Morrison, IL Kitchen Remodel With Two Tone Cabinets

This kitchen remodel feature brings us to a home in Morrison, IL where a new kitchen was part of a major remodel overhaul to the home. A room addition on the back end of the home and this new open kitchen layout have helped to create a new flow to the spaces. We also installed new flooring, lighting, and remodeled a hall bathroom during the process. We love a two tone kitchen design and for this kitchen, we combined two finishes AND two of our cabinet lines to get the perfect look for this household.

Morrison IL kitchen remodel with island, wood hood, and tall pantry cabinets. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Morrison IL kitchen remodel with island, wood hood, and tall pantry cabinets.

The kitchen perimeter cabinetry comes from our Dura Supreme line. The doorstyle is named “Highland” and has been painted in the “Moonstone” finish. The accent finished wood hood, island, and pantry wall are all from our Koch Classic line of cabinetry. The “Prairie” door is the perfect compliment to the perimeter cabinetry. These accent items are in a Hickory wood stained a warm gray “Stone” finish. If you are looking for a great wood stain that compliments many tones of grays out there, ask to see a sample of this finish on all wood species. We even two toned the countertop surfaces in this kitchen. The kitchen island is a statement Cambria Quartz surface named “Langdon” and the solid-colored perimeter quartz is the “Manchester” design.

Two tone kitchen with island in a remodeled Morrison, IL home.
Two tone kitchen with island in a remodeled Morrison, IL home.

The glass door cabinets were given a two tone look by ordering contrasting interior shelves. Including glass door cabinets in your design is a great way to add interest and offer display areas keeping the items contained and uncluttered. We always suggest to include our Diode LED tape lighting on the interior of glass cabinets. This really creates a stunning display space and the cabinets can also be used as an ambient light source day and night. We also installed this bestselling LED system for the undercabinet lighting in the new kitchen.

Lighted glass door cabinet in kitchen with contrasting interior shelves.
Lighted glass door cabinet in kitchen with contrasting interior shelves.

Of course there is plenty of great storage throughout the new kitchen design. Starting with this wall cabinet extension capping off the end of the sink wall. We love using this style of a drawered wall cabinet in bathroom designs to separate the two bowl areas. Of course this is a great kitchen cabinet as well! Think of how many uses you could have for these long and shallow drawers to keep clutter off your counters.

Kitchen wall cabinet with drawers down to countertop.
Kitchen wall cabinet with drawers down to countertop.

The corner of a kitchen design is always an opportunity to maximize storage when possible. Here we installed an angled front wall cabinet and base cabinet. This shape of a corner base cabinet allows you to gain a deeper and more accessible corner countertop surface. Inside of this base cabinet is a wooden lazy susan tray on two shelves. This sturdy design replaces the pole lazy susans of the past. Ask your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores to see all of your cabinet options for a corner in your own kitchen design.

Wood corner super susan cabinet in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Wood corner super susan cabinet in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen.

This kitchen design must have been “written in the cosmos” because ironically the cabinet finish and the tile share the same “Moonstone” name! An elongated beveled wall tile from our Glazzio line in the Gemstone 3″ x 12″ series and “Grey Moonstone” color. The added bevel details adds interest, shadow, and texture without introducing another color to the tile. An accent tile area has been installed above the cooktop in a mosaic of Elongated Hex tiles in the “Silhouette” colorway from our Jeffrey Court line.

Wood hood cabinet with range hood insert.
Wood hood cabinet with range hood insert in a remodeled kitchen with accent tile area above cooktop.

The appliances in this kitchen are from our dependable and strong Maytag line. Shown above is a front-control electric range with True Convection features. Curious what “convection” means or what type is right for you? Check out this short segment from our TV show where we unpack all that info for you. Don’t forget that we offer appliance sales and service to a large area and you can get a fair price while supporting our small business with your appliance purchases. Shop our appliances online and get our Local Low Price Guaranteed at villagehomestores.com

kitchen island with wine bottle storage on end
Gray stained kitchen island with wine storage in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen.

The accented “Stone” stained cabinets in this kitchen include a wood hood, the kitchen island, and the cabinetry surrounding the refrigerator. Wood hood cabinets can truly elevate your kitchen design. We love the customized look they give. Not sure what to put inside of it? Don’t worry! Our team will help you select the correct style and power for an insert for these cabinets. A counter-depth french door refrigerator is surrounded in this kitchen by tall pantry cabinets. Just look at all of that great storage! These two tall cabinets plus a deep cabinet above can honestly store as much (perhaps more?) than a walk-in pantry can.

