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Geneseo, IL- Historic Home Remodeled and Updated With Nods to History.

When you remodel a home you are writing a part of its history. Every renovation, small or large, becomes an entry into the timeline of that property. Many times our client’s personal style choices drive the selections and design decisions entirely. In a historic home the home itself also influences decisions. When our expert kitchen remodeling team takes on a project in a Historical property, we are so honored to become a part of that history.Historic home deserve expert design and craftsmanship. Kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This historic home in Geneseo, IL has seen many changes to the property over time including kitchen renovations. The most recent remodel we just completed at the home allowed the owners to update the layout, function, and working elements of the kitchen without losing the historic character that the space deserves. Allow us to show you around this beautiful new space…Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores in a Historic Geneseo, IL home. Painted white cabinets, marble look quartz, and brick tiled flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

True of many older homes, there are doorways and unique wall spaces to consider when laying out the new design. The completed new layout now includes a back wall with the cooking center, refrigerator wall with pantry area, single-level island with sink, and a new hutch area. The contrast from before to after below showcases that a shift in material selection alone can make any space seem brighter and larger.

Before and after from a Historic homes remodel. Kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new kitchen seems much larger than the original but no walls were removed. In fact we ADDED many cabinets to this kitchen. Including a new lighting plan and selecting brighter finishes help to make the space seem spacious and timeless. As you can see in the image below, the cabinetry now also extends all the way to the ceiling for a more customized and built-in look.
Appliances by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A flat-panel white kitchen cabinet remains the most classic of choices for all tastes and styles. Here in a historic property it looks right at home. This kitchen includes cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Prairie Door and Shaker edge profile. The main kitchen cabinets are in the painted “White” finish by Koch. Because of other molding details in the home, a traditional crown molding profile was used where the cabinets meet the ceiling.

Project Management kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A custom wood hood is installed above the range and the addition of a mantle area/shelf allows for decor to be added.Just beyond the main cooking center wall is an area of the kitchen that has been transformed completely. So long alcove with open shelves…. and hello gorgeous new built-in hutch! This little corner of the kitchen may be our favorite part of the new design. A combination of glass doors and open shelves, all illuminated by our Diode LED lighting system.
Before and after from a Historic homes remodel. New hutch area installed as part of kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Diode system has been installed throughout the kitchen as undercabinet lighting. The same low-profile, low-voltage lighting is also installed in the glass-door and open shelf cabinets! We realize we sound like a broken record in every feature when we talk about this lighting but trust us it is a key player in why projects like these look so great! Including this lighting is such an important part of showcasing the investments you have made into your home.
Diode LED undercabinet lighting in a hutch area of remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Once installed, the lighting becomes the perfect task or ambient light. It uses very little energy and the look is great day or night. For instance, these images were taken during the day and the lighting STILL makes a big difference even with daylight coming in the windows. Another design detail that gives a historic look are the “clerestory” glass cabinet doors. The cabinets surrounding the hood have the top section cut for glass and become a great space for display without distracting from the hood itself.
Painted white cabinets with a wood hood design. Kitchen remodeled in historic Geneseo home by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course classic white subway tile is always a great material for any historic home. Another nod to the history of the home is the use of moldings and decorative detail. This kitchen is a very bright and clean look. The look can be achieved and still include details like supports or corbels. Not all of these details are heavy carved or scrolled wooden elements. In this case, a subtle style of mantle bracket was selected that complements the cabinet doorstyle.
Wood hood mantle corbel detail in painted white finish. Kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com
A large single-level island is in the center of the kitchen and is now home to the kitchen sink and dishwasher. There is a curved overhang area for seating on the back side. Modern upgrades and updates should always be considered when remodeling. Ask yourself what suits your lifestyle and could make your enjoyment of the space even better? An upgrade as simple as this garbage disposal button may be something your become thankful for daily.
White painted kitchen with gray stained island. Historic home remodeled by Village Home Stores in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

