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Moline, IL- Clear The Table From Your Family Clutter

It is no news that we believe the kitchen is the “hub” of the home. For many busy families that translates to the “hub” of all clutter! Bookbags, luchboxes, mail, schoolwork, the dog leash, the sports equipment… you see where we are headed with this. This Moline family of 5 (plus pets) was ready  for a kitchen remodel. When their designer asked what they really wanted to see with a new layout, their response was this: some way to keep the kitchen table clear. Before we share that solution, let’s start the tour with the familiar kitchen areas. This L-shape sink section includes a very common and functional layout. A range and microwave hood on one end, turn the corner with a base lazy susan cabinet to a sink beneath a window and dishwasher beside it.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen layout included a peninsula on this wall extending into the kitchen. The new layout opens up the space by eliminating that peninsula and making room for a large kitchen table. Koch cabinetry in the Seneca doorstyle is installed in a Birch wood and “Mocha” stain. Glass 3″ x 6″ subway-style tiles have been installed in a herringbone design for the kitchen backsplash.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz and glass subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tile is from our American Olean line in the Color Appeal series and “Plaza Taupe” color. No backsplash was installed with these tops so the glass tile backsplash had more room for a statement with the pattern.The refrigerator wall now includes so much amazing storage!
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A tall pantry cabinet fit with sliding shelves and a refrigerator end panel surround the refrigerator for a great look. The section of cabinetry on this same wall creates a great work surface that also serves as a coffee station. The wall cabinetry above is staggered in height and depth to add interest to this wall. Soffits have been removed from this kitchen so that the new cabinetry can reach to the ceiling. To compliment the deeper center cabinet above, the large stack of drawers in the base cabinetry is pulled forward. A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

This gives the opportunity to add interest and a furniture-style look with an arched toespace on the drawer cabinet. The Quartz kitchen counters mimic the creative shape of these cabinets and follow the in-out-in detail with soft radius corners on this bump-out area.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Hanstone Quartz countertops in the Victorian Sands color are a stunning choice for this Moline, IL home. Victorian Sands is a wonderful blend of neutral colors. It is one of those successful colors over the years in that it works with so many wood tones and pairs with just about any tile or paint selections. A standard “Eased” edge profile  is a classic choice. But what about that whole new area designed to somehow solve the clutter table issue? With the mission to control family clutter in mind, our designer went to work to create a new kitchen layout including a whole new third section of cabinetry across from the original kitchen.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom locker area. | VillageHomeStores.com

What an amazing brand new custom drop-zone area fit with a bench seat and coathooks! A place for everything and everything in its place…and guess what?! The kitchen table (and even the kitchen countertops) are now all clear! By creating this designated “drop zone” area on the back wall of the kitchen, there is no excuse for anything to end up on the table at all. A bench seat built from functioning drawers is capped with a matching wood top. This offers a stylish surface for seating. Designing the drop zone into 4 sections helps to contain the clutter to each child’s area. Drop zones like this work best when located near the main entrance home for the users (i.e. back garage door entry).
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom storage bench area. | VillageHomeStores.com

This busy family is so happy with their new kitchen. We love any opportunity we can get to help improve any living space to become more function and beautiful!  To see the full album of photos from this kitchen visit our award-winning Houzz page here. Are you curious what an expert kitchen designer might have to suggest for your own busy space? We are ready to hear about your space! Contact our store to start the conversation about working with our store. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this form online.
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Davenport, IA- Warm Cherry Cabinets and Large Black Painted Island

This Davenport, IA kitchen has been completely remodeled to extend its footprint into a nearby dining room. There is now plenty of space for a long L-shaped layout with a large island. Warm Cherry cabinetry from our DuraSupreme line has been installed in the full-overlay  “Kendall” doorstyle and “Clove” finish. A “Black” painted island in the same raised-panel doorstyle offers a bold contrast to the kitchen cabinets and new LVT White Oak flooring.
DuraSupreme's Cherry Clove finish and painted black island. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the removal of a wall that divided the original kitchen from the dining room taken out, there is now plenty of space for a large kitchen island. The new island measures over 8 feet in length and includes large drawer storage and doors that open to reveal slide-out shelves within. Press play below to watch this entire remodel story unfold on Season 2 Episode 6 of the Village Home Show.

This episode of our show helps to walk you through the entire remodel process from start to finish with us. We often share just the before and after parts of a remodel story… but that is not the whole story at all! This episode allows us to return to the jobsite while the real work is happening. With our show, we are able to give you access to more of the entire story that went behind the beautiful finished kitchen tours we share here on the blog. Take a look at the before and after images from this kitchen below highlighting how much more cabinet space is now available with the center wall removed.Davenport kitchen before and after remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Because it can now stretch into the original dining room area, this new kitchen design is nearly double what it once was. There is even an area remaining for a casual dining space with 4 chairs. Just because we have absorbed the original dining room as part of the new kitchen, doesn’t mean this home is left without one. An adjacent front room has now been claimed as the new formal dining room area. The before and after image below shows the view into the new kitchen from this new front room dining area. Dining room becomes part of kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The window that now sits above the sink was far to low in the original dining room to accommodate a kitchen beneath it. A new window was installed at a taller height and now instead of looking up to a pass-through, the sink user gets a beautiful view! The cabinetry surrounding the new kitchen window has been finished with raised-panel ends for an added design detail. Can lighting is concealed behind a matching cherry valance and a cherry dustcover on the ceiling completes this look.
Kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores featuring Fairborne Cambria Quartz tops and travertine tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Beautiful Cambria® Quartz counters in the “Fairborne” design are installed in a standard “Eased” edge profile. A Tumbled Travertine tiled backsplash is a perfect match in tone adding a new texture against the smooth, polished quartz tops. A 50/50 well sink by Blanco in the “Biscotti” finish has been undermounted to the quartz.
DuraSupreme's Cherry Clove finish on a wood hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

