This kitchen remodel in Moline, IL may be small but it is very mighty! A great example of how Village Home Stores can get you your dream kitchen no matter what the size of the space is. Pairing great products with a high-functioning design makes this kitchen a HUGE upgrade in a small space. There is an area in Moline, IL that is full of galley kitchens just like this one (HINT: the neighborhood rhymes with “Clodette”). Space is limited in these homes and Village Home Stores has made the most of the space with this Before & After story.
The main sink wall shown here showcases how gorgeous product selections can make an eye-catching first impression. Cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” Shaker-style door has been painted in the “Pearl” finish. A Black accent glaze has been applied and helps give a subtle tie into the Black appliances and sink used in the new kitchen. Take a look at a before photo of this same space:
Light Oak cabinetry and gray laminate countertops filled the original kitchen. There is a large window above the kitchen sink that allows lots of fantastic natural light into the kitchen throughout the day. The finishes in this kitchen are beautiful but these homeowners get most excited when they get to use the new space. Below is a birdseye view of the new design from Village Home Stores:
It is difficult to show this kitchen layout in a single photograph, so seeing this birdseye view should help give an idea of how the two walls of cabinetry are arranged. The refrigerator and range each stayed in the original locations. It is so important to have a functional design when you are working in a small space. This means all doors and drawers need to fully operate. The range and dishwasher are staggered in location so that if both doors need to be accessed they are available.
In the original kitchen, a portable dishwasher was located between the refrigerator and range. This gave a small landing space for loading and unloading the refrigerator as well as a prep and landing space for the user at the range. With the redesign of the kitchen came the opportunity to include a built-in dishwasher.
A compact built-in dishwasher from Whirlpool® that measures 18″ wide (compared to a 24″ wide standard dishwasher model) has been installed. This tall-tub model in a compact size is perfect for a remodel like this. If in the future a dishwasher is no longer desired, an 18″ cabinet can be replaced in the space. A pull-out trash cabinet or a single door and drawer unit would work well here.
At first glance you may have thought the countertops in this new kitchen were a natural stone. While they look a lot like a granite, these are actually Formica® laminate tops. The 180fx® series of laminates can really bring an upscale look to any project. The “Lapidus Brown” design selected for this home is a wonderful and versatile choice. With many neutral colors included in the pattern, you can pair it with painted finishes as well as many wood finishes. Be sure to also check out this featured kitchen that included a Marble look laminate.
A great way to give the look of a granite countertop is to select an edge profile that won’t show a seam in the laminate. The “Futura” edge style selected for this project wraps the laminate color over and under the front edge of the material. This gives the look of a smooth, polished stone edge. An Elkay “E-Granite” sink in a black finish has been dropped into the new laminate tops. These sinks are extremely durable and give a great look to any project.
Another way to give a granite “fake-out” look to your laminate tops is in the backsplash area. Laminate countertops can be ordered with what is called a “post-form” backsplash built into the top. This gives you a 4″-5″ coved area of laminate where the top meets the wall. By ordering the tops without a backsplash, the tile can be installed directly down to the top. This is a look more commonly seen with a “slab” of granite installed in a kitchen.
An angled end cabinet is installed to face the user at the sink. This gives a space for display and helps keep smaller items off the countertops. With the end cabinet “clipped” or angled, this makes the wall cabinets not “crowd” into the window. Bringing the wall cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling helps these homeowners gain an added storage all around the kitchen. Leaving enough space for a standard-sized crown molding also helps give this kitchen a polished look. Our Koch Classic line offers wall cabinetry in heights between standard sizes to make this look possible. No more narrow, un-reachable (and impossible to dust) area between the cabinets and ceiling!
Nothing shows off a space better than our Diode LED lighting system. The new countertops and glass 3″ x 6″ subway tiles by Interceramic are fully showcased in the new kitchen. Day or night, this lighting system is perfect. Task lighting when needed or dimmed for a nightlight, this LED system is always one of the first things mentioned when we ask a customer to list their favorite part of the new space.
With just 9 cabinets to work with, you need to truly get the most functional design possible. Narrow kitchens like this don’t need the added obstacle of having to open doors first, then slide out shelves. Drawer storage can add function to just about any space. Think of a desk you may see in a workspace. Most of the accessible cabinet storage within that desk is found in a drawer. With limited space, you don’t need doors swinging into it. Keep in mind that a small stack of drawers like the one shown to the left here, is typicaly found in a kitchen design no matter what the size is. Have you considered though, a stack of drawers as a large base cabinet?
In the case of this kitchen it isn’t just a large base cabinet…. it is THE ONLY large base cabinet. Why choose drawers then? Let us show you! Take a look at everything that fits within this 39″ cabinet!!!
Pots and pans storage, small appliances plus a split top section with two top drawers. A drawer for silverware and one for other items. This frees up the smaller stack of drawers opposite it for linens, cooking utensils and pantry item.
Speaking of pantry items, would you believe that in this small kitchen there was space for a tall pantry cabinet? By moving the dishwasher over to the sink wall, there was now some added space next to the refrigerator in the new design. You would be surprised at how much you can fit into a 15″ wide pantry cabinet like this. The slide-out shelves to this tall unit are adjustable to make the cabinet very versatile. The pantry cabinet also acts as a way to give the refrigerator a more built-in look. A 24″ deep wall cabinet above the refrigerator offers even more storage space for small appliances and extra items.
A 30″ wide gas range from our Whirlpool line is also found on this wall. This range is a standard width and size, but just like this kitchen it packs a large punch when it comes to features. The capacity of the oven measures 5.1 cu. ft. This provides plenty of room to help you manage all of your large cooking tasks. The continuous cast-iron grates cover nearly the whole cooktop surface, giving you the flexibility to easily slide heavy pots and pans to optimal cooking locations. The grates are dishwasher-safe, and their satin finish resists wear and tear. Varied burners below those grates including one 5,000-BTU AccuSimmer® burner. This gives you precise temperature control perfect for melting chocolate or simmering sauces.
Having the gas range tight against this corner in this small layout made it necessary to protect the wall surface next to it. The glass subway tile was extended out from the backsplash to reach to the very front of the cooktop surface. Now any splatters or spills can be wiped clean from the tile or sealed grout.
Limited to a small footprint of kitchen space? Think you can’t have your dream kitchen? Give us a chance to show you that you CAN! Give us a call to set up an appointment today. (309) 944-1344. We are excited to hear about the project you are working on.