Galva Remodel: Great Storage Made Stylish

Great storage doesn’t have to be boring or sterile looking. This Galva kitchen is proof that great storage can be stylish, warm and inviting. Rustic Beech cabinetry and Silestone Quartz countertops make a stylish first impression and what hides inside of these cabinets gives amazing function to the space.Rustic Beech kitchen remodel in Galva, IL. | Village Home Stores

Updated materials and up-to-date storage solutions fill this new kitchen design. No extensive wall-work or major structural changes were made to the room. A similar layout to the original kitchen was recreated with better storage and updated materials in mind. before

Dated soffits above were removed and by keeping a similar layout to the original design, all of the current hook ups for the appliances were able to be used. An L-shaped layout with a peninsula extending from the back door entry provides plenty of countertop space. Here is a birdseye view of the new kitchen design.Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

With limited space near the sink, the dishwasher needs to be located in another area. Surrounded by base cabinets in the peninsula, the dishwasher is still within reach of a user loading from the sink. It is also important to note when looking at this layout from above that appliance doors need to have a clearance to openAllow space for dishwasher door to be open.. | VillageHomeStores.com

The location of this peninsula allows for the dishwasher door to be open and just enough room to make your way around the open door. The same can be said about the oven door right across from the dishwasher. pull-out trash in kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.comThe peninsula cabinets surrounding the dishwasher offer great storage within. A double-bin pullout trash cabinet is located to the right of the dishwasher and sliding shelves inside of the base cabinetry are adjustable to accommodate anything you would want to fit within the 24″ deep space inside. Having this long area of countertop right in the center of the new kitchen is absolutely perfect. This countertop is nothing you have to be careful with either. Silestone Quartz is a man-made engineered material that is ideal for busy kitchens and is even used in commercial kitchens. It is extremely durable and completely non-porous. Imagine how great this counter will be for rolling out Christmas cookies to cut and bake!Beaded back panel in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The back panel of this peninsula is a “beaded” or “beadboard” look. This gives the “Chocolate” accent glaze on the “Briarwood” finish a chance to stand out and add some interest to the view into the kitchen from the front entry. Luxury Vinyl Tile. | VillageHomeStores.comAnother important change to mention is the original kitchen had carpet located on the floor. New Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” has been installed with a grouted look. Still softer and warmer than ceramic tile, this material will be far easier to keep clean in the new kitchen. The refrigerator is located in the same area but has been given a more built-in appearance. With the refrigerator in clear view of both entrances into the kitchen, the designer from Village Home Stores didn’t want such a large appliance to distract from the amazing overall design. Refrigerator end panel full-depth. | VillageHomeStores.com

Refrigerator end panels were installed surrounding the new unit and capping off a deep wall cabinet above. The space allowance is now ideal for current refrigerator dimensions including height and depth. It might look like this is a counter-depth refrigerator but this is in fact a standard depth model. To achieve this look the end panels were ordered at a deeper dimension. You can notice the change in depth if you look at the base cabinets and counter to the left. Corner lazy Susan cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comWe mentioned this kitchen is full of great storage and of course any corner of a kitchen design needs to be used to its fullest potential. The easiest way to achieve full access to your corner space above and below your counter space is with Lazy Susan inserts. With the soffits above now removed, this allowed for the opportunity to add some style to the corner by making the upper cabinet taller and deeper. The original kitchen had a painted backsplash surface. The new look includes a tiled backsplash using an elongated field tile with glass “Tigereye” accents inserted. The tile is a perfect compliment to the Oil-Rubbed Bronze finishes throughout the new kitchen as well as the accent glaze on the cabinetry. Note the use of Bronze switchplate covers on the receptacles:Tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

