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Geneseo, IL- Sliding Barn Doors Reveal a Hidden Office

Using sliding barn door hardware on the interior of the home has continued to grow in popularity. Many times you may picture re-purposing an old barnwood door or something rustic with this concept when you hear the term mentioned. Sometimes the concept of the barn door hardware itself is a fantastic solution for a space. In the case of this pocket home office, the look is perfect! There is nothing “rustic” or “barnwood” about this finished look. Instead, the hardware itself makes the statement!
Sliding barn doors reveal a hidden home office. | VillageHomeStores.com

We understand the appeal of being able to “hide” your home office piles behind doors but with a space as stylish as this, we say leave them open as much as possible! Press play on the video below to see the barn doors open and close.

The base cabinetry offers up a stack of drawers on each side and a knee drawer across the center. A laminate countertop spans wall to wall and has been installed without a coved backplash attached.
Gray painted cabinetry in a Home Office designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This leave the entire wall surface available for the shimmering and show-stopping Glazzio mosaic tile. A blend of grays, blacks, and white tiles pair with faceted mirror mosaic tiles. Even the most difficult homework assignment or bill paying that may have to happen here will seem glamorous when the backdrop is this tile!
Gray painted cabinetry and glass mosaic tile backsplash in a Home Office. | VillageHomeStores.com

Above the work surface is a center cabinet with doors and two open shelf cabinets that are home to storage baskets. A basket for each family member helps to keep messes and tasks organized. Crown molding on top and light rail molding on the bottom of this cabinet section completes the look.
Gray painted cabinetry in a Home Office designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Small spaces like this home office are the perfect place to get creative and playful with your material choices. That mirrored mosaic tile may be too much for filling an entire kitchen but in this dose, it is perfect. Cabinet hardware is another way you can be creative. The decorative knobs for the doors add a great detail to the small space.
Decorative knob hardware for cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sliding barn door hardware can be used in many applications. In our industry we commonly see it used to conceal pantries, wine rooms, or closets. This home office happens to be located within a large open kitchen. The finished look of these doors and the cabinetry within is so great and looks right at home in the kitchen space.
Sliding barn doors reveal a hidden home office. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this home office project here over on our award-winning Houzz page. If you have a small alcove space or closet that you would like to convert to a home office like this, just reach out for an appointment and we can start the conversation. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible to chat about your project. office_cabinets

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Trending: Kitchen and Bath Trends For 2016/2017

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of getting an invite to a Tastemakers Tea to meet, mingle and discuss trends throughout the Home Decor, Fashion, and Floral industries. These industries are closely knit when it comes to trend and color forecasting. Materials, color palettes, and details all pour over into the Kitchen and Bath industry.  Village Home Stores offers expert design and material selection for your new or remodeled home. We strive to be thought-leaders in out industry and always keep our eyes and ears on what is trending so that we can keep the perfect products available for our customers.

Summer into Fall Floral from Designs on the Boulevard | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Summer into Fall floral by Designs on the Boulevard. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

We understand that a kitchen design is far more permanent of a decision than purchasing a statement necklace or floral arrangements for your next event but each of these purchases reflect your personal taste. Your personal taste is such an important thing and every bit of your home should reflect it. So much of what we learned at this Tastemakers Tea translates directly into what we are seeing in the Kitchen & Bath industry! Here are 5 trends that we know you can put into play right now for your kitchen or bath design in 2016/2017:

Include Natural Items:

Natural items such as marble, granite, or woodgrain are not just limited to the “permanent” items in your kitchen.

Natural materials like stone and horn. | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Natural Stone Canisters and Horn Decor from Katsch. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Fall is the perfect time to begin to bring the outdoors in with your home accents. The canisters shown above are made from a gorgeous marble and that horn? it’s a bottle opener that you will never have to go searching for because it is cool enough to leave out layered as part of your look. As you prepare to entertain for these Autumn weeks ahead consider giving your kitchen a whole new look by swapping out that accessories layer in the space. If your kitchen is looking tired, clear everything off of the counters and shelves and challenge yourself to try a new look. You will be amazing at what a new rug or set of canisters can do to jump-start this process.