Gray stained tall pantry cabinets surround a refrigerator in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Gray stained tall pantry cabinets surround a refrigerator in a remodeled Morrison, IL kitchen.

To the left of the pantry and refrigerator area is a small landing space. We installed a wall outlet from our Radiant series that includes USB plugins. This makes it a great place for charging devices, sorting mail, keys, and papers in the cabinets above and below. Just around the corner from the new kitchen is an entirely new room in the home. A stunning new spacious four seasons space with a statement ceiling. A 65″ wide farmhouse inspired fan named “Gentry” looks perfect in the space in the “Anvil Iron” finish.

Kichler ceiling fan with remote in a Morrison, IL four seasons room.
Kichler ceiling fan with remote in a Morrison, IL four seasons room. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

Don’t forget that our expert start to finish kitchen remodel team is also your expert start to finish bathroom remodel team. In this home a hall bathroom has been transformed to now become a stylish new space. Fit with a single sink vanity, framed mirror, and toilet topper cabinet. The same Hickory “Stone” cabinetry from our Koch Cabinetry line is used and we love seeing it paired with this rich mosaic tile in a variety of colors.

Cambria Skara Brae vanity top and glass wall tile installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom. Bathroom designed by Angela Weisbrod and remodeled by Village Homes Stores.
Cambria Skara Brae vanity top and glass wall tile installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom.

The Cambria Quartz vanity top is one of our favorite parts of the entire project! Look at how stunning this Skara Brae surface is! Cambria is a wonderful choice for a bathroom vanity top. It is extremely durable, resistant to the heat of hair care appliances, and wipes clean with just soap and water or any mild cleaner. Nothing spilled on the surface will be absorbed into that gorgeous pattern or cause a stain. With any natural or engineered stone surface in a bathroom we are also able to undermount a sink to the slab of surface. This makes cleanup even more simple and keeps the look clean.

Cambria Skara Brae vanity top with undermounted bowl and faucet in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom.

To see more images from this home remodel visit the project here on our best of Houzz-winning profile. If you are looking at tiling a custom shower with Village Home Stores, then be sure to check out this ideabook also on our Houzz page that showcases many showers we have installed in the Quad Cities region. It is a great place to get inspiration for tiled shower entrances, drains, door systems, shelves, niches, and benches. Our team can help you transform an area of your bathroom into the custom shower retreat you deserve. In this bathroom we tiled a large area and included grab bars and a hinged glass shower door.

Custom tiled shower with glass wall tile accents and glass door installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom. Bathroom designed by Angela Weisbrod and remodeled by Village Homes Stores.
Custom tiled shower with glass wall tile accents and glass door installed in a remodeled Morrison, IL bathroom.

Are you ready for your own remodel story to begin with us? Our team can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Our goal is to make the remodel process as enjoyable as possible. We have a very detailed process for estimating, designing, and installing your new kitchen or bathroom space. And we assure you our team is fun and friendly to work with. If you are ready to get started just reach out. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or text with us directly from our website villagehomestores.com Walk-ins are welcome but your best experience with our team begins with an appointment in the showroom. Our showroom is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment.

Gray Stained Hickory Home Bar With Matte Black Counters

The gorgeous kitchen we shared in our last blog post wasn’t the only area that we worked on in this Betendorf Iowa home. Village Home Stores provided design and materials for this home from our Cabinetry, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, Wall Tile, Lighting, and Hardware departments. So let us take a trip from that open concept upstairs, and wander down to the lower level of this home to see the bar area. On our way downstairs, take a look at the stairwell flooring selections we installed.

Combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Dreamweaver carpeting in Metropolitan Iron Frost color and Engineered Oak in Saddle finish.
A combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Flooring by Village Home Stores.

