Village Home Stores is completely capable of having a wall removed or opened up to create a beautiful new space for your kitchen. Many of our full project management remodel projects involve some kind of wall work like that….but not every project. This Rock Island, IL kitchen remodel is a wonderful example of how you do not need to make drastic changes to the room to still get a winning result!
This kitchen was remodeled and only the soffits above the cabinetry were removed. But seeing the before and after transformation you would think this was an entirely different home! The original kitchen was a medium tone wood and crowded by a small peninsula area.
The new kitchen is bright and beautiful. Painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” door and “Pearl” finish is paired with “Chakra Beige” quartz counters. Not only is the kitchen light and bright, its packed with smart storage solutions!
Behind any of the base cabinet doors you can find adjustable slide-out shelving to help easily utilize every inch of cabinet space. Of course the corner cabinet includes a lazy susan for the best way to access the corner. This style of susan is called an “all wood susan” or “super susan” style. A fixed center shelf with a susan tray attached allows a sturdy construction. Not only are there special inserts in the cabinetry, there are some custom additions. The stack of drawers to the left of the dishwasher includes a pullout cutting board. This option is a wonderful feature to add to your kitchen space. The cutting board can be removed completely for use or cleaning.
We love the coffee station in the new kitchen. This area near the refrigerator is the perfect breakfast station including coffee and the toaster. Below the counter is a Stainless Steel microwave drawer. This 24″ wide unit from Sharp has a flip out front control and blends well with many appliance brands and styles.
Of course a tall and wide pantry is the fastest way to add great storage to a kitchen. This new layout includes a large pantry with slide-out shelves. Now pantry storage items are within reach of fresh food storage. Keeping this tall pantry next to the refrigerator helps to keep the rest of the kitchen seem less crowded and more open.
Not every kitchen design includes the kitchen sink beneath a window. In this case, the sink area has been accented with a lighted glass-front cabinet above and a tile accent. The Soho 3′ x 6″ Subway Tile in “Linen” color and glossy finish is accented with a strip of glass mosaic.
Adding a lighting plan to this new kitchen also help brighten the space dramatically! Not only are there recess cans throughout, but also a lighted ceiling fan. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system is installed underneath the cabinetry and also inside the glass-front cabinets. This low-profile and low-voltage light system is always a favorite feature for those that have it!
The casual dine-in area on the end of the kitchen has just enough room for a small round table and chairs. Instead of a shallow tv stand, this client asked to have a custom hutch area created to match the new kitchen. Not only is there plenty of space for a TV but also display space, storage below and even wine cubbies on each end!
This beautiful new bright kitchen all sits atop a new Luxury Vinyl Floor from the Tarkett Permastone series in Travertine “Weathered Beach” color. LVT is a durable product with many benefits for kitchen applications. Call or stop by today to speak to one of our flooring experts about LVT in your home.
Curious what potential your current kitchen space may have? We can’t wait to help show you! Contact us today to start the conversation about your project. Complete this short online form or call us at (309) 944-1344. See the full album of photos from this kitchen remodel project over on our award-wining Houzz page here.
In honor of the MLB All-Star Game this week, we thought we would share our own All-Star Accessories lineup! We are aware that investing in brand new cabinetry as a part of your project can be overwhelming and come with many style and construction decisions to be made. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the storage that these cabinets can offer. After all… isn’t that the whole reason they have been called up to bat? So why upgrade to specialty cabinets? Using your space effectively is our goal. Helping you invest in smart storage solutions right away is a part of our responsibility as kitchen experts. Get it right the first time, not after trying over and over to retro-fit a “universal” item into your expertly designed space. Let’s begin with our “Ace” All-Star: shelving.
Consider what your storage solutions may be once you begin to “move into” your new kitchen without slide-out shelves? There is no better way to use the entire interior space better than with slide-outs. Each cabinet line varies, but typically a standard base cabinets comes with just a single, half-depth flat shelf. Shopping for ways to find inserts, bins and shelves to organize your items can end up costing you added money and a lot of time. Instead, have your designer from Village Home Stores deliver your new cabinets with adjustable slide-out shelves (or even deep slide-out bins). Al moved in and still see space that could be used? No problem! We can even short-order added shelves that will easily fit on the existing brackets if you find you could use more of them.