This may seem like a silly thing to point out but imagine if bright white plates were used. That would distract instead of compliment the overall look. Above the original kitchen sink and below the drop-down soffit was a wood valance. Valances still continue to be a great way to complete an area surrounding a window. Our carpenters worked with the homeowner to create a valance-like installation above the window as a way to bridge the wall cabinets surrounding it.Use crown molding to create a valance look. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinet crown molding carries your eye across the window and helps anchor the wall cabinets above together. With limited space in the existing kitchen it can be a challenge to have enough pantry storage space. Our cabinet lines do offer tall pantry cabinets beginning as narrow as 9″ wide. The area to the left of the range is closer to 18″ wide and that would still make for a usable pantry cabinet but we came up with a different solution:Pantry storage ideas for the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A base cabinet below with four adjustable sliding shelves provides 24″ deep storage space to move into. Four shelf spaces in the 12″ deep wall cabinet above can be used in a number of ways as well. The addition of a third cabinet here gives a visually full look to the space from floor to ceiling but the added bonus of counter space right in the center of the pantry area. What’s not to love about a kitchen made better? We thank this Galva, IL family for allowing us to help update their kitchen and also for letting us show you around.Village Home Stores 309.944.1344

If you have any questions about what you have seen here please call or click today. We are ready to help get your started on your own project.

Cambridge Remodel: Updated Rustic Traditions

The term “Rustic Transitional” is becoming more and more common all across the home interiors industry. This featured project in Cambridge, IL is a wonderful example of of Rustic Transitional materials and style. The story to be told however, is more traditional in nature.

Rustic modern kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comThis home has a rich history with the current residents. Like many of the many homes in rural Henry County, this farmhouse has been in the family for many years. It was the home of the current resident’s grandfather. Years and years of traditions and memories have already taken place here.

beforeThe new kitchen had to be a way to update the space with respect to the past (and the family home) while adding modern elements for new memories to be made. The before photo shows that over time there had been updates and changes made to the kitchen to keep it usable and functional. This time the space was going to need an entirely fresh start.

duringThe original layout created a narrow, cramped space and limited the size and location or a refrigerator. Durian Construction began demo by removing soffits and two walls that chopped up the space. A new 1/2 wall was built to open up the kitchen into the front room and accommodate a new cabinet layout. The existing hardwood was patched with spare flooring to give a seamless look to the two areas without a transition in the floor needed.

kitchen_designThe refrigerator is now centrally located in the traffic paths of the design. Full access is available to many users from any entrance to the new kitchen. The half-wall dividing the kitchen from the front room runs parallel to a large new island in the center of the design.

Maytag french door refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.comThe new design allows for a more current standard-sized refrigerator to fit the lifestyle of this busy family.  This new suite of appliances by Maytag includes a 4-door refrigerator and a double oven freestanding gas range with microwave hood above.

Stainless Steel appliances bring an updated look to the kitchen but other materials and finishes selected lend a more rustic look. The large kitchen island has been installed in a distressed black painted finish. That finish paired with a single-level design helps the island look more like a large farmhouse table or furniture piece instead of a modern kitchen island.

black island in white kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main perimeter is this new kitchen is a painted “Pearl” finish from our Koch Classic line. The square raised-panel doors are a common “Transitional” choice but if you look closer the wood species selected gives the main kitchen a “rustic” touch.

Rustic Beech painted pearl. | VillageHomeStores.comThe painted cabinets may look scratched of damaged in these images… when you get a closer look those dark areas in fact are character knots in the Rustic Beech wood.

Farmhouse sink in white kitchen with black island. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of the most exciting areas to include a “Rustic Transitional” style into your kitchen is in your hardware selections. Cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures, and lighting all can be modern interpretations of old rustic farmhouse charm.  A farmhouse sink (shown above) is always a fantastic choice when looking for a “Rustic Transitional” look. Your lighting is another huge opportunity to really showcase the style of your space.

Kichler Brinley edison bulb lights above island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Edison lamp pendant. | VillageHomeStores.comFor this Cambridge, IL kitchen remodel the “Brinley” series from our Kichler line was used. The visible “Edison” style filament in the bulb is such an interesting nod to the past. The suggestion of a bundle of canning jars with this lighting collection makes it a perfect choice for this new farmhouse kitchen already rich with memories and traditions. Our expert lighting staff can help you select the perfect lights for your project. For this project there was no need to find a light that complimented the island fixtures because a single “Brinley” pendant was available and already the perfect choice.

