Brightened Up Bettendorf Kitchen Remodel

As you walk through the rooms in your home, do you ever wish a doorway was wider or that a wall could just magically disappear? Giving you that “open concept” you see on all of your favorite HGTV shows? Well we can’t just wiggle our nose and make a wall disappear… but we do know the right reliable crews who can do it safely for you. Plus we can design a complete and finished look for your spaces. This Bettendorf Iowa home was more than just a kitchen remodel story. We widened doorways, removed walls, and gave these homeowners a more open and brighter space.

Kitchen island with unique shaped top in Bettendorf Iowa
Kitchen island with unique shaped Cambria quartz top in Bettendorf Iowa.

What a difference material selection can make in a new kitchen. The original kitchen in this home was a small design with an eat-in dining space. Dark wood cabinets and dark countertops boxed in the space with a U-shaped peninsula layout. The new layout removes that peninsula divide and uses the entire kitchen and casual dining space. Bright white painted cabinetry for the main perimeter of the kitchen helps to lighten the entire look and keep the new kitchen feeling bright and spacious.

Kitchen before and after images from remodel in Bettendorf Iowa
A dramatic kitchen before and after story in Bettendorf Iowa.

What a dramatic difference from the original kitchen! We installed a section of taller cabinetry on the opposite end where the casual dining area was. Now it is home to a deep pantry cabinet, a counter-depth french door refrigerator, and built in wall oven and microwave. Keeping all of these deeper, and taller elements together allows the main kitchen “L-shape” to feel more open and spacious for the users near the sink and range wall.

White pantry cabinet, counter depth refrigerator, and built-in wall ovens in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen.
White pantry cabinet, counter depth refrigerator, and built-in wall ovens in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry is painted White with a Pewter Accent Glaze and a decorative cabinet design on the end of the window wall includes glass inserts. A unique circle-shaped mullion door detail (shown below) is added to the top section of the doors and an open wine shelf is found on the bottom. Have limited space but want a customized cabinet layout? Our kitchen design team can make the most of your space with usable and stylish storage solutions that fit your space and budget.

Glass mullion cabinet with circle design and wine storage.
Glass mullion cabinet with circle design and wine storage.

Keeping the kitchen light and bright is a marble-look engineered quartz countertop selection from our Cambria Quartz collection. The stunning Skara Brae design gives the classic look of a marbled pattern with wide veins of warm grays. As a contrast to all of the white, a rich dark wood floor from our Bella Cera line has been installed throughout the new main floor of this home.

White kitchen with Cambria quartz counters in an Ogee Edge.
White kitchen with Cambria quartz counters in an Ogee Edge.

A Hickory Monte Viso floor in varied widths is now installed in the front entry, formal dining room, new kitchen, hallway, the living room, and hearth room. One key to a successful multi-room remodel is to try and keep a consistent flooring surface that marries all the spaces together. We also added custom window shades to all of the rooms we worked in. Our best-selling Transitions shades may seem like a modern style, but they look right at home in any space! This gorgeous traditionally-styled kitchen is a great example of that.

Transitions kitchen window shade with wood decorative valance above sink.
Transitions kitchen window shade with wood decorative valance above sink.

This style of shade allows you such versatile options for privacy and light. You can set them at any position that works for you with full or partial overlaps. Ask about the many colors, sizes, and options for these shades. We even offer cordless features like voice, and remote-controlled shades. Press play below to see the shades in this home in action.

See our Transitions shades in action! Ask us about cordless, voice, and remote control options for these shades.

The decorative valance above the kitchen sink is complimented by the wood hood and decorative mantle details above the cooking zone of the new design. Don’t want a metal hood as a part of your dream kitchen? You are not alone! We design many spaces using a wood hood cabinet with a blower insert installed within it. This allows the wall cabinet design to include the decorative hood instead of be disrupted by it. Want to see more examples of hood designs? Check out this board on our Pinterest page.

Kitchen Aid gas range with wood hood and tiled backsplash above the cooktop.

You have many options for how we can style this wood hood cabinet. In this kitchen we included beautiful carved wood corbels and a detailed shelf above the valance. These selections look even better with the Pewter accent glaze applied to help enhance all of the details. Including a shallow shelf like this above the cooktop provides a ledge for home accessories as well. Imagine this hood with a small sign or artwork leaning, or even a wreath or garland during the holidays.

White kitchen with wood hood and traditional details and corbels.
White kitchen with wood hood and traditional details and corbels.

The tile wall surfaces in this kitchen take the warm taupes and gray tones from the quartz counters and applies a glossy texture to the wall. A classic 3″ x 6″ subway tile shape is the man backsplash tile. This “Pardo” tile is from our Jeffrey Court line and the accent space above the cooktop is a Glazzio starburst series mosaic named “Kepplers Dusk”.

