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Our Process- Wait, What Do We Mean Free Lighting?!

Did you know that when you shop with Village Home Stores for your new home project you can earn FREE lighting for that home? It’s true! Our locally-owned business since 1984 has grown and expanded to help provide you with the best experience possible for your project. Our showroom and selections now include Appliances, Cabinetry, Countertops, Interior and Exterior Lighting, Floorcovering, and even Custom Blind and Shades. Everything your home needs, all in one convenient location with a team of experts waiting to help your dream project take shape. 2017-STORE-EXTERIORIn addition to expert staff and an easy-to-shop process we also offer an exclusive bundle program for our customers who are building a new home with product from our store. This bundle program will be presented to you in the beginnings of your first consultation with our New Construction team. The program is truly as simple as this: buy all of the products for your new home from our store and earn $200 for every $5,000 spent.Bundle your purchases of products for your new home throughout Village Home Stores and earn FREE lighting credit for your home. | VillageHomeStores.com

By providing you and your builder with a one-stop-shop experience, we are making the process easier for all parties involved. Imagine how much time and money you will save by not having to run around to multiple showrooms to collect bids, review samples, and manage material orders. With a team of experts working TOGETHER on your new home project, you now can always reach someone at our store to answer questions about your project.
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We offer a store-wide Local Low Price Guarantee plus this Bundle Program for FREE Lighting credit. Customers building a new home in the extended Quad Cities Region can spend more time enjoying the building process and less time running around and staying on top of everything. Put our proven process to work for you and your builder.
Quality hardwood floors for your home at competitive prices. | VillageHomeStores.com

It may sounds like a simple thing, but there is so much value to having access to all of the finishes in a single showroom when you are finalizing details before purchases. Seeing all of the finishes together in person is the best way to get a hands-on approval of everything. Our team will work with your building schedule to make sure we have product on order and arriving when needed during the process.
Quality lighting for your home plus our unique bundle discount for new home customers. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking of what you need, that clear communication is also a huge advantage to our customers. Building a home and selecting every finish can be an overwhelming task. We will help keep you on task and on budget. We will be working with you from estimating and designing stages on through installation. Your lighting expert for example, will sit down with your plan and make a complete lighting list of what is needed. You will even have this same expert visit the home in progress for a final walk-through once the lighting is ready to be ordered. Just in case any changes have been made. Here is a handout explaining our Bundle Program:2017 Bundle Page

Learn more bundle program details and print out a purchase/credit guideline here in this handout. Purchasing everything from one location can be helpful to all parties involved. Having access to the appliance specifications for instance, can help eliminate design issues within a kitchen design. This way we can catch any dimension issues or restrictions before any product is ordered. You also receive piece of mind that once you have moved into your new home we are just a phone call away. Need service or have a question about one of the features on an appliance? Just give us a call.
Quality appliances for your home at our Local Low Price Guarantee. | VillageHomeStores.com

We work closely with you and your builder to get you the best pricing and experience for your building process. Your first step is to have one of our New Construction team members walk you through that process. You or your builder can reach us by completing this short online form or calling us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see the plans you have in place for your new home and to find out how we can help!
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East Moline, IL- Wall Removed to Create Multiple Dining Options

We were so thrilled to begin this kitchen remodel in East Moline while we were filming a season of our TV show. It allowed us the opportunity to go beyond just showing you some before photos and then tour the finished space. Instead we were able to really show you the entire process! Here is the finished space including Birch cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Vicksburg” doorstyle. Vicksburg is a full-overlay door with a solid-wood center panel.
Remodeled kitchen with wall removed. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen (shown below) included dark stained cabinetry in a U-shape layout with a peninsula area of base cabinets and wall cabinetry suspended above. This created a very crowded feel to the kitchen when in it working or entering it from the front door. Laminate countertops with a drop-in sink and white appliances were all a part of the old kitchen that was ready for an update.
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Now the new kitchen is open and incredibly stylish! The back wall of the kitchen has been removed and in its place is a bar-height knee wall with an overhang for seating. These 4 barstools are just the beginning of the many dining options this entire open concept now has. Outside of the new kitchen are two front rooms, each ready to be considered a formal Dining Room space. Why designate one room as a dining room when the crowd you entertain changes over time? Now that this couple has children and grandchildren coming for meals, they can fill the entire space with tables and seating if needed!
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Want a better idea of what a jobsite looks like between the before photos and all the beautiful after photos we share here on the blog? Press play below to watch the episode of the Village Home Show including the entire remodel story from this East Moline, IL kitchen. Tour this kitchen with the before and after story plus everything in between.

What a difference a fresh new layout can make for the entire main level of this home! As youi saw in the episode, we installed new wood floors throughout. Depending on the flooring material and the project itself, your floors may need an extra layer of protection during the remodel process. In the case of this East Moline home a heavy-duty temporary floor protection is used named Ram Board. The Paramount Acacia hardwood flooring is installed and almost immediately after installation the durable floor protecting paper goes over it. kitchen-during-east-moline

The next few weeks of this kitchen floor’s installed lifespan will be it’s most challenged. That is why we take no risks of a scratch or a dent as crews work atop the new floors. We even left this Ram Board in place while filming the kitchen for the show. Once everything is finished and the appliances have been delivered and installed, the Ram Board is removed to reveal your new flooring. Acacia wood flooring from the Quad Cities flooring experts at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Acacia is from the Bucks Country series in the “Teak” finish. The flooring finish is a great compliment to the kitchen cabinetry. The darkest areas of the flooring color are a great match to the Birch “Brandy” stain on the cabinets. Our favorite corner of the new kitchen is this lighted glass-door cabinet with wine storage. Remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen including a wine display cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Glass shelves allow the LED lighting to wash the interior of the cabinet with light. A decorative winerack below can house plenty of bottles. Grecian white interlocking marble mosaic tile reflects on the new polished “Black Pearl” granite counters.
east-moline-tileThere are many who think selecting a dark granite top for their project might make a room seem very small when paired with dark cabinetry. In this East Moline, IL kitchen, the finished combination if gorgeous! Rich, polished stone and a Birch wood with a rich Cherry look. The finishes in this now opened space are perfection. East Moline kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comWith the wall removed and the kitchen opened up into the nearby Dining Room area, the space has plenty of light within it. Opposite the peninsula wall is a large window (show in image above) This natural light teams up with our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system and plenty of new can lights for a bright space day and night. There is plenty of storage in the new kitchen including a tall pantry cabinet next to the refrigerator.Pantry cabinet near refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

