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.

undercounter refrigerator

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.

Rustic Charm in Bureau County

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

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

And now for what you came for, the tour:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kitchen Remodel With Great Storage Cabinets! (Rock Island, IL)

I could not have picked a better time to stop by to take some final pictures of this kitchen in Rock Island, IL. It was the end of the day last Friday and the homeowners were hosting some friends for cocktail hour in their new space. Seeing customers enjoying the finished project and showing it off to friends is the absolute BEST compliment we could get. I felt like I was walking into a commercial for our Full Project Management service. The owners of this beautiful new kitchen were so enthusiastic to share how easy the estimate and execution of the project was from start to finish with their guests.

Kitchen remodel by Village Home StoresWhile the shape and configuration of this island may appear strange at first glace, I got to see first hand how perfect it was. The raised bar-height top on the right end was the perfect place for guests to lean and set a drink and snack while the user is working in the kitchen. The location of this section of the island is actually where a wall was located previously. Here are some photos to get a better grasp of how we opened the space up.

Before Photos of KitchenIn the “Before” photo you see that a wall formed a narrow hallway behind the refrigerator and pantry. This wall was removed along with a beam that spanned the width of the old space. The temporary wall you see in the “During” photo was put in place until a new supporting header could be installed in the now wider kitchen. Now for the full tour of all of the great storage cabinets included in the new kitchen.

Pullout Spice RackA pull-out spice rack was installed adjacent to the range area for easy access to spices and cooking oils. While this cabinet happens to be a wall spice rack, base cabinet versions are available as well. A great secondary use for a base pull-out rack is to hold cleaning products near a sinkbase.

The new island also had great access to pots & pans storage in deep drawers immediately behind the range user. A pull-out cutting board located in the island is actually one of two installed in this kitchen. With two active users in the kitchen, there can now be many stations to prep and work in the space.

Kitchen Remodel Rock Island

Tray Storage Above RefrigeratorMy favorite storage solution in this new layout was hidden where you may least expect it. As I was taking photos of the island the customer exclaimed “Oh and you haven’t seen my favorite one!”. In the cabinet above the refrigerator were wood tray dividers and a wonderful deep space to store small (but tall) appliances. Now the reachable space in the base cabinets can house everyday items in place of these.

Cubby front to match kitchen cabinetsAn opening that once sat on the end of the old hallway area is now included in the new design. A face frame and door was ordered to match the new cabinets and create a custom look covering the cubby. Now access to this deep storage area looks like a well planned element of the new space. The customer plans on adding shelves to make for more pantry storage in the kitchen. While face frames and doors make up a significant part of the cost of a cabinet, sometimes the purchase of one and some added trim can make a great custom impact.

Cookbook storage

Angled base cabinetCookbook storage and an angled base cabinet were two other areas worth noting in the new kitchen design. Angled end cabinets can be a great way to add storage an not intrude on traffic paths in a space. You are able to extend the counter and storage an they make a great cap for row of cabinets in place of an abrupt square stop. In this case a table was just beyond the end of this counter and now a seated guest will not feel crowded.

Do you have a kitchen that may be able to be widened or reworked for a better solution? Just having a hard time figuring out how it will work best? We would love to talk to you about it. Our team at Village Homes Stores can show you full-colored rendered images of your new space before any walls or soffits get torn down. This way you can visualize your new space before any mess is made. Contact us today for an appointment so we can begin the discussion with you. We would love for you to be our next “Before & After” story!

Kitchen Remodel In Rock Island by Village

 

 

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!

15 Must-Have Items For Your Temporary Kitchen During a Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen is a process. During that process you will need a temporary kitchen to prep and clean in. How can you keep the essentials handy for your day-to-day life? You set up a temporary kitchen! This can be located in a dining room, living room or even a corner of the kitchen itself. Village Home Stores suggests these 15 must-have items for your temporary kitchen during a remodel. Print off your own checklist of these items here

15 Must-Have Items For Your Temporary Kitchen During a Remodel:

The best small appliances for your temporary kitchen

1. Decide what small appliances best fit the lifestyle of your family. Choose appliances that can be used for multiple tasks. A toaster oven may become your new favorite small appliance. Many are available with convection features and interior capacities that will make it possible to prepare many different meals. Take note that these ovens can get very hot in the areas surrounding them. Keep the space clear and avoid stacking items on top. Crock pots, rice-cookers, and countertop grills can each be used and stored off-site in another room. You can still prepare meals at home without eating out every day. Follow our Pinterest board of recipes to enjoy during your remodel.

