Mudroom Managed: Hazelwood Homes

We will be sharing the kitchen from this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL next week. We wanted to start by featuring one of the more unique spaces in this home. The back door bench area that serves as a drop zone at this home is so great that we had to feature it first.

drop zone areamudroom lockerAny busy household can appreciate this drop zone near the garage entry of this home. “A place for everything and everything in its place” comes to mind right away. With a single base cabinet, a full row of wall cabinet storage including mail slots and a long row of coat hooks outfit this area for maximum storage.

This area is located in the hallway just off the kitchen and also allows access to the powder room nearby. The reclaimed wood bench allows a location for shoes to tuck away and mounting double hooks instead of a single style allows each family member to hang a jacket and accessories in the same area.

kitchen_renderingKoch cabinetry Oyster FinishThe door style selected for this space was a beaded style from our Koch Classic line. The beaded style of door is a perfect compliment to the inset painted cabinets in the kitchen (within eyesight of this area). The Birch cabinets have been painted with the “Oyster” finish which is a light almost “dove” grey color that will be more forgiving over time for soil and messes than a bright white would. A single piece of matching Soapstone was used as the countertop in this drop zone to carry over the same style from the kitchen as well.

Do you have an area that gets cluttered up with backpacks, shoes, and all kinds of piles? Chances are there is a smarter way to use that space! The design team at Village Home Stores can help you figure out the best way to use your space and make the entire are much more appealing to see as well. Contact us today for an appointment or call with any questions 309 944 1344 

1 Day Makeover: A New Look With No Mess

Remodeling your kitchen does not happen in a single day. Most of our full Project Management remodels can take 2 months or more and that is keeping a very tight and orchestrated schedule for all of the subcontractors. If you are wanting a whole new look without all of that mess consider what gets used the most in your kitchen, the appliances. Take a look at the Before photo of this beautiful oak kitchen taken in 2008.

replacing appliancesThe Bisque appliances look right at home and this space looks magazine ready! Unfortunately beginning about 2 years ago, the appliance industry began to discontinue production of new models in the Bisque finish. This has been difficult in our region as many of our customers love and continue to ask for the Bisque finish. Instead of transitioning into a new finish over time, these homeowners replaced their old appliances with a complete Stainless Steel package from KitchenAid and took advantage of a great package rebate while doing so.

stainless with oakLook how just one single element of room can update a kitchen completely.  Many customers are concerned about the look of Stainless Steel in a traditional kitchen. This is a great example of how Stainless can look right at home even when mixed with Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware and fixtures. Take another look at how much the refrigerator stands out to you in the Before photo. Doesn’t the Stainless seem to blend into the overall space more? stainless with oak

Here is a brief tour of some of the great new features these homeowners can now take advantage of:

kitchen aid refrigeratorThe refrigerator is the largest appliance in your kitchen so it will show the most of whatever finish you select. Currently the finishes available for home appliances are Black, White and Stainless. This french door counter-depth refrigerator has a tri-level freezer drawer. This means instead of piling frozen items all together in one large bin, you can file and organize items and maximize use of the entire freezer space. No more digging to reach the bottom of the freezer.

aqualift cleaningThis electric range includes an amazing cleaning technology called AquaLift™. In place of a self-clean cycle that would heat up to an extremely high heat and incinerate the mess inside, AquaLift™ enamel is applied to the entire oven cavity. Using water and a low-heat setting your messes can be wiped clean within 1 hour. The best news is this is an odor free way of cleaning your oven! Watch this video to see how it works or stop in to see one of these units yourself.   AquaLift™ is available on many of our gas and electric ranges.

 Above the range hangs a new KitchenAid microwave hood. This model has a soften/melt function which is the perfect power setting to soften ice cream or melt butter without using the full power you would to heat other items. This Microwave also has a total of 300 CFMs in the hood.

soften melt on microwave

dishwashers in quad citiesMany people ask about Microwave Hoods and if they can or can’t be vented out. All units can be installed to to either recirculate or vent out.

Does your dishwasher scrub? This one does! With the ProScrub® system from KitchenAid you don’t have to soak that lasagna pan overnight before washing it. Instead, let the 40 targeted jets power out the back to clean off seared or baked on messes. Simply load your pan to face jets and select the function before hitting start for your cycle.

