Bath Remodel: Counter Clutter Contained in Moline Bath

The Moline kitchen we featured on the blog a few weeks back also had a nearby bathroom in the home that was remodeled as well. Village Home Stores offers bathroom vanities available from all of our cabinet lines. We also carry the the full line of Bertch Bath products made not to far from us in Waterloo, IA. Bertch offers bath cabinetry in a number of sizes and layouts and can be ordered in many wood species and finishes.

vanityThis bathroom may only house one small vanity but there are a lot of great ideas within this new space. The first is the vanity itself. The “Hudson” doorstyle is one of the most versatile vanity styles available from the Bertch Bath catalog. This is because it can be finished and styled in so many different ways. The vanity in this space has been ordered in a Alder wood and dark “Brindle” finish has been applied. Decorative feet have also bee added in place of a toekick area to give a more freestanding and furniture look to the cabinet.

bathroom_cabinetBertch_Bath_MolineTo keep that furniture vanity appearance, a framed mirror has been installed above the vanity in place of a tri-view medicine cabinet that may be expected here. A single panel of beveled mirror is framed in the same mitered “Hudson” style as the doors. The single-door medicine cabinet installed on the nearby wall to the left creates a storage space for small items and keeps them off the vanity counter.

The wall outlet for this bath vanity is a very busy place. Many women can relate to the multiple devices like straighteners and blow-driers and curling rods that can clutter up a bathroom countertop. But why are these cords leading down to the floor past the vanity top? Because this bathroom was designed to accommodate all of those hair appliances!

vanity topA narrow bathroom caddy is tucked away between the bath vanity and the wall and the granite countertop has even been extended to add more counter space to the user at the vanity.

tiled_shower_VillageThe tile in this bathroom is bright and classic. New floor tile has been placed throughout and a brand new custom-tiled tub/shower surround has been installed as well. A strip of glass mosaic tile surrounds the new shower and glass corner shelves were installed for shower items. The new Stainless Steel shower head includes a removable handheld wand and multiple spray options.

tiled_showerAn tiled cubby within the shower wall was added to offer another location for shower items and accessories. This keeps clutter from piling up along the edge of the tub/shower base.

bathroom_remodel_finishesVillage Home Stores can manage your complete bathroom remodel for you. We can coordinate the entire project from start to finish. We also can offer you expert design and service for just the materials you need on your project. If you already have your own plumber or contractor to work with that is absolutely fine. We are here to help you select the right products and layout for your new bathroom. Find more great ideas over on our “Bathrooms” Pinterest board and call or click today to set up your appointment and get started on your bath remodel today with us!

Village Home Stores is located in historic Downtown Geneseo, IL at 105 South State Street. We carry Appliances Sales & Service, Cabinetry, Lighting, and Floorcovering for your project. Contact us today!remodeler_Moline

Product Profile: Is L.V.T. For Me?

What is L.V.T. ? L.V.T. is short for “Luxury Vinyl Tile” and it has become a very sought-after material since it’s arrival into the floorcovering scene many years ago. The first L.V.T. began production in the late 70’s but it wasn’t until the last 5 years that Luxury Vinyls have began to take their place among the top choices for material in both remodel and new construction projects.

vinyl_tilesWhy is L.V.T. such a great material for your project? The first reason many of our customer love their L.V.T. are the qualities the tiles themselves. Compared to other harder surfaces, Luxury Vinyls are warmer underfoot and more comfortable to stand on for longer periods of time. Advancements in the industry in the last few years have also played a part in the rise of L.V.T.’s popularity. These tiles can have a photo realistic replication to true natural products at a fraction of the cost.

LVT_installationLuxury Vinyls can be installed to have the look and feel of ceramic, natural stones, and even hardwoods. As with all materials we sell here at Village Home Stores, we offer expert installation for your project by crews local to you and your home. Luxury Vinyls require a specific installation method and materials (see grout portion of this post) so your best result will be to hire a professionals to install. If you are wanting to install your material yourself, there will be some preparation to the space needed.

Village_flooringDiscuss your existing subfloor with your salesperson and find out what needs to be done before installing your new floors. An underlayment may be needed as well so be sure to review your material options with your salesperson.

Vinyl_tile_groutL.V.T. can be installed grouted or without grout. If a true ceramic tile look is desired, a grouted application is recommended. However, L.V.T. can be installed without any grout for a very clean look. photo-replicated wood L.V.T. flooring will look most realistic if installed without grout. The grout used for installation of Luxury Vinyls is a specially formulated acrylic that it will not scratch the tiles. The grout used for ceramic tile is cement based and should NEVER be used with luxury vinyl tiles.

