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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”.
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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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Atkinson, IL- Four Bath Looks in One New Home

The best thing about showcasing a new home to you is that we have the opportunity to show you so many examples of what our customers are selecting for their spaces all from the same project. In this Atkinson, IL home built by Evergreen Custom Homes we are able to show you four beautiful bathroom spaces each with their own look and concept.

Master Bath:
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Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the same doorstyle and finish as the kitchen we featured in our last postThis flat-panel style of door is so versatile. The Master Bath design is a warm zen look using earthtones and a variety of textures. The main wall of cabinets in the Master has been arranged in a variety of depths and heights to give a unique and customized look.
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There are two sink vanity areas divided by a window and bench in the center of the wall. Against each corner rests the tallest base cabinet. A wall cabinet above is installed all the way down to the countertop surface. The sink bases have been ordered at a shorter height so that once the vessel sink is in place, the height is just right for a user to operate and utilize the vanity.
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A large window at the center of the wall is installed at just the right height to leave enough space below for a bench with storage. The same Cambria “Hampshire” quartz has been installed here as the top to the bench. Quartz is a fantastic choice for bathroom counters because you get the look of a natural stone but never have to worry about maintenance. Quartz is a man-made and non-porous material so no products you will be using in the bathroom can penetrate or damage the material at all.

On the opposite wall is the mirror image of the vanity area we shared earlier. This image below shows you the variety of depths used in the design as well. Every time the height of a cabinet changes, the depth does as well. This adds interest and also allows for enough space for the Cambria counters to have an overhang on the front of the cabinets.
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The custom tiled shower in this Master Bath is one of our favorite features of the new home. Dual rain shower heads and a lot of space make it enviable to anyone who sees it. Custom showers allow you to truly make the most of the available space. You are able to locate the entrance and fixtures wherever you would like them. The custom glass door is not the only chance for natural light to pass into the shower. A half-wall has been placed right by the entrance and a panel of glass is fixed to the wall granting a more open feeling to the user and more access to the overall light in the room.
Custom tiled drain. | VillageHomeStores.comTile shelf in shower recessed. | VillageHomeStores.comOf course your could just install the same series of tile throughout in a custom tiled shower…. but what’s so custom about that? That is why these clients worked closely with their design team at Village Home Stores to select a variety of tiles to create a great finished look that helps to tie the entire Master Bath space together. Speaking of custom, even the shower drain has been customized. This square unit can be tiled to match your design perfectly. The 2″ x 2″ “Emperador Dark” marble tile used for this shower floor is the perfect compliment to the Cambria “Hampshire” quartz counters installed on the vanity tops and bench seat. A sill piece of Cambria is used at the entrance to the shower and as a ledge on the half-wall. The mosaic tile was even used to add a design detail as a transition from the 12″ x 24″ StonePeak “Limestone Honey” floor tiles into the walk-in closet and bedroom of the Master Suite. mosaic tile as transition. | VillageHomeStores.com

Powder Room:

Located on the first floor of this home is the Powder Room. Powder Rooms are the perfect spaces to showcase your personal style and really try something different. This will be the Bath used by your guests so make a memorable first impression with your selections for the space. These clients worked with their designers at Village Home Stores and selected a statement bath vanity and paired it with a unique vessel bowl.
Bertch Bath Interlude bath vanity. | VillageHomeStores.com

Vessel sink vanity. | VillageHomeStores.comThe “Graphite Grey” paint has been applied to Bertch Bath’s Interlude Series cabinetry. This 30″ vanity has a Transitional style and furniture look with square legs attached to the vanity. A bottom-drawer configuration allows plumbing access behind the doors above and added storage below for toilet paper, towels, or any other items needed in the Powder Room. Vessel bowls continue to be a great way to add style to a bathroom space. The Master Bath featured above also included vessel sinks but in a brighter and smoother material. The Powder Room vessel has a dark and dramatic look that is complimented by the grey cultured marble slab top  with dark black veining movement.

Lower Level Bath:

The Lower Level of the home includes a large bathroom with vanity, linen cabinet, and cultured marble top. “Cultured Marble” is a general term for bathroom vanity tops that are formed by pouring a material into a mold to create a surface. A current trend in vanity tops like this is to give the look of an under-mounted bowl to a granite or quartz top. At first glance this top looks a lot like a quartz one… but take a step closer and see that it is a cultured marble vanity top similar to those we have been installing for decades and decades. bathroom ideas | VillageHomeStores.com

Many times the bowl is integrated into this surface and by simply adding a white or off-white color for the bowl, the illusion of an under-mount sink is achieved. The Onyx Collection is one of our top-selling marble top products. They also can make custom shower bases and walls in addition to many other bathroom products. Onyx Collection bathroom vanity top. | VillageHomeStores.com

With many colors and styles to select from plus the option to customize your vanity or shower project, this Midwest-based company is a great option for your bathroom. Current trends within these cultured marble vendors is to have more flecked patterns similar to a quartz look. The top shown in this Lower Level Bath is the “Genesis” color in a gloss finish. These cultured tops can be ordered in a standard gloss finish or with a matte finish.

