Port Byron, IL- Bath Remodel Plays With Size and Pattern

Have you fallen in love with one tile….but then struggled to complete the look? Maybe that one tile is all you need! You don’t have to include a flashy mosaic accent, or mix multiple textures together to get a complete look. This Port Byron bath remodel is a wonderful example of how you can use the same tile but play with size and installation for a great look. Paramount’s “Urban Stone” series is used throughout the bathroom. Instead of covering the entire bath with the exact same tile, variations of sizes of tile are used but all in the “Cognac” color. The flooring, tub deck, threshold, shower base and walls are all tiled but with sizes varying from 1″ x 2″ to 12″ x 24″. Let our tile experts help you find the perfect material and install concept for your space. tile

When entering the new bathroom, you are greeted by a beautiful new bath vanity. This Furniture style sinktable is from our Bertch Bath line and is made not that far away from us in Waterloo, Iowa. The “Interlude” sinktable can be ordered in a variety of sizes, wood species, and finishes. A 30″ wide sinktable is installed here in a Hickory wood with “Brindle” stain applied. We love how this Brindle stain highlights the Hickory wood grain on the cabinet. An open shelf below can be left empty or used for linens or baskets of toiletries.
Bertch Bath vanities Quad Cities Region. | VillageHomeStores.com

Bertch Bath wave bowl style. | VillageHomeStores.comBertch Bath also fabricates cultured marble vanity tops. This bathroom includes one from their faux granite series. The color is called “Concrete” and has been ordered in the Gloss finish. An integrated vanity sink is included in the mold used to form this top. The “Wave” bowl style is an updated new bowl option that looks stylish and sophisticated in this space.

Another updated detail is the use of a large-format tile in a newer size and shape. 12″ x 24″ sized tiles truly are pacing themselves to become “the new” 12″ x 12″ tile. Installed as the floor tile and horizontally for the wall of the new shower, the look is great! This Port Byron bathroom began as a large space, but was not using that space as smart as it could have been. There was a separate tub and shower area in the original bathroom, but that left a lot of open space in the center of the room. That suggested that there was plenty of space for something to be larger in the new design. Now the custom tiled shower is nearly three times the size of the original:
Custom tiled walk in shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

Did you notice that with the new layout a shower door isn’t needed? Step over the tiled threshold into the shower and the showerhead and controls all splash and spray into the back of the space. To help light pour into the shower, fixed panels of glass have been installed on the wall dividing the tub and shower and also the new wall on entry into the bathroom. These help create a “clerestory” window effect and brighten the space naturally while adding a custom look. glass_areasTiled shower niche. | VillageHomeStores.comDon’t forget to discuss with your designer at Village Home Stores where you will be keeping things in the new shower. Chances are your designer, tile salesperson, and even tile installer will suggest a tiled shelf or wall niche. It would be a shame to have a gorgeous new tiled shower customized to fit in your space and not include an option like this to customize your use of the space. Who wants to have to keep soaps and shampoos on the floor of the shower?! Be sure to check out this ideabook on our Houzz page showcasing other tiled showers. This ideabook includes shower niches, tiled shelves, and custom tiled benches we have posted from our past projects.

The tub area is no longer dark and crowded. Instead, a tiled tub deck seems to just be an extension of the custom shower. The same small-scale tile used as the shower floor is repeated as an accent surrounding the tub surround. Even with all of this medium-dark tile throughout, the bathroom layout keeps the space bright and feeling open.
Bathroom tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Didn’t the bathroom turn out great? We have also featured the kitchen remodel from this same home here on the blog. Be sure to check out the entire album (including before photos) of images from this remodel story here over on our Houzz page. Tired of reading before and after stories of other customers? Are you ready to start your own before and after story? Contact us today to take that first step! (309) 944-1344.
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Port Byron, IL Remodel: An Upscale and Pet-Friendly Before & After

 