Mix Metals:

Nervous about this trend of mixing metals? Kitchen accessories and wall art are the perfect way to dip your toe in and test the waters.

Copper Canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL. | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Copper Canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Copper is a fantastic Fall color and it happens to look right “at home” in the kitchen. These vintage canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL would pair up quite nicely with the marble set shown above. Mixing metals with other textures can be fun. If you are ready to dive into a more exciting look in mixed metals, your designer at Village Home Stores is ready to help you balance and visualize the finished space. Take a look at this kitchen featured recently on the blog. Black Stainless Steel mixed with Stainless and Copper finishes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This completed look is polished and complete and includes 4 metals finishes in the design! KitchenAid’s Black Stainless and Standard Stainless Steel appliances are paired with Hammered Copper sinks and Oil -Rubbed Bronze faucets. See the complete album of photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page.

Go Gray:

Gray continues to become the new neutral choice all across the board. We were gracious to attend Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium again this year and many of the trends they spoke of last year were still atop the list for 2016/2017.  Last year we blogged on how Gray is here to stay. Take note that this “trend” is one worth your consideration for your kitchen or bath project because it is forecasted to stay on point for the next 5-8 years.Decorative end panel on the end of a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

At Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium we were shown a beautiful new finish combination that really reflects the direction of the Modern Farmhouse look that is evolving into a very polished concept. The “Farmhouse” look is no longer limited to a barn door and an apron-front sink. The polished Modern Farmhouse look has evolved to include many of the trends we are touching on in this post including warmer grays, natural details, and mixed metals.

Dura Supreme Hickory Morel finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dura Supreme Hickory Morel finish available at Village Home Stores.

The “Morel” stain shown here on a Hickory door is a Gray/Brown Undertone finish that allows the natural characteristics of the woodgrain to show. With so many of our projects now including an accent island or cabinet in some area of the design, this wood finish is a great option. If you are considering including a “cool” or a “warm” painted finish to combine with your wood cabinetry, “Morel” pairs perfectly with each concept.

Turn Up The Heat:

So if Gray is the new neutral, what should I pair it with? Our short answer… all the things! An important point we want to make is that because we are seeing Gray used throughout the home, the “cold” and “drab” gray you are picturing is not the Gray you are after. Warmer tones of Gray are most commonly found in cabinet finishes, paint colors and home decor items. These warm Grays pair amazingly with woods ranging from light to dark.

Leather woven run from Katsch in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

Desmond the Dachshund models a leather woven rug from Katsch.

Selecting warmer Grays and pairing with a rich woodtone also lends itself to including many of the other design trends we are suggesting. Including natural items (see our first suggestion in this post) is easy when a warm Gray is in the mix. Natural fibers and materials include a variety of colors in a piece. We snagged this great rug the day of the event from Katsch and it makes for a perfect kitchen sink rug. Natural rope is woven with Gray leather strips. It is unique, comfortable, and stylish. See more great examples of Gray used in beautiful spaces on this Pinterest Board we have curated.

Include Mirror & Glass:

Adding mirror to your space can be a real game-changer when you are looking for a whole new look. A quick change can be to swap out one piece of wall decor for a framed mirror. If your kitchen sink is not beneath a window add a mirror above your sink! This can also be a great way to play around with mixing metal finishes. Challenge yourself to choose a framed mirror different from your faucet or cabinet hardware and repeat this new metal finish someplace else in the space. We carry many framed mirror options in a variety of styles.

Swap out some artwork for a mirror in your kitchen or bath.

Swap out some artwork for a mirror in your kitchen or bath.

At the Tastemakers event we saw antique mirrors used as trays and clear glass accessories were proven to be versatile pieces you can use all year round. We recently blogged about a kitchen that included mirror inserts in place of glass and it bounced light and beautiful countryside views all around the space. A creative surface to play around with mirror is in your kitchen or bathroom tile. Stop by our showroom to see some of the many fun options we have that include mirrored accents in a variety of colors and styles.