LVT_informationBecause the grout used for L.V.T. installations is acrylic based, it will not absorb stains like a cement based grout will. The grout itself is stain-resistant because of the makeup of the product. Cleanup is also very easy for L.V.T. materials. Simple damp mopping is recommended.

LVT_pricesWhat is the price for this category of flooring? There are obviously many products and styles under the category of “Luxury Vinyls” but we can offer some perspective where L.V.T.s fall into the bigger picture. L.V.T. can vary in price.  Entry level pricing is comparable to entry level sheet vinyl and at the high end it is comparable to a mid-range hardwood.  With pricing everywhere in between depending on product line and brand.

Village_floor_companyWe have multiple brands of Luxury Vinyls on display and also installed in our Geneseo showroom. Call today or contact us via our website to schedule a consultation with a flooring expert at Village Home Store. Let us help you decide if L.V.T. is right for your project. flooring_Quad_cities_phone

Moline Remodel- Great Galley!

Not every remodel we complete involved removing a wall to find space. Remodeled for an updated look with a few slight layout changes, this Moline kitchen now looks great and works even greater for the owners!kitchen_remodel_molinebefore_sink_wallGalley kitchens and even single-wall kitchens are extremely common and we remodel many in the area. When existing location of the kitchen restricts you with how much overall square footage you can use, you must get creative with the design of the new layout. Making the most of what space you have is what we love doing! Take a look at where we began with this galley remodel. A long wall of cabinets on the sink wall offered storage and even a small peninsula on the end allowed some seating and added counter space.

before_oven_wallThe opposite wall housed a wall oven and the refrigerator. An existing doorway to a stairwell blocked the very end of the cabinets from extending any further to match the sink wall. In the before photo you see here this wall of cabinetry ended at the refrigerator. A sun room at the rear of the kitchen and open to the front living room at the other end, the new design couldn’t stretch outside the room…but it can still grow. Here is a photo of the kitchen taken during the remodel process.

kitchen_remodelers_Moline_ILA new pocket door to the sun room has been roughed in and a header above has also been installed. Now that the door will not swing into the kitchen, that back corner of the wall can include two wall ovens.

DoubleOven_Molinecofee_stationDouble ovens by Maytag now can be installed right on the sun room end of the new design. A solution to the old kitchen issue of no landing space for the refrigerator is to include a counter area between the new wall ovens and the new refrigerator. This area is perfect for a coffee station. The new cabinet design no longer ends at the refrigerator. The galley kitchen now has grown to include the existing doorway and include it in the new kitchen.

Kitchen_door_frontA tall face frame and door has been ordered and installed to cover the old stairwell that has now become a built-in pantry. This new look balances the length of the sink wall across from it but doesn’t intrude into the kitchen at all. The pantry front takes up not more space than the original door and the end result actually makes the new kitchen seem larger.

spice_pullout_3inchesThe cooktop stayed in the same location but now has great storage surrounding it including this pull-out spice rack cabinet. 3″ is all you need to have spices within reach and off your wall cabinet shelves. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

moline_remodel_finishesThe finishes in this kitchen are a beautiful upgrade from what was taken out. Koch cabinetry in a Birch wood and “Chestnut” stain with black accent glaze are paired with “Impanema White” granite counters. With only the sink wall and the small area on the opposite wall to consider for backsplash, a tiled look is a wonderful choice. A white subway tile for the main “field” is accented by a strip of mosaic tile that stretches the length of the wall. Adding this line of accent to grab your eye also helps make the new kitchen seem larger than the original.

kitchen_installers_molineA small peninsula was part of the original design and the new kitchen also includes one as well. An angled base cabinet below helps allow even more legroom for two benches and a turned post has been installed to match the cabinetry and support the weight of the granite top.small_kitchen_peninsula

As with many remodel projects we do, the soffits from the original kitchen were taken out and taller cabinetry was installed in their place. Without stretching into the front living room or the back sun room we were able to still add storage space to the new design of this kitchen. For a kitchen this size to include a large french-door refrigerator, a double oven, separate cooktop and a dishwasher  plus more storage is a pretty great task.

Porcelain tileWe also want to mention another surface area of the new kitchen. The floors have been replaced with brand new hardwood in the kitchen. With just a single step down to the sun room and a glass-front pocket door in between, the sun room floor needed to feel like a real part of the new kitchen. Because of the back door traffic, hardwood was not ideal for the sun room but tile would be perfect. A porcelain tile with a look of wood in a very similar color was selected and installed and the choices were perfect. Selecting the right materials and the perfect application is what we help our customers do every day. Whether you are installing your materials yourself, or need us to help arrange someone to do it for you, get in touch with us. Contact us online here or give us a call to start talking about your own project. Kitchen_design_phone

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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