Painted teal Capri Drift finish by Koch Cabinetry on mudroom bench with wood seat and coat storage

A Quad Cities Breezeway Gets a Custom Storage Locker With Bench

Anyone else have a massive pileup problem by your door? This time of year especially we have boots, shoes, bags, and all kinds of cold weather gear to unload and process when we get home. What if we told you there is a better way to deal with this pileup…that is also an amazing investment in your home’s value? No matter if your household is just one person or ten, anyone can appreciate a storage solution like this Rock Island breezeway we transformed. A custom storage locker and bench seat is a stunning and sound investment for both the current and any future owners of this home.

Breezeway remodeled with bench, cubbies, coat hooks and coat cabinets.
Breezeway remodeled with bench and storage installed in a Rock Island Quad Cities home. Capri Drift Koch Cabinets and remodel by Village Home Stores.

What a dream! There was already an exterior door and coat closet located in the breezeway. The complete start-to-finish project management remodel team at Village Home Stores helped arrange to convert the divided space to become one large room with this amazing bench and storage setup. The new look is more accessible and brighter with new tile flooring and paint applied.

Before and after breezeway. Village Home Stores converted an existing closet into this new bench seat with storage in a Rock Island Illinois home.
Before and after breezeway. Village Home Stores converted an existing closet into this new bench seat with storage in a Rock Island Illinois home.

This Rock Island home already had a luxuriously wide breezeway space to work with, so we are able to step back and show you the full finished look. The truth for most area homes needing a space like this is there is not always a lot of space to work with. But our designers can turn even the smallest niche or closet into something that can better serve your needs. This same bench and storage concept can be recreated in any entry, mudroom, or hallway. We will work with you to decide what sizes and depths can fit for your own home.

Mudroom bench with storage in Capri Drift finish by Koch Cabinetry. Cabinetry and remodel in Rock Island Quad Cities home by Village Home Stores.
Bench with storage installed in a breezeway in Capri Drift finish by Koch Cabinetry. Cabinetry and remodel in Rock Island Quad Cities home by Village Home Stores.

This look is achieved using two tall, deep cabinets bookending each end with a bench seat and cubby area at the center. The sections are all installed and fit with baseboard molding and crown molding at the top to finish them all as one piece. A beaded panel at the back includes a valance and coat hooks.

Village Home Stores converted a closet into a storage bench in a Rock Island Illinois home with cubbies and coat hooks.
Village Home Stores converted a closet into a storage bench in a Rock Island Illinois home with cubbies and coat hooks.

Open cubbies above allow basket storage that is well out of eye-level so these are the perfect places to stash things that would normally pile up on the bench. For busy families with a lot of items to process, you can even assign a cubby basket for each person, so they have their own place for cold weather items, water bottles, etc. Pets can also claim their own basket to stash leaches, toys, treats, and waste baggies right by the door.

Frontier stain on Birch wood from Koch Cabinetry shown on a wood countertop used as bench seat. Cabinets and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Frontier stain on Birch wood from Koch Cabinetry shown on a wood countertop used as bench seat. Cabinets and remodel by Village Home Stores.

The wooden bench seat used here is a wood countertop we ordered in a Birch wood with a “Frontier” stain applied. Wood tops have a nice finished front edge and work great for built in cabinet counters and bench seats like this. The cubby sections below the bench can be used to stash shoes and boots out of the walkway. This keeps things within reach but not on full display when they are tucked away. Instead of a wood box like above, the “bottom” of these bench cubbies are just the tiled floors making it easier to sweep and keep clean.

Capri Drift painted finish from Koch Cabinetry. Breezeway cabinets and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Capri Drift painted finish from Koch Cabinetry. Breezeway cabinets and remodel by Village Home Stores.

We haven’t even mentioned the paint color yet. How could we have missed that important detail!? This is a fun new painted finish available from our Koch Cabinet line named “Capri Drift” with a rub through. Shown here on the “Hastings” door, this painted finish is fun way to add color and a weathered texture to a space. Bench seats and built-in areas are great candidates in your home for a little pop of color. See a video of this bench seat here on our Instagram page.

Deep coat storage cabinet in mudroom bench area. Village Home Stores converted an existing closet into this new bench seat.
Deep coat storage cabinet in mudroom bench area. Village Home Stores converted an existing closet into this new bench seat.

The new tile flooring is a 24″ x 24″ ceramic named “Golden Gray” from the Aurora series of our Lifestyle line. Are you ready to start your own remodel transformation story with Village Home Stores? We are here to help! This design and remodel, along with the kitchen we will be sharing soon, was all completed safely during the 2020 COVID-19 Summer/Fall season. Our designers and remodel crews were able to follow CDC guidelines and complete an entire overhaul on the first floor of this Quad Cities home.

24 x 24 tiles in "Golden Gray" color from the Lifestyle Aurora series installed by Village Home Stores in a Rock Island Quad Cities breezeway.
24 x 24 tiles in “Golden Gray” color from the Lifestyle Aurora series installed by Village Home Stores in a Rock Island Quad Cities breezeway.

If you are curious about our remodel process or ready to get started, your first step is just to reach out! You can fire up the chat feature here on the Village blog, complete this online form, or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.

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