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Bettendorf, IA- Dark Gray Kitchen Rich With Storage & Style

This Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen has been completely transformed from a medium oak cabinet with laminate tops…
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…to a rich look of dark gray stained cherry with sparkling tile and counters! A brand new kitchen layout has been planned to now fit a long, unique island. DuraSupreme’s flat-panel “Highland” door is in a cherry wood and the rich “Peppercorn” stain allows the woodgrain to peek through. The new cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling with a subtle crown molding. A beveled undercabinet molding completes the look beneath the wall cabinets.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme Peppercorn Cherry cabinets and Cambria Galloway quartz. Design, materials, install, and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Before we tour it, we should mention that this kitchen remodel in Bettendorf was finished using the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores. This means that a team of experts worked together from designing, through the estimating phase and on into the scheduling and project management process. Our proven process is a system we will walk you through beginning from your very first phonecall or showroom visit. Village Home Stores are your Quad Cities regional Kitchen and Bath remodel experts. The complete Project Management Program walks you through every step of the process from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

After the design phase is complete, all parties involved including the subcontractors we are hiring for your project will meet at your home before any work begins to clear up any questions they have. If you have questions about this process we have answers! Do call us anytime to chat about what our Project Management Program would mean for your own home projects. (309) 944-1344. Let’s take a tour of this week’s featured project beginning with some of the beautiful new materials selected for the kitchen.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with KitchenAid Black Stainless and decorative metal tile above the cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

A striking compliment to the Peppercorn stain on the cabinetry, is a suite of appliances in KitchenAid®’s new Black Stainless Steel finish. The first in the industry to introduce this true stainless finish. The new kitchen plan removes the original peninsula and now extends the cabinetry all the way down the wall to make space for a tall cabinet fit with a combination wall oven and microwave.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with KitchenAid Black Stainless. Appliances and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Convection features in the oven AND microwave allow this model to function as a double oven when needed. Wall ovens are fantastic for allowing you a view into the oven without bending over. When items need attention, use the SatinGlide™ Roll-Out Extension Rack for easy access. Across the kitchen is a section of tall pantry cabinets surrounding a 5- door Black Stainless Steel refrigerator.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with KitchenAid Black Stainless 5 door refrigerator. Appliances and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This French Door model includes a 3-tier freezer drawer plus two refrigerated drawers. This is a full-depth model refrigerator. Read more about the differences between full/standard depth and counter depth refrigerator in this recent blog post. With the original peninsula design out, there is now room for a kitchen island. Our designer at Village Home Stores created an island design with plenty of storage and even seating in this kitchen.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with Cambria Quartz tops in Galloway design. Unique whistled shaped island design. | VillageHomeStores.com

A rectangle island top is extended into a rounded seating area supported by a cabinetry post beneath. The post supports the counter and allows 4-5 barstools to pull up for a comfortable casual dining space. Cambria® Quartz in the “Galloway” design ads sparkle and drama to the kitchen design. The warm grays and soft whites in this quartz allow it to be a great choice for many kitchen and bath projects.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme cabinetry in Cherry Peppercorn finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The island support post serves double-duty as a hidden storage area. Why build an empty box of panels and trim if it can be functional too?! Speaking of creative storage, this kitchen is packed with it! When you open up your Tupperware cabinet at home are you fearful of an avalanche of lids every time? Then you need this Rev-A-Shelf® insert in your life!
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with Rev a Shelf pull out storage container organizer. | VillageHomeStores.com

This insert pulls out to access slotted spaces perfect for sorting lids and containers. Press play below to see this incredible storage solution sure to make the very top of every client’s kitchen wish list.

Another great hidden storage solution is located to the right of the gas cooktop area in the kitchen. This pullout utensil cabinet keeps any busy kitchen organized and has everything within reach! It can even remain open with the user is working at the cooktop station.A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with utensil pullout. DuraSupreme cabinetry in Cherry Peppercorn finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each of the metal inserts can be removed for loading, unloading, and cleaning. A special knife storage area is included. This universal knife storage area has movable flex rods that adjust to hold whatever size knives slide into it.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme cabinetry including pull out utensil organizer. | VillageHomeStores.com

Press play below to see this unique storage cabinet open up to reveal many organized zones and a knife block.