A brand new suite of Whirlpool® appliances in Stainless Steel have been installed in the newly remodeled kitchen. The standard-depth refrigerator includes a full-width temperature controlled wide pantry area behind the french doors. A new freestanding electric range boasts 6.4 cu. ft. of capacity and Convection features.
Remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen including new Whirlpool appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

Skip preheating for items like pizza, lasagna, or chicken nuggets! Yes you read that correctly: SKIP THE PREHEATING! This model includes Frozen Bake™ Technology. Just put the items in and then start the oven’s pre-programmed Frozen Bake™ settings. The electric cooktop on this range is very versatile. It includes one front burner with 3 burners-in-one! This FlexHeat™ triple-radiant burner can adjust to a 6″, 9″ or 12″ radius depending on your cookware sizes.3

See the full album of photos from this East Moline, IL kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz page. Is there something about this new kitchen that you would like to include in your own project? Feel free to save any of these images to your Pinterest page or start and ideabook using our Houzz images. We want to keep you informed with what projects we are completing in the area and give you ideas to save for your own project with our store in the future.
East Moline Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to walk you through our proven remodel process. We have a unique system that is constantly changing and adapting from project to project to get you the best customer experience paired with quality products. Our team is ready to go to work for you! Your first step is to reach out for an in-store complimentary consultation. Contact us by completing this online form or calling us at (309) 944-1344.
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Showroom Updates 2017: First Impressions

We are beyond thrilled to share our 2017 showroom updates with you here on the blog! Village Home Stores has a lot of great things planned as we move into 2017. This showroom update is a significant start! We have purchased a third storefront and added 1,200 sq. ft. of space for a brand new lighting showroom. We will show you are that complete lighting space and our remodel process later this week. Let’s begin today with a tour of our brand new front reception area:
New front desk area at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

As our business continues to grow, we have changed and adapted our customer experience so that every person that visits our store leaves feeling glad they came. Our entire showroom now is over 9,000 sq. ft. that’s a lot of product and space all in one location! You will now enter the center door off of State Street and be greeted and guided by Therese. That’s Therese in the photo above, look how happy she looks in her new desk area! She creates all of our beautiful full-color renderings for our Kitchen & Bath Design customers. She will now be the first smiling face you see whether you are shopping for a single lightbulb, a full appliances package, or an entire home of products. The back wall of this new reception area is easily one of our favorite new areas of our entire showroom. Layers of texture and a variety of materials make a big first impression.
DuChateau Wood panels in the Kaudra style and Brown Ask finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Have you seen our new signage inside the store? It looks so amazing day and night! We gave the folks at ItsaSchmollworld our logo and they gave us this incredible metal sign! We installed it over a Dahltile Limestone named Martinique Arctic Gray. The logo is back-lit with our Diode LED lighting system.
New Village Home Stores sign made by itsaschmollworld lit with our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of best benefits of using our Diode LED lighting to back-light this sign is the fact that it is low-voltage. That means we can leave this sign lit all day and all night and use very little energy for the bold statement it makes. See for yourself how amazing this back wall looks in the evening when you are passing the store. The pendant lighting flanking the logo is another  great element to the finished design.
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These pendants are from our ELK Lighting line. The series is named Gramercy. We love the schoolhouse shape to the glass and the brushed finish pairs perfect with the metal logo sign on the same wall. The wood panels behind each pendant are a unique new product we have just launched, DuChateau wall coverings. These panels are from the Kaudra series in the Brown Ash finish. We are so excited to has access to this great new product! Consider these wall coverings for a fireplace wall or as an accent wall in a Master Bedroom. Below is a moodboard of the variety of finishes included in this new front desk:
Front reception desk finishes at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Brushed Bronze handles from our Top Knobs line add a warm matte-finish gold look which is right on trend for our industry. Two finishes and styles of DuraSupreme Cabinetry have been included in this desk design. Gray Painted cabinets in the Middleton doorstyle and paint called Moonstone. The warm gray/bronze laminated cabinets are the Talia Horizontal style in a finish named Wired Bronze. Many times the countertops selected can easily become overpowered by everything else in a complete look. These Cambria Quartz tops in the Seagrove design wrap just about every available remaining surface and command your attention!
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This installation technique is called a “Waterfall” edge. Cambria seems to spring up from the floor, wrap the cabinets and desk surfaces and cascade back down again seamlessly. The front face of the desk includes a recessed area of paneling that repeats the Wired Bronze finish from the back wall of cabinetry.
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All of this sits atop a new floor from our Marazzi line. This is a wood-look porcelain tile that will be a durable and stylish choice to hold up to the high-traffic area of the showroom. This 6″ x 36″ tile is from the American Estates series in the Natural color. If you want the look of wood but a durable and easy to clean surface, ask one of our flooring experts at Village about a wood-look tile.
Wood look Marazzi tile from American Estates series an Natural color. | VillageHomeStores.comWe have loved showing you around this beautiful new space online but as you can imagine, it makes an even better first impression in person! Your best experience with our store if you are working on a project begins with an appointment. That being said, you do not need an appointment or and excuse to stop by, look around and say hello! Consider this your open invitation. If you are ready to get started on a project with us contact us online by completing the short form at this link or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Colona, IL- Lakeside Home Gets a Refreshing New Remodel