The remodel process with Village Home Stores doesn’t begin on that first demo day. Your remodel starts with us in the store during the designing and material selection phases of your project. A wood hood look like the one shown above begins as a full-color rendered design you can see in your first presentation from our store. Renderings help you get a better vision for the finished space including the materials you have selected.
Kitchen Design Centers servicing Davenport, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

As you will see in the episode, there are plenty of specialty cabinets within this kitchen design. Dura Supreme offers a wide variety of pull-out options including knife blocks, spice racks, and this towel bar cabinet. Keep cleaning supplies accessible but separate from food with one of these unique specialty cabinets. This towel cabinet also works great in a bathroom or laundry room design.
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Surrounding the refrigerator is a tall pantry cabinet that has been fit with adjustable slide-out shelving. There is a built-in pantry storage area on the end of the kitchen that is not shown in these images. That pantry can now be used for household items and food storage can be exclusively in this tall unit adjacent to the refrigerator.
Pantry with slideout shelves in DuraSupreme kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tall pantry is capped off with an open shelf cabinet that faces those entering from the garage-entry end of the kitchen. Applied doors have been attached to the end of this cabinet to sit flush with the pantry doors and customize the look. The shelves can be used to display seasonal decor, cookbooks, or decorative dishes. This design also works well on the end of an island as we have shown in this Moline kitchen tour.
Open shelving at the end of cabinetry run. | VillageHomeStores.com

Has this remodel story got you excited about the possibilities in your own home? Are you ready to start your own before and after story with us? Browse the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page by clicking this link. If you are ready to start the conversation about your project with Village Home Stores contact us today! Reach us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and a member of our team will get in touch with you to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Davenport, IA- A Kitchen Remodeled For Entertaining

This beautiful Davenport, IA home was in need of a new layout suited better for the large groups that are entertained there. Truth is, when you have a narrow galley kitchen in the back of your home, any group over two guests seems large. The complete project management team at Village Home Stores went to work and converted this narrow kitchen, and adjacent formal Dining and Living Rooms into one large open concept layout. The kitchen footprint itself has nearly tripled in size:
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The new kitchen stretches into the original formal Dining Room area and this bright and stylish new space has been completely transformed. “Pearl” painted cabinetry from our Koch Express line is installed in the “Camden” doorstyle. This has been paired with “Chakra Beige” engineered quartz counters and warm brushed gold accents in hardware and lighting selections. Kitchen color ideas white painted cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comGold has shown a tremendous trending push this past year and is forecasted to stay on trend for quite some time. The look is stunning. We love the look of these two large pendant light fixtures above the kitchen island. Take a look at the same light fixture in a Master Bath we worked on in Moline, IL. “Biscuit” subway tile from the Rittenhouse Square series is installed throughout as the backsplash for this project. A classic look.
White painted kitchen with largeb island in Davenport Iowa. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the space now opened up, there is plenty of room for an island. Anyone who has visited or had a kitchen that includes a center island in the design will tell you that there is something almost magnetic about that island. No matter what the size or age of the crowd, they all are drawn to lean, sit, or work at the island. This new kitchen design in Davenport, IA embraces and enhances that idea. Take a look at the birdseye view of the new layout:renderingThe island is over 8′ long and 5′ deep. Not only is the island easily accessible from all areas of the layout, it is a large enough size to accommodate even the largest of crowds and let the homeowners navigate with plenty of space in the work zones of the kitchen. Including a center island in your design that isn’t home to the sink or cooktop helps to designate a space for guests to be while you are working in the kitchen. By keeping the island top clear of a sink or cooktop, this counter space now becomes the most versatile work surface in the entire home. This large of an island makes a statement in size so another detail was added to dress up the look. Two edge profiles were used on the quartz tops.two edges on kitchen counters

A decorative “Ogee” edge (shown above on left) profile wraps the quartz island top and a standard “Eased” edge (right) profile is used on the perimeter of the kitchen. The main kitchen sink is an E-granite composite sink made by Elkay. The “Biscuit” color selected is the perfect compliment to the quartz color. A soft, “eyebrow” arch at the top of this sink style leaves the perfect location for a single-drill faucet fixture. Elkay e granite sink in biscuitNotice the center divider of the sink is shorter than expected? This low-divider layout allows you the option of a shallow sink fill when needed, but the space to fit and wash large pots and pans as well. A second sink is located in the wet bar area where the original kitchen once sat. Lighted glass-front cabinets surround a custom area for a flat screen TV. All of this is book-ended by two large pantry cabinets.  TV above bar in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Having a second sink can be a fantastic feature when you have an open-concept kitchen. Access from 4 different entrances to this kitchen means that this small bar sink may be used for any number of tasks. It is easy to picture this wet bar area stocked up for the Holidays as a beverage station. Bar sink in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comHaving this detached from the main kitchen work areas allows the main kitchen users to continue to have their own space and sink to work at. Nobody will be in the way to grab a drink and congregate at the island. This kitchen island is deep enough that even if it were used to serve from, the back of it still allows space for seated guests. refr_wallThere is so much storage in the new kitchen. Wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and crown molding completes the look. With the new open concept to the home layout, a consistent flooring was needed to blend all of the new spaces together seamlessly. The original formal Dining Room has been absorbed into the new kitchen space. The formal Living Room is now the Dining Room and all of these areas now have a gorgeous Hickory hardwood from our LW Mountain line. The “Durango” stained hardwood is modeled here by “Mr. Darcy” who has claimed this spot behind the island for his own post-Thanksgiving meal nap.
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That still leaves a lot of seats for guests around this huge island. 4 bar stools fit under the back of the island overhang and two more on the ends of the deep top. This added seating for 6 is well within sight and earshot from the new formal Dining Room. There is now a large area ready for Holiday entertaining.
Large kitchen island with seating. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you love the look of this kitchen and want to keep track of anything for your own kitchen project? See all of the images from the kitchen remodel feature here over on our Houzz.com page. There you can save any of the nearly 30 images to your own ideabooks plus browse our other projects and ideas. Every single kitchen we work on is different. Isn’t that so amazing! That is why we absolutely love what we do here at Village Home Stores. We get to create beautiful spaces that are used and loved every single day. Watch a full video tour of this space by pressing play on the episode shared below of the Village Home Show.