Of course the true star of a cooking zone is the range itself and this KitchenAid gas front-control range is a dream! A standard 30″ wide range with the look and features of a commercial model including convection and 5 burners on the cooktop. Shop appliances from Village Home Stores any day and any time online at villagehomestores.com and be sure to contact our expert team to get all of your questions answers and for our local low price guarantee!

Stainless Steel KitchenAid range in Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Stainless Steel KitchenAid range in Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

A great range and cooktop surrounded by smart storage to be accessed right within reach of it! Pullout cabinets bookend the range and open to reveal a tray divider and spice rack. We offer many incredible specialty cabinet inserts that can be included in your kitchen or bath design from Village Home Stores. Ask your designer what your options are for both base cabinets and wall cabinets.

Dura Supreme pullout storage cabinets in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Dura Supreme pullout storage cabinets in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

The best place to showcase the Skara Brae Cambria tops is the kitchen island top. The warm gray veining looks almost like rivers flowing through the piece. Cambria quartz adds drama to the look of your kitchen but no drama as far as upkeep! Engineered quartz is a wonderful surface for your counters. It is nonporous and requires no sealing to keep that quality. This surface is extremely durable and food-safe. That means you can truly get to work in your kitchen and it will clean up just like this when you are finished.

Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz island top in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen
Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz island top in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

The kitchen island has some added details to it to help create a furniture look. We installed the Cambria with an Ogee Edge Profile which adds a detailed ledge all around the island top. We love how the light hits it and you can see the colors and patterns go throughout the entire slab. Each corner was also shaped to accent the wooden legs below.

Kitchen island with Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz top in Bettendorf Iowa.
Kitchen island with Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz top in Bettendorf Iowa.

To compliment the flooring woodtones, the kitchen island was installed in a Cherry “Java” stain as a contrast to the perimeter cabinetry. We included carved wooden legs at each corner and arched valances as an apron below the overhang. A wooden furniture baseboard molding completes the look. This island design offers a centrally-located work surface and a comfortable space for two to sit.

Kitchen island with decorative legs. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island with decorative legs. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

We widened doorways and also worked in other areas of this main level including the formal dining room, a front living room and this hearth room (shown below) just off of the kitchen. There we added a dry bar area to be used when entertaining guests. During the holidays do you find your own kitchen full of people? Adding a custom sideboard, dry, or wet bar to an adjacent room like this allows you to keep people out of your kitchen when you entertain.

Dry bar area with wine storage and beverage cooler. Complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Dry bar area with wine storage and beverage cooler.

A glass-front beverage cooler, base cabinet with drawer, wall cabinets, wine storage, and even stemware holders have all been included in this space. Like this look and want to save an idea for your own project with Village Home Stores? See more of this entire Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen and lower-level remodel project over here on our Houzz page.

Stemware holders underneath wine cabinet.
Stemware holders underneath wine cabinet.

Our best-selling diode LED tape lighting is the perfect enhancement for a bar area like this because you can leave these low-voltage lights on as ambient lighting all of the time. This lighting is not just for the underside of cabinetry either. We use it often inside of our glass-door cabinetry. Check out the new look the fireplace wall received in the hearth room:

A fireplace before and after story in Bettendorf Iowa.
A fireplace before and after story in Bettendorf Iowa.

Are you ready to start your own before and after story with Village Home Stores? The entire first floor of this Bettendorf home now has a better ad brighter design and we would love to do the same for your home. Our expert team will work with you to create an effective and safe plan for wall removal and even arrange and coordinate all of the contractors for you. Ask us about our start-to-finish remodel project management program. Learn more and schedule an appointment here on our website. You can also see this project management process more in-depth by watching our weekly TV show that airs every Sunday morning at 10am on WQAD News Channel 8 in the Quad Cities Region.

White, Light Oak, and Matte Black Farmhouse Kitchen – Aspen Homes

This week we are sharing a feature on a custom kitchen we just completed with Aspen Homes in their Woodlands Farm House. This home in Bettendorf Iowa is so stunning it will knock the wind right out of you when you walk in the front door. It is THAT GORGEOUS! Did you know that farmhouse style doesn’t have to mean weathered woods and ship lap covering every surface? This open concept kitchen is an amazing example of a high-end and polished approach to the farmhouse style.

