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Product Profile: An All Star Lineup!

In honor of the MLB All-Star Game this week, we thought we would share our own All-Star Accessories lineup! We are aware that investing in brand new cabinetry as a part of your project can be overwhelming and come with many style and construction decisions to be made. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the storage that these cabinets can offer. After all… isn’t that the whole reason they have been called up to bat? So why upgrade to specialty cabinets? Using your space effectively is our goal. Helping you invest in smart storage solutions right away is a part of our responsibility as kitchen experts.  Get it right the first time, not after trying over and over to retro-fit a “universal” item into your expertly designed space. Let’s begin with our “Ace” All-Star: shelving.

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Consider what your storage solutions may be once you begin to “move into” your new kitchen without slide-out shelves? There is no better way to use the entire interior space better than with slide-outs. Each cabinet line varies, but typically a standard base cabinets comes with just a single, half-depth flat shelf. Shopping for ways to find inserts, bins and shelves to organize your items can end up costing you added money and a lot of time. Instead, have your designer from Village Home Stores deliver your new cabinets with adjustable slide-out shelves (or even deep slide-out bins). Al moved in and still see space that could be used? No problem! We can even short-order added shelves that will easily fit on the existing brackets if you find you could use more of them.

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Corner cabinets are such unusually-shaped items that it is always assumed some sort of insert should be included. “Lazy Susan” cabinets can be in the bases and wall cabinets of your design. We offer many different versions of Lazy Susan constructions and shapes. Typically a base Lazy Susan cabinet is an L-shaped unit that measures 36″ from each corner. There are also smaller 33″ models available or even asymmetrical corner cabinets (i.e. 33″ on one end, and 36″ on the other). What if you don’t have the minimum 33″ in a corner? A Blind Corner Cabinet may be the best solution for you. Did you know there are special inserts to help you access even that awkward space?
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The Blind Corner Cabinet above has been fit with two crescent-moon shaped shelves that swivel out, then even pull forward for a way to reach the very back corner of this “blind” space. This cabinet can be perfect for remodel designs that may be trying to add a dishwasher into the new design or add a larger sinkbase cabinet. No matter what space you end up with in your corner, we can make the most of it.  Sometimes the tiniest things start to collect and take over a cabinet space. Spices and cooking oils are definitely guilty of that!

Spice Storage:
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Including an area for storing spices and cooking oils may seem like a luxury wish-list item… but think of how much space these small containers can take up if you DON’T plan ahead. By designating just a narrow pull-out cabinet in your bases or walls, you can free up a lot of space elsewhere for other items. Spice storage can be added in a pullout, a drawer or a shelf attached to a wall cabinet interior.spicedrawer

If a pull-out spice rack isn’t something you can work into your cabinet design, do you have an extra drawer? We love this tiered spice rack option that can be added to a drawer. You can see all of the labels clearly without removing or bending down to read them. It is alwasy best to keep spice storage near the cooking zone of a kitchen design if you are able to. That way you have access to what you need while cooking without stepping away from the activity.

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Think of all of the items you end up having on your countertop that could possibly find a home in your cabinet design? A designated knife storage area can help de-clutter your counters and keep from messing up utensil drawers. Clearly this base-cabinet access to your sharp knives doesn’t fit every lifestyle (we never recommend it for families with young children), but for some kitchens it is perfect! Many times kitchens include a knife block and still require a second drawer for all of the “other” knives. Why not just designate one zone for all of them?
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This pull-out knifeblock from DuraSupreme is a brilliant use of just a 3″ wide space. It even includes a slot for your knife sharpener and a shallow shelf above to lay any smaller knives flat. The list of pull-out storage solutions goes on and on. Your Designer at Village Home Stores will work closely with you to help decide if there is one available that may work great for your own lifestyle. What about cleaning supplies?

Clean Up Zone:
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Batting “clean up”…. well that’s YOU every day! Keeping cleaning supplies handy can help keep your kitchen looking amazing. If the basics are all within reach, you are more likely to use them. It alwasy seems odd to store some of these cleaning agents and items near your food. Separating them is always recommended. Inserts underneath the kitchen sink can be added, or even better a tall utility cabinet can house supplies and tools like brooms and mops. Designating a zone for clean-up supplies is an All-Star move and access to the garbage is a part of that!

Pull-Out Waste Baskets:
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Speaking of cleaning up, the wastebasket is always a busy place in a busy kitchen. Pull-out waste baskets have become so common because they check all of the right boxes when redesigning your kitchen: You can include the wastebeasket right in the busy areas of the kitchen instead of hidden in a corner by the door and even add a second bin for recycling. Or take it one step further and add another pull-out for pet food. We can even get a sealed container option for this. dog_food_storage

Apologies in advance but we have one more baseball pun to make. There is no other way to describe this last item on our list other than the “MVP”.

LED Undercabinet Lighting:
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We know, we know, technically this can’t count because it isn’t a cabinet item but can we please let it be the mascot? We have to at least give it a proper mention because this Diode LED lighting system is sincerely the best addition to any kitchen design. There is no better way to show off your space while giving yourself a low-voltage task lighting system to use the new space. Sometimes seeing these cabinets in use is the best way to visualize them in your own design. If you are interested in looking at specialty cabinets to include in your new kitchen from Village Home Stores be sure to check out some of our cabinet animations we have captured over the years. Press play below to see an example.

