remodelers, homeowners have more leverage so can often negotiate more favorable pricing, closer-in start dates and possibly even shorter overall timelines, since more workers could be dedicated to your kitchen improvement or remodel job.

Also, you might be able to negotiate lower prices from appliance and material suppliers, since they too are not exempt from the supply-demand law and need to keep their inventory turning.

There’s one other often overlooked advantage to tackling home improvement projects over the winter: low humidity. Hotter months bring with them high humidity, which can wreak havoc on paint and floor refinish jobs, which fare better under heated air curing. Similarly, air heated to a nearly constant temperature is preferable for the acclimation of wood counter and island tops to their new environs. But take note: you should not leave new, wood countertops, tables or kitchen carts in cold places, including garages and outdoors, of course.

So Which Kitchen Improvement Projects Will You Tackle this Winter?
Truth be told, winter is as good a season as any for taking on virtually any kitchen maintenance, repair or improvement project. Such projects don’t have to be expensive in order to produce gratifying results. The list below includes projects that range from simple home maintenance to more substantial overhauls.

  1. Check for Air Leaks – Given indoor-outdoor temperature differentials, during winter it’s easier to find openings through which air can pass, adding to your home heating and cooling costs. Re-caulk any problematic seams arounds doors and windows.
  2. Repaint Ceiling and Walls – Giving your kitchen ceiling and walls a fresh coat of paint can be a smart move if it’s been a while since they were painted. Like most contractors, painters are more likely to negotiate pricing during slower winter months. Plus, you might be able to book an individual painter or a crew only one or two weeks out, compared to 3 or more weeks during the summer.
  3. Resurface Countertops – As everyone knows, worn or outdated kitchen counter or island tops can detract from a home’s appearance, as well as its market value. Wood countertops – either butcher block or plank-style – are functional, add warmth, and are virtually timeless. After all, naturally beautiful wood will never go out of style!
  4. Update Kitchen Cabinets – Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning and application of a wood restorer to renew luster to kitchen cabinets. For tougher jobs, you might need to consider hiring a professional refinisher. If you have painted cabinets, keep in mind that many painters experience a slowdown during winter. Regardless of the finish of your kitchen cabinets, you’ll find that a change of hardware – knobs, handles, and hinges – can make them look almost new.
  5. Refinish Your Kitchen Floor – Humidity can cause floor finishes to cure too fast, leaving an overly glossy or uneven finish. Drier winter air, heated to a narrow range of temperatures, will ensure steadier curing and deliver more satisfactory results.
  6. Miscellaneous — Here are a couple of projects that can make a big impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen, without making too big a dent in your bank account: add crown molding; upgrade lighting.

Our kitchen improvement projects list would not be complete without mentioning two other sure-fire ways to enhance the looks of your kitchen and at the same time increase the value of your home: update kitchen appliances and upgrade kitchen furniture. Of course, we at Butcher Block Co. will always recommend butcher block tables and kitchen carts! They’re functional, affordable, natural, and above all else, beautiful.