This Port Byron, IL couple wanted their remodeled kitchen to have an upscale look but still seem approachable and warm. We think their design and materials from Village Home Stores have achieved this look perfectly! Rich dark cabinets in a Beech wood have been stained in a “Mocha” finish from our Koch Classic line. “Yukon” Quartz countertops are a contrast in color and sheen.
Kitchen remodel in Port Byron, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

Such a transformation has taken place! The original kitchen (see before photo below) included soffits at the ceiling and basic slab-style cabinetry. There was plenty of space in the center of the kitchen to accommodate a temporary island/table area. An L-shaped section of cabinetry on one side of the kitchen and a row of cabinets beneath the window on the other side.
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The new design took all usable space and kitchen a new design solution has been installed including a peninsula. This peninsula helps divide the kitchen from the living area and it also adds an overhang area for counter-height seating. There is a pub-height table right outside of the new kitchen for more seating when needed. The remodeled open concept now seems more like one large and cohesive look from kitchen into the dining/living space.
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The dark cabinets and quartz counters look sophisticated and beautiful but the flooring and backsplash once again almost steal the whole show! The customer pointed out when we arrived to photograph the finished space that new visitors are always first to mention the flooring. Good thing their dog “Buoy” seems to have a bright future in modeling because he can’t wait to show you his new floors.
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Mannington Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist technology. | VillageHomeStores.comJust look at this guy. Buoy is a very good dog but he does have paws and claws. No worries though because his owners selected Mannington’s Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist Technology. This patented performance coating with Aluminum Oxide helps keep floors looking newer longer by providing exceptional resistance to everyday household scratches.  Watch a video on Scratch Resist here to see how this product is so durable it wears off the ridges of a quarter before any damage is made to the floor the quarter is rubbed onto. No worries Buoy, this Oak “Rawhide” colored floor is as pet-friendly as you can find! Adura Plank flooring is a Luxury Vinyl Tile. We call this material “LVT” for short and while you may have seen us feature more ceramic look LVT here on the blog, the wood look planks are just as awesome!

With the new cabinet layout came added storage solutions for the space. A tall pantry caps off the window wall of the kitchen. This cabinet has been fit with five slide-out shelves so there is plenty of space in this 24″ deep unit for dry goods and even small appliances. This tall piece really helps anchor the look of this section in the kitchen.
Tall pantry with shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

This wall of the kitchen includes a window and a nice stretch of countertop surface. With the new addition of the peninsula, the counter space has doubled. This corner has now become a fantastic place for many tasks. meal prep, serving, and even a dining space with the counter-height seating. Even though there can’t be wall cabinets above this added peninsula, the base cabinets make up in great storage space. A stack of two deep drawers can house pots and pans. A 5-piece drawer front option has been selected for this project. Instead of a smooth, “slab” style these 5-piece option looks more similar to the doors of the cabinetry.
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Many times selecting this 5-piece drawer-front option is no added cost to your cabinet purchase. Be sure to discuss which drawer front style is best for your project with your designer from Village Home Stores.  There are of course other specialty cabinets included in the new kitchen. A pull-out trash cabinet, tray divider cabinet, and even a wood divided silverware drawer (see below). Making the most of your cabinet space is how you end up with a great design that you can fall in love with every time you use it.
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The doorstyle selected for this Port Byron kitchen is named “Aspen” by our Koch Classic line. A flat-panel is the most common door choice when you are looking to end up with a more “Transitional” finished kitchen. It is important to point out though that flat-panel doors can come in a variety of styles and even construction.  If you scroll back up to look at the open pantry door you will see the inside of that open door looks like a raised panel of wood. That is because the center of the “Aspen” doors are solid wood center panels. This makes for a more sturdy construction and gives a more rich and realistic woodgrain than a veneered look.
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The rails and stiles that create the frame around this center panel are also varied in size on the doors. Transitional meets Contemporary, the narrow sides with thicker top and bottom portions of this door give a unique style and look to the cabinet. The look it finished off with a standard crown molding. The soffits have been removed and the new layout has cabinetry stretching all the way to the ceilings. The depths of some of these wall cabinets has been varied to add extra design interest.
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If the cabinetry or flooring didn’t steal your attention, the mosaic tile backsplash certainly will! Pietra Art mosaic tile from the “Woodland Park” series has been installed throughout. This mosaic tile perfectly blends the colors from the cabinetry, countertop, and flooring all into one multi-colored mosaic.
Linear mosaic tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen tile backsplash is illuminated and showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. The high contrast from the dark cabinetry to the lighted tile and counters make this tiled surface even more dramatic. We love that there are even Stainless Steel lines in the mosaic to help tie in the appliances with the complete look.
mosaic tile and stainless faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen remodel is the type of space that we think anyone can take something away from touring. The blend of materials and colors all showcase just some of the many options available when working on your own kitchen. Transitional style kitchens give clean and timeless looks without heavy or ornate design elements. This look reads high-end and effortless. We can say though that getting this effortless look did take work. Our thanks to Durian Builders for the work they did in this home. “Buoy” and his family love their new kitchen from Village Home Stores.
Pet friendly flooring by Mannington. | VillageHomeStores.com