The low-profile of the button helps to keep it from being noticed unless you are really a user at the sink. The apron farmsink has found its way to be included in many styles of kitchen spaces within the past few years. Where it began it’s demand and influence is from projects just like this one. An old-world look inspired by large cast-iron farmsinks. We love the look of this Kohler Whitehaven sink.
Gray stained kitchen island on brick tiled floor. Love the look of two medium pendants above this island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Vicksburg Door with Shaker edge is installed in a Rustic Hickory wood and “Driftwood” finish. This soft gray stain looks great and allows the Hickory grain to be highlighted. The lighting above the kitchen island also helps to keep the kitchen feeling open and bright. Two pendants hang above the island in a polished nickel finish.
Kichler pendant lighting in remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

These Kichler lights are perfect. The finish of the lights allow light to bounce off of them and the open frame style of the lights allow your eye to look right through them. Polished chrome and nickel finishes blend very well with Stainless elements. Using a brushed light fixture may have suggested a more modern style for the space. Stainless Steel appliances in a white painted kitchen. Sharp microwave drawer and KitchenAid pro gas range. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course many upgrades were brought in by replacing the appliances with a brand new KitchenAid suite with Sharp microwave drawer. The 36″ wide dual-fuel commercial style range is stunning in appearance and top-notch in features. KitchenAid does a fantastic job of bringing professional-level features and benefits to you at a fraction of the price of other 36″ wide range options. Dual fuel gives you the precise control of a as cooktop with the consistent temperature control of an electric oven below.  Stainless Steel appliances in a white painted kitchen. Sharp microwave drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

Microwave drawers can really be the unsung heroes in spaces like this. Could you imagine this same wall of cabinetry with a microwave hood? Even a countertop microwave would distract from the finished look. Microwave drawers give a clean look and a functional upgrade. This 24″ wide flat-panel model blends really well with any Stainless Appliance suite. We managed this remodel from start to finish. Walking our clients through every step of our process to keep everything on track for time and budget. We hope to get so show you more of that full process in an episode of our TV show very soon.start to finish

Until then you can see some great images from the whole process on our award-winning Houzz portfolio. See the full album of images from this project including many before and during photos here on our Houzz page. There you can save the ideas you love from this project into your own ideabooks or even write on and message your team at Village what you love about this product.
Brick tiled flooring installed in a remodeled historic kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Don’t forget that we also carry floorcovering and tile at Village Home Stores! This kitchen includes a brick tile by Chicago Brick in the “Southside” color. This tile gives the look of an old brick floor but is durable and easy to clean. We have this same tile installed in our Geneseo showroom so do stop out to see it in person. Do you own a property that is in need of an expert remodel team that will respect your home, your budget and your own ideas? Village Home Stores is the right choice for you. Have your own crew or contractor to use? No problem at all! We can provide an expert design and material selection for you and your contractor. Want us to handle it all but don’t know where to start? No problem at all! Your first step is to reach out to us for an appointment. We will walk you through our process and answer any questions you may have. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. We can’t wait to see what you are working on!
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Geneseo, IL- High School Life Skills Lab

We feature nearly a project-a-week all year on our blog. With the amount of designers on staff and the variety of sizes, styles, and budgets for these projects it’s impossible to pick our favorite every year. In 2017, that decision was very easy. We were honored to help with one special kitchen that has earned the title of our favorite project of 2017: the new Life Skills Lab at the High School in Geneseo, IL.
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This kitchen may not seem like much to you, but to the students and teachers it is a game-changing new space that will help our community long term! Students with varied levels of abilities use this classroom every day during the school year. It was a privilege to partner with other local businesses on this new lab. Take a look at the kitchen area from the old classroom:
before-picNot only is it limited in space, but also limited in access! For example, it was not even a possibility to teach any student in a chair how to rinse or wash their dishes. The need for a new updated and accessible classroom has been present for quite some time. Last year the amazing people at Good Samaritan wanted to come up with a way they could give back to these students. You see, the kids love visiting the residents at Good Samaritan Village and the feeling is mutual! So much so that Good Samaritan raised money and wrote for a grant to help and make the new lab project happen. team