Corner cabinets are such unusually-shaped items that it is always assumed some sort of insert should be included. “Lazy Susan” cabinets can be in the bases and wall cabinets of your design. We offer many different versions of Lazy Susan constructions and shapes. Typically a base Lazy Susan cabinet is an L-shaped unit that measures 36″ from each corner. There are also smaller 33″ models available or even asymmetrical corner cabinets (i.e. 33″ on one end, and 36″ on the other). What if you don’t have the minimum 33″ in a corner? A Blind Corner Cabinet may be the best solution for you. Did you know there are special inserts to help you access even that awkward space?
The Blind Corner Cabinet above has been fit with two crescent-moon shaped shelves that swivel out, then even pull forward for a way to reach the very back corner of this “blind” space. This cabinet can be perfect for remodel designs that may be trying to add a dishwasher into the new design or add a larger sinkbase cabinet. No matter what space you end up with in your corner, we can make the most of it. Sometimes the tiniest things start to collect and take over a cabinet space. Spices and cooking oils are definitely guilty of that!
Including an area for storing spices and cooking oils may seem like a luxury wish-list item… but think of how much space these small containers can take up if you DON’T plan ahead. By designating just a narrow pull-out cabinet in your bases or walls, you can free up a lot of space elsewhere for other items. Spice storage can be added in a pullout, a drawer or a shelf attached to a wall cabinet interior.
If a pull-out spice rack isn’t something you can work into your cabinet design, do you have an extra drawer? We love this tiered spice rack option that can be added to a drawer. You can see all of the labels clearly without removing or bending down to read them. It is alwasy best to keep spice storage near the cooking zone of a kitchen design if you are able to. That way you have access to what you need while cooking without stepping away from the activity.
Think of all of the items you end up having on your countertop that could possibly find a home in your cabinet design? A designated knife storage area can help de-clutter your counters and keep from messing up utensil drawers. Clearly this base-cabinet access to your sharp knives doesn’t fit every lifestyle (we never recommend it for families with young children), but for some kitchens it is perfect! Many times kitchens include a knife block and still require a second drawer for all of the “other” knives. Why not just designate one zone for all of them?
This pull-out knifeblock from DuraSupreme is a brilliant use of just a 3″ wide space. It even includes a slot for your knife sharpener and a shallow shelf above to lay any smaller knives flat. The list of pull-out storage solutions goes on and on. Your Designer at Village Home Stores will work closely with you to help decide if there is one available that may work great for your own lifestyle. What about cleaning supplies?
Clean Up Zone:
Batting “clean up”…. well that’s YOU every day! Keeping cleaning supplies handy can help keep your kitchen looking amazing. If the basics are all within reach, you are more likely to use them. It alwasy seems odd to store some of these cleaning agents and items near your food. Separating them is always recommended. Inserts underneath the kitchen sink can be added, or even better a tall utility cabinet can house supplies and tools like brooms and mops. Designating a zone for clean-up supplies is an All-Star move and access to the garbage is a part of that!
Pull-Out Waste Baskets:
Speaking of cleaning up, the wastebasket is always a busy place in a busy kitchen. Pull-out waste baskets have become so common because they check all of the right boxes when redesigning your kitchen: You can include the wastebeasket right in the busy areas of the kitchen instead of hidden in a corner by the door and even add a second bin for recycling. Or take it one step further and add another pull-out for pet food. We can even get a sealed container option for this.
Apologies in advance but we have one more baseball pun to make. There is no other way to describe this last item on our list other than the “MVP”.