It is such a special privilege to know this Holiday season that many of our kitchens will be full of friends and family sharing and preparing meals and making lasting memories. If you are ready to take the first step for your own kitchen project just give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short contact form online and one of our staff members will reach out to set up an appointment with you. flooring_in_davenport

 

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Bettendorf, IA- Once Upon a Time… Beige Met Gray…

A Classic tale of Gray meets Beige… Ok fine this might not seem like a classic tale but trust us, warm gray tones are everywhere in the home finishes industries. Say goodbye to Beige everywhere and say hello to the new neutral: Gray. Not always bland and cold as stone, Gray tones can be warm and inviting. Someplace between Gray and Beige is… “Greige“! This Bettendorf, IA kitchen showcases the perfect palette for this neutral color concept.
Kitchen remodeled in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen in this home was a medium stained Oak cabinet with neutral toned countertops. Once ready for an update and a brighter look, this Bettendorf home is now a magazine-cover worthy space. Take a look at the transformation.
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Painted white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been given a “Smoke” highlight accent and a wood hood and kitchen island is painted in the “Fog” finish. The “Legacy” doorstyle is a fantastic choice that provides many edges and details that the “Smoke” highlight can catch up on. A decorative wood hood in the accent color is fit with a Broan hood insert within it.
Gray and white kitchen remodel in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

That same “Fog” painted finish from the hood is found on the kitchen island that includes an overhang and seating for two at counter-height. While you may think next to the kitchen sink is the best location for your pull-out waste basket cabinet, an island can be a better choice. Include this cabinet within reach of the sink user but easy to access for guests when entertaining. A waste basket cabinet in the island can be easy to find and keep the sink area from getting too crowded.
Koch's Fog painted finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have to admit that sometimes one element of a complete design stands out as the “MVP”. In this kitchen it is absolutely the tile backsplash! This geometric mosaic tile by Glazzio is from the “Excalibur Series” in the “Winter Fjord” color. It perfectly blends both cabinet finishes, the countertop selection, and the flooring together. Our Diode L.E.D. undercabinet lighting system showcases this tile perfectly and the look is amazing day or night.
Glazzio Excalibur Series tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Whirlpool front control range. | VillageHomeStores.comBelow the painted hood and that amazing tile backsplash sits Whirlpool’s front-control gas range with True Convection features in Stainless Steel. One of our favorite features on this model aside from the convection is the Frozen Bake™ option. Select this feature to cook frozen foods faster by eliminating the need to preheat the oven. Just select the food type, temperature, and cook time listed on the frozen item’s package and the oven will start customizing. Now you can cook frozen pizza 31% faster, and even lasagna, chicken nuggets, fries and pies can get from the oven to the table in less time. No more preheating before your get started. The preheat process is included in the bake time. Tall storage cabinetry in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comYou will find plenty of pantry storage on the refrigerator wall of the new kitchen design. Two tall pantry cabinets surround the refrigerator area and varied depths have been used to utilize the space as much as possible. Notice the change in depths in this profile view below of the pantry wall:sliding shelves in pantry. | VillageHomeStores.com

Plenty of pantry storage plus two slide-out bins in the end base cabinet. Also note the exposed ends of the cabinetry in this kitchen. In place of a smooth, painted finished end matching cabinet doors have been applied for a gorgeous finished look. Including “Applied Door Ends” is an exceptionally nice detail in a kitchen with a mitered and glazed doorstyle like this.  Not to go un-noticed is a gorgeous farmhouse sink in this kitchen. A design selection that is a statement all in itself, this Whitehaus smooth-front apron sink is an instantly classic look. Farm sink in Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The farm sink has been undermounted to Cambria’s “Torquay” quartz counters in the standard “Eased” edge profile. This Cambria design adds a perfectly polished and upscale look without overpowering the backsplash tile with too much pattern. This entire design is about balance. Balancing accent colors, pattern, texture, even hardware sizes. Having a designer with you during every decision for your project helps you get the end result you have been dreaming of. Vinyl flooring Bettendorf, IA. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of these selections sit on top of a luxury vinyl tile by Armstrong. This 12″ x 24″ LVT is from the “Alterna” series in the “Silver Shimmer” color. Love the look of this kitchen and want to see more? See the entire album of photos from this Bettendorf Remodel over here on our Houzz portfolio. Also be sure to check out our “Gray is Here to Stay” board over on Pinterest to see more beautiful Gray and neutral spaces. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen project we are ready to set that appointment for you. Contact us via phone at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short contact form  on our website.
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Moline, IL- The Best Remodels Are The Ones You Never Knew Happened