Have you ever seen a beautiful new tile backsplash that immediately looks crowded and busy because of all the outlets and switches that interrupt it? Introducing the adorne® undercabinet system by legrand®. Plenty of power, light, and innovative options that are hidden out of sight underneath your wall cabinetry.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with legrand undercabinet lighting and outlet system. | VillageHomeStores.com

This collection can be completely customized for your lifestyle and your layout. Wish you had an outlet in a different location? No problem! This system is modular so you can move outlets and even add accessories like tablet cradles and bluetooth speakers. Like this look? Check out this other recent kitchen remodel we completed that also includes the adorn® system.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with legrand undercabinet lighting and outlet system. Lighting and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tracks are installed at the seam where your kitchen wall meets the back of your wall cabinetry. This keeps it nearly hidden from plain sight when viewed within the kitchen. With many options and accessories available, the best way to get all of your questions answered about this product is to visit our award-winning showroom at 105 S State Street in Geneseo, IL and see it installed!
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with legrand undercabinet lighting and outlet system. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the new kitchen installed came the opportunity to also put in a matching custom bench seat. A custom cushion could be made for the bench seat but this customer loves the look of the woodgrain so much they have left it uncovered. On the subject of woodgrain, note the gorgeous new flooring in this kitchen. It is actually not hardwood but instead a Luxury Vinyl Plank from our Adura line. The series is named “Ashford Walnut” and the color is “Foxwood”.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with custom storage bench. | VillageHomeStores.com

A long hinge allows for the storage access door to be opened and left open without slamming shut. Think of all of the small and unusual spaces in your own home that could be potential storage areas. Don’t hesitate to ask about your options with Village Home Stores to help make the most of these spaces.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with custom storage bench. Kitchen and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Another small space that received a storage upgrade was the corner of the kitchen shown below. Added storage and a small landing space for setting down items. This angled base cabinet can be used in a number of ways in a kitchen design. Here it stands alone as a wonderful storage niche.
A Bettendorf, IA kitchen with DuraSupreme cabinetry in Cherry Peppercorn finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Love the look of this kitchen? See an idea or storage cabinet you want to include in your own project? Pin this image right now to your Pinterest board or find the whole album of over 50 photos here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save images to your own ideabooks or share your wishlist items with your designer from Village Home Stores. Ready to start your own before and after story with us? Contact us today! Complete this short online request or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear about your project!

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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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Kewanee, IL Remodel: Timeless, Transitional, and Right at Home

This home in rural Kewanee, IL was ready for an update. Modern needs in the space-planning of the design paired with a classic look to match the history and style of the farmhouse. Proof that you can update without “time-stamping” your project, take a look at this beautiful new timeless finished space:
Kitchen remodeled in Kewanee, IL by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted Birch cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the flat-panel “Prairie” doorstyle is the perfect selection to achieve a timeless and transitional look that can be styled a number of ways over the years. Selecting classic choices like this as the more permanent elements to your design gives your finished space a longer life and allows you so many more options over time. The painted white flat-panel door remains to be one of the top-selling cabinet choices throughout ALL regions of the U.S. because it looks right at home in so many spaces. This same cabinet could be in a metropolitan loft yet looks just as perfect in this countryside setting.
Remodeled farmhouse kitchen in Kewanee, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

Most of the change that happened in the remodel process came with updating the room itself. The entrance from the garage into the kitchen and nearby hallway received new doors. A wall dividing the kitchen from the Living Room was removed and a header was built in the location of the original wall. A single wall removed from the equation and an entire flow and function has been given to the space. New painted white base trim was also installed to surround the layout. The kitchen cabinet layout has been carefully selected to make the most of the limited space available. A previously unused wall has been fit with this custom buffet/sideboard area:
Buffet area in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a beautiful statement area to help separate the kitchen from the dining space while keeping the same look and feel of the overall design. This sideboard area is shallow enough to not crowd the kitchen space. The cabinets below are deep enough to accommodate drawers and offer up a great countertop space for serving and entertaining. The center cabinet has been fit with textured glass and lit with our Diode LED lighting system (more on that later).  Staggered depths and heights of this section of wall cabinets also help give it a customized look. The kitchen has been opened up into the front Living Room and now the entire main level of this Kewanee home is open and bright. With no Formal Dining Room in the home, a small kitchen table was tucked in the corner in the original kitchen. With the dividing wall now removed, the table area seems far less crowded and access to the pantry is easier. Take a look at the before and after of the area where the wall was removed:
Before and After kitchen wall removal. | VillageHomeStores.com

