Wall Removal and a Peek At Our Kitchen Remodel Process

Village Home Stores East Moline Quad Cities remodel

This kitchen in East Moline, IL has a whole new look and layout. We removed a dividing wall to make room for more natural light and an island design with counter-height seating. Warm, Rustic Beech Koch Cabinetry in the Seneca door and Briarwood stain has been accented with a Black glaze. The mixed metals of copper, Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless look amazing. Plus check out the bright statement with that island accent lighting (more on that later)! We absolutely love how this kitchen turned out.

Rustic Beech kitchen with Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Rustic Beech kitchen with Berkley Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen was very nice, but the layout of the cabinetry was awkward and secluded from the front room. This made it a great candidate for a wall removal remodel. Not every kitchen we remodel needs a wall removed to be incredible. In this home however, having the entire space open now seems like that is what the layout should have been all along. In this kitchen we removed a wall and soffit during the remodel process to achieve that open concept. Take a look at the original soffits and dividing wall between the living room and kitchen shown in the before photo below.

Before photo of a kitchen in East Moline before we removed the wall and soffits for a larger kitchen layout.

What is The Village Process Like?

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen anytime soon you are in the right place! This blog can be such a useful place to find inspiration and help qualify your own likes and dislikes. We hope that Village Home Stores can be a part of your research process AND your remodel process. Are you just seeking products and ideas and to do the remodel work yourself? That’s great! Village Home Stores can provide you with an expertly prepared design and quality materials for you to DIY to your hearts content. But if you don’t have the time or skill to do that, our start-to-finish Project Management process may be the perfect fit for your timeline and your budget. What do we mean when we say our remodel customers can have us manage their job from “start-to-finish” ? It means that from the very first time you message us online or stop by, we are working for you and with you to get you into your finished space. No matter who is doing the remodel work, your first step is the same: just reach out to our team to schedule a Complementary Consultation.

Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

We schedule these consultations in our showroom before visiting your home so that you can get a better understanding of everything we offer and we are able to walk you through our estimating phases. Most people will only remodel a kitchen or bathroom in a home once or twice in a lifetime. It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what happens next. The great news is that we do this all the time! We are here to help walk you through our process and keep you on track and on budget. We want to help you to enjoy this process as much as possible. During this Consultation we will answer your questions and walk you through when you can expect to see your designs and estimates during our phases and discuss our payment options. We will also ask you some questions about the project, your goals, your budget, and who will be doing the work. There is a reason why budget conversations happen well before we begin estimating the project. This is to help us all stay on task and on track when designing your new space. After this Consultation, we will schedule a date for a Jobsite Visit in your home to gather information for us to begin the design phase.

Sometimes Our Biggest Skeptics Become Our Best Cheerleaders

Do you read every detail of a menu item before ordering at a restaurant? Do you answer “of course” when asked if you want your receipt? Did you already take general dimensions of your kitchen layout for us… on graph paper… and use a ruler? Do you have an engineering degree? Does your Summer Vacation this year have a customized itinerary? Have you started a spreadsheet for your remodel project already in Excel or Google Docs? If you answered yes to any of those questions then wow! You love the details and you respect the process! And guess what? You are going to be a HUGE fan of the Village Home Stores remodel process. We love the look on this type of customer’s face when we present our process checklists and walk them through our current and local budget data for projects like theirs. Some of our most appreciative start-to-finish customers are people who could have even done some of the work themselves. But who has the time or energy? We do!

Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers in the Quad Cities Region. That means our start to finish kitchen and bath remodel process changes and adapts every time we complete a job.
Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers.

Let Us Get To Work For You

There is a lot to be done before you can enjoy your new space and gathering estimates is a big part of that. The truth is there are 3 and a half pages of phases and checklists before we even reach the phrase “Jobsite binder is delivered and job begins” in our process. There are 9 phases of our process and 7 of those happen before we begin demo. We won’t reveal every phase in detail here but we can summarize them a bit. After that Complimentary Consultation in our showroom we will come out to your home to gather information. Then we will get to work preparing a design to be presented to you. Our goal is to ask enough qualifying questions ahead of the design phase that we can present to you initial designs that are successful. We will next discuss any changes needed to the design and begin making product selections in the showroom. During this Design Presentation meeting in the showroom we will also have you meet with other Village team members in any departments you may need products from. During this meeting we will document you selections and help guide you based on our budget conversations. You will also be given private login information at this meeting so that you can begin to access your design, estimates, and eventually contracts and schedules moving forward. Once all of the work to be done is documented by our team, and we have a clear design concept, we can schedule a Contractor Meeting at your home.

All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.
What sets Village Home Stores apart from other kitchen remodelers? Our process! All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.

All of the subcontractors we anticipate needing for your project will meet your village designer and our project estimator in your home. All together at the same time. Sounds like an obvious need right? But you would be surprised how rare this is in our industry. At Village Home Stores we believe it is a key element to a successful estimating and end result for all parties involved. Here we can clarify what work is to be completed and included in estimates and allow the subs to have some dialog about the work to be done.

Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home. Complete start to finish remodel by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home.

Our start-to-finish Project Management program at Village Home Stores changes and adapts with every project. We have also worked hard to curate a list of reliable, respectful subcontractors who can do quality work for you at a fair price. It has taken some time to get there, but we truly believe we can now say with confidence that our in-house and subcontractor staff are the very best you can ask to work in your home. We are so thankful to continue to get compliments on our staff and the subcontractors we send to our clients’ homes.

COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home. This product is very durable and waterproof with a realistic look and texture to real wood!
COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home.

What Will An Estimate Include?

But we haven’t mentioned an actual bid or pricing yet? That’s right! We have agreed on a design, selected materials with our experts and your budget in mind, and have detailed estimates for the work to be done and now we can present you an estimate. You will receive a complete estimate along with a detailed inclusion sheet of the work included in that estimate. This estimate will be as accurate as possible before work begins. Of course there can be unforeseeable issues to come up any time you remodel a home. Rest assured that we have a process for that as well. Our crews are used to working together and communicating with you and each other to come up with solutions when problems come up. During your project our team stay customer-focused and solution-focused if issues arise.

Cambria installation day with Blackstone at a Quad Cities kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Cambria installation day with Blackstone.

Enough about our process! Let us show you around this incredible new kitchen in East Moline, IL. What a warm and open space! This new cabinet layout is packed with great storage and details. Glazzio glass wall tiles in two sizes with an accent listel in an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish cover the kitchen walls. A L-shaped layout with large center island includes plenty of walkway space between the surfaces now that the kitchen wall has been removed. We also removed that kitchen soffit and reworked the ceiling to better compliment the rest of the open areas of the home. The new design truly suits the home perfectly!

Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.
Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.

With a new flow to the entire space, flooring needed to be a new consistent surface throughout. Once again we are sharing a kitchen with our best-selling COREtec Luxury Vinyl Plank floors here on the blog. Sorry to sound like a broken record repeating itself but this COREtec Plus HD series is extremely durable and waterproof. It has the look and texture of a rustic wood surface. The Barnwood Rustic Pine selected for this kitchen is a great choice to pull from the cabinet stain and accent glaze. We just had two new racks of samples delivered for this product so if you are considering a new flooring surface for your home please come see your options. But can we take a moment please and talk about this lighted island!?!?!

Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

This customer chose to install their Cambria Quartz in the Berkley design in a double-thick edge profile on the island. WOW! When they made that accent choice, the homeowner thought that accenting it even more with some lighting could make for a very cool effect. He was right! The look is pretty stunning day and night. This low-profile low-voltage tape light can be installed in a lot of fun ways. Because it is low-voltage, this island accent light can become the perfect nightlight or glow in the evening while watching TV or spending time out on the wrap-around deck.

Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The same Diode tape light is also installed underneath and above the kitchen perimeter cabinetry. We even concealed something else underneath the cabinets to keep the look clean. All of the kitchen switches and outlets are located in the recessed area under the wall cabinetry. This keeps the wall tile area smooth and un-interrupted. The Cambria quartz on the kitchen perimeter was installed with a farmhouse hammered copper Sinkology single-well sink and Delta Leland faucet.

Sinkology Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

This Delta Leland faucet comes with the new ShieldSpray Technology. This diverted spray option delivers a simple way to clean with precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet of water powers stubborn messes away in the center as a water shield simultaneously contains splatter and clears off the mess. It is like a forcefield around the spray power that keeps water from spraying everywhere. Learn more about ShieldSpray and see it in action here in this short YouTube clip.

Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink.

Mixing metal finishes and textures can be such a great look in a rustic-styled space. This kitchen includes Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware, lighting, and faucets and a blend of Copper and Stainless. The farmsink is a hammered copper finish and the unique 30″ Zline hood is a mix of smooth copper and black trim. KitchenAid appliances in the Black Stainless finish add drama and a soft texture. If a silvery Stainless seems like it will look too modern in your space, be sure to stop by and see Black Stainless in person! This finish is so versatile and available in a lot of models. We did include on Stainless appliance in the kitchen. Tucked unto the interior corner of the island is a microwave drawer in a true Stainless Steel finish. Mixing metals can be done right and we love the look! Let our team help you with the total vision for your design.

Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores. Your locally-owned Quad Cities appliance experts.
Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores.

Did you know we sell AND service appliances in the entire extended Quad Cities Region? We have an expert appliance sales and service team and offer competitive pricing to box stores. Village Home Stores has BrandSource buying power so we are able to offer our customers a fair price and the very best customer experience out there. Have questions about your purchase before or after the sale? Just call our team and we will be happy to help. Shop all of our appliances and get our Local Low Price Guarantee here on our website.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door.

A great kitchen design comes together in the details. Undercabinet molding helps to conceal those lights and outlets. Small details can make a big difference in the look of the overall finished space. In this kitchen the wall tile continues up around the kitchen window and is “capped” off by a valance and matching wooden panel above. The crown molding for the cabinetry has added interest with a change in depth on the corner cabinet.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied.