Initially, three local kitchen companies including ourselves were invited to a meeting to discuss bidding the project. A very long story short…. all parties at that meeting agreed very quickly that if we each chip in what we were able to, then the overall project would have the best result. Once we heard the needs of the students and visited the existing classroom…. the term “competitor” went out the window. Village Home Stores, Chicago Street Decorating Center, and Alexander Lumber were now all partners for this important and impactful project for our community.
Village Home Stores installing new appliances in the Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. | VillageHomeStores.com

Village Home Stores was able to provide a brand new wall oven, cooktop, microwave, and range hood. We also provided some cabinetry and countertop for the “shop” area of the lab. The photo  below was taken before some final areas were completed (i.e. concealing plumbing, paneling toespaces and island legs) but just look at the difference from the old space!almostfinished

This new Life Styles class helps to empower and challenge the students to learn and practice skills with their teachers. The addition of the accessible island now makes it possible for all students to access the large kitchen island space to learn and practice. And now for our favorite photo of the project. Here are just some of the happy students and parents from our community that will get to use this new space.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

You can barely see the kitchen yet it showcases exactly what this project was about perfectly. We can’t think of a better way to capture the new Life Skills Lab than with this single photo. This new lab space is an investment into the future of each of the students that uses it. We were invited to an open house to celebrate all involved and seeing the kids in the lab was so incredible!
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Geneseo, IL is “Where the Future Grows” and that slogan isn’t just for business. It means growth all across our community. It means growing and preparing for our future and cultivating and enabling our residents as best we can.
ADA island in a classroom in Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. | VillageHomeStores.com

An ADA accessible classroom space allows the students the space, surfaces, and accessibility to try and practice skills that help them be independent! An area of the classroom was also installed as a “shop” for the lab. This shop area is used for activities such as sorting, and other household skills.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

There are currently many students that use this lab at the High School and they come from many surrounding communities. Knowing the upcoming amount of students that will be entering the High School grade level made it important to take action now. The new lab is now finished and has been in use for the 2017 school year.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

With local businesses teaming up to help provide products and services, that allowed Good Samaritan the ability to help these kids out even more. The funding from the Good Samaritan team and the grant that was received was able to be used to cover added costs outside of the materials and labor and also to purchase needed supplies for “kits” used every school year.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

A special thanks to our competitors at Chicago Street and Alexander Lumber for making this project fun and exiting to see completed. An added thanks to the team at Durian Builders for their expert craftsmanship and installation. Thank you also to Wirth Plumbing for providing an accessible and safe sink and faucet for the lab. The school district, staff, and Geneseo Board of Education were helpful and enthusiastic to help make this lab happen. Our thanks again to Good Samaritan for including us in that initial bid meeting. We were honored to be included in this opportunity to give back to these important members of the Henry County community.

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Of course, thank you to these enthusiastic and happy students. We absolutely love it when you come visit us at the store. You are incredible and we know each of you can do great things! Now you have the perfect space to practice and learn new skills. Thank you for being our favorite clients of 2017!geneseo-schools

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Hazelwood Homes: Taupe Painted Cabinets and Marble Look Quartz

This week’s featured project is located at a new home built in Andalusia, IL by Hazelwood Homes. Kitchen design in the Midwest is trending toward open, airy, and inviting spaces. This layout and selection of materials is a perfect way to showcase a Transitional style with some farmhouse details.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A U-shape layout with a large single-level island. The walls are open and airy with just windows, a wood hood, and floating shelves. The other wall is home to the taller elements. A double-oven cabinet, refrigerator, and pantry area complete the U-shape. But that’s not just a pantry cabinet…
A walkin pantry front in an Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

…it’s a walk-through pantry front! This design gives the solid look of a cabinet custom fit to the wall in the kitchen. When the doors open, it reveal a walk-in pantry area that turns back behind the refrigerator space. So when seeing this beautiful open and airy look, don’t worry about the lack of wall cabinet storage. The huge pantry area provides so much shelf space!
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a stunning look! The customer arranged to have rustic wood surround the back of the kitchen island and the floating shelves in the same wood look perfect! We love the pairing of a smooth, solid finish painted cabinet with rustic details. The knotty wood adds character and texture to the space.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with floating rustic shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is so much to be said about being able to design a single-level kitchen island without a sink or cooktop in it. Just think of how many times in the last few Holiday weeks that you wished you had a large surface for working on. Cookie decorating, gift-wrapping, and serving food would all be amazing on this large island surface. There is even an overhang for counter-height seating.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with Carrara Grigio quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz in the “Carrara Grigio” color gives the look of a marble with the maintenance-free appeal. A classic and durable choice. The floating shelves and clear glass island pendants help keep the kitchen walls feeling open and airy. Another player in this is the custom wood hood above the cooktop.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and wood hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