The “Saddle” engineered oak flooring from the upstairs great room is repeated on the stairwell landing. This breaks up the carpeting and adds such a rich look to the space. Our best-selling DreamWeaver Metropolitan Series carpeting has been installed in the bedrooms, closets, and lower level of this home. The “Iron Frost” color is the perfect neutral. It blends beige and gray colors to create a soft, comfortable floor surface. This DreamWeaver carpet is a solution dyed carpet. That means it won’t fade, show wear, stain, or show bleach stains from spot cleaning. The color of this carpeting is the same throughout the entire fiber of the carpet, not just the outside surface. Learn more about this PureColor® Technology here on the DreamWeaver website. But for now… let’s head to the bar!

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, black pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.

Wow! What a handsome wet bar in such a small footprint! Proof that just a few cabinets and a great bar design can upgrade the look and function of any entertaining space. This back bar with sink and front bar-height counter is a perfect layout. Wall cabinets with a single lower drawer bookend each side and extend all the way down to the counters. A glass mosaic tile accents the the back wall and is capped off at the top with a crown molding.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.

This tiled wall can be used in a number of ways. Shelving can be added, wall art, a clock, a wall-mount TV, or just as we have it shown. Designing a home bar doesn’t mean you have to install an entire second kitchen in your home. Many customers include a sink and just a few appliances in their design. In this home we installed a single glass-front beverage cooler and microwave drawer with a bar sink and plenty of cabinet storage.

Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock. - Village Home Stores
Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock.

The “Stone” stain from our Koch Cabinetry line has quickly become a bestseller this year. We have installed this finish as whole kitchen projects as well as accent islands and many bathroom vanities. Here in this wet bar we applied this warm gray stain to Koch’s Prairie door in a Hickory wood. Amerock handles in a “Gunmetal” finish look amazing against the stained wood. This home is located in Bettendorf, Iowa but we must mention that the name of this handle from Amerock is “Davenport” how fun is that!?

Golden Lighting mini pendant lights with chain in Pewter finish hang in a Betendorf Quad Cities home bar.

The other metal finishes in this bar compliment this Gunmetal finish with the Stainless appliances and Pewter lighting fixtures from Golden Lighting. Three mini pendants hang above the bar height seating area. These mini-pendants are stylish and notice they are on a chain! Have a tricky light location in your current home? Don’t forget you can “swag” anything on a chain or cord! Snap a photo of your space and ask a Village Home Stores lighting expert about your options.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.

Across the room is a game table area. We installed a larger pendant light from this same Golden Lighting series there. The same lines and style of the mini-pendants in a larger scale. The lighting selected in this home all looks so great as you walk throughout the house. Selecting lighting for your home can be a fun process and the right lights can add so much personality to a finished space.

Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.
Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

You don’t have to have every single light fixture in a home match each other. In fact the best lighting plans we work on include lights from varied brands and use varied finishes. Press play below to see a few of the fixtures we installed all under the same roof of this home:

Many of the metal finishes in the rest of the home are a matte black or dark bronze finish. We love the graphic look of a black fixture against a neutral background like a white kitchen or a foyer ceiling. Black is a great accent color to consider. Upstairs in this home we included a painted black island in the kitchen. In the lower level bar we used a black granite countertop.

Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

This is a natural stone top called “Black Pearl” and that soft, leathery look you see in these images comes from the “Brushed” finish applied to the granite. Instead of a high-gloss polished stone, these slabs are roughed up with an entirely different set of tools to give the stone a touchable texture without the dark, high-gloss black granite look. Black Pearl Brushed granite is a great surface to consider if you are looking to accent your design with some matte black finishes and want a durable surface.

Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

The front of the bar design is constructed with two base cabinets set at a bar height. A half-wall was built and and paneling surrounds the finished peninsula. An outlet is located on the end of this bar for crockpots, charging devices, or a blender. A furniture style baseboard molding completes the look where the toespace meets the tiled floors.

Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinets and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops.

Of course a home bar needs cold beverages! And this 24″ undercounter Danby cooler has a glass-front and a 5.3 cu. ft. capacity. It holds up to 112 beverage cans and 11 bottles of wine! Shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. This bar area will be perfect for entertaining groups of any size. It is located on one end of the lower level family room space. Sliding doors to the backyard makes this bar just steps from outdoor gatherings as well.

Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.
Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.

Our cabinetry is not just for kitchens, bars and bathrooms. We designed matching Hickory “Stone” built-in cabinetry for the lower level fireplace wall. This wall turned out so great! Let’s revisit this carpeting selection (shown below) one more time as we notice the blend of warm neutrals looks perfect with the stone selected for the fireplace. The “Stone” stain is the perfect compliment as it offers a great contrast and blends in with so many of the on-trend grays available in home furnishings and accessories now.

Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

While the layout of a “built-in” cabinet hasn’t changed much over time, how we style one has. Some homes still pack shelves full of layers of books or movies and others keep it minimal or seasonal with decor. Typically a built in area includes doored base cabinets with open shelving above. A modern take on this can be seen when floating shelves are installed with no side or back. Here we installed full-height door bases and bookshelf cabinets trimmed off with crown molding. The Hickory crown molding travels across the fireplace section and connects to the opposite shelf side.

Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

Ready to start designing your own home bar or lower level entertaining space with Village Home Stores? We are here to help! We have access to many brands to suit any budget and can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Get inspired from other home bar projects we have completed by visiting this Pinterest board or this Houzz ideabook. When you are ready to take the first steps for your own project, just reach out. Call us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. Cheers!

Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

Village Home Stores has the great privilege to design so many incredible kitchens in a year. Lifestyle magazines, the internet, and apps like Pinterest and Houzz have revolutionized how our customers are able to narrow down their own personal styles. Because these platforms can showcase that every project can be different from the next, our own clients are beginning to embrace a very important revelation in 2017: you don’t have to do whatever your neighbor is doing. It is your home, make it reflect you! Even in the category of New Construction homes we still can say that every single home is different from the next. Take for example, this new Colona, IL home completed by Heartland Builders:
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including black painted Koch cabinets and quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have shared countless white painted kitchens here on the blog but this space is a refreshing contrast. Black painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the full-overlay “Savannah” door. An L-shaped layout is met in the corner with a pantry and a bat-wing shaped kitchen island angles in towards the kitchen. Seating for 4 surrounds the kitchen island.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is in the very center of the island and a bar-height top blocks view into the sink from the Living Room area. Quartz tops in the “Fossil Grey” color are installed in a standard Eased edge profile. This new Maytag® french door refrigerator includes the easy-to-clean, Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish. The refrigerator caps the end of the kitchen area and in a small niche for the Great Room a bar area has been installed.
Bar area in kitchen including Danby glass-front beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

This space is stylish and convenient when entertaining. A glass-front beverage cooler from our Danby® line frees up space in the main refrigerator and allows hosts and guest easy access to beverages. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting perfectly illuminates the American Olean “Appeal” glass mosaic backsplash.  This bar area has been tiled completely in the “Transcendent” mosaic. As mentioned before, the appliance package in this new home is by Maytag®.  Maytag is dependable and has the warranty to back that statement up! Each of the new Maytag® appliances in this space comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty on the main components of the unit. Stop by or call our expert appliance team at (309) 944-1344 to learn more about this warranty exclusive to Maytag®.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The appliances include the french door refrigerator, top-control dishwasher, microwave hood, and convection gas range. Each with their own 10 year limited parts warranty and in the Fingerprint Resistant Stainless finish. We love the look of the commercial-style hardware on the handles and knobs in this sleek space.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen has been installed within a great room that includes a living room area and dining space. The same Luxury Vinyl Tile has been installed throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, hall, mud room, and laundry. This LVT is the “Meridain” series from our Adura click-together line in the “Steel” color. The perfect neutral sleek and stylish platform for this Contemporary styled space.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring by Adura in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lighting selections for this home are fantastic and each can stand alone as a very unique art piece! Four elongated LED pendants hang above the kitchen island. These pendants from our Kuzco line are in the Satin Nickel finish. Sometimes a big design impact can be made with a low-profile item. These long, narrow fixtures are a great example. They almost create columns to the island but are easy to see past and around in the open space.
Modern and Contemporary lighting by Village Home Stores in a Heartland Builders kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 4-light chandelier hangs in the dinette area. This light is named “Coddington” and is from our Feiss line. Talk about sculptural! We are reminded of the balance and shapes of an Alexander Calder mobile when seeing this light.
4 light Coddington chandelier by Feiss in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the great room space a large 60″ ceiling fan is stunning! This fan is named “Proxima” and is from our Quorum line. The Satin Nickel finish is a perfect choice in this completed space. When turned on, it provides a lot of air flow and when the fan is turned off, it has an almost sculptural look.
Modern ceiling fan in a home by Heartland Builders including Quorum Proxima 60" ceiling fan. | VillageHomeStores.com