Want to see more of this kitchen and save ideas for your own project? Check out the full album of photos here on our Best of Houzz-winning profile. We have so much more to show you in this kitchen that we have decided to include it in an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. That way you can see more in detail the space and our process of getting to this finished look. We hope to have new episodes finished by the end of this Summer and you are going to really get more of a peek at our remodel process because we truly have filmed this one from start to finish. We are so thankful that these customers reached out to us after watching our show and now we get to feature their own story on an episode! Will yours be next?

Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

Are you looking to DIY a remodel? Or need us to manage it all like these customers? Just want new countertops or flooring to freshen up your space? We want to help. Your first step is to just get in touch with our team. You can complete this short form online and one of our remodel experts will reach out to you to start with the right process and checklist for you. Of course you can always call us at 309 944 1344 or stop by at 105 S State St in Downtown Geneseo, IL. To have the best experience, and allow us to answer all of your questions about our process, we do recommend that you reach out first to set up a Complimentary Consultation. That way we can have an expert fully available for you and prepare information for you to take with you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help!

Blue and White Kitchen in Prophetstown, IL -Hazelwood Homes

Spring has sprung and that means the world outside of our windows is getting more vibrant and colorful again! But who says you can’t have a splash of color inside? Not these fun customers in Prophetstown, Illinois who used pops of a a coastal blue throughout their new kitchen design from Village Home Stores. Bright white cabinets, a creative flood of natural light, bold accent tile, and island cabinetry create a unique but classic look. Take a quick blog tour with us as we show you this kitchen design from Village Home Stores.

Backless glass-front cabinets in Prophetstown, IL paired with blue wall tile and Cambria quartz countertops from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

Kitchen cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in the Craftsman Beaded doorstyle is painted a bright “White” finish. A farmhouse sink and full-overlay beaded doors with sections cut for glass inserts help serve a Coastal and Cottage style to the perimeter of the kitchen. Stainless Steel appliances and bright, polished chrome keep the metal finishes light and airy.

Dura Supreme cabinets in Prophetstown, IL with CoreTec flooring, blue wall tile, and Cambria quartz countertops. Design from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

Accent punches of blue color in the tile and kitchen island splash life into the kitchen. Adding warmth to the space is a wood look plank floor from our best-selling COREtec line of Luxury Vinyl Plank shown in the Shadow Lake Driftwood color and Plus HD series. Look how much variation and texture the floor has is in these photos! This product is something you truly must see and touch in person. If you are looking for a wood look but want a durable, hassle-free option for a busy household, COREtec may just be the perfect surface for you. Once installed, this interlocking Luxury Vinyl Plank is 100% waterproof making it perfect for kids, pets, or even adults who need something opps-proof!

COREtec Plus HD Flooring is a Waterproof, Pet-Proof, and Opps-proof interlocking Luxury Vinyl Plank. Shown in a Prophetstown, IL home in Shadow Lake Driftwood color. | villagehomestores.com
COREtec Plus HD Flooring is a Waterproof, Pet-Proof, and Opps-proof interlocking Luxury Vinyl Plank. Available at Village Home Stores.

Stop by the Village Home Stores showroom to see the many examples and samples of COREtec flooring surfaces available. Are you in the research process of a kitchen remodel or wanting to build soon? Selecting a style of cabinet door may seem overwhelming at first but sometimes simple is better! A smooth, flat-panel and beaded doorstyle can be a great option for many styles of spaces. This same beaded door shown in a wood finish can lend itself to a Craftsman style. Painted white, it can compliment many styles from Farmhouse to Cottage.

Dura Supreme cabinets in Prophetstown, IL paired with blue wall tile and Cambria quartz countertops. Design by Chris Robinson from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

The cabinetry in this kitchen design stretches all the way to the ceiling and have a stacked appearance to the wall cabinets. Notice the straight cornice-style molding detail we included above the wall cabinets. In place of an arched crown molding, this look is a more Contemporary look. If your personal tastes lean towards a Mid-Century Modern style, put a pin in this crown detail. The cooking zone wall of this kitchen includes a wall oven area and gas cooktop with hood that faces the kitchen island. The bold, blue tile is installed horizontally and staggered all the way to the ceiling behind the hood.

Cambria Summerhill Quartz counters pared with Blue Azura wall tiles a in Prophetstown, IL kitchen. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

Elongated beveled tiles in a bold “Azura” blue are eye-catching and exciting in the kitchen design. This Adamas series from our Stonepeak Ceramic line is available in a full complement of colors. Adamas is a match to all of StonePeak‚Äôs collections so you can mix and match to create a tile design as unique as you. Imagine this same tile installed stacked instead of staggered for a more modern look. Or perhaps match the grout color to the tile color? You have so many options! Our tile team at Village Home Stores will help you come up with a completed and installed look that is just right for your tastes and your budget.