Upstairs Bath:

This Upstairs Bath is home to a vanity that matches the Master Bath shown above. There is another custom tiled shower in this bath that we wanted to showcase in this blog post. This Upstairs Bath shower is the same size and configuration of a standard tub/shower commonly found in a bathroom this size. In this space is a great new opportunity to create a custom area with a lot of textures and style. Honed Travertine tile fills up most of this shower. A shower head and handheld unit are located above the controls at the entrance to the shower. shower

shower_ledgeThe smooth texture of the Travertine tiles is a great contrast to the pebbled floor of the shower. Flat pebble tiles by Pietra Art add a fun texture in appearance and experience. Bare feet get a massage every time you use the shower. The same pebble tile is used as an accent stripe vertically on the back wall. A bench seat has also been installed and tiled into the corner of shower.

This Atkinson, IL home gave us an opportunity to show you a variety of design concepts and materials that can help inspire your own bathroom project. Didn’t see anything that was quite your style here at this home? Be sure to get inspired with us elsewhere online! Our Pinterest board of Bathrooms is a great place to get started. If you are on Houzz be sure to check out our ideabooks of Bathrooms as well as Custom Tiled Showers for many more ideas to help inspire your own space. Episode 7 of the Village Home Show is another great way to get inspired for your new bathroom. Watch the full episode here to see two bathrooms remodeled into beautiful new magazine-cover looks. Or click this link to read up on other Bathrooms we have featured here on the blog. Get in touch with Village Home Stores today to start the conversation about the project you are wanting to get started on. (309) 944-1344Village_phone_number

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Atkinson, IL- Rustic Meets Traditional

The right design and materials in the perfect setting. It’s a winning look! Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a Traditional kitchen at this Evergreen Custom Home built in Atkinson, IL.  Rustic selections refined into a functional design with countrywide views out every window.
Rustic Traditional kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Charleston” doorstyle and “Sienna” finish paired with a Maytag® suite of Stainless Steel appliances. Granite countertops add rustic drama to the space. The “Desert Dream” stone is full of incredible veining and character. As you make your way around the batwing-shaped island tops they change from dark black to tans and earth tones then back to black again. We imagine it will be quite easy to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get lost in your own imagination just staring at the natural beauty of this granite.
Maytag French Door Refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Combination Microwave and Wall Oven:

This wall is also home to a Maytag® 30″ wide combination wall oven and microwave unit. At first glance you may think it is simply a double oven unit…. you are almost correct! By including the microwave into the wall oven area of a design you free up your options for the overall design of your kitchen. If your design allows it, a combination wall oven can give you a great location for the microwave and also instantly bump the overall look of your kitchen into a more customized category. Maytag microwave wall oven combination. | VillageHomeStores.comconvection_microwaveNobody is thrilled about including a microwave as an appliance focal point of a kitchen design. This is why normally we try to “hide” it or build a microwave into an island base cabinet. Even concealing the unit behind doors has become common. If space is limited, microwave hoods are a wonderful space-saving solution. If your design can accommodate a wall oven, consider a combination unit with a drop-down door microwave. Many of these models can be upgraded to include convection features in the microwave oven cavity. This allows you to have a secondary oven when needed.

Slide In Gas Range:

The secondary oven for this kitchen can be found in the island directly across from this wall oven unit. Maytag®’s slide in gas range with EvenAir™ true convection uses a powerful heating element and a sturdy fan to circulate even temperatures for more consistent roasting and baking within the 5.8 cu. ft. interior. pull out spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

Five burners in the gas cooktop rest under full-width cast iron grates. It is so easy to picture multiple users at work in this kitchen design. This model also includes a warming drawer below the oven. This kitchen has a fantastic functional layout with plenty of prep and cooking areas available. A pullout spice rack is right within reach to the right of this slide in unit.

Unique Storage Cabinets:

sandwich center cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comThis kitchen includes two other unique storage solution cabinets that are worth a mention. The first cabinet is shown on the right and it goes by many names in the industry. With a unique cabinet layout including two small drawers, a bread box, cutting board, and cabinet with slide-out tray this can truly be put to many uses. A “Sandwich-Center” or perhaps a designated snack zone for children? Do you have limited space in a bar or island? This might be a great option to make the most of your space. Press play below to watch this cabinet come to life and imagine the possibilities of including this cabinet option in your own design.

The other unique storage cabinet included in the perimeter of this kitchen is a stand-mixer lift insert. Nice stand mixers can be such a great looking small appliance that many times customers want to have them on the countertops as a part of the finished look. Not everyone wants to keep theirs within eyesight when not in use. Have you ever had the opportunity to try and move one of these mixers from one corner of a kitchen to another? They aren’t exactly lightweight. Press play below to watch how an insert for your mixer can keep it within reach but out of site when not needed.

