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Davenport IA- Basement Bathroom Gets the 5 Star Treatment

Just beyond the bedroom door of the Home Bar we shared in the last post, is a bedroom suite with a stunning new bathroom. This space immediately fools you into believing you have just checked into a 5-star Spa. A warm-gray palette and a jaw-dropping lighting statement make this one of our favorite projects of 2017! We think after you take a look around you will agree.
DuraSupreme cabinetry and custom backlit mirrors in Davenport bathroom. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

DuraSupreme cabinetry in the Shaker door and painted “Pearl” finish have been designed to offer as much storage as possible for the space. Stacked crown molding reaches all the way to the ceiling and plenty of drawer storage is within reach of either sink.
DuraSupreme cabinetry and custom backlit mirrors on tiled wall. Remodeled Davenport bathroom by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two tall cabinets in the corner offer linen storage on shelves. The best way to get a feel for the layout and space is to look around! Press play below to take a look around this spa-like getaway complete with a custom tiled shower area:

The most remarkable elements in this finished design are the lighted mirrors. These back-lit mirrors were an idea our client had hoped we could ingrate into the design. Custom mirrors mounted with our Diode LED lighting behind them turns out to be a match made in heaven!
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Behind the custom mirrors from Steve’s Mirror and Glass we mounted to LED tape to back-light them. This Diode tape is low-voltage AND low-profile. That makes it perfect for unique custom projects like this. This same back-lighting look can be used in any area of your home. Imagine an entryway mirror, artwork, or a long mirror in a walk-in closet space. Press play below to peek behind the mirrors:

Proof that if you have an idea for your dream space… just ask! We have the resources to try our very best to make it happen. Clear communication of your budget and timeline is always key. Your team at Village Home Stores can help you decide what elements of you “dream” spaces are a must-have items for the overall look and budget or if there are alternatives. We want to keep you on track AND on budget.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in Shaker door and painted Pearl finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinetry in this bathroom was ordered with what is called “five-piece drawer fronts” to give each drawer the added detail of rails and stiles. Of course what you can’t see in these photos are other features like dovetailed drawerboxes, self-closing drawers, and soft-close doors. The area shown below is installed at a lowered height and now is fit for a seated makeup vanity area.
Davenport bathroom remodel with DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted Pearl finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Bathrooms can be such a unique canvas for a stylish space. There are so many surfaces and fixtures that can add to an overall finished design. The Kohler “Symbol” faucets are absolutely gorgeous in this bathroom. They are mounted aside a Demi-Lav sink perfectly named “Wading Pool”.
Davenport bathroom remodel with Kohler Symbol faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

The vanity areas have Cambria quartz counters in the “Berwyn” design and standard Eased edge profile. Quartz is a fantastic choice for a bathroom counter because it is stylish and extremely durable. Heat from hair appliances and makeup solutions and removers are no threat to the sparkling surface. Read more about the quartz investment in this previous post about our recent trip to Cambria.
Davenport bathroom remodel with Cambria Berwyn quartz tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

Berwyn includes so many colors that are right on target for trends in the Kitchen & Bath industry. It pairs so well with bright whites and nearly all varieties of grays. A large walk-in tiled shower is always at the top of many bathroom wishlists. Take a look at the finished shower in this bathroom!
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower with pebbled tile floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

Because of the layout, a shower door isn’t needed. In fact there is even a turn in the shape to offer the user privacy. Right at the entry is a towel bar that warms your towel as you shower. The Jeeves E curved towel warmer is the perfect treat-yourself detail for a shower like this.
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower, pebbled tile floor, and heated towel rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

8″ x 32″ woodlook tile from the Woodland series in “Rectified Maple” is paired with accents of a Pebble mosaic tile in the Fiji Cream color. The tile from Sunderland Brothers looks perfectly on-trend and unique while still remaining neutral. Woodgrain tile gives you a unique look in an easy-toclean surface.
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower with pebbled tile floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

That same accent pebbled tile is used as the shower floor. By using this textured pebble tile as the shower floor, you are treated to a foot massage every time you use it!  Plus if the warm towel waiting for you isn’t enough pampering, just turn on the heated floors for you once you exit the shower.
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower with pebbled tile floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

It is no mystery why we are so in love with how this bathroom turned out. It checks all the right boxes: stylish, inviting, unique… oh and did we mention the client was just the bee’s knees?!?!  We love it when a customer is just as enthusiastic about the process and the project as we are. She was wonderful to work with on the whole project. This Lower Level remodel project includes this bath, a basement bar area, craft room and home gym space. See the full project here on our Houzz page. We hope to very soon feature it on an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. Are you ready to talk about your OWN project with our store? Your first step is to reach out. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this show online form and we will walk you through our process. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Davenport, IA- A Basement Bar Gains “Top Shelf” Status

A job half done is well…. is exactly that. Many times when a new home is built, spaces are completed with the intention to sometime revisit them. We often refer to this as another “phase” of a project. The lower level of this Davenport, Iowa home is a wonderful example of taking that final phase to the next level! There was home bar installed when the home was completed. A bar kneewall and granite top installed plus a lower base cabinets to form a bar area with a bar sink. We have added to the space t make it stand out. The new finished bar are is now complete and very cool!
Koch Cabinets in Davenport Home Bar. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A whole row of upper cabinetry has been added to match as best we could with the existing base cabinets. The cabinet line is named Koch and a “Brandy” stain has been applied to a Rustic Beech wood. But who are we kidding right? It’s most important what is INSIDE the cabinets in a home bar. Because of this focus, the interiors have been finished so the shelves can be used to display glassware, accessories, and bottles.
Koch Cabinets in Davenport Home Bar. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each of the doors has been fit for glass inserts. Including glass in cabinetry can be a great way to add interest to an accent cabinet, or entire section of cabinets like we have showcased here. And speaking of showcased, the best way anything can be spotlighted is with our Diode LED lighting. Here we have installed in inside of the cabinetry including the option of a dimmer.
Koch Cabinets with lighted interior and glass inserts in Davenport Home Bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This low-voltage, low-profile lighting makes it an easy choice to always leave on when ever needed. Useful for task lighting at the bar when entertaining, or used as an ambient light during movie night in the family room.  The same lighting system has been installed underneath the wall cabinets to help showcase the stunning slate and copper mosaic tile.
Koch Cabinets and beautiful wall tile in Davenport Home Bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This tile is by Questech in Twill Mosaic: Antique Bronze Blend. It is a gorgeous blend of metals and textures. This tile selection truly sets off the whole space adding style, sparkle, and a toast-worthy look. New carpeting was installed throughout the space and on into the nearby suite area bedroom. The carpeting is from our Phenix line in the Alpine Lake series and Doe Skin color.
Phenix carpeting in a Davenport, IA home. Basement remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