Mirrored tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Mirrored tile for your kitchen or bath from Village Home Stores.

If you are wanting to give your kitchen or bath and update consider one or more of these suggestions. Many of them can be done right now possibly with items you have already! If you need some new pieces to use, shop Geneseo, IL for these great looks! If you are wanting to start completely fresh and create a space in your home on trend and complimentary of your own personal style we want to help make that happen! Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation about your own project. Our thanks to Katsch, Designs on the Boulevard, and mabel, for hosting the Tastemakers Tea event. The setting, the conversation, and the company was all inspiring! What a great way to kickoff this beautiful Midwest Fall Season! Village_Home_Stores

Geneseo Remodel: Unique, Updated, & Upscale

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This Geneseo kitchen remodel has become one of our most talked about projects of the year. A unique stain on a rich woodgrain paired with Cambria quartz counters. Watch a full episode of the Village Home Show dedicated entirely to this Before & After story. Click the video below to see the full tour (commercial free).

Cherry cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in their “Caraway” stain is at center stage in this new kitchen. The “Lynden” doorstyle is a Transitional choice, yet when paired with the other finishes and furnishings this kitchen it almost borders along a Modern style. To get the full picture of just how much of a transformation in style this space has seen take a look at this before photo.
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We don’t want to discredit the original kitchen at all. The layout and design details were way ahead of their game when this kitchen was last remodeled (22 years ago). Medium Oak raised-panel cabinetry and a beveled edge Formica top including a full-height backsplash matching the countertops. Warm grays and unique design details have not only brought this kitchen up to date, it is now ahead of the current trends.
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If you haven’t noticed lately when shopping for any type of item for your home or even clothing and accessories, gray has become a powerhouse neutral. We wrote here on the blog just this past Spring that Gray is Here to Stay. Where did we officially hear this news? From the team at Dura Supreme Cabinetry who forecast gray to stay on track long-term. Projected to be popular for the next 5-8 years, that was reason enough for Dura to launch a whole line of options in the gray category for us to offer our customers.
Tile above cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Quartz counters in the “Torquay” design are the perfect choice for a subtle veining that compliments the cabinet finish. A blend of many types of textures and materials are at work to give this kitchen a soothing look and feel. This kitchen was full remodeled from start to finish by a team from Village Home Stores. The original kitchen was contained by walls on all four sides. before1

The Dining Room was divided up from the kitchen by this wall. Not only did this wall create two separated areas, it blocked a good deal of the natural light that the Dining Room offered. With more and more of our customers looking for a more open concept to their homes, walls often come out in remodels. In this case we removed the wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room completely and opened up the original range wall as well.

kitchen remodeling from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.comYou came here to see the stunning new space right? (We will get right back to that soon) first we wanted to point you to the full album of progress photos over on our Facebook page here if you are interested in how the entire project took shape.
Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

This birdseye view above shows the new kitchen design fills the two main walls with cabinetry and extends the base cabinets in from the cooktop wall as a peninsula. A kneewall supports a bar-height top in the peninsula and a shallow buffet area is installed on the opposite end creating a casual eat-in dining area along the front entry to the kitchen.
Dura Supreme Cherry Caraway finish | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is now located on this main wall of cabinetry. With no window above the kitchen sink, a painted cabinet with reeded glass doors creates interest and brightens up the space. Our Diode L.E.D. undercabinet lighting washes the countertops and also lights the interior of this painted cabinet.
Low-divider sink in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

An undermounted sink including a low-divider configuration has been installed. This cast-iron option allows for the perfect shade of warm gray to be used in place of an expected Stainless Steel sink. There are so many textures at work here in the new design. Many of them all in the same value of gray. By using the same grays but in varied textures it creates a sophisticated “Tone on Tone” end result.
X shaped wine rack above the refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