Find all of them here on this “See Our Cabinets in Action” board on our Pinterest page. Browse all of our boards in Pinterest for more ideas and also check out our ideabooks over on our award-winning Houzz page. Have your own idea you have seen that you want to include in your design? Show us! We want you to get the kitchen you have been dreaming of. cuttingboard-above-trash

So let’s get started on building you a winning team of experts at Village Home Stores for your own All-Star lineup! Contact us today for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen is like! Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
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Aspen Homes- Baths, Laundry and Lighting Complete The Home

Village Home Stores isn’t just beautiful kitchen designs. We also have products and services for the rest of the rooms throughout your home. Today let’s take a tour of some of the other areas of this Apsen Homes LLC parade home beginning in the Master Bathroom.
Master Bathroom cabinetry in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Far atop the wishlists of most of our clients… storage! This is the case in a kitchen and especially in a bathroom. With medicine cabinets becoming a thing of the past, framed mirrors offer style but no storage. The vanity area in a bathroom is where a designer must get creative to add as much storage as possible without overcrowding the area.
Master Bathroom cabinetry in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dividing the space between the two vanity sinks is a tall wall cabinet with a single drawer. These 12″ deep cabinets can accommodate a LOT of items within. Plenty of counter space is still surrounding the area and now storage is right within reach without even bending down to reach it!
Master Bathroom cabinetry in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The vanity includes two sink base cabinets and a large stack of drawers at the center. Cabinetry in the Master Bath is from our Koch Classic line in the “Legacy” door and Cherry wood stained the same “Stone” stain as the kitchen.  A Black accent glaze has been applied to highlight the details of the doors and drawerfronts.  The double-bowl vanity top is an Engineered Quartz.
Master Bathroom quartz top in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Klondike’s “Calcutta Gold” quartz spreads the full width of the vanity with a backsplash and end splashes applied. Rectangle vanity sinks have been undermounted to the quartz and 8″ cc faucets in a bright polished chrome complete the look.  Two of the other bathrooms include a cultured marble vanity top. Cultured marble is a term for a molded top that includes an integrated vanity sink when it is made.
Onyx Collection vanity top with integrated bowl in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

These tops are made in the U.S.A. from our Onyx Collection line. Standard sizes or custom, Onyx can make a top for your project. The look of cultured marble has changed dramatically over the years. What used to be a glossy, marbled look is now sleek and modern. Faux granites have replaced marbles and solid, matte finish tops like these are a classic choice.
Onyx Collection vanity top with integrated bowl in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The “Matte White” finish from the Onyx Collection with wave bowls look classic and are a fantastic value for the price. The Matte finish from Onyx is also repairable if scratched! Contact our store for a quote on this wonderful product for your bathroom vanity or shower. Laundry in this new home is located right off of the kitchen.
Whirlpool front-load laundry pair in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

A new Whirlpool® front-load washer and dryer include convienent features for a busy family like the 12 hour FanFresh® option. This option keeps items fresh in the washer for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle has ended. A built-in fan begins after the wash cycle is over, tumbling clothes so you can move them over to the dryer whenever you are ready.Minka fan in a Bettendorf, IA great room. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.comAlso within reach of the kitchen is a living room space as part of the great room. The ceiling treatment in this room is breathtaking. A large fan from our Minka Aire line is a rich contrast to the white on white grid pattern of the ceiling. Our best selling fan for new homes is our “Mojo” fan from the same brand. Here it is in an adorably staged bedroom in this parade home.Minka Mojo fan in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.comWe blogged a few days ago with the tour of the kitchen in this same home. See this blog tour here at this link. The lantern-style lights that hang above the island are gorgeous. They are typically the style and size you may see in hung in the foyer of a home. The foyer light that was selected for this home also has a lantern shape and it is a knockout! Capital light fixture in a Bettendorf, IL home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 6-light fixture from Capital Lighting has style and sophistication. An oval within a rectangle  box and a 6-light candelabra in the center. The ovals seem to be “fastened” with a gold band to the rectangles. We also love the seeded glass Kichler light fixture selected for the home office. Seeded glass detail of Kichler fixture in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a stunning home included in the QCBR Parade of Homes this past Spring! See the full album of photos from this home here over on our Houzz page. There you will also find images from the gorgeous kitchen. Learn more about Aspen Homes LLC here at their website. Plus be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates and project behind-the-scenes. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! 3099441344 (2)

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Aspen Homes- Transitional Style on Parade in Bettendorf, IA