Not every before and after remodel story involves removing walls to get a new layout. This lakeside home in Colona, IL is the perfect example of what we mean. To get the new kitchen design to “open up” here, we actually closed off one of the walls. Take a look at the before and after below to see the doorway that was closed off in order to create a full U-shaped layout for the new kitchen:
kitchen before and after in Colona, IL. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a transformation! Now this wall has become the main focal point of the new design with this hood surround at the center of all attention. Koch Classic Cabinetry in the “Legacy” doorstyle and “Pearl” painted finish with “Umber” Highlight have been paired with Cambria® Quartz counters and a stylish new Stainless Steel appliance package from KitchenAid®. There is so much great storage and style in this kitchen that we HAD to include it in an episode of the Village Home Show just to have the opportunity to show you around in detail. The original kitchen was in desperate need of more drawers for storage. This new layout includes many drawers in the kitchen perimeter as well as the new kitchen island. Press play below to see for yourself.

When you choose to work with Village Home Stores you can expect to get the best experience available from our expert staff. This includes how you are able to visualize your project during the designing and material selection stages. Below are the design renderings that were presented to this customer in those first few meetings: rendering

Helping you visualize the full concept of your design is a responsibility we take very seriously. It is why you can’t just walk into our store and leave an hour later with a professional design. We are a Kitchen and Bath Design Center. When you set an appointment with us we want you to be so thrilled with your experience from that very first presentation all the way until the final walk-through. Our process may take longer than other stores but we believe that every project deserves the same care and attention no matter what the size. Building a home or remodeling, neither is a process that should be rushed. The hood concept for this kitchen is not ordinary by any circumstances. The look was achieved by building an arched surround for the Cherry wood hood and then tiling the surface with four different 6″ x 24″ Ecowood tiles. The end result is breathtaking and unique!

Unique kitchen range hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

Concealed within the Cherry wood hood is a Broan hood blower insert. Not to be ignored right below this new hood area is a KitchenAid® slide-in gas range packed full of style and features! This gas range boasts 5 gas burners on the cooktop ranging from 5,000 to 19,000 BTU’s. Get flawless baking results with convection features in the oven and take advantage of added features like a wireless probe and a steam rack within the oven. Would you believe us if we told you this model is also technically a DOUBLE oven?! That drawer below is not just for storing bakeware or warming dishes!
KitchenAid range with convection oven and baking drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid® has taken the concept of a warming drawer to a whole new level. Introducing the innovative new baking drawer. This separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature from the main oven and keep dishes warm. This range sits atop a wood-look luxury vinyl tile from our Mannington® Adura Plank line. The “Ashford Walnut” color might fool you in these photographs but trust us, even in person you will not believe this isn’t hardwood. Adura Plank Luxury Vinyl Tiles (also known as LVT’s) are durable, scratch-resistant, waterproof, and easy to clean.  The sink wall of the new design has changed dramatically once the doorway to the nearby Living Room was closed off.
Kitchen before and after with new copper farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to the opposite end of this sink wall and an undermount copper farmhouse sink is the new eye-catching detail of this section of the new design. An arched valance in the toespace of the sink base cabinet is an added design detail that helps set the look off. This copper sink will begin to age with a beautiful patina and become a character piece in the new kitchen.
Copper undermount farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

This copper farmsink has been under-mounted to new Engineered Quartz countertops from our Cambria® Quartz line. The quartz design selected for this project is named “Langdon” and the 1/2″ rounded edge profile has been applied to the tops. The veining and charactor of a slab of natural granite, but all of the benefits of maintenance-free quartz. Cambria® is the perfect material for this project. The large island top is the best showcase of the pattern and colors:
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The new kitchen island is a large surface for preparation, and entertaining. The cooktop used to dominate the old island counter surface but now the island is versatile and stylish. outlets on each end of the island are camouflaged in color to allow access to power when needed but not steal from the finished look of the applied door paneled ends. The doorway into the new kitchen was widened to open up the space. A peninsula was installed at the entrance to provide more storage and counter surface as well as an overhang to accommodate seated guests.
Before and After images of a remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new widened entrance with a peninsula has changed the overall layout and function for the kitchen. Above the peninsula overhand hand two decorative pendant lights by Kichler. This couple chose to install the “outdoor” pendant style of this light because they included this beautiful seeded glass. We think the lights are perfect!
Kichler pendant lighting with seeded glass above a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shown behind the lighting in the image above are two X-shaped wine cubbies. Plenty of wine storage is easily accessible from either side of the peninsula when entertaining. When guests enter the new kitchen design they get the illusion that instead of a peninsula and an island, this kitchen has two islands. This look is achieved by having the complete island in a Cherry “Mocha” stain plus the back and end of the kitchen peninsula has been installed in that same “Mocha” finish.
Kitchen with Peninsula and island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Cherry “Mocha” stain from the island and peninsula is repeated in the wood hood area. Two-tone look kitchen designs have come a long way in the past few years. You are not just limited to contrasting crown or an island. Ask you designer what creative ways you could include a second finish in your own design.
Microwave with trim kit in a Colona, IL kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cooking center of this new kitchen is stylish and extremely functional. Not only are there incredible features on this new KitchenAid® gas range, the storage and surfaces surrounding it grant the user the best experience possible. Everything is right within reach including a tray divider cabinet and pullout spice rack. There is available countertop surface on each side of the hood surround and access to that incredible new Island top directly behind the user.
Kitchen storage ideas including tray divider and pullout spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 images from this kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Are you ready to see an expertly-prepared kitchen design for your own home? Contact the award-winning team at Village Home Stores to get the conversation started. Reach out for an appointment by calling (309) 944-1344 or completing this contact form online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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The Village Home Show Season One: Episode Guide

Well one episode turned into three…then eventually ELEVEN EPISODES of our TV Show! Now we have wrapped our second season leaving us with NINETEEN! Your response and interest in seeing what we are working on in and around the Quad Cities has pushed us forward to become your premier kitchen and bath design destination in the Quad Cities Region. Take a moment to watch the clip below of some of the before and after stories we shared in season one:

If you missed any of these first 11 episodes you can watch them all online! Below you will find a complete list of episodes each with a brief description and a link to see the full story online.