With plenty of storage throughout the new kitchen design, a cabinet above the new refrigerator wasn’t needed. Instead a pair of X-shaped wine cabinets has been installed. When we photographed the kitchen they had just began to “move” back into the space. Looks to us like a housewarming party needs to happen to fill this wine rack. We hope we get the invite.
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A raised dishwasher can be a very interesting design choice in appearance but consider the reason it might be right for you. The main benefit for raising your dishwasher up to this height is that loading and unloading the unit is far more easier when you don’t even have to bend over to do so. Many of the Full Project Management kitchen remodels we do are for families who love their home but want to rework the existing spaces to allow them to age there and stay longer. kitchen remodeling from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The most stunning area of the new kitchen is the new cooktop and hood wall. This wall has gone from a single valance in the original kitchen to a magazine-worthy look in the new kitchen!
A Glazzio mosaic tile cascades down behind a stainless steel hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

A section of cascading mosaic tile from our Glazzio line in their “Orbit” series is a blend of tile, glass, and stainless. Installed behind the KitchenAid chimney hood all the way down to the countertop. Cascading down and creating a reflection on the smooth electric cooktop, it almost looks like it flows into the countertop.

Pop-out outlets from LeGrand's Adorne collection. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main backsplash field tile throughout the new kitchen is a porcelain tile you may recognize from this kitchen over on Houzz. The Paramount porcelain tile in the Sandal Wood “Ocean Breeze” design is great as a flooring option but we prove here once again that it makes a great wall tile. A faux wood grain look compliments the Cherry wood grain of the Dura Supreme cabinets. The Adorne collection from Legrand has been installed throughout. Pop-out outlets shown here are just some of the incredible options in this line.
Adorne taptouch dimmer switches in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Softap touch dimmer switches has also been installed for the lighting plan in this new design. These dimmers can be set to the light level you desire and then with a single tap brought back to that level. Learn more about the Adorne collection and see a full Master Bathroom fitted with them in this recent episode of the Village Home Show.
This modern fixture from ArtCraft Lighting is the perfect choice to compliment the trees just outside the new kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two of those dimmers control the dining lighting selected for this new space. Located in a beautifully serene wooded lot just outside of Geneseo, the view looking out from this new kitchen are also amazing. This Artcraft light fixture plays perfectly with the branches outside of the Dining Room.
A drum shade with a unique look. | VillageHomeStores.com

In keeping with a more organic style and lines, this drum shade fixture hangs above the casual dining area on the opposite end of the new kitchen. A Stainless Steel suite of appliances from KitchenAid was also installed throughout.
Combination wall oven and microwave by KitchenAid including soften function. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid offers a great look plus incredible features on every model. In place of a double wall oven we included a combination wall oven and microwave. This model includes convection features so the option to have two functioning wall ovens is there when needed.
A tray divider installed above a combination wall oven and microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

Above the combination wall oven is a wood tray divider for storing bakeware. This 24″ deep oven cabinet also is the perfect location for small appliances that may otherwise clutter up your counters.
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Don’t let that incredible tile distract you from what was right below it. This 36″ wide electric cooktop with touch-activated controls is easy to use and looks great.
Pots and pans drawers in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Below the cooktop is a large cabinet fit with sliding shelves that are perfect for storing pots and pans. Remember that all of our sliding shelves are adjustable and you can always install them at the best spots for whatever height your items and lids are. There are two other areas of cabinetry that are included in the new kitchen.
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A shallow sideboard/buffet area to the right of the refrigerator and a drop zone section of cabinetry near the front entry. There was a drop zone in the original kitchen but this configuration and location helps to keep clutter hidden and offer another space for serving or displaying items when entertaining.
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To give this section of cabinetry a unique look, beveled ends have been added. These clipped corners allow the light to hit the “Caraway” finish and also gives a chance fro the crown and undercabinet molding to wrap and make a more custom look.
Mail organizer in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Concealed within the upper cabinet is a mail organizer. Clutter that may normally end up on the countertop can be stashed away out of sight. In many kitchens we include outlets in these slots to create charging stations for devices. The other area directly across from the drop zone is that sideboard/buffet section of cabinetry.
FloJet Bottled Water Dispenser concealed in cabinet provides the water to the new refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not only does this offer a great long countertop to serve from it also allows for some added storage.  With Dura Supreme cabinetry there is no added cost or limitations to cut back the depth of a cabinet. In this case we were able to make the section of cabinetry perfectly sized to use up the shallow space of wall leading up to the front window of the home. Hidden inside one of these cabinets is a FloJet water pump. Hard water can be…well..hard on components of your home appliances. This system allows the homeowners to pump water from a large bottle into their new KitchenAid 29 cu. ft. refrigerator. You may also notice that this area has an accent counter. The “Galloway” design from Cambria is installed here for a bit of interest and a lot of sparkle.
Wood flooring in varied widths and lengths are installed at an angle for added interest. | VillageHomeStores.com