White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The kitchen is a balanced blend of custom Amish-built cabinetry in a painted “White” and White Oak stained “Sand” finish. The only bold contrast you see is in the accents like faucets, lighting, and accessories. A matte black finish on these items helps the lighting and accents to stand out and make a great statement. The overall cabinetry feels bright, light, and clean with these light finishes and floating shelves. A commercial-style 48″ wide, dual-fuel freestanding KitchenAid range is found on the main wall of the kitchen design. It includes two ovens, 6 burners, and a built-in griddle.

White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

A pro-style range hood insert is housed above that in a custom wood hood cabinet. In a great room kitchen, scale is a very important element to consider for your overall design. In this home the tall ceilings and open spaces still feel bright and light and the size of the 48″ range and 48″ build-in refrigerator are just the right scale for the space. The cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling and a large-scale crown molding marries the cabinetry to the ceiling. A standard-size and style crown would look out of place here. This angled, large-scale crown is perfect.

White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

On the refrigerator wall, the same “Sand” White Oak cabinetry from the kitchen island is used to surround the built-in refrigerator. Two shelves bridge the tiled wall from the refrigerator to the entry wall. Open shelves in the kitchen and bath design industry continue to become more popular in many styles of spaces. This kitchen includes a lot of cabinet storage space so these wall shelves can be left to style any way you would like throughout the year. Imagine stacked white dishes, leaning artwork, or holiday decor!

White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

There is a rapid-growing interest in light wood flooring and cabinetry in our industry. Would you have predicted just a few years ago that Oak would make such a comeback? Well it’s official, Oak is back in the spotlight… just not the golden Oak we saw year ago. White oak is trending and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We love the look of this woodgrain when paired with painted cabinets of any color. The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are an engineered quartz named “Calacatta Laza”.

White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The hardware in this kitchen is from our Hardware Resources line and the “Brushed Gold” handles are the “Stanton” series. A standard 3″ handle would look off-scale and shrunken in this kitchen design. Using a large-scale handle elevates the look of this entire kitchen design. The brushed gold finish is also repeated in some of the home accessories and lighting. The pendant lighting above the kitchen island makes a huge impact in the space. Three “Brynne” pendants from our Feiss line hang n a Matte Black finish with gold accents.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

If you aren’t sure what size or what quantity you need for lighting above your island, please contact our expert team. We can help you select the right fixtures for your space and your budget. Shop our lighting online, anytime here on our lighting website. There you can sort by finish, style, size and more. Plus you can contact us for help on that site. Speaking of lighting, another great fixture in this home hangs next to the kitchen is a serene dining space surrounded by windows.

Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home.
Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

Here we included a Linear Gabriel 8-light fixture in the “Noir” finish from Quorum. The simple lines look right at home with the black windows in this room. The look is really timeless and on trend at the same time. Many find this upscale farmhouse look to really just be categorized a “New Traditional”. Take a look at the Great Room below and imagine that same space with just a few changes in furniture. Neutral finishes on the cabinetry and surfaces help it to be easy to envision the space jumping from farmhouse, to contemporary, coastal and everywhere in between. The ceiling fan in this room is the “Maverick” from our Monte Carlo line. It is available in many finishes including “Matte Black” (shown).

Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.
Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.

You can actually tour this home as part of the QCBR Fall Parade of Homes this week! The tour will be open from 5-7pm on Wednesday the 25th and again Saturday and Sunday 9/28-29 from 1-5pm. Grab a map and full details here. If you have a giant crush on this kitchen like we do, head over here to the full album of photos from this home on our Houzz page. There you will also find more images of the other incredible rooms in this property. We love how the powder room turned out! This furniture style vanity and marble top from Hardware Resources looks great!

White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.
White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.

In the Master Bath we repeated the White Oak “Sand” cabinetry with the same hardware and clean-lined doorstyle as the kitchen. Double sink vanity designs are still sought after for many households. Here we broke up the space by changing heights and depths of the drawer stack at the center of the design. This provides a visual interest and creates a clear separation for each user. “Octave” 3-light vanity lighting from our Savoy House line looks incredible in a “Warm Brass” finish above each sink.

We also installed some Matte Black cabinetry in some of the home’s other bathrooms and the wet bar of the lower level. Someone pour us out a pint because we want to hang out in this bar! Black “Savannah” cabinetry from our Koch Classic line is paired with Calacatta Laza Quartz counters and a 3″ thick custom wood butcherblock bar top. That same oak “Sand” stain is repeated in floating shelves on ta back bar wall. Whirlpool’s “Black Stainless Steel” finish looks perfect in this home bar and the fingerprint resistant top coat makes it ready for any party crowd!

Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting.
Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting. Design and products by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The Quad Cities is a fantastic region to live, work, and play in! We are Midwest at it’s best. With so many great places to build a home you are able to get exactly what you want. We also have amazing remodel opportunities in our area. Village Home Stores is thrilled that we get to offer quality products and service to each of those categories of homeowners. Curious about us? Watch our weekly TV show that airs every Sunday morning at 10am on WQAD News 8. There you can see before and after remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities. See what is trending and new in our industry and get ideas for your own projects with us.

Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen.
Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen. Cabinetry and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

To learn more about this home (as of the time of this post it’s for sale!!!) and to learn more about Aspen Homes, visit their website here. If you have questions about something you have seen in this feature, or are ready to start the bidding process for your own new home or remodel project, just reach out to us. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch. Find out why our one-stop-shop approach to shopping for your home can save you time and money and get you results like this home! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help.

Modern Farmhouse Flooring and Wall Surfaces in a Silverthorne Parade Home

modern farmhouse as part of QCBR fall parade of homes in the Quad Cities

A successful design must include careful consideration of every element in the entire space. This absolutely includes the flooring and wall surfaces. With the rise of open-concept layouts, flooring selections can be an incredibly important surface providing the base that ties everything together. That’s a lot of pressure! Don’t worry, the experts at Village Home Stores are ready to help you find the perfect material for your space and your budget. Check out the flooring and wall surfaces at this recent Modern Farmhouse Model home we worked on with the Silverthorne Development Group.

Cozy reading space of Dream Weaver carpeting from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Cozy reading space of Dream Weaver carpeting from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

Neutral tones are always a great choice no matter what style of space you are creating. In this Bettendorf, Iowa home we included our Dream Weaver carpeting from the Metropolitan series in the “Iron Frost” color. This carpet provides the color and comfort needed for the home’s bedroom, stairs, and closet floor surfaces. Make sure you are investing in quality flooring surfaces when you are building a home. You want carpeting that will stand the test of time. It needs to look and feel great for many years to come. Ask a flooring expert at Village about what sets Dream Weaver apart from other carpeting lines.

light, white oak flooring with midcentury modern planter and edge of leather sofa.
Engineered White Oak flooring from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area modern farmhouse built by Silverthorne Development.

Of course we didn’t carpet the entire place. The main flooring surface you will fall in love with when visiting this home are the engineered wood floors in the entry, kitchen, dining, living room, mudroom, laundry, and hallways. This 7″ wide surface is from our Canoe Bay Key West line. The color is called “White Street” and it provides an gorgeous blend of lighter woodtones.

Engineered White Oak flooring from Village Home Stores in a Bettendorf, Iowa modern farmhouse built by Silverthorne Development.
Engineered White Oak flooring from Village Home Stores in a Bettendorf, Iowa modern farmhouse built by Silverthorne Development.

Light wood flooring is a major trend within the Modern Farmhouse, Scandinavian, MidCentury Modern, and Minimalist styles so popular right now. For the blend of wood furnishings and decor in this home it is absolutely perfect. The White Oak planks are softened in some areas with neutral area rugs. Did you know that Village Home Stores can custom cut and bind area rugs from any carpets here at the store!? Just give our flooring experts a call and we can quote your a price.

Engineered White Oak flooring from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area modern farmhouse built by Silverthorne Development.
Engineered White Oak flooring from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area modern farmhouse built by Silverthorne Development.

Every well-designed space needs some element of fun! In this great room it is the tile surface selected for the fireplace surround. This tile is from the Glazzio Picassa Series in the “Paloma Taupe” color. This pattern is neutral in color but almost has a quilt-like pattern in the mosaic. We repeated this same tile as an accent area above the kitchen cooktop across the great room.

Geometric mosaic wall tile on a modern farmhouse fireplace surround from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Geometric mosaic wall tile on a modern farmhouse fireplace surround from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

If this pattern isn’t your thing, don’t worry! With this series of tile we can get the same color combination in a number of other patterns. In this Bettendorf living room, a rustic barnwood beam caps off the tiled surround for a mantle. We kept a clean look surrounding the tile edges with a bronze-finished metal end cap piece. These channeled tile trim pieces called “Schluter strips” help to cap off cut edges of tile and keep a contained and clean look.

Geometric mosaic wall tile on a modern farmhouse fireplace surround from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Geometric mosaic wall tile on a modern farmhouse fireplace surround from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

We also used Schluter edging around the hearth area corners and edges. They come in a variety of finish color options. Here we keep a contrasting finish and the look makes a fun bold statement. The hearth area at the base of the fireplace is an elongated 3″ x 12″ “New Yorker” tile in a “Bright White” finish.

Tiled modern farmhouse fireplace surround with bronze Schluter strips. Tile from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Tiled modern farmhouse fireplace surround with bronze Schluter strips. Tile from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

We repeated the same “New Yorker” tile as the main kitchen backsplash surface. If you find yourself drawn to spaces with white subway tiles surfaces ask about elongated tile options. Longer tiles in a subtle and classic shape, this option can help draw the look of a space out and seem larger.