The variety of textures and materials used in this beautiful kitchen make it hard to decide which makes the largest impact. If you are here in person you would most certainly agree it is the hardwood flooring. Even with a kitchen full of this much cabinetry, the wood floors draw your eye immediately. acacia hardwood floors. | VillageHomeStores.comHand-scraped “Acacia” (Asian Walnut) hardwood in random widths has been installed in the “Saddleback” finish. With a variety of wood tones found within the surface, it is the perfect compliment to the more controlled woodtone of the medium cherry finish found on the kitchen cabinetry.  We can’t possibly mention the word “texture” and not give you a closer look at the kitchen backsplash at this home.Mosaic strip tile. | VillageHomeStores,com

Pietra art stone in a strip mosaic has been installed from Florida Tile’s “Picasso” series. This tile makes a huge impact when you first see it…then seeing it illuminated by the Diode LED lighting and reflected onto the stone counters you get to fall in love with it over and over. Also reflected in the counterops are the unique pendant lights that hang above the island.Kitchen lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

pendantThese unique pendants by ELK Lighting are from the perfectly named “Watersphere” collection. The “Smoke” finish to the water glass creates a hammered look to the globes. When we visited this kitchen to photograph the space, the owners pointed out the unique patterns that form on the ceiling above the pendants (see image above).  Rustic style can still look refined and controlled when the right materials are used. Texture is where you get a Rustic impact and texture is not only something found in reclaimed barnwood,  The glass in these pendants, the hand-scraped wood flooring, and that incredible tile backsplash all add texture and keep the overall look magazine-ready but not trendy.

Double Up: Corner kitchen sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen includes a corner sink layout to grant the user access to the countryside views and maximum natural light during the day. Note the eyebrow arch at the front and back of the sink divider. This design detail was executed and installed by our granite fabricators. The small button sitting flush with the counter on the left corner of the sink is to operate the garbage disposal.

Bar sink in island. | VillageHomeStores.comA second sink can be found across the kitchen in the island. When designing a large kitchen that may be used by many people both for prep and entertaining, a second sink is a great idea. This bar sink is accessible for the entire front half of the new kitchen. A pull-out sprayer is also included in the faucet making it a great secondary area for clean up. The island itself is so large and right at the entrance to the kitchen. The bar-height top on the island is where many of the guests will be found when entertaining. A bar sink like this can be great to fill up with ice and have beverages out and ready to grab. Sinks aren’t the only thing duplicated in this kitchen…Danby beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

A glass-front beverage cooler is also located in the kitchen island. With plenty of shelf space for wine, soda, juice and beers in this cooler, the main refrigerator isn’t over crowded. The glass-front on  the cooler also makes “way-finding” easier to a guest. Let a guest know they are welcome to “grab a beverage from the island” and they can easily find their way.Desert Dream granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking is islands, let’s address the fact that this design includes two of those as well!. The larger island on the perimeter of the design helps establish the “end” of the kitchen in relation to the great room it sits in. Because of this location and the size of the island, it is easy to forget that it even is one at all. The rectangle island in the center of the space helps give the main kitchen area a great landing space right at the center of the cooking zone of the design. Two islands in a kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

The smaller island in the center of the kitchen is fit with a contrasting granite top. An “Absolute Black” granite top is polished and has a standard “Eased” edge applied. We love the way this polished dark stone reflects the rest of the kitchen back at any visitor as they walk by it. See the full album of nearly 40 photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page. Are you building a new home? Want to remodel the one you are in to make it even better? Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation on your own project! (309) 944-1344 or click here for an appointmentVillage_phone_number

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Geneseo, IL- Tailor-Made and Transitional

Take a look at any magazine cover or browse kitchen ideas online and you will discover very quickly that A white painted kitchen is still the current look. Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a magazine-ready finished look at this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL. White painted kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted “Oyster” Maple cabinetry in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line is paired with a KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliance package. Warm and full of a variety of wood tones, this Hickory hardwood flooring from Sommerset’s “Character Collection” anchors the look in the “Saddle” finish. lightingPainted cabinetry and selections like these Kichler pendant light fixtures above the island help keep the space light and airy. This is a surprising success considering how many large cabinets that have been included in the design. In new kitchens we have began to expect to see a refrigerator surrounded with panels and cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling. Kitchen_design

Tall pantry cabinets and wall ovens are becoming more commonplace in kitchen designs that have the space allowance for them. This kitchen is in a new construction project, so space was available for whatever layout options the new homeowners were wanting.

Tailor-made Tall Pantry Cabinets

The layout of the two tall units on the hood wall was arranged by “stacking” varied styles and sizes of wall cabinets in place. Within the Koch Classic line, our kitchen designers are able to work with the factory to then build these units as a single item in place of shipping them all individually.
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cabinetInstallers certainly would prefer to work with a single cabinet in place of four, but we admit this cabinet was built with the finished look in mind. The true motivation for having these tall cabinets built as a single unit instead of individual items is to achieve a seamless and customized look. Speaking of custom look, these cabinets are not something you can just walk into a “Big Box” store and purchase. Unique to this kitchen, a combination of doors and drawers surround a double wall oven on one side of the wall, and a full floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet on the opposite wall.

