Orion Remodel: Island Living

This kitchen remodel in Orion, IL begins like so many in our area. Oak cabinets, existing soffits, a wall keeping the kitchen contained and a peninsula. I am sure many of you readers have or have had a kitchen similar to that description. Take a look at where this story began….

before_kitchenLook familiar to anyone? While there is nothing at all wrong with this kitchen look, it is the common description attached to many of the remodels we do when a home is ready for an update. But now see where this project has ended up!

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Koch cabinets in the “Legacy: doorstyle and painted “Pearl” finish with “Umber” highlights are installed on the main kitchen wall and large island in the Birch “Java”  finish are both topped with Cambria Quartz in the ‘Windermere” design. The doorway into the kitchen has transitioned into an open concept to the front room and dining space nearby. The soffits that extended to the ceiling were removed and now a staggered height design is in place to make this main wall of the kitchen look magazine-cover ready!

island_backA large island roughly 7 1/2′ x 4′ in size makes a great new location for prep, dining, cleanup, and entertaining. This kitchen island is now at the center of all activity in this kitchen. Even with a large crowd congregating around the back of this arching island shape, guests will be no bother to the users in the main prep areas of the kitchen. As you may have seen on the latest episode of the Village Home Show, this island is usable from all sides. The back “paneled” face actually includes usable cabinets 2′ deep. Each island side also has a functional cabinet as well.large island

The new island is now home to the kitchen sink and it also includes one of our favorite features, a garbage disposal button. Disposal buttons can be wonderful in island sink designs because a switch would otherwise have to be located in the cabinet beneath or on a wall behind the user. This feature is instead within reach and works at  just at the push of a button.

disposal_buttonTwo people can now easily navigate around the back wall of cabinetry and the island sink area, even if the dishwasher or refrigerator door is opened. Directly behind the sink and centered in the main wall of cabinetry is a Maytag cooktop below a wood decorative hood. In place of a large stack of drawers or a sinkbase cabinet for the cooktop, an inverted base cabinet was used.

inverted sinkbase cabinetA tall, deep drawer on the very bottom of the cabinet for pots and pans leaves a wide open space above for the cooktop components above. Adding a sliding shelf can make this open space even more usable. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

Village_home_showIf you caught our newest episode of the Village Home Show you were able to see a full video tour of this beautiful Orion kitchen. Since the episode was focused specifically on the kitchen island and lighting above it, you may not have noticed something was missing… something pretty big. Take a look at our designer working with the customer the day of filming in the image above. They were brainstorming about selections of backsplash for the kitchen. What they ended up selecting is perfect:

orion_tile_installerThis combination of a neutral 3″ x 6″ tumbled marble field tile and a framed in accent tile above the cooktop grabs your attention right when you walk in the front door of this home. If a second tile is not a look you are after, consider this same layout but instead frame in your field tile installed going a different direction. Another great idea is to select a smaller or larger tile from the same series to install withing this framed space.

tileThese tiles were selected as a perfect compliment to the gorgeous new Cambria Quartz counters in the new kitchen. The darker field tile picks up on the veining in the Cambria design and the accent tile framed in is more similar to the cabinet finish. The roped pencil rail that creates that framed look matches so well with the cabinet handles and knobs and looks right at home in this kitchen.

ogee_cambria_edgeThe upgrade to an “Ogee Edge” profile on the Cambria “Windermere” Quartz tops really catches the light and your eye. The arch of the island overhang and the bumped-out look of the cooktop each look highlighted by this added edge detail. On the far left end of the main kitchen wall is an appliance garage cabinet that extends all the way down the countertop.

hidden_keurigThis cabinet opens with a top-lift hinge that can stay open to allow the hidden coffeepot within to be pulled out and tucked back away when not in use. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here. On the opposite end of this main kitchen wall is a new combination microwave and wall oven from our Maytag line.