When you purchase carpet from Village Home Stores you always receive:

  • FREE basic tear-out and haul away
  • FREE basic furniture moving
  • FREE measure & estimate
  • Lifetime re-stretching

We also completed some other areas of the home during this next “phase” process. New wall sconces were added to the space. We love the farmhouse-inspired look of these Kichler wall sconces.
Kichler farmhouse style sconces in a Davenport, IA family room. Basement remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A stylish new ceiling fan was also installed upstairs during the process. This 62″ wide Minka Koa fan is almost an art piece in the great room. So unique and functional. Keep in mind that small projects can also be knocked off your list as we are scheduling crews to work on a space in your home.  Why not have the electrician bid the project plus any other areas you could spruce up while they are in the home.
Unique modern ceiling fan from Minka in a Davenport, IA home. Lighting by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This home bar area and the other areas of the project are just the tip of the iceberg! Wait until you see the new suite area just beyond the bar. The bathroom sincerely is one of the most beautiful projects we have ever installed. Stay tuned here to the next blog post to see that plus a craft room and home gym from the same lower level. A special shout-out to the crews at Durian Builders (see below) who we caught going above and beyond the day we were taking our final photos. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores with work by Durian Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

We hope to share this entire project very soon on a new episode of the Village Home Show sometime in 2018. Ready to start the conversation about your own remodel with our team? Your first step is to reach out. We will help guide you through the rest of our process. You can reach us by calling (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We are excited to hear what you are working on!
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Calling All Elves: We Need Your Help on a Giveaway!

This year has been such an encouraging year for us as a small business. We continue to add to our growing customer list and promise to keep earning the trust of all of you on that list. We are a small business located in a small town but we are blessed to service such a large area of the Midwest. The team at Village Home Stores is so thankful that you see a value in a great price paired with great service. We would love to brighten someone’s Holiday this year but we need your help. We are calling on all of you to be our elves. We need your “nice list” because someone is getting this Whirlpool® laundry pair under their tree!
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This 85 series Duet Front-Load laundry pair has a large capacity AND when working as a team, they are efficient with your time, water, AND energy use. Know someone who could use a “load” of help this Holiday? Please let us know who! Who should be nominated? Nominate someone who is in need of laundry without the finances to purchase new. Or nominate someone who is doing good and could use the pair to keep helping others.
Help Village Home Stores find a deserving home for this laundry pair. See store for details. | VillageHomeStores.com

Return THIS NOMINATION FORM to Village Home Stores in person or by mail at 105 S State St. Geneseo, IL 61254 or email completed for to info@villagehomestores.com all entries must be received by Friday December 22nd at 5pm. Winner will be contacted for delivery the week following Christmas. Name of winner will not be announced publicly unless the winning party agrees to it. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. See store for details.
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Edgebrooke Homes- Koch’s “White Drift” Paint Finish and a Viking Appliance Suite.

We had hoped that by the time we shared this “White Drift” painted kitchen that we would have a Winter Wonderland outside our windows to help make it even more charming. No snow yet in Bettendorf Iowa but it doesn’t stop the style in this kitchen from “piling” up! We were thrilled to provide design and materials for this QCBR Parade of Homes entry from Edgebrooke Homes. The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous.
White Drift painted kitchen with Viking Appliance package. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A kitchen can still be bright and light without being solid white! Koch Cabinetry has a new painted finish available named “White Drift” that can be applied to many woods. No matter if that name makes you think of sand dunes or snow, it’s the perfect way to describe the layers of color and character it brings to a design.
White Drift painted kitchen with Viking Appliance package. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shown here on a Rustic Beech wood and Easton door, the choice of wood species also includes rustic knots and character on the doors and drawers. Lighting trends in kitchen design are moving away from groups of three small pendants and instead replacing that concept with two larger scale fixtures. This provides a big impact of style and scale to a space. The two “Labette” lantern-shaped lights from our SeaGull line are actually considered foyer lights. Here above the kitchen island, the size and style looks perfect!
White Drift painted kitchen with island. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A large single-level island is located at the center of the design. Here you find the kitchen sink undermounted to quartz counters. A single drill faucet with pullout spray arm keeps the counter from needing multiple holes drilled into it. The only other thing atop the island is a garbage disposal button (shown on right of faucet). Cambria quartz in Berwyn design. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Quartz in the “Berwyn” design is the perfect pairing with the wood finish. Not every kitchen requires a high contrast of material selections. Here the subtle tone-on-tone approach keeps the space feeling open and bright. The refrigerator wall of the kitchen design is balanced in scale by a tall pantry cabinet on the left side.
White Drift painted kitchen with Viking Appliance package. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

But that’s not just a pantry cabinet, it’s a hidden walk-in pantry. Tall pantry fronts can be ordered to match your kitchen cabinets and can turn any available space into hidden storage potential. In new homes it can be easier to plan on having the pantry space available but don’t forget about remodel projects too! Consider current closets or desk areas that may make great pantry areas. Your designer at Village Home Stores can help.
White Drift painted kitchen with hidden pantry front. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We love any opportunity to include pantry fronts like this in designs. We do show an example of this concept in our Geneseo showroom so stop by to see it! Press play below to see this pantry front cabinet section in Betendorf, IA in action:

That same wall with the pantry and refrigerator also includes a stylish microwave drawer. This kitchen has been fit with an appliance package from our Viking Range line.  The microwave shown is a 24″ wide undercounter model that gives a sleek built-in look next to the 36″ wide counter-depth Viking refrigerator. One of the many reasons we love carrying the Viking line is that it is a professional-level appliances product that you can build an ENTIRE kitchen appliance package with including the refrigerator. This is a huge advantage instead of the mix-and-match approach many other high-end brands require.
Viking microwave drawer in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen. Appliances by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

On the other wall of the kitchen is the cooking center of the design. Two large pots and pans drawer bases flank a 36″ wide 6-burner gas range also from Viking Range. Above the range is a decorative wood hood fit with a Broan built-in PowerPack hood insert (see below for view in).
White Drift painted kitchen with wood hood and Broan insert. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The 36″ gas range selected for this kitchen is full of exceptional features. Some of our favorites include six sealed burners above and a GourmetGlo™ infared broiler within. This unit is even available in many unique colors for a fun impact in your design! We are also so proud to mention that Viking is another one of our Appliance lines that is manufactured in the United States.
Viking Stainless Steel gas range. Kitchen appliances by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Quad Cities Region continues to be a wonderful area to build a new home. We are so proud to partner with so many of the talented builders in our area. Don’t forget that New Construction customers are all eligible to our lighting bundle program. As you purchase from multiple departments of our store, you can earn FREE lighting for your home. Learn more about this bundle program in this previous article we posted describing the program. We provided most of the materials throughout this parade home for Edgebrooke Homes. Including the doors and hinges for this built-in area just around the corner from the kitchen.
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Have any questions about anything you have seen in this kitchen tour? Want to start your own conversation about a project? Contact us today! We can help you with something as simple as new cabinet hardware, or manage an entire project for you. All budgets and all styles, we are here to help. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or send us a message here online. See the full album of photos from this home here on our award-winning Houzz profile. Our thans to Edgebrooke Homes for their continued business with our store.
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Dura Supreme 2017/2018 Product Training and Trend Forecast

Village Home Stores has worked hard over the years to curate a list of product lines that offer our customers the very best value for their dollar. We believe strongly in building that list to include as much product made in the USA as possible. With every brand we offer, comes the responsibility to stay up-to-date with product knowledge and an awareness of anything new in the line. Therese is the newest member of the Kitchen & Bath Design team at Village. She just returned from a week-long training session with Dura Supreme and we wanted to share a bit of what she learned there.14We know that you are probably not as interested in the product knowedge and training Therese received as you are to hear what is new and trending in the industry (don’t worry we will get there). Here is a quick recap of some of the highlights from her training. Most importantly, Dura Supreme is truly customized line of cabinetry! If you or your designer can dream it up, chances are Dura can build it just for you! duracollage
Each and every order that comes through the facilities in Howard Lake Minnesota is built to suit that custom order. Nothing is stocked or pre-made. That was the main element that stuck with Therese as she toured the Dura Supreme factory buildings.

“I didn’t realize until seeing it in person just how hands-on a cabinet order is to Dura Supreme. The entire cabinet order I am sending for my clients is handled step-by-step through the process. It is great to know that when my clients invest in Dura Supreme Cabinetry the product will be expertly crafted just for them.”

Having the ability to modify and customize cabinetry within a design gives our designers the freedom to truly find the best working design solution for our clients using every bit of space possible. A great design must function well… but you want it to look great too! Dura Supreme also gives our designers an almost limitless catalog of finishes to use for the perfect look. 3

Wood stains, laminated foils, painted finishes, plus weathered and custom patina options allow us to offer something for any taste. The “Personal Paint Match Program” from Dura Supreme allow you to use any Sherwin Williams paint color and apply it as a custom paint color for your cabinetry.dura-supreme-jasper

In addition to the extensive product training during the week, designers from across the country were presented with a 2018 trend forecast. We will be unpacking some of these trends in more detail as we head into 2018 but wanted to give you a general list of what 2018 is predicted to bring to the Kitchen & Bath Industry.

Kitchen & Bath Trends For 2018:

The trend forecast for 2018 was presented by industry expert Karen Wistrom. Karen is Vice President of Marketing at Dura Supreme and also sits on the National Color Board. Her expertise in the field of trend forecasting and industry news is a wealth of knowledge. This is why Dura has always been at the very frontlines of any upcoming trend. When grays were predicted to become big, Dura was at the ready with years of research and development into the best gray options to offer us.inset-white-vanity

The Midwest Approach:

Our market is still very interested in the clean and versatile look of a white, flat-panel kitchen. But some trends can be put into play without a large risk attached. For instance, in the Midwest we are truly on board with two-toned designs. Our customers love the look of a second finish on an island or built-in hutch area. Not every trend will impact a region the same. For example, while we may have some clients from time to time that fit into the “Contemporary” style category, that doesn’t represent our average client’s personal style. The sleek look of our Dura Surpeme front desk cabinetry and waterfalling counters (shown below) better represents much of what the West Coast markets are used to seeing. Not as common for us to be installing in the extended Quad Cities Region. But the key is we ave it available! We have something for any taste!waterfall_edge

What’s Trending Now?

If you follow us here on our blog, or browse any websites or magazines at the checkout line then you have a pretty good handle on what is trending right now. Many times it can be hard to pin down a specific part of a space that you love. You can save 4 kitchen images for instance, to your own Houzz ideabook but perhaps its just the lighting in each that you really love. Here are some of the main trends we are seeing throughout the Kitchen & Bath industry right now:

  • High Contrast! More two-toned designs with more contrast from finish-to-finish. Think a rich Navy Blue island with a White painted kitchen perimeter.
  • Complete Color Neutral Designs and White-on-White spaces! Many designs have taken to a serene and minimal approach to finishing a space. Subtle palettes or Grays, Taupes and Beiges can create the perfect look. Classic looks of White-on-White continue to be a great look for Kitchens and Bathrooms.  Keep in mind these color neutral designs don’t have to be void of a pop of color! They actually make for an even better showcase for colorful accents.
  • Playing With Scale and Numbers! A great example of this is the shift away from the “rule of threes” approach to lighting above a kitchen island. In place of three small pendants, consider two larger fixtures. Or what about one large statement light above an island?two-lights

So What’s Trending Next?