This remodel was managed from start to finish with our full remodel Project Management Program. This means that from early estimates until the day “Buoy” moved his food dish, we were there taking care of it all. If you are ready to make the first steps to getting your own Before & After story started call us today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out to us with an email to info@villagehomestores.com. Be sure to check out the entire album of photos from this kitchen Before & After story over here on our Houzz page.
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East Moline Remodel: A Bright and Beautiful Before & After

This East Moline, IL kitchen has been given a whole new look and layout. It is always so amazing when just a few location changes in a layout can make such a big difference for our clients. Look at how bright, beautiful, and inviting this new kitchen is.
East Moline kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Before we show you around the new space let’s look at the “Before” part of this story. Like many kitchens in the area, this original space had soffits above the wall cabinetry. This was the desired look at the time the original kitchen was installed. A peninsula divided the kitchen area from the nearby dining space. A soffit and suspended wall cabinets hung and acted as a visual divider between the two spaces. This layout not only blocks traffic in a very busy area of the home, it also blocks a lot of light and sight from the kitchen into the nearby rooms.
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The new kitchen layout includes an island centered in the space and removes the peninsula. Now the kitchen, casual dining, and living room areas seem to be all one collective space with a more open concept. island_walkway

A large bi-fold pantry area was native to the original space. This pantry offers a lot of storage without intruding on the pathway from the formal dining room into the kitchen. The new kitchen island was ordered in a finish to best compliment the medium oak stain on the pantry doors and trim.
Oak island kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Koch Classic’s “Acorn” stain has been applied to a Red Oak wood. There could’t be a better complimentary finish to match the existing woodwork.  The island offers two large drawer stacks with a pull-out waste basket in the center.
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There is a lot to be said about creating a kitchen design that hosts an island without a sink or cooktop included in it.  Think about how wonderful it would be to always have access to a large clear space to work on any type of project throughout the day. Including an Engineered Quartz countertop as the worksurface in the kitchen makes it a non-porous and durable surface to work on as well. This color is called “Paydirt” from our Klondike series of quartz. A “Beveled” edge profile has been applied to the quartz. The cooking zone of the kitchen design is home to a freestanding slide-in gas range with convection and microwave hood by Whirlpool®.
5-burner slide-in gas range in stainless steel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Replacing the older installation style that required a “sill” or “brace” of countertop behind the unit, these new ranges look sleek and built-in. The new freestanding models include front controls on the electric and gas units and a full-depth construction so they rest flush against the back wall. Your current freestanding range can be replaced with one of these units for a customized look. Any standard 30″ wide opening can accommodate one.
5 burner gas cooktop by Whirlpool. | VillageHomeStores.com

