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Moline, IL- Clear The Table From Your Family Clutter

It is no news that we believe the kitchen is the “hub” of the home. For many busy families that translates to the “hub” of all clutter! Bookbags, luchboxes, mail, schoolwork, the dog leash, the sports equipment… you see where we are headed with this. This Moline family of 5 (plus pets) was ready  for a kitchen remodel. When their designer asked what they really wanted to see with a new layout, their response was this: some way to keep the kitchen table clear. Before we share that solution, let’s start the tour with the familiar kitchen areas. This L-shape sink section includes a very common and functional layout. A range and microwave hood on one end, turn the corner with a base lazy susan cabinet to a sink beneath a window and dishwasher beside it.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen layout included a peninsula on this wall extending into the kitchen. The new layout opens up the space by eliminating that peninsula and making room for a large kitchen table. Koch cabinetry in the Seneca doorstyle is installed in a Birch wood and “Mocha” stain. Glass 3″ x 6″ subway-style tiles have been installed in a herringbone design for the kitchen backsplash.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz and glass subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tile is from our American Olean line in the Color Appeal series and “Plaza Taupe” color. No backsplash was installed with these tops so the glass tile backsplash had more room for a statement with the pattern.The refrigerator wall now includes so much amazing storage!
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A tall pantry cabinet fit with sliding shelves and a refrigerator end panel surround the refrigerator for a great look. The section of cabinetry on this same wall creates a great work surface that also serves as a coffee station. The wall cabinetry above is staggered in height and depth to add interest to this wall. Soffits have been removed from this kitchen so that the new cabinetry can reach to the ceiling. To compliment the deeper center cabinet above, the large stack of drawers in the base cabinetry is pulled forward. A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

This gives the opportunity to add interest and a furniture-style look with an arched toespace on the drawer cabinet. The Quartz kitchen counters mimic the creative shape of these cabinets and follow the in-out-in detail with soft radius corners on this bump-out area.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Hanstone Quartz countertops in the Victorian Sands color are a stunning choice for this Moline, IL home. Victorian Sands is a wonderful blend of neutral colors. It is one of those successful colors over the years in that it works with so many wood tones and pairs with just about any tile or paint selections. A standard “Eased” edge profile  is a classic choice. But what about that whole new area designed to somehow solve the clutter table issue? With the mission to control family clutter in mind, our designer went to work to create a new kitchen layout including a whole new third section of cabinetry across from the original kitchen.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom locker area. | VillageHomeStores.com

What an amazing brand new custom drop-zone area fit with a bench seat and coathooks! A place for everything and everything in its place…and guess what?! The kitchen table (and even the kitchen countertops) are now all clear! By creating this designated “drop zone” area on the back wall of the kitchen, there is no excuse for anything to end up on the table at all. A bench seat built from functioning drawers is capped with a matching wood top. This offers a stylish surface for seating. Designing the drop zone into 4 sections helps to contain the clutter to each child’s area. Drop zones like this work best when located near the main entrance home for the users (i.e. back garage door entry).
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom storage bench area. | VillageHomeStores.com

This busy family is so happy with their new kitchen. We love any opportunity we can get to help improve any living space to become more function and beautiful!  To see the full album of photos from this kitchen visit our award-winning Houzz page here. Are you curious what an expert kitchen designer might have to suggest for your own busy space? We are ready to hear about your space! Contact our store to start the conversation about working with our store. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this form online.
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Geneseo, IL- 5 Design Upgrades For Your Kitchen

This beautiful Geneseo, IL remodel has a lot to offer in terms of style and impact. As we take a look around we want to share with you 5 great design upgrades included in this tour that helped take this finished space to the next level. Perhaps one of these details might be right for your own kitchen remodel project.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line is paired with “Silver Cloud” granite tops. The cabinetry is from Dura Supreme’s  Bria series of construction. This is a full-access or a “frameless” series of cabinetry. The painted white cabinetry is such a bright and updated change from the original Oak kitchen. The ceramic tile from the original kitchen was able to stay in place because the new kitchen design worked with it.
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#1: A Full-Height Backsplash

The first design detail that truly makes a big impact in this kitchen is the installation of a full-height backsplash instead of a tiled space. With a character stone like this “Silver Cloud” granite, a full-height splash gives the opportunity to really showcase the natural veining in the slab. Shifting the beautiful pattern up to a visible, vertical plane also gives a really high-end look.
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#2: Mirrored Cabinets