The best remodels are the ones you never knew happened? What on Earth do we mean by this?!? Simply that a kitchen (or any well-designed space) should look naturally “at home” in your home. The fact that it has been remodeled recently shouldn’t necessarily be a dead giveaway.  If that is apparent, you run the risk of it looking “dated” within 5 years or so. This is especially true for historic homes. Making classic choices in materials and application that enhance and compliment your home are always the right choices. A great example of this is a kitchen remodel we recently completed in Moline, IL. This new kitchen looks perfectly at home in the space yet updated with modern touches at the same time. We will confidently be able to say the same thing years down the road. Remodeled Moline, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A cabinet design using our Koch Classic line is installed in the “Prairie” doorstyle in a painted “White” finish. A single slab-style drawer front has been selected for the drawers. Floating shelves in an Oak wood stained in a “Mocha” finish accent the sink wall.  Neutral gray tone-on tone Engineered Quartz counters break up the space and a dark hardwood floor adds drama to the completed look. farmhouse kitchen ideas | VillageHomeStores.com

beforeThe original kitchen was in this same area of the back of the home. For storage however, only a single wall of cabinetry surrounding the sink was installed. This left an empty wall for the range to rest on and a refrigerator to float on another. Not ideal for a busy family. Also take into consideration ther is no dishwasher in the original layout. put a drying rack on that countertop and now there is even less space available. The new layout converts this single-wall design into an L-shape and adds storage in every inch possible. Added storage and plenty of added counter space that is so important surrounding the cooking center of the new kitchen. With the range wall now included in the cabinetry layout, the sink wall can have a more open look. Instead of a solid block of built-in cabinetry, there are glass-front cabinets and contrasting floating shelves.  The same dark wood finish from the floors is repeated in the oak floating shelves installed to the left of the sink. These floating shelves add a modern detail to the New-Traditional styled space. Painted white kitchen ideas. | VillageHomeStores.comFloating shelves in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThese floating shelves are balanced by the classic glass-front cabinet doors on the opposite side of the sink. The best result from this new cabinet design on the sink wall is how open and uncrowded the user at the sink now feels. Natural light pours in from the window above the sink as well as the others on the back wall of the home. An always classic choice in a kitchen design like this is the use of an apron-front or “farmhouse” sink. This single decision can make such a huge impact of the finished look of the kitchen. This 26″ wide single-well apron sink has been under-mounted to Engineered Quartz counters in the “Fossil Gray” color. A standard “Eased” edge is another classic choice for the project.  A heavy and ornate “Ogee” edge would seem out of place here.

farm_sinkAnother classic choice is the application of an apron sink. It is almost impossible to imagine this kitchen without an apron-front sink. Of course the most effortlessly classic pairing with an apron-front sink is subway tile. This kitchen takes that concept and steps it up a bit with an incredible material detail: an elongated size. Long Subway Tile backsplash in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

While a classic subway tile may measure 3″ x 6″, these elongated tiles from our American Olean line are 2″ x 8″. The series is named “Urban Canvas” and the color is “Ice White”. This exaggerates the classic look of subway tile and makes a huge impact with the detail. The use of simple and clean lines in the details of your overall design can help spotlight other key areas.  A subtle gray quartz top doesn’t distract from the overall look. By selecting a complimenting gray grout to the quartz counters it helps to showcases the tile shape. dishwasher_with_third_rack

The kitchen appliances selected for this Moline home bring modern conveniences and a high-end look to the space. KitchenAid’s new look gets you professional-level results and appearance.  The new kitchen layout now includes a space for this Stainless Steel dishwasher. A third rack on the interior of this dishwasher makes it easy to clean hard-to-place items such as spatulas, serving utensils and measuring cups, freeing up space in the lower two racks. Speaking of space, the range in this kitchen has a lot of it and it is just a 30″ range! This 30″ Gas convection Slide-In Range  has a great look and a lot of fantastic features including a baking drawer.
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Yes you read that correctly. This isn’t just a warming drawer, it is a baking drawer! This range comes armed with the easy to use drawer that allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature from the oven plus the ability to keep dishes warm. The ability to bake at two temperatures and a total oven capacity of 6.5 cu. ft. This range is ready for your largest of dinner parties. kitchen_painted_white

cooktopThis gas unit from KitchenAid measures 30″ in width and fits any current opening that a freestanding range may leave. The cooktop on the unit boasts a 5-burner layout. 5 burners with a wide range of cooking power from 5,000 to 19,000 BTU’s. Everything from a rolling boil to a delicate simmer is covered. The continuous grates make it easy to slide from burner to burner if needed.

Layout changes and modern upgrades with a nod to the historic roots of this farmhouse, what a beautiful new space! See the entire gallery of images from this remodel story over here on our houzz.com portfolio. Find product details and begin organizing and collaborating with Village Home Stores for your own kitchen with the ideas from this and other projects we have completed. 4776467611516928

If you are interested in beginning the remodel process with us, take the first step. Reach out for an appointment to discuss what your dream kitchen can look like. You can reach us by phone at (309) 944-1344 or contact us here on our website by filling out this short form. We know there are so many beautiful properties in the Quad Cities Region that deserve the perfect remodel project that respects the style of the home while still reflecting your own personal style. This Moline, IL kitchen turned out so wonderful! Thank you so much to these amazing customers for their business and for letting us show you around. Village_Home_Stores (1)

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Erie, IL – The 4 Cabinet Laundry Room

To many, one cabinet in the laundry would seem like a luxury. Any storage you can get is much appreciated. If you have a large space and want a complete look but don’t want to fill it completely with cabinetry, you have some creative options. Spread out and use your space strategically. This laundry room tour shows us that just four cabinets and some trim can create a fully finished off laundry space worthy of your Pinterest envy.
A four cabinet laundry room layout. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” door and Cherry “Briarwood” finish paired with laminate countertops in the “Parquet Latte” color. This cabinet doorstyle and finish seem familiar? It might be because we shared a tour of the kitchen in the same home a few weeks back. See that tour here. This new laundry space is located right off the newly remodeled kitchen area:laundry off kitchen

This laundry room looks complete and well thought out. Our designer at Village Home Stores was able to fill the space with a functional layout using only 4 cabinets and some trim. A tall linen cabinet and single wall cabinet have been installed on each end of the wall that greets you upon entering. That leaves the perfect void of space between them to add a tension rod for hanging items to dry.
Linen cabinet in laundry room. | VillageHomeStores.com

