This Port Byron, IL couple wanted their remodeled kitchen to have an upscale look but still seem approachable and warm. We think their design and materials from Village Home Stores have achieved this look perfectly! Rich dark cabinets in a Beech wood have been stained in a “Mocha” finish from our Koch Classic line. “Yukon” Quartz countertops are a contrast in color and sheen.
Such a transformation has taken place! The original kitchen (see before photo below) included soffits at the ceiling and basic slab-style cabinetry. There was plenty of space in the center of the kitchen to accommodate a temporary island/table area. An L-shaped section of cabinetry on one side of the kitchen and a row of cabinets beneath the window on the other side.
The new design took all usable space and kitchen a new design solution has been installed including a peninsula. This peninsula helps divide the kitchen from the living area and it also adds an overhang area for counter-height seating. There is a pub-height table right outside of the new kitchen for more seating when needed. The remodeled open concept now seems more like one large and cohesive look from kitchen into the dining/living space.
The dark cabinets and quartz counters look sophisticated and beautiful but the flooring and backsplash once again almost steal the whole show! The customer pointed out when we arrived to photograph the finished space that new visitors are always first to mention the flooring. Good thing their dog “Buoy” seems to have a bright future in modeling because he can’t wait to show you his new floors.
Just look at this guy. Buoy is a very good dog but he does have paws and claws. No worries though because his owners selected Mannington’s Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist Technology. This patented performance coating with Aluminum Oxide helps keep floors looking newer longer by providing exceptional resistance to everyday household scratches. Watch a video on Scratch Resist here to see how this product is so durable it wears off the ridges of a quarter before any damage is made to the floor the quarter is rubbed onto. No worries Buoy, this Oak “Rawhide” colored floor is as pet-friendly as you can find! Adura Plank flooring is a Luxury Vinyl Tile. We call this material “LVT” for short and while you may have seen us feature more ceramic look LVT here on the blog, the wood look planks are just as awesome!
With the new cabinet layout came added storage solutions for the space. A tall pantry caps off the window wall of the kitchen. This cabinet has been fit with five slide-out shelves so there is plenty of space in this 24″ deep unit for dry goods and even small appliances. This tall piece really helps anchor the look of this section in the kitchen.
This wall of the kitchen includes a window and a nice stretch of countertop surface. With the new addition of the peninsula, the counter space has doubled. This corner has now become a fantastic place for many tasks. meal prep, serving, and even a dining space with the counter-height seating. Even though there can’t be wall cabinets above this added peninsula, the base cabinets make up in great storage space. A stack of two deep drawers can house pots and pans. A 5-piece drawer front option has been selected for this project. Instead of a smooth, “slab” style these 5-piece option looks more similar to the doors of the cabinetry.
Many times selecting this 5-piece drawer-front option is no added cost to your cabinet purchase. Be sure to discuss which drawer front style is best for your project with your designer from Village Home Stores. There are of course other specialty cabinets included in the new kitchen. A pull-out trash cabinet, tray divider cabinet, and even a wood divided silverware drawer (see below). Making the most of your cabinet space is how you end up with a great design that you can fall in love with every time you use it.
The doorstyle selected for this Port Byron kitchen is named “Aspen” by our Koch Classic line. A flat-panel is the most common door choice when you are looking to end up with a more “Transitional” finished kitchen. It is important to point out though that flat-panel doors can come in a variety of styles and even construction. If you scroll back up to look at the open pantry door you will see the inside of that open door looks like a raised panel of wood. That is because the center of the “Aspen” doors are solid wood center panels. This makes for a more sturdy construction and gives a more rich and realistic woodgrain than a veneered look.
The rails and stiles that create the frame around this center panel are also varied in size on the doors. Transitional meets Contemporary, the narrow sides with thicker top and bottom portions of this door give a unique style and look to the cabinet. The look it finished off with a standard crown molding. The soffits have been removed and the new layout has cabinetry stretching all the way to the ceilings. The depths of some of these wall cabinets has been varied to add extra design interest.
If the cabinetry or flooring didn’t steal your attention, the mosaic tile backsplash certainly will! Pietra Art mosaic tile from the “Woodland Park” series has been installed throughout. This mosaic tile perfectly blends the colors from the cabinetry, countertop, and flooring all into one multi-colored mosaic.
The kitchen tile backsplash is illuminated and showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. The high contrast from the dark cabinetry to the lighted tile and counters make this tiled surface even more dramatic. We love that there are even Stainless Steel lines in the mosaic to help tie in the appliances with the complete look.
This kitchen remodel is the type of space that we think anyone can take something away from touring. The blend of materials and colors all showcase just some of the many options available when working on your own kitchen. Transitional style kitchens give clean and timeless looks without heavy or ornate design elements. This look reads high-end and effortless. We can say though that getting this effortless look did take work. Our thanks to Durian Builders for the work they did in this home. “Buoy” and his family love their new kitchen from Village Home Stores.
This remodel was managed from start to finish with our full remodel Project Management Program. This means that from early estimates until the day “Buoy” moved his food dish, we were there taking care of it all. If you are ready to make the first steps to getting your own Before & After story started call us today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out to us with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out the entire album of photos from this kitchen Before & After story over here on our Houzz page.