The trends predicted to make a big impact in 2018 are many that we have been “dipping our toe in” so-to-speak for awhile. Many of the trends we have already began to use for clients and showcase in our Geneseo Showroom. Here is what you can expect to see next:

  • Black Finishes! We have began to see the shift from black accents like an island, or crown molding and instead seeing larger amounts or a dark, rich black painted finish. In 2017 we had a handful of completed kitchens that were 80-100% black painted cabinets.
  • Brass! Gold continues to stay on trend but a softer brushed look is starting to take the lead with this trend. Brushed brass, and warm champagne bronze finishes will continue to be popular. We see this trend for our Midwest market to be used in accessories hardware, and lighting. Plus we are very excited for Whirlpool® to launch the new Sunset Bronze appliance finish in 2018!
  • Oak! Yeah. For real! Oak is making a comeback! That may come as more of a shock for other markets because here in the Midwest, we never really saw a complete step back from Oak finishes in the home. In 2018 you will begin to see more lifestyle blogs and magazines showcasing the Oak woodgrain again! Keep an eye out for cerused or a pickled/limed look on Oak woods.
  • Mirrors! This is another trend that has been very easy to get our clients on board with. Including mirrors in your finished designs help to make a space seem larger and bounce light aroudn to help it seem brighter. What we love for cabinet design is the use of mirror instead of glass for doors. This gives a great look but no pressure to build a “display” or items behind it.mirror-cabinet

The Big Color For 2018…Green!

While we will continue to see rich, deep blue colors in the upcoming years, Green will lobby for our attention too! From rich, Emerald jewel-tones to bright, vibrant punches of color. Green will become a staple of both permanent finishes and home accents in the upcoming years. We have already began to see completed Kitchens and Bathrooms from our colleagues using rich, green cabinetry as well as muted, dusty green tones that pair well with grays.  green-accent

We will be showcasing more of these trends in detail on the blog over the next few months. Learn more about Dura Supreme and browse their finish options here on their website. Are you interested in beginning a project with us using this incredible product? Contact us today to get started. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing the short contact us form here. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Prophetstown, IL- A Kitchen Remodel Transforms This Ranch Home

We recently finished a full kitchen remodel at this ranch home in Prophetstown, IL. The entire process was managed from start to finish by the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores.  This means that we managed the entire process from early on in the bidding and designing phases, through the final project walkthrough. Take a look at this beautiful and bright new kitchen!
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course this space didn’t start out giving out such bright and spacious feelings to guests and users. It began as an open but dated kitchen. Unique traits such as the wall ovens in a brick wall helped to give it an edge. With a new homeowner in 2017 came the opportunity to update and upgrade this space.
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Don’t worry we kept that brick! We did make quite a few upgrades in layout and materials throughout the rest of the space. This kitchen has gone from a medium-toned wood to a bright painted white. That change alone transforms the look and feel of the kitchen for guests and users. One upgrade we should begin with is that this is now a kitchen that includes 4 ovens…wait what?!?! Yes FOUR OVENS!
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with KitchenAid appliances. Remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Allow us to walk you through a tour of the new cooking center in the kitchen. A 24″ single wall oven, 24″ combination microwave/wall oven, and a slide-in gas range that includes a lower baking drawer. That offers all the convenience of each of the units for day-to-day use and lifestyle. But for those few times every year when entertaining, this KitchenAid® package offers 4 ovens all can be used at 4 different temperatures!
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with KitchenAid appliances. Remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Many times our customers are drawn to a slide-in model of a range for the look and integration into a clean new kitchen design it allows. KitchenAid® has made such incredible changes to these sleek new models by including many features and benefits that were once reserved for their larger, more commercial style units. One new innovative feature we must mention is the shift from a “warming drawer” to the new baking drawer. Yes you can still set it on a “keep warm” function or even store your baking sheets in it when not in use. However, new changes as to how you select the setting of this drawer have opened up the opportunity to now use this space to bake or slow-cook items at a different temperature from the main oven area. All of these great features PLUS convection in the oven in a 30″ model! With all of this talk of baking temperatures and capacity we don’t want to breeze over the fact that the gas cooktop on this model is enviable as well!
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with beveled subway tile and chimney hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

5 burners that collectively range from 5,000-19,000 BTU’s. That allows you to shift from a rolling boil to a very low simmer almost immediately. Above the cooktop we have installed a wall-mount 30″ canopy hood in Stainless Steel. This hood has been fit with a re-circulation kit. We would classify this kitchen as a great example of what New Traditional is becoming in the Midwest region. A smart working layout and durable materials with clean lines help to keep a kitchen functional and beautiful. New Traditonal is also about including great textures (hello brick) and adding historic details like the schoolhouse shaped pendants used here.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with seating. Remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We love that these “Garvey” pendants by Savoy House allow light out of the fixture and also through. Using clear glass here helps to keep the space more open and bright. The shape does lend itself to that old world look and adds style. The metal finish of the fixtures also helps reflect light and compliments the Stainless Appliances without duplicating it.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with schoolhouse pendants by Savoy House. | VillageHomeStores.com

We realize we jumped right into an appliance tour without showcasing the new kitchen itself. An L-shaped kitchen design with a large single-level island fills the kitchen with storage and surfaces that are usable and accessible. The arch of the countertop at the center offers up an overhang space for the island seating.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with Cambria Quartz counters in Berwyn design. Island with an Ogee edge profile and a rounded seating overhang. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria® Quartz counters in the “Berwyn” design have been installed in a stylish “Ogee” edge profile. This decorative edge looks right at home in this space. With such a bright room and material selection, the light hits the edges of the Ogee detail and really helps to showcase the quartz color and details like that arched island top.
Cambria Berwyn counters in Ogee edge profile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Quartz is a fantastic choice for a countertop investment. Once installed it is maintenance free and will look as gorgeous 15 years from now as it does today in these photos. With so many designs and edges to select from, you can almost certainly find something for any space.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with beveled subway tile and LED lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