“Build your dream home with your now budget” that’s the phrase that greets you on the new Aspen Homes LLC Website. With the Aspen team and your new home team here at Village Home Stores that is absolutely possible! Take a look around this Bettendorf, IA kitchen that was part of the QCBR Spring Parade of Homes this year. Transitional style kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted white cabinets on the perimeter and a stained gray kitchen island to anchor the space. This L-shaped kitchen design sits in a great room layout that or open, bright and stylish. The “Legacy” door from our Koch Classic line in their painted “White” finish paired with a Cherry wood stained “Stone” in the same door. “Calcutta Gold” Engineered Quartz tops and a  Whirlpool® Stainless Steel appliance suite complete the look. White kitchen with long subway tile Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new look of the Whirlpool® slide-in ranges is amazing! Now referred to as “front-control” ranges, these gas and electric units have no back control panel raising up to cover the backsplash area. This new design allows the full-access of sight for a backsplash and can be installed in any traditional 30″ wide range opening. The hood wall absolutely becomes the focal point of the kitchen design. Symmetrical in layout and complimented with the island and lighting placement just in front of it. The pendants selected for this kitchen offer style and function but also don’t block the view of that focal wall.
Transitional style kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two lantern-style lights from our Kichler line hang above the kitchen island. Our New Construction lighting expert works closely with you, the Aspen team, and your kitchen designer here at Village Home Stores to determine the best style, scale, and placement for your kitchen island lighting.
Kichler lantern lights hang above a kitchen island. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lantern shape is a traditional choice for a foyer light in a home. Using it here helps bridge the gap between Transitional and New-Traditional. We love the look! A wall of cabinetry near the home office includes the Whirlpool® counter-depth french door Refrigerator and a Sharp® microwave drawer. The counter-depth feature on this refrigerator helps to keep the traffic from the back entry of the home clear and open in the design.
Transitional style kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

A white farmsink is a perfect contrast to stand out in the single-level kitchen island. Drawer storage, a dishwasher, and a pull-out wastebasket are all included in the island design. A black accent glaze has been added to the Cherry “Stone” stain to help highlight the door details on the island.
Gray stained kitchen island. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The sides and back of the island has been treated with a smooth panel in the same Cherry “Stone” stain. Trim has been added to divide up the space into three sections. We have seen a larger trend of single-level islands like these to include barstools that are backless. While this style may not be comfortable for all, the look is more open and less crowded.
Panel on back of island. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Open Concepts in the way of a Great Room design are truly the desired layout for new homes in the Quad Cities area. For busy families, young professionals who like to entertain, or retirees looking to downsize, everyone is wanting a more open living space. With beautiful views of the Midwest countryside out these windows, who wouldn’t want to see that from every room possible.
Transitional style kitchen in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Great Rooms can be very versatile spaces. As you can see, there is plenty of space for seating in the great room. 4 barstools fit comfortably at the island and a dining table is nearby for a more formal option. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining area. A 6-light fixture named “Pearson” from our Capital line has a sleek modern profile with a nod to a traditional style fixture. Pearson light by Capital Lighting in a dining area. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this home here over on our Houzz page. There you will also find images from the bathrooms, laundry, and other spaces within the home. Learn more about Aspen Homes LLC here at their website. Plus be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates and project behind-the-scenes. Love the look of this kitchen? Check out another gorgeous kitchen we recently blogged about here. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! 3099441344

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Bettendorf, IA- A Gorgeous Gray Galley Kitchen

Many of the homes in the Quad Cities region include a layout commonly referred to as a “Galley Kitchen”. This just means that two parallel sections of cabinets and counters make up the kitchen design. When space is limited, a Galley kitchen layout may be the best solution.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Soffits were removed from the original space and a section of the original wall was removed to create a more open design into the adjacent living room area. Our team including a cabinet designer, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and our project managers worked with these Bettendorf customers to create a more functional kitchen layout while updating the look of the space. New Luxury Vinyl Plank floors from Mannington have been installed in the “Seaport” series and “Surf” color.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen with Whirlpool appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