Completely remodeled from start to finish and from the floor to ceiling. Of course we have to mention the flooring. Paramount’s Monterrey Birch hardwood in the “Espresso” finish. Random widths and lengths help create a unique pattern when installed in a standard way. Installing these varied widths and lengths of hardwood at an angle sets the entire new great room off and helps this entire space have a unique, updated, and upscale look.  With a completed look this amazing, you know we had to include this kitchen in an episode of the Village Home Show!
Watch local kitchens in the Quad Cities transform every week on the Village Home Show. | VillageHomeShow.com

That is why we can’t reveal the full tour of this kitchen here on the blog. The best way to see it is to watch the episode shared above. See a full tour from start to finish and help us welcome two visitors from Dura Supreme to be some of the very first guests in the new space. Can you walk up to your trash bin and tap the lid open with just a nudge of your knee? These homeowners can. And just how custom can a unique bar top shape be? Want to save some of these ideas for your own project? Se the full album of photos over on our Houzz page here and save them to your own project ideabooks. Do you want to make your dream kitchen a reality? are there walls in the way of that space? We can help! Call or click today to set up an appointment and start the conversation about your own before and after story.
kitchen remodeling from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

 

Splash In September: Shop Local & Make a Splash!

splash_titleWho’s ready to do a giant cannonball into the new Geneseo Park District’s Outdoor Pool?!? Everyone? We knew it wasn’t just us. Our staff and their families are just as eager as you to enjoy the splash pad, zero gravity pool, and defiantly the drop slides!  Village Home Stores is excited to announce a way you can shop locally and help fund this amazing project for our community! We’re calling it “Splash In September” and all you have to do to contribute is shop!

During the entire month of September 2015 all Appliance and Floorcovering sales purchased and paid for will be “pooled” together and 5% of those sales will be matched in a donation to the Geneseo Park District Foundation.

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Haven’t had a chance to see just how incredible this pool will be? Check out the Park District’s page here for up-to-date information and a site map of the entire new space and all of the features it will include. You will see why we are pretty excited to help fund this new pool. The Park District is breaking ground on this new project this week! Let’s help “splash” them with a huge donation.

appliancesWe carry Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Viking, and Sharp appliances. Have you had a chance to stop in see our newly remodeled Appliance showroom?  We have opened up the entire lower level to make more space and an easier experience for you when you visit. Don’t forget that Village Home Stores is a member of an 11 billion dollar buying organization. The majority of our appliances are priced at or below home improvement store prices. You get a Low Price Guarantee paired with exceptional service during the selection process and long after the product has been installed at your home.

floorcoveringVillage Home Stores will also match 5% of all September purchases made and paid for from our rapidly-growing Floorcovering department. Our selection of fantastic products continues to grow to offer you a large selection of many types of materials for your project. New flooring for a single room, or an entire home. We can help. Plus don’t forget that kitchen backsplash project you have been meaning to complete. It may not be a “floor” but all of our tile comes from the Floorcovering department and will still be considered part of our “pooled” amount to donate from.

We have had the privilege to see just how incredible this community is for over 30 years. You have supported our store and we are so excited for all of the great new reasons why Geneseo continues to be a wonderful place for us to call “home” for our Home Store. Every purchase made locally keeps $ you spend within your community. This “Splash In September” program helps give back even more to our community. Spend Local. Enjoy Local. We plan on enjoying that new pool and are excited for you to help us fund it.