To mirror the visual “weight” of the double oven cabinet to the left, a tall unit was designed with a versatile storage space within. This tall unit on the end also helps visually cap off the “end” to the kitchen perimeter in the Great Room space.Pocket doors in kitchen cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center of this tall cabinets space has been fit with “pocket” doors that can roll back into the open void. This space was designed for microwave or television area that could be hidden away behind doors when not in use. Add a slide-out shelf on the bottom of this space and you could even house a roll-out coffee station like this example in Bettendorf, IA.

Custom Wainscot Panels

Another way to give your kitchen or bar area a custom tailor-made look is to have a wainscot panel made to the finished dimensions of your island.

wainscot_panelsA similar look can be achieved with a smooth panel and trim. A true custom wainscot look looks as seamless as possible and the best way to get that look is to have a panel made to fit. Another custom detail can be found where the flooring meets the island. The baseboard molding used to surround this island was not baseboard molding at all. The same “Crown Riser” trim used to achieve the stacked molding look on the wall cabinets was used as a basebord.

crownGreat design is always found in the details. Details like an edge profile that matches exactly on the crown molding, door and drawer edges, and even the baseboards. That is a design detail perfectly planned out. Speaking of details all working together, take a look at this magazine-ready hood area.

At The Center of All Attention…

Located right at the center of all activity is a 36″ wide 5-burner gas cooktop with a 36″ wide chimney-style hood above. Beveled subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 3-speed canopy hood by KitchenAid is nothing out of the ordinary but when placed in this setting, it steals your attention right away. What is helping grab your attention to look at the hood wall is the backsplash tile found there.

tileWhite subway tile continues to be as popular as white painted kitchens. But we mentioned before to pay attention to the details on this project. Any of the “dream kitchens” you might have saved to Pinterest or Houzz include white subway tile? Revisit some of your favorites to see if that tile is a “beveled” subway tile. How can a long wall of white cabinetry with white tile still seem to have a lot of depth and style? The answer is texture. By using a beveled subway tile in place of a standard 3 x 6 smooth look, shadows are formed on the surface. This adds a tone-on-tone dimensional look to the wall. A range accent section of tile has been added and the same Carrara Marble material used as the island countertop is repeated here. countertops

Cararra Marble was installed as the island countertop in an “Eased” edge profile. Cambria Quartz counters surround the perimeter of the kitchen in the “Dunmore” design.  This Hazelwood Homes Inc. kitchen has all of the details to make it a great finished look. See the full album of nearly 30 photos from this kitchen here over on our Houzz page. Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? If you are planning on building a home and want to work with the expert design team at Village Home Stores call today for an appointment! Don’t forget that New Construction customers receive discounted pricing as well as the opportunity to bundle your purchases together store wide for credit towards your lighting package. Let us help you design and select product for your dream home. Village_phone_number

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Geneseo, IL Remodel- Rustic Beech Kitchen

This kitchen remodel was done by a homeowner in Geneseo, IL with design and materials coming from Village Home Stores. The original kitchen included a wall that divided the kitchen from the dining area. With the wall now removed, the new space is full of light and space. Now in place of the wall is a peninsula of cabinetry and countertop that has quickly become a favorite place for visiting grandchildren. main

silestone sierra madre quartz. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of the sure signs that this peninsula is the place to be in this new kitchen is a plate of treats awaiting guests. What grandchild (or visiting Village Home Stores employee) can resist pulling up a stool to chat or help out in this great new space. The countertops selected for this remodel are by Silestone Quartz in “Sierra Madre”. Added piece of mind is that Silestone includes Bacteriostatic Protection  which means silver ions are included in the quartz to prevent the propagation of bacteria.  A perfect added value to this selection since this new peninsula area is ideal for for preparation and serving. Can’t you just picture a “gaggle” or grandchildren all gathered at this top making Christmas cookies? An outlet has been installed at the very end of the peninsula for small appliances or even a laptop or tablet can be plugged in if used as a desk.
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With all of those guests and a bright new space to enjoy, these homeowners better stock up on some snacks! There is plenty of places to store them within the pantry zone of the new kitchen design. The wall that is home to the refrigerator is also where you will find a wide pantry cabinet.
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Three adjustable-height sliding trays of storage plus a stationary shelf above that allow full access to the lower section. The trays are a very versatile way to use the space and extend out to allow the user to see everything within. Above is a 24″ deep space for appliances or bulk items. Click play to watch this cabinet and all of the trays in animated form. We love the addition of baskets to the slideout trays! This kitchen was so full of great storage we had to include it on a storage-themed episode of our local TV show. Watch that full episode here to see the full details tour of this great remodel!

