Rustic Charm in Bureau County

This kitchen remodel in Walnut, IL tells more than a typical story of making more space and adding new cabinets. When you walk in the front door of this countryside home you immediately feel like you know residents.  That is the goal of any great design, to reflect the user’s tastes so well they feel perfectly at home in the space.

village homestoreshaas cabinetsOur designer Becky introduced me to the homeowner and I felt like saying “this kitchen is so…YOU” (I had only met her minutes before). The mix of rustic elements in an overall transitional space was executed so well that it inspired a post about it on the blog just last week. There is also  a full album of photos from this project over on our Houzz profile. How about a more in-depth tour of this kitchen?

And now for what you came for, the tour:

kitchen appliance garageWe begin with one of our favorite solutions for countertop clutter, an appliance garage. It is always difficult to see beautiful new countertops completely covered up by coffeepots and toasters. An appliance garage can be an excellent solution in a corner or on the end of a run of cabinets. In this case the lift-door garage hides a toaster and coffeepot. It also anchors the end of a run with a more large and solid look to balance the amazing hood on the adjacent wall.

under sink storageThe sink base in this kitchen has a real furniture look. Legs have been installed on either side; the cabinet has been pulled forward; and a valance in place of a toespace help this look be achieved. The top false drawer front of this cabinet has a hidden secret power…the ability to stash sponges, rags and other cleaning supplies out of sight. A tilt-out tray can be installed in any kitchen sink base and make great additions to bathroom vanities.

 corner drawers in base cabinetsLazy Susan cabinets remain the most popular way to add storage to a corner in your kitchen. Lately there have been a few new contenders entering the ring. In this corner….drawers! A corner drawer base cabinet might not give you access to the entire corner area of the location, but it does give you an accessible way to reach items in the space. This kitchen has plenty of storage space for pantry items and the users preferred another area for cooking supplies within reach of the range and cooktop.

hardware placementSpeaking of storage, a pull-out tray divider is located immediately to the left of the range. Baking and cookie sheets are right within reach and cutting boards can be pulled up for use in one of the many prep areas surrounding the cooking zone of this kitchen.

The perimeter of this kitchen is the “Whip Cream” paint on Maple Haas cabinets with “Absolute Black” granite tops in a brushed finish.

hidden outlet in kitchen islandBehind this cooking zone is a large single-level island. The island cabinets are the “Barnwood” finish on Maple by Haas. A grey, almost slate blue color allows the grain of the wood to show adding texture and depth to the color. Aluminum stools that may otherwise give an industrial feel complement the “Barnwood” finish perfectly. The counter tops are “Carrera Marble”.

Two hidden outlets are found tucked under the overhang of the island and will make entertaining and preparation easier.

built in microwaveThe wall opposite the kitchen sink is home to all of the taller elements of the design. A built-in microwave is located in the center of a tall pantry cabinet that has 4 adjustable sliding shelves inside. These can be arranged to hold pantry items of various heights and weights. Furniture base has been applied to the toespace area for a more built-in and solid look.

This kitchen was as welcoming and fun as the owner who gets to use it. Removing soffits and a half-wall that used to box in the kitchen space was a much needed change. Now the kitchen and its visitors can be a part of a larger space that all has a cohesive look. Thanksgiving is going to be a lot easier this year with plenty of space for multiple cooks and access to lots of dining are right from the kitchen. We love being a part of the reason our customers love coming home to their kitchen. How can we make yours perfect for you? Call or click today to get started! (309) 944-1344

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Country Views and Classic Style in Cambridge, IL

kitchen remodel in Cambridge, ILThe best part about great rooms is that they can frame in a whole zone of your home that is the most used by your family. The Kitchen, Living Room, and Dining Areas are such active zones of a home that why not eliminate the walls that divide them? This new home in Cambridge, IL built by Evergreen Custom Homes combines beautiful kitchen materials and an extra element to frame the space, incredible views of the countryside. See the full album of photos from this kitchen over on our houzz profile.

bevel edgeIt’s no wonder why the homeowners wanted their kitchen sink facing towards the Dining Area. When I was at the home to photograph the kitchen, cows were grazing on a hill just outside. The sink and countertops in this kitchen are worth mentioning first on our tour. At first glance did you know that the counters are NOT granite but in fact laminate? That’s right laminate!

With so many patterns and finishes available now by companies like Formica, there is no reason why your kitchen can’t create the same fake-out as achieved here. Selecting edge profiles that would be used on a granite counter like a full-wrapping “Bullnose” or “Bevel” (shown above) help get the look as well. Another big factor in this granite fake-out is the sink itself…

undermount sink in laminate

Notice the sink edge is not sitting on top of the Formica laminate top? This customer chose to upgrade and have a Karran sink under-mounted to the tops. This process can add to your overall cost but when combined with the price of laminate counters you are still well below the entry price for installing actual granite in your kitchen.

small prep sink in kitchenWith such a large layout,  a secondary prep sink was added to the wall farthest from the kitchen sink for easy quick access when entertaining or multiple users are working in the space. A glass-front beverage center to its left can also be used for holidays and year-round entertaining while keeping the main prep areas of the kitchen clear from traffic. You will also notice in this image that by installing laminate tops without including the typical integrated backsplash the tops appear more like a slab of granite. The backsplash tile can then be installed in the full 18″ space between the tops and wall cabinets. Pattern, edge style, sink innovations, and backsplash can all help you achieve that granite look with a laminate pricetag.

microwave built-inTo the right of the prep sink is the built-in microwave and wall oven. In place of a small microwave cluttering up a countertop, this microwave is accessible and sleek.  A bottom hinge on the door allows it to open just like a wall oven door and a stainless trim kit has been installed to match the width of the wall oven as well. The appliances in this kitchen are all KitchenAid and have many fantastic features that come standard with the units.