In a Galley kitchen layout, it is best to consider maximizing the aisle space between the counters and offering the best storage solutions for the kitchen. Keeping the center aisle space as open as possible helps allow a user to be at an appliance or the kitchen sink and still allow someone to pass behind them. Many times our customers request a large stack of drawers for pots and pans storage in place of a set of doors with slide-out shelves behind them.
Pots an Pans storage in a remodeled Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This makes access to items easier when you are working in the kitchen. The drawer guides for this type of storage are undermounted and installed to accommodate the weight of pots and pans. This kitchen includes a half-wall that has a bar-height countertop that overhangs into the living room. Perfect for adding stools for dining and even leaning against when entertaining. The quartz in this kitchen is from Caesarstone in the “Symphony Grey” design and standard eased edge profile.
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The refrigerator used to be located down near the doorway into the kitchen. This made the room seem crowded right upon entering it.  A new counter-depth refrigerator is located now closer to the “end” of the kitchen. A “counter-depth” refrigerator just means that the entire unit is shallower than a standard one. A standard refrigerator can extend many inches into the kitchen walkway, this unit sits back with the cabinetry allowing maximum traffic flow. In a Galley layout, that space is valuable! This French Door unit from Whirlpool® is 20 cu. ft. and even includes an external ice/water dispenser.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Including a sit-down desk in a kitchen layout has become a thing of the past. No body wants to miss out on space for storage where a desk seating area may have been. Instead, many who work in the kitchen choose to do so at an island or a bar-height top like the one in this layout. But what about the piles? Every kitchen countertop no matter how large the family ends up with the piles! This kitchen design includes a mail organizer cabinet. A mail organizer is a modification that can be made to a wall cabinet to give a place to sort and store mail, keys, calendars, tablets, coupons, etc. Many times we are even installing an outlet in these cabinets to create a charging station.
Mail organizer cabinet in a Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking of power, all of the new switches and outlets in the kitchen have been replaced with the Adorne series by legrand. This stylish system is available in a variety of custom options and finishes. Stop in our store today to learn more and see this system in person! The tiled backsplash in this kitchen is a wonderful example of finding a tile that ties all the other finishes together perfectly. The tile is from our Jeffrey Court line in the “Pietra Opus” series and “Winward Plains” color.
Adorne switches in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cabinetry for this kitchen design is from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door. A hickory wood has been stained in the warm gray “Stone” finish. The cabinet finish is truly stunning in person! Hickory is the perfect wood to showcase this “Stone” stain. The natural hickory woodgrain is highlighted by the stain and in this home filled with oak trim, it is a perfect compliment. The variation of the wood from panel to panel and even the rails and stiles of the doors is noticeable and beautiful.
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The hardware for this kitchen is another bullseye selection! The “Merrick” series from Jeffrey Alexander is sleek and stylish. It compliments the handle styles of the Whirlpool® appliances but in a new finish. The burnished pewter finish has a hint of stainless but blends into the wood finish perfectly. Helping you create a complete design all the way down to that hardware selection, that is our goal at Village Home Stores. Village can provide you with an expert design and quality materials for your project. If needed, we can also take the project over completely for you. Our Project Management program is in place to help your project go as smoothly and efficiently as possible,
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The complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores means that we manage everything for your from start to finish. We handle coordinating a meeting of all subcontractors to provide accurate estimates that can help us build a realistic timeline and schedule for your project. Love the look of this project and want to save some ideas for your own dream kitchen? Be sure to check out the full album of images here on our award-winning Houzz page and save some to your own Houzz ideabooks. Contact our store today to make an appointment so we can start forming the perfect team for your own project. Contact us online here at this link or call (309) 944-1344.
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Hazelwood Homes- Custom Tiled Shower Inspiration

Selecting materials for all of the surfaces of a new home can become an overwhelming task. At Village Home Stores our goal is to partner will all of our remodel and new construction customers to make the process as far from overwhelming as possible. Village Home Stores will build you a team of experts from all departments you are working with so everyone can have a clear concept of the design and vision for the finished space. We want everyone involved to be excited with the finished results.
Bathroom in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Koch Cabinetry and Onyx Collection vanity tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

We showcase many kitchen spaces here on the blog… but what about all of the other important rooms in your home? We recently shared a tour of the kitchen in this home in a previous blog post. See that tour here at this link. Let’s also take a tour of the bathrooms in this same home built by Hazelwood Homes in Geneseo, IL. The master bathroom is a spacious and bright space including a beautiful blend of tile. A tub surround area has been tiled to house a drop-in soaking tub and entry to a walk-in shower is just beyond it. Tiled tub surround in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

12″ x 24″ sized tiles cover most of the wall and floor surfaces. This tile size is an updated take on the 12″ x 12″ tiles of the past. In a solid color, this tile size may seem modern. Here in this space, the marbled pattern look is classic. A Cararra Marble mosaic tile has been used as an accent around the tub area and in the shower.
Hexagon Carrara White marble mosaic tile in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A large, customized tiled shower is high atop many bathroom project wishlists of our customers. This shower is bright, spacious and beautiful. Because of the location of the shower entry and plumbing fixtures, a door is not needed for the space.
Custom tiled shower in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.comA shallow bench area extends the whole length into the shower. The view into the shower is just as stunning as the view from the shower. A peaceful, bright space that is flooded with natural light and classic beauty. Not including a shower door can be a nice feature. What if the entry to the shower itself is one of the most important features you are after?
Tiled tub surround in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Custom tiled showers offer the opportunity to layout and install showers with “zero-depth entry” for the user. This means that users of any age with a handicap can enter the shower space smoothly without a step up or down at the threshold.
Custom tiled ADA shower with no threshold entry in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This main bathroom includes a shower design with a hand-held shower head and a zero-depth entry to the space. Many times this style of entrance can be included in a custom shower design in the early planning phases. For our customer with a handicap or plans to age-at-home, this is a wonderful feature to include that can be discusses with your tile salesperson at Village Home Stores.
Custom tiled ADA shower with no threshold entry in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This shower design in this bathroom includes a smooth, solid colored floor tile in a 2″2″ size. The wall tiles are again the 12″ x 24″ size. A shower head that includes a removable hand wand for use is mounted to the wall. The shower controls and a custom tiled niche shelf are on the nearby wall.
Custom tiled shower with tiled niche shelf in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

No matter if you are planning to remodel your current bathroom, or planning on building a new home and want to be sure to include the ideal custom tiled shower, we are here to help. Our team can help you select the right design and materials for your project and budget. Contact us today with any questions. See more great shower tile ideas here in this Houzz ideabook full of our recent projects. Learn more about Hazelwood Homes here on their website.

