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

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