QCBR Fall Parade of Homes: Applestone Homes

Not only were we blessed with an amazing weekend of weather in our area, but it was also the final weekend of the QCBR Fall Parade of Homes! While there were many great events going on all around Geneseo and the Quad Cities we had to stop to see the award-winning Applestone Homes kitchen and bathrooms we provided materials for. Congratulations are in order as they won the “Best Home” in their price category. 

Applestone_Homes_Iowanew construction quad citiesThe home was bustling with activity so it was difficult to get many photos of the spaces empty (which is a great problem to have by the way). Like so many kitchens set in a Great Room layout, this kitchen was designed and installed in a two-tone combination.

The perimeter cabinets were a Birch wood painted white and the island is a Birch “Java” stain.

applestone_homesThe flat-panel door style of these cabinets is called “Prairie” from our Koch line. A similar style is available from all of our cabinet companies. This transitional style of door allows for the overall space to be styled in an unlimited amount of ways. In fact a flat-panel cabinet painted white still remains one of the most popular cabinet choices throughout the U.S.

The dark contrast of the island cabinetry makes a big impact and helps divide the space visually from the nearby dining area.

When trying to keep the main and more permanent elements of a kitchen transitional, it can be difficult to add a decorative hood. Many wood hood designs can start to suggest a certain style and introduce curves and arches when that may not be your desired outcome. Take a look at the hood design in this kitchen:

flat panel door wood hoodWith no arches or curves in the remaining cabinetry, a square style is selected to house the hood and blower insert. The majority of the space is trimmed off in a similar way you would the back of an exposed island. In place of a valance, this hood gives an added opportunity to mimic the crown molding from the cabinets as well as the trim detail that Applestone Homes has installed above each window and door in the great room. Staggering the height and depth of the hood area adds interests without distracting from the tiled backsplash.

pots and pans storageWe many times showcase the storage options found in the cabinetry of our feature kitchens. We wanted to take the time in this post to allow you to ask yourself your own preference.

While many customers request a “butt-door” cabinet that opens up to sliding shelves within, some find that larger pots & pans drawers work better for them. It is important that you select what is right for your lifestyle and cabinet layout. This feature kitchen had the space to accommodate both options. Large drawers next to the range and cooktop and sliding shelves directly behind the user in the island cabinets. Ask yourself what items you will be storing and how would you prefer to access them? The look of doors vs. drawers can be a deciding factor.

master bath dark cabinetsThe bathrooms in this home were just as beautiful as this kitchen. The Master Bathroom upstairs was so beautiful with the sunlight shining in. With the counter tops and tile throughout remaining light, that leave a lot of room for drama to be created with the dark “Java” stain on the vanity cabinets. Cabinetry and mirror spread the full length of this large bathroom and the dark finish really stands out in a great way!

The QCBR Parade of Homes is your opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful homes being built right here in our area. The Parade is put on by the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association and takes place in both the Spring and Fall of each year. Local builders allow you to tour homes and are on hand to answer any questions you may have while walking through.

parade of homesThe website for Applestone Homes is currently under construction but you can connect with them via facebook and reach the offices at (563) 505-3615. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the QCBR calendar for details on the QCBR Home Show this Winter. 

Floor Covering: Discover Your “Fifth Wall”

What do we mean “fifth wall”? Well, many times the flooring for a project is one of the last materials to be selected. Almost as if it is the last layer of a project to be considered. But how do we build a home? From the ground up of course! Floor covering for your project just happens to be the overall canvas that everything else sits upon. This is why Village Home Stores has recently expanded to now make room for a full showroom and added staff to help you select the perfect material for your project.

kitchen flooring quad citiesSelecting the right material for the floor in your home can help an entire project come together. Think of how much time and consideration goes into selecting your new kitchen countertops… a lot right? The flooring in a kitchen will cover much more surface overall than those counters. In most cases, flooring makes up anywhere from 25% -40% of a surface in your kitchen. If you consider a kitchen as part of a “Great Room” then that selection just got even more important.

rustic wood floorsVillage Home Stores doesn’t want to put a lot of stress on you to make that selection. We are here to help you with your project from start to finish and that includes selection. Our expert sales staff can help you choose what is most practical for your space as well as what will give you the best overall look. Having samples right here in our showroom has already been so helpful in these first few months of adding our Floor Covering Department. The entire selection process can now be done here in our store, alongside your design and sales team working with you on your project. Your entire project just got easier.

Considering this “fifth wall” in your space can help add the following to your project:

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The opportunity to cover this large plane of surface opens up a lot of possibilities when you are building an entire design with your team here at Village.

