Floor Covering: Discover Your “Fifth Wall”

What do we mean “fifth wall”? Well, many times the flooring for a project is one of the last materials to be selected. Almost as if it is the last layer of a project to be considered. But how do we build a home? From the ground up of course! Floor covering for your project just happens to be the overall canvas that everything else sits upon. This is why Village Home Stores has recently expanded to now make room for a full showroom and added staff to help you select the perfect material for your project.

kitchen flooring quad citiesSelecting the right material for the floor in your home can help an entire project come together. Think of how much time and consideration goes into selecting your new kitchen countertops… a lot right? The flooring in a kitchen will cover much more surface overall than those counters. In most cases, flooring makes up anywhere from 25% -40% of a surface in your kitchen. If you consider a kitchen as part of a “Great Room” then that selection just got even more important.

rustic wood floorsVillage Home Stores doesn’t want to put a lot of stress on you to make that selection. We are here to help you with your project from start to finish and that includes selection. Our expert sales staff can help you choose what is most practical for your space as well as what will give you the best overall look. Having samples right here in our showroom has already been so helpful in these first few months of adding our Floor Covering Department. The entire selection process can now be done here in our store, alongside your design and sales team working with you on your project. Your entire project just got easier.

Considering this “fifth wall” in your space can help add the following to your project:

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The opportunity to cover this large plane of surface opens up a lot of possibilities when you are building an entire design with your team here at Village.

We are so happy to introduce to you the many categories of materials you now have access to in our Geneseo showroom:

hardwood floorsEngineered and solid hardwoods in a number of finishes, sizes, textures, and styles. With many brands like Somerset, Mullican, Mannington, Bella Cera, Hallmark, Lockwood, Valuemark Hardwoods, Armstrong you are certain to find the right one for your space.

luxury vinyl tileLuxury Vinyl Tiles are a highly durable surface that can mimic the look of wood or ceramic but with a softer and warmer material. An acrylic-based grout can even be installed to create a true “tiled” appearance. That same grout is non-porous, and very stain resistant (no sealing of the grout) Brands like Metroflor, Armstrong, Mannington, and Tarkett represent the fastest growing segment of the flooring industry.

vinyl flooring GeneseoVinyl Sheet materials from Armstrong including our thickest vinyl sheet available, Cushionstep. Cushionstep is available in many designs and colors. It feels… well, “cushy” when walked on. A very comfortable flooring choice at a great value.

ceramic tile floorsCeramic Tile by Mannington, Paramount Ceramics, Interceramic, Daltile, and Jeffrey Court is available is a very wide variety of styles, colors and textures. Not just found in square shapes anymore, large tiles and plank-shaped styles have quickly become the more popular choices.

tile backsplashFloors are not the only surface you can tile. Tile in the backsplash of a kitchen or installed in bathroom showers can make a huge impact in a design. Let our staff help you select the tile and pattern for installation.

carpetCarpeting  from Dream Weaver, Southwind, Dixie Home, Phenix are available in so many styles and colors the possibilities are endless. Sculptured styles are quickly becoming a popular choice. Dixie Home uses what is called a “tip-shear” effect which uses a combination of loop and cut pile together like shown in the image above showcasing  “depth”.

Our staff is knowledgeable on the installation processes of every product we sell. Any questions you may have about what materials will be needed or installation layouts or designs can be answered here in the showroom or at your home at the time of measure.

pineCall or click today with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping your space look great from the floor up.

Colona, IL- After The Fire.

kitchen restorationLast week we shared with you the Before & After photos from this Colona, IL home damaged by fire and smoke. We wanted to show you around the kitchen in a little bit more detail.

rendered kitchen planTo say this kitchen has some angles is an understatement. This birds-eye view color rendering shows the overall space better than we could capture in one photo. This rendering is an example of what you can see during the design phase here at Village Home Stores.

angled kitchen cabinetThese cabinets hug every corner and even access spaces that may have otherwise been wasted areas. Let’s start with the wall to the right of the built-in pantry. That clipped corner does actually have usable shelves within. It should be mentioned that this cabinet SKU is a standard cabinet. Many times our designers can use the most of your space with the right design!

