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Butcher Block Countertops: Woodsy Delights Bring Functionality with Warmth

We are always on the lookout for ways to improve our kitchen. There are two different aspects in here and finding a balance between aesthetics and ergonomics is harder than it seems. Countertops play an important role regarding both these aspects of kitchen and are surfaces that are subjected to the most wear and tear in this room that sees plenty of traffic. There are plenty of countertop materials to choose from and in the modern kitchen synthetic options that combine durability with visual beauty offer a whole new world of options. But the classic butcher block is still a winner even as we head into 2020!

Butcher block countertops can be beautiful and functional at the same time
Butcher block countertops can be beautiful and functional at the same time [From: Rustica Hardware]

The butcher block can obviously handle a whole lot of workload and has been a staple in kitchens across the world for centuries. Be it a domestic kitchen or one that is commercial, a butcher block section or even entire island countertop allows you to create a durable and adaptable prep zone that can also function as a serve area in case of islands with breakfast bars. If you love butcher block countertops, then you will love the many beautiful kitchens on display today –

Part of the Kitchen Island

Even if you are not completely committed to the idea of creating an entire kitchen island or workstation with the butcher block, you can start smaller by making it a part of the kitchen island. This allows you to have a kitchen island countertop that is in sync with other countertops in the kitchen even as you enjoy a prep zone with the butcher block. If you are happy with the result from an aesthetic standpoint, then take the idea forward with an island that has a butcher block countertop.

Thick butcher block countertops are a hot trend in the functional modern kitchen [From: Nic Darling]
Using the butcher block in the kitchen when your prep needs get bigger! [From: Optimise Home]
Add the butcher block to the large kitchen island with stone countertop and ample shelf space [From: Architectural Kitchens]
Gorgeous prep and work zone on the countertops in this kitchen blend in with the other woodsy finishes [From: Gardner Architects LLC]

Custom Solutions for Small Kitchens

In the small kitchen where space is limited, you might not always have the place or the need for an extensive island or even one that offers just the basic features. Here, a smart alternative is the tiny kitchen island on wheels that has a stainless steel body and a top crafted from the butcher block. By having this island at a height that is just below the kitchen counters, you can even tuck it away neatly when not in use. Adding the butcher block to the edge of the kitchen workstation is of course a simple idea that is also cost-effective. It is easy to turn even the tiniest of corners in the kitchen into a perfect prep area using the butcher block.

Kitchen island made from reclaimed timber adds an entirely different dimension to this lovely kitchen [From: David Heide Design Studio]
Tiny kitchen island on wheels with a butcher block top and stainless steel frame [From: Teri Fotheringham Photography]
Turning the vintage butcher block in the kitchen into an island all on its own!
Butcher block kitchen islands save space while providing a practical and durable surface for all your cutting needs

Durable Prep Zone for Every Kitchen

Ask anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time in the kitchen and they will tell you about the importance of a smart, functional and organized prep area. The butcher provides all this along with giving you a durable work surface that can handle all those cuts from your blade with ease. Just devoting a little area on your dashing new marble kitchen island to the butcher block can keep the rest of it sparkling and scratch-free for life. Often under-valued and forgotten, it is barely a surprise that butcher block countertops are making comeback in a time when the kitchen is once again becoming the ‘central piece’ in home design.

Discover your own version of the thick butcher block countertop with a wood of your choice [From: Buckminster Green]
Finding the right butcher block countertop for your traditional kitchen island [From: Insignia Kitchen and Bath Design Studio]
Custom butcher block island stands in the middle of the lovely farmhouse style kitchen with granite countertops [From: J M Interiors]

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