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Village Home Stores: Celebrating 30 Years!

30thanniversaryheaderIt’s hard to believe that our store is celebrating 30 years of business this year!  Village Home Stores could not have become the premier locally-owned Home Store without one key element, YOUR BUSINESS! Our surrounding areas have embraced our products and services in such a way that we are so excited to continue to meet the growing needs for anyone building or remodeling their home. Our goal is to gain lifetime-long customers and we can’t wait to be here for you 30 years from now. Our Full Remodel Project Management program has grown tremendously and we know that is due to your word of mouth recommendations which we value so much!

As an employee of the store, I wanted to get some inside history of the store from the men running the show.  I asked Jim Ries who operates the Cabinetry side of the business a few questions:

What is your favorite memory from the original store in Cambridge?

“I have so many memories of getting the opportunity to work side-by-side with my dad at a very young age and having him teach me so much about life and business in the process. My wife Martha wants me to be sure to mention an especially difficult day as a child. While helping plumb a house I jumped off the back of a truck and thought I had broke my ankle, then a dog ate my lunch. It was a bad day for any kid.”

What are some interesting memories of our current building in Downtown Geneseo?

“Watching people parallel park is always entertaining!” 

Within the last 5 years what has surprised you the most about Village?

“The number of employees we have had to add to keep up with customer demands so we can continue to provide a level of service we are proud of still shocks me daily!”

What are your hopes for the next 5 years for Village?

“That people in the entire Quad City area will really start to see Village Home Stores as a ‘must see, must visit’ showroom when they start a home improvement project no matter how big or small.” 

village home storesVillage Hardware opened its doors in 1984 just a few miles South from our current showroom. From 1984-1998 Village Hardware grew its Cambridge, IL location to meet the growing needs of customers building and remodeling homes in our area. Offering Cabinetry and Appliances expanded the business to provide more of those materials and eventually lead to the “Home Store” concept in place today. In July of 1998, Village Maytag opened up Downtown Geneseo, IL and shortly after in 2000, Village Cabinetry opened right next door. Offering  sales & service of Home Appliances and now Cabinetry and Countertops right next door, the Geneseo showroom continued to see growth and added Lighting and now Flooring departments as well.

We are so thankful for the past 30 years and look forward to seeing where the next 30 brings us at Village Home Stores. Please be sure to join us to celebrate our latest expansion of the showroom this Thursday the 9th of October at noon. There will be food and refreshments to follow. A 3 Day Sale Event will be going on Thursday-Saturday and huge savings in all departments. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to save $500 on a $5,000 purchase on top of added discounts and promotions throughout the store. 

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Geneseo Building Trades: Building Skills That Last A Lifetime

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Village is so thrilled to have been a part of the 2013-2014 Geneseo, IL Building Trades home that is now on the market! This program is one of our favorite ways to get involved with the community because it helps make Geneseo greater while teaching skills and trades to the future homeowners in our community.

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Geneseo_High_schoolStarting in the mid 1980’s, the Geneseo Building Trades course has provided hands-on opportunities for around a dozen High School students to learn about the entire building process. There was about a 10 year span of time the program saw no activity or interest but within the past few years  it has found new life which excites us alongside Geneseo High School and the students involved.

garageThis 1675 sq. ft. ranch-style home has 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms and a 2-car Garage with Workbench. There is 907 sq. ft. of finished basement and the home sits in a quiet neighborhood seconds from Fareway.

Take a tour with us of this amazing open floorplan and consider the opportunity to own a home for your future built by the future of our community.

kitchengraniteOf course we have to start with the kitchen because we are a bit partial to it having designed it. Beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops with an undermounted sink, and a Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances make this kitchen great.