Long white subway tile kitchen backsplash with bronze Schluter strip. Tile from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Long white subway tile kitchen backsplash with bronze Schluter strip. Tile from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

For the tiled shower in the Master Bath we used an elongated white tile again but varied the texture and size a bit. Here we used a 4″ x 20″ tile from the “Ascot Brickwall” series in a “Matte White” color. Using a matte finished tile here helps to soften the space and help draw attention to the accent tile band around the center. 8″ x 24″ deco tiles from American Olean’s “Visual Impression” series are a Linear Diamond “Beige” color. As an added detail, we also used a warm gray grout color here to help showcase the wall tile shapes.

Long white subway tile with gray grout in a custom tiled shower. Tile from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Long white subway tile with gray grout in a custom tiled shower. Tile from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

The Garage entry into this home takes you into a home office space currently being used as a Model Home meeting space for Silverthorne Homebuilders in this neighborhood. The flooring surfaces in here are a durable, floating floor surface by Paramount Flooring called RigidCORE. This Floating Luxury Vinyl Plank (shown below in “Seattle Mist”) is impenetrable from water, spills, accidents, and odors. It is also a thermally stable surface making it perfect for many multi-use Midwestern spaces.

Floating Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Floating Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

The top layer of this RigidCORE product is a HPSR urethane with ceramic bead particles making it scratch and stain resistant. It also comes with a lifetime residential-use warranty! Love the look of the flooring and wall tile selections in this featured home? Want to use one in your own project? Find a full album of photos here on our Houzz page and just reach out to the flooring and surface experts at Village Home Stores for more material information. You can contact us by phone at 309 944 1344 or by filling out this short online form.

Flooring from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.
Dream Weaver carpeting from Village Home Stores in a Quad Cities area home built by Silverthorne Development.

We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Village Home Stores offers appliances, floorcovering, wall tile, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, window coverings, and more! All of these departments all in one location to save you time and money. If you are building or remodeling soon in the Quad Cites area we are ready to assemble a team of experts to help bid your products and project for you. Get inspired with us online for your project on our Pinterest and Houzz pages.

You can also tour this home as part of the 2019 QCBR Fall Parade of Homes! The Parade will happen Sept 21st and 22nd from 1-5pm; Sept 25th from 5-7pm; and Sept 28th and 29th from 1-5pm. There is no admission charge to this great event that allows you to tour new homes built by Quad Cities Builders. You can grab a map at local Fareway stores. Look for Village Home Stores product inside many of these homes. We love our builders!

We’re Not Just Kitchen Remodeling! Five Other Rooms Get a Whole New Look!

We tend to showcase a lot of our kitchen work here on the blog but… y’all know we do more than that right? We have products for every room in your home and many times find ourselves extending work beyond a kitchen remodel for our clients. Village Home Stores is your Quad Cities area source for kitchen, bath, and more! Yes we can design a beautiful kitchen or bathroom for you but we can also create a dream laundry, craft room, home bar, media room, fitness center, man shed, she shed, mudroom… the list goes on and on. Our latest featured kitchen remodel was really a complete overhaul of the entire back end of this busy Coal Valley, IL home including five other rooms we worked in.

Custom Amish built mudroom storage with shoe drawers in bench. - Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage with shoe drawers in bench.

If you haven’t toured the kitchen in this home yet, take a peek here at that tour. We created a stunning custom kitchen that included a home bar and hutch area plus a large walk-in pantry borrowing existing space from the back door rooms of this home. There are now many new finished spaces just outside of the kitchen. Take a look at the first space we finished right inside the garage door entry. This custom-built mudroom bench/locker area was once just some closet space with bi-fold doors. Now it is #mudroomgoals!

Custom Amish built mudroom storage lockers and bench in a Quad Cities home. -Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage lockers and bench in a Quad Cities home.

This new dropzone stops kid (and grownup) clutter right at the entrance to the home. Plenty of hook storage for backpacks and jackets ad even more hidden away in the tall cabinet to the right. Deep drawers beneath the bench seat open up to reveal the perfect designated space for shoe storage. On the left, the tall cabinet opens to reveal a designated cleaning supply area making this mudroom the ideal hub for all activity with the luxury of so many places to tuck away items out of sight!

Custom Amish built mudroom storage with cleaning supply pantry. -Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage with cleaning supply pantry.