That corner pantry may look large enough, but open the doors and you will find that this is just a pantry front. This cabinet walk-through pantry front leads to a large walk-in pantry area. There is plenty of style AND storage in this space. New homes like this tend to have an “Open Concept” to the spaces but you need to plan for including plenty of storage options concealed from that “open” area. This walk-in pantry if perfect for food storage but also can be great for  other bulk household items.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including a walk-through pantry front. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here.
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Geneseo, IL- Basement Bar

We don’t just create amazing kitchen and bathroom designs at Village Home Stores. There are many other types of spaces in your home that a custom design might be needed for. The home bar is a fantastic example of one of these spaces. Sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name. If you are lucky enough to have a bar this amazing in your own basement…. you had better believe a LOT of folks will want to know your name! Grab a drink and let’s take a look around.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

This Geneseo, IL basement bar remodel brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “nah. I think I’ll just have some friends over and watch the game here”. Why would you ever have to go out when you have this at home? Truth is… you rarely even see real taverns with as beautiful of a custom bar anymore. Home bar design by Village Home Stores.

The barkeep here happens to be a bit of a Georgia Bulldogs fan but with a little bit of imagination you can picture it done up with your own team’s swag. Custom Rustic Cherry cabinetry has been distressed and a “Mocha” stain with “Black” accent glaze has been applied. The “Seneca” raised-panel doorstyle was used on the bar cabinetry. This raised-panel look is perfect for a Traditional styled bar created with the Koch Classic cabinetry.

Home bar featuring Georgia Bulldogs memorabilia. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main cabinets included in this home bar are only visible to the bartender himself. The most important view of this space is as a guest. The bar can comfortably seat 6 at the bar-height top and two more at the counter height top (shown above). behind those barstools are custom wainscot panels that perfectly compliment the cabinetry on the interior and back bar of the space.Wainscoting bar ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Wainscot panels are divided up with fluted column details and decorative wood corbel supports. As we share time and time again on this blog, details always make the design. Details you can see and appreciate plus details you can use and appreciate. Having a bar rail on the lower section of this bar helps make it really look complete.Including a bar rail on your project looks great and is so fantastic as a seated guest! Having a place to rest your feet when sitting at that height for extended amounts of time is important in making visitors feel comfortable. stainless_bar_rail

Traditional polished brass bar rail is still available but and updated look is created here by using a Stainless Steel bar rail system. Another detail that most female guests can appreciate are the purse hooks that were added just below the countertop overhang.purse_hook_on_bar

These hooks are very necessary in public establishments as a way to keep your handbag within reach and away from sticky floors. This home bar is very well kept so sticky floors are not a problem. Instead,the purse hooks are a thoughtful detail. Lets take a look at the back bar area that bar patrons can see.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

The wall has been fit with open shelves for bar accessories and memorabilia plus glass shelves for bottles and glassware. A 15″ wide built-in ice maker from KitchenAid provides uniform 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ sized cubes. What looks like a tall pantry cabinet to the left of the ice maker is actually access to the real “back of the house”. Press play below to see this walk-through pantry front that is an entrance to the storage area of the lower level.

As you turn the corner, a 27″ wide built-in combination microwave and wall oven has been included in the design. With a lot of guests you will need to feed them. This microwave and oven are perfect for helping with that task. Directly across from the oven on the counter-height bar is a small 2-burner electric cooktop perfect for prepping food and serving guests. Two-burner electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.comThis smooth cooktop takes up a small amount of space but adds a lot of function to this area of the home bar. The countertops installed on the bar are a granite named “Saturnia”. In place of a polished look to the stone, a “brushed” finish has been used. This creates a more matte look and enhances the texture and patterns of the stone. Of course with all the food and drinks getting served at this bar you will need a bar sink. Bar sink in a home bar designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comA single well Stainless Steel undermount sink is fit with a faucet and pullout sprayer. A garbage disposal button has been included to the left of the faucet. A tilt-out tray on the false drawer below the sink keeps sponges and dishrags out of sight when not in use. Of course cleaning up after entertaining is always made easier with a dishwasher. This 24″ KitchenAid is so quiet you could even have it running while entertaining. lighted_glass_shelvesA mirrored back wall and glass shelves make for an impressive display for memorabilia and bottles. Glassware can also look great in this application. A colorful light system was installed behind the glass shelves to illuminate the wall in the evening. Adding mirror is a great way to open up any space.KitchenAid beverage cooler in bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

