Moline- Mythbusting Remodel Project

Not every remodel project we take on involves a full dumpster of old cabinets and drywall. Many of the kitchen transformations that happen week to week from our store involve just a few steps or stages and none of them include removing a wall of tearing out soffits. Not every project or budget allows for such an involved process. Truth be told, not every customer wants to go through the “full” remodel process. This remodeled kitchen in Moline is a perfect example.

Moline_kitchen_remodelThe layout of the existing kitchen worked well for this family but they were in need of an updated look without a huge mess. Many of our blog readers can relate to an existing Oak kitchen that just looks tired and ready for a change. Let us walk you through what we did to help this Moline couple get the finished look you see above. First a brand new kitchen island was installed from our Dura Supreme line.

new_island_frontThe cabinets are built from a Knotty Alder wood and finished in a “Peppercorn” stain. Many times customers shopping for an island think there are set standard sizes and styles of island cabinets. That is not the case. We can design a kitchen island to be perfect for your exact space and needs.

new_island_backThis island consists of just three base cabinets, paneling, and trim. Your designer from Village Home Stores can help you decide what cabinets would be perfect for your island. In this case, two wide stacks of drawers on the interior were included for a lot of added storage. Outlets were also included on each end of the island to make prep and entertaining easier.

TorquayNew countertops are the second element that went into this kitchen remodel. Cambria Quartz now covers the entire perimeter of the kitchen as well as the new island all in the “Torquay” design. A standard “Eased” edge profile was used. Anytime you are investing in replacement countertops it is an ideal time to replace your kitchen sink and faucet as well. How beautiful is this new sink?

truffleWe have installed a number of this new finish of sink by Blanco called “Truffle”.  The color is a perfect neutral taupe and pairs well with Stainless, Pewter, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze faucet finishes. The layout of this undermount sink is a 60/40 divided space.

iPad_in_kitchenThere is no Cambria backsplash installed so that the full 18″ from counter to cabinet can be filled with a beautiful new backsplash. A warm and bright “Calacatta Gold” 1″ x 2″ backsplash tile surrounds the kitchen. and even extends up around the window trim and end wall.

diodeThis remodeled Moline kitchen is another classic example of how our Diode under-cabinet lighting system can make a gigantic impact on your new space. These photographs were taken during the day but you can still see just how much of a showcase it puts the new backsplash on. Just take a look at our last feature kitchen to see another example of this incredible lighting system.

new_susanWhile this may look like a brand new kitchen the original Oak perimeter cabinetry was painted to give it a fresh new look. We also installed a brand new lazy susan in the existing corner cabinet of the kitchen. By painting the cabinets, replacing the counters, and installed a new island and backsplash this kitchen looks completely new!

undermount_sinkDoes your dream kitchen seem like only a few steps away? You don’t have to take a sledgehammer to your space to end up with a beautiful new kitchen and this Moline home is the perfect example.  Call Village Home Stores today or email us here  to set up an appointment to make your dream kitchen a reality.phone_number

Rock Island- Become a Birch Believer

I was invited to come photograph this finished remodel last Friday evening and I can’t believe how impressive this new kitchen is right when you walk in the front door! The designer from our store was with me and as she looked everything over and straightened out the hardware I got to work snapping photos. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes into our appointment that I was corrected… “Oh no, it’s not Cherry. This is Birch wood with a “Burgundy” stain.”

kitchen_remodelMy jaw dropped open. I had been fooled! The high contrast of the rich wood color and the beautiful glass backsplash glowing from the undercabinet lighting made me a Birch fake-out believer right then and there. You can get the look of Cherry by using a Birch wood with the right finish applied.

farmsinkBefore we take a look at the layout and finishes let’s get right to the standout combination of this glass subway tile backsplash all aglow with the new Diode LED lighting! Our Diode LED system can be installed in a traditional undercabinet installation like shown here. This low-profile system can be used a number of other ways as well. Consider some accent lighting above your kitchen cabinetry if there is a space from there to the ceiling. How amazing would the baseboard area below a bar or home entertainment center look with an accented area lit up? This lighting system can even be put onto a dimmer switch.

diode_lighting_quad_citiesIf you are investing an a beautiful new backsplash for your kitchen you really must consider showing it off in the best way possible and this Diode LED system is perfect for that! Now let’s take a closer look at how this remodel transformed completely! Check out these before and afters:

rock_island_kitchenThe homeowner just purchased this Rock Island home in the Fall and immediately got in touch with us to do the full remodel for her. Using our Project Management program we managed everything for her including gathering estimates and scheduling and coordinating all of the crews involved. We removed the existing peninsula and wall cabinet above it and an exterior wall was rebuilt and moved out to now give her plenty of space for a small dining table just outside of the new kitchen.