We are so happy to introduce to you the many categories of materials you now have access to in our Geneseo showroom:

hardwood floorsEngineered and solid hardwoods in a number of finishes, sizes, textures, and styles. With many brands like Somerset, Mullican, Mannington, Bella Cera, Hallmark, Lockwood, Valuemark Hardwoods, Armstrong you are certain to find the right one for your space.

luxury vinyl tileLuxury Vinyl Tiles are a highly durable surface that can mimic the look of wood or ceramic but with a softer and warmer material. An acrylic-based grout can even be installed to create a true “tiled” appearance. That same grout is non-porous, and very stain resistant (no sealing of the grout) Brands like Metroflor, Armstrong, Mannington, and Tarkett represent the fastest growing segment of the flooring industry.

vinyl flooring GeneseoVinyl Sheet materials from Armstrong including our thickest vinyl sheet available, Cushionstep. Cushionstep is available in many designs and colors. It feels… well, “cushy” when walked on. A very comfortable flooring choice at a great value.

ceramic tile floorsCeramic Tile by Mannington, Paramount Ceramics, Interceramic, Daltile, and Jeffrey Court is available is a very wide variety of styles, colors and textures. Not just found in square shapes anymore, large tiles and plank-shaped styles have quickly become the more popular choices.

tile backsplashFloors are not the only surface you can tile. Tile in the backsplash of a kitchen or installed in bathroom showers can make a huge impact in a design. Let our staff help you select the tile and pattern for installation.

carpetCarpeting  from Dream Weaver, Southwind, Dixie Home, Phenix are available in so many styles and colors the possibilities are endless. Sculptured styles are quickly becoming a popular choice. Dixie Home uses what is called a “tip-shear” effect which uses a combination of loop and cut pile together like shown in the image above showcasing  “depth”.

Our staff is knowledgeable on the installation processes of every product we sell. Any questions you may have about what materials will be needed or installation layouts or designs can be answered here in the showroom or at your home at the time of measure.

pineCall or click today with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping your space look great from the floor up.

Geneseo- Brighter and Bolder From Corner to Corner

kitchen remodel quad citiesThis gorgeous kitchen was recently completed as part of our full Project Management Program. We helped this Geneseo couple from start to finish and the end result is beautiful. It was even featured on our television program, The Village Home Show. You can watch that episode by pressing play below.

before_photoWhile the Before image shown on the right may have a similar layout, there were many changes made to use this space in a whole new way. The soffits up above were removed to make more space for the new cabinets to stretch to the ceiling. Existing hardwood flooring was kept in place and by keeping the same footprint to the new design, there are no gaps in the new space.

kitchen cabinet cornerThe most innovative cabinet of the new space is found tucked into the corner. Just because your kitchen does not have the space to allow a “lazy susan” in the corner of the design does not mean it has to be an un-reachable area. A blind corner cabinet with a pull-out insert can turn an awkward space into an awesome use of space. These half-moon shaped shelves swing out and slide forward to full access of the area.

tile above windowWhat ties the entire look together is the backsplash. This combination of ceramic tile and stainless steel is the perfect choice by these homeowners. Mosaic tiles can become very busy and distracting to an overall look, but this combination uses colors all within the same value of color. Installing it above the sink as well really completes the look as well.

kitchen remodel quad citiesfurniture toeA valance above the sink is expected, but one below the new china hutch really adds a furniture look to that portion of the wall. The “desk” area of the old kitchen is now a built-in china hutch with an appliance garage atop the counter that can keep piles and charging devices out of sight behind doors. Another way to give this area a furniture look is the “buffet” style base cabinet. Notice the two small drawers in the top section.

counterdepth refrigeratorA standard depth refrigerator would look great in this new kitchen but see how this counter depth Whirlpool model sits nearly flush with the surrounding cabinets? A standard depth unit would project almost an added 6″ into the room. Even though this side x side refrigerator is a counter depth model it still boasts 25 cubic ft. of storage space and has exterior ice and water in the door.

back of island cabinetThe back of the dual-height peninsula in the new kitchen has been paneled with a custom look including applied doors. One of these doors is in fact operable making both corners of this narrow u-shaped kitchen fully accessible for storage.

The opposite side of this peninsula is home to a stainless steel dishwasher with an integrated control panel.

Whirlpool dishwasherWe hope you have enjoyed this kitchen tour from corner to corner and we can’t wait to show you it on TV very soon. If you have any questions about what you have seen here please click or call us right away. 309 944 1344 

Aloha From Iowa! A Custom, Colorful, and Classic Bettendorf Kitchen

mainIt is truly the absolute best feeling in the world to get to see customers using and loving their kitchens from Village Home Stores. I showed up to photograph this beautiful kitchen late one hot afternoon right as the school bus was dropping off the kids. Seeing them come home after school and head straight to the bottom freezer drawer for a popsicle was the perfect reminder that we help create spaces that families use all day long.  What an amazing privilege! This entire home built by Tim Dolan Development in Bettendorf, IA was full of great classic elements like high cathedral ceilings, a large wood hood with fluted columns, and beautiful moldings and trim throughout the home.

kitchen_pendantsWhile the overall look of the space may be Classic or Traditional, this home had an extra layer of color and fun brought into every room of the home I saw. This busy family has relocated to Iowa from Hawaii and with them came colorful artwork, ceramics, sculptures, and instruments. Their choice in pendant lighting was absolutely perfect in the space. These iridescent “Vine” lights by ELK look amazing on or off (shown here off).