Including a hanging rod in the design frees up space elsewhere that a drying rack might have needed on the floor or countertop. Now the entire countertop space can be used as a folding and sorting center in the laundry room.
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Even that countertop looks like a customized area because a cherry filler strip has been added below the laminate as an apron valance. The laminate top itself is supported by cleats along the wall. There is plenty of space below for the Maytag front-load washer and dryer. This same counter and apron application can be used in a desk area or craft room space.
Filler as apron under countertop in laundry room. | VillageHomeStores.com

The third cabinet included is a sinkbase. A laminate top with drop-in deep single-well sink is perfect for this multi-purpose space. The function of a utility sink, but also a nice look when this space is used as a guest powder room. The soft blue paint color selected is a great look and the perfect choice for this laundry space.
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There is a toilet located to the right of this sinkbase and above that, another wall cabinet. Plenty of areas to store items out of sight. This is a great option to have in such a versatile space like this room. See more images (including before photos)  from this laundry space and the kitchen just outside here on our houzz page. Are you looking to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry area? We would love to help you make the most of that space. Call or click today to make an appointment and get started. (309) 944-1344.
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Erie, IL- Kitchen Remodel Updated and Upgraded

This Erie, IL kitchen has been updated and upgraded. A similar footprint to the original kitchen, but using beautiful new materials and upgraded features throughout. Oak cabinetry and laminate tops have been removed and a new Cherry kitchen from our Koch Classic line has been installed. The Cherry “Prairie” doorstyle in a medium “Briarwood” finish compliments the existing Oak trim and doors in the space. The Cherry selection is an updated look and the rich wood grain of the wood is a major upgrade from the Oak.
Cherry kitchen cabinets in remodeled space by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.co,

All of the kitchen appliances remain in roughly the same locations. The original kitchen single-height peninsula has been replaced with a dual-height design and the kitchen sink has been shifted from the center of the peninsula to the corner. With the new layout, the largest transformation happened on the wall opposite the original kitchen L-shape layout:
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So much of that original wall was getting no storage use. The new design now includes that whole wall into the kitchen. That tall pantry cabinet space is now fit with two 12″ deep tall pantries, each 24″ wide with a single door. Installed side by side, this gives the finished look of a 48″ wide cabinet and leave a large part of that wall available for more cabinetry. Because of a casual dining area on that end of the kitchen, the new base cabinets transition back at an angle to meet the shallow pantries. This new design now provides a large countertop that cab be used to load and unload the pantry or refrigerator or set up as a coffee station or work surface. At this location, the space is very versatile.
Shallow pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 12″ deep pantry can store quite a bit within, especially when it is four feet wide! Other specialty upgrades include the addition of a pull-out cutting board concealed above the top drawer of a base cabinet. A great feature in just the right location. When selecting specialty items like tray dividers, cutting boards, or spice cabinets, be sure they are located in the area you plan to reach for them.
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On each side of the new Whirlpool range are base cabinets fit with sliding shelves. These cabinets are perfect for keeping pots and pans sorted. By keeping this look symmetrical on each side of the range, a comfortable landing space of counter is available for the user on both sides.
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Moving the kitchen sink to the corner frees up the entire peninsula for a worksurface. A corner sink also adds interest to the layout. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system spotlights a beautiful new tiled backsplash along both walls of cabinetry. The main field tile is a 3 x 6″ polished Travertine. The decoline of accent tile is from our Glazzio line and is named “Tranquil”.
Cambria Quartz in Hampshire design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Hampshire. | VillageHomeStores.comThe short area of backsplash on the peninsula has been given a different treatment from the tiled walls. This jump from counter height to bar height (shown in profile on right) is only a few inches. Instead of creating a bright contrast of travertine tiles, a splash has been installed of the same Cambria Quartz material from the countertop. The “Hampshire” Cambria Quartz has been given the “Full Bullnose” edge profile.

The peninsula side facing toward the Great Room has been fit with a wainscot panel and trim for a customized look. A four-panel wainscot design and furniture base completes the look. On the end of the peninsula that meets the wall, a full-height door cabinet opens into the Great Room. This becomes a great place to store items that might normally pile up on end tables or countertops. The cabinet helps finish off the peninsula and provide a space to hide these items out of sight. Speaking of hiding things out of sight, notice with the dual-height peninsula design that you can’t see into the kitchen sink?

Custom wainscot panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

crown molding on cabinetNow that the soffits have been removed, there is room for the new cabinetry to reach higher and still have space for a more appropriate crown molding to be applied. Crown molding may not seem like a significant detail but it is this final “trimming out” phase that helps complete any finished kitchen. Including crown and undercabinet molding help polish off the look. On the back of the peninsula area a furniture baseboard molding was applied where the panel meets the new flooring. A polished and customized look. Don’t miss out on the opportunities in your own design to help your space look carefully planned out and customized specially for your home.

The new flooring in the kitchen is from our Tarkett line. It is a Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” floor and looks perfect in this new kitchen. LVT can be installed grouted with a special form of grout or groutless (shown in this home). Read more about LVT and how it is installed here on a past blog post. A rolled edge treatment on these tiles help this groutless look to be forgiving of subfloor imperfections and best of all, no grout to clean!
An Erie, IL kitchen remodel including luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett. | VillageHomeStores.com

Be sure to check out all of the images from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Are you interested in starting the process for your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to hear about it! Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to get started. Be sure to click here to read more blog posts about other before and after stories we have shared from right here in the area.
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Kewanee, IL Remodel: Timeless, Transitional, and Right at Home

This home in rural Kewanee, IL was ready for an update. Modern needs in the space-planning of the design paired with a classic look to match the history and style of the farmhouse. Proof that you can update without “time-stamping” your project, take a look at this beautiful new timeless finished space:
Kitchen remodeled in Kewanee, IL by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted Birch cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the flat-panel “Prairie” doorstyle is the perfect selection to achieve a timeless and transitional look that can be styled a number of ways over the years. Selecting classic choices like this as the more permanent elements to your design gives your finished space a longer life and allows you so many more options over time. The painted white flat-panel door remains to be one of the top-selling cabinet choices throughout ALL regions of the U.S. because it looks right at home in so many spaces. This same cabinet could be in a metropolitan loft yet looks just as perfect in this countryside setting.
Remodeled farmhouse kitchen in Kewanee, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