Village_Home_Stores_remodel_blogThe refrigerator was moved to the opposite wall which created a lot more space for the user who is at the new gas range. The refrigerator now has a large pantry cabinet to the left and allows the front end of the kitchen stay feeling open and spacious.

wood_leg_decorativeBecause the kitchen is the very first room you see when you enter the home, the back of the new peninsula couldn’t have just a plan look.  The new kitchen design includes an overhang that can comfortably seat two guests. Below the overhanging Cambria quartz is a beadboard panel with a furniture baseboard attached. On each end of the panel are decorative turned posts that match the cabinet finish. This one detail truly takes the first impression to the next level. The same materials can be installed in a different way as well. These posts are finished all around so that they can be pulled forward and give the look of a table leg. Either installation method makes a great impact.

glass_subway_tileThe cabinetry that gave the rich look of Cherry is actually a Birch wood in the “Burgundy” finish with a black accent glaze applied. The cabinets are from our Koch line and are a doorstyle called “Legacy”. The Cambria quartz countertops are the “New Quay” design. See the other complimentary Cambria colors to this color here on the Cambria site. The 3′ x 6″ glass backsplash tiles are available in many colors to match your own space.

birch_cherry_finishThe flooring in the new kitchen is another great example of a fake out! Looks like ceramic doesn’t it? It is actually Luxury Vinyl! These 16″ x 16″ tiles by Mannington are in a color called “Cloud Cover”. Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” gives the look of ceramic but offer the comfort of a softer (and warmer to your bare feet) material. LVT can also be installed grouted or non-grouted. If you have any questions about the materials or design of this space feel free to contact us anytime! Or call us today to make an appointment and start talking about your own project! You can reach us at (309) 944-1344.

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Best Of Houzz 2015: A Houzz How-To

First and foremost a gigantic THANK YOU to our customers and contractors who helped us to be considered in the Best Of Houzz 2015 award process. We are so excited and grateful to announce that our store received an award in Customer Service from Houzz.com.

village_on_houzzHouzz.com has become a wonderful tool for our customers and contractors to use during their project with us. Last year we became more active on the site to give access to our project photos to the 25 million monthly users the site sees. Many of the projects featured right here on our blog have been uploaded as complete projects to our Houzz.com portfolio. Find our Houzz professional profile here.

houzzIf you are unfamiliar with Houzz.com and what it is we want to give you a brief how-to in this blog post.  The site itself also runs as a very user-friendly app on tablets and even smart phones. Many of our clients use the Houzz app on their tablet while right here in our store. Houzz is available to help you collect ideas and inspiration for your remodel or new home project. What sets this site apart from others is that you must be a professional to upload content to the site. Not only is the content itself monitored for quality, all reviews submitted to the site go through an extensive process before being posted.

ideabooks on houzzUsing Houzz is very simple. You create an account using your email address. From there you will create “ideabooks” that you will save your project ideas into. Think of these ideabooks as the file folders you would keep your images within. If you were building a home, having multiple ideabooks to keep areas of the project organized can be a fantastic tool. These ideabooks can also be made private. For example, you and your spouse or partner can share your houzz ideabooks with your designer at Village Home Stores and make notes within the app. This allows you a visual way to collaborate on ideas. Our “Hoods” idea book is shown on the left. We often use this ideabook in meetings to help get an idea of what look the client is looking for in their design. Houzz has a step-by-step tutorial about creating ideabooks that can be found here.

image tags on houzzEach professional profile requires upkeep and accessibility. We monitor our profile closely for any questions and interaction we get from our content. We receive around 2-5 questions about our project photos weekly and are able to provide expert answers to the users on the site. Many of the questions you may have about an image you find on Houzz can be answered within “tags” on the image. Image tags on Houzz can be added by users and professionals both publicly and privately. These tags are another great tool to use an collaborate with your professional. These green price tag icons are click-able notes within the image. They may include product information or notes from your designer as to why the image was saved and sent to you.  If you find you have a question that isn’t answered within the image description or a tag you may always contact the professional who uploaded the image.

