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Blue Grass, IA- Go Brighter For Big Results!

Many times it is the changes in finishes that can make the largest impact on a space. Combine that with a few layout adjustments and additions and you get this week’s featured kitchen remodel tour in Blue Grass, IA. A U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula is extended and made brighter and for big results! Let’s begin with how we “extended” the space and still kept the kitchen footprint the same. A section of wall between the kitchen and the casual dining area was previously used to house a china hutch area.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

The available hutch area wall has become absorbed into the cabinetry footprint in the new layout. This change plus a shift from medium oak cabinets to a bright, painted look has resulted in a larger look and a bright new space. A peninsula has been installed again to divide the kitchen from the casual dining table but no upper peninsula cabinets were included.
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New cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Legacy doorstyle and Birch wood finished with the “Oyster” paint. The Legacy door is one of our most popular styles from this cabinetry line. It is such a great detailed door without being ornate or over-the-top. The details are found in the rails and stiles of the door and a flat-panel center keeps the look from becoming heavy or overly Traditional.
Ogee edge profile on quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz counters from our Klondike line in a color called “Tundra” have been installed. The decorative “Ogee” edge profile on the tops add an extra detail as the light highlights the waterfalling polished stone edge. This color is a fantastic neutral choice for quartz counters. It combines bright whites, soft grays, and the perfect mix of charcoal and black to blend the cabinets, hardware, and even Stainless Steel appliances together perfectly. Let’s take a look around the entire new kitchen:
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

New Hickory hardwood from our Somerset line has been installed throughout. The light wood tone is named “Moonlight” and it is the perfect finish to be paired with the soft, warm grays included throughout the new kitchen. As mentioned before, a new hutch area has been installed in the same doorstyle as the kitchen cabinetry. Including details like an arched toespace valance and adding interior lighting with glass doors to the cabinet help achieve a furniture look. The wall cabinetry in this section also extends all the way down to the quartz tops.
Custom kitchen hutch. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system is the perfect choice for an area like this. These lights can be dimmed and left on as much as desired using minimal energy. Learn more about this system in a previous post here on the blog. The perfect ambient light when entertaining and even a nightlight in the evening. A new appliance package from KitchenAid® has been included in the new kitchen. KitchenAid® offers appliances with professional-inspired styles including incredible features and function.
Kitchenaid combination wall oven and microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 30″ wide Combination Microwave and Wall Oven is full of incredible features like Even-Heat™ True Convection in the lower oven for consistent baking temperatures and faster preheat times. The Microwave above also includes convection features allowing a secondary baking/cooking option and qualifying this model as a double oven. Next to that wall oven unit is a tall pantry cabinet fit with 5 adjustable slide-out shelves. Slide-out shelves from Koch Cabinetry are able to be adjusted in location to fit your own storage needs.
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Turning the corner in the new kitchen we find the new cooktop area. Cooktops can be installed in a number of different cabinets. This kitchen includes a “reversed drawer” cabinet that moves the shallow top drawer down to the bottom of the cabinet. That leaves the top section of the cabinet available for the cooktop components and power source connections. The bottom drawer here is perfect for bakeware or pots and pans lids.
Cooktop cabinet with 30" electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new 30″ electric cooktop includes tap-touch controls and a very versatile 4-element layout. One of the cooking elements is a triple-ring space offering a 12″, 9″, and 6″ element all in one convenient front  location. This gives you many options for cookware all in the same location. Stainless Steel trim helps compliment the cooktop with the rest of the new appliance package.
electric cooktop with stainless trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

The backsplash tile is one of our favorite parts of the new kitchen! This glass 3″ x 6″ subway tile from our Florstar Interceramic line has been installed in a herringbone pattern. The tile color is named “Shimmer Storm” and the finished look is perfect with the quartz counters.
Glass subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern. | VillageHomeStores.comHardware and lighting have been installed in a Pewter finish. Pewter is a wonderful finish to pair with Stainless appliances in a Traditional style kitchen. The look of these “Merrick” style handles is just as though a highlight of black accent has been applied to a Stainless finish. In place of a Stainless sink, a granite composite sink in a “Metallic Gray” color has been undermounted to the tops.
Granite composite undermount sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

You can watch a full video tour of this remodel project on a recent episode of our show the Village Home Show. In this episode we also share how using apps like Pinterest and Houzz can help get you and your designer from Village Home Stores organized. See the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Press play below to see this kitchen plus another local kitchen transform!

What a transformation! From dark and crowded to bright and spacious! Are you ready to make the most of your own kitchen space? Village Home Stores is ready to partner with you on that project. Your first step is to reach out for that first appointment with our team. Contact us anytime during store hours at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We will then work with you to walk you through our process. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! blue-grass-kitchen-remodeler

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Kitchen Reaching New Heights in Coal Valley, IL

We don’t just help create beautiful remodeled spaces at Village Home Stores. We can also provide you with expert design and material selection for your new home. This new home built by Hazelwood Homes includes a stunning new kitchen from Village Home Stores. Granite countertops, dark cabinetry, and Stainless Steel appliances are all showcased in this beautiful new Coal Valley, IL home.
Kitchen with Ganache granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen features Koch cabinetry in the “Seneca” doorstyle in Beech wood with a rich “Mocha” stain applied. A angled peninsula area includes a dual-height design and a wood paneled back to match the kitchen. The range wall in this kitchen grabs your attention right away. Staggered heights and depths of the wall cabinetry add interest to the design. Keep your staggered cabinets symmetrical in location when possible. This wall cabinet layout showcases a great use of “rhythm” in design with the staggered look. Up-down-up-down-up, all in balanced widths.
Maytag range and microwave hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