We can create wood hoods to pair with any kitchen style. From simple and clean-lined looks like this, to ornate and decorative options. We have them all! Plus you can fit the interior of these hood with blower inserts of many types. You can customize your power and exhaust options all concealed within and the look is great!
Painted light gray / taupe cabinets by Koch Cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinets in this kitchen are a great new neutral option from our Koch line of cabinetry. The “Taupe” painted finish has been applied to a paint-grade maple in the Seneca door. The flooring this this kitchen is from our LW Mountain line. It is an Acacia handscraped engineered wood in a “Natural” finish. Ready to get started on your own dream kitchen like this? Your first step is to reach out. Our staff can walk you through the Village Home Stores process. Building a new home, or remodeling the one you are in? Either way we are your expert team! Contact us today by calling (309) 944-1344 or submit a message to us here online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Davenport, IA- Home Gym and Dream Craft Space

The past two tours here on the blog have been from a home in Davenport, Iowa we just completed a remodel at. This is a beautiful home that is still fairly new. The lower level of the home however, was ready for the final touches to customize the spaces perfectly for the owner’s lifestyle. We now wrap up our features with two spaces in the lower level that are unique and amazing! Take a look at this before and after of a storage room turned craft space. What a dream area for any creative!
DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted "Storm" finish and Cambria Berwyn Quartz in a remodeled Davenport Craft Room. | VillageHomeStores.com

Tons of added storage space in tall pantry cabinets that can accommodate boxes, bins and containers of all sizes. All of that tall, deep storage space plus an island area for a worksurface. This space will be used for crafting and sewing projects. We honestly wouldn’t mind any task as long as it can be done in this gorgeous room.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted "Storm" finish and Cambria Berwyn Quartz in a remodeled Davenport Craft Room. | VillageHomeStores.com

One side of the island has an overhang of countertop so a stool can be pulled up beneath it when seated to sew or work. A second “floating stool” can be pull up on any other edge of the island if needed. Cambria Quartz in the “Berwyn” design is truly the very best surface you can ask for as a craft table! Quartz will not get damaged if your hot glue gun happens to drip down, it is nonporous, and you can even cut directly on it.
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The island is built from a single drawer base cabinet including a total of 6 drawers to help sort and organize tools and supplies. The cabinetry in this Craft Space is from our Dura Supreme line. The Shaker door is painted in a gray “Storm” finish. We love how it pairs with the counters and flooring.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted "Storm" finish and Cambria Berwyn Quartz in a remodeled Davenport Craft Room. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of those specialized “extra” spaces of a home is what makes it a home after all. For instance, why get a gym membership if you have this space downstairs?!?  Home Gyms are a great investment an can be placed in sometimes previously-unused spaces. This room was just a storage alcove a few months ago.
Basement remodel including new Home Gym with Luxury Vinyl Plan floors in a remodeled Davenport home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now it is a perfect Home Gym escape! A Luxury Vinyl Plank floor from our Adura line is installed here and all through the hall and Craft Room as well. Adura Distinctive planks that are 6″ x 48″ in size in the Seaport Wharf color. Vinyl plank floors are great for spaces like this. They are durable and more warm on bare feet that ceramic tile.
Basement remodel including new Home Gym with Luxury Vinyl Plan floors in a remodeled Davenport home. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the stunning spa-like bathroom here in a past blog feature. Plus don’t miss the Bar area we also featured here. See the full album of photos from the entire remodel here on our Houzz page. If you have a space in your home that isn’t a kitchen or a bathroom don’t forget we are still here to help! We have surface, storage, and decorative products for all around of your home! Contact us today to tell us what you are working on! Reach us by calling (309) 944-1344 or by completing this show online contact us form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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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
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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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