We do love Pinterest but sometimes content on that site can lead to a “dead end” and your questions remain unanswered. On Houzz you have direct access to the professional who provided that content via email. In fact think of Houzz as a professional directory for your project. Houzz is the largest residential design database in the world and it is and easy way for people to find inspiration, organize their ideas, get advice, and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Houzz offers a wonderful service to their users that connects a professional directory with project images and customer reviews. Thanks again to all of our clients and colleagues who reviewed and used our profile in 2014 and led to this Best of 2015 Customer Service award! phone_number

Davenport Remodel: Cabinet Curiosity

This kitchen remodel is so new to these homeowners they haven’t even had the chance to “move into” the new cabinetry. I stopped by last night to take some final photos to share here on the blog and was greeted by two very sweet cats right when I walked in the front door. These cats were very curious about my camera and equipment and still very curious about their new kitchen. With their permission, we would like to show you around the new space…

Range_wallThe original kitchen was ready for an update but the layout itself was also in need of a few changes. These customers worked closely with their designer at Village to find the space to expand the island in the new layout. The new cabinets also extend all the way to the ceiling for over a foot of added shelf space in all of the wall cabinets.

Durian BuildersThe original island in the kitchen worked well as a landing and prep area but only included two small cabinets. The new island is almost twice as long and now includes a curved end section that will act as an eat-in dinette area. The curving overhang on the back travels on into the inside area of the kitchen island as well. Counter-height barstools are on order for this new island.

The clients knew they wanted to select a Cambria Quartz for their countertops but were not sure which design they liked best. One of our favorite things about Cambria is that not only are they made in the US, they are made in the Midwest! While these homeowners happen to be traveling through Minnesota, Cambria welcomed them to stop by and see full slabs of their designs. Once they spotted this ” “Bradshaw” color in person, they knew it was perfect.

curved_island_topCountertops that overhang in toward the user are very common in many island designs. The back end of this island is paneled for a very polished and finished look. The front side facing the kitchen sink wall is full of much needed cabinetry storage.

drawer_undercounterIn most cases a “full-height door” cabinet will be included in any area that the counter will overhang above it. The overhang itself keeps you from fully accessing the top drawer of a standard base cabinet. By carefully planning the location of the island curve, this design allows a standard base cabinet with a wide top drawer to have full access.

Now that we offer flooring and backsplashes our customers have began to select some really beautiful materials with us.  It can be discouraging to pair the right materials with the perfect layout and design for the installation and then remember you will have outlets and switches interrupting that great look. This solution has become very popular for many of our remodel projects…

outlet underneath kitchen cabinetThe underside of a standard kitchen wall cabinet is constructed with the “floor” of the cabinet recessed up from the surrounding sides of the unit. This recess area is great to conceal under-cabinet lighting but can also be used other ways. When placed near the back of this recessed area, an outlet or even switch can be installed and stay fairly concealed from eye-level when viewed from across the room. This keeps electrical receptacles from crowding the beautiful backsplash area.

cat_photobombThe new kitchen cabinets include great storage spaces like the all-wood susan in the corner you can see in action over on our YouTube channel here (note the curious cat in the last frame of the video). Speaking of curious cats, it seemed like every time I opened a cabinet to snap a photo they wanted to model the cabinet. You will notice when we post the full album of photos to our Houzz.com profile that about 70% of the photos have a cat in them. If we know anything about the internet it is that the world doesn’t mind a good cat video or photo so about halfway through the photo shoot I just stopped asking them to move out of the way and let them show me around. I think they thought they had invented a new game called “hey climb in here!”

kitchen_davenportIt should also be mentioned that the kitchen is not the only work that was completed as a part of this remodel project. The crew from Durian Builders also removed part of a wall and we even replaced the back patio doorway to the deck. Flooring and trim was installed and some work was done in the adjacent Laundry Room as well.

Durian_BuildersThe original kitchen included a wall that blocked access to the Dining Room behind it. The before photo inset here shows that the wall was very much a part of this new space and opening it is into the rest of the home was a huge part of making this new space even more accessible and enjoyable.