As we mentioned earlier, a header had been planned to go in the same location of the wall being removed. During the remodel process the header was installed and prepared for the plasterer to come in as planned to finish off the look. The more the customer looked at that beam in place, the more she liked the look it gave and the dividing quality it gave from the kitchen to the Living Room. She started searching on Pinterest and found an idea to trim out the opening to suit the look of the home. After showing it to the carpenters from Durian Builders, a quick sketch was drawn up to mimic the design of the valance above the kitchen sink. We think the end result looks even better than the pin! 
Pinterest Kitchen Ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Repeating design elements like this doorway detail and valance help give a finished space that expert touch. We think this is wonderful detail that helps make this remodeled kitchen look like it has been the kitchen that belonged in this home all along! The original space had soffits that dropped down from the ceiling and a track light system to light the kitchen. The new design has wall cabinets and crown molding that stretch up to the ceiling and can lighting has been placed along the perimeter with a ceiling fan in the center (see  image above). The main L-shape of new kitchen cabinets have been fit with storage solutions like a corner lazy susan, tray divider cabinet, and slide-out shelves near the range.
Koch cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 photos from this project (including before photos) over here on our Houzz page. There is plenty of added storage space available in the walk-in pantry. This original pantry on the opposite corner of the kitchen has been fit with a custom walk-through pantry front ordered to match the Koch kitchen cabinets. The pantry area now looks like a part of the kitchen. Now because of the location of the pantry in the now open space, it can act as a pantry and broom closet.
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Is hallway envy a thing? We sort of think it may be now. Would wouldn’t love We can’t possibly give you an honest tour of the new kitchen without admitting our own favorite part… the Hickory hardwood floors! With these areas combined into one gorgeous space, the home has been styled beautifully by the customer. This cohesive and styled look and open space showcases the hardwood so well.

Hallmark hardwood flooring in Hacienda Hickory Smoke. | VillageHomeStores.com

The home honestly looks magazine ready and the flooring is the main stage this is all set upon. Hallmark Flooring’s “Hacienda Hickory Smoke” hardwood is now in place in the new kitchen, down the hallway, and through the Living Room. We even installed this same hardwood the the entrance from the garage into the home. The rich dark stain gives the perfect contrast to the white doors, trim, and kitchen cabinetry.
Hallmark Hickory hardwood flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

A more subtle detail in the finished kitchen is the use of a glass subway tile for the backsplash. The subway tile shape and pattern are a classic choice and the glass material adds a unique texture and tone to the finished look. Shown here iluminated by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system, the subtle “Buff” color of these Jeffery Court 3″ x 6″ glass tiles stand out perfectly where a solid white tile might have gotten lost in the white kitchen.
Glass subway tile in a Kewanee, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Most of the kitchens we featured here on the blog have included this same Diode LED lighting system. We thought we would share with you that this same low-profile series of lighting can be used in so many different applications. In this kitchen we also installed it vertically on the interior of the center glass-door cabinet to light the shelves and glass (see image below). This lighting comes in a variety of styles and can be used indoors and outdoors. Click here to learn more about Diode LED lighting.
Diode LED undercabinet lighting placement. | VillageHomeStores.com