White kitchen with black island. | VillageHomeStores.comThis family farmhouse was updated with a nod to the past and a preparation to continue family traditions. See another great example of “Rustic Transitional” in a past featured kitchen here. and follow our “Rustic Traditional” board on Pinterest. Are you ready to remodel your own space but want a team who can listen and respect the history of your home? Contact us today to set up an appointment. Click here or call (309) 944-1344 to start to conversation. cambridge_kitchen_remodel

Product Profile: 5-Door Refrigeration

Interest and demand for 3-Door Refrigerators (also referred to as “French Door” models) has continued to grow since their introduction. We were recently invited back to visit the Whirlpool® plant located in Amana, Iowa to see first hand the facilities and smiling faces who make all bottom-freezer Whirlpool®, Amana®, Maytag®, and KitchenAid® refrigerators. This plant in Amana, Iowa is full of industry “firsts”. The first Amana® Radarange microwave came off the lines at this plant.

Whirlpool Amana, Iowa | VillageHomeStores.comThe first French Door, French Door with ice and water dispenser, and 4-Door Refrigerator models all have an origin story that begins in Amana, Iowa as well. Now you can now add 5-Door Refrigeration to that list.

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®
Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

Which brings us to our product profile of the new 5-Door Models. We will focus on the KitchenAid® KRMF706ESS (Stainless Steel) and EBS (Black Stainless) models. Let us begin by saying YES! We do have this refrigerator in-store so you can come see all of what we are showcasing here on the blog in person. The first thing worth mentioning is this model is available in KitchenAid®’s new fingerprint resistant Black Stainless finish! Yes you read that correct fingerprint resistant! Don’t believe us? Stop in the store and test it out. This gorgeous new finish option pairs Stainless Steel and chrome accents with a true Stainless Steel in a black finish. 

Of course with this 5-Door Refrigerator launch there are so many features to talk about but we want to share a few of our favorites:KitchenAid 5 door refrigerator KRMF706ESS

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®
Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

Herb Storage, why would you need that? Have you ever thrown away half of an unused container of basil just because you didn’t get a second or third chance to use it? These clever little boxes have an angled center section for you to fill with a bit of water so that the cut edges of your herbs are in water and the herbs rest above the water but still sealed in the box. We attended a Whirlpool® training event and noticed that the mint in the herb storage area looked amazing while the plastic container with a few remaining sprigs of mint in it was already looking unappetizing (we were only day 2 of training). After just one day there was already a noticeable difference.

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®
Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

What really stood out to us with this new 5-Door Refrigeration launch is that left-hand Drawer With 5 Preset Temperatures. This drawer is a champion of many tasks! Preset temperatures for meat/fish, drinks, greens/herbs, deli/cheese, even thaw/marinate each available with a touch of a button. Did you know there was an ideal temperature for marinating? KitchenAid® knows (and it is 39 degrees by the way). The 5-Door configuration allows for you to customize your use depending on your own lifestyle. Maybe this drawer is where you store all of your deli meats and cheeses, or your canned beverages? You can give it a new task every day. 

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®
Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

Speaking of customizing your storage, the 3-Tier Freezer Drawer on these models does that very well. We used to ask customers when deciding between a Side x Side model and a Bottom Freezer style “Do you want to pile or do you want to file?” To “file” items in a Side x Side freezer, or “pile” them all into one drawer below. The 3-Tier Freezer Drawer is the best of both worlds! Organize frozen items on three levels, making them easier to access and see. The lower basket comes with a storage divider to help keep smaller items in place.  Those two top drawers are perfectly sized for organizing frozen meals and smaller pre-packaged items.

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®
Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

These 5-Door Refrigerators have two independent cooling systems within. One is for the dedicated refrigeration to help keep food fresh longer. The second is a separate system for frozen food. This technology paired with The FreshFlow™ Air Filter (helps minimize odors) and the FreshFlow™ Produce Preserver (helps delay over-ripening).  All together these elements create the all-star team that is the Perserva® Food Care System. You can’t see it doing the work but you will see the results of the work. The Ethylene gases that come off from your food is taken into the Preservers and extends the life of your food by up to 4 days. That means less spoiled food waste.