There are 4 bedrooms measuring 13′ 5″ x 13′; 12′ x 11′; A Master Bedroom 13′ 9″ x 15′ 8″ with a large walk- in closet 7’6″ x 10’5″ and attached Master Bathroom. The Lower Level of the home has the 4th Bedroom with access to a full Bathroom.

bedroomsbathsThe Master Bathroom and Lower Level Bath each include a lot or storage and the tiled tub in the Master Bath is gorgeous.

Access to the 1/2 bath is in the large Laundry Room upon entry from the Garage.

9′ Ceilings throughout this home with custom millwork, gas fireplace, Anderson Series 200 windows, carpet, tile and wood flooring.

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LowerLevelThis Home is listed for $230,000 and will certainly not be on the market long. 

A large Living Room and Office in the Lower Level make this layout ideal for many varieties of families. A lot of open space in the main living areas and a quiet escape to the Master Suite.

The Lower Level living space. Would be great for a multi-generation family or even an older child or children who may need more privacy.

If you or someone you know may be interested in this property please contact Tim G. at (309) 945-0450.

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Thank you again to the Geneseo Building Trades students for all of their hard work. We can’t wait to see what you work on this school year! 

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Use & Care: Granite and Quartz Counters

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Your beautiful new kitchen from Village Home Stores is finished. Gorgeous stone counter tops are shining back at you…now what? How can you keep your Granite or Quartz counter tops looking as fantastic as they do now for years and years to come? Here are some tips from the experts here at Village Home Stores.

how to care for graniteIt’s no secret that Natural Stones and man-made Quartz surfaces are extremely hard and durable materials. These surfaces still remain the most sought-after choices for kitchen projects all across the industry. Granite and Marble mined from sources all over the globe are selected for their beauty and uniqueness. The fact that these colors and patterns occur in nature is pretty amazing. That is why many people fall in love with the look and concept of installing natural stone in their homes. However, there are some things that can harm these surfaces.

Man-made Quartz counter tops are non-porous and cannot be damaged by foods and liquids. Natural stones vary in density and sealant absorbency. Because of the natural properties of Natural Stone, with Granite or Marble surfaces you will want to avoid the following:

  • Acidic foods and liquids coming in contact with your stone. They can etch the polish of a stone or even stain them in some cases. Citrus fruits & juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces should never be left on your Natural Stone surfaces for long periods of time. Wine, coffee and soda spills should also be kept clean.
  • Abrasive cleaners should never be used on your stone surfaces. Granite and Marble are very hard surfaces but the sealants on some may break down faster over time if abrasive cleaners are used. We will expand more on cleaning your counters below.
  • Leaky oils & soaps can slowly be absorbed into natural stones so make sure to keep an eye on any dispensers or containers.

Cleaning Granite TopsCleaning your new counter tops will surely become part of a day-to-day routine in your new space. There are many mild cleaners formulated specially for use on Granite and Marble surfaces. These are all safe to use but for quick clean ups warm water and basic liquid dish soap will be just fine.  Avoid excessive use of soaps on your Natural Stone tops so you do not begin to form a build-up of soap and dull the shine of your surfaces. Never use abrasive cleaning products on your stone. For difficult spills and food stains, the flat side of a straight razor blade can be used on your Granite or Marble top.

Granite Counter Top SeamsMost kitchen layouts require a seam in the material. Seams can be expected with both man-made Quartz and Natural Stone products. These seams are constructed of epoxy products that may react to heat. Avoid placing heat directly on seamed areas of your counter tops. While some stones may need to be resealed every 4-5 years, some may never need more sealant than the initial installation. The best way to test if your sealant is working is to place a few drops of water on your work surface. If the water soaks in quickly, then it is time to reseal. If it beads up, then it is protected.

Below is an infographic for your quick reference. Feel free to “Pin” it or print and save with your project information. Making this information available to all members of your house, house guests or even babysitters will help protect the investment you have made in your new space. Selecting stone tops for your kitchen was a great choice. By creating good care habits in your new space, you will ensure that they will look as beautiful 15 years from now as they do today, If you have any questions about what you have read here on the use & care of your stone tops, please contact us today.

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