Back door dropzones, mudrooms, and benches have become high on top of every wishlist for any busy household. These organized zones of a home are not just for households with young children! Who else among us comes home from work every day with about three totebags (silently raises hand while typing this blog post). Anyone can appreciate a storage situation like this. Press play below to see this busy household get quickly organized once the kids arrive home from school.

Part of the original space across from that mudroom bench was a long laundry room area. This was the original access to the pool out back. Now that we have installed pool access in the new kitchen, we replaced the laundry door with a windowed wall. Real talk: would YOU want pool guests you are entertaining to walk through your laundry room to use your restroom? Didn’t think so. Now this space has been reworked to tackle cleaning, sorting, and pet needs. Separate wall hooks have been installed for suits to hang and there is a whole wall of incredible storage within this laundry room.

Swimsuit hooks in a Quad Cities area laundry room with access to a custom mudroom bench nearby. -Village Home Stores.
Swimsuit hooks in a Quad Cities area laundry room with access to a custom mudroom bench nearby.

The layout of this home is so unique. There are so many angled rooms included in the design which made us think outside of the box when reworking the spaces. In fact, we have reworked this laundry room and even removed some of the sq. ft. yet it still is a better working layout than before. Take a peek at the rendered floorplan below to see the angled areas and how we “sliced” off part of this room to become the pantry space accessed on the kitchen side.

kitchen rendering floorplan
Rendering of kitchen and backdoor areas revised for a more functional layout.

Within the work crews we had in this home, the most talked about specialty cabinet in the whole project wasn’t in the kitchen! These three pullout laundry basket cabinets got a reaction out of everyone who saw them. Who wouldn’t love the option to sort and stash laundry within reach but out of sight? Ask you Village cabinet designer about including one of these in your laundry room or bathroom design.

Pull our hamper cabinets in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Pull our hamper cabinets in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

The cabinetry in this space was an extension of the same style and color of the accents in the kitchen we installed. However, the hardware in the laundry room was the only area we switched from the brushed gold antique brass look to a brushed nickel finish in the same size and style. We also changed counter surfaces for this room. It may look like we installed granite here… but this is a Formica top folks!

Formica Cafe Azul laminate tops in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Formica Cafe Azul laminate tops in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

The Formica 180FX series offers our clients an incredible large-format printed design on an affordable surface we have been familiar with for years. You get the look of luxury at a fraction of the cost. This pattern is called “Cafe Azul” and you can see large samples of it and many more options in our Geneseo, IL showroom. Another very special family member named “George” got his own new feature in this laundry room rework too. An Invisible Fence Brand dog door was installed below the new window accessing the backyard. His collar unlocks the door when he approaches so it can open and close only for him. Press play below to see it in action.

As we mentioned before, yes we remodel bathrooms just as efficiently as kitchens! It’s just a different process and checklist. This back hallway powder room got a whole new look and a slightly different layout. Did you know that Village Home Stores can also work on your interior doors and trim during your remodel? We carefully partnered with this client to keep a consistent stain color from the back door through many rooms into the new great room. A pocket door can be a wonderful selection for small spaces. In this angled space, eliminating a door swing helps to keep the high-traffic area open.

Powder room pocket door and Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring.
Powder room pocket door and Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

The powder room received different cabinetry from the rest of the rooms. Here we installed a Bertch Bath vanity and tall linen cabinet. Each were ordered with tapered legs for a more furniture look. The Northrope Alder style in a “Mocha” stain is paired with a 2 1/2″ thick Venecia cultured marble top. Bertch Bath is a nationally distributed vanity company and is manufactured not to far from us in Waterloo Iowa! Village is always excited to partner with brands local to us to eliminate high fuel/freight charges to you and to make availability and lead-times more efficient for you.

Bertch Bath vanity cabinets with farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.
Bertch Bath vanity cabinets with farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

But of course your eye was drawn to this painted floor tile right? The most eye-catching feature in this powder room is this StonePeak Palazzo Florentina tile. Power rooms are an excellent space for this farmhouse/painted tile trend because they are a small space that you want a big style impact in. This is a huge trend on Instagram and Pinterest with no signs of slowing down in the next few years. As an added bonus, this tile gets you the look with fewer grout lines. These are not individual 6″ grid tiles as they appear with the pattern, instead these are 12″ x 24″ large-format tiles. Ask a tile expert at Village about all of our options in panted tiles!

Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring.
Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring. Tile and start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

Built ins, media rooms, and home entertainment centers were a huge cabinet category beginning in the late 80’s. As TV’s have evolved in size, shape and thickness, many homes in the Quad Cities area are ready for a new solution for their home entertainment areas. This area was reworked and a custom TV cabinet was ordered to match the Knotty Alder cabinetry of the kitchen that is right within sight of the great room.