Beveled blue Azura wall tiles and White Dura Supreme cabinetry in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

The cooktop wall includes a chimney-style hood, pot-filler wall faucet, and symmetrical wall cabinets with glass sections above. LED tape lighting is installed on the interior of the wall cabinets flanking the range hood. This frames in the focal point of the kitchen and helps to mimic the natural light found on the neighboring wall. On the sink wall our kitchen designer was able to naturally create a lighted clerestory look by designing this section to be open behind the doors. Faceframes, doors, and paneling build out an area that lets light pour in from the transom windows behind them.

Natural light can pour in from the backless design of these glass-front cabinets in Prophetstown, IL. Kitchen cabinetry and quartz countertops from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

Above the kitchen farmsink is a lighted plate rack. This kitchen was photographed before the new Hazelwood Homes clients had moved in so you will have to imagine that plate rack full of plates (we are guessing colorful ones). Another interesting element to this finished space are the Cambria Quartz counter surfaces. The “Summerhill” design is a blend of beachy neutrals with warm and gray tones. A great way to compliment the flooring choice and white cabinetry.

Dura Supreme cabinets paired with Cambria Summerhill Quartz counters in Prophetstown, IL. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

A “Small Ogee” edge profile was applied around the quartz. This added detail helps showcase the depth of colors in the top and let the light reflect off of the countertop edges. Cambria Quartz is a maintenance-free counter surface that is foodsafe and non-porous. That makes it resistant to staining and a fantastic worksurface for an island surface like this. Learn more about Camria Quartz and our trip to their manufacturing facilities in Minnesota here in a recent blog post. This large kitchen island boasts large worksurface but also a lot of added storage below. This blue painted finish is named “Gale Force” and is available on all paintable items from our Dura Supreme line.

Gale Force Dura Supreme island cabinetry with pullout wastebasket cabinet in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

Full-height doors span the length of the island and at the end closest to the kitchen sink, a pull-out wastebasket cabinet. We love the design of Dura Supreme’s wastebasket cabinets. Instead of a top mount for the bin to slide into, the bins drop snugly into a lower cabinet base. This makes changing the bags more sanitary and easier. Double bin designs are also available to make sorting recyclables easy. We also included adjustable slideout shelves behind the doors of these cabinets making them available for versitiel storage.

Gale Force Dura Supreme island cabinetry with slideout shelves in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes of the Quad Cities.

Looking to create a kitchen, bathroom, or home bar space that is as unique as you? We can’t wait to hear about it! Building or remodeling our team can;t wait to get started on a design perfect for your tastes and budget. Whether you are just shopping for a bold tile, or need the entire room of products your first step is the same. Just reach out to Village Home Stores and we will pair you up with an expert today. Contact us by phone at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will get in touch.

Product Profile: Excelsior HE Laundry Detergent

Best-selling products don’t just get selected by our sales team, customers decide what they are. What you recommend to your close friends and family is out of our hands and typically those conversations happen outside of our store. One of our favorite phrases to hear from a new customer is “A friend of mine told me about your…” This could be in reference to a service like our remodel project management process or many times, it is a product. There is no better example of a buzz-worthy product than our HE detergent program at Village Home Stores. We have been selling Excelsior HE laundry detergent for nearly ten years. Because we also stock refills of this laundry soap, we get to see our laundry customers when they need more. You would be surprised how often we have someone stop in for a refill only to run into a friend in the store and ask “Do you use this stuff? It lasts forever!” There is no better endorsement than that!

My first box lasted 14 months!

-Heather Seei, Village Home Stores customer

Excelsior is 6x concentrated. That single box shown above holds 5L of detergent which translates to 333 loads! No that is not a typo, we mean three hundred and thirty three loads. It may sound cheesy to say the stuff sells itself but it’s a no-brainer! If you like saving money, protecting your investment in your machine, and hate carrying home a bottle of detergent every other week then this product is for you! Starter boxes are available and come with a bladder full of detergent, a box that can turn into a dispenser, a cup to help you measure liquid for your load, and a free enzyme-powered stain spray for pre-treating tough stains. When you purchase a new washing machine from Village Home Stores you can take $10 off your first box! Once you have that box and are ready for a refill, just come in and purchase a refill bladder and save yourself $10 again!

6 times concentrated HE Excelsior liquid laundry detergent available in starter packs and refills at Village Home Stores.
6 times concentrated HE Excelsior liquid laundry detergent available in starter packs and refills at Village Home Stores.

Does your washer kind of stink? Did you now that using the wrong laundry detergent (or too much of the right ones) can sometimes create odor? When we ask customers to show us how much detergent they use for a full load we find they are waaaaaaaay off! Where do you think that extra detergent goes? HE machines operate using less water and energy and are meant to use and cycle through recommended amounts of HE detergents. Anything more than the recommended amount may not clear out after a cycle and end up someplace inside of your machine. We know this because we also have an award-winning Appliance Service team at Village and they have seen the insides of many washing machines.

How Much HE Detergent Do You Use?