  • Episode 1: Our very first episode of the Village Home Show! Tour two beautiful remodeled kitchens in Geneseo, IL. A visit from an expert on Cambria Quartz shares a lot of great information about this must-have product. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 2: Tour two kitchens in Bettendorf, IA that each include some wonderful appliances features. An expert from Maytag visits the studio set to share a bit about the suite of brand new Maytag appliances we installed there. You will love the hidden commander center and charging station included in one of these spaces! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 3: A before and after story of kitchen in Rock Island and a trip to Lynn Center to see a brand new home and the kitchen inside. Storage cabinetry is featured and an expert from Dura Supreme stops by to take us on a tour of our set kitchen at WQAD. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 4: Two absolutely amazing kitchens, each showcasing wonderful island designs plus see many more examples of great kitchen islands. A lighting expert joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island as well! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 5: A wonderful before and after story of a kitchen we remodeled in Rock Island, Illinois. Plus we take a trip to Epic Stone in Davenport, IA to give you a tour of their location and all the wonderful options they have for natural stone countertops. A lighting expert stops by to teach us about the L.E.D. lighting system featured in many of our kitchens. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 6: Kitchen remodel stories from Rock Island and Geneseo in this episode, each with tiled backsplashes and our LED undercabinet lighting system.  A tile expert visits to discuss options and the latest trends in kitchen tile.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 7: On this episode we share two remodeling stories of local bathrooms that each get a whole new look and layout. Plus see a wonderful system of light switches, controls, and outlets from our LeGrande line. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 8: See a kitchen remodel that is SO incredible that we use our whole episode to show you the project from beginning to end! The new kitchen features gray cabinetry from Dura Supreme, Cambria Quartz Countertops, and a stainless steel appliance package from KitchenAid. Plus and lighting and tile that will knock your socks off (which is fine because the new hardwood floors in the home are bare-feet friendly). All this plus a visit to the kitchen from two Dura Supreme experts.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 9: A fantastic example of what “New Traditional” style looks like. Walls are removed to open up and make room for a beautiful new kitchen and a bathroom is reworked to include laundry in this Taylor Ridge home. Plus learn about new features in front-load laundry. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 10: We have a visit from a kitchen expert to discuss the different types of countertop materials to fit your lifestyle and taste. Then take a tour to one of our stone fabrication shops to see the customization process. Then watch a before and after kitchen story that includes Formica’s 180FX series with the look of a true marble counter look at a fraction of the cost. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 11: Two beautifully remodeled kitchens each featuring wonderful storage solutions and fantastic kitchen countertop selections. Tour a Geneseo kitchen remodeled to accommodate entertaining grandchildren and guests plus a Bettendorf kitchen full of angles. Click here to watch.

Thank you again and again for watching and of course to all of our amazing customers who participated in this first season. We can’t wait to share new episodes with you Sundays at 9am on WQAD News 8 beginning October 2,2016. If you have any questions about something you have seen in one of these episodes do reach out and we will be happy to chat. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or fill out our contact form here at this link.
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Moline, IL- Kitchen Remodel Fully Managed From Start to Finish

This Moline, IL kitchen is a tale that we are sure many can relate to. The original kitchen cabinets were in a very functional layout but beginning to show the wear and tear of years of use. After years and years of “maybe someday I’ll replace them”… this Spring “someday” had finally come. beforeNow the kitchen is updated with new cabinetry plus we removed an entire wall to make room for an island in the new design. The original kitchen shared the same L-shaped layout but the opposite end had a corner of walls with just enough room for a small table and two chairs. Kitchen remodel in Moline, IL managed from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now with one of those back walls removed, the kitchen is open and bright. Birch wood Cabinetry from our Koch classic line has been installed in the “Westbrook” door style. A “Chestnut” stain has been applied and a “Black” accent glaze highlights the door and trim details. Engineered Quartz countertops in the “Chakra Beige” design is a neutral tone-on-tone look.

Crown molding on kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comThe spindle rail crown has been removed from the original kitchen. The new kitchen look is updated with “cove” crown molding. This crown is the perfect style and scale for the project. It even includes an area for the accent glaze to catch. With plenty of cabinet space within reach on each wall, an area above the cabinets is left to display items.

A white Whirlpool® range and microwave hood are also part of the new kitchen. Microwave hoods can save counterspace and be installed to vent out of the home or re-circulate the air. The original kitchen had just a range hood installed, now the microwave is off the counter.
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The new electric range includes an easy-wipe ceramic glass cooktop. The most dramatic difference in the new kitchen came when we removed a wall that divided the kitchen from the dining room. Removing this one wall has helps this kitchen seem to grow in space even though it hasn’t extended any further into the dining room than before. The small table and chairs is now replaced with a large single-level kitchen island with seating for two comfortably.
Removing a wall in a kitchen can free up so much space! | VillageHomeStores.com

With open shelves installed on each end of the island, the largest base cabinet included faces in toward the kitchen sink. Behind the double doors of this cabinet are two slide-out shelves. The “ends” to each open shelf cabinets have been treated with “applied doors” on each side. This gives the illusion of doors and helps complete the look instead of just a smooth panel. The back of the island includes three applied doors and two wood decorative supports for the overhang.
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The island is really the focal point of this new kitchen and the accent glaze highlights all of the details perfectly. While the island steal the show in the kitchen, the new hardwood Walnut flooring is now showcased through the entire upper level of this home. The Walnut hardwood in the “Saddle” finish is from our Hallmark Hardwood line. Read more about Hallmark and some of our other projects here at this link.