Even with a standard 30″ wide unit, a 5-burner cooktop can be included. Full-width cast iron grates allow you to easily slide pots and pans from one burner to another. The grates are dishwasher safe, and their satin finish resists wear and tear. Read more about some of the incredible features (like rapid preheat) and sleek new design of these full-depth ranges here on a previous blog post. The backsplash tile in this new kitchen draws your attention immediately. Travertine 3″ x 6″ tumbled tile in a natural “Light Noche” color from Daltile has been paired with a deco line of Peitra Art’s  “Bliss Cappuccino” tiles:
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travertine_tileTake note that tumbled stone tiles like this Travertine can be installed and grouted to have two different finished looks. You can leave the natural characteristics of the tiles showing (shown to the right) or choose to fill in the gaps and crevasses with your grout. Be sure to discuss the finished look you are after with your tile installer before they begin the project. The texture and style that this backsplash adds to the finished space is showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. We have found that this lighting system is a key element to a successful finished remodel project. Our customers are always so glad that they included it in their design. Even during the daytime hours, it is difficult to imagine this kitchen without that backsplash and countertop getting the lighting they deserve. Press play below to see how lost the tile looks when the lights turn off.

The Project Management team replaced the original kitchen window with a new double-hung unit. The main perimeter cabinetry for the kitchen is a bright painted finish called “Pearl”. An “Umber” highlight glaze has been applied to the “Seneca” doorstyle. Soffits have been removed and the new wall cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling with crown molding applied at the top. This grants more available storage space in the wall cabinets and an updated look.
East Moline kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new layout feels far less cramped now that the peninsula doesn’t cut off the kitchen from the rest of the room. It is as though the same counter space from the original kitchen peninsula has been shifted into an island top that is now easier to access and use for many tasks. The kitchen sink on the perimeter of the kitchen is an under-mounted model by Blanco in a “Truffle” finish. A 50/50 split layout (shown below) is just one of the many options you have available to choose from when selecting an under-mount sinks.
Blanco sink truffle color. | VillageHomeStores.com

The island has been finished off with an applied door look on each end and spanning the full back panel side of the island. That same treatment has been applied to the refrigerator end panel that caps off the end of the new kitchen. This end treatment option creates such a polished and customized look. A smooth end panel would not give the opportunity for any of the highlight glaze to be applied. With the sunlight that pours in from a set of french doors next to it, this paneled look is a perfect detail!
Refrigerator end panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to this new location from the opposite corner. Now the cooking center is open and not crowded. There is plenty of landing space to load and unload the refrigerator. New flooring was installed in the living room and the new kitchen. Luxury Vinyl Tile by Mannington called “Corsica Cavern” perfectly ties all of the kitchen finishes together and warms up the space. LVT gives you the look of ceramic tile but a softer surface to work on and warmer to your bare feet. Learn more about LVT here on a previous blog post.
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This entire kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL was managed from start to finish by the Project Management team at Village Home Stores. Kitchen remodels do not happen overnight. Our team of experts works with you on creating a schedule and timeline for your project that will get your project completed in as quick of  timeline as possible for the work to be done correctly and with the quality our customers have come to expect from Village Home Stores. See a short recap of the process in the collage below:
Quad Cities kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a kitchen in the Quad Cities region that is in need of a complete remodel? Village Home Stores would love to be a part of your own before & after story. We can provide design and materials for your space or manage to project for you entirely. Whatever works best for your lifestyle and budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our designers and start the conversation. (309) 944-1344.
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Geneseo Remodel: Kitchen Turns a New Corner

remodel_geneseoThis featured kitchen remodel in Geneseo, IL gives a new layout that includes designated zones to help keep clutter to a minimum for this busy household.
Geneseo kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores

Any busy household could use some help when it comes to the subject of clutter control. “A place for everything and everything in its place”. That’s a great concept to embroider on a pillow but even with a brand new kitchen, let’s be realistic. Take a look at this design solution. A large-item drop zone area. This is easily our most favorite part of the new design.
Kitchen drop zone from Village Home Stores.hook

Kitchens tend to be located by the entrance used most by residents of the home. Where do you throw all your stuff when you walk in the door? Including a drop zone area in your kitchen design can help to give your items a built-in place to rest. This design includes a cabinet above, two coat rack cubbies with hooks, and storage drawers below. The drawers below become the perfect location for this family to store petfood and supplies.