KitchenAid Wall OvenThe wall oven below has one of my favorite features available in baking today, convection. Convection technology allows for complete consistency of temperature in the entire oven cavity. A fan in the back of the oven and in most cases, an added heating element surrounding that fan keep all areas of the oven at the same temperature and can get it to that temperature faster. Consistent baking with the ability of using all three racks at the same time  speaks for itself around Christmas cookie season. Faster preheat times can be achieved when the convection fans are used as well. If you have any questions about convection baking our appliance staff are all experts on the subject and many ranges and wall ovens offer this feature at a minimal upgrade in price.

bar stools at islandThe kitchen in this great room emits such a classic, rich and warm look that years from now it will still fit perfectly in the setting. Warm Cherry cabinets with a black pencil glaze enhancing the doorstyle make this space beautiful. If you have any questions about what you have read or seen in this blog post don’t hesitate to call or contact us to get answers.

An Unexpected Opportunity in Bettendorf, IA

When we first posted the Before & After images of this Bettendorf remodel on our facebook page we were not surprised by the most common response, “What’s wrong with the Before kitchen?” At first glance, we understand why you may ask that. Check out our Houzz profile for the full album of photos from this kitchen. In the meantime, we want to tell you the story behind the Before & After of this remodel. Many kitchen memories are made right at the kitchen sink, this story begins there as well.

The Backstory:

Before Picture Kitchen RemodelA thumbnail view this kitchen looks really great at first glance. In person though, there are many reasons why a remodel would have happened within the next few years regardless. Like many remodel stories, this one begins with a leaking pipe. A reverse osmosis system ended up flooding the floor of the existing kitchen damaging the current floor and the base section cabinets of the island and some of the perimeter.

Previous owners had painted the existing oak cabinets a cream color and attempted to add a rub-on glaze to accent the paint. This was not done professionally or with the correct materials. Over a very short amount of time, the cabinets were already starting to show some wear. Notice the door beyond refrigerator and the charging station? That leads to the guest bath. That bathroom deserves a blog post all on its own so stay tuned. Trust us when we tell you it is just as gorgeous as this kitchen.

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The New Design:

With three young children and busy lifestyle, a functional use of space for this busy family was priority. If you scroll back up and look at the Before image you will notice that the lower section of all the the wall cabinets included a drawer. Not to convenient for the younger members of this family to reach the first shelf above that for a glass or plate. Industry standard is to have that first shelf to be about 54-55″ from the floor. In the original plan the first usable shelf above the drawers was placed at 63″. See the new layout designed Village Home Stores for a birdseye view of the new space.

Hood Above Gas CooktopThe Before picture also shows the old location of the cook top was on the same wall as it is now. The user in the old layout was very crowded by the refrigerator immediately to its right. The cooking area of the new design now includes plenty of prep space on either side as well as a lot of style. The matching wood hood conceals a Broan blower within and this section becomes the main focal point of that facing wall of the kitchen. Pulling the cooktop forward and adding furniture legs and a valance in the toespace draws attention to this whole section of the kitchen from floor to ceiling.

KitchenAid Double Wall Oven

Command Center In KitchenAppliances in the original kitchen were miss-matched and crowded. Now a package of built-in KitchenAid appliances along with a Sharp microwave drawer complete the new kitchen. Built-in appliances in better locations now  give a high-end look and offer the best experience for the users. A 42″ wide panel-ready refrigerator was the perfect choice. Plenty of storage within and no large panels of Stainless Steel to distract from the overall look.

A shallow cabinet caps off the Built-in refrigerator and conceals a kitchen command center area immediately accessed when entering from the garage. Directly behind this command center is an open charging station as well.Kitchen Charging Station

The Look:

The cabinetry in this kitchen is from  a semi-custom line. By upgrading construction and adding details to the standard cabinets it gives the appearance of a fully custom kitchen. Elements like stacked moldings, furniture valances in the toespaces, and accent legs have been added to give this kitchen that “magazine” look. The overlapping arches of the leaded glass doors is a detail you may see in a cabinet mullion from a custom product. By using a local glass vendor we were able to mimic that style at a fraction of the cost. The palette of colors and finishes all work together. A mix of metals and finishes were carefully calculated by the homeowner and designer and the end result is a stunning symphony of many elements. Taupe Kitchen Palette

Pearl Painted Cabinet With GlazeThe perimeter of the kitchen is the Koch “Westbrook” door style. It is a Birch wood painted “Pearl” and an “Umber” glaze has been applied. The cabinet construction has been upgraded to a dovetailed drawerbox on full-extension, soft-closing guides. The cabinet doors also have a soft-closing hinge. Oil-Rubbed bronze hardware by Top Knobs from their “Normandy” collection stand out perfectly with the Umber glaze framing each handle and knob perfectly. Backplates behind the door knobs make a big impact and help reflect the overall style of the space.