Staggering the corner cabinets as well as the center microwave area is a great look. Microwave Hoods sometimes get a bad reputation for style but this design totally redeems the look! If you are going to frame in and showcase a microwave, this model is the right one to choose. It is stylish and full of features. Have a tight space you are trying to fit a microhood into? This might be the perfect model for your design. This Maytag unit is designed to open even if your microwave is adjacent to a returning wall.  Take a look at the image below to illustrate what we mean:
microwave_doors_against_wallA 90° Hinge allows for flexible microwave hood combination installation next to a wall if needed. In this case, the fluted columns and light-rail molding surrounding the microwave don’t get hit by the swinging door. The wall cabinet in the corner of the kitchen is also staggered and balances the final wall cabinet before the peninsula starts. Taller and deeper with an added open shelf area for displaying items, this angled cabinet area caps off the wall cabinet design stylishly.
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The rich, Mocha stained cabinetry is paired with natural stone counters that are a granite named “Ganache”. A natural beauty, this stone blends chocolaty browns and creamy whites and honestly, makes us want a bowl of ice cream right now just writing about it. Also reaching for new heights in this Coal Valley kitchen, the set-on granite backplash is much taller than a standard application.

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A standard set-on splash in a kitchen setting is typically somewhere between 4-5″ in height.  The end result makes a big visual impact and helps keep the taller height wall cabinets seem in scale with the project. Shown below, this taller backsplash height blends seamlessly with the space between the sink counter and the bar-height counter on the angled peninsula.
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There is also a great wall of cabinet storage surrounding the refrigerator in this kitchen design. Press play below to see the tall pantry cabinet come to life and reveal five slide-out shelves inside. Between the new pantry and the refrigerator area is a wide landing space of countertop for loading and unloading items in the fresh food and pantry storage zone of the design.
Are you building a new home soon in the Quad Cities area? Let our expert staff help you design and select the perfect kitchen layout for your home. In addition to that we have products to help complete your entire new home. We carry cabinetry, countertops, lighting, floorcovering, tile, custom blinds and shades. Our team can also help create designs for unique spaces like media rooms, mudroom areas, fireplace mantles, and built-in cabinetry surrounds. Our new construction customers can also take advantage of our “Bundle” program and earn free lighting as they shop our store. Contact us today to learn more about this program and to set up an appointment to start the conversation about your own home. We have product to suite every style and budget. Complete this contact form online or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see your new home plans.
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Coal Valley, IL- A Bright & Brand New Master Bath

Welcome to this bright and brand new Master Bath at a home in Coal Valley, IL recently built by Hazelwood Homes. This layout includes two vanity areas, a large soaking tub, tiled shower, and private area for the stool. Bright brilliant whites and soft beige tones are paired with a bold contrast of dark fixtures.
Master Bathroom vanity cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Koch Classic cabinetry in the “Seneca” doorstyle, Maple wood painted “White”. The tile for the floors, tub surround deck, and tiled shower are from the Manhattan series and the color is “Beige”. An accent strip of tile in the shower is the Stone Modular Series “AL850”.
Tiled shower in Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

tiled_bathroomThe variety of tones and textures in the tiled shower make for an interesting look and the Oil-Rubbed Bronze shower entry is a bold contrast to the bright tile work within. The plumbing fixtures for this Master Bath are also in the ORB finish. This high contrast helps to create a dramatic look in the space. In place of the expected 12″ x 12″ wall tile, a 10″ x 14″ wall tile is used. This modern size of a traditional style adds interest and a current look to the beige space. an accent tile with a warm glass tile and basket weave pattern is banded around the tiled shower space.

A corner bench has been installed in the tiled shower as well as a tiled in niche area for shower toiletries. Discuss these options with your designer and tile salesperson in the early stages of your selections. That way you have plenty of time to decide on location and accent tile designs.corner_bench

The vanity tops are from our Onyx Collection line of Cultured Marble vanity tops. This product comes in a variety of colors and can be ordered in any size and configuration you can dream up. Cultured Marble is a fantastic choice for a bathroom top because you are able to choose from many stylish bowl shape options. Read more about this product at this past blog post. These bowls are integrated into the vanity top for a seamless, easy to clean look. The bowl can be pour into the mold in the same color as your counter, or like the “Wave” bowl below, a two-tone look can be achieved. This solid white bowl  in the “Iceburg” faux granite pattern top gives the illusion of an undermounted bowl.onyxtop

It seems like you can never have enough storage in a Master Bathroom space, or any bathroom space for that matter. The wall space above your stool cab be a great space to utilize when more storage is needed. Toilet topper cabinets can be ordered in many sizes and styles to match your bathroom cabinetry. Many times an open shelf or towel bar below the topper is included in the design.
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Are you building or remodeling your home? Village Home Stores has products perfect for your project. We have materials for every surface of your space and the expert team to help back up those products. Help your project go smoothly the first time around by trusting the expert team at Village Home Stores. Contact us today for an appointment online here or by phone at (309) 944-1344.
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