Most of the change that happened in the remodel process came with updating the room itself. The entrance from the garage into the kitchen and nearby hallway received new doors. A wall dividing the kitchen from the Living Room was removed and a header was built in the location of the original wall. A single wall removed from the equation and an entire flow and function has been given to the space. New painted white base trim was also installed to surround the layout. The kitchen cabinet layout has been carefully selected to make the most of the limited space available. A previously unused wall has been fit with this custom buffet/sideboard area:
Buffet area in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a beautiful statement area to help separate the kitchen from the dining space while keeping the same look and feel of the overall design. This sideboard area is shallow enough to not crowd the kitchen space. The cabinets below are deep enough to accommodate drawers and offer up a great countertop space for serving and entertaining. The center cabinet has been fit with textured glass and lit with our Diode LED lighting system (more on that later).  Staggered depths and heights of this section of wall cabinets also help give it a customized look. The kitchen has been opened up into the front Living Room and now the entire main level of this Kewanee home is open and bright. With no Formal Dining Room in the home, a small kitchen table was tucked in the corner in the original kitchen. With the dividing wall now removed, the table area seems far less crowded and access to the pantry is easier. Take a look at the before and after of the area where the wall was removed:
Before and After kitchen wall removal. | VillageHomeStores.com

As we mentioned earlier, a header had been planned to go in the same location of the wall being removed. During the remodel process the header was installed and prepared for the plasterer to come in as planned to finish off the look. The more the customer looked at that beam in place, the more she liked the look it gave and the dividing quality it gave from the kitchen to the Living Room. She started searching on Pinterest and found an idea to trim out the opening to suit the look of the home. After showing it to the carpenters from Durian Builders, a quick sketch was drawn up to mimic the design of the valance above the kitchen sink. We think the end result looks even better than the pin! 
Pinterest Kitchen Ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Repeating design elements like this doorway detail and valance help give a finished space that expert touch. We think this is wonderful detail that helps make this remodeled kitchen look like it has been the kitchen that belonged in this home all along! The original space had soffits that dropped down from the ceiling and a track light system to light the kitchen. The new design has wall cabinets and crown molding that stretch up to the ceiling and can lighting has been placed along the perimeter with a ceiling fan in the center (see  image above). The main L-shape of new kitchen cabinets have been fit with storage solutions like a corner lazy susan, tray divider cabinet, and slide-out shelves near the range.
Koch cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 photos from this project (including before photos) over here on our Houzz page. There is plenty of added storage space available in the walk-in pantry. This original pantry on the opposite corner of the kitchen has been fit with a custom walk-through pantry front ordered to match the Koch kitchen cabinets. The pantry area now looks like a part of the kitchen. Now because of the location of the pantry in the now open space, it can act as a pantry and broom closet.
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Is hallway envy a thing? We sort of think it may be now. Would wouldn’t love We can’t possibly give you an honest tour of the new kitchen without admitting our own favorite part… the Hickory hardwood floors! With these areas combined into one gorgeous space, the home has been styled beautifully by the customer. This cohesive and styled look and open space showcases the hardwood so well.

Hallmark hardwood flooring in Hacienda Hickory Smoke. | VillageHomeStores.com

The home honestly looks magazine ready and the flooring is the main stage this is all set upon. Hallmark Flooring’s “Hacienda Hickory Smoke” hardwood is now in place in the new kitchen, down the hallway, and through the Living Room. We even installed this same hardwood the the entrance from the garage into the home. The rich dark stain gives the perfect contrast to the white doors, trim, and kitchen cabinetry.
Hallmark Hickory hardwood flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

A more subtle detail in the finished kitchen is the use of a glass subway tile for the backsplash. The subway tile shape and pattern are a classic choice and the glass material adds a unique texture and tone to the finished look. Shown here iluminated by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system, the subtle “Buff” color of these Jeffery Court 3″ x 6″ glass tiles stand out perfectly where a solid white tile might have gotten lost in the white kitchen.
Glass subway tile in a Kewanee, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Most of the kitchens we featured here on the blog have included this same Diode LED lighting system. We thought we would share with you that this same low-profile series of lighting can be used in so many different applications. In this kitchen we also installed it vertically on the interior of the center glass-door cabinet to light the shelves and glass (see image below). This lighting comes in a variety of styles and can be used indoors and outdoors. Click here to learn more about Diode LED lighting.
Diode LED undercabinet lighting placement. | VillageHomeStores.com

The backsplash covers the wall area from cabinet to countertop and what pulls all of the colors together is the Cambria Quartz countertop. The “New Quay” design by Cambria is a palette of soft whites and warm greys. This quartz selection is a neutral choice that will look great for years to come. Plus because Cambria Quartz is one of the most durable surfaces available for residential and foodservice areas, it WILL look great for years to come. Cambria remains to be considered as thought-leaders in the quartz industry and always launch new designs and patterns that are on target with trends.
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What does your dream kitchen look like? Would removing just one wall give your an entirely new space? The team at Village Home Stores would love to hear about it! This featured remodel was completed using our complete Project Management program at Village. This means that the entire process was managed from start to finish. You have enough on your plate! Leave all the estimating, designing, and scheduling to our expert team. Do you find inspiration for your own dream kitchen on Pinterest just like this customer did? Don’t forget to follow us there for great ideas and to see other featured projects just like this one. Click here to follow our Pinterest boards which we add to daily. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own Before and After story give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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Eldridge, IA Remodel- Cool Neutral Choices Shine

eldridge_kitchen_remodelThis kitchen remodel in Eldridge, IA has been transformed from dated oak to a cool neutral tone of materials.   Another great example of how simply updating your layout and materials can give you an entire new space without any major construction.
Dura Supreme Pearl Painted Kitchen with Slate Accent. | VillageHomeStores.com