Flooring and remodel work in Moline, IL | VillageHomeStores.comThe hardwood flooring was not the only new flooring installed at this remodeled home. The split-foyer layout was given a whole new look right at the stairway leading up into the new hardwood open-concept. A new stair rail and banister were installed and carpeting from our Dixie Home line was put in on both sets of stairs. This carpet is from the “Rock Creek” series in the “Ginger color. It is a 100% Stainmaster® carpet that resists stains, abrasive wear over time, and even has anti-static protection. That means you reduce your chances of static shock. This textured carpet also includes Dixie Home’s texture retention technology meaning your texture/pattern will bounce back and keep it’s hold for a long time. Village Home Stores sells carpeting to both remodel and New Construction customers. So if you need a single room of carpet or a whole home, we have quality products and quality installation crews ready for the job! Village Home Stores is your expert choice of carpeting in the extended Quad Cities region. That is why our projects always include the following:Carpeting in the Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

This homeowner knew that she wanted to be sure to include our LED undercabinet lighting in her new kitchen. She had seen this system in our previous projects and on our TV show so it was at the top of her wish list for the new kitchen. That lighting was a great investment to help showcase her new subway tile backsplash in the kitchen. 3″ x 6″ glass tiles from our Jeffrey Court line in the “Buff” color are the perfect choice and pair perfectly with the countertops selected. We included the finished space in an episode of the Village Home Show. See a full video tour of this finished kitchen remodel by pressing play below.

All of the permanent areas of the kitchen remain neutral in color and the same space cane now be accessorized in a number of ways without making any major changes. See the entire album of photos from this kitchen over on our Houzz portfolioGlass subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.comPart of the obstacle for many homeowners in the area is finding a contractor who can handle the entire remodel project from start to finish. Village Home Stores offers a unique Project Management experience to our customers to do just that. From collecting the estimates to that final knob being installed, we can manage it all.  Access to your project information and schedule is available 24 hours a day through our unique and secure login system on your desktop or mobile device. Are you ready for your own before and after story? If you have been delaying a remodel project because the thought of estimating, scheduling, and coordinating everything makes you dizzy… we are here to help you! Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment and get started!
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What to Expect: Lighting a Whole New Home With Us

Prepare for the understatement of the century… “Building a home can be overwhelming because of all of the decisions to be made.” Our goal at Village Home Stores is to let you leave with an exceptional customer experience whether you are purchasing laundry soap or an entire home of products. We want the building process to be as simple as possible for our customers. You shouldn’t have to drive around and manage all of these decisions on your own. When building a home, we want you to be able to select as much product as you can from Village Home Stores. This is so we know the end result will look the best it can and so that the process isn’t stressful for you. Great finished projects look complete when one concept is in mind for the entire home.Unique Aged Brass lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We put together an entire team of Village experts for our new construction customers. Your kitchen designer will have access to your lighting expert and flooring and so on. Communication is the key to a successful project. So where do you get started? Your first step is to set up an appointment with a lighting expert and bring the following to that appointment:

What Do I Bring To My Appointment?

  • Bring a copy of your home print or arrange to have your builder send a copy to our store before your appointment date.
  • Collect some examples of lighting that grabs your eye. These could be magazine clippings or ideas saved to your personal tablet. Take advantage of some of the great online resources for inspiration. Start a board on Pinterest or save images to an ideabook on Houzz. This helps our experts get an idea of what looks and spaces you are drawn to.
  • Bring an open mind. We know that sounds about as cheesy as can be but just like any other shopping you may do, there is so much out there. That Dining Room light you have had saved on Pinterest for three years may not be available now or within your budget. Our experts can help you find an option that does fit within these perimeters. Just keep an open mind to what is available.

fan_pinHaving that open mind will be helpful during the entire building phase. You may be pleasantly surprised when we can find an option that you may even love more than the original light you were hoping for. Collecting examples can be the most fun part of your building process. Many times just a single image of a finished space can help your team of experts at Village out tremendously. Shopping for lighting in catalogs can be difficult. The same light in a catalog will never have the impact it does when installed in a room. Take this ceiling fan on the right for example. When shown isolated on a white background you can tell it has great style and a sophisticated look but would it make a great statement in your room? There are thousands and thousands of fans we could have choose for this Hearth Room in Moline, IL. Seeing it installed you can see that the fan selected looks like it was truly made for the space it ended up in. Our team has the vision for your lighting concept as long as you give them the correct leads. Take a look below at the same fan installed with a beautiful beamed ceiling in the finished Hearth Room in Moline, ILCeiling fans for all budgets and styles. | VillageHomeStores.comIt is perfect for the overall look of the room. When we know the look you are after, we can help you get there. Searching for lighting to go above your kitchen island? Revisit the kitchen images you have been drawn to for your cabinet design and see if the lighting included is part of the look you love.

What Does a “Lighting Concept” Mean?

  • A cohesive look to your home lighting selections as you or a guest use the home.
  • Your lighting selections should compliment each other, not match. This is the role of our lighting experts. They will help you select the perfect scale, style, and application for the lighting you need and keep them all as part of the overall vision for the project.
  • Less work for you! Having our expert lighting team work for you to create this whole home lighting concept is one of the best reasons to work with Village Home Stores. You don’t have to hunt all over town or forage through the online jungle. Share with us your examples and we will prepare a concept for you.