Excelsior HE liquid laundry detergent per load: 1 Tbsp. for HE machines, 2 Tbsp. for non-HE machines. Available at Village Home Stores.
Excelsior HE liquid laundry detergent per load: 1 Tbsp. for HE machines, 2 Tbsp. for non-HE machines. Available at Village Home Stores.

For a full load of laundry in an HE washing machine, you only need to load 1 Tbsp. of Excelsior detergent! Yes one! But does just a Tablespoon for a full load clean my clothes? You bet! There is a lot of power in this concentrated soap plus there is a bleach-free whitener and brighter built into it. Excelsior is an eco-conscious product as well! It is biodegradable and phosphate free! If you are purchasing expensive sensitive skin detergents, you are still purchasing fillers and added chemicals you don’t need. Consider a cleaner, safer option. You don’t have to have an HE machine to use Excelsior! If you are looking to save money on detergent and run a more cleaner product through your existing machine that isn’t an HE model, you can still use this detergent. Just instead add 2 Tbsp. per load.

Save money and keep your HE washing machine smelling and performing its best with Excelsior detergent. Available in starter packs and refills at Village Home Stores.
Save money and keep your HE washing machine smelling and performing its best with Excelsior detergent. Available in starter packs and refills at Village Home Stores.

We told you our customers endorse this product but another opinion you may value is that of our technicians. Remember how we mentioned they have seen the insides of many area washing machines. They also have smelled them. Yuck! The funny thing is, when I texted our service techs to send me a quote about why they recommend the product, they sent me back almost the exact same text. They each mentioned build up is what can make a service call for them pretty stinky and murky.

I recommend Excelsior because there are not all the additives that store-bought soaps have. All those additives plus the soil from your wash cycle build up inside your washer and cause odor.

-Jeff Gerber: Village Service Technician of 17+ Years

Now is the part of this blog post where we should warn you the next images are pretty nasty. Like…. very nasty. One of our technicians offered to send me some photos he had snapped recently at a call. He keeps this photos on hand to show customers what he means by build up. Two was enough to see and I had to beg him to stop sending anymore! So if you have a weak stomach please just scroll past this next image… or pretend it is brownie batter and this is just a fun recipe blog post!

A (gross) peek inside of some machines that have build-up from pod laundry detergents. Village Home Stores service department recommends instead HE Excelsior Detergent for your washer.
Actual photos from one of our service technicians give a (gross) peek inside of some machines that have build-up from pod laundry detergents.

Yeah… we wish that was brownie batter! It’s build-up from excess detergent. Let’s just say you should be thankful you can’t smell your phone or desktop screen right now and get the full effect. It must be noted also that these are not in areas that you can access to clean yourself. These photos were snapped during a service call when one of our techs had the unit opened up for repair. So if you have a service call from Jeff or David and they happen to make small talk about if you use our detergent or not, know that they are just curious what the inside of your machine might look (and smell like). Washing machines are an investment that you hope will last you a long time. Because Excelsior HE detergent has no added fillers, it is the cleanest detergent you can be running through your machine. That is why we don’t just call this a best-selling product but instead we list it on our website as a Servicer Recommended Product!

The best way to keep your HE washer smelling and performing its best? Village Home Stores service technicians recommend our 6x concentrated HE Excelsior Detergent.
The best way to keep your HE washer smelling and performing its best? Village Home Stores service technicians recommend our 6x concentrated HE Excelsior Detergent.

Yeah But With No Additives… Does it Clean?

Because our team and Excelsior HE detergent believe this is the cleanest detergent out there, they even offer a “No Stinky Washing Machine” guarantee! If you purchase a new washer and only run Excelsior through it they ensure you will never have smelly odors! Just use the Excelsior HE app to register. Once you register you can also qualify for their 30 day Love it/Adore it guarantee! You know what is also pretty amazing? The enzyme stain spray that comes in your starter box. This stuff is great for grass stains, mud, blood, and more! Excelsior Stain Remover spray works with enzymes to removes stains in the wash. Apply two sprays directly to stain, wait 5 minutes then wash as usual.

Excelsior Stain Remover spray works with enzymes to removes stains in wash. Available at Village Home Stores.
Excelsior Stain Remover spray works with enzymes to removes stains in wash. Apply two sprays directly to stain, wait 5 minutes then wash as usual.

Pre-Load up to 120 Loads With Load & Go!

If you love the idea of not having to rememeber to buy detergent for many months you are going to love a new feature on some of our Whirlpool and Maytag laundry machines. Truly “set it and forget it” by selecting one of the many new HE washing machines that include the Load&Go system. These cartridges can be pre-loaded with your detergent and your machine pulls exactly the right amount of soap at the perfect time in the cycle. You simply load the detergent and select the concentration level. NOTE: most HE detergents are just 2x concentrated, Excelsior should be set at 6x.

With the Load & Go system on select washers you can load up to 120 loads of our 6x concentrated Excelsior detergent. -villagehomestores.com
With the Load & Go system on select washers you can load up to 120 loads of our 6x concentrated Excelsior detergent.