The usable space of the kitchen now seems like a larger area even though we didn’t open up or remove any walls. In fact we added to the cabinetry in the new kitchen design. On the opposite end of the kitchen used to sit a closet pantry area behind bi-fold doors.
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Now that pantry area has become a built-in hutch and sideboard part of the new kitchen design. Still a location for great storage, there is plenty of shelf space above plus deep base cabinets with roll-out shelves below. An open counter area now allows this area to be used for serving while entertaining. Imagine it set up as a drink station during holiday get-togethers.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with built in hutch area. Remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

As you look at the above and below images it is very clear that the best way to showcase an area like this in your project continues to be our Diode LED lighting system. Keep in mind these photos were taken during the day. Even so, the lighting is what takes all of this design and material to the next level. What good is it to invest is such beautiful products if you can’t see them?
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with beveled subway tile, herringbone marble inlay and LED lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is a beveled subway tile throughout the new kitchen from our Rittenhouse Series. The color is “Arctic White Gloss”. It is important to note a very updated look to the classic subway tile of the past: gray grout. White subway tile with a gray grout installation is such a great look. It is a new approach to an old look and we continue to love every job we get to install with it. Another area that we added cabinetry to is an angled, shallow cabinet section designed for a TV on an open wall.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with angled TV cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Just enough of a counter space for a flatscreen but look at all that added storage below! The cabinetry in the kitchen is from our Koch Classic line. The doorstyle is named “Bristol” on a paint-grade maple. This flat-panel door works well for may styles and tastes. This kitchen it was ordered with 5-piece drawer fronts and a decorative outside edge applied to the doors and drawers. In a bold contrast to the white painted cabinets is the beautiful new hardwood flooring beneath everything.

Bella Cera hardwood in varied widths in a remodeled Prophetstown, IL kitchen by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Random widths of 3/4″ thick maple from our Bella Cera Alessandria series is finished in the “Padua” finish. A painted white kitchen always helps to make a space seem larger and more brighter both day and night. The light catches the texture and varied widths so beautifully. See the full album of photos from this kitchen here on our Houzz page.
Cabinets all the way to the ceiling with glass in top section. | VillageHomeStores.com

Bright white cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling. We have found that sentence to be so common when we ask our clients what their dream kitchen looks like. The great news is that look can be interpreted in so many styles and budgets. Here it looks right at home paired with coved crown molding and with top sections cut for glass creating a clerestory look. Are you ready to start the conversation about your own before and after story with Village Home Stores? It begins with you simply reaching out to us. We will walk you through all of our processes to find out which project path works best for your home. Whether you want to do most of the work yourself, or need all the help we can offer. We are here to help. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete the small contact form here. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Tim Dolan Development- Bettendorf Iowa Kitchen Showcases New Traditional Trends

This Fall in the Quad Cities we again had the pleasure of seeing our designs and products in many of the QCBR Parade of Homes listings. We have so many opportunities to showcase before and after remodel stories here on the blog. Truth is, we love any chance we can get to also remind you that we can help you if your dream kitchen is in a brand new home you are building! Take a look at this gorgeous example of New Traditional style in Bettendorf, IA in a home built by Tim Dolan Development.
Painted white cabinetry and gray quartz counters. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

A classic selection of a white painted flat-panel doorstyle is paired with many other on-trend choices for the finished space. The cabinetry is from our Koch Classic line in the “Bristol” door. This door is a clean look with a shaker edge applied and smooth, slab-style drawer fronts.
Paneled builtin refrigerator by KitchenAid. | VillageHomeStores.com

This is a “Full Overlay” style cabinet which means that the doors and drawer front span across the cabinet faceframe fully. This gives a more customized look to a row of cabinetry and shows less gaps between cabinets. Another custom detail is the built-in refrigerator that has been fit with panels made specifically to fit this 36″ wide model from KitchenAid®. This bottom-mount freezer model includes a platinum interior, spill-resist glass shelves, LED lighting and a built-in icemaker.
Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is plenty of storage within the kitchen and access to a walk-in pantry area centrally located in the layout. As you turn the corner you see the main focal point of the kitchen is the wood hood and large range centered on the back wall. This sloping wood hood has been painted to match the kitchen cabinetry and trimmed out in the same crown and under-cabinet molding as the kitchen perimeter. A Broan® internal blower insert and assembly fit with 900 CFM’s is concealed within it.
Painted white cabinetry and KitchenAid appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cooking zone of this kitchen design has access to the Sharp® microwave drawer in the kitchen island as well as a 48″ gas range packed with features. This 6-burner range from KitchenAid® includes an easy-to-clean chrome electric griddle surface.
Painted white cabinetry and KitchenAid appliances including 48" wide gas range with griddle. | VillageHomeStores.com

A Dual Fuel gas range means that you get the immediate control of heat in a gas cooktop plus the accuracy and consistency of an electric oven for baking. Cook more at once with two oven areas together totaling 6.3 cu. ft. capacity.
Painted white cabinetry and gray quartz counters. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered quartz countertops have been installed in a color named “Fossil Grey” with a standard “Eased” edge applied. Quartz provides an durable, nonporous surface perfect for a busy kitchen ready for entertaining. Selecting a subtle grey quartz for the counter is both classic and on-trend right now. This quartz counter leaves the perfect base for adding a jaw-dropping tile backsplash in the kitchen.
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A 4″ x 12″ elongated gray tile from American Olean’s Stonepeak line is stunning! Available in both glossy (shown) and matte finishes, this “Auru” series can be used in so many styles of spaces! The “Slate” color here gives a trendy ombre detail but the pattern and surroundings ground it back to a Traditional style.
Unique elongated gray wall tile in white kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The ceramic delft blue accessories paired with clean whites and the tiled walls give us  bit of a wanderlust for a trip to the Greek Islands or a farmhouse in the South of France. The kitchen has an almost dreamy atmosphere from the light that hangs above the kitchen island.
White kitchen with oak floors. | VillageHomeStores.com

4 candelabra lights filter through a metal screen shade and cast a unique shadow on the ceiling and surrounding wall cabinets. This light is from Savoy House, a new line we just added to the showroom. The fixture is named “Structure” and we just love it!
Light with metal shade. Home in Bettendorf, IA with lighting by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