outside corner baseImmediately behind this angled cabinet is another great standard SKU that can add a lot of interest to a space. While the shelves may not hold a small appliance, am outside corner cabinet can be a great way to turn a corner. Angles are also integrated into the ends of the exposed walls of cabinetry. If you revisit the rendering above you will see that entire pantry wall has angled end cabinets that clip the edges and allow for interest and an easier access into the room.

kitchenAid inductionbase cabinet trashThe end of the cooktop wall of cabinets has not been clipped to allow for a full depth of preparation space on both sides of the KitchenAid Induction unit. Induction is a fantastic feature and we can’t wait to show you more on it soon. Another convenience for the cooktop user is a pull-out trash cabinet directly to the right. Below the cooktop is a large double drawer base which makes for quick and easy access to pots and pans without having to open doors to access a slide-out shelf.

kitchenaid appliancesIn addition to the pull-out trash, a KitchenAid trash compactor is located near the kitchen sink. This 15″ wide unit is Whisper Quiet® Plus Sound Insulated and has a 5:1 compaction ratio reducing trash by up to 80%

The section of island cabinetry that faces the great room has an easily accessed under-counter beverage cooler. Keeping the main refrigerator space clear of cans and bottles this glass-front cooler can easily found by guests and homeowners.

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Get The Look:

kitchen color palettevillage home stores flooringThe granite in this kitchen sparkles so well and may read like a dark black on camera. It is in fact a deep rich blue granite called “Blue Pearl”. The cabinetry is by Koch Cabinets in the “Seneca” doorstyl, Maple Autumn stain. The San Michelle: “Crema Vein” flooring in the kitchen continues from the front door through the dining room then into the kitchen.

With no dining set so you can see the awesome inset layout from our installers very clearly in this photo:

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We mentioned in our previous post about how kind and amazing these homeowners were throughout a very stressful period and circumstances. Their positive attitudes among loss were inspiring. We thank them again for letting us share their beautiful home with you. If you have any questions about what you see here or our entire process please don’t hesitate to call 309 944 1344 or click to ask. See the entire album of photos from this restoration project over on our Houzz page.

Unexpected Upgrades: Kathy’s Free Granite Tops

 

If you ever have the opportunity to be the person to contact someone who has won something I highly recommend you do it. It was downright fun to call our Great Kitchen Giveaway winner and tell her she had one the choice of a number of options to upgrade her kitchen with Village Home Stores. We ran the promotion during the QCBR 2014 Home Show and the month surrounding it. There were many many entries and Kathy from Milan, IL was the winner! When we finally got a hold of Kathy to tell her she won she was already in a fantastic mood because she had just welcomed a new grandbaby into the world. Inviting her to choose from a Maytag suite of kitchen appliances, free granite countertops, $2,000 in free cabinets, free kitchen flooring, or $1,000 in free lighting put her over the moon with excitement.

laminate topKathy took some time to decide what to do with this unexpected upgrade opportunity and ended up selecting granite countertops.  Her existing kitchen tops were still the original Formica butcherblock pattern laminate in a “No-Drip” edge profile. Considering the age of the tops they were really in excellent condition. Kathy had just recently painter her dark cabinets white.

Coffee Brown GraniteThe new white finish on her cabinets made it even more of a total makeover for Kathy’s kitchen. Now with granite tops, it truly was the look of a whole new kitchen!  Kathy had the choice of our 10 promotional colors of stone and she ended up choosing “Coffee Brown” granite in a polished finish. This dark polished stone really gives a rich look to the space.

TemplateThe old laminate tops were removed for a template to be made by the stone fabricators. Some minor carpentry work was done to address a leveling issue with the age of the home and where the existing cabinets had settled. The weight of new stone tops must be distributed correctly for a safe and correct installation. Our expert stone fabricators measure a number of locations and lengths to confirm the new tops will be correct. We will soon have a full post on the blog about what you can expect during  your template appointment.

Undermount sink in graniteKathy’s new sink area is our favorite part! She chose an E-Granite sink by Elkay that has a feature that we love, a lowered center-divider. This allows for a small fill when needed but plenty of space for large serving dishes or cookie sheets to be washed within the sink.