Two incredible kitchen remodels both featuring storage solutions perfect for each home. It is amazing how something as basic as adding sliding shelves can help you enjoy and use your kitchen space more. Don’t miss out on the oportunity to fill your cabinets with the best storage potential possible.


Believe it or not this tall pantry cabinet is not the only great pantry storage section in the new kitchen. Just down the wall is a walk-through corner pantry front with a glass-door display cabinet to the right. Corner pantry cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Ordered to match the “Seneca Briarwood”  Rustic Beech cabinetry from our Koch Classic line, this front and two panels were used to assemble the corner area. The homeowner even installed a motion-sensitive light on the interior so that when the pantry doors are opened, the lights turn on. After just a few minutes they automatically turn off. Walk-through pantry fronts are fantastic because you can truly customize your shelving behind them any way you would like. Click play to see the pantry!


While we didn’t do any of the install work for this kitchen, we knew the project was in great hands by a VERY skilled carpenter (who has installed countless projects for our customers). Wait until you see some of the extra work that he put into making this kitchen completely customized for them. This display cabinet with mullioned glass doors got an extra custom detail added to the interior shelves.glass cabinet shelvesThe center section of the finished shelves was routed out to accommodate tempered glass inserts. Now the light installed at the top of these cabinets can pass through the glassware AND the shelves completely! Across from the pantry storage zones of the kitchen is the main prep area of of the kitchen. The sink, dishwasher and cooking areas are all found here.sink

koch all wood susan corner cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comEach of the base cabinets on this wall is full of fantastic storage solutions perfect for any kitchen. The corner of the peninsula includes a lazy susan cabinet to access the entire corner space for storage. Note that there is no center pole in this susan design. Instead, a fixed center shelf has a susan resting directly on it. The base cabinet to the right of this susan is a space designed for storing baking sheets and cutting boards. Instead of the expected metal or wood center divider, a slide-out tray is installed. Because the walls of this tray are tall, nothing will tumble out  when you pull one from the cabinet.slideing tray divider cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

pull out trash cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comPull-out trash cabinets have officially moved from the “specialty” cabinet category and have instead become so expected of any new design we rarely sell a space that doesn’t include one. Many times we are even installing more than one. The double-bin option allows you to sort recycling at the time you are cleaning up. At the very end of the peninsula area is wide stack of drawers. The top section has been ordered with two top drawers in place of one wide drawer.two top drawers in cabinet. | VillageHomeStores,com

Wood silverware dividers have been added to the right top drawer. Deep drawers below offer a lot of extra storage. Many items are now available right within reach of this great new prep space. The tile backsplash in this kitchen is a subway tile in an “Almond” color by Daltile. The mosaic insert is called “Rocky Beach” by Glazzio. offwhite subway tiles. | VillageHomeStores.com

The field tile is bright and the mosaic is the perfect blend of colors that can be found throughout the new kitchen. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting helps showcase this tile. The main sink wall of the new kitchen includes a new Whilrpool range and microwave hood. This range is a front-control electric range with convection oven. We love how the front-control design allows for a smooth and sleek area where the range meets the backsplash. Whirlpool front control stove. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Whirlpool unit comes with the new Frozen Bake™ feature. Read more about this timesaving feature on this past blog post. Above this range is a combination microwave hood also from Whirlpool. With 400 CFMs and 2.0 cu. ft. of interior capacity it is a great choice! The surrounding cabinet design is eye-catching from all entrances into the new kitchen. Whirlpool microwave hood combination. | VillageHomeStores.comFluted details on either side of the hood are the perfect place to catch the “Black” accent glaze that has been applied to these cabinets. This accent glaze is also a great way to help allow the design to combine Stainless Steel appliances with Oil-Rubbed Bronze cabinet hardware. The accent glaze highlights the door details and even the rustic knots found in the wood. The dark finish of the hardware is right at home with this combination. Dark Hickory flooring adds extra drama to the overall look.hickory hardwood dark finish. | VillageHomeStores,com

This Hickory hardwood floor from our Hallmark Flooring line is stunning in person. The dark contrast to the cabinets looks rich and the “Sagebrush” finish is perfectly at home with the accented Rustic Beech cabinets. One of our favorite parts of the new kitchen isn’t even a cabinet! We must also point out the handwork by this homeowner in this chalkboard area he created.

custom chalkboard. | VillageHomeStores.comHe used just a few pieces of Rustic Beech trim to create a custom magnetic chalkboard area on the refrigerator wall. The lower section of molding even can hold a piece of chalk. What a great way to “extend” the cabinetry finish into a functional piece right between the kitchen and the dining areas. Be sure to check out the full album of photos from this project here on our Houzz pagerustic kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are your ready to remodel your own space into a functional and family-friendly kitchen you can make many new memories in? Village Home Stores is excited to hear about what your dream kitchen looks like! Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our expert designers! (309) 944-1344Village_Home_Stores

Geneseo, IL- Kitchen Remodel With White Paint and Black Island

gray glazeNot every kitchen we remodel is a totally gutted space during the process. Our latest featured kitchen remodel is a wonderful example of a total transformation without removing any wall soffits or even replacing the flooring.
White kitchen cabinets with gray glaze. | VillageHomeStores.com

If it isn’t broke…well you know where we are headed. Many times your brand new dream kitchen isn’t about a re-worked design, it is about updates. In this Geneseo, IL home the original L-shaped kitchen layout and appliance locations already worked well for the homeowners. Nothing changed in location in the new kitchen from the original. While the layout didn’t change much, the new kitchen installed is quite an upgrade from the original.