Two of our other favorite features on the new 5-Door Refrigerators are the L.E.D. Lighting and In-Door-Ice System. The LED lights in these models use less energy, are maintenance-free and never need to be replaced. There is even under-shelf lighting so you will see every single item in your refrigerator. Come see this in person and while you have those doors open note the Platinum interior finish and In-Door-Ice System on the left door.  This design takes up less space in your refrigerator and makes the ice bucket very accessible when you need ice in larger quantities.  If you have any questions about what you have seen here on the blog feel free to contact us online or better yet stop in to see us. The Black Stainless Steel is reason enough to come in and check out these new models. KitchenAid_quad_cities

 

 

Product Profile: Oxford House Custom Shades and Blinds

Village Home Stores is always striving to make our store a one-stop-shop for everything your new or existing home will need. Since 1984, we have carefully curated the list of vendors we offer to our clients. Adding entire categories of products to our store is no small consideration. In 2015 when we discovered the perfect fit for a Window Treatment product we were finally able to “roll” out this new department to our customers. We are so thrilled to offer custom window shades and blinds for your home from Oxford House®! We have now found a line of custom window shades and blinds that match up with our own standards and that we know you will love.Large and unique window shade above kitchen window. | VillageHomeStores.com

So why Oxford House? Like many of our products throughout the store, Oxford House blinds are not just made in the U.S.A. they are made right here in the Midwest in Indiana. A family owned business that has been a leader in custom window treatments since 1988. That means you can know you are getting a quality product from within the USA plus a faster custom lead-time for your product because they are so close. We offer many options from Oxford House:

Window Treatment Options. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each of these categories of products can be custom ordered for your own project. Looking for something functional but completely eye-catching and unique? You MUST see the Transitions series! It is easily the most asked about shade so far from this line. We showcase many in our Gneeseo, IL showroom and have installed many around the extended Quad Cities Region already.Modern Transitions window shades. | VillageHomeStores.comThese unique shades give the look of a horizontal blind at first-glance when “open” in place. But as you roll the shade, the Transition really begins. Press play below to see these unique shades showcase why they are named “Transitions”

Yes these shades look interesting while stationary but they really looks their best is while in use.  The Transitions series combines an interesting look and experience with a functional design. While window treatments first and foremost must be functional, having stylish options and materials is also important! Every shade and blind series we offer can be ordered in a wide variety of finishes and sometimes even textures. Roller Shade | VillageHomeStores.com

Functional and stylish!  For example the roller shades don’t just give your a sleek and clean look, they are made to operate better than their older ancestors. Made with a continuous chain system for ease of operation. Translation: no more springing up out of control.  top down shades | VillageHomeStores.com

Great materials combined with amazing features make Oxford House a very versatile option for the window treatments in your home. Many of the shades and blinds from Oxford House even come with the option to add motorized and remote operations as well. The image below is the same “Day and Night” shade shown with both room darkening and sheer settings all in one shade. Oxford House Shades | VillageHomeStores.com

The same treatment can give you two different experiences AND options in between. We have installed display treatments from each of our categories so you can see and operate them right here at the store. Everything from classic, wood blinds to unique and customized stylish choices. Our experts are ready to help you decide. wood blind. | VillageHomeStores.com

Looking for a treatment for one window or an entire home? We can help! Call, click or stop by today to make an appointment to discuss all of the amazing options from this great department of the Village Home Stores family of products. Just like any of the products you can purchase at Village, we can arrange installation for your shades and blindscustom-blinds

Master Bath Remodel: Spa Day Can Be Every Day

Who says a staycation can be overrated? Not a chance when this Master Bathroom retreat is where you could book your spa day! Watch a full video tour and learn in-depth insights into the products it includes in this episode of the Village Home Show. Press play below to watch.

Medium oak cabinetry, trim and doors were replaced with a cool, serene collection of finishes. White doors and trim create a high contrast to the dark cherry cabinetry installed into this relaxing new spa getaway in Colona, IL.