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Heartland Builders- Spring Parade of Homes 2017

This Spring we have the great pleasure to have our designs and products included in a number of homes in the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association Spring Parade of Homes. We share a lot of remodel stories here on the blog but we also put our designs and product into new construction homes. We wanted to share some tours of these homes to give you a look at what “New Construction” looks like in the Quad Cities region. This home built by Heartland Builders is in Bettendorf, Iowa. Heartland worked with us and purchased all cabinetry, counters, appliances, and lighting for this home from our store. Let’s begin a tour with the stunning kitchen.
White painted kitchen cabinetry by Koch paired with Cambria Bellingham quartz tops in a Bettendorf kitchen. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

A clean and classic look! White painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Ridgegate” doorstyle is paired with elongated subway tile, quartz countertops, and a KitchenAid® appliance package. A U-shaped layout with a centered island creates an open and functional space for multiple users and can accommodate many guests within the great room. The focal wall in the design is the back wall that is home to a 48″ chimney-style hood and a 48″ wide, dual fuel 6-burner range with griddle by KitchenAid® .
White painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry and KitchenAid appliances. Design and material selection by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

This commercial-style range offers features that any home chef can love along with easy-to-use basics. Convection features may sound intimidating to navigate but this model includes EasyConvect™ Conversion to help you adjust times and temperatures. 6-burners on the cooktop plus a chrome griddle that is easy to clean. Oven capacity is one of the best parts of including a commercial style range in your design.

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The combined left and right ovens add up to 6.3 cu. ft. of space! With convection features you can use all of those racks at once if needed and still get consistent results! One “leg” of the U-shape includes a center glass-door cabinet and a long countertop space. This gives a built-in hutch look, and offers a great location to be used as a sideboard to serve food from or set up a beverage station.
White painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry and Cambria Bellingham quartz tops. Design and material selection by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders of the QC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The other “leg” of the kitchen is where the tall built-in section of appliances are. A tall, 24″ deep cabinet offers lots of storage and a center section is fit with a convection microwave oven. A stainless steel trim kit frames in this microwave for a built-in look. KitchenAid®’s built-in 42″ wide French Door refrigerator.
White painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry and a built-in KitchenAid refrigerator. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The built-in unit installs back with the cabinetry face frame surrounding it. This offers a much more customized a sleek look compared to a standard-depth model that would project into the space by a handful of added inches.
KitchenAid built-in Stainless 42" w refrigerator. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

A center kitchen island includes lots of added storage and a pull-out wastebasket cabinets. Having your wastebaskets centrally-located and right on a corner make it so much easy for guests to find them or get direction to them. A dishwasher is also found in the island alongside a Stainless Steel farmhouse sink.
White painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry Cambria quartz tops. Design and material selection by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

Quartz countertops in Cambria’s “Bellingham” design are a stunning selection. The blend of neutral colors and gray veining add to the classic look of this kitchen. Once installed, Cambria is maintenance free and a wonderful choice for this entire kitchen. A single handle kitchen faucet has been installed and a garbage disposal button is located right above the sink in the countertop.
Cambria Bellingham quartz tops with farmhouse sink and disposal button. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.comAbove this kitchen island hang two pendants by ELK lighting. These clear glass lights help keep the space seem airy and open. Our lighting experts will work with you and your kitchen designer to select the perfect look, size, and scale of lighting to hang above your kitchen island.
ELK pendants in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen above the island. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

There are so many gorgeous lights selected throughout this home. Our new construction lighting expert will sit down with you and your contractor to help determine what lighting is needed and how you can make the most of your lighting budget. We love the light fixture (show below) that hangs in the formal Dining Room of this home. This 8-light pendant is by Kichler.
Kichler 8 light caged pendant in a Bettendorf, IA dining room. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

If you are planning on building a new home in the Quad Cities area we encourage you to make a trip out to our store and see how purchasing from a one-stop-shop can help save you time AND money. Our Low Price Guarantee plus bundle your purchases throughout our store from all of our departments and earn credit for FREE lighting in your new home. Call our New Construction team or your contractor to set up an appointment today to learn more. The master bath in this home turned out incredible!
Gray painted master bath cabinetry from Koch paired with quartz tops. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The same “Ridgegate” door from the kitchen has been painted in Koch’s “Taupe” paint. An “Ebony” accent glaze helps showcase the edges and details of the doors and drawers. Vanity cabinetry and a tall linen cabinet have been installed for a beautiful look with wall-to-wall mirror above the sink area. Sconces from our Kichler line are mounted directly through the mirror. Quartz counters in the “Mont Clair White” design are a beautiful blend of the cabinetry and tile colors in the bathroom. This entire home was furnished and staged by Calla located in Davenport, IA.
Gray painted master bath cabinetry from Koch paired with quartz tops. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lower level of this home includes a wet bar area also designed by Village. Koch’s “Vicksburg” door in a Rustic Beech wood and “Mocha” stain give a rich, warm look to the space.
A Bettendorf wet bar with Mocha stained cabinetry and brushed finish granite tops. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