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The original Oak cabinetry and laminate counters came from our store years ago when the home was built. Below is a shot of the project in progress. The new island will be located in the same location but will be slightly larger. Also getting an upgrade in size are all of the wall cabinets in the new kitchen. You can see that the new cabinets will stretch all of the way to the ceiling once the crown molding is installed.
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Those new wall cabinets are now taller (more storage) and the doors are a 30/70 style (more stylish). Ordering tall wall cabinets in a “30/70 Split” configuration just refers to the breakdown of the center panels. The top 30% section can make a great location for adding glass to a cabinet door creating a clerestory look.
White kitchen cabinets with gray "Smoke" highlights. | VillageHomeStores.com

kitchen_colorsLook how much brighter and upscale this space is now! Koch painted “White” cabinetry with a “Smoke” highlight have replaced the original Oak cabinets on the perimeter of the kitchen. “Tundra” quartz counters add character but a consistent pattern of colors to blend with the cabinets and new glass subway tiles in a color called “Buff.” Now that the entire kitchen perimeter is much brighter and reaches to the ceiling with the white cabinetry, a bolder island selection was made. To anchor the area visually a “Black” painted cabinet with the same quartz countertop has been installed.
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Because the kitchen is part of one large open concept that includes the Dining and Living Rooms, the island panel treatment needed to look great. This kitchen island can be seen from many areas of the home. Now that it is this dark finish, your eye is naturally drawn to this island. In place of a smooth painted panel, beadboard has been installed on the back side that faces the Living Room.
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Glass subway tile ideas for the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe customer selected stools with a bold red leather and we love how they pop out against the painted paneling. The new glass tile backsplash is a classic and neutral selection. Knowing how to “end” or “cap off” a backsplash tile can be difficult. Our expert sales staff works closely with the installers for your project to design the layout of your project to be sure all materials are on hand for installation and the finished results are just right. For this application, in place of a bullnose or metal “schluter strip” a pencil rail was used. This thin strip of matching glass tile covers the exposed/cut ends of the tiles and helps create a clean end to the backsplash.
Stainless Steel undermount kitchen sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

One of the best features of installing a quartz countertop is replacing your sink with an under-mounted model. Under-mount sinks make cleaning up a breeze. Wipe messes and even spills right into the sink with no sink ridge or edge to block you from that clean swipe. Of course, the storage was upgraded in the cabinets that replaced the original kitchen.
Corner kitchen lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A corner lazy susan cabinet was installed in the base cabinetry. This particular susan cabinet has a fixed center shelf with rotating susans mounted onto the shelf and lower floor of the cabinet. What does this mean for the owners? No lost items falling off into the back corner.
Corner lazy susan wall cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The corner wall cabinet above also is fit with a lazy susan insert. Nothing is out of reach in this cabinet. The kitchen appliances remained in the original locations. The new kitchen design does allow added space surrounding the existing refrigerator for a larger model when they are ready to replace this unit.
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We love how this Geneseo kitchen was totally transformed just by upgrading to new materials. This project was completed using the Complete Project Management Program here at Village Home Stores. While we don’t want to share this customer’s budget with you publicly, we do want to mention the pricetag for this transformation might delight you. Village Home Stores has access to so many lines of product and our expert design staff is here to work with whatever your budget is to get you your dream kitchen. Call or contact us online today to make an appointment to start your project with us. We are experts of kitchen remodeling in Davenport, IA.
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Rock Island Bath Remodel: A Snowy Winter Palette

cambria_quartz_rock_islandWith our very first snowstorm of 2015 on the way to the area, we thought what better project feature to “snow” you in with than this Rock Island, IL bathroom remodel. We absolutely love the finishes this customer selected from our store to create an upscale look with touches of texture and sparkle we can’t wait for you to see.snow color palette | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted white cabinetry from our Koch line is accented with a grey “Smoke” glaze on all of the vanity edges. Large gray 12″ x 24″ floor tiles create the perfect base for the new bathroom. Polished chrome fixtures like the Delta “Vera” series faucets and shower fixtures are very sleek. The tile in the walk-in shower is what truly steals the show! Elongated glass subway tiles 4″ x 12″ in size are accented with waterfalling mosaics from Glazzio.shower

While the wall tiles look smooth and sleek, the floor of this custom shower has an added texture that does bring the outdoors in. Black “pebble” tiles from our Florida Tile line are grouted in place and give a foot massage to bare feet every time you use the shower.