We have many examples of this Load&Go system on the showroom floor we can show you. The team at Village Home Stores sells a wide variety of products. We are happy to stock items like refrigerator water filters, select light bulbs, cleaning products, and more. Partnering with Excelsior detergents allows us to be a local small business source for this great product. We are able to offer it at a very incredible price as a way of thanking our customers for supporting our store and our staff. Have a question about this soap? Call us at 309 944 1344 or stop in Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon at 105 S State Geneseo, IL.

McCoy Homes QCBR 2019 Spring Parade Home

White painted kitchen in Iowa Quad Cities with marble-look quartz counters and Whirlpool appliances from Village Home Stores.

This weekend is your final chance to tour the QCBR Spring Parade of Homes listings. We have another peek for you inside one of the properties we had the pleasure of partnering on. This Home in Bettendorf, Iowa from McCoy homes is on trend AND on the market! We love the uniqueness of this home and you will too. Here are a few sneak peeks at it online but you really do need to see it in person this Saturday or Sunday!

White painted kitchen with angled island, marble-look quartz counters, and Whirlpool appliances from Village Home Stores.
White painted kitchen with angled island and marble-look Q quartz counters from Village Home Stores. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Davenport, IA.

Open concept kitchens are the desire for most of our remodel customers. For our new home customers, its is pretty much expected on a print. We 100% understand the appeal of having a home’s kitchen, dining, and living room spaces all sharing the same look feel, and space. The kitchen is no longer the “hub” of the home. In today’s mobile and connected culture, the “hub” is wherever you are at the time. Kitchens and dining spaces are not just for cooking and nosh! They are for entertaining, homework, working from home, and more!

Great Room kitchen design with matte black accents in Bettendorf, Iowa. Cabinetry, Quartz, and Whirlpool appliances by Village Home Stores. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.
Great Room kitchen design with matte black accents in Bettendorf, Iowa. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.

We absolutely love the flow of this open concept kitchen! Village Home Stores provided the cabinetry, countertops, and appliances for this stylish home. White painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Bristol door is painted with a “white” finish on the perimeter and island. The range wall is the focal point of the design. A symmetrical layout of base cabinets and wall cabinets frame in the unique wood hood with a 390 CFMs blower insert and a unique kitchen tile backsplash.

White painted kitchen with marble-look quartz counters and Whirlpool appliances from Village Home Stores.
White painted kitchen with marble-look quartz counters and Whirlpool appliances from Village Home Stores. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Davenport, IA.

While the surfaces and layout may grab your attention at first, don’t overlook that Stainless Steel range at the center of the wall. This front-control gas range has cast-iron grates that extend across the entire cooktop, giving you the flexibility to place pots and pans anywhere during the cooking process. Plus skip preheating for frozen favorites like pizza and lasagna with Frozen Bake™ technology!

Unique kitchen with angled island in Bettendorf, Iowa. Cabinetry, Quartz, and Whirlpool appliances by Village Home Stores for McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.
Unique kitchen with angled island in Bettendorf, Iowa. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.

The kitchen island shape is unique and angled like many other details in the home. A double-angled “batwing” curve design hugs the sink and dishwasher at the center of the design. This dishwasher has an AnyWare ™ silverware basket and one hour wash cycle. Plus it is currently on clearance! Shop it here while supplies last.

Unique white painted kitchen with angled island in Bettendorf, Iowa. QCBR Parade of Homes stop Spring 2019 McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.
Unique white painted kitchen with angled island in Bettendorf, Iowa. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.

On the back of the kitchen island we have applied smooth panels and trim in a more modern take for the Farmhouse trend. The island has an overhang with seating for 4 (or more) counter-height barstools. The countertops for this kitchen are a Q Quartz product that gives your the look of marble with the performance of an engineered quartz. Translation: red wine spills wont ruin the party! Village Home Stores also provided the cabinetry and countertops for the bathrooms at this McCoy Homes parade home.

Painted "Fog" gray cabinetry in a Master Bathroom of a Bettendorf, Iowa home on QCBR Spring Parade of Homes list.
Painted “Fog” gray cabinetry in a Master Bathroom of a Bettendorf, Iowa home on QCBR Spring Parade of Homes list. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Quad Cities

We are completely jealous of whomever gets to have this Master Suite! Farmhouse tile inlay, gray cabinetry with added storage in the countertop tower, and a clever pass through from the master closet to the laundry room (check that out this weekend during the parade). The same Bristol door from the kitchen cabinets is used here with a gray “Fog” paint applied.

White open concept kitchen with matte black accents in Bettendorf, Iowa. Cabinetry, Quartz, and Whirlpool appliances by Village Home Stores.
White open concept kitchen with matte black accents in Bettendorf, Iowa. Image courtesy of McCoy Homes, Quad Cities.

If you have a chance to visit the FREE QCBR Spring Parade of Homes this Saturday or Sunday from 1-5pm, be sure to include a stop at this great home from McCoy Homes. We are so thankful Village Home Stores gets to work with so many of the incredible builders in the Quad Cities Region. We thank McCoy Homes for their business and for letting us show you around! Grab info and a map of parade stops here online at the QCBR website. If you have questions about any products you saw at this parade home please don’t hesitate to reach out to our new build team! Call us at (309) 944-1344 or send us a message here online. We cant wait to hear what you are working on!