This L-shaped layout is large enough to accommodate an island or even a portable island if one is desired in the future. For this Eldridge, IA couple it is perfect leaving the open space. Cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line has  been painted a “Pearl” finish and a “Slate” accent has been applied with a low sheen. The “Kendall” doorstyle from Dura Supreme is a great choice for an accented finish. Allowing the raised center panels of the doors to be highlighted with the “Slate” color.Praa Sands Cambria Quartz With White Cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comWe absolutely love the countertop selection made for this project. Do you favor brighter whites and a hint of grey? Thinking of adding a “spa-blue” paint color to your walls or accessories? The subtle blue green color that runs throughout these Cambria Quartz “Praa Sands” tops might be perfect for your project! Proof that you can keep a “neutral” color palette  and still introduce color into your space.  The customers mentioned that they loved accessorizing it with WInter and snow elements and look forward to popping some blue accents in for Spring. lighting_on_offYou know we can never pass up an opportunity to show you just how amazing our Diode LED undercabinet lighting is. Even in the middle of the day in a bright white kitchen like this it makes a world of a difference. It perfectly shows off the space and gives you an incredible wash of light for tasks at the counter. A backsplash tile has been installed along the entire L-shape.  A 3″ x 6″ Subway tile in a white gloss finish is accented by a band of “Aqua Mix” glass and stone deco tile.
Corner Sink In Kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A corner sink is not something we have shown that often here on the blog. They do continue to be a great option for certain projects. With proper planning and space, you can still get a double-well sink in a corner sink configuration. This under-mounted Elkay sink is what is considered a 50/50 configuration. This means there are equal sized compartments. Egranite composite sinks are extremely durable and offer a great alternative to an undermount Stainless Steel sink.
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Available in 5 color options and many other layouts and sizes, Egranite sinks are a great choice for your kitchen sink. Corner sink installations also give you the available space for a shelf in the corner behind the sink. This elevated area can be used for a number or tasks and the shelf ads a little easier access to the area. The small surface between the sink countertop and the raised shelf can be covered with either tile (shown here) or a small piece of your countertop material.
Painted Kitchen | VillageHomeStores.com

Because the sink is located in the corner of this kitchen, a long span of countertop space is available on the main wall.  Anyone with limited counterspace in their own kitchen can take one look at this stretch of workspace and may get just a touch jealous. The counters aren’t the only great thing about this wall. The cabinet on the far right is full of great storage.
tiered cutlery divider. | VillageHomeStores.com

The split- top drawer section of this basecabinet has been fitted with a Tiered Cutlery Divider from Dura Supreme. This feature gives you full access to the entire drawer area and keeps utensils organized. Below that are two large drawers that work great as Pots and Pans Drawers. Keep pots, pans, and their lids all organized in these wide drawers.
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A Tray Divider cabinet may be a standard and expected item to see in any new kitchen but take note of the size of this one. Many times a narrow 9″ cabinet can be enough space for storing your baking sheets and trays. Because of the location of this cabinet, a wider tray divider was selected. With Dura Supreme Cabinetry our designers can call out the width desired and they are not limited to “standard” 3″ increments. This wider cabinet now gives the user at the cooktop more landing space on either side of the range.
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We mentioned earlier that we did not do to much construction to the main space of this kitchen. The soffits above the wall cabinetry remained. A custom look was still desired for the wall cabinets. Similar to what we would do in the case that your cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling, a full-sized crown was specified for the design.
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Allowing space for a full-sized crown molding above the wall cabinetry helps give the overall kitchen a more complete and polished look. Now the cabinetry looks “built-in” below the soffits. Speaking of a “built-in” look check out the refrigerator wall!
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pantryThis niche area includes space for a full-sized French-Door refrigerator. Surrounding the refrigerator are two tall pantry cabinets. Between the two 24″ deep tall cabinets is a 24″ deep cabinet above the refrigerator. This section of the kitchen now offers so much great storage. Each pantry cabinet is fit with 4 slide-out shelves. These shelves are perfect for pantry storage because each shelf can be adjusted. Having the option to adjust the height for taller boxes or containers is fantastic. The shelving is also full-extension so you are able to access the entire depth of the shelf when loading and unloading items.  The top section of tall pantry/utility cabinets is a great location for small appliances you are not wanting to leave on the counter.

Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? Make an appointment today with our design team to start working on your own Before and After story with Village Home Stores. Click here to contact us online or call us at (309) 944-1344cabinetrs_eldridge

Moline Remodel: The 9 Cabinet Kitchen Update

Kitchen remodeling Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comThis kitchen remodel in Moline, IL may be small but it is very mighty! A great example of how Village Home Stores can get you your dream kitchen no matter what the size of the space is. Pairing great products with a high-functioning design makes this kitchen a HUGE upgrade in a small space. There is an area in Moline, IL that is full of galley kitchens just like this one (HINT: the neighborhood rhymes with “Clodette”). Space is limited in these homes and Village Home Stores has made the most of the space with this Before & After story.
Small built-in dishwasher. | VillageHomeStores.com

To put it into perspective of the size of the galley kitchen, above is a photo of the new space with the dishwasher door adjacent. Just enough room to move around the open door if needed.
Small kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main sink wall shown here showcases how gorgeous product selections can make an eye-catching first impression. Cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” Shaker-style door has been painted in the “Pearl” finish. A Black accent glaze has been applied and helps give a subtle tie into the Black appliances and sink used in the new kitchen. Take a look at a before photo of this same space:
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Light Oak cabinetry and gray laminate countertops filled the original kitchen. There is a large window above the kitchen sink that allows lots of fantastic natural light into the kitchen throughout the day. The finishes in this kitchen are beautiful but these homeowners get most excited when they get to use the new space. Below is a birdseye view of the new design from Village Home Stores:

Kitchen remodeling Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

It is difficult to show this kitchen layout in a single photograph, so seeing this birdseye view should help give an idea of how the two walls of cabinetry are arranged. The refrigerator and range each stayed in the original locations. It is so important to have a functional design when you are working in a small space. This means all doors and drawers need to fully operate. The range and dishwasher are staggered in location so that if both doors need to be accessed they are available.
Whirlpool 18" dishwasher built in. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the original kitchen, a portable dishwasher was located between the refrigerator and range. This gave a small landing space for loading and unloading the refrigerator as well as a prep and landing space for the user at the range. With the redesign of the kitchen came the opportunity to include a built-in dishwasher.
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A compact built-in dishwasher from Whirlpool® that measures 18″ wide (compared to a 24″ wide standard dishwasher model) has been installed. This tall-tub model in a compact size is perfect for a remodel like this. If in the future a dishwasher is no longer desired, an 18″ cabinet can be replaced in the space. A pull-out trash cabinet or a single door and drawer unit would work well here.

At first glance you may have thought  the countertops in this new kitchen were a natural stone. While they look a lot like a granite, these are actually Formica® laminate tops. The 180fx® series of laminates can really bring an upscale look to any project. The “Lapidus Brown” design selected for this home is a wonderful and versatile choice. With many neutral colors included in the pattern, you can pair it with painted finishes as well as many wood finishes. Be sure to also check out this featured kitchen that included a Marble look laminate.
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A great way to give the look of a granite countertop is to select an edge profile that won’t show a seam in the laminate. The “Futura” edge style selected for this project wraps the laminate color over and under the front edge of the material. This gives the look of a smooth, polished stone edge. An Elkay “E-Granite” sink in a black finish has been dropped into the new laminate tops. These sinks are extremely durable and give a great look to any project.
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Another way to give a granite “fake-out” look to your laminate tops is in the backsplash area. Laminate countertops can be ordered with what is called a “post-form” backsplash built into the top. This gives you a 4″-5″ coved area of laminate where the top meets the wall. By ordering the tops without a backsplash, the tile can be installed directly down to the top. This is a look more commonly seen with a “slab” of granite installed in a kitchen.
Formica's 180fx Lapidus Brown. | VillageHomeStores.com

An angled end cabinet is installed to face the user at the sink. This gives a space for display and helps keep smaller items off the countertops. With the end cabinet “clipped” or angled, this makes the wall cabinets not “crowd” into the window. Bringing the wall cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling helps these homeowners gain an added storage all around the kitchen. Leaving enough space for a standard-sized crown molding also helps give this kitchen a polished look. Our Koch Classic line offers wall cabinetry in heights between standard sizes to make this look possible. No more narrow, un-reachable (and impossible to dust) area between the cabinets and ceiling!
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Nothing shows off a space better than our Diode LED lighting system. The new countertops and glass 3″ x 6″ subway tiles by Interceramic are fully showcased in the new kitchen. Day or night, this lighting system is perfect. Task lighting when needed or dimmed for a nightlight, this LED system is always one of the first things mentioned when we ask a customer to list their favorite part of the new space.
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kitchendrawersWith just 9 cabinets to work with, you need to truly get the most functional design possible. Narrow kitchens like this don’t need the added obstacle of having to open doors first, then slide out shelves. Drawer storage can add function to just about any space. Think of a desk you may see in a workspace. Most of the accessible cabinet storage within that desk is found in a drawer. With limited space, you don’t need doors swinging into it. Keep in mind that a small stack of drawers like the one shown to the left here, is typicaly found in a kitchen design no matter what the size is. Have you considered though, a stack of drawers as a large base cabinet?

In the case of this kitchen it isn’t just a large base cabinet…. it is THE ONLY large base cabinet. Why choose drawers then? Let us show you! Take a look at everything that fits within this 39″ cabinet!!!kitchen_moline

Pots and pans storage, small appliances plus a split top section with two top drawers. A drawer for silverware and one for other items. This frees up the smaller stack of drawers opposite it for linens, cooking utensils and pantry item.pantry

Speaking of pantry items, would you believe that in this small kitchen there was space for a tall pantry cabinet? By moving the dishwasher over to the sink wall, there was now some added space next to the refrigerator in the new design. You would be surprised at how much you can fit into a 15″ wide pantry cabinet like this. The slide-out shelves to this tall unit are adjustable to make the cabinet very versatile. The pantry cabinet also acts as a way to give the refrigerator a more built-in look. A 24″ deep wall cabinet above the refrigerator offers even more storage space for small appliances and extra items. wall_cabinets

Whirlpool appliances Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comA 30″ wide gas range from our Whirlpool line is also found on this wall. This range is a standard width and size, but just like this kitchen it packs a large punch when it comes to features. The capacity of the oven measures 5.1 cu. ft. This provides plenty of room to help you manage all of your large cooking tasks. The continuous cast-iron grates cover nearly the whole cooktop surface, giving you the flexibility to easily slide heavy pots and pans to optimal cooking locations. The grates are dishwasher-safe, and their satin finish resists wear and tear. Varied burners below those grates including one 5,000-BTU AccuSimmer® burner. This gives you precise temperature control perfect for melting chocolate or simmering sauces.

tile_installers_molineHaving the gas range tight against this corner in this small layout made it necessary to protect the wall surface next to it.  The glass subway tile was extended out from the backsplash to reach to the very front of the cooktop surface. Now any splatters or spills can be wiped clean from the tile or sealed grout.beforeandafter

Limited to a small footprint of kitchen space? Think you can’t have your dream kitchen? Give us a chance to show you that you CAN! Give us a call to set up an appointment today. (309) 944-1344. We are excited to hear about the project you are working on. whirlpool_appliances_moline