The second design detail that you can include in your space is the use of mirror in place of textured glass in the upper cabinetry. This may even be an upgrade you can make in your existing cabinetry. At first glance, you may have thought these cabinets had glass in them. Take a closer look and you see reflections of the scenic views outside of the new kitchen. Including mirror in kitchens and bathrooms was an up-and-coming trend in 2015 and has been predicted to be a big trend in 2016 and beyond. The look is great but think about how clever this concept is. Nothing is visible behind the mirror! That frees up “display” type cabinets to be used for any and all categories of storage. China hutches, Master Bath linen cabinets, the list goes on of great locations that can benefit by including mirror inserts.
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#3: Designate a Drop Zone

The original kitchen footprint has been extended slightly into the casual dining area. A double wall oven from KitchenAid® has been installed for ease of use on the customer’s back. Now loading and unloading items is easy and the tall cabinet includes storage above and below the wall ovens. The double ovens are also perfect for preparing large meals during Holidays and special events. The end of this tall section of cabinetry is capped off with a tall angled end cabinet pantry. With shelving and outlets within this cabinet it is now the perfect space for a drop zone cabinet. Hidden out of sight is a charging station, calendars, mail and all kinds of items that would normally clutter up a countertop.
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#4: Upgrade A Busy Appliance

If you don’t drink coffee, why buy a french press? If you don’t bake or use your oven often, maybe pass on convection features. Our point is that you should choose areas of your kitchen to upgrade that you can continue to thank yourself for over and over. A great example is upgrading your cooktop to induction if you cook often and want the best results. This may look like a standard electric cooktop but it is actually an Induction cooktop from KitchenAid®. Induction works using electromagnetic technology. It heats the cooking vessel instead of the surface. This allows you the immediate temperature control of a gas cooktop but in a smooth electric look. The Performance Boost feature allows you to exceed the maximum heat-level setting for up to 10 minutes, perfect for rapid boiling. 
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#5 Upgrade Access

The Dura Supreme’s Bria series a frameless construction is inspired by European Cabinetry. This allows you full access to the cabinet box. No matter what cabinet line or construction your design includes, you always have the option to place drawered cabinets where doors and slideouts can also be located. Even though the footprint of this island remained the same that upgrade was made with the new island cabinetry.before after island

Now it is easy to access pots and pans and all kinds of added items within the drawers. Cabinet hardware was carefully selected to match the scale of the drawers the handles were placed on. The back of the kitchen island was also upgraded from smooth panels to custom wainscot panels. This upgrade makes a world of a difference in the finished look especially in a great room setting where the island back is highly visible.
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This new space is now bright, stylish, and makes a big impact because of the upgrades included. The full-height granite backsplash is breathtaking and including mirrors in the upper cabinets is a gorgeous look. Extending the cabinetry to include wall ovens and a pantry/drop zone allowed an easier oven experience and the new cooking zone has an incredible Induction cooktop. Specialty cabinet inserts were also included and an appliance garage in the kitchen corner keeps the counter from small appliance clutter. There is so much to love about this space.
White painted kitchen with full height granite backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

We included a full video tour of this finished space in a recent episode of the Village Home Show. In that tour, we give a detailed look at induction features and benefits. Press play below to watch it.

If you would like to see the full album of photos from this remodel be sure to check out our portfolio of work over on Houzz.com. Access the project album here at this link. Houzz is a fantastic way to organize your ideas when researching for your kitchen or bath project with Village Home Stores. Any inspiration you can share with our team helps us get you your dream space. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Your first step is reach out for an appointment. Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online here on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. We were thrilled to include this kitchen in the second season of our TV Show The Village Home Show and thank these Geneseo, IL customers for their business and for inviting you in to see the finished space.
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Geneseo Remodel: Kitchen Turns a New Corner

remodel_geneseoThis featured kitchen remodel in Geneseo, IL gives a new layout that includes designated zones to help keep clutter to a minimum for this busy household.
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Any busy household could use some help when it comes to the subject of clutter control. “A place for everything and everything in its place”. That’s a great concept to embroider on a pillow but even with a brand new kitchen, let’s be realistic. Take a look at this design solution. A large-item drop zone area. This is easily our most favorite part of the new design.
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Kitchens tend to be located by the entrance used most by residents of the home. Where do you throw all your stuff when you walk in the door? Including a drop zone area in your kitchen design can help to give your items a built-in place to rest. This design includes a cabinet above, two coat rack cubbies with hooks, and storage drawers below. The drawers below become the perfect location for this family to store petfood and supplies.