Custom Amish built TV cabinetry in a Quad Cities home. | VillageHomeStores.com
Custom Amish built TV cabinetry in a Quad Cities area great room.

Just like our availability to handle the doorways and trim in your home, we also can rework your stair rail systems! We removed the original oak spindles and replaced everything with this new saddle-stained wood and wrought iron combination. New flooring was also installed in the great room, front entry, and dining room.

New iron stair railing and Paramount Rustic Beam flooring in a Coal Valley, IL great room. Materials and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
New iron stair railing and Paramount Rustic Beam flooring in a Coal Valley, IL great room. Materials and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

A balanced blend of medium-to-dark Hickory woodgrains pull out and compliment all of the new cabinetry and the furniture in these spaces. This is a 3/4″ solid Hickory floor from our Paramount Barnwood series in the “Rustic Beam” color. With so many woods and finishes surrounding these floors, selecting one with many colors included is a fantastic choice to help bring everything together.

Paramount Rustic Beam flooring with Dream Weaver carpet inlay in Symphony Swing color.
Paramount Hickory Rustic Beam flooring with Dream Weaver carpet inlay in Symphony Swing color.

At the center of this large great room we installed a carpet inlay. This large carpeted area helps to reduce sound and adds comfort (as modeled below by George). This is the Symphony carpet series in the “Swing” color. Our DreamWeaver carpet is a solution-dyed carpeting and comes in so many styles and colors. Solution-dyed carpet fibers mean that the color is permanent! It can’t fade and resists coloring from soiling! More great news for George is that he can’t end up “in the doghouse” because this carpet is available with lifetime pet urine resistance! It also comes with a number of 25 year guarantees like a 25 year guarantee of abrasive wear, texture retention, fade resistance, soil resistance and more!

George models how comfy his new Dream Weaver carpet in Symphony Swing is. Flooring and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
George models how comfy his new Dream Weaver carpet in Symphony Swing is. Flooring and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

While you are lounging in this newly remodeled great room don’t forget to look up! These cathedral ceilings had original wood panels and a center beam as a feature. We had our carpentry team revisit the wood ceiling to secure loose panels and we wrapped the beam with found barnwood. The barnwood was custom stained to compliment the new cabinetry in the home. Iron brackets cover the seams of the barnwood and the lighting and fan were updated as well.

Barnwood wrapped beam wit iron brackets and new Quorum ceiling fan. Start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Barnwood wrapped beam with iron brackets and new Quorum ceiling fan. Start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

Speaking of lighting updates, the dining room got a new look just by changing some of the surfaces and adding new lights. The “Pembroke” series by ELK Lighting is a stunning transitional style that looks right at home in many rooms. A six-light chandelier and two wall sconces were installed in the “Antique Brass” finish. We also extended the Hickory Rustic Beam hardwood into this dining room connecting the spaces all as one concept.

Dining Room with Paramount Rustic Beam flooring and Antique Brass ELK lighting.
Dining Room with Paramount Rustic Beam flooring and Antique Brass ELK lighting.

We just filmed this home for an upcoming epsiode of The Village Home Show that will soon air in the Quad Cities viewing area on Sundays at 10am on WQAD. We can’t wait to give you a more in-depth look at the start-to-finish remodel story. To see more of this finished project plus before and after comparisons, head over here to our Houzz profile to view the project we added. Ready for your own before and after remodel story? Just reach out to our team to get started. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form on our website. Our showroom is open to the public but we encourage making an appointment to be certain you can get all of your questions answered. Village Home Stores is located at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL and we are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Better Together! What We Saw At Convention This Week

Did you know that Village Home Stores was part of a member-owned buying group with 17 BILLION DOLLAR buying power? Being a member of this buying group gives our small, independent businesses buying power to compete with the “Box” stores. They also provide access to training opportunities and resources to offer our customers the best web and in-store experience that we know a “Box” store could never come near. It was great to see so many BrandSource stores represented at convention this week in Dallas, TX!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of AVB/BrandSource since it began as an idea on a fishing boat in southern California (it’s a great story). It has grown and grown over the years and Village Home Stores is proud to be included in a buying group that treats each other like family and gives our small business a chance to compete with (and buy like) the “Big Box” stores. We can do this while remaining an independent business with a focus on our customers. This week members of our team received in-depth product training from our Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid brands. We attended amazing sales and business training sessions and there was also an EXPO floor packed with exciting new product to see and experience. Here is a peek at some of what we saw on the show floor.

The Whirlpool Corp. booth at the BrandSource Convention in Dallas, TX August of 2019.
The Whirlpool Corp. booth at the BrandSource Convention in Dallas, TX August of 2019.

