Port Byron, IL Remodel: An Upscale and Pet-Friendly Before & After

 

This Port Byron, IL couple wanted their remodeled kitchen to have an upscale look but still seem approachable and warm. We think their design and materials from Village Home Stores have achieved this look perfectly! Rich dark cabinets in a Beech wood have been stained in a “Mocha” finish from our Koch Classic line. “Yukon” Quartz countertops are a contrast in color and sheen.
Kitchen remodel in Port Byron, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

Such a transformation has taken place! The original kitchen (see before photo below) included soffits at the ceiling and basic slab-style cabinetry. There was plenty of space in the center of the kitchen to accommodate a temporary island/table area. An L-shaped section of cabinetry on one side of the kitchen and a row of cabinets beneath the window on the other side.
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The new design took all usable space and kitchen a new design solution has been installed including a peninsula. This peninsula helps divide the kitchen from the living area and it also adds an overhang area for counter-height seating. There is a pub-height table right outside of the new kitchen for more seating when needed. The remodeled open concept now seems more like one large and cohesive look from kitchen into the dining/living space.
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The dark cabinets and quartz counters look sophisticated and beautiful but the flooring and backsplash once again almost steal the whole show! The customer pointed out when we arrived to photograph the finished space that new visitors are always first to mention the flooring. Good thing their dog “Buoy” seems to have a bright future in modeling because he can’t wait to show you his new floors.
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Mannington Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist technology. | VillageHomeStores.comJust look at this guy. Buoy is a very good dog but he does have paws and claws. No worries though because his owners selected Mannington’s Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist Technology. This patented performance coating with Aluminum Oxide helps keep floors looking newer longer by providing exceptional resistance to everyday household scratches.  Watch a video on Scratch Resist here to see how this product is so durable it wears off the ridges of a quarter before any damage is made to the floor the quarter is rubbed onto. No worries Buoy, this Oak “Rawhide” colored floor is as pet-friendly as you can find! Adura Plank flooring is a Luxury Vinyl Tile. We call this material “LVT” for short and while you may have seen us feature more ceramic look LVT here on the blog, the wood look planks are just as awesome!

With the new cabinet layout came added storage solutions for the space. A tall pantry caps off the window wall of the kitchen. This cabinet has been fit with five slide-out shelves so there is plenty of space in this 24″ deep unit for dry goods and even small appliances. This tall piece really helps anchor the look of this section in the kitchen.
Tall pantry with shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

This wall of the kitchen includes a window and a nice stretch of countertop surface. With the new addition of the peninsula, the counter space has doubled. This corner has now become a fantastic place for many tasks. meal prep, serving, and even a dining space with the counter-height seating. Even though there can’t be wall cabinets above this added peninsula, the base cabinets make up in great storage space. A stack of two deep drawers can house pots and pans. A 5-piece drawer front option has been selected for this project. Instead of a smooth, “slab” style these 5-piece option looks more similar to the doors of the cabinetry.
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Many times selecting this 5-piece drawer-front option is no added cost to your cabinet purchase. Be sure to discuss which drawer front style is best for your project with your designer from Village Home Stores.  There are of course other specialty cabinets included in the new kitchen. A pull-out trash cabinet, tray divider cabinet, and even a wood divided silverware drawer (see below). Making the most of your cabinet space is how you end up with a great design that you can fall in love with every time you use it.
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The doorstyle selected for this Port Byron kitchen is named “Aspen” by our Koch Classic line. A flat-panel is the most common door choice when you are looking to end up with a more “Transitional” finished kitchen. It is important to point out though that flat-panel doors can come in a variety of styles and even construction.  If you scroll back up to look at the open pantry door you will see the inside of that open door looks like a raised panel of wood. That is because the center of the “Aspen” doors are solid wood center panels. This makes for a more sturdy construction and gives a more rich and realistic woodgrain than a veneered look.
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The rails and stiles that create the frame around this center panel are also varied in size on the doors. Transitional meets Contemporary, the narrow sides with thicker top and bottom portions of this door give a unique style and look to the cabinet. The look it finished off with a standard crown molding. The soffits have been removed and the new layout has cabinetry stretching all the way to the ceilings. The depths of some of these wall cabinets has been varied to add extra design interest.
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If the cabinetry or flooring didn’t steal your attention, the mosaic tile backsplash certainly will! Pietra Art mosaic tile from the “Woodland Park” series has been installed throughout. This mosaic tile perfectly blends the colors from the cabinetry, countertop, and flooring all into one multi-colored mosaic.
Linear mosaic tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen tile backsplash is illuminated and showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. The high contrast from the dark cabinetry to the lighted tile and counters make this tiled surface even more dramatic. We love that there are even Stainless Steel lines in the mosaic to help tie in the appliances with the complete look.
mosaic tile and stainless faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen remodel is the type of space that we think anyone can take something away from touring. The blend of materials and colors all showcase just some of the many options available when working on your own kitchen. Transitional style kitchens give clean and timeless looks without heavy or ornate design elements. This look reads high-end and effortless. We can say though that getting this effortless look did take work. Our thanks to Durian Builders for the work they did in this home. “Buoy” and his family love their new kitchen from Village Home Stores.
Pet friendly flooring by Mannington. | VillageHomeStores.com