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The location of this tall, deep cabinet mirrors the refrigerator in size on the other side of the cooktop and hood area at the very center of the design. We wanted to be sure to mention another important element to this successful remodel. A layered lighting plan. lighting

This same room can be used any time of day and still offer ample task and ambient lighting. Our Diode L.E.D. system has been installed under and above the cabinetry on the back wall. Three medium-sized pendants spread the length of the kitchen island and recessed cans have been installed to light the back wall and the island itself.

This entire project was managed from start to finish for these Orion customers using the complete Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  This means that all of the estimates, schedules, and crews were managed by us and this project stayed on track and was completed in as reasonable timeframe as possible. If you want to get started on putting together a free estimate for a remodel like this, call or click today for an appointment. Village_Cabinetry

Rock Island Remodel: Bigger & Brighter

A Full Kitchen Remodel Managed from Start to Finish By Village Home Stores.

before_photoThe “before” story of this remodel looks like many kitchens throughout the Quad Cities. White laminated thermofoil cabinetry was extremely popular years ago and commonly paired with black, gray, and white color schemes. In its time this was a pretty incredible look in kitchen design. Also common in this era was the look of soffits above the cabinetry. This kitchen in Rock Island is ready for an update…

Kitchen_Contractor_Rock_Island…and talk about a transformation! This bigger and brighter new kitchen in Rock Island, IL is gorgeous and seems to have almost doubled in size! See this full video tour on this episode of the Village Home Show. Just press play below.

sharp_microwaveThis space has been updated with a design that is timeless and sophisticated. “Pearl” painted cabinetry with an “Umber” glaze from our Koch Classic line  is paired with Cambria quartz in the “Buckingham” design. Stainless steel appliances by KitchenAid are built-in for a customized look. In place of a countertop or microwave hood,  an over-the-counter microwave by Sharp is installed above the drop zone at the entry of the kitchen. This over-the-counter style is a wonderful option when a built-in look is desired.

remodeling_quad_citiesThe entire kitchen is finished in the painted “Pearl” color but the new eat-in area now within the front room is paneled in  a”Mocha” stain. There is a certain richness and sophistication with this contrast and the bar stools are the perfect choice to balance the light and dark colors together.

kitchen_design_Rock_IslandWith the location of the dining room table now moved into the front room, there is space for a beautiful new hutch area. Take a look at a birdseye view of the overall design for the new kitchen:

kitchen_design_rock_islandYou can see in this new design how adding the new hutch area creates an extension of the new kitchen on that back wall and helps the entire kitchen footprint seem much larger. These homeowners in Rock Island, IL chose to work with Village Home Stores because they wanted to open up the existing space and create one large finished space. They also were wanting someone that could schedule and manage the entire process for them. This type of project is exactly why we offer our Project Management services to our customers.

remodel_timelineRemodeling a kitchen or bathroom is not something that you do every year. In many cases it is something you may only do once in a lifetime. At Village Home Stores this is what we do every day. We can help you as little or as much as you would like. If you just need a design and materials for your project we are here for you and if you want someone to take care of it all from start to finish we are here as well. See the entire album of the before, during and after photos over on our Facebook page here.

kitchen remodel before and afterIn the case of this Rock Island remodel there were multiple crews needed to achieve the end result these homeowners were wanting. We managed everything from start to finish. This includes coordinating a “meeting of the minds” so to speak at your home early in the estimating process. Our project manager can then get accurate estimates and schedule a timeline for your project based on a realistic and efficient use of everyone’s time.

kitchen_design_in_Quad_CitiesThe new kitchen sink and countertop pairs perfectly with the warm Travertine tile backsplash. Every permanent element to this new kitchen design remains neutral but the entire new overall space is playful and exciting. We love the bold artwork that faces the new front room. Plus the new dining room light fixture is a statement in itself. 

lighting_store_quad_citiesThis sparkling “Lucia” fixture from Feiss is stunning in person. It looks gorgeous when off and breathtaking when lit. Our lighting team can help you create the perfect lighting plan for your entire space. We have thousands of fixtures to select from and they will help you find just the right one. You can notice when you look beyond this light that the old soffits were also removed when the wall was opened up.

