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. 

Geneseo Building Trades: Building Skills That Last A Lifetime

 

Village is so thrilled to have been a part of the 2013-2014 Geneseo, IL Building Trades home that is now on the market! This program is one of our favorite ways to get involved with the community because it helps make Geneseo greater while teaching skills and trades to the future homeowners in our community.

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Geneseo_High_schoolStarting in the mid 1980’s, the Geneseo Building Trades course has provided hands-on opportunities for around a dozen High School students to learn about the entire building process. There was about a 10 year span of time the program saw no activity or interest but within the past few years  it has found new life which excites us alongside Geneseo High School and the students involved.

garageThis 1675 sq. ft. ranch-style home has 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms and a 2-car Garage with Workbench. There is 907 sq. ft. of finished basement and the home sits in a quiet neighborhood seconds from Fareway.

Take a tour with us of this amazing open floorplan and consider the opportunity to own a home for your future built by the future of our community.

kitchengraniteOf course we have to start with the kitchen because we are a bit partial to it having designed it. Beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops with an undermounted sink, and a Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances make this kitchen great.

There are 4 bedrooms measuring 13′ 5″ x 13′; 12′ x 11′; A Master Bedroom 13′ 9″ x 15′ 8″ with a large walk- in closet 7’6″ x 10’5″ and attached Master Bathroom. The Lower Level of the home has the 4th Bedroom with access to a full Bathroom.

bedroomsbathsThe Master Bathroom and Lower Level Bath each include a lot or storage and the tiled tub in the Master Bath is gorgeous.

Access to the 1/2 bath is in the large Laundry Room upon entry from the Garage.

9′ Ceilings throughout this home with custom millwork, gas fireplace, Anderson Series 200 windows, carpet, tile and wood flooring.

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LowerLevelThis Home is listed for $230,000 and will certainly not be on the market long. 

A large Living Room and Office in the Lower Level make this layout ideal for many varieties of families. A lot of open space in the main living areas and a quiet escape to the Master Suite.

The Lower Level living space. Would be great for a multi-generation family or even an older child or children who may need more privacy.

If you or someone you know may be interested in this property please contact Tim G. at (309) 945-0450.

Thank you again to the Geneseo Building Trades students for all of their hard work. We can’t wait to see what you work on this school year! 

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Colona, IL- After The Fire.

kitchen restorationLast week we shared with you the Before & After photos from this Colona, IL home damaged by fire and smoke. We wanted to show you around the kitchen in a little bit more detail.

rendered kitchen planTo say this kitchen has some angles is an understatement. This birds-eye view color rendering shows the overall space better than we could capture in one photo. This rendering is an example of what you can see during the design phase here at Village Home Stores.

angled kitchen cabinetThese cabinets hug every corner and even access spaces that may have otherwise been wasted areas. Let’s start with the wall to the right of the built-in pantry. That clipped corner does actually have usable shelves within. It should be mentioned that this cabinet SKU is a standard cabinet. Many times our designers can use the most of your space with the right design!

outside corner baseImmediately behind this angled cabinet is another great standard SKU that can add a lot of interest to a space. While the shelves may not hold a small appliance, am outside corner cabinet can be a great way to turn a corner. Angles are also integrated into the ends of the exposed walls of cabinetry. If you revisit the rendering above you will see that entire pantry wall has angled end cabinets that clip the edges and allow for interest and an easier access into the room.

kitchenAid inductionbase cabinet trashThe end of the cooktop wall of cabinets has not been clipped to allow for a full depth of preparation space on both sides of the KitchenAid Induction unit. Induction is a fantastic feature and we can’t wait to show you more on it soon. Another convenience for the cooktop user is a pull-out trash cabinet directly to the right. Below the cooktop is a large double drawer base which makes for quick and easy access to pots and pans without having to open doors to access a slide-out shelf.

kitchenaid appliancesIn addition to the pull-out trash, a KitchenAid trash compactor is located near the kitchen sink. This 15″ wide unit is Whisper Quiet® Plus Sound Insulated and has a 5:1 compaction ratio reducing trash by up to 80%

The section of island cabinetry that faces the great room has an easily accessed under-counter beverage cooler. Keeping the main refrigerator space clear of cans and bottles this glass-front cooler can easily found by guests and homeowners.

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Get The Look:

kitchen color palettevillage home stores flooringThe granite in this kitchen sparkles so well and may read like a dark black on camera. It is in fact a deep rich blue granite called “Blue Pearl”. The cabinetry is by Koch Cabinets in the “Seneca” doorstyl, Maple Autumn stain. The San Michelle: “Crema Vein” flooring in the kitchen continues from the front door through the dining room then into the kitchen.