This remodel was managed from start to finish with our full remodel Project Management Program. This means that from early estimates until the day “Buoy” moved his food dish, we were there taking care of it all. If you are ready to make the first steps to getting your own Before & After story started call us today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out to us with an email to info@villagehomestores.com. Be sure to check out the entire album of photos from this kitchen Before & After story over here on our Houzz page.
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Geneseo, IL Remodel- Rustic Beech Kitchen

This kitchen remodel was done by a homeowner in Geneseo, IL with design and materials coming from Village Home Stores. The original kitchen included a wall that divided the kitchen from the dining area. With the wall now removed, the new space is full of light and space. Now in place of the wall is a peninsula of cabinetry and countertop that has quickly become a favorite place for visiting grandchildren. main

silestone sierra madre quartz. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of the sure signs that this peninsula is the place to be in this new kitchen is a plate of treats awaiting guests. What grandchild (or visiting Village Home Stores employee) can resist pulling up a stool to chat or help out in this great new space. The countertops selected for this remodel are by Silestone Quartz in “Sierra Madre”. Added piece of mind is that Silestone includes Bacteriostatic Protection  which means silver ions are included in the quartz to prevent the propagation of bacteria.  A perfect added value to this selection since this new peninsula area is ideal for for preparation and serving. Can’t you just picture a “gaggle” or grandchildren all gathered at this top making Christmas cookies? An outlet has been installed at the very end of the peninsula for small appliances or even a laptop or tablet can be plugged in if used as a desk.
kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

With all of those guests and a bright new space to enjoy, these homeowners better stock up on some snacks! There is plenty of places to store them within the pantry zone of the new kitchen design. The wall that is home to the refrigerator is also where you will find a wide pantry cabinet.
Tall kitchen cabinet with shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

Three adjustable-height sliding trays of storage plus a stationary shelf above that allow full access to the lower section. The trays are a very versatile way to use the space and extend out to allow the user to see everything within. Above is a 24″ deep space for appliances or bulk items. Click play to watch this cabinet and all of the trays in animated form. We love the addition of baskets to the slideout trays! This kitchen was so full of great storage we had to include it on a storage-themed episode of our local TV show. Watch that full episode here to see the full details tour of this great remodel!

Two incredible kitchen remodels both featuring storage solutions perfect for each home. It is amazing how something as basic as adding sliding shelves can help you enjoy and use your kitchen space more. Don’t miss out on the oportunity to fill your cabinets with the best storage potential possible.


Believe it or not this tall pantry cabinet is not the only great pantry storage section in the new kitchen. Just down the wall is a walk-through corner pantry front with a glass-door display cabinet to the right. Corner pantry cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Ordered to match the “Seneca Briarwood”  Rustic Beech cabinetry from our Koch Classic line, this front and two panels were used to assemble the corner area. The homeowner even installed a motion-sensitive light on the interior so that when the pantry doors are opened, the lights turn on. After just a few minutes they automatically turn off. Walk-through pantry fronts are fantastic because you can truly customize your shelving behind them any way you would like. Click play to see the pantry!


While we didn’t do any of the install work for this kitchen, we knew the project was in great hands by a VERY skilled carpenter (who has installed countless projects for our customers). Wait until you see some of the extra work that he put into making this kitchen completely customized for them. This display cabinet with mullioned glass doors got an extra custom detail added to the interior shelves.glass cabinet shelvesThe center section of the finished shelves was routed out to accommodate tempered glass inserts. Now the light installed at the top of these cabinets can pass through the glassware AND the shelves completely! Across from the pantry storage zones of the kitchen is the main prep area of of the kitchen. The sink, dishwasher and cooking areas are all found here.sink

koch all wood susan corner cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comEach of the base cabinets on this wall is full of fantastic storage solutions perfect for any kitchen. The corner of the peninsula includes a lazy susan cabinet to access the entire corner space for storage. Note that there is no center pole in this susan design. Instead, a fixed center shelf has a susan resting directly on it. The base cabinet to the right of this susan is a space designed for storing baking sheets and cutting boards. Instead of the expected metal or wood center divider, a slide-out tray is installed. Because the walls of this tray are tall, nothing will tumble out  when you pull one from the cabinet.slideing tray divider cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

pull out trash cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comPull-out trash cabinets have officially moved from the “specialty” cabinet category and have instead become so expected of any new design we rarely sell a space that doesn’t include one. Many times we are even installing more than one. The double-bin option allows you to sort recycling at the time you are cleaning up. At the very end of the peninsula area is wide stack of drawers. The top section has been ordered with two top drawers in place of one wide drawer.two top drawers in cabinet. | VillageHomeStores,com

Wood silverware dividers have been added to the right top drawer. Deep drawers below offer a lot of extra storage. Many items are now available right within reach of this great new prep space. The tile backsplash in this kitchen is a subway tile in an “Almond” color by Daltile. The mosaic insert is called “Rocky Beach” by Glazzio. offwhite subway tiles. | VillageHomeStores.com