How about we walk you through an example of a lighting concept? The examples we are showing you in this blog post may not be your own personal taste or budget, but it is a fantastic example of a complete lighting concept.bathroom_lighting

This is a home in Moline, IL built by Rodenburg Builders. The lighting for this new home was hand-picked just for this client and their specific taste. No matter what kind of day you are having, it could always use a little extra sparkle. Trust us this home now has a lot of sparkle!kitchen_lighting

The three fixtures shown together above are all found within the same area of the home. Two kitchen island pendants hang within view of the Dinette area and a Wine Room within the kitchen has a clerestory window that peeks a view at the chandelier within. All unique fixtures yet they are not “matchy matchy” lights. Instead they compliment each other and are designated for specific locations and tasks.Crystorama "Carson" 4 light chandeliers above a kitchen island in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stunning “Carson” 4 light chandelier pendants by Crystorama hang above the island (shown above) and give an open and airy look to the kitchen. Right within the kitchen is a Wine Room. This room is illuminated with an enchanting Artcraft “Bella Vista” chandelier (shown below). The light itself is breathtaking. The reflection the crystals cast on the ceiling and the sparkling stone walls make you want a glass of champagne immediately.Artcraft "Bella Vista" chandelier in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is a large Dining Room just off of this kitchen area. The Dining Room light selected is a shimmering statement that will lead to many great dinner party conversations. Prisms and mirror in an oval shape. Proof that the lighting is the “jewelry of the home.”Kichler 12 light oval chandelier in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Much liket the kitchen and entertaining spaces, the Master Bathroom is another excellent example of a calculated lighting plan that has been selected for a finished space that is truly “Pinterest-worthy.” On the main level of the home is a Master Suite that includes a large bath with multiple vanity areas and a walk-in closet. The “Aged Brass” finish on the lighting and plumbing fixtures glow in the spacious Master Bathroom. Here is the lighting concept for that space:master_bath_lighting

The “Kyle” ceiling fixtures, “Livingston” sconces, and “Lyon” closet pendants each have their own unique look but work so wonderful in the completed project. Each of these lights happen to be made by Hudson Valley but are from three series of lighting. Press play below to take a quick video tour of all of the lighting selections made for this Moline, IL home.

Why Work With Village On My Lighting?

  • The main reason to work with our store is the piece of mind that your lighting selections have been made with you and your project specifically in mind. Our full staff of lighting experts love what they do and keep up to date on all trends and new products.
  • New construction customers always receive free (non-specialty) bulbs with all package lighting purchases.
  • Free delivery of products is always included as well on package purchases. Your builder or electrician does not need to arrange to have the lighting picked up. We can bring it to the jobsite for them when they are ready.
  • Our expert lighting team communicates with your contractor and electrician on any questions and concerns at the jobsite. Whether it is a question about hanging height for a fixture, or needing a replacement piece as quickly as possible, communication is key.

Outdoor lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comVillage Home Stores offers interior light fixtures, exterior light fixtures (ELK “Bianca: series shown above), indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, Diode LED tape lighting systems, Adorne switches, Legrande switches and outlets and much more. Your lighting expert will be sure to make certain you have everything that you need for a functional and fantastic whole home lighting concept.

Dining lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comThe lighting in your new home is such an important element to the overall look and feel of the spaces. You will need lights that make an impression and some that just serve their function. From Dining Room to Exterior lighting, we have you covered. Village Home Stores has a large showroom of lighting along with access to thousands and thousands of options that our lighting experts can sort through for you, no matter what your style or budget is. Plus remember that the lighting in your home is truly the “jewelry” to the finished space. A very true statement in the case of this example lighting concept in Moline, IL. Selecting a fixture for your Dining Room is just as important as selecting the table to go below it. Each play an important role in the space. Select something that expresses you and your personality. Think about the fixtures when viewed from all angles. Just look how some of the fixtures selected create a unique look when captured in a new perspective. The reflections, ceiling patterns, and unique designs all add a memorable finished look.unique lighting in quad cities

See the full album of photos from this home we used as an example here on our Houzz page. Find inspiration and tips and trick on lighting over on our Lighting Pinterest board here. Most importantly, rest assured that your lighting selections with Village Home Stores are in good hands. If you are still in the research process, building on your own,  or don’t have a builder selected yet feel free to call our store to set up an appointment. (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see how you want to light your dream home. Village_phone_number

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An Award-Winning Customer Experience

At Village Home Stores we take customer service very seriously. Since 1984 we have been providing expert service and quality products to our community. We are in the business of creating life-long customers. That can only happen when we put our customers and community first. Our “small business” was so thrilled recently to receive National recognition for our Appliance Service department. The United Servicer’s Association awarded our store as “Most Professional Service Company” in the 1-2 technicians categoryAppliance service - Village Home Stores

Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores heads up our service team that includes service dispatchers and parts administrators Amy Currier (left) and Ruth Miller (right).  Jeff Gerber (inner left) and John Moore (inner right) are our Expert Appliance Service technicians.

ASTI_awardRecently we have added a third technician to help provide our customers an even quicker award-winning service experience. We do apologize for the “Humble Brag” but for a small business like us to stand out in such a large community of servicers is exciting. Village Home Stores offers many services and we do so to a large radius of areas surrounding Geneseo, IL. We are proud of our small-town roots and can’t imagine our store being located anywhere else.

The semi-finalists for the United Servicer’s Award were selected by a panel of 5 judges and based on the 4 following areas: Technician Uniform; Service Vehicle; Company Logo: and Online Presence in Social Media. Then the finalists were selected by a group of service peers when put to a vote. No successful business should ever stop improving or learning. That is why all departments of our store attend industry conferences and trade shows whenever it is possible.trade shows

astiCo-Owner of Village Home Stores Rob Ries and Senior Service Technician Jeff Gerber were present at the Annual Service Training Institute in Miami, Florida in February to accept the award. Our staff attends many shows throughout the year. It is important for our customers to have access to anything new and up-and-coming. We also want to be sure that our staff is as knowledgeable as possible on products and trends within the categories of products we carry. Kitchen and Bath products, Lighting, Floorcovering, and Appliances are all continuously changing areas and we want you to have access to the latest and greatest.dura_training

Expert product knowledge is something our customers have come to expect from the Village Home Stores staff. Continuing training for our staff like the Dura Supreme Cabinetry training event shown above, is key to keeping our staff sharp on all that we offer. We have recently transitioned one of our current team members to act as our on-site product trainer within the store. ipads and smart TVs are also now a key part of your buying experience with our store. experts