A matching beadboard panel has been installed to the back of this bench drop zone area. The ridges of the Birch beadboard help dress up the look of the coat cubbies when nothing is stored there. Hanging two-sided coat hooks from the bottom of the cabinet area above gives bulky items more space to hang. Have you ever heard a friend or family member complain they didn’t have enough drawers in their kitchen? Well imagine how jealous they would be of this corner of our featured remodel.

This new kitchen design “wraps” the corner as it transitions into the drop zone area. The stack of drawers found right at the “turn” of the corner adds even more storage for non-kitchen essentials. Because this drop zone area is located right at the center “hub” of the home, any number of items can be stored here that might be needed. Take a look at a “Before” photo from this Geneseo kitchen just to see how much it has changed:before

Dated cabinetry, hardware and tops have been completely upgraded for a stunning new look. Rich “Mocha” stained Birch cabinetry has been installed in the “Savannah” Shaker doorstyle from our Koch Classic line. If you love the look of this Cherry look on a more affordable wood species, be sure to check out this other featured kitchen on the blog. crown_molding

The refrigerator in the new design has been moved to the sink wall. A small landing space of countertop has been included to the left of the Stainless Steel Whirlpool refrigerator. Hidden within the cabinet is a charging station. Including specified zones for devices is another way to keep kitchen counter clutter under control. Whirlpool refrigerator WRF736SDAM13 | VillageHomeStores.comdepthThe new refrigerator has been surrounded with matching Birch end panels. It is important to note that even though the design has “built-in” the new refrigerator, it still extends out into the space. Be sure to discuss counter-depth vs. standard-depth refrigerator models choices with your kitchen designer and appliance salesperson at Village Home Stores. This layout does not demand the clearance or look of a counter-depth model. Because of that, a full-depth model that offers 25 cu. ft. of storage can be used for this new Geneseo kitchen. Counter-depth refrigerator models can look great and be a space-saving option but don;t forget you do lose capacity when compared to a standard-depth model.pantry

Directly across from the new refrigerator is a tall pantry cabinet. This cabinet has been fitted with adjustable slide-out shelves. In place of cabinets with slide-outs surrounding the range, two large drawer stacks have been included. Now all baking items, pots and pans, and lids are within reach of the cooking zone of the kitchen. full viewCambria WinchesterThe new hardwood flooring in this featured kitchen is beautiful. A Hickory wood from Hallmark’s “Chaparral Collection” has been stained in the “Sagebrush” finish. Other materials from this featured remodel include Cambria’s “Winchester” design quartz tops and a mosaic tile accent strip that truly ties everything together. Working with Village Home Stores gives you the piece of mind that your kitchen will look great. We build a whole team of salespeople just for your project, That way all of the finishes and materials function and look fantastic!

See the full album of photos from this kitchen remodel over on our Houzz profile here. Are your ready to start working on your dream kitchen with Village Home Stores? We can’t wait to start your own Before and After story! Call us today to set up an appointment and get started. (309) 944-1344 kitchen_contractors_geneseo