Dark Island Cabinet FinishThe large island in the new design is also from Koch. The same “Westbrook” door this time in a Cherry wood has been finished in the “Java” color. The new island has more of a furniture look to it. Access to storage from all sides of the space add function and the Microwave drawer is easily accessible but hidden from first sight as you enter the room. Legs have been added to the raised eat-in area of the Island in the same style as the cook top bump-out area. Hardware has been switched to Weathered Nickel finish to give contrast to the dark cabinet and compliment the stainless appliances.

Cream and Dark Kitchen Colors

The wow-factor for this kitchen really begins as you step into the whole new space. Looking at a snapshot of the kitchen does show its beauty but seeing the space as a part of the “big picture” is where the real impact is. Now the entire lower-level of this home has a cohesive look. The furnishings in the den, living room, dine-in kitchen area and adjacent dining room all blend into one space that matches perfectly to the taste of the owners. A Quatrefoil shape is repeated in the backsplash and even island shape. Warm taupe and putty colors make a neutral accent choice that will look timeless over the years. “Delicatus” Granite countertops throughout brought the entire look together. If you have any questions about materials or colors you see here or in the houzz album, don’t hesitate to ask.

Taupe Backsplash

This busy Bettendorf family had an unexpected turn of events that they took as an opportunity to build a dream kitchen perfect for them.  We were more than happy to help them design a space that works for them. It is such an added bonus that the customers were a joy to work with and the finished kitchen is now one of our favorite “After” pictures ever. What does your dream kitchen look like? Contact us today to start planning for your own dream kitchen. We can’t wait to make it just perfect for you and your family! Wrigley In His Kitchen

 

Rustic Selections Reveal Super Solutions (Lynn Center, IL)

This beautiful home in Lynn Center, IL came with spectacular views of Illinois countryside out of every window. The kitchen at first glance looks like a space right out of a magazine but open a few doors and drawers and this kitchen also reveals some amazing storage secrets!Rustic kitchen by Village Home Stores

This rustic finishes in this kitchen add a lot of texture and character to the space but keep the whole room warm and inviting. Full-overlay Rustic Beech cabinets in the “Briarwood finish sit in a great room that connects to the Dining and Living spaces. Full-extension soft-close drawer guides and soft-close hardware on the doors make this kitchen beautiful and functional.

Let’s start a tour of the space by revealing the secret kept behind those tall doors to the left of the refrigerator. A matching walk-through pantry front has been installed and behind them is a hidden pantry space anyone would love!

Hidden pantry in kitchenPlenty of open shelf space for dry goods, paper products and even cleaning supplies. A motion-sensor light has been installed so that the space lights up when the pantry door is opened. 

Super Susan corner cabinetThe expected cabinet upgrades like a pull-out wastebasket and large pots and pans drawers are included in this space but there are a few other specialty cabinet worth mentioning. This corner cabinet has been upgraded to a “Super-Susan”. Replacing the center pole susan style with a fixed center shelf and a revolving tray atop it that allows for full use of the space and no opportunity for items to fall off and go missing in the back corner.

Another one of our favorite parts to this design can be found in the area above the refrigerator. Inset doors above can be slide into the cabinet to reveal an area for a flat-screen television.TV Above RefrigeratorBuilt-in oven below counterA built-in wall oven has been installed below the counter with a smooth electric cooktop above. By installing these two built-in appliances in place of a freestanding electric range, a truly custom look is the end result. The oven door sits back flush with the cabinet doors. Whirlpool has recently redesigned their oven doors to include a wider glass “panoramic” window. Did you know that opening the oven to check on items in place of just flipping on the light changes the temperature by around 25 degrees?

Nobody like a coffeepot taking up space on their counter. The Brew Express countertop coffee system installed into this kitchen adds another custom element to this space. This system (available at Village Home Stores) recesses some of the components of the coffeemaker into the wall and leaves just half of the unit exposed. We get excellent feedback on these systems and can arrange for them to be installed for you. Brew Express Built-in Coffeepot

Stemware holders installed below the wall cabinets keep glassware within reach for entertaining and also offer a unique way to display your items without taking up shelf space.

Undercabinet Stemware Holder

Decorative glass inserts have been added to the corner and ending wall cabinet doors adding an artistic craftsman touch and an area for items to be displayed within. The “Vintage” granite counters in this kitchen are perfect!  Great natural characteristics and just a little but of added sparkle and flair throughout.

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Undermount sink in granite

Have you seen anything in this kitchen that you would love to work into your new space? These are just a few examples of how our designers can work with you to maximize your space to fit your lifestyle. Get even more ideas for your project over on our Pinterest boards and see a full galleries of photos from this project visit our Houzz profile. The first step to your great new space is setting up an appointment. Contact us today so start the conversation. Stone surface on back of island