Soap leaking onto graniteWe also came across a little tip from Kathy that we think is pretty genius. Take a look at the tray beneath her soap dispenser, it’s actually a soap dish. Kathy had heard about how a leaky dispenser can cause damage to natural stone and purchased a solution that gives her peace-of-mind that she won’t need to worry. When she found her new soap pump, she also bought the soap dish in the same style and finish. Et Voila! A matching tray!

Call or contact us today for a free estimate on upgrading your countertops with Village Home Stores. While we don’t give away free granite everyday, we can offer you a fantastic price and expert work. (309) 944-1344.

Selecting Your Material at Epic Stone LLC

 

You have decided to invest in beautiful stone countertops… now what?

Epic Stone in DavenportThe good news is that selecting your stone can be a fun part of the process. Village Home Stores is not going to send you on an epic journey to Chicago or Des Moines to select your stone, instead we will send you to Epic Stone in Davenport, IA. We are so very lucky to have such a large selection of materials without a long drive to see them. Epic Stone, LLC is the warehouse that our countertop fabricators purchase the material from for your project. They open their warehouse to our customers so that you are able to select the exact slabs of stone your tops are made from.

Shopping for granite in the Quad CitiesWhat should you have with you when you visit Epic Stone? It is best to come prepared with whatever you have available for your project. Backsplash and flooring samples, cabinet stains, or other important finishes that may help you select your stone. Epic will ask  your designer’s information so that material amounts and fabricator information can be included on a tag once you have selected your stone. Your designer will be able to tell you how many slabs of material your project requires. You do not need to have your kitchen or bathroom layout with you.

Keeping an open mind as you walk the aisles is most important. Bring a camera or have you smartphone or tablet ready to take pictures of favorites and labels during your visit. There are so many stones to choose from. You are able to browse a gallery on their website and following them on Facebook gets you immediate news of new materials coming in.

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As you make your way around the warehouse at Epic you will notice each stack of slabs are labeled. There are three important elements to these labels to make note of:

  • The Name of the stone is important to note as some colors have many variations of the same name and this may change the price and color if the wrong name is given. The label shown above indicated that we were looking at a slab of “Super White Brushed” “Brushed” is important to note in this case because these slabs of “Super White” are not a polished, glossy stone and are priced a full category higher because of the “Brushed” finish.
  • A price category is indicated in the bottom right hand corner of the label. Categories range from 1 on up to the high teens. The lower the number, the lower the cost. Your salesperson at Village will get the full estimate together for you, they just need to know what category you have selected.
  • Another element to the material labels is the origin of your stone. This is what makes natural stone so amazing and unique. The stone slabs you see at Epic are mined throughout the world. How wonderful will it be when someone visiting your home asks what the name of your stone is and you can reply with a name and location from where it came?

granite warehouse in davenport, iaEpic Stone, LLC is located at the bottom of North Division Street, in the former Franks Foundries complex. The warehouse is a gigantic warehouse of stone slabs, so it is cold in the winter months and can get very hot in the summer. Dress prepared for the current temperature. While they have open hours, it is always best to call ahead to make an appointment. This makes your time spent at Epic more focused. Materials change so frequently so making an appointment also gives you the opportunity to ask if colors you are considering are there.

Epic Stone QC hoursIf you are just starting the process of shopping for granite or marble countertops for your home, your first step is to contact a designer at Village Home Stores. You can do this via our website or call us at (309) 944-1344. Your designer will walk you through the process from estimating to installation. We have selected the best fabricators in the area who are experts in their field of manufacturing, installing, and seaming your tops. Maintenance of natural stone tops is minimal and we wrote a short post about it here for your reference.

Natural stone is a fantastic choice and a material that is timeless and rich in history. With Village Home Stores and Epic Stone, LLC your stone countertops will look great for years to come.

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Checklists for Remodeling or Building a Kitchen With Village Home Stores

SQPrepWe want your building or remodel project to be such a positive experience you can’t help but tell everyone that you know how easy the whole process was. How can we make sure this is the end result? At Village Home Stores we believe that main ingredient to a successful project comes from communication. That communication begins in the early stages of the planning phases and continues until you are enjoying your morning coffee in your new space.