With no dining set so you can see the awesome inset layout from our installers very clearly in this photo:

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We mentioned in our previous post about how kind and amazing these homeowners were throughout a very stressful period and circumstances. Their positive attitudes among loss were inspiring. We thank them again for letting us share their beautiful home with you. If you have any questions about what you see here or our entire process please don’t hesitate to call 309 944 1344 or click to ask. See the entire album of photos from this restoration project over on our Houzz page.

Colona, IL Home – Before & After…The Fire

Some of the spaces from this full-home restoration project will be featured individually in upcoming blog posts but we wanted to begin with the amazing Before and After images. This home in Colona, IL was devastated by fire and smoke but you would never know it now! The homeowners were gracious enough to provide us with the damaged “before” images and we are grateful for their business and downright impressive attitudes throughout the entire process. Every member of their project team from Village Home Stores has commented about what a kind and positive attitude this couple had considering the circumstances. We are so glad to have been the business who could make them feel at home again.

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We will be posting the full project of photos soon over on our Houzz Profile. This (almost entirely new) home is beautiful and we are again so grateful to help it feel like home again for this family.

Rustic Charm in Bureau County

This kitchen remodel in Walnut, IL tells more than a typical story of making more space and adding new cabinets. When you walk in the front door of this countryside home you immediately feel like you know residents.  That is the goal of any great design, to reflect the user’s tastes so well they feel perfectly at home in the space.

village homestoreshaas cabinetsOur designer Becky introduced me to the homeowner and I felt like saying “this kitchen is so…YOU” (I had only met her minutes before). The mix of rustic elements in an overall transitional space was executed so well that it inspired a post about it on the blog just last week. There is also  a full album of photos from this project over on our Houzz profile. How about a more in-depth tour of this kitchen?

And now for what you came for, the tour:

kitchen appliance garageWe begin with one of our favorite solutions for countertop clutter, an appliance garage. It is always difficult to see beautiful new countertops completely covered up by coffeepots and toasters. An appliance garage can be an excellent solution in a corner or on the end of a run of cabinets. In this case the lift-door garage hides a toaster and coffeepot. It also anchors the end of a run with a more large and solid look to balance the amazing hood on the adjacent wall.

under sink storageThe sink base in this kitchen has a real furniture look. Legs have been installed on either side; the cabinet has been pulled forward; and a valance in place of a toespace help this look be achieved. The top false drawer front of this cabinet has a hidden secret power…the ability to stash sponges, rags and other cleaning supplies out of sight. A tilt-out tray can be installed in any kitchen sink base and make great additions to bathroom vanities.

 corner drawers in base cabinetsLazy Susan cabinets remain the most popular way to add storage to a corner in your kitchen. Lately there have been a few new contenders entering the ring. In this corner….drawers! A corner drawer base cabinet might not give you access to the entire corner area of the location, but it does give you an accessible way to reach items in the space. This kitchen has plenty of storage space for pantry items and the users preferred another area for cooking supplies within reach of the range and cooktop.

hardware placementSpeaking of storage, a pull-out tray divider is located immediately to the left of the range. Baking and cookie sheets are right within reach and cutting boards can be pulled up for use in one of the many prep areas surrounding the cooking zone of this kitchen.

The perimeter of this kitchen is the “Whip Cream” paint on Maple Haas cabinets with “Absolute Black” granite tops in a brushed finish.

hidden outlet in kitchen islandBehind this cooking zone is a large single-level island. The island cabinets are the “Barnwood” finish on Maple by Haas. A grey, almost slate blue color allows the grain of the wood to show adding texture and depth to the color. Aluminum stools that may otherwise give an industrial feel complement the “Barnwood” finish perfectly. The counter tops are “Carrera Marble”.

Two hidden outlets are found tucked under the overhang of the island and will make entertaining and preparation easier.

built in microwaveThe wall opposite the kitchen sink is home to all of the taller elements of the design. A built-in microwave is located in the center of a tall pantry cabinet that has 4 adjustable sliding shelves inside. These can be arranged to hold pantry items of various heights and weights. Furniture base has been applied to the toespace area for a more built-in and solid look.

This kitchen was as welcoming and fun as the owner who gets to use it. Removing soffits and a half-wall that used to box in the kitchen space was a much needed change. Now the kitchen and its visitors can be a part of a larger space that all has a cohesive look. Thanksgiving is going to be a lot easier this year with plenty of space for multiple cooks and access to lots of dining are right from the kitchen. We love being a part of the reason our customers love coming home to their kitchen. How can we make yours perfect for you? Call or click today to get started! (309) 944-1344

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