A back sink wall of cabinetry including a side-by-side refrigerator faces a two-level bar counter. “Black Pearl” granite tops in the brushed finish give a leathered look to the bar area. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here. There you will see the other lights, bathrooms, and more kitchen and bar images.
A Bettendorf wet bar with Mocha stained cabinetry and brushed finish granite tops. Design by Village Home Stores for Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here.
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Davenport, IA- a Pink Bathroom is a Thing of the Past

Village Home Stores has quickly become the destination and expert source for kitchen remodeling in the extended Quad Cities region. Did you know that we also complete many bath remodels too? Our expert staff can help you with design and material selection for your remodel. Better yet, use our complete Project Management Program and let us handle it all for you from start to finish. This Davenport, Iowa bathroom did just that. We helped take it from a dated bubblegum pink to a bright, clean new look and layout.
A Davenport, IA bathroom remodel designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

White the exit of all of those pink fixtures was a large part of the transformation, so was creating a new complete design for the bathroom. In this case, a tub/shower combination needed to be replaced with a new tiled shower space. With that change came the opportunity to update the bath vanity, lighting, and flooring surfaces. A Davenport, IA bathroom designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Out with the pink bathroom fixtures and in with a bright, clean new palette of finishes. A tile named “Melena” in a 13″ x 13″ size is installed as the bathroom floor and a custom tiled shower uses that same tile in a 2″ x 2″ size for the floor, corner bench, and custom niche shelf. 3″ x 6″ matte finish subway tile gives a classic look and a medium gray grout is right on trend.
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If getting started or discovering your own personal tastes and color inspiration sounds overwhelming, we can help with that. Just one quick visit to this board on our Pinterest page will help you see material selection mood boards and click through to the projects we have featured with that color palette. In this space, a new bathroom vanity has been installed from our Koch Classic line. The classic shaker-style door is named “Savannah” and maple wood has been painted with Koch’s “White” painted finish.
A Davenport, IA bathroom remodel designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A cultured marble vanity top from our Onyx Collection line is installed from wall-to-wall. The color used here is named “Dove”. The Onyx Collection is a Midwest-made product and can be custom ordered to any size and shape. With many color and finish options available, this line has taken the traditional marbled look of vanity tops and introduced a flecked faux granite/quartz approach to their designs. Select from dozens of unique integrated bowl shapes or add an undermounted bowl (shown below) for a true stone-top look.
A Davenport, IA bathroom including vanity top with undermount bowl by the Onyx Collection in Dove color. - VillageHomeStores.com

The “Cassidy” series by Delta Faucets is installed on the vanity and in the custom tiled shower. The shower includes a removable hand-held showerhead feature. A large percentage of the bath remodels we complete at Village Home Stores involve removing a large tub and replacing that space with a larger shower area. The easiest and most effective way to use your space is to do this by creating a custom tiled area for the shower. Unusual wall locations, ceiling angles, and previously unused areas can all become a part of a custom shower. It is very important to note that many times the motivation of our customers to add this shower space is to have the option to age-at-home.A Davenport, IA bathroom designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores including a custom tiled shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

Remodeling with the goal to age-at-home is becoming a motivator to many of our clients.  One of the most important areas to address to make this possible is making the home’s bathroom space accessible. Adding easily accessible areas and including features like grab bars allow our customers the ability to do just that! These grab bars from Delta look right at home in the new bathroom. The Delta Decor Assist TP Holder includes a grab bar within the TP holder design!
A Davenport, IA bathroom including Delta Decor assist TP holder. | VillageHomeStores.com
For more inspiration for a custom tiled shower be sure to check out this Houzz ideabook  There we share great tile combination ideas as well as custom niches and benches. Including something like the small corner bench (shown below) allow you a more versatile space without borrowing too much of your space. 
A Davenport, IA bathroom including tiled corner bench. Bath remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Purchasing the right window treatment can be an important part of completing your overall finished space. Have you ever tried to purchase standard ready-made blinds only to not like the look or even worse…replace them just months later with another option? Get it right the first time and have us measure and make the perfect custom solution by Oxford House. This bathroom included A classic “Honeycomb” blind with a top down, bottom up feature allows them to block just certain areas from light.
A Davenport, IA bathroom including custom blinds by Oxford House. | VillageHomeStores.com

Is your bathroom pink, lime green, or perhaps baby blue? Is it just ready for a refresh or a smarter, more functional layout? We are ready to hear about it! We can make your bathroom beautiful PLUS make it a functional design and layout. With our Project Management program we can arrange all of the estimating and labor for you. Contact us today to learn more about our proven process for an organized and expertly-planned bathroom remodel. (309) 944-1344.
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Showroom Updates 2017: New Flooring Showroom

Just a few short years ago we expanded our showroom to accommodate the return of a floor covering department to Village Home Stores. We have already outgrown that space and saw a need to do some re-arranging with our products as a part of our 2017 showroom updates. We now have a much larger space to accommodate all of the samples and product displays needed. Many of our customers are still learning that we offer a full floorcovering and tile department. From hardwoods to backsplash tile, we have it all:
Your local low price guarantee on carpet, hardwood, luxury vinyls, tile, and more. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not just beautiful flooring, but a full tile showroom too! Tile for your kitchen backsplash, a sunroom, or an entire bathroom. Custom tiled showers have become very popular in both new and remodeled homes. Since we have introduced this department to our store we have installed many gorgeous custom tiled showers. See some of them here on our award-winning Houzz page. As you may have read in a previous post, our lighting showroom has now been moved to the first level of our showroom. That freed up a lot of space upstairs to use four areas for the new flooring department. Press play below to tour our new showroom space now located upstairs at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL.