If you are considering a full kitchen remodel within the next few years that is another great reason to replace your appliances now. Imagine investing in the full package of appliances for your dream kitchen now and not having to consider that cost in your upcoming project’s budget. Village Home Stores will be here and ready for you when you are ready to take on the full project. Meanwhile, see your kitchen transformed with just one delivery of new appliances. Don’t forget Village services what we sell. Our expert service techs are just a phonecall away and our sales staff are as well to answer any questions you may have about your new appliances. Contact us today to make an appointment and find the perfect kitchen appliance package for your home. (309) 944-1344.stainless_and_oak

QCBR Fall Parade of Homes: Applestone Homes

Not only were we blessed with an amazing weekend of weather in our area, but it was also the final weekend of the QCBR Fall Parade of Homes! While there were many great events going on all around Geneseo and the Quad Cities we had to stop to see the award-winning Applestone Homes kitchen and bathrooms we provided materials for. Congratulations are in order as they won the “Best Home” in their price category. 

Applestone_Homes_Iowanew construction quad citiesThe home was bustling with activity so it was difficult to get many photos of the spaces empty (which is a great problem to have by the way). Like so many kitchens set in a Great Room layout, this kitchen was designed and installed in a two-tone combination.

The perimeter cabinets were a Birch wood painted white and the island is a Birch “Java” stain.

applestone_homesThe flat-panel door style of these cabinets is called “Prairie” from our Koch line. A similar style is available from all of our cabinet companies. This transitional style of door allows for the overall space to be styled in an unlimited amount of ways. In fact a flat-panel cabinet painted white still remains one of the most popular cabinet choices throughout the U.S.

The dark contrast of the island cabinetry makes a big impact and helps divide the space visually from the nearby dining area.

When trying to keep the main and more permanent elements of a kitchen transitional, it can be difficult to add a decorative hood. Many wood hood designs can start to suggest a certain style and introduce curves and arches when that may not be your desired outcome. Take a look at the hood design in this kitchen:

flat panel door wood hoodWith no arches or curves in the remaining cabinetry, a square style is selected to house the hood and blower insert. The majority of the space is trimmed off in a similar way you would the back of an exposed island. In place of a valance, this hood gives an added opportunity to mimic the crown molding from the cabinets as well as the trim detail that Applestone Homes has installed above each window and door in the great room. Staggering the height and depth of the hood area adds interests without distracting from the tiled backsplash.

pots and pans storageWe many times showcase the storage options found in the cabinetry of our feature kitchens. We wanted to take the time in this post to allow you to ask yourself your own preference.

While many customers request a “butt-door” cabinet that opens up to sliding shelves within, some find that larger pots & pans drawers work better for them. It is important that you select what is right for your lifestyle and cabinet layout. This feature kitchen had the space to accommodate both options. Large drawers next to the range and cooktop and sliding shelves directly behind the user in the island cabinets. Ask yourself what items you will be storing and how would you prefer to access them? The look of doors vs. drawers can be a deciding factor.

master bath dark cabinetsThe bathrooms in this home were just as beautiful as this kitchen. The Master Bathroom upstairs was so beautiful with the sunlight shining in. With the counter tops and tile throughout remaining light, that leave a lot of room for drama to be created with the dark “Java” stain on the vanity cabinets. Cabinetry and mirror spread the full length of this large bathroom and the dark finish really stands out in a great way!

The QCBR Parade of Homes is your opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful homes being built right here in our area. The Parade is put on by the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association and takes place in both the Spring and Fall of each year. Local builders allow you to tour homes and are on hand to answer any questions you may have while walking through.

parade of homesThe website for Applestone Homes is currently under construction but you can connect with them via facebook and reach the offices at (563) 505-3615. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the QCBR calendar for details on the QCBR Home Show this Winter. 

Geneseo- Brighter and Bolder From Corner to Corner

kitchen remodel quad citiesThis gorgeous kitchen was recently completed as part of our full Project Management Program. We helped this Geneseo couple from start to finish and the end result is beautiful. It was even featured on our television program, The Village Home Show. You can watch that episode by pressing play below.

before_photoWhile the Before image shown on the right may have a similar layout, there were many changes made to use this space in a whole new way. The soffits up above were removed to make more space for the new cabinets to stretch to the ceiling. Existing hardwood flooring was kept in place and by keeping the same footprint to the new design, there are no gaps in the new space.