A matching beadboard panel has been installed to the back of this bench drop zone area. The ridges of the Birch beadboard help dress up the look of the coat cubbies when nothing is stored there. Hanging two-sided coat hooks from the bottom of the cabinet area above gives bulky items more space to hang. Have you ever heard a friend or family member complain they didn’t have enough drawers in their kitchen? Well imagine how jealous they would be of this corner of our featured remodel.

This new kitchen design “wraps” the corner as it transitions into the drop zone area. The stack of drawers found right at the “turn” of the corner adds even more storage for non-kitchen essentials. Because this drop zone area is located right at the center “hub” of the home, any number of items can be stored here that might be needed. Take a look at a “Before” photo from this Geneseo kitchen just to see how much it has changed:before

Dated cabinetry, hardware and tops have been completely upgraded for a stunning new look. Rich “Mocha” stained Birch cabinetry has been installed in the “Savannah” Shaker doorstyle from our Koch Classic line. If you love the look of this Cherry look on a more affordable wood species, be sure to check out this other featured kitchen on the blog. crown_molding

The refrigerator in the new design has been moved to the sink wall. A small landing space of countertop has been included to the left of the Stainless Steel Whirlpool refrigerator. Hidden within the cabinet is a charging station. Including specified zones for devices is another way to keep kitchen counter clutter under control. Whirlpool refrigerator WRF736SDAM13 | VillageHomeStores.comdepthThe new refrigerator has been surrounded with matching Birch end panels. It is important to note that even though the design has “built-in” the new refrigerator, it still extends out into the space. Be sure to discuss counter-depth vs. standard-depth refrigerator models choices with your kitchen designer and appliance salesperson at Village Home Stores. This layout does not demand the clearance or look of a counter-depth model. Because of that, a full-depth model that offers 25 cu. ft. of storage can be used for this new Geneseo kitchen. Counter-depth refrigerator models can look great and be a space-saving option but don;t forget you do lose capacity when compared to a standard-depth model.pantry

Directly across from the new refrigerator is a tall pantry cabinet. This cabinet has been fitted with adjustable slide-out shelves. In place of cabinets with slide-outs surrounding the range, two large drawer stacks have been included. Now all baking items, pots and pans, and lids are within reach of the cooking zone of the kitchen. full viewCambria WinchesterThe new hardwood flooring in this featured kitchen is beautiful. A Hickory wood from Hallmark’s “Chaparral Collection” has been stained in the “Sagebrush” finish. Other materials from this featured remodel include Cambria’s “Winchester” design quartz tops and a mosaic tile accent strip that truly ties everything together. Working with Village Home Stores gives you the piece of mind that your kitchen will look great. We build a whole team of salespeople just for your project, That way all of the finishes and materials function and look fantastic!

See the full album of photos from this kitchen remodel over on our Houzz profile here. Are your ready to start working on your dream kitchen with Village Home Stores? We can’t wait to start your own Before and After story! Call us today to set up an appointment and get started. (309) 944-1344 kitchen_contractors_geneseo

Mudroom Managed: Hazelwood Homes

Hzaelwood Homes IncWe will be sharing the kitchen from this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL next week. We wanted to start by featuring one of the more unique spaces in this home. The back door bench area that serves as a drop zone at this home is so great that we had to feature it first.

drop zone areamudroom lockerAny busy household can appreciate this drop zone near the garage entry of this home. “A place for everything and everything in its place” comes to mind right away. With a single base cabinet, a full row of wall cabinet storage including mail slots and a long row of coat hooks outfit this area for maximum storage.

This area is located in the hallway just off the kitchen and also allows access to the powder room nearby. The reclaimed wood bench allows a location for shoes to tuck away and mounting double hooks instead of a single style allows each family member to hang a jacket and accessories in the same area.

kitchen_renderingKoch cabinetry Oyster FinishThe door style selected for this space was a beaded style from our Koch Classic line. The beaded style of door is a perfect compliment to the inset painted cabinets in the kitchen (within eyesight of this area). The Birch cabinets have been painted with the “Oyster” finish which is a light almost “dove” grey color that will be more forgiving over time for soil and messes than a bright white would. A single piece of matching Soapstone was used as the countertop in this drop zone to carry over the same style from the kitchen as well.

Do you have an area that gets cluttered up with backpacks, shoes, and all kinds of piles? Chances are there is a smarter way to use that space! The design team at Village Home Stores can help you figure out the best way to use your space and make the entire are much more appealing to see as well. Contact us today for an appointment or call with any questions (866) 995-3411remodel_quad_cities