LED Undercabinet Lighting:
We know, we know, technically this can’t count because it isn’t a cabinet item but can we please let it be the mascot? We have to at least give it a proper mention because this Diode LED lighting system is sincerely the best addition to any kitchen design. There is no better way to show off your space while giving yourself a low-voltage task lighting system to use the new space. Sometimes seeing these cabinets in use is the best way to visualize them in your own design. If you are interested in looking at specialty cabinets to include in your new kitchen from Village Home Stores be sure to check out some of our cabinet animations we have captured over the years. Press play below to see an example.
Find all of them here on this “See Our Cabinets in Action” board on our Pinterest page. Browse all of our boards in Pinterest for more ideas and also check out our ideabooks over on our award-winning Houzz page. Have your own idea you have seen that you want to include in your design? Show us! We want you to get the kitchen you have been dreaming of.
So let’s get started on building you a winning team of experts at Village Home Stores for your own All-Star lineup! Contact us today for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen is like! Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The 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?
Now 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!
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.
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.
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.
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. Nobody 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.
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:
This 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. Hand-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.
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.
These 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.
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.
A 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…
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.
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.
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 projecthere 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 appointment.
I could not have picked a better time to stop by to take some final pictures of this kitchen in Rock Island, IL. It was the end of the day last Friday and the homeowners were hosting some friends for cocktail hour in their new space. Seeing customers enjoying the finished project and showing it off to friends is the absolute BEST compliment we could get. I felt like I was walking into a commercial for our Full Project Management service. The owners of this beautiful new kitchen were so enthusiastic to share how easy the estimate and execution of the project was from start to finish with their guests.
While the shape and configuration of this island may appear strange at first glace, I got to see first hand how perfect it was. The raised bar-height top on the right end was the perfect place for guests to lean and set a drink and snack while the user is working in the kitchen. The location of this section of the island is actually where a wall was located previously. Here are some photos to get a better grasp of how we opened the space up.
In the “Before” photo you see that a wall formed a narrow hallway behind the refrigerator and pantry. This wall was removed along with a beam that spanned the width of the old space. The temporary wall you see in the “During” photo was put in place until a new supporting header could be installed in the now wider kitchen. Now for the full tour of all of the great storage cabinets included in the new kitchen.
A pull-out spice rack was installed adjacent to the range area for easy access to spices and cooking oils. While this cabinet happens to be a wall spice rack, base cabinet versions are available as well. A great secondary use for a base pull-out rack is to hold cleaning products near a sinkbase.
The new island also had great access to pots & pansstorage in deep drawers immediately behind the range user. A pull-out cutting board located in the island is actually one of two installed in this kitchen. With two active users in the kitchen, there can now be many stations to prep and work in the space.
My favorite storage solution in this new layout was hidden where you may least expect it. As I was taking photos of the island the customer exclaimed “Oh and you haven’t seen my favorite one!”. In the cabinet above the refrigerator were wood tray dividers and a wonderful deep space to store small (but tall) appliances. Now the reachable space in the base cabinets can house everyday items in place of these.
An opening that once sat on the end of the old hallway area is now included in the new design. A face frame and door was ordered to match the new cabinets and create a custom look covering the cubby. Now access to this deep storage area looks like a well planned element of the new space. The customer plans on adding shelves to make for more pantry storage in the kitchen. While face frames and doors make up a significant part of the cost of a cabinet, sometimes the purchase of one and some added trim can make a great custom impact.
Cookbook storage and an angled base cabinet were two other areas worth noting in the new kitchen design. Angled end cabinets can be a great way to add storage an not intrude on traffic paths in a space. You are able to extend the counter and storage an they make a great cap for row of cabinets in place of an abrupt square stop. In this case a table was just beyond the end of this counter and now a seated guest will not feel crowded.
Do you have a kitchen that may be able to be widened or reworked for a better solution? Just having a hard time figuring out how it will work best? We would love to talk to you about it. Our team at Village Homes Stores can show you full-colored rendered images of your new space before any walls or soffits get torn down. This way you can visualize your new space before any mess is made. Contact us today for an appointment so we can begin the discussion with you. We would love for you to be our next “Before & After” story!