kitchen cabinet cornerThe most innovative cabinet of the new space is found tucked into the corner. Just because your kitchen does not have the space to allow a “lazy susan” in the corner of the design does not mean it has to be an un-reachable area. A blind corner cabinet with a pull-out insert can turn an awkward space into an awesome use of space. These half-moon shaped shelves swing out and slide forward to full access of the area.

tile above windowWhat ties the entire look together is the backsplash. This combination of ceramic tile and stainless steel is the perfect choice by these homeowners. Mosaic tiles can become very busy and distracting to an overall look, but this combination uses colors all within the same value of color. Installing it above the sink as well really completes the look as well.

kitchen remodel quad citiesfurniture toeA valance above the sink is expected, but one below the new china hutch really adds a furniture look to that portion of the wall. The “desk” area of the old kitchen is now a built-in china hutch with an appliance garage atop the counter that can keep piles and charging devices out of sight behind doors. Another way to give this area a furniture look is the “buffet” style base cabinet. Notice the two small drawers in the top section.

counterdepth refrigeratorA standard depth refrigerator would look great in this new kitchen but see how this counter depth Whirlpool model sits nearly flush with the surrounding cabinets? A standard depth unit would project almost an added 6″ into the room. Even though this side x side refrigerator is a counter depth model it still boasts 25 cubic ft. of storage space and has exterior ice and water in the door.

back of island cabinetThe back of the dual-height peninsula in the new kitchen has been paneled with a custom look including applied doors. One of these doors is in fact operable making both corners of this narrow u-shaped kitchen fully accessible for storage.

The opposite side of this peninsula is home to a stainless steel dishwasher with an integrated control panel.

Whirlpool dishwasherWe hope you have enjoyed this kitchen tour from corner to corner and we can’t wait to show you it on TV very soon. If you have any questions about what you have seen here please click or call us right away. 309 944 1344 

Aloha From Iowa! A Custom, Colorful, and Classic Bettendorf Kitchen

mainIt is truly the absolute best feeling in the world to get to see customers using and loving their kitchens from Village Home Stores. I showed up to photograph this beautiful kitchen late one hot afternoon right as the school bus was dropping off the kids. Seeing them come home after school and head straight to the bottom freezer drawer for a popsicle was the perfect reminder that we help create spaces that families use all day long.  What an amazing privilege! This entire home built by Tim Dolan Development in Bettendorf, IA was full of great classic elements like high cathedral ceilings, a large wood hood with fluted columns, and beautiful moldings and trim throughout the home.

kitchen_pendantsWhile the overall look of the space may be Classic or Traditional, this home had an extra layer of color and fun brought into every room of the home I saw. This busy family has relocated to Iowa from Hawaii and with them came colorful artwork, ceramics, sculptures, and instruments. Their choice in pendant lighting was absolutely perfect in the space. These iridescent “Vine” lights by ELK look amazing on or off (shown here off).

Paneled_refrigeratorEven with Stainless Steel appliances (including a large commercial-style gas range), this kitchen has such a warm feel to it. The refrigerator is normally the largest surface to show the Stainless finish but in this design, a panel-ready refrigerator was used.  Custom panels were ordered in the same “Golden” stain with an accent glaze applied to the traditional “Seneca” raised-panel door style from our Koch Classic line.

The large island in this kitchen is the same door style but  a “Mocha” stain is applied to the Rustic Beech. This compliments the accent glaze on the perimeter cabinets beautifully.

island_backThe back of this island may appear to be a custom wainscot panel but instead these doors all open a 12″ deep area of extra storage for seasonal and bulk items. See these cabinets in action over on our YouTube channel.

sliding_shelvesSpeaking of storage there is plenty of it throughout this kitchen. Sliding shelves have recently gone from an occasional upgrade in kitchen design to an expected feature throughout. We try and include them in any standard drawer and door cabinet when we are able to.

Many customers prefer a large deep stack of drawers for pots and pans in place of doors to open and shelves to pull out. In this design a wide cabinet houses 4 sliding shelves and gives a lot of versatile storage space.

hoodThis home was just as warm and inviting as the owners who welcomed me in to see it on a hot summer day. We are so thrilled to have provided some of the materials for their new home in Iowa. See the entire album of photos from this kitchen, the bathrooms, and lighting posted as a project over on our Houzz.com profile. Are you building a home in the Quad Cities region and searching for a source for amazing quality products pairs with expert design and service?  Click or call us today to tell us what your dream kitchen looks like. We would love to help it take shape! 309 944 1344