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Erie, IL- Kitchen Remodel Updated and Upgraded

This Erie, IL kitchen has been updated and upgraded. A similar footprint to the original kitchen, but using beautiful new materials and upgraded features throughout. Oak cabinetry and laminate tops have been removed and a new Cherry kitchen from our Koch Classic line has been installed. The Cherry “Prairie” doorstyle in a medium “Briarwood” finish compliments the existing Oak trim and doors in the space. The Cherry selection is an updated look and the rich wood grain of the wood is a major upgrade from the Oak.
Cherry kitchen cabinets in remodeled space by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.co,

All of the kitchen appliances remain in roughly the same locations. The original kitchen single-height peninsula has been replaced with a dual-height design and the kitchen sink has been shifted from the center of the peninsula to the corner. With the new layout, the largest transformation happened on the wall opposite the original kitchen L-shape layout:
Kitchen before and after photo. | VillageHomeStores.com

So much of that original wall was getting no storage use. The new design now includes that whole wall into the kitchen. That tall pantry cabinet space is now fit with two 12″ deep tall pantries, each 24″ wide with a single door. Installed side by side, this gives the finished look of a 48″ wide cabinet and leave a large part of that wall available for more cabinetry. Because of a casual dining area on that end of the kitchen, the new base cabinets transition back at an angle to meet the shallow pantries. This new design now provides a large countertop that cab be used to load and unload the pantry or refrigerator or set up as a coffee station or work surface. At this location, the space is very versatile.
Shallow pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 12″ deep pantry can store quite a bit within, especially when it is four feet wide! Other specialty upgrades include the addition of a pull-out cutting board concealed above the top drawer of a base cabinet. A great feature in just the right location. When selecting specialty items like tray dividers, cutting boards, or spice cabinets, be sure they are located in the area you plan to reach for them.
cutting board cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

On each side of the new Whirlpool range are base cabinets fit with sliding shelves. These cabinets are perfect for keeping pots and pans sorted. By keeping this look symmetrical on each side of the range, a comfortable landing space of counter is available for the user on both sides.
Sliding shelves in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Moving the kitchen sink to the corner frees up the entire peninsula for a worksurface. A corner sink also adds interest to the layout. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system spotlights a beautiful new tiled backsplash along both walls of cabinetry. The main field tile is a 3 x 6″ polished Travertine. The decoline of accent tile is from our Glazzio line and is named “Tranquil”.
Cambria Quartz in Hampshire design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Hampshire. | VillageHomeStores.comThe short area of backsplash on the peninsula has been given a different treatment from the tiled walls. This jump from counter height to bar height (shown in profile on right) is only a few inches. Instead of creating a bright contrast of travertine tiles, a splash has been installed of the same Cambria Quartz material from the countertop. The “Hampshire” Cambria Quartz has been given the “Full Bullnose” edge profile.

The peninsula side facing toward the Great Room has been fit with a wainscot panel and trim for a customized look. A four-panel wainscot design and furniture base completes the look. On the end of the peninsula that meets the wall, a full-height door cabinet opens into the Great Room. This becomes a great place to store items that might normally pile up on end tables or countertops. The cabinet helps finish off the peninsula and provide a space to hide these items out of sight. Speaking of hiding things out of sight, notice with the dual-height peninsula design that you can’t see into the kitchen sink?

Custom wainscot panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

crown molding on cabinetNow that the soffits have been removed, there is room for the new cabinetry to reach higher and still have space for a more appropriate crown molding to be applied. Crown molding may not seem like a significant detail but it is this final “trimming out” phase that helps complete any finished kitchen. Including crown and undercabinet molding help polish off the look. On the back of the peninsula area a furniture baseboard molding was applied where the panel meets the new flooring. A polished and customized look. Don’t miss out on the opportunities in your own design to help your space look carefully planned out and customized specially for your home.

The new flooring in the kitchen is from our Tarkett line. It is a Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” floor and looks perfect in this new kitchen. LVT can be installed grouted with a special form of grout or groutless (shown in this home). Read more about LVT and how it is installed here on a past blog post. A rolled edge treatment on these tiles help this groutless look to be forgiving of subfloor imperfections and best of all, no grout to clean!
An Erie, IL kitchen remodel including luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett. | VillageHomeStores.com

Be sure to check out all of the images from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Are you interested in starting the process for your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to hear about it! Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to get started. Be sure to click here to read more blog posts about other before and after stories we have shared from right here in the area.
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Bettendorf, IA: Rustic Beech Lower Level Wet Bar

Home is not just where your hang your own hat. Your home is a place for entertaining guests. Don’t miss out on opportunities to make an impression on those guests in the areas you know they will visit. When you entertain large groups, two areas are always guaranteed a visit: the bar and the guest bathrooms. We wanted to show you around a wet bar located in the lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home built by Kerkhoff Homes. This wet bar is a great example of how just a few basic design details can step up a space to become functional AND memorable.wet bar cabinets in a lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sometimes the last spaces designed in your home can become the most visited once they are complete. Building a new home or taking on an extensive remodel can leave you exhausted when it comes to making decisions. By the time you are finished making selections for the kitchen and main bathrooms you can easily run out of opinions. Your expert team at Village Home Stores is here to make sure every space in your project has that designer touch.  A great wet bar design doesn’t have to break your budget or strain your decision-making patience. Give your space just a few distinct features and then sit back and enjoy it! rustic_beech_bar