Cherry_Kitchen_CambriaOur full Project Management Program at Village Home Stores is in place to make the remodel process easier on you. The designing and selection stages have become so much easier for our clients now that the flooring and backsplash can be selected along with the other materials. The cabinetry is from our Koch Classic line in the Cherry “Prairie” door and “Burgundy” finish. Natural Oak wood floors were installed throughout. The Handles used in this remodel were from Hardware Resources and were the perfect compliment to the curves of the Stainless appliances.

This project involved many subcontractors that were coordinated by our team at Village Home Stores. All materials came from Village Home Stores. Having a one-stop-shop like Village Home Stores as your material resource can be a wonderful advantage when remodeling your home. Pair that easier shopping experience with a team from Village who schedules, estimates and coordinates everything for you and you have a easier time overall. Are you looking to start a project this year? Contact us today to set up an appointment via our website here. Or call today! (309) 944-1344 Village_Home_Stores_phone

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Before looking ahead at what amazing things 2015 has in store for Village Home Stores, we wanted to take a look back at our year online with you. Your response has been so fantastic to all of our content and we thank you so much for joining in with us! With 30 years of business behind us and many more ahead of us, we have been so happy to start sharing with you some of the work that we are doing. Turns out you love seeing beautiful spaces just as much as we love creating them! So what have you been most interested in? Finishes and function!  We have had great feedback on the many combinations of finishes we can arrange for your project.finishes

pinboard_kitchenWith all of the categories or products and finishes available it can be overwhelming when you begin a project. At Village Home Stores we realize that taking on a project like a remodel or building a new home, there is a lot to select. That is why during your project you will gain an entire team of staff here at Village to help you make those selections. Seeing combinations we have already completed can help us help you decide your own tastes and needs. See our entire Pinterest board of completed looks here. We will be adding to it almost weekly throughout 2015.

Selecting finishes for your project is not the only thing that grabbed your attention in 2014. You made it clear to us you are also interested making your design as functional as possible.Function

Kitchens need to look beautiful but they also must function as best as they can. All across our social media platforms we have noticed you love having access to see inside some of the cabinets in our designs.pinterestThis Kitchen Storage Solutions board over on our Pinterest page is a great running collection of some of the amazing cabinets available right now to help you make the most of your kitchen space. Many of these cabinet storage solutions can be ordered from our standard cabinet lines and a smarter way to use your space is one of the main reasons why  our customers choose to remodel their existing kitchens.

pinterest_ideas_kitchenPinterest is a wealth of inspiration for your project and if you see an idea on there do share it with us! We would love to help make it happen for your project! Walk-through pantry fronts continue to be a common request from our customers and our Pinterest followers love to see them as well. Our most popular board over on our Pinterest page is one that showcases “Transitional Kitchens“. This pin board  has a collective 145 “re-pins” and proves to us that many of our Pinterest followers are drawn to more universal styles instead of full on Traditional or Modern kitchen spaces. Choosing fixtures like your cabinets and tops in a Transitional style is a functional way to use your space and adapt to it over the years as your own tastes change.

We also have become very active on the website Houzz.com. If you are planning a remodel or building a home anytime soon we highly recommend starting a profile with Houzz to keep you organized. It is a wonderful tool to collect ideas and share them with your Village designer and/or builder.houzz2014

Hidden OrganizerOne of our popular images on our Houzz page is this kitchen organizer drop zone cabinet. This image has been added to 170 ideabooks on the site in 2014. It shows a panel-ready refrigerator as well as a kitchen “command center” in a Bettendorf home. We completely understand why anyone working on a kitchen project would want to include this in their design. Keeping kitchen counter piles and messes organized for an active family can be challenging but this unit helps out tremendously! See it in action here over on our YouTube channel.

Speaking of YouTube, that is another place you can look forward to seeing more of us in 2015. See our channel here. You can also watch our new Village Home Show on WQAD ! We will also have a website where you can watch current and past episodes, just click here .

instagramWith the launch of our new television show and all of the new projects we will be starting in 2015 you can follow along a number of ways. If you are on Instagram see behind-the-scenes photos and short videos of featured projects we post there. Follow us at @villagehomestores. Our Facebook page will continue to be a great way to see what we are working on as well. We hope to help inspire  you wherever you are online and we can’t wait to see what great things 2015 has in store for us! Is 2015 the year you take on a home project? If so, feel free to reach out to us to get started. Estimates are free and your first appointment can be as detailed or relaxed as you would like.

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