An Unexpected Opportunity in Bettendorf, IA

When we first posted the Before & After images of this Bettendorf remodel on our facebook page we were not surprised by the most common response, “What’s wrong with the Before kitchen?” At first glance, we understand why you may ask that. Check out our Houzz profile for the full album of photos from this kitchen. In the meantime, we want to tell you the story behind the Before & After of this remodel. Many kitchen memories are made right at the kitchen sink, this story begins there as well.

The Backstory:

Before Picture Kitchen RemodelA thumbnail view this kitchen looks really great at first glance. In person though, there are many reasons why a remodel would have happened within the next few years regardless. Like many remodel stories, this one begins with a leaking pipe. A reverse osmosis system ended up flooding the floor of the existing kitchen damaging the current floor and the base section cabinets of the island and some of the perimeter.

Previous owners had painted the existing oak cabinets a cream color and attempted to add a rub-on glaze to accent the paint. This was not done professionally or with the correct materials. Over a very short amount of time, the cabinets were already starting to show some wear. Notice the door beyond refrigerator and the charging station? That leads to the guest bath. That bathroom deserves a blog post all on its own so stay tuned. Trust us when we tell you it is just as gorgeous as this kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel in Bettendorf Iowa

The New Design:

With three young children and busy lifestyle, a functional use of space for this busy family was priority. If you scroll back up and look at the Before image you will notice that the lower section of all the the wall cabinets included a drawer. Not to convenient for the younger members of this family to reach the first shelf above that for a glass or plate. Industry standard is to have that first shelf to be about 54-55″ from the floor. In the original plan the first usable shelf above the drawers was placed at 63″. See the new layout designed Village Home Stores for a birdseye view of the new space.

Hood Above Gas CooktopThe Before picture also shows the old location of the cook top was on the same wall as it is now. The user in the old layout was very crowded by the refrigerator immediately to its right. The cooking area of the new design now includes plenty of prep space on either side as well as a lot of style. The matching wood hood conceals a Broan blower within and this section becomes the main focal point of that facing wall of the kitchen. Pulling the cooktop forward and adding furniture legs and a valance in the toespace draws attention to this whole section of the kitchen from floor to ceiling.

KitchenAid Double Wall Oven

Command Center In KitchenAppliances in the original kitchen were miss-matched and crowded. Now a package of built-in KitchenAid appliances along with a Sharp microwave drawer complete the new kitchen. Built-in appliances in better locations now  give a high-end look and offer the best experience for the users. A 42″ wide panel-ready refrigerator was the perfect choice. Plenty of storage within and no large panels of Stainless Steel to distract from the overall look.

A shallow cabinet caps off the Built-in refrigerator and conceals a kitchen command center area immediately accessed when entering from the garage. Directly behind this command center is an open charging station as well.Kitchen Charging Station

The Look:

The cabinetry in this kitchen is from  a semi-custom line. By upgrading construction and adding details to the standard cabinets it gives the appearance of a fully custom kitchen. Elements like stacked moldings, furniture valances in the toespaces, and accent legs have been added to give this kitchen that “magazine” look. The overlapping arches of the leaded glass doors is a detail you may see in a cabinet mullion from a custom product. By using a local glass vendor we were able to mimic that style at a fraction of the cost. The palette of colors and finishes all work together. A mix of metals and finishes were carefully calculated by the homeowner and designer and the end result is a stunning symphony of many elements. Taupe Kitchen Palette

Pearl Painted Cabinet With GlazeThe perimeter of the kitchen is the Koch “Westbrook” door style. It is a Birch wood painted “Pearl” and an “Umber” glaze has been applied. The cabinet construction has been upgraded to a dovetailed drawerbox on full-extension, soft-closing guides. The cabinet doors also have a soft-closing hinge. Oil-Rubbed bronze hardware by Top Knobs from their “Normandy” collection stand out perfectly with the Umber glaze framing each handle and knob perfectly. Backplates behind the door knobs make a big impact and help reflect the overall style of the space.

Dark Island Cabinet FinishThe large island in the new design is also from Koch. The same “Westbrook” door this time in a Cherry wood has been finished in the “Java” color. The new island has more of a furniture look to it. Access to storage from all sides of the space add function and the Microwave drawer is easily accessible but hidden from first sight as you enter the room. Legs have been added to the raised eat-in area of the Island in the same style as the cook top bump-out area. Hardware has been switched to Weathered Nickel finish to give contrast to the dark cabinet and compliment the stainless appliances.

Cream and Dark Kitchen Colors

The wow-factor for this kitchen really begins as you step into the whole new space. Looking at a snapshot of the kitchen does show its beauty but seeing the space as a part of the “big picture” is where the real impact is. Now the entire lower-level of this home has a cohesive look. The furnishings in the den, living room, dine-in kitchen area and adjacent dining room all blend into one space that matches perfectly to the taste of the owners. A Quatrefoil shape is repeated in the backsplash and even island shape. Warm taupe and putty colors make a neutral accent choice that will look timeless over the years. “Delicatus” Granite countertops throughout brought the entire look together. If you have any questions about materials or colors you see here or in the houzz album, don’t hesitate to ask.

Taupe Backsplash

This busy Bettendorf family had an unexpected turn of events that they took as an opportunity to build a dream kitchen perfect for them.  We were more than happy to help them design a space that works for them. It is such an added bonus that the customers were a joy to work with and the finished kitchen is now one of our favorite “After” pictures ever. What does your dream kitchen look like? Contact us today to start planning for your own dream kitchen. We can’t wait to make it just perfect for you and your family! Wrigley In His Kitchen

 

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!

Awkward Kitchen Space Made Awesome!

To say the pictures do not do this project justice is an understatement. Sometimes a space puts out a feeling that can’t quite be captured in a photograph. This remodeled kitchen in Colona, IL is so bright and cheerful I wanted to stay all day and chat with the owner. According to the owner, it was a dream kitchen 17 years in the making. While we might have only been involved in the last few months of that process, it was easy to tell how happy the homeowner was now that it had come to life. L shape kitchen design

The main kitchen design did not change drastically. Wall ovens were removed and a freestanding Whirlpool range was brought in with a Microwave Hood above it. In the original kitchen, a blank wall sat opposite the space with a small dining table in front of it. A short knee-wall capped the end as you exited into the Dining Room. The new kitchen design uses this awkward space to its fullest potential adding storage and a whole lot of impact!

Building in an area for a flatscreen tv in a kitchen

Built-In FlatscreenBy creating a dine-in area that branches off from the wall, seating is added with access to added storage below. The knee-wall was removed and now the total kitchen has almost doubled in size (and storage). With the rest of the social spaces nearby, now the kitchen has become integrated into this total open area. Traffic entering from the Living and Dining Rooms is no longer blocked by wall and a clear path to the Laundry Room is available. Building in a flat-screen television to the new design creates a customized look and also allows more counter space below where a television may have otherwise been placed. the birdseye view below shows a rendering of the space.

Rendered Drawing by Village Home Stores

It must be said that even though this beautiful kitchen is bright, the under-cabinet lighting truly brings it warmth. Day and night tasks will be made easier with this added element. Not to mention it takes an already beautiful space and gives it that “magazine” look! Contact us today to bring YOUR dream kitchen to life!

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