Could your kitchen use a little punch up of color? Can we please help you with that!?! KitchenAid is launching a whole new lineup of curated colors for their commercial cooking appliances. Passion Red, Misty Blue, Stainless Steel, Ink Blue, Milkshake, Scorched Orange, Yellow Pepper, Imperal Black, and even (drum roll please)… Avocado Cream!

Cook colorfully with this curated palette of colors for KitchenAid’s commercial style ranges.

Yes you read that right, Avocado appliances are back… sort of. This new spin on the groovy color is a more pastel and muted version complimentary of a more sea-foam green. Avocado Cream makes a great statement color! Really all of these curated options would make a fun impact in any kitchen design.

Meet Avocado Cream, one of the curated colors for KitchenAid's commercial style ranges.
Meet Avocado Cream, one of the curated colors for KitchenAid’s commercial style ranges.

If you weren’t aware of the changes with our brands over the past handful of years, the Whirlpool Corporation now includes our Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and Amana brands. With 9 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. the Whirlpool Corp. provides more U.S. jobs than all other appliances brands combined. They are the #1 selling appliance brand in the U.S.A. and continue to build innovative and reliable products for our customers.

Cook colorfully with this curated palette of colors for KitchenAid's commercial style ranges. Shown in Yellow Pepper and Passion Red.
Cook colorfully with this curated palette of colors for KitchenAid’s commercial style ranges. Shown in Yellow Pepper and Passion Red.

Speaking of fun colors and finishes, have you stopped in our showroom yet to see and feel the new Cast Iron finish from Maytag? It is a durable, textured black finish that really has the look and feel of cast iron. This new finish comes in a number of models available including a new 400 CFM microwave hood with a crisp element. Your nacho time and pizza time are about to level up friends! Crisp, brown, and keep items warm with this model.

Maytag’s new Cast Iron Black finish is a strong, durable, black textured appliance finish.

Our favorite new feature in the Cast Iron finish side-by-side is the soft freeze bin. This compartment keeps your ice cream 2-3 degrees warmer that the rest of the freezer. No more waiting for your ice cream to soften, or over-softening it in the microwave.

The soft freeze bin in this new Maytag side-by-side refrigerator allows you to keep your ice cream 2-3 degrees warmer than the rest of the freezer space.
The soft freeze bin in this new Maytag side-by-side refrigerator allows you to keep your ice cream 2-3 degrees warmer than the rest of the freezer space.

We have sang the praises for the new KitchenAid Smart Oven plus Powered Attachments before on the blog and of course they had one hooked up and rocking the KitchenAid booth! If you are curious about this innovative new cooking system then be sure to catch this week’s new episode of the Village Home Show. We will take an in-depth look at this product and each of the attachments. Watch Sunday mornings at 10am on WQAD News 8 ABC Quad Cities.

KitchenAid's Smart Oven Plus wall oven grill with chorizo burgers being prepared.
KitchenAid’s Smart Oven Plus with powered attachments. Shown is the wall oven grill with chorizo burgers being prepared.

There are pre-programed recipes set to help you explore the attachments and get used to the recipe guides. You can even monitor and control the oven from your smartphone or tablet. This connected appliance from KitchenAid will continue to be updated from within your app as more recipes become available.

KitchenAid's Smart Oven Plus with recipe guide walks you through step by step.
KitchenAid’s Smart Oven Plus with recipe guide walks you through step by step.

If you find yourself needing small space appliances, be sure to contact Village. We have access to stylish options including a combination washer/dryer, compact ranges and dishwashers, and a new counter-depth refrigerator that can fit within a 24″ width!

Have a need for a small space appliance? Ask our expert team about the latest models available from Whirlpool.
Have a need for a small space appliance? Ask our expert team about the latest models available from Whirlpool.

We want to thank AVB / BrandSource for hosting such a wonderful convention and congratulate them again for 50 years of success! It was so great to see familiar friends from other stores and meet more new ones in Dallas. Thank you to all of our customers who continue to support small and independent business. Because you value great products and services, your support of our store goes to help all of the families represented in the Village Home Stores staff.

Oh yeah, that work hard/play hard thing? You know we managed to have a little bit of fun between classes, training, meetings, and the EXPO floor. Since we were in Dallas, we had to hit up some pit BBQ on our way to catch our flight. We even threw some axes so we can practice “chopping” prices for our upcoming sales. #WeMakeAVillage , and every village needs some expert lumberjacks after all.

Have any questions about Village Home Stores or our variety of product categories? Or have a questions about something you have seen here on the blog?Just reach out to us we would love to help answer your questions. You can contact our team at (309) 944-1344 M-F from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon. You may also complete this short online form and a member of our staff will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on in your home!