2. No immediate access to water? Keep a bottle of anti-bacterial gel accessible for you and the crew. Stop germs from spreading without needing running water.

3. While they can be very wasteful to use regularly, using “disposable” products during your remodel can be a great way to keep dirty dishes from piling up. When cleared off properly, many can even be recycled. Plastic utensils and cups can even be washed and reused. Just be aware that certain plastics should not be heated up to high heats and reused for food service.

4. Keep a roll of paper towels handy. Some snacks and meals can even be prepped and served on a paper towel (no judgement from us if we catch you eating a slice of pizza off of a paper towel). Be excited to know that in just a few weeks you will be cooking a gourmet meal in your brand new kitchen.

5. For quick meal prep, reheating leftovers, and even warming up coffee, a microwave really is a necessity. If you do not have a portable model microwave, consider borrowing one or purchasing an inexpensive one that can later be sent with a child to college or moved to a basement bar or “man Cave” area. Village Home Stores keeps many countertop model microwaves in stock so ask your design team about our options.

Life goes on in your home no matter what state the kitchen is in. Busy families, single adults, and empty-nesters all create dirty dishes. When they do start to pile up we recommend to set up a dish-washing station.

Set Up a Dish Washing Station:

DishWashingStation

6. Not having a running kitchen sink and faucet is probably one of the largest inconveniences during a remodel. Find a large plastic tub that will act as your sink during this time. If you do not have another running sink nearby, make sure your tub fits nicely in the closest bathtub you have. If you are preparing a meal at home, we suggest filling this tub with warm, soapy water and adding dirty dishes as they are used.  This gives them time to soak as you prep the meal and will mean less time scrubbing in the bathtub later on.

7. Of course you will need a bottle of dish detergent. Keep it nearby whatever water source you are using.

8. Set up an area for drying clean items. Find a drying mat or rack that does not take up too much space and fits the dishes you do plan on using often.

9. Using a dish scrubbing brush that also dispenses detergent can eliminate the need for a sponge at all in your dish-washing station.

Where Should It Be Located?

We have seen many temporary kitchens set up throughout the many years we have been remodeling kitchens. Some of the most innovative locations we have seen use existing furniture or spaces already accessible near the kitchen. Do you already have a buffet or built-in bookcase? Consider these spaces first before unfolding a large camping table for your temporary kitchen. If you find an existing space you may only need a small cart in addition to that. Always seek out a location that is outside of any masked off areas from the jobsite.

Keep a Command Center:KitchenCommandCenter

10. Establish a command center for your family and even the crews. Keep a notebook and writing utensils available for notes and lists. Project information should also be in this location. Village Home Stores will give you a project binder with schedules, specs and up to date plans to be kept on-site. If you have a busy household, create an  “Action File” for papers and piles to stay organized. This is a great addition to your temporary kitchen command center and may even find its way into your permanent one. Here you can keep bills, incoming mail, school papers, schedules, and paperwork that may normally end up piled on a kitchen counter.

11. Borrow a shelf or two. Relocating a few boxes of books or movies can clear off enough shelf space for pantry items and even some small appliances. If you have set up a folding table, large tubs or bins below can be used for pantry storage. Always have trash bags and lunch packing items handy by the pantry area as well.

12. A coffeepot is absolutely a must-have item for most customers. Just remember this part of your temporary kitchen does not need to be near the rest. Reduce clutter and free up counter space by setting up your coffeemaker in the master bathroom or even a home office.

13. Find an all-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle that you can keep on hand. This can be used to clean work surfaces and even appliances as they may get dusty during the remodeling process. All-purpose cleaning wipes can be fantastic as well for quick clean up.

14. Running water and a clear work surface are as desirable as available outlets in your temporary kitchen. By using a power strip for your small appliances you can gain surge protection and access extra receptacles for charging devices.

15.The most important item of course is patience. Being torn up for a short period of time is always worth it once you can enjoy your new finished kitchen space. Patience truly is a “Must-Have Item” when remodeling. Just remember that the project is only temporary. Soon you will have a new space to enjoy.

We wish things could happen overnight like they seem to do on television, but in reality these things take time. Our Project Management Program allows us to use your time most efficiently and get your new kitchen up and running as quickly as possible. Be sure to check out our board on Pinterest full of great tips and examples of temporary kitchen.  If you are reading this post because you are about to start a project with us we thank you so much for your business! We can’t wait to have your new kitchen up and running as soon as we are able to. If you are still in the research phase of a remodel feel free to contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our expert kitchen designers. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Your first step is to contact us and start the conversation. Complete this short form or call us at (309) 944-1344Village_phone_number