The easiest way to complete the look of any wet bar is to include matching wood paneling. This gives the bar a more solid look. Imagine if the wall underneath the wooden bar top was just painted the same color as the walls. This same bar would look half the size. Including wood panels in this design helps to anchor the outside of the built-in bar space and makes a firms statement that there is not just a back bar but as front bar as well. This paneled look was acheived with a smooth panel, finished flat stock pieces, and furniture base molding.bar back panel and trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

recessed refrigerator in barThe wet bar includes a refrigerator recessed into the joining wall of the U-shaped space. Creating a customized recessed area here allows for a standard-depth refrigerator model to be selected. A customized look is achieved using standard materials. Counter-depth refrigerator models do typically cost more than standard models. The difference in storage space within is just as important to note. This same space could accommodate a counter depth model with just 20 cu. ft. of storage. Instead, a standard Whirlpool side by side with 25 cu. ft. of storage rests in its designated area. Recessing the refrigerator also helped the back bar get a great look.

A more symmetrical layout was achieved by centering a sink base on the back wall and framing in the space with two glass-front wall cabinets. A mosaic tile has been installed below the wall cabinetry and spreads into the center section. In place of a valance or a center cabinet, the crown molding stretches across the top from wall to wall. This gives the perfect way to “cap” off the tile. Deciding how or where to end a backsplash tile installation can often be difficult above sinks. There are commonly unique cabinets or a windows above the sink and that can create odd exposed areas of wall. We love the look of this filled in space. This area is now perfect for hanging a large wall clock, mirror, or framed artwork.crown molding caps off tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

The base cabinetry of the back bar includes a space for a microwave drawer and pull-out trash bin. The cabinets used in this wet bar design are a Rustic Beech wood finished in a “Mocha” stain from our Koch Classic line. Rustic Beech is an economically priced wood species and takes stain similar to a Birch wood. The rustic features (like knots) add character and detail to the space. The rich “Mocha” stain paired with Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware and faucet help make this “rustic” wood look high-end and dramatic. bar cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

glass_cabinetThe wall cabinets on each end of the back bar have been ordered with the center panel cut for glass. A textured glass has been custom fit and sealed into place to allow the cabinets to become display areas. Textured glass is a great selection for this type of display cabinet. It allows you to see that items are being stored within but it can be difficult to make out what the items are. That way if you have a stack of paper plates behind the glass, it looks no different than if it were a vase or a bowl. A detail that looks great but can be forgiving in a multi-purpose space like a wet bar.

Because of their location, many times wet bars are home to a lot of “overflow” bulk items or seasonal items. Use this opportunity to include as much storage as possible. The important thing is to have a great space to join your guests when entertaining. The bar top itself should be large and well lit. bar pendant lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our lighting expert selected these three “Kent” pendant lights by Artcraft Lighting to hang above the bar top area. The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish paired perfectly with the other selections. The light that comes from these pendants isn’t just impressive on the bar top. Take a look at the display of light that the “hammered” glass casts on the ceiling above. Selecting the right lighting for a wet bar design can truly set the tone for the entire space. wet bar in lower level of Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

The pendants are the perfect size and scale. The added textured detail to the glass gives a playful showcase of light. Details like these help take a basic space and make it breathtaking. See the full album of photos from this Bettendorf, IA bar here on our Houzz.com page. Do want to make sure that all of the areas of your new home or remodeled space look perfect? Every detail considered as important as the one before it. Let us help build a team of experts to start the conversation with you about your project. We will be with you guiding you every step of the process. Take the first step by contacting us for an appointment. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or click here to complete the online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Village_Geneseo

Moline Remodel: Details Make The Design

Moline, IL kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

What is it about some projects that really help push them over the edge into that “magazine-cover” category? Many times is that added layer of details that take a great looking design and amplify it into gorgeous! In the case of this remodeled Moline kitchen, the details make the design!Moline remodel before and after by Village Home Stores

This Moline kitchen has been completely transformed. From dark and dated to bright and timeless. Dark oak cabinetry and golden laminate tops gave the original kitchen a very crowded feeling. An island located in the center of the kitchen was accessible from all sides but a large wood hood suspended above it seemed to crowd the space.kitchen designers by Village Home Stores

The newly remodeled Moline kitchen has not just been updated but now gives a more timeless traditional look. A similar footprint to to original kitchen but upgrades to function and styles throughout. Kitchen remodelers in Moline by Village Home StoresBrightening the kitchen materials and replacing the massive wood hood with a more subtle style keeps the new kitchen feeling open and airy. Removing the soffits above and allows the new cabinets to extend up to the ceiling. Remodelers of the Quad Cities by Village Home Stores

The cabinetry and counters are not all that were ready for a change, the kitchen appliances were very ready for an update. A brand new appliance package from KitchenAid was installed into this new Moline kitchen. Notice how the original wall oven didn’t even have a glass-front door to see inside of the unit? Appliances in Moline by Village Home Stores

What an upgrade they have made here!  A combination microwave and wall oven allow the convenience of a double oven when needed but also standard microwave features in the top unit.