Kitchen Remodel: A Lot To Be Thankful For

tileThis Thanksgiving, we know the “Hostess with the Mostest” and she happens to live in Geneseo, IL. We can’t think of a better week to share this recent kitchen remodel with you than the Thanksgiving holiday because it is the ultimate space for entertaining and preparation. These customers have waited many Thanksgivings to get to experience the one they are about to host in their new kitchen from Village Home Stores.
Kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Just look at this open, warm and inviting kitchen! It is hard not to feel comfortable in the new space and we can only imagine how good it must smell right now from all of the holiday foods getting prepared and served from it.  At the very heart of the new kitchen is a large single-level island with and overhang fit to host two seated guests. This single piece of Cambria Quartz in the “Walton” design is not only the ideal work surface, it is in the best location for all zones of the new kitchen.
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This 4′ x 6′ island top is within reach of the fresh food storage zone, kitchen clean up zone, and both the cooking and baking zones. Speaking of those cooking and baking zones, we think those might be the areas that most Thanksgiving hostesses would be jealous of in this kitchen… beginning with the three ovens available in this new design.
KitchenAid double wall ovens with True Convection. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 30″ wide built-in unit from KitchenAid offers two ovens for use. When you consider the True Convection features included in each of them, this built-in unit can bake six racks of items at the same time at a consistent temperature within the cavities (each 5.0 cu. ft. in size). Imagine getting your Christmas cookies baked all in one session!
KitchenAid built-in convection microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

But wait….we said three ovens right? Well directly across from the double wall oven in the island is a built-in microwave also from KitchenAid. This model of built-in microwave also includes convection features. Making it a fully-functioning third oven when needed.  It even broils. For those handful of times throughout the year when you wish you had another location for prep or even warming items, imagine having three!  This kitchen is not just ideal for baking. The cooking area of the new kitchen is the visual focal point of the space.cooking_center

Surrounded by great features and prep space, the 5-burner gas cooktop by KitchenAid includes a lot of burner options and is only a 30″ wide unit. Full-width cast-iron grates make it easy to move from a high BTU burner over to a simmer or secondary location. The cooktop is set into a a base cabinet that has a unique layout. This layout allows for a large pots and pans drawer below and a sliding shelf to access the space behind the doors above.

The “reverse” drawer layout gives a unique look and helps create interest along with the decorative feet that have been added to the space. Above the cooktop is a decorative wood hood with a beautiful wood mantle and carved corbels. Hidden within the hood cabinet is a Broan hood insert that has been fitted with a re-circulation kit.
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With plenty of “landing space” on each side of the cooktop, you have a lot of prep area if needed. The large island countertop is directly behind the user in the cooking zone but the pathway between the two areas is large enough that multiple users still won’t feel crowded.  A pull-out cutting board is located right within reach of this zone.
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With such a large, multi-functional island, it had to also look as amazing as the rest of the kitchen. It is at the center of all activity AND attention after all. Decorative support brackets were installed underneath the countertop overhang. These helps give a custom look and also allows added opportunity for the black accent glaze to show some detail. The cabinetry in this kitchen is from our Koch Classic line and is a Birch wood stained with the “Briarwood” finish and a black glaze has been applied.
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Above the island two large 3-light chandeliers hang. These lights by Feiss add a lot of style and allow your eye to look through and beyond them into the kitchen. Selecting the right quantity and scale of lighting above an island can be difficult on your own. One of the advantages of having our own lighting department in-house is your kitchen designer and lighting expert can work closely with you to find the perfect choice for your project.
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With so much to tour in this great new space we can’t forget the work that went into creating it. There were multiple walls removed and a lot of sub-contractors to coordinate. Our Full Project Management program was the perfect way to keep this project organized and stay on track for completion. High-ceilings were already a great feature in the original kitchen, but the kitchen itself was tucked behind walls and closets that kept the space from the great open concept you toured above.remodel_kitchen

If you look at the wood flooring and carpeting in the photo above, you can see the ghost of the original walls that crowded the kitchen and front entry to the home. Village Home Stores arranged for a new front closet to be added and all new trim and doors for this completed space. The header you see at the center of the ceiling pitches was installed due to the walls removed.
kitchen remodel with Durian Builders and Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

From demolition to the last cabinet handle being installed, everything was coordinated by Village Home Stores. Taking on a project like this on your own can be quite a task. Village Home Stores can just provide an expert design and quality materials for your project, or take you every step of the way with our Project Management program. Whatever the experience you are looking for, we are here.geneseo_kitchen_remodeler

Call us today to make an appointment. Or if you are reading this during the holiday weekend and just swore it would be your last one in your existing kitchen, shoot us a quick email here and we will follow up with you soon about starting your project. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
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