Our best compliments come from the referrals and requests from our customers. We saw the need to include floor covering in our showroom from those active customers. Having flooring and tile available helps the selection and installation process become easier for those already working with us on a project. We also love being available to those who have worked with us before on an area of their home. No matter if you have been a customer of our for years or a brand new customer seeking out flooring for your home, we are excited to work with you. When you shop with Village Home Stores for your flooring and tile needs you can know that you will receive our Local Low Price Guarantee plus many added perks you may pay extra for someplace else:Your local low price guarantee paired with an award-winning customer experience. | VillageHomeStores.com

At Village Home Stores we strive to showcase quality products at competitive prices. Having multiple departments allows us to be a one-stop-shop but still pair that convenience with the great service our customers have come to expect since 1984. Stop in and see all of the chanegs we have made in 2017. No matter the size or budget of your project, we can’t wait to hear about it. Contact us today to start the conversation about your own project! (309) 944-1344footer

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Product Profile- Self-Stick Wallplanks

We are thrilled to introduce this new product to our customers! While we have built the reputation for being your main source for complete remodels, we also provide quality products and expert design to empower our customers to do the work themselves. At Village Home Stores we value a customer who wants to invest their own time into a project that they will enjoy for years to come. It is not breaking news that shiplap, barnwood, and reclaimed woods of all styles and finishes have become very popular in kitchen and bath design. That is why we are very excited to launch this new self-stick wall plank product that is easy to install for an incredible impact! It truly is a DIY project that is NOT intimidating to take on.

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What do we mean by a DIY project that is not intimidating to take on? The day our new display arrived for the showroom our owner Jim decided to just install it right away in between appointments. He had it finished well before lunch! Take a look at this video of some of that installation (we admit that did speed it up just a bit for your own sake).

This product is meant to be installed by the homeowner. So much so that you can install it using just a measuring tape, pencil, and utility knife. Much like many of our other products at Village Home Stores, these wall planks are made in the U.S.A. The 1/4″ thick panels are sustainably sourced and processed with real North American hardwood. keypoints

The boards are stained using a patent pending process of infusing stain pigments into the veneering process. The result is the illusion of exotic hardwoods and rustic and reclaimed characteristics on a smooth, easy to clean surface.  A UV cured low-gloss finish is applied on the top of the planks and is wiped clean with water and a damp cloth. Let us walk you through the process step by step:

Plan & Measure Space:

Before installing it is recommended that you allow the wood planks to acclimate to the climate on the interior of your home. This helps to prevent any gapping or cracking in the planks if the humidity changes once installed. Carefully plan your space before you make your first cut. When this product says “industrial-strength adhesive” that translates to “once I’m stuck on the wall I won’t come off without a fight” adhesive.

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Measure & Mark Your Cut Lines:

Be sure to measure your planks and mark on both sides of the material before scoring. Double check your wall dimension and your marked material one last time before scoring the plank.
Wallplank installation- Measure your cut line on both side of plank. | VillageHomeStores.com

Score the Planks:

Using a straight edge firmly placed along the marked lines, score the planks with a utility knife. You will want to do this on both side of the plank to achieve the cleanest break in the product.
Wallplank installation- Using straightedge score your cut line on both side of plank. | VillageHomeStores.com

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Once both sides have been scored successfully, snap at the line firmly securing each side of the plank. Keep your hands close to the line to get the cleanest break.snap

Clean Up Edges:

Using your knife or a sanding block, clean up the splintered edges from your snapped planks.Wallplank installation- clean up the edges of your cut boards to remove any splintering. Use sanding block if needed. | VillageHomeStores.com

RECOMMENDED CUT METHOD:

It only took a few rows of the utility knife method for Jim to switch to using a saw for the rest of the cuts. This made for quicker and cleaner cuts of the material. If you have access to a saw for use you will be thankful for this option. For areas like outlets and airvents, you can make these cuts using a drill first as a starter hole. Then use a jigsaw or scroll saw to complete the cuts. Always use eye protection when cutting materials with a saw.
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Peel, Place, THEN Stick:

Remove the adhesive tape backing from the plank and place your first plank. Using your marked guidelines on the wall place your first plank. As your move along with the installation you will want to but the seams of materials together at a slight angle first before allowing adhesive to touch the surface. Wallplank installation- slide ridged edge into seam area before allowing adhesive touch wall surface. | VillageHomeStores.com

Press Firmly:

Once in place, press firmly to allow the adhesive to make as much contact with the surface as possible.  If you have one, A “J-Roller” helps with this task. Trim pieces are available if the look of the cut edges isn’t desired. Ask a salesperson about these trim options. Wallplank installation- Press adhesive into place firmly. - | VillageHomeStores.com

For Ceiling Application:

Yes you can absolutely use this wall plank system on your ceiling! It is recommended that once installed, you add small 18 gauge finish nails to help secure to the ceiling and take some strain off the adhesive being pulled by gravity.