We provided all of the lighting for this new home. Our New Construction Lighting Expert helped select and budget with the builder to create a functional and stylish lighting package. The “Winton” 12-light chandelier from CraftMade Lighting pairs a weather wood look with dark bronze details.
Home in Bettendorf, IA with lighting by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

We didn’t just provide a beautiful kitchen design for this new Bettendorf, IA home. We also helped to complete the flooring surfaces, bathrooms, lighting, and even specialty areas like this builtin hutch in the hallway. See the full album of photos including these other spaces here on our award-winning Houzz portfolio.
Home in Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

The entire Great Room includes a Living room area, alcove sun room area, casual dining space, and the kitchen. This has been covered with an engineered hardwood from our Canoe Bay line. 7″ wide planks from the Key West series are a White Oak in the “Lighthouse” finish. The white painted kitchen on the light oak floors are a dreamy pair!
Canoe Bay White Oak floors. Home in Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

We love how the other textures and furniture finishes in the Great Room all seem to pair so well with the flooring. Are you planning on building a home in the Quad Cities Region? We are your home surfaces and design experts. Located just a few miles down the road, our showroom and expert staff are worth the trip. We than the team at Tim Dolan Development for another wonderful partnership on a beautiful new home in Bettendorf, IA. They have truly built a beautiful home for one lucky family. Learn more about Tim Dolan Development here at their website. Have questions about our store or process? Give us a call today at (309) 944-1344 or by completing the contact us form at VillageHomeStores.com.
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Bettendorf, IA- Dark Gray Kitchen Rich With Storage & Style

This Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen has been completely transformed from a medium oak cabinet with laminate tops…
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…to a rich look of dark gray stained cherry with sparkling tile and counters! A brand new kitchen layout has been planned to now fit a long, unique island. DuraSupreme’s flat-panel “Highland” door is in a cherry wood and the rich “Peppercorn” stain allows the woodgrain to peek through. The new cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling with a subtle crown molding. A beveled undercabinet molding completes the look beneath the wall cabinets.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme Peppercorn Cherry cabinets and Cambria Galloway quartz. Design, materials, install, and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Before we tour it, we should mention that this kitchen remodel in Bettendorf was finished using the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores. This means that a team of experts worked together from designing, through the estimating phase and on into the scheduling and project management process. Our proven process is a system we will walk you through beginning from your very first phonecall or showroom visit. Village Home Stores are your Quad Cities regional Kitchen and Bath remodel experts. The complete Project Management Program walks you through every step of the process from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

After the design phase is complete, all parties involved including the subcontractors we are hiring for your project will meet at your home before any work begins to clear up any questions they have. If you have questions about this process we have answers! Do call us anytime to chat about what our Project Management Program would mean for your own home projects. (309) 944-1344. Let’s take a tour of this week’s featured project beginning with some of the beautiful new materials selected for the kitchen.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with KitchenAid Black Stainless and decorative metal tile above the cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

A striking compliment to the Peppercorn stain on the cabinetry, is a suite of appliances in KitchenAid®’s new Black Stainless Steel finish. The first in the industry to introduce this true stainless finish. The new kitchen plan removes the original peninsula and now extends the cabinetry all the way down the wall to make space for a tall cabinet fit with a combination wall oven and microwave.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with KitchenAid Black Stainless. Appliances and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Convection features in the oven AND microwave allow this model to function as a double oven when needed. Wall ovens are fantastic for allowing you a view into the oven without bending over. When items need attention, use the SatinGlide™ Roll-Out Extension Rack for easy access. Across the kitchen is a section of tall pantry cabinets surrounding a 5- door Black Stainless Steel refrigerator.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with KitchenAid Black Stainless 5 door refrigerator. Appliances and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This French Door model includes a 3-tier freezer drawer plus two refrigerated drawers. This is a full-depth model refrigerator. Read more about the differences between full/standard depth and counter depth refrigerator in this recent blog post. With the original peninsula design out, there is now room for a kitchen island. Our designer at Village Home Stores created an island design with plenty of storage and even seating in this kitchen.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with Cambria Quartz tops in Galloway design. Unique whistled shaped island design. | VillageHomeStores.com

A rectangle island top is extended into a rounded seating area supported by a cabinetry post beneath. The post supports the counter and allows 4-5 barstools to pull up for a comfortable casual dining space. Cambria® Quartz in the “Galloway” design ads sparkle and drama to the kitchen design. The warm grays and soft whites in this quartz allow it to be a great choice for many kitchen and bath projects.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme cabinetry in Cherry Peppercorn finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The island support post serves double-duty as a hidden storage area. Why build an empty box of panels and trim if it can be functional too?! Speaking of creative storage, this kitchen is packed with it! When you open up your Tupperware cabinet at home are you fearful of an avalanche of lids every time? Then you need this Rev-A-Shelf® insert in your life!
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with Rev a Shelf pull out storage container organizer. | VillageHomeStores.com

This insert pulls out to access slotted spaces perfect for sorting lids and containers. Press play below to see this incredible storage solution sure to make the very top of every client’s kitchen wish list.

Another great hidden storage solution is located to the right of the gas cooktop area in the kitchen. This pullout utensil cabinet keeps any busy kitchen organized and has everything within reach! It can even remain open with the user is working at the cooktop station.A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with utensil pullout. DuraSupreme cabinetry in Cherry Peppercorn finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each of the metal inserts can be removed for loading, unloading, and cleaning. A special knife storage area is included. This universal knife storage area has movable flex rods that adjust to hold whatever size knives slide into it.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme cabinetry including pull out utensil organizer. | VillageHomeStores.com

Press play below to see this unique storage cabinet open up to reveal many organized zones and a knife block.