Embracing current technology and new products and services help keep us at the very forefront of what is happening. We will never stop striving  to be your industry experts. 2015 was a pretty gigantic year for our store and 2016 is shaping up to be even better! We have already been awarded with the Best of Houzz in Customer Service for the second year in a row! Houzz.com hosts the largest residential design database in the world. Co-Owner Jim Ries (shown above with sign) was recently recognized as an early-adopter of this platform. Houzz has become an incredible tool for our staff as they work closely with customers to create and collaborate on a finished design for their own dream space. We have chosen to use our professional profile on Houzz.com to showcase our portfolio of work and a place for our customers and colleagues to review us. houzz_influencerBut that’s not all! We were also awarded with another Quad Cities Locals Love Us award in  the Custom Cabinetry category for the second year in a row. We work hard to provide an exceptional customer experience for our customers and truly appreciate this award in particular because it is based on customer voting. Thank you to anyone who was one of those voters.
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Now that your customer experience at Village Home Stores falls into the new category of “Award-Winning”, we are taking customer service even more seriously moving into 2016. If you have become one of our customers in the past 32 years we thank you so much! When you call for a service appointment, or purchase a light fixture from our store we want to count on seeing you again the next time you need anything we provide. We consider our customers as the main ingredient in our store’s community. Stop in anytime just to say “hello” to see what we are working on and what is new! Schedule your appointment for a project at (309) 944-1344 or online anytime at VillageHomeStores.com.
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Taylor Ridge Remodel: Traditional Style in a Rustic Setting

Taylor Ridge Kitchen remodel by Village Home StoresLike so many of our most successful kitchen transformation stories, this one includes the removal of a wall to open up the existing kitchen space to create a more open concept for the home. We loved this remodel project so much that we featured this kitchen on an episode of the Village Home Show. Also included in this episode is a tour of the adjacent bathroom that includes a Laundry area on the main floor. Main kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

Living through a complete kitchen remodel can be quite a process. Kitchen remodels are so rewarding once complete, but they do take some time. Great kitchen transformations like this don’t happen overnight. Watch this episode of the Village Home Show and see how this space was transformed from start to finish.

As you saw in the video above, much of the work done to this kitchen happened before any of the new cabinetry was installed. Just look at this wall that was in the way of the original space:Before and after remodel iin Taylor Ridge by Village Home Stores

By removing that wall the new kitchen is now a part of the front living room and natural light can pour in from all directions. This pair of Taylor Ridge newlyweds were not just challenged with the space restrictions of the existing kitchen, they also had a mix of personal styles that they wanted to be addressed. Located up on the sweeping hills of Taylor Ridge, the couple wanted to be sure to nod to the rustic setting even though their personal tastes were more timeless and Traditional.

Kitchen remodel with island by Village Home Stores

Their designer from Village Home Stores was excited to get to work on finding them the perfect selection or materials to give the right finished look to the space. Of course the look and feel of the new kitchen is only a fraction of what makes it a well-designed kitchen. The function of the design is most important, especially in your kitchen. Let’s start by looking at the layout of the new design.Design rendering by Village Home Stores

In the case of this kitchen, spreading out into the new space and adding areas for prep, storage and entertaining were key. A large island in the center of the design checks off all of these boxes. Even with the new large island in place, there is still plenty of room for a full dining room table on the opposite end of the room. Kitchen island by Village Home Stores

A single level island was designed with adequate seating space for four (plus plenty of leaning up to and chatting space for many more). The island includes storage accessible from three sides and decorative paneling and trim all around it to give the look of a large furniture piece. This leaves the view seen buy guests Traditional and stylish from every angle.Appliances by Village Home Stores

The island side facing the kitchen user includes the dishwasher and built-in microwave drawer. The entire package of kitchen appliances is from Village Home Stores and includes a 29 cu. ft. refrigerator and double oven gas range from KitchenAid. A Sharp microwave drawer, and Broan hood insert have also been installed. With the dishwasher and microwave facing the sink and a wood hood in place of a stainless unit, there is less Stainless Steel in the overall first impression. This keeps the look updated but Traditional without having to invest in panel-ready appliances. Outlets in island by Village Home Stores

With an island this large you will want to use it for many tasks. An outlet is camouflaged discretely on the end facing the cooking wall of the kitchen.  Now small appliances can be used for prep and entertaining.
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Moving the refrigerator to the opposite wall helps to keep all of the main kitchen appliances in one zone of the kitchen.  The large kitchen island is located right in front of the refrigerator to provides plenty of space for loading and unloading items. With the largest appliance to the left of the sink, that frees up the entire other wall for a chance to create a dramatic look for the new kitchen. two-tone kitchen by Village Home Stores

Above the new double oven gas range is a wood hood with decorative corbels. Framed in by lighted glass-door cabinets on either side, this wall is the focal point of the entire room. Walking in the front door your eyes lock on this area right away! The main tile throughout this kitchen is glass subway tile appropriately named “Truffle” by Ann Sacks. The mosaic inset above the range is is from Epic Stone. This mosaic perfectly combines the colors of the field tile, Cambria Quartz countertops, and wall cabinetry. scrolled corbells by Village Home Stores

This scrolled corbel style helps anchor a Traditional style to the overall look. The painted “Pearl” finish on Koch’s “Royale” doorstyle has been accented with an “Umber” glaze perfectly showcased here on the corbels. You may have noticed the contrasting island of this kitchen but did you notice the other bold contrast of this look …?dark base lower and light upper cabinets by Village Home Stores

The base cabinetry of this entire kitchen is a rich “Mocha” stain while all of the upper cabinetry and refrigerator surround is in the “Pearl” painted finish. This may be a bold concept to hear described to you but look at it in action here! The upper cabinets seem to almost “float” above and give the whole room a larger feel. This contrasting concept can be executed for all styles from Contemporary to Old World.spice cabinent by Village Home Stores

A pullout spice rack is accessible just to the right of the double oven gas range. these spice cabinets are available for both base units and wall units.