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You know that perfect sparkle of fresh snow? These Cambria Quartz “Whitney” counters have that same glimmer when the light hits them. That same glimmer can be found in the crystal-filled wall sconces from Golden Lighting. The “Alston Place” series is available in many different fixture configurations from this single sconce to large chandeliers. smoke_glaze

The double-bowl vanity is full of storage and that “Smoke” glaze really does highlight the details and compliment the other finishes in the bathroom. The shower itself was a unique space. originally tiled with a single size of powder blue ceramic, the new design is a stylish upgrade.beforeshower

When installing a custom-tiled shower, we are able to add storage niches and shelves and benches like the one shown here below. This new shower area was waterproofed and a custom wall niche and corner bench was installed. Pebble tile on base of shower floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

Is your bathroom ready for a while new look? Village Home Stores can help you with that! Just a vanity top, or and entire remodel, we are here for you. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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East Moline Remodel: Hickory Steals The Show!

headerAre you looking to make a warm wood selection that can help add a lot of character to your kitchen? Do you have Oak trim and doors throughout your interior but don’t want to go “Oak Overboard” with an entire kitchen to match?  Have you considered Hickory as a wood species? koch hickory sienna

This Hickory kitchen is in the Koch finish “Sienna” which is a light-medium finish option. The perfect compliment to Oak, Hickory is a wonderful option that can look right at home with other open-grained wood species. According to the American Hardwood Information Center, Hickory is ranked extremely high for hardness (harder than both White and Red Oak).  The rich woodgrain of this Hickory kitchen is what grabs your attention right away when you enter this remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen. Just look at the variation from panel to panel!kitchen remodel East Moline

This kitchen began much darker and more crowded. The original Maple cabinetry included a peninsula that divided the kitchen from the nearby dining area. Soffits were built above this original cabinetry to spread the gap between the ceiling and the cabinetry.kitchenbefore

base_angled_endFor an updated look, our designer at Village Home Stores first began with an update to the layout. Removing the soffits above and the peninsula area gives the kitchen (and those using it) a much more open feel. Angling the end of the wall and base cabinetry at the end of the sink wall makes for a nice smooth transition into the dining space. Many times you can add these angled cabinets as an extension to your kitchen and gain extra storage space.

Updating the cabinet layout also gave the opportunity to update the kitchen appliances and their configuration. New Stainless Steel appliances by Whirlpool were included from Village Home Stores. Not just the finish was updated, the cooking zone of the kitchen now has a whole new look. The original range was a “drop-in” model. dropin_range

The new range stayed in the same general area but was replaced with a freestanding Stainless Steel model and a microwave hood above. A microwave hood can be such a space-saving solution for kitchens. Replacing the range hood with a microwave hood frees up more countertop space for the new kitchen. kitchen remodel East MolineThe microwave wasn’t the only thing that found a new “home”, with the addition of a 24″ deep pantry cabinet and a deep cabinet above the refrigerator, all of the small appliances now have a place to be stored. Hickory can be ordered as you see here or using a “rustic” or “knotty” selection of materials. We have examples and samples of all of the many options you have in Hickory available from multiple cabinetry lines.formica labrador granite

The countertop selection for this project is also a great choice. Formica’s “Labrador Granite” color is a dark neutral that pairs well with many woods.  These dark countertops also help compliment the Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware selection for the new kitchen. We didn’t just replace the cabinets, counters and appliances, we also updated a pantry doorway in the space.millwork

This update helps the opposite end of this kitchen to seem more included in the new kitchen design. As we mentioned earlier, Hickory marries perfectly with Oak. This closet door is a fantastic example of that. Shaker-paneled doors (in Oak) have been stained to match the new Hickory kitchen. New flooring was also installed throughout the kitchen and dining area to help the entire space have a new look. luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett

Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” from our Tarkett line was installed in a 12″ x 12″ size. LVT can be installed grouted or un-grouted. This customer choose the grouted look for their “Summit Slate-Gold” tile.  The kitchen and dining room windows were also replaced during the remodel. This is commonly one of the roadblocks for many homeowners when they start to try and manage their own remodel project. Collecting and coordinating estimates and schedules and having crews arrive in the right order can be stressful. tilt out tray for cabinets

There are always ways to make the most of your space. Be sure to ask your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores to include these options. A tilt-out tray below the sink is a great way to keep sponges and rags out of sight. What else would you prefer to keep out of sight? How about that pile or mail, bills, or other paper items? Including a desk or a drop-zone in your design can be a great way to handle that.hickory cabinets

We do still include desk areas in many kitchen designs. Adding a desk area can be a great way to gain storage and counterspace and help your entire kitchen seem larger. desk in kitchen

Hard to imagine where to even start when arranging plasterwork, plumbing, electrical, windows, flooring and much more? Just call Village instead! We have a full Project Management program available to our customers to make the project go as efficiently as possible. Call us today to get started on your project! (309) 944-1344.kitchen_remodeler_East Moline

