Village Home Stores: Celebrating 30 Years!

It’s hard to believe that our store is celebrating 30 years of business this year!  Village Home Stores could not have become the premier locally-owned Home Store without one key element, YOUR BUSINESS! Our surrounding areas have embraced our products and services in such a way that we are so excited to continue to meet the growing needs for anyone building or remodeling their home. Our goal is to gain lifetime-long customers and we can’t wait to be here for you 30 years from now. Our Full Remodel Project Management program has grown tremendously and we know that is due to your word of mouth recommendations which we value so much!

As an employee of the store, I wanted to get some inside history of the store from the men running the show.  I asked Jim Ries who operates the Cabinetry side of the business a few questions:

What is your favorite memory from the original store in Cambridge?

“I have so many memories of getting the opportunity to work side-by-side with my dad at a very young age and having him teach me so much about life and business in the process. My wife Martha wants me to be sure to mention an especially difficult day as a child. While helping plumb a house I jumped off the back of a truck and thought I had broke my ankle, then a dog ate my lunch. It was a bad day for any kid.”

What are some interesting memories of our current building in Downtown Geneseo?

“Watching people parallel park is always entertaining!” 

Within the last 5 years what has surprised you the most about Village?

“The number of employees we have had to add to keep up with customer demands so we can continue to provide a level of service we are proud of still shocks me daily!”

What are your hopes for the next 5 years for Village?

“That people in the entire Quad City area will really start to see Village Home Stores as a ‘must see, must visit’ showroom when they start a home improvement project no matter how big or small.” 

village home storesVillage Hardware opened its doors in 1984 just a few miles South from our current showroom. From 1984-1998 Village Hardware grew its Cambridge, IL location to meet the growing needs of customers building and remodeling homes in our area. Offering Cabinetry and Appliances expanded the business to provide more of those materials and eventually lead to the “Home Store” concept in place today. In July of 1998, Village Maytag opened up Downtown Geneseo, IL and shortly after in 2000, Village Cabinetry opened right next door. Offering  sales & service of Home Appliances and now Cabinetry and Countertops right next door, the Geneseo showroom continued to see growth and added Lighting and now Flooring departments as well.

We are so thankful for the past 30 years and look forward to seeing where the next 30 brings us at Village Home Stores. Please be sure to join us to celebrate our latest expansion of the showroom this Thursday the 9th of October at noon. There will be food and refreshments to follow. A 3 Day Sale Event will be going on Thursday-Saturday and huge savings in all departments. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to save $500 on a $5,000 purchase on top of added discounts and promotions throughout the store. 

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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