Are 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?
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!
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.
For 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.
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. The 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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. Contact us today to get started on your project! (309) 944-1344.