Paneled_refrigeratorEven with Stainless Steel appliances (including a large commercial-style gas range), this kitchen has such a warm feel to it. The refrigerator is normally the largest surface to show the Stainless finish but in this design, a panel-ready refrigerator was used.  Custom panels were ordered in the same “Golden” stain with an accent glaze applied to the traditional “Seneca” raised-panel door style from our Koch Classic line.

The large island in this kitchen is the same door style but  a “Mocha” stain is applied to the Rustic Beech. This compliments the accent glaze on the perimeter cabinets beautifully.

island_backThe back of this island may appear to be a custom wainscot panel but instead these doors all open a 12″ deep area of extra storage for seasonal and bulk items. See these cabinets in action over on our YouTube channel.

sliding_shelvesSpeaking of storage there is plenty of it throughout this kitchen. Sliding shelves have recently gone from an occasional upgrade in kitchen design to an expected feature throughout. We try and include them in any standard drawer and door cabinet when we are able to.

Many customers prefer a large deep stack of drawers for pots and pans in place of doors to open and shelves to pull out. In this design a wide cabinet houses 4 sliding shelves and gives a lot of versatile storage space.

hoodThis home was just as warm and inviting as the owners who welcomed me in to see it on a hot summer day. We are so thrilled to have provided some of the materials for their new home in Iowa. See the entire album of photos from this kitchen, the bathrooms, and lighting posted as a project over on our Houzz.com profile. Are you building a home in the Quad Cities region and searching for a source for amazing quality products pairs with expert design and service?  Click or call us today to tell us what your dream kitchen looks like. We would love to help it take shape! 309 944 1344 

Bettendorf Kitchen Remodel- An Open Mind, An Open Room

We first met this Bettendorf, Iowa couple at the QCBR Home Show last Winter. They had been considering a remodel to their existing kitchen for a number of years but hadn’t really been inspired yet to take on the full project.

header installed in ceilingAfter meeting at their home, our designer suggested something that they hadn’t even considered before…removing a wall. An existing wall divided the front Living Room area from the current kitchen. Our designer was able to show them a rendered drawing of a possible layout of the kitchen if that wall was removed. Now they were even more intrigued.

Time passed as they considered the project and the more they stared at that wall, the more they realized… that wall had to go.

bettendorf kitchen remodelThis new kitchen features Koch cabinets in the Seneca Birch “Briarwood” stain and a complete suite of Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances give this kitchen an updated look while looking right at home in the space. Instead of matching the exact color of Oak trim and furniture throughout the home, the flooring and cabinets change to a similar tone but a more closed grain of wood. Selecting wood tones that compliment each other instead of duplicating a finish can really give off a more polished look in many cases.

flooring_villageRight when I walked in the door to see the finished project I said, “Please tell me we put these floors in for you.”  Because they were so beautiful they almost distracted me from the reason I was stopping by (to see the new kitchen). These Acacia hand-scraped wood floors in the “Hazelnut” finish look so outstanding in person! The light really catches all that hand-scraped detail so well.

The hardwood was installed from the front door on through the living room and then into the new kitchen and eat-in area. This investment is a key ingredient in making this new space seem like an open floorplan that belongs in this home. There is now no visible trace of the wall that once blocked the view and light into the kitchen.

hidden_bar_supportsThe “Coffee Brown” granite countertops were actually purchased as part of our promotional color program at just $59 a sq. ft. and look so perfect with the strip of accent tile selected for the backsplash. We are often asked about how our stone fabricators “hide” the support brackets for the overhang on a granite top. This island top is a great example to show you. Notched into the back cabinet and panel to sit flush with the top of the cabinet, these steel supports are hidden from plain sight. The length, location, and amount of countertop supports your project may need will be based on the depth of the top and the length of the material to be supported.

sliding shelves in cabinetThe previous kitchen layout only had one small stack of drawers. This new design now includes many drawers including large pots & pans drawers on the sink wall. The end cabinet shown here has slide-out shelves to help organize Tupperware containers and lids.

There is also a pull-out trash cabinet and more added drawers  in the island facing the kitchen sink.

whirlpool appliancesBy removing an existing wall to bury a supporting header within, the space is now open and bright. Can lights were added to the front room as well as a ceiling fan. We are so glad to have arranged and coordinated all of the teams of players who made this space great. Our thanks this Bettendorf couple for striking up a conversation with us at last year’s home show and for inviting us back in to share it with you readers. This Holiday season is going to be great for them in their new kitchen! Do you have a wall that may be blocking you from your dream kitchen? Give us a call or click for an appointment to start the conversation about your new space! Reach us at 309 944 1344  and let’s get started.