SelectionSelection:

Selecting and confirming materials and product details is key to avoid delaying a project down the line. Confirming a countertop material for instance, is only part of that process. What edge profile will be on that countertop and are there finish options? Will your countertops be heavy enough that an overhang will require a support bracket? What about sink and faucet information? Answering these questions early on allows no surprises or unexpected material costs to be added on later once the project has started.

Built-in appliances can sometimes come with many additional costs to be considered. Decorative hardware is required for built-in appliances and should be larger in scale and suit the weight and specifications of the appliance. An allowance for cabinet decorative hardware is included in your project estimate. This is allowance is figured per door/drawer and based on $3 each.  Custom panels will also be required and can come with a significant price tag. Communicate with your designer early on when you are considering or have selected a panel-ready appliance. This way these added costs can be included with your cabinet totals the entire estimating process.

Download the following pdf checklists that pertain to your project or ask your designer for a copy in your initial in-store meeting.

Kitchen Remodel Checklist Page 1 and Page 2  Bathroom Remodel Checklist  

New Construction Checklist Page 1 (print mulitple) Page 2 Lighting Page 1 and Page 2

AccessAccess:

Access to the jobsite is very important to keep your project on schedule and going smoothly. Discuss with our Project Manager or your Designer how crews will be able to get into your home. Lockboxes are available if you are unable to be present during all scheduled parts of your process. Dialog about pets and after-school schedules of children may also be needed to assure your entire family has a positive experience. Village Home Stores expects all employees and subcontractors to treat a home as it were their very own. Access to a working power source, parking for crews and delivery vehicles, and a usable workspace in garage or designated area should also be discussed. Nobody wants things piling up in their home. Discuss where materials will be disposed of as well. This varies depending on size and scale of your project.

“It was so fun coming home each day and seeing the progress that was made” –Lauren (Rock Island, IL)

Access to information is important as well. If your project is not part of our Project Management program you may want to create a jobsite binder of your own. Schedules, an up-to-date layout, design drawings, appliance specs and all other details can be kept here and should be easy for all crews to access.

SuppliesSupplies:

The same can be said about finishing materials and supplies. Access is needed to these as well. A painter may be scheduled for your project but if they arrive and there is no paint for them at the job site, it may delay the schedule and push your finished date forward. Products and items purchased from Village Home Stores will be delivered and distributed via our project manager or your salesperson. If you purchase items for your project outside of our store you will need to make sure they make it to the job site. Review your Selection Checklist and make sure all items you are providing are ready and available.

ScheduleSchedule:

If all of your bases have been covered during the beginning stages of planning and purchasing, a schedule for your project should move along seamlessly. As anyone knows, there are always uncontrollable issues that can arise to delay a project. Planning ahead helps you avoid any issue with all of the controllable factors. Actively participating in this planning process will make your overall experience as pleasant as possible. 

 

But What If I’m Doing The Work Myself?

That is absolutely fine. Village Home Stores can do as little or as much as you would like us to. If you have your own crews you are planning on using or if perhaps you are the crew, here are some helpful tips to keep you on track:

Hold on to any hardware (i.e. grates and covers) you remove during demo until the project is complete. Especially in old homes, some things you plan on running to the hardware store to replace may in fact be unavailable or more expensive than expected. Many times baseboard from the space gets removed and disposed of by accident or perhaps a piece gets damaged during demo. A great place to find trim within your own house that you can be assured matches in profile and stain is the interior of a closet.
Ask any questions about your plan before beginning. If you do not understand a part of your working drawings or if you need help making sense of any of the product when it arrives, call your designer. When it comes time for one of our crews to work at your job you need to have it ready. Plumbing should be cut back and capped for cabinet install. You want the smallest opening cut out in your new sink base cabinet so have all shut offs and anything widening the space removed for installation.

We are enthusiastic about projects going as smoothly as possible. We do this every day but we understand it is not something you go through often. Our goal at the end of each day is to make your dream space a reality. Doing quality work right the first time around requires skilled craftsmen and planning ahead. Give us a call today to get started!