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Giving the look of a high-end hotel but with all of the extra storage needed, there are two identical vanities in the new space. Storage below in the vanities allows for a cleaner look to be applied to the space above them. A framed mirror in place of a medicine cabinet mirrors back the vanity directly across from it as well as all of the light throughout the bath.

bathroom_vanities_Quad_CitiesThe Cabinetry and framed mirrors where custom ordered from our Dura Supreme Cabinetry line in a dark cherry stain. Brushed hardware and the addition of decorative feet to the toespace help set off this look. “Gray Expo” Silestone quartz countertops with undermounted white bowls perfectly compliment the surrounding tile selections. Let’s take a look at what other details went into creating this serene new space.

Adorne square plugs by LeGrande. | VillageHomeStores.comYou may have noticed that there are not any boring white wall switches distracting from this gorgeous new space. Our Adorne® series of switches and plugs have been installed throughout this new Master bath as well as the Master Bedroom just outside of it.

Adorne switches in a remodeled Master Bathroom. | VillageHomeStores.comThis series allows you functions like pop-up outlets, wave-control switches and even U.S.B. charging stations all within a sleek square receptacle. Frame them in with one of their many plate choices or create your own custom wall plate. Get ready to start seeing more and more of our projects with these products they are truly amazing!

heated_floorsAn in-floor heating system has been installed beneath the new ceramic flooring. Cold bare feet are no match for this new cozy upgrade. What rests on these warm floor is the most inviting tub you could ask for.

Chandelier above the bathtub. | VillageHomeStores.comYour first view into this new space is of the new freestanding tub with an arched tray ceiling above. The previous tub dropped into a tiled platform and an oak apron filled this entire alcove. The same space is now open and outstanding!

tub_lightWhen you create such a perfectly framed space for a focal point you have to have just the right element to complete it. In this case it is the “Layla” hanging light fixture by Crystorama above the new tub.  Always remember that if you have an idea you have seen somewhere online or in a magazine, our team is always eager to see what inspires you and help include those things into your own design.

vanity_light With a light like the one above the tub, it is better to compliment it than compete with it for the remaining lighting. Knowing the vanity lights would be mounted on the mosaic tile and be within sight of the tub fixture, these lights from Feiss were a great choice. the same mosaic tile was installed in the wall shelf near the tub as well as an accent in the new shower.

tub_shelfIf the tub is not where you will want to spend your time the new walk-in shower sure will be! If one showerhead just isn’t enough for you how about a rain showerhead above, a standard showerhead, and a handheld unit?

dual_showerheadThis walk-in tiled shower includes a bench and built-in shelf for toiletries. A rain shower head has also been installed above and can be used with or without the main shower unit. They each run on their own control system.

stoolOpposite the entrance to the walk-in shower is a private area for the stool in the Master Bath. A custom toilet-topper wall cabinet was designed to house toiletries and extra linens in the wide space above the stool.

crown_moldingLike many great things are, a gorgeous space gets that way because of the details. Just like the Adorne® collection gives the wall outlets and switches that added edge, details like crown molding can complete a look. The unique shape of this Master bath allows many locations for crown molding to draw attention to the room’s shape.

faucetOther details like the waterfalling faucet fixtures all help create one cohesive and complete look. Many times bathroom projects can be difficult to visualize as you start to select materials you love. When you work with Village Home Stores we can help as little or as much as you would like. From start to finish, we are here.

tub_transitionThis Master Bathroom remodel was completed using our full project management program at Village Home Stores. If you have been waiting to remodel a bathroom in your own home but didn’t know where to start or who to call first, we are here. Contact us today for an appointment and let’s start planning your own private spa retreat.

shower_transformationCall us at (309) 944-1344 of just click here to request a member of our team to get in touch with you about what project you are wanting to begin. We can’t wait to hear what your own dream bathroom looks like. If it seems like we didn’t share the entire story here on the blog it is because this bath remodel was featured entirely on an episode of our TV show. See more of the Village Home Show here onlinebath_remodel_quad_cities