Just to the right of this wall is the hallway that is now easily accessible from the open kitchen, dining, and living room. Sliding barn door in kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

A handcrafted custom barnwood door by Character Interiors has been installed on sliding hardware that includes a lock on the interior. Behind this barndoor is a large double vanity bathroom with a tub shower and front-load laundry from Maytag. In the episode posted above in this post we give a full tour of this new bathroom space. Across the way, an unused corner of the original kitchen has now been given a brand new look.

hutch before and after remodel by Village Home Stores

This built-in hutch cabinet helps extend the kitchen cabinetry into the dining space and give a customized look. The lighted top section of the wall cabinet provides a fantastic ambient light source and a space for displaying items. wood countertop by Village Home Stores

A custom wood top has been installed in the same finish as the island and base cabinetry from the main kitchen. This helps tie the rich “Mocha” stain into the hutch area but keeps the entire section looking like a Traditional sideboard cabinet. Our Diode LED undercabinet system is installed underneath the painted cabinetry and inside of the glass-front wall cabinets. With a dimmer switch function added, these efficient lights can be used all day every day no matter what the mood is. cage light by Village Home Stores

There are two other great lighting zones in this gorgeous new space. This Dining 4-light chandelier is from our Golden line. Exposed bulbs in clear glass caged in a dark finish keeps the light from seeming to large. You can see through it into the new kitchen and pendents just beyond it. pendant lighting by Village Home Stores

These 3 pendant fixtures are from our Minka-Lavery line. Hanging pendants above an island can be done in so many ways. we love the look here of a cluster of lights hung at varied heights. The visible filament of the “Edison” style bulbs and varied heights here help lend a more whimsical feel and add rustic Old World charm.sink remodel before and after by Village Home Stores

Timeless and classic, but with a nod to the rustic setting of this countryside Taylor Ridge home. This kitchen turned out gorgeous! See the full album of photos from this project over here on our Houzz.com portfolio. We were so thrilled to feature this Quad Cities remodel story here on teh blgo and on our TV Show. Do you have your dream kitchen in mind but need a team that can make it look AND function perfectly? Let Village Home Stores make your dream kitchen a reality. Call or contact us today to get started.

Bettendorf Remodel: Upgraded and Upscale

titleThis kitchen remodel in Bettendorf, Iowa is a great example of how you can get your dream kitchen while being budget-conscious.  This amazing transformation came about by making smart choices on where to make upgrades within the project. Take a look at where this kitchen began before you see the finished look.

before2Rich dark cabinetry, quartz countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, an undermounted sink it is all here! While getting your dream kitchen may be something you do once in a lifetime, that doesn’t mean that you have to keep that project off in the distance.java_finish

Our designer from Village Home Stores worked closely with these customer to help them stay within their budget and select the perfect materials and make upgrades in the right places to end up with this upscale look.pantry

Before we look at some of those upgrades lets take a look at the structural changes made to this kitchen. The original kitchen included a wall of cabinetry that surrounded a range and hood unit. This wall divided the kitchen from the Living Room area.

kitchen remodel before and after. | VillageHomeStores.comWe began by opening up this wall to include the new kitchen with the living areas of the home. Removing this wall and all of the soffits above made such a huge difference in the finished kitchen. The birdseye view of the new kitchen design (below) shows how a new bar-height top fits into the newly opened kitchen plan. birdseye_view

Relocating the sink and range locations represented some of the design choices made to get the best working layout for the now open room. Keeping appliances in their original locations can help when you are trying to keep within a project budget. But this is one design upgrade that was worth it. Now that this kitchen opens up into this great room there is no better place for the sink than right here. Dark Java stained kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Moving the kitchen sink to this new spot facing the guest areas of the home was a great choice. Let’s now take a look at some of the amazing upgrades made to get this upscale look beginning with this sink.black_sink

An undermounted sink is such a desirable element of a kitchen. If you have ever had one I am sure you would not be easily convinced to go back to a drop-in style. Wiping the counters clean with a single swipe into the sink is a huge benefit. The kitchen sink happens to be an Elkay composite granite sink so it is just as durable as it is beautiful. This matte-finished black sink is mounted to beautiful new counters.quartz

Quartz countertops in a kitchen we are boasting is budget-conscious?!? Yes! We currently have a series of Quartz countertops at an incredible price in your choice of 9 colors including this popular “Tundra” color. Let us price this Quartz for your project. You will be pleasantly surprised by the numbers you will see especially if you have been shopping high-end laminate options or solid-surfaces. Before we get to the cabinetry let us look down to the flooring for another upgrade made that was no extra cost at all.

A 1/4 turn tile pattern for your kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThis Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” as we call it, has been installed in a 1/4 turn pattern. A basic pattern would have also looked great with this “Linea” Cream Mannington LVT, but this extra detail sets it off. The pattern of the LVT and the direction changes create a basketweave look and add an eyecatching result with no extra material required. Read more about LVT in this past blog post.

Microwave cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comSoft-close hinges. | VillageHomeStores.comCabinetry represents such a significant portion of any kitchen project. Our Koch Express line was selected for this project. The “Lexington” doorstyle in the rich Birch “Java” finish has been upgraded with soft-close, dovetailed drawers and even soft-close hinges on the doors.

Our Koch Express line can also be paired with certain pieces from our Koch Classic line.  That is how the angled end cabinet upgrade was made to the end of this wall of cabinetry.  This angled look gives a visual upgrade from the expected square ends available from Koch Express.

Angled end cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comThe glass tile backsplash was also a beautiful material selection for the kitchen. See the full album of photos from this kitchen over on our Houzz.com portfolio here. Making smart choices and working close with your team at Village Home Stores is where your dream kitchen project begins. Setting up an appointment is your first step. Call or click today. (309) 944-1344.

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