A glass-front beverage cooler is accessed near the cooktop area below the lower counter height top. This cooler from KitchenAid can be used as a built-in (shown here in our design) or freestanding. The same is true of the 15″ ice maker.Georgia Bulldogs home bar. | VillageHomeStores.comThere is an impressive amount of space behind the bar. Great storage including sliding shelves, pullout trash bins, and drawers for tools and towels. For a large crowd there is even extra seating on the interior of the bar. All this seating plus pool, shuffleboard, a game table, and a walk-out to the backyard fire pit. Why would you ever need to go anyplace else but home? Another great element are the fluted columns that stretch from the bartop to the tray ceiling. Fluted columns in a home bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This same fluting detail can be found dividing the wainscot panels on the back of the bar. The carved wood corbel supports and fluted details are enhanced with the accent glaze that has been layered over the stain. This rich cherry wood, gorgeous granite tops,  and all of the design details create a home bar that outshines many of the public spaces opening up nowadays. We really love helping our customers make the most of their experiences at home. We love helping provide the perfect setting and creating spaces that bring people together. Cheers to these clients for welcoming us in to show you around this unforgettable home bar. custom_bar_cabinetsLooking for other great ideas for your home bar? Be sure to check out our ideabook on Houzz and our board on Pinterest for inspiration. Plus see the full album of photos from this home bar here on our Houzz page. We also want to raise a glass to Evergreen Custom Homes who installed this design and did a fantastic job. Are you ready to start the conversation about your own home bar design? Contact us today for an appointment. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out on our website and one of our designers will be in touch to start the process. Village_phone_number

Atkinson, IL- Rustic Meets Traditional

The right design and materials in the perfect setting. It’s a winning look! Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a Traditional kitchen at this Evergreen Custom Home built in Atkinson, IL.  Rustic selections refined into a functional design with countrywide views out every window.
Rustic Traditional kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Charleston” doorstyle and “Sienna” finish paired with a Maytag® suite of Stainless Steel appliances. Granite countertops add rustic drama to the space. The “Desert Dream” stone is full of incredible veining and character. As you make your way around the batwing-shaped island tops they change from dark black to tans and earth tones then back to black again. We imagine it will be quite easy to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get lost in your own imagination just staring at the natural beauty of this granite.
Maytag French Door Refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Combination Microwave and Wall Oven:

This wall is also home to a Maytag® 30″ wide combination wall oven and microwave unit. At first glance you may think it is simply a double oven unit…. you are almost correct! By including the microwave into the wall oven area of a design you free up your options for the overall design of your kitchen. If your design allows it, a combination wall oven can give you a great location for the microwave and also instantly bump the overall look of your kitchen into a more customized category. Maytag microwave wall oven combination. | VillageHomeStores.comconvection_microwaveNobody is thrilled about including a microwave as an appliance focal point of a kitchen design. This is why normally we try to “hide” it or build a microwave into an island base cabinet. Even concealing the unit behind doors has become common. If space is limited, microwave hoods are a wonderful space-saving solution. If your design can accommodate a wall oven, consider a combination unit with a drop-down door microwave. Many of these models can be upgraded to include convection features in the microwave oven cavity. This allows you to have a secondary oven when needed.

Slide In Gas Range:

The secondary oven for this kitchen can be found in the island directly across from this wall oven unit. Maytag®’s slide in gas range with EvenAir™ true convection uses a powerful heating element and a sturdy fan to circulate even temperatures for more consistent roasting and baking within the 5.8 cu. ft. interior. pull out spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

Five burners in the gas cooktop rest under full-width cast iron grates. It is so easy to picture multiple users at work in this kitchen design. This model also includes a warming drawer below the oven. This kitchen has a fantastic functional layout with plenty of prep and cooking areas available. A pullout spice rack is right within reach to the right of this slide in unit.

Unique Storage Cabinets:

sandwich center cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comThis kitchen includes two other unique storage solution cabinets that are worth a mention. The first cabinet is shown on the right and it goes by many names in the industry. With a unique cabinet layout including two small drawers, a bread box, cutting board, and cabinet with slide-out tray this can truly be put to many uses. A “Sandwich-Center” or perhaps a designated snack zone for children? Do you have limited space in a bar or island? This might be a great option to make the most of your space. Press play below to watch this cabinet come to life and imagine the possibilities of including this cabinet option in your own design.