Galva Remodel: Great Storage Made Stylish

Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.comGreat storage doesn’t have to be boring or sterile looking. This Galva kitchen is proof that great storage can be stylish, warm and inviting. Rustic Beech cabinetry and Silestone Quartz countertops make a stylish first impression and what hides inside of these cabinets gives amazing function to the space.Rustic Beech kitchen remodel in Galva, IL. | Village Home Stores

Updated materials and up-to-date storage solutions fill this new kitchen design. No extensive wall-work or major structural changes were made to the room. A similar layout to the original kitchen was recreated with better storage and updated materials in mind. before

Dated soffits above were removed and by keeping a similar layout to the original design, all of the current hook ups for the appliances were able to be used. An L-shaped layout with a peninsula extending from the back door entry provides plenty of countertop space. Here is a birdseye view of the new kitchen design.Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

With limited space near the sink, the dishwasher needs to be located in another area. Surrounded by base cabinets in the peninsula, the dishwasher is still within reach of a user loading from the sink. It is also important to note when looking at this layout from above that appliance doors need to have a clearance to openAllow space for dishwasher door to be open.. | VillageHomeStores.com

The location of this peninsula allows for the dishwasher door to be open and just enough room to make your way around the open door. The same can be said about the oven door right across from the dishwasher. pull-out trash in kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.comThe peninsula cabinets surrounding the dishwasher offer great storage within. A double-bin pullout trash cabinet is located to the right of the dishwasher and sliding shelves inside of the base cabinetry are adjustable to accommodate anything you would want to fit within the 24″ deep space inside. Having this long area of countertop right in the center of the new kitchen is absolutely perfect. This countertop is nothing you have to be careful with either. Silestone Quartz is a man-made engineered material that is ideal for busy kitchens and is even used in commercial kitchens. It is extremely durable and completely non-porous. Imagine how great this counter will be for rolling out Christmas cookies to cut and bake!Beaded back panel in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The back panel of this peninsula is a “beaded” or “beadboard” look. This gives the “Chocolate” accent glaze on the “Briarwood” finish a chance to stand out and add some interest to the view into the kitchen from the front entry. Luxury Vinyl Tile. | VillageHomeStores.comAnother important change to mention is the original kitchen had carpet located on the floor. New Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” has been installed with a grouted look. Still softer and warmer than ceramic tile, this material will be far easier to keep clean in the new kitchen. The refrigerator is located in the same area but has been given a more built-in appearance. With the refrigerator in clear view of both entrances into the kitchen, the designer from Village Home Stores didn’t want such a large appliance to distract from the amazing overall design. Refrigerator end panel full-depth. | VillageHomeStores.com

Refrigerator end panels were installed surrounding the new unit and capping off a deep wall cabinet above. The space allowance is now ideal for current refrigerator dimensions including height and depth. It might look like this is a counter-depth refrigerator but this is in fact a standard depth model. To achieve this look the end panels were ordered at a deeper dimension. You can notice the change in depth if you look at the base cabinets and counter to the left. Corner lazy Susan cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comWe mentioned this kitchen is full of great storage and of course any corner of a kitchen design needs to be used to its fullest potential. The easiest way to achieve full access to your corner space above and below your counter space is with Lazy Susan inserts. With the soffits above now removed, this allowed for the opportunity to add some style to the corner by making the upper cabinet taller and deeper. The original kitchen had a painted backsplash surface. The new look includes a tiled backsplash using an elongated field tile with glass “Tigereye” accents inserted. The tile is a perfect compliment to the Oil-Rubbed Bronze finishes throughout the new kitchen as well as the accent glaze on the cabinetry. Note the use of Bronze switchplate covers on the receptacles:Tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

This may seem like a silly thing to point out but imagine if bright white plates were used. That would distract instead of compliment the overall look. Above the original kitchen sink and below the drop-down soffit was a wood valance. Valances still continue to be a great way to complete an area surrounding a window. Our carpenters worked with the homeowner to create a valance-like installation above the window as a way to bridge the wall cabinets surrounding it.Use crown molding to create a valance look. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinet crown molding carries your eye across the window and helps anchor the wall cabinets above together. With limited space in the existing kitchen it can be a challenge to have enough pantry storage space. Our cabinet lines do offer tall pantry cabinets beginning as narrow as 9″ wide. The area to the left of the range is closer to 18″ wide and that would still make for a usable pantry cabinet but we came up with a different solution:Pantry storage ideas for the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A base cabinet below with four adjustable sliding shelves provides 24″ deep storage space to move into. Four shelf spaces in the 12″ deep wall cabinet above can be used in a number of ways as well. The addition of a third cabinet here gives a visually full look to the space from floor to ceiling but the added bonus of counter space right in the center of the pantry area. What’s not to love about a kitchen made better? We thank this Galva, IL family for allowing us to help update their kitchen and also for letting us show you around.Village Home Stores 309.944.1344

If you have any questions about what you have seen here please call or click today. We are ready to help get your started on your own project.