The backsplash covers the wall area from cabinet to countertop and what pulls all of the colors together is the Cambria Quartz countertop. The “New Quay” design by Cambria is a palette of soft whites and warm greys. This quartz selection is a neutral choice that will look great for years to come. Plus because Cambria Quartz is one of the most durable surfaces available for residential and foodservice areas, it WILL look great for years to come. Cambria remains to be considered as thought-leaders in the quartz industry and always launch new designs and patterns that are on target with trends.
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What does your dream kitchen look like? Would removing just one wall give your an entirely new space? The team at Village Home Stores would love to hear about it! This featured remodel was completed using our complete Project Management program at Village. This means that the entire process was managed from start to finish. You have enough on your plate! Leave all the estimating, designing, and scheduling to our expert team. Do you find inspiration for your own dream kitchen on Pinterest just like this customer did? Don’t forget to follow us there for great ideas and to see other featured projects just like this one. Click here to follow our Pinterest boards which we add to daily. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own Before and After story give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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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

Geneseo Remodel: Shine Bright

Village Home Stores kitchen blogYou may be picking up on the theme of our last three featured kitchens here on the blog, beautiful backsplashes! It just happens to be a coincidence that they all have shared this common feature. The backsplash in this Geneseo, IL home steals your attention right away so we wanted to begin our story here.

Mosaic tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.comThis “Cappuccino Linear” tile from our Pietra Art collection is a showstopper in person! You can find the most beautiful tile like this for your kitchen backsplash but installing that only gets you halfway to a “wow” finished look like this. Why invest in such a gorgeous tile if you have no way to illuminate the look and all of your new surfaces? The wash of light from our Diode L.E.D. lighting system is what makes this main wall of cabinetry look so stunning!

diode_LEDThis system is energy-efficient, low-profile, and long-lasting. It may seem like we mention this lighting everytime we show you a beautiful backsplash but that is because they are meant to work together.  Kitchens like the one featured in the blog post here would be hard to imagine without this lighting system.  The way to shine bright and really show off your great tile is by also installing this L.E.D. system.  See a short clip on it here over on our YouTube page. Now, on to this full remodel story.

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Kitchen_Design_quad_citiesThe original kitchen was made up of the main sink wall shown here and a second area for the range and a small microwave cabinet. There are three windows and three doorways that are within this kitchen space. Usable wall space is limited because of these openings but the new design makes smarter use of what was available. The old location of the range will now become the new location for a beautiful built-in hutch area. Adding storage and a location for displaying items behind glass-front doors, this hutch also gives added counter space for food preparation and serving.

This hutch includes two fluted columns that show the black accent glaze on the Birch “Briarwood” stained cabinetry perfectly. These dark black highlights are a great compliment to the Cambria Quartz countertops installed in the “Blackwood” design.

hutch_in_kitchenThe new location of the range is found between the two windows facing the sink wall. This area is just the right size for the range and a small amount of landing space on either side.

rangeNot only have we added counterspace but storage above and below with cabinetry on a previously unused wall in the original kitchen. The main storage in this new kitchen is found on the sink wall.mainThe sink is at the center of your attention and the backsplash and lighting we mentioned earlier are what bring your attention there. With no window above the sink, the designer instead created interest with varied heights and depths of cabinetry. At the very end of this wall of cabinetry sits the refrigerator. This is a great opportunity to point out the depth of this model.

refrigeratorWhen you shop for a new refrigerator from Village Home Stores one of our first questions may be what depth you are needing. This means we are curious if a “standard depth” model would work in your space or is a “counter-depth” model needed because of space limitations or just aesthetic reasons.  The standard depth model works well here because there is plenty of space to move around in front to the unit in this kitchen design. We have even surrounded this refrigerator with a few extra things to help give it as built-in of a look as possible. Notice the panels on each side and even undercabinet molding above to add to the finished look of this area.

woodsVillage Home Stores and Durian Builders did a number of things to this space to update it and give it a great look. Each of the windows was trimmed out with new casing stained to match the cabinetry. The doorways were also given new trim and the two new doors within the new kitchen were installed as well all to give one clean, consistent finish throughout.

A maple hardwood from our Paramount line in the “Burlap” finish was the perfect selection with the cabinetry and trim finishes.  One of the other major updates was made to the ceiling of this Geneseo kitchen.

ceilingA grid drop-ceiling that included panels and lighting was removed and a new plaster ceiling was put up. This entire kitchen remodel was completed with our full Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  Everything from estimates to scheduling was managed from start to finish by our team which left the owners of this new kitchen with nothing to worry about (except welcoming a new grandbaby during the process Congratulations!). If you are interested in starting the conversation about your own kitchen or bathroom remodel call 309-944-1344 or click today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! Geneseo_tile_installer

Moline Remodel- Great Galley!