Contractor_Rock_IslandNow the new cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling. If you didn’t guess from the artwork, the dogbowls above may be a dead giveaway that a dog lives here. Those big dogbowls suggest that “Tucker” has a pretty big appetite. But who wants to take up so much space in that beautiful new pantry cabinet for a bog bin of dog food? Take a look at what feature was worked into the kitchen design instead…

pet_food_storageThis pull-out cabinet includes a covered insert for pet food storage. Now dog food can be stored within reach but out of sight. When we made a little video clip of this cabinet in action “Tucker” was very interested in his food cabinet opening up. Watch it here and keep a close eye on his ears perking up.

range and hoodWith the new cabinetry extending all the way to the ceiling there was not an opportunity to stagger the heights of the decorative wood hood in the new design. Instead a slight change in depth and an arched panel shelf above the cooktop create interest and allow space within it for a Broan hood insert. There was also an area down the hallway that was included in this new look.

hall_closetThis built-in linen cabinet was removed and replaced with matching cabinetry to the kitchen within sight of the hallway. We love how this project turned out and it was amazing how much of a difference it made right away to remove that section of wall and open up the new kitchen into the front room. This big bright room is now the place to be at it is so easy to picture it full of guests having a wonderful time.

cabinetry_Rock_IslandIf you are ready to start the conversation about your own remodel project give us a call or click here to make an appointment. Transforming spaces is what we love to do and we can’t wait to help you get your own dream kitchen. Village_kitchen

Pantone Releases 2015 Color Of The Year: Marsala

Marsala In Your KitchenWith last year’s choice of Radiant Orchid being so bright and bold, we were glad to see the 2015 choice by Pantone was a bit more universal. Because of this color and it’s appeal to warm more tastes overall, we expect to see it make a bigger impact in the Kitchen industry. Not many of our customers were racing in to see how they could include Radiant Orchid into their material choices during their 2014 projects but we anticipate Marsala to be a bit more “appetizing” for an accent. Read more about why Marsala was selected here on the Pantone site.

pantone_color_announcementWith kitchen materials being a very permanent choice we do recommend including Marsala in subtle ways.  Keep your main surface element neutral and timeless. Wood tones pair well of course because of the warmth of the color from the natural wood and grain. In this case we selected a painted finish to allow our accents to stand out.

This painted finish is called “Moonstone” and is available from our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry. This warm gray color can be styled a number of ways and matches really any existing wood trim and furniture.  If you are considering beautiful new wood floors for your kitchen, a painted cabinet can help draw attention to that flooring.

pantone_color_of_the_year_kitchenDura Supreme offers an option to include aluminum-framed doors with decorative inserts onto some of your accent cabinets. Their “Oxide Red” insert is a pretty close match to the warm and rich shades found in Marsala. Consider adding a top-lifting cabinet into your design or even a bi-fold style with this aluminum-frame option. Marsala is the perfect shade of red to be included in a wet bar or sideboard area where you may be storing or serving wine. Many times we include glass-door cabinets above a wine rack or stemware holder and these would also become great locations for the “Oxide Red” or similar inserts to be included. Accent door inserts can be added to any prepared door. If the look of the aluminum frame is too modern for you, your cabinet door style can be used instead.

pantone_kitchenThe best way to tie any overall look together is to find an element that can include your accent color with your main finish choices all in one design. A kitchen counter top finds itself located in the center of your light-of-sight. This makes it the most likely candidate to help an entire project “come together” when selecting your materials. The “Westminster” design available from Cambria Quartz is a great example of this. This design is a subtle way to include Marsala and also allows you to go many directions with flooring, backsplash, and even cabinet selections. With black and grays included in the design, either Stainless Steel or Black kitchen appliances would work well. Or consider the new look of Maytag that offers Black appliances with Stainless hardware.

Dramatic and rich, this red-brown color is nothing new to the Kitchen & Bath industry but we can see why Pantone has selected it for the 2015 Color Of The Year. It will be interesting to see how the many design industries around the world begin to include Marsala in their products and work moving forward. If you have any questions about what you have read here or of 2015 is the year you want to take on your project reach out to us. Contact us to start the conversation or call today to make an appointment. 309 944 1344