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What We Saw At World of Whirlpool in Chicago

Village Home Stores sales team visits the World of Whirlpool facilities in Chicago IL for product training.

Last week we were invited to join a few other Illinois sales teams from small businesses like ours at the World of Whirlpool training facilities in Downtown Chicago, IL. Our commitment to ongoing product training is why our customers find such an added value in working with Village Home Stores. There are new features introduced all of the time and it is our passion to help you find the right appliances for your budget and your lifestyle. We also want to be available to help you use your new appliances confidently once you have them installed. Training events like this keep our team savvy and knowledgeable for you.

White and black kitchen with Sunset Bronze appliances in the World of Whirlpool experience center in Chicago, IL
The Village Home Stores team visited the World of Whirlpool experience for immersive appliance product training in Chicago, IL.

We try and send our team to product training 1-2 times a year but we have never experienced a training quite like the one we had last week! Two full days of hands-on product demonstrations and chances everywhere we went to use and experiment with the features we were learning about. Product training in the appliance industry is not just about learning what the new finishes and features are, tech in the kitchen has completely changed the game!

Smart Home And Connected Kitchen Tech

Village Home Stores team is excited to be on board with all of these exciting ways you can add tech to your own home kitchen experience. Scan-to-cook, voice control timers and settings, and ingredient recognition. These are not “kitchen of the future” terms, they are available right now! Many of the appliance models we trained on from Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool have “connected” features. Whirlpool has launched an entire line of connected appliance products and they had a huge kitchen setup installed for our team to explore and train with.

The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest in smarthome appliances.
The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest plus what’s to come with smarthome appliances.

I was really excited to train on and operate all of the new Whirlpool Smart Appliances. We learned so many ways they can help simplify our lives

-Tammy Clark, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Tablet connected to smart appliances from Whirlpool
The Village Home Stores appliance team gets hands-on training with Whirlpool’s smarthome connected appliances.

Getting this hands-on training with models we don’t typically get to see and use is a priceless opportunity for our team. Connected appliances are new to everyone so we are just as intrigued and curious as you! The apps and screens on the appliances are all very easy to use and give you options for how you are guided to use them. You can even favorite recipes and settings so that your appliances can adapt to you personally and help to simplify your life.

Hands-On Appliance Training

Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.

Resident Chef for Whirlpool brands Ann Nolan trained us on the chrome-infused griddles found on our KitchenAid commercial-style cooking products. We learned about the many benefits of this even-heat griddle including how easy it is to clean. There is no “seasoning” to worry about and we saw first hand that the non-porous surface cleans up very easily! Have a chrome-infused griddle from us? Check out this quick video Chef Ann made showing you the steps to clean it up easily.

Chef Ann Nolan teaching how to clean the griddle surface after use.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to clean the griddle surface after use.

Wall Ovens Guaranteed to “FIT”

Our team trained heavily on freestanding ranges and wall ovens beginning with a refresh of the FIT System Install Guarantee. Did you know that with the FIT system you can replace your existing 27″ or 30″ wide wall ovens and Whirlpool guarantees it will fit in your existing opening!? That is some valuable piece of mind when shopping. We had a chance to install a wall oven using the versatile FIT brackets and trim kit just to try it out!

A group training with the FIT system risers and trim kits for wall oven installs
The FIT system for wall ovens. This system of trim kits and risers guarantee that replacement wall ovens in standard 27″ and 30″ widths will work in existing openings.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

My favorite part of training was the undercounter icemaker. It was cool to see the difference between ice from that versus an ice dispenser in a refrigerator. Also, the pizza was awesome.

-Seth Owen, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Row of undercounter appliances from KitchenAid installed in a kitchen island.
For those who love to cook and entertain, KitchenAid offers a wide variety of undercounter appliances. Beverage coolers, icemakers, and even drawer refrigeration units.

The pizza Seth is referencing was our off-site event for the evening. The Whirlpool Corporation took us on a Chicago Pizza Tour and it was an absolute dream! If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to see the city, (and if you can throw down on at least 2 lbs. of pizza in a few hours), we highly recommend it! But back to that icemaker Seth was talking about. Who wouldn’t love restaurant quality ice in your own home? Doesn’t that sound amazing? Ice is the only element you can add to something that elevates the experience without altering the flavor! They showed us what a different Clear Ice can make! Press play below to see this fun exercise we did comparing Clear Ice to regular ice from the freezer:

The KitchenAid Clear Ice in these undercounter models produce the most preferred ice in the industry! These icemakers are available in 15″ and 18″ wide models and they come backed by a 2 year warranty. They can be ordered panel-ready to give a built-in look for your kitchen design and the articulating door hinge allows it to be installed flush with the cabinetry and not stick out. We had some extensive cooktop training on both gas and induction cooktops which led to a very important training topic: ventilation!

KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.
KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.

Kitchen Ventalation

Are you a serious home chef? Have you ever burned something in the kitchen? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you know how important kitchen ventilation is. Proper ventilation can help you filter heat, odor, grease, and smoke from your cooking space. A great new feature just launched is the Auto Turn On option on some vent hoods. This allows you to take the guesswork out of when to use your hood because it will just turn on when needed. We were blown away by this demo we experienced showcasing ventalation options from the KitchenAid Commercial line. Press play below to see some boosted vent power:

That is a 20 lb. cabinet door and just a 600CFM hood!!! Not even the most powerful hood we have available. Have questions about how much CFM power you need? Our team will work with you to pair your cook surface’s BTU’s and consider the location and your cooking habits when helping you select the right ventilation investment for your kitchen. A few months ago we met Chef Ann Nolan in Nashville and she was showcasing a brand new product on the EXPO floor of that show. Last week we were able to dive into more detailed training for it.

KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments

Wall oven with KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments
The KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments. Shown stacked to store inside of the oven cavity.

The KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments is one of the most exciting new appliance products we have seen in years! This wall oven can be used for standard baking and convection baking… but plug one of these powered attachments in and you have the ability to crisp, steam, and even grill in your wall oven! If you love the cooking process this wall oven will take your time in the kitchen to a whole new level. Imagine steaming an entire meal in a single pan, or making 3 racks or ribs any time of the year!?! There are even pre-programmed recipes in the wall oven to encourage you to experiment with your new attachments and they guide you through the entire process. You can even set a “flip” reminder for your burgers! You can read more about the SmartOven+ and see Chef Ann grilling with it here in a past blog post.

Matte Black KitchenAid mixer shown with many front attachments.
What inspired the new Smart Oven system from KitchenAid with powered attachments? The front port KitchenAid mixer of course!

One thing we learned last week that really stuck with us about this wall oven product is the inspiration for it. The KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic. Not just within the Whirlpool brands of products, but in kitchens across the globe. What makes the stand mixer successful and has kept it relevant all of these years is the ability to add new and exciting attachments to any mixer base. The front port of a stand mixer (see above) can transform to suit so many tasks. That same concept was what drove the design of the port for the powered attachments of this SmartOven+ unit. The base “plugs” into the back of the wall oven and you stack whatever attachment you are using on top. A gravity-close cover seals the opening when an attachment isn’t in use.

Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.
Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.

Another exciting thing about this product is that KitchenAid included Chef Ann in the conversation while developing this product! She was able to make design notes and suggestions (like the sloped back wall of the grill pan and baking stone for utensil use) and she even developed the recipes programmed into the unit! Do you love being the first in your family or neighborhood to have fun and exiting new things but worry they will become outdated? Don’t worry here! Any powered attachment KitchenAid launches moving forward will work with this wall oven unit. And yes, there are others in the works!

Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish installed in an on trend kitchen with open shelves and copper accents.
Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish.

The entire facility at World of Whirlpool was absolutely incredible. Both days we were treated to a chefs tasting 3 course lunch all prepared in the test kitchens on site. There were so many beautiful displays and believe it or not, we didn’t even see everything there even after two days of training! We don’t want to share every single detail from our trip because we will be unpacking some of these things in more detail on upcoming episodes of the Village Home Show.

Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen at World of Whilpool in Chicago, IL
Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen.

Our team also trained on Maytag products, all brands of dishwashers, refrigeration, baking drawers, the new low-profile microwaves, laundry products and more! See and learn more about the low-profile microwave hoods here in a past blog post. Tammy even got to snap a selfie with the Maytag Man!

Tammy poses with the Maytag Man at the selfie station.

We trained on Whirlpool and Maytag laundry products and even saw the single unit Smart All-In-One Washer/Dryer from Whirlpool! This slim, ventless unit can be installed almost anywhere! Think how amazing it would be to wash a load right in your master closet! Learn more and shop this model here at villagehomestores.com

Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room with subway tile and a farm sink
Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room. Maytag appliances available to the Quad Cities region with our Local Low Price Guarantee at Village Home Stores.

The building where World of Whirlpool us located is a landmark in itself! The Reid Murdoch Building is a historic and important building in the river-facing skyline of Downtown Chicago. We got a tour of the top clocktower one sunny afternoon and the views were amazing! It was such a busy and informative training trip but we had such a great group to train with! It is always so much fun to meet teams from stores just like ours who value the customer experience and seek to provide the best service and products for their neighbors.

A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.
A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.

The training and hospitality we were given from the Whirlpool Corporation was top-notch. We can’t thank them enough for including our store in this training opportunity. It is our honor to continue to earn our title of the Quad Cities Regional experts on appliances. If you are shopping for appliances and are not quite sure what is right for you, reach out to our team! There are hundreds of products out there and we can help you narrow your options down to what is right for you and your budget. If you have questions or would like for one of our team members to prepare a quote for you, just complete this short form online and we will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Appliance staff training at World of Whirlpool