Galley Kitchen RemodelNot every remodel we complete involved removing a wall to find space. Remodeled for an updated look with a few slight layout changes, this Moline kitchen now looks great and works even greater for the owners!kitchen_remodel_molinebefore_sink_wallGalley kitchens and even single-wall kitchens are extremely common and we remodel many in the area. When existing location of the kitchen restricts you with how much overall square footage you can use, you must get creative with the design of the new layout. Making the most of what space you have is what we love doing! Take a look at where we began with this galley remodel. A long wall of cabinets on the sink wall offered storage and even a small peninsula on the end allowed some seating and added counter space.

before_oven_wallThe opposite wall housed a wall oven and the refrigerator. An existing doorway to a stairwell blocked the very end of the cabinets from extending any further to match the sink wall. In the before photo you see here this wall of cabinetry ended at the refrigerator. A sun room at the rear of the kitchen and open to the front living room at the other end, the new design couldn’t stretch outside the room…but it can still grow. Here is a photo of the kitchen taken during the remodel process.

kitchen_remodelers_Moline_ILA new pocket door to the sun room has been roughed in and a header above has also been installed. Now that the door will not swing into the kitchen, that back corner of the wall can include two wall ovens.

DoubleOven_Molinecofee_stationDouble ovens by Maytag now can be installed right on the sun room end of the new design. A solution to the old kitchen issue of no landing space for the refrigerator is to include a counter area between the new wall ovens and the new refrigerator. This area is perfect for a coffee station. The new cabinet design no longer ends at the refrigerator. The galley kitchen now has grown to include the existing doorway and include it in the new kitchen.

Kitchen_door_frontA tall face frame and door has been ordered and installed to cover the old stairwell that has now become a built-in pantry. This new look balances the length of the sink wall across from it but doesn’t intrude into the kitchen at all. The pantry front takes up not more space than the original door and the end result actually makes the new kitchen seem larger.

spice_pullout_3inchesThe cooktop stayed in the same location but now has great storage surrounding it including this pull-out spice rack cabinet. 3″ is all you need to have spices within reach and off your wall cabinet shelves. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

moline_remodel_finishesThe finishes in this kitchen are a beautiful upgrade from what was taken out. Koch cabinetry in a Birch wood and “Chestnut” stain with black accent glaze are paired with “Impanema White” granite counters. With only the sink wall and the small area on the opposite wall to consider for backsplash, a tiled look is a wonderful choice. A white subway tile for the main “field” is accented by a strip of mosaic tile that stretches the length of the wall. Adding this line of accent to grab your eye also helps make the new kitchen seem larger than the original.

kitchen_installers_molineA small peninsula was part of the original design and the new kitchen also includes one as well. An angled base cabinet below helps allow even more legroom for two benches and a turned post has been installed to match the cabinetry and support the weight of the granite top.small_kitchen_peninsula

As with many remodel projects we do, the soffits from the original kitchen were taken out and taller cabinetry was installed in their place. Without stretching into the front living room or the back sun room we were able to still add storage space to the new design of this kitchen. For a kitchen this size to include a large french-door refrigerator, a double oven, separate cooktop and a dishwasher  plus more storage is a pretty great task.

Porcelain tileWe also want to mention another surface area of the new kitchen. The floors have been replaced with brand new hardwood in the kitchen. With just a single step down to the sun room and a glass-front pocket door in between, the sun room floor needed to feel like a real part of the new kitchen. Because of the back door traffic, hardwood was not ideal for the sun room but tile would be perfect. A porcelain tile with a look of wood in a very similar color was selected and installed and the choices were perfect. Selecting the right materials and the perfect application is what we help our customers do every day. Whether you are installing your materials yourself, or need us to help arrange someone to do it for you, get in touch with us. Contact us online here or give us a call to start talking about your own project. Kitchen_design_phone