The other unique storage cabinet included in the perimeter of this kitchen is a stand-mixer lift insert. Nice stand mixers can be such a great looking small appliance that many times customers want to have them on the countertops as a part of the finished look. Not everyone wants to keep theirs within eyesight when not in use. Have you ever had the opportunity to try and move one of these mixers from one corner of a kitchen to another? They aren’t exactly lightweight. Press play below to watch how an insert for your mixer can keep it within reach but out of site when not needed.

The variety of textures and materials used in this beautiful kitchen make it hard to decide which makes the largest impact. If you are here in person you would most certainly agree it is the hardwood flooring. Even with a kitchen full of this much cabinetry, the wood floors draw your eye immediately. acacia hardwood floors. | VillageHomeStores.comHand-scraped “Acacia” (Asian Walnut) hardwood in random widths has been installed in the “Saddleback” finish. With a variety of wood tones found within the surface, it is the perfect compliment to the more controlled woodtone of the medium cherry finish found on the kitchen cabinetry.  We can’t possibly mention the word “texture” and not give you a closer look at the kitchen backsplash at this home.Mosaic strip tile. | VillageHomeStores,com

Pietra art stone in a strip mosaic has been installed from Florida Tile’s “Picasso” series. This tile makes a huge impact when you first see it…then seeing it illuminated by the Diode LED lighting and reflected onto the stone counters you get to fall in love with it over and over. Also reflected in the counterops are the unique pendant lights that hang above the island.Kitchen lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

pendantThese unique pendants by ELK Lighting are from the perfectly named “Watersphere” collection. The “Smoke” finish to the water glass creates a hammered look to the globes. When we visited this kitchen to photograph the space, the owners pointed out the unique patterns that form on the ceiling above the pendants (see image above).  Rustic style can still look refined and controlled when the right materials are used. Texture is where you get a Rustic impact and texture is not only something found in reclaimed barnwood,  The glass in these pendants, the hand-scraped wood flooring, and that incredible tile backsplash all add texture and keep the overall look magazine-ready but not trendy.

Double Up: Corner kitchen sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen includes a corner sink layout to grant the user access to the countryside views and maximum natural light during the day. Note the eyebrow arch at the front and back of the sink divider. This design detail was executed and installed by our granite fabricators. The small button sitting flush with the counter on the left corner of the sink is to operate the garbage disposal.

Bar sink in island. | VillageHomeStores.comA second sink can be found across the kitchen in the island. When designing a large kitchen that may be used by many people both for prep and entertaining, a second sink is a great idea. This bar sink is accessible for the entire front half of the new kitchen. A pull-out sprayer is also included in the faucet making it a great secondary area for clean up. The island itself is so large and right at the entrance to the kitchen. The bar-height top on the island is where many of the guests will be found when entertaining. A bar sink like this can be great to fill up with ice and have beverages out and ready to grab. Sinks aren’t the only thing duplicated in this kitchen…Danby beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

A glass-front beverage cooler is also located in the kitchen island. With plenty of shelf space for wine, soda, juice and beers in this cooler, the main refrigerator isn’t over crowded. The glass-front on  the cooler also makes “way-finding” easier to a guest. Let a guest know they are welcome to “grab a beverage from the island” and they can easily find their way.Desert Dream granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking is islands, let’s address the fact that this design includes two of those as well!. The larger island on the perimeter of the design helps establish the “end” of the kitchen in relation to the great room it sits in. Because of this location and the size of the island, it is easy to forget that it even is one at all. The rectangle island in the center of the space helps give the main kitchen area a great landing space right at the center of the cooking zone of the design. Two islands in a kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

The smaller island in the center of the kitchen is fit with a contrasting granite top. An “Absolute Black” granite top is polished and has a standard “Eased” edge applied. We love the way this polished dark stone reflects the rest of the kitchen back at any visitor as they walk by it. See the full album of nearly 40 photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page. Are you building a new home? Want to remodel the one you are in to make it even better? Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation on your own project! (309) 944-1344 or click here for an appointmentVillage_phone_number