Quad City tile by Village Home StoresA perfect pairing of Cambria’s “Windermere” quartz design with Koch’s painted “Pearl” finish and a “Umber” highlight. This bright finish gives the new kitchen an open and airy feeling from the original dark Oak cabinetry that was removed. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting helps lighten the space as well. With a smooth wash of light that is dimmable and energy efficient, this system is the perfect task and ambient light in a kitchen.

What You Expect:

Let’s begin by showcasing the details you would expect in a Traditional kitchen like this from Village Home Stores. Elements like these are many times not included when working with a “Big Box” cabinet store but any professional Kitchen & Bath showroom should offer you these design details.Crown molding on hood by Village Home Stores

Crown molding is a key element in giving your kitchen a polished off look. In this case, a traditional crown bridges the gap from above the wall cabinets to the ceiling. Paying attention to scale and size is important here. Cabinet and ceiling height as well as other molding details in a home must be considered when selecting size. Varied depths in this kitchen make for an interesting look and the opportunity to continue the same crown but add interest to the detail. Notice how the same wood crown has been wrapped around the top of the new stainless hood for a look you wouldn’t expect to see.

Accent kitchen island by Village Home StoresAccent islands in a contrasting color have become more and more common in new kitchen designs. The “Mocha” finish on this island compliments the wood flooring and the highlight glaze that has been applied to the perimeter cabinetry.Baseboards by Village Home Stores

Baseboard molding wrapped around an island or end panel treatment can offer you and instantly polished look. The right installer is key when you are looking for a totally polished Traditional style kitchen. Your finished look will come to completion with that final layer of trim and moldings. Don’t forget that Village Home Stores offers full Project Management and can schedule a carpenter for your project. If you have someone you are working with, be sure that they are skilled in millwork and trim. Never be afraid to ask to see some past work or get a recommendation from a recent project. Eased countertop edge by Village Home Stores

A standard “Eased” edge profile is the most commonly used edge profile on stone countertops. Many times this edge is selected because it comes with no upcharges to apply to your stone. In reality, the “Eased” edge is sometimes the best look for the overall design. Clean and simple lines always can find a home in any style of kitchen. Here it helps from distracting from the door details the “Royale” style from Koch includes.

What You May Not Expect:

Now for those details that make the design. The ones you may not expect to see but that bring this kitchen design into that “magazine cover” or “Pinterestworthy” category. These details are why working with a professional can not just save you time and money but give you the end result you want! Ogee countertop edge by Village Home Stores

The accent island is not only an accent color but it is framed in with an accented edge profile. The “Ogee”  edge profile has been added onto all four edges of this kitchen island. Right at the center of activity and much of the attention to any guest, this detail helps give the island a furniture look. Light from the windows and the kitchen lighting highlights the edges perfectly.beverage cooler by Village Home Stores

In that same island is a glass-front beverage cooler. This keeps beverages easily accessible to guests and frees up space in the main refrigerator for other items. Also notice how the trim carpenter framed in the baseboard below to help keep the built-in unit looking at home in the furniture style island. Paneled dishwasher by Village Home Stores

Panel-ready appliances like this dishwasher unit are always a great choice when you want to include designer details in your kitchen. Refrigerators, beverage coolers, dishwashers, and icemakers all can be ordered in panel-ready models.applied doors by Village Home Stores

Speaking of panels, notice how there are no basic, smooth ends or back to any of the cabinetry in this Moline kitchen? Applied doors have been added to all of the exposed ends in the design. The back of the Peninsula that faces the adjacent Dining Room also has custom panels applied. These exposed ends are an opportunity to give a custom look to your kitchen.

spice drawer by Village Home Stores

Some of the design details and upgrades in this new kitchen you can’t see unless you are using this kitchen. A spice drawer organizer is located in a stack of drawers below the window.

knife drawer by Village Home Stores

Above that spice drawer is a knife block drawer. These modifications and inserts can be added anywhere in a design. Your designer at Village Home Stores can work with you to find the perfect locations and modifications for your lifestyle. The kitchen sink is right at the center of all activity in the new kitchen. A beautiful E-Granite sink has been undermounted to the Cambria quartz tops.

Kitchen remodel in Moline, IL by Village Home Stores

This sink is truly the best of both worlds. A low divider undermounted sink has the benefits of a single and a double well layout. Low divider sink by Village Home Stores

The option to fill one side when a shallow soak is needed for washing but the space for larger items when needed. This Moline kitchen is not bright and airy. What sets it apart are the details. Details really do make the design. Moline, IL remodeled kitchen by Village Home Stores

Want your dream kitchen but haven’t found the right design team to trust your home with? Village Home Stores is ready to help build you the perfect team and design for you. Call or click today and let’s get started!Kitchen contractors in Moline, IL, Village Home Stores