Where can you use these wall planks? They can be installed on any structurally sound, clean, dry, and flat surface. Accent walls, decorative headboards, adding style to the back of an open shelf, the possibilities are endless and we can;t wait to see where our customers use it! It should be noted that this product is NOT recommended to install planks in any high moisture areas such as bathrooms or steam rooms. If you want this wood plank look in these areas ask us about the wood look tile options available from Village Home Stores.

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This self-stick wall plank system is available in 9 different finishes all of which you can see on display in our Geneseo, IL showroom. Because this product can be installed by you without any added labor charges it is sold by the square foot and our sales team can help you estimate how much you will need for your project. We are offering this product at an introductory sale price! wall plank price

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Wood Builder Ltd.- Modern Farmhouse Style in Bettendorf, IA

Village Home Stores is known for beautiful remodels but did you know that we also work with many area builders to provide expert design and material selection for their homes?  This stunning kitchen in a Wood Builder Ltd. home is a fantastic example.  Modern Farmhouse style in the new Spencer Hollow in Bettendorf, IA. Let’s take a look around this beautiful new space.
Light gray painted kitchen with gray stained island. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted cabinets from our Koch Express line are installed throughout the perimeter of the kitchen. The Windsor doorstyle in a birch wood has been painted with a soft, light-gray color named “Oyster” by Koch.  The cabinetry includes soft-close drawers and classic, slab drawer fronts. A suite of Stainless Steel appliances from our Whirlpool® line complete the look with style and function. This 30″ wide front-control gas range is packed with great features including the innovative new Frozen Bake™ feature by Whirlpool®.
Whirlpool slide in range and chimney style hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

What does Frozen Bake™ mean? It means a meal is as simple as loading in select frozen items like pizza or a lasagna and beginning the baking process without preheating. Skip preheating alltogether and let this range modify cook times and temperatures for you. As a compliment to the soft painted “Oyster” finish on the perimeter, a stain has been applied to the kitchen island. The Lexington doorstyle from our Koch Classic line has been installed in a birch wood with the “Stone” stain applied.

Kitchen island in Birch Stone gray stain by Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

This medium gray tone allows the natural wood grain of the cabinets come through but doesn’t conflict with the other wood tones in the space. The wood flooring and furnishing in the great room all pair well with the gray stain. The best ways to “dress up” an island design without adding legs or decorative details is to just be certain that the exposed ends look great. A smooth, flat panel or finished end look alright on an island but adding elements like applied doors (shown above) help to customize and elevate the design. Furniture baseboard completes the look.
Light gray painted kitchen with gray stained island and Whirlpool appliances. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

The counters in this kitchen are from our Klondike quartz line. The neutral faux-marble look is named “Calacatta Gold” in the standard “Eased” edge.  Many times when we have a two-toned cabinet layout, the island is a second color of counter material. Here using the same quartz throughout is a clean and classic look. The island top overhangs on two sides to offer seating for three guests.
Kitchen island with Sharp microwave drawer. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

A centrally-located kitchen island can be a wonderful location for a microwave drawer. Access to the microwave is available to any user without being in the way of any other prep or cooking. In this kitchen layout a user can be at the main cooktop/range area and someone else can still easily access the microwave or refrigerator. This microwave drawer model from our Sharp® line measures 24″ wide and has been installed in a cabinet including a storage drawer below. You can see in the background of the above image, that a sliding barn door is located in the kitchen. This door installed by Wood Builder Ltd. opens to access a pantry area. There is also a secondary pantry located in the kitchen design. It is a tall cabinet to the left of the refrigerator.
Kitchen with side-by-side Whirlpool refrigerator. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com
Next to the tall pantry is a 21 cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator by Whirlpool®.  This counter-depth model is installed back flush with the cabinets and gives a more customized look without much upcharge. It is important to mention also that 21 cu. ft. of storage is a wonderful number for a counter depth model. Freezer storage in a side-by-side refrigerator can already be a bit limited but this counter-depth model includes In-Door-Ice® Storage. This means that the icemaker and bin have been moved to the door to make more usable shelf space available.
Gray stained square shaped island by Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com
See the full album of images from this home here on our Houzz page. As we mentioned, this home was built by Wood Builder Ltd. in Spencer Hollow. It includes cabinetry, counters, and appliances from our store. Our new construction customers are able to take advantage of our exclusive bundle program when purchasing products throughout our store. Learn more about this bundle program here. Learn more about the Wood Builder Ltd. team and this property by visiting their website at this link. The Great Room was furnished by Elements Home Furnishings & Interior Design. If you are planning on building a new home in the Quad Cities Region we can’t wait to show you our showroom and walk you through our proven process to help make the building process easier and enjoyable! Call or contact us today with any questions!
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