The field tile is bright and the mosaic is the perfect blend of colors that can be found throughout the new kitchen. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting helps showcase this tile. The main sink wall of the new kitchen includes a new Whilrpool range and microwave hood. This range is a front-control electric range with convection oven. We love how the front-control design allows for a smooth and sleek area where the range meets the backsplash. Whirlpool front control stove. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Whirlpool unit comes with the new Frozen Bake™ feature. Read more about this timesaving feature on this past blog post. Above this range is a combination microwave hood also from Whirlpool. With 400 CFMs and 2.0 cu. ft. of interior capacity it is a great choice! The surrounding cabinet design is eye-catching from all entrances into the new kitchen. Whirlpool microwave hood combination. | VillageHomeStores.comFluted details on either side of the hood are the perfect place to catch the “Black” accent glaze that has been applied to these cabinets. This accent glaze is also a great way to help allow the design to combine Stainless Steel appliances with Oil-Rubbed Bronze cabinet hardware. The accent glaze highlights the door details and even the rustic knots found in the wood. The dark finish of the hardware is right at home with this combination. Dark Hickory flooring adds extra drama to the overall look.hickory hardwood dark finish. | VillageHomeStores,com

This Hickory hardwood floor from our Hallmark Flooring line is stunning in person. The dark contrast to the cabinets looks rich and the “Sagebrush” finish is perfectly at home with the accented Rustic Beech cabinets. One of our favorite parts of the new kitchen isn’t even a cabinet! We must also point out the handwork by this homeowner in this chalkboard area he created.

custom chalkboard. | VillageHomeStores.comHe used just a few pieces of Rustic Beech trim to create a custom magnetic chalkboard area on the refrigerator wall. The lower section of molding even can hold a piece of chalk. What a great way to “extend” the cabinetry finish into a functional piece right between the kitchen and the dining areas. Be sure to check out the full album of photos from this project here on our Houzz pagerustic kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are your ready to remodel your own space into a functional and family-friendly kitchen you can make many new memories in? Village Home Stores is excited to hear about what your dream kitchen looks like! Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our expert designers! (309) 944-1344Village_Home_Stores

Diode L.E.D. Lighting: Think Outside The Kitchen

It is that time of year in the Midwest where we get to spend more time outdoors. Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of the home itself. Did you know that the same system of lighting we are always showcasing in our kitchens offers Diode L.E.D. “Wet Location” systems? There is even one series that is fully-submersible!  This poolside bar is a great example of how just one layer of light can make an entire area look like your own high-end brew pub.

Diode LED lighting in an outdoor poolside bar. | VillageHomeStores.comHighlight structural details of your home’s exterior, landscaping, even outdoor bars and kitchens like this one. All of the same qualities we love about our Diode L.E.D. system indoors can be said for uses outdoors. This system has a low profile, is energy efficient, long-lasting and extremely versatile. Especially when you think outside the kitchen.

Images courtesy of Diode LED
Images courtesy of Diode LED

Our Diode L.E.D. lighting has many great products for outdoor settings. BLAZE™ Wet Location lighting offers maximum brightness at only a quarter inch high and a third of an inch wide, you can really add a lot of light to even the tightest of spaces. The FLUID VIEW® Wet Location L.E.D. Strip Lights can be for commercial-grade higher traffic and more rugged conditions. With no UV emissions from these lights, they are safe to use to light artwork or wine and craft beer cellars as well. The HYDROLUME™ system (shown in center above) is an L.E.D. strip light that is waterproof, fully submersible, and UV resistant. It is also resistant to chlorine and saltwater. If you have a water feature you have been wanting to highlight with lighting we can work closely with you on that. Call a salesperson at Village Home Stores today to find out what parts and components will be right for your project.

Diode LED lighting in an outdoor poolside bar. | VillageHomeStores.comThe low profile of the strip lights allow you to really think creatively as to where to add light to your space. In this case, the strip lights were tucked away beneath the granite counters and concealed with some trim. The end result is a consistent wash of light that looks amazing on the stone facing of the bar.

Diode LED lighting in an outdoor poolside bar. | VillageHomeStores.comThis is an efficient and long-lasting system of lights. Once installed this Diode system will be operating for a long time…no seriously a long long time. How long? We have been told you could leave a Diode system running 5 hours a day for 25 years or more before needing to replace any lights. So with a glowing ambient light like this poolside bar, you could leave these lights on as much as you would like and see little energy use because of the low wattage used.

Diode LED colored lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com
Images courtesy of Diode LED

Another fun feature to mention about this Diode lighting is that it is available in many varieties of color. Ranging from warm to cool colors of standard white light but also bold colors all across the spectrum. This system can be used in commercial applications in restaurants or bars but also in creative ways inside and outside of your home.

Diode LED lighting in an outdoor poolside bar. | VillageHomeStores.comIf you have a project indoors, outdoors or even underwater our expert lighting team from Village Home Stores can help you figure out the right system and components needed for you project. Estimates are always free and questions are encouraged! We have many examples of this Diode L.E.D. system in the showroom. And this system of indoor lighting is featured in just about every kitchen we showcase here on the blog. Call or click today for an appointment. (309) 944-1344.outdoor_lighting_quad_cities