Have you ever seen a beautiful new tile backsplash that immediately looks crowded and busy because of all the outlets and switches that interrupt it? Introducing the adorne® undercabinet system by legrand®. Plenty of power, light, and innovative options that are hidden out of sight underneath your wall cabinetry.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with legrand undercabinet lighting and outlet system. | VillageHomeStores.com

This collection can be completely customized for your lifestyle and your layout. Wish you had an outlet in a different location? No problem! This system is modular so you can move outlets and even add accessories like tablet cradles and bluetooth speakers. Like this look? Check out this other recent kitchen remodel we completed that also includes the adorn® system.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with legrand undercabinet lighting and outlet system. Lighting and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tracks are installed at the seam where your kitchen wall meets the back of your wall cabinetry. This keeps it nearly hidden from plain sight when viewed within the kitchen. With many options and accessories available, the best way to get all of your questions answered about this product is to visit our award-winning showroom at 105 S State Street in Geneseo, IL and see it installed!
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with legrand undercabinet lighting and outlet system. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the new kitchen installed came the opportunity to also put in a matching custom bench seat. A custom cushion could be made for the bench seat but this customer loves the look of the woodgrain so much they have left it uncovered. On the subject of woodgrain, note the gorgeous new flooring in this kitchen. It is actually not hardwood but instead a Luxury Vinyl Plank from our Adura line. The series is named “Ashford Walnut” and the color is “Foxwood”.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with custom storage bench. | VillageHomeStores.com

A long hinge allows for the storage access door to be opened and left open without slamming shut. Think of all of the small and unusual spaces in your own home that could be potential storage areas. Don’t hesitate to ask about your options with Village Home Stores to help make the most of these spaces.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with custom storage bench. Kitchen and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Another small space that received a storage upgrade was the corner of the kitchen shown below. Added storage and a small landing space for setting down items. This angled base cabinet can be used in a number of ways in a kitchen design. Here it stands alone as a wonderful storage niche.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme cabinetry in Cherry Peppercorn finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Love the look of this kitchen? See an idea or storage cabinet you want to include in your own project? Pin this image right now to your Pinterest board or find the whole album of over 50 photos here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save images to your own ideabooks or share your wishlist items with your designer from Village Home Stores. Ready to start your own before and after story with us? Contact us today! Complete this short online request or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear about your project!

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Aspen Homes- Polished Farmhouse Style For Fall Parade of Homes

The Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association Fall Parade of Homes is coming up Mid-October and we wanted to give you a tour of one of the homes you can expect to see there. This home is built and designed by Aspen Homes LLC in Bettendorf, Iowa. A polished farmhouse style filled with new finishes and timeless but trendy looks.
White Drift painted kitchen with Gray Stone stained accents. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new “White Drift” painted finish from our Koch Classic line has been applied to a Rustic Birch wood in the “Hastings” door. This antiqued look finish makes up the main kitchen and island cabinetry. A custom interior pantry door and “X” endcaps for the island are in a Hickory wood and “stone” stain. Did you know Village Home Stores can order you interior doors perfect for your design? We can!
Farmhouse finishes for a kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two “Covington” lantern pendants from our Capital Lighting line hang above the kitchen island. These same lights would look great in a foyer or many other applications. Your lighting expert at Village will help you select the right fixtures in style and scale for your space. This kitchen blends many metal finishes and it works well in the completed Great Room space.
White Drift painted finish from Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The “Hastings” cabinet door by Koch is a Full-Overlay style. This means that there is minimal gaps between the cabinet door edges and the faceframe of  the cabinet. It is a great look and when finished off with an undercabinet molding, the look is very polished and complete. Each end of the kitchen island has been fit with custom “X” endcaps.
Painted cabinets paired with cerused hickory finish pantry door and island details. | VillageHomeStores.com

These endcaps where completely custom made by our Amish line to match the Hickory “Stone” stain repeated in the pantry door. The look of this finish allows the woodgrain to glow through. The balance of the pantry door and island endcaps is the perfect subtle accent amount.
Painted cabinets paired with cerused hickory finish pantry door and island details. | VillageHomeStores.com

The gray stain is complimentary to the accent highlights in the main cabinetry finish. By selecting a gray stain, that allows a customer to really go many directions for a wood flooring selection. This medium-toned wood floor is a wonderful choice.
Painted kitchen with Gray stained accents like these island caps. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course no farmhouse styled space can be complete without an apron farmsink! The kitchen island includes a narrow cabinet, the dishwasher, sink base, and pullout trash cabinet. We love the old world style of this kitchen faucet and the polished chrome finish brightens up the room.
Farmsink faucet inspiration. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered quartz with a nod to a true marble look can be a wonderful solution for a kitchen countertop investment. This kitchen uses our Q Quartz line in the “Calacatta Classique” color. The subtle gray veining is classic and looks right at home here. Once installed, quartz is  extremely durable, stain resistant, and maintenance free.
Painted cabinets paired with cerused hickory finish pantry door and island details. | VillageHomeStores.com

The back of the island has been treated with a beaded wood panel. The beadboard look allows the “White Drift” finish highlights to have areas to hang up and show the beaded detail. Staggered heights and depths of cabinetry on the perimeter adds interest to the kitchen design. This wall includes the refrigerator and a microwave drawer.
Painted kitchen with microwave drawer. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The wall on the other side of the pantry is home to the gas range and a chimney style Stainless Steel hood both from our Whirlpool® line. Large stacks of drawers flank the range for plenty of pots and pans storage.
Painted White Drift kitchen with stainless appliances. Kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA with design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 5-burner gas range from Whirlpool® includes a slide-in style that keeps the area behind it clean and clear for tiled details to shine. All of the controls are found on the front of the unit. New EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Grates on the cooktop. An industry first from Whirlpool®, these cast-iron grate hinge open for easy clean up without removing them completely.
Convection gas range in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The oven in this unit also includes True Convection features. A third heating unit in the back of the oven uses a fan to evenly distribute heat over under and all around the 5.8 cu. ft. cavity. This feature also means 20% faster preheatinglocal-whirlpool-dealer-quad-cities

Stylish selections that can perform well and clean up fast. That’s a dream kitchen! The look is beautiful and the features and materials are built to last even for an active family. Plenty of storage in this beautiful kitchen in Bettendorf. Sophisticated rustic details keep this farmhouse style space feeling open, bright, clean, and stunning.
Kitchen island lights by Capital Lighting in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The design and selection process can be overwhelming. At Village we work with your builder to help keep you in budget but create a total and complete design. We can see and help show you the “big picture” for your project. Color renderings and material selection appointments help us keep you on track and give you as clear of a vision as possible for your finished space.
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See the full album of photos from this Parade Home here on our award-winning Houzz page. To learn more about Aspen Homes visit their website here. If you have any questions about the building process or want to hear more about our Bundle Program. exclusive for New Construction customers contact us today! Reach us by completing this short online form or by phone at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear about your dream home!cabinetry-bettendorf

Learn about the differences between counter depth and standard depth refrigeration from Village Home Stores.

“Depth” of Knowledge- Counter VS. Standard Depth Refrigeration

As we work on a kitchen design with a customer, there are many questions to be answered. Questions from you about options and what comes next, plus many questions from our design team involving preference and need as we work through our process. During the design and selection stage of a project however, there will be some questions that do leave this team at a brief crossroads until a decision is made. One key detail questions you may hear early on from us is “will you be including a standard or counter-depth refrigerator in the new kitchen?”

Example of a standard depth refrigerator installed in a Quad Cities kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com
Don’t worry if this detail isn’t something that was even on your radar until just now (standard model shown above). There is no one single industry standard for refrigerator depth. The only definite factor is refrigerators are getting deeper and taller as the demand for maximum storage increases.  For decades and decades, counter-depth refrigerators were only available in extremely high-end and built-in situations. Example of a standard depth refrigerator projecting into the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This is no longer the case. The cleaner, more customized look of a counter-depth refrigerator makes it the most desired look for kitchen designs. This demand has made manufacturers respond with counter-depth models coming in at a variety of price points. If the phrase “counter-depth” has you seeing dollar signs, don’t worry! There may be a counter-depth model that does fit within your appliance budget! But does your design demand it?Example of a counter depth refrigerator installed in a kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

So What Are The Differences In Refrigerator Depths?

Refrigerator depth doesn’t seem like that large of a detail when you first consider it. In kitchen design every fraction of an inch needs to be considered. That is the case for cabinetry solutions as well as the appliance package included. The kitchen below showcases a standard depth refrigerator installed. Example of a standard depth refrigerator installed in a Quad Cities kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This design above warrants no need for a counter-depth and the look is still magazine-cover worthy. Of course a counter-depth model would have looked great! Just less of the sides, or “cabinet” of the unit would show. Let’s discuss now some of those key differences between standard and counter-depth models:

  • Standard could mean the unit “sticks out” an extra 4″ or more into the kitchen. That could be noticeable in some designs and even restrict a walkway in others.
  • Cubic foot capacity will always be a main feature difference. A model that boasts the largest cubic footage of storage space will most certainly never fall into a counter-depth category.
  • Counter-depth models have limited water and ice options. Limited interior space means that some water and ice features are best suited for standard-depth models. We will discuss the topic later in this post.
  • Price used to be one of the main differences in upgrading to a counter-depth feature. Price isn’t necessarily as big of a difference as it used to be. Now many counter-depth models fit within the same price category as high-featured standard depth models.

If I Choose a Counter-Depth Model What Can I Expect?

Of course newer standard-depth models will always offer the latest and greatest in storage solutions and features. Now as more counter-depth models are introduced, many of those same features are being included in models as they are launched. This means that all of the best features and benefits are not limited only to standard-depth models. refrigerator

In fact many times innovation is pushed forward to meet the challenge of a counter-depth model.  The issue of an in-door ice unit being so large it takes up nearly 1/3 of the fresh food storage space has lead to the need to streamline the design. Now the smaller, compact units are included in standard and counter-depth models alike! Some counter-depth models may replace an in-door option with an icemaker in the lower freezer and interior water dispenser above (shown below).Example of an internal water dispenser in refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Side by side refrigeration is no longer the most desired layout for storage so most of the newer models launching are French door units with a bottom freezer.  While it isn’t the best storage layout for most lifestyles, side-by-side counter-depth refrigerators remain to be the lowest prices. Bottom-freezer models are constructed with a completely different design and parts. This keeps them beginning slightly higher in price from a side-by-side construction.  Village Home Stores offering cabinet depth refrigerators. | VillageHomeStores.com

Busy kitchens require maximum fresh food and freezer storage no matter what depth you choose. Our expert appliance sales team can show you all of the amazing interior features your refrigerator will have. We can help you select the perfect model for your lifestyle. If the look of your refrigeration unit is important to your design, you may want a more built-in look. 

How Can I Get A “Built-In” Look?

You have many options for how you can choose to surround your refrigerator in a cabinet design. No matter the depth of your model, you need at least 1/2″ on each side and above the unit for proper ventilation. An exception to this is the category of truly “built-in” refrigeration (shown below). Built-in refrigeration options installed at counter depth. | VillageHomeStores.com

A trim kit is installed surrounding the unit for a custom fit. It is important to note that while counter-depth models offer a more built-in look, they still may show some of depth projecting from your cabinets. The only way to avoid that is to select from our built-in models. If your layout allows it, you may be able to include a recessed area on your wall for your refrigerator to set back into. This allows you the look of a counter-depth model but the choice of using any standard model. Building a niche in your wall for the depth of a standard refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com
The surrounding cabinetry can either be pulled forward to give the illusion of a built in look or ordered deeper from the factory.  These recessed spaces are a wonderful solution and when planned correctly with your design team it’s a great look! Be sure to check out our Houzz ideabook including more examples of all of these concepts. Find that ideaboook here on our Houzz pageshallow-depth-fridge

Many of the questions we may ask you in our first few meetings have already been decided during your own research and inspiration process. In this case, we are just collecting information from you and getting everyone on the same page that will be involved on your project. It is our job to keep all of these details in order as we work through our process for your project at Village Home Stores. Discussing options and working through to find the best solution for your project and budget is a very key part of the big picture. This is the case with just a single new appliance purchase, or an entire remodel or new home build. Let our experts help. Contact us today by completing this short online form or calling (309) 944-1344Locally owned since 1984, Village Home Stores offers an award-winning customer experience in Appliances sales and service