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Davenport, IA- Warm Cherry Cabinets and Large Black Painted Island

This Davenport, IA kitchen has been completely remodeled to extend its footprint into a nearby dining room. There is now plenty of space for a long L-shaped layout with a large island. Warm Cherry cabinetry from our DuraSupreme line has been installed in the full-overlay  “Kendall” doorstyle and “Clove” finish. A “Black” painted island in the same raised-panel doorstyle offers a bold contrast to the kitchen cabinets and new LVT White Oak flooring.
DuraSupreme's Cherry Clove finish and painted black island. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the removal of a wall that divided the original kitchen from the dining room taken out, there is now plenty of space for a large kitchen island. The new island measures over 8 feet in length and includes large drawer storage and doors that open to reveal slide-out shelves within. Press play below to watch this entire remodel story unfold on Season 2 Episode 6 of the Village Home Show.

This episode of our show helps to walk you through the entire remodel process from start to finish with us. We often share just the before and after parts of a remodel story… but that is not the whole story at all! This episode allows us to return to the jobsite while the real work is happening. With our show, we are able to give you access to more of the entire story that went behind the beautiful finished kitchen tours we share here on the blog. Take a look at the before and after images from this kitchen below highlighting how much more cabinet space is now available with the center wall removed.Davenport kitchen before and after remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Because it can now stretch into the original dining room area, this new kitchen design is nearly double what it once was. There is even an area remaining for a casual dining space with 4 chairs. Just because we have absorbed the original dining room as part of the new kitchen, doesn’t mean this home is left without one. An adjacent front room has now been claimed as the new formal dining room area. The before and after image below shows the view into the new kitchen from this new front room dining area. Dining room becomes part of kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The window that now sits above the sink was far to low in the original dining room to accommodate a kitchen beneath it. A new window was installed at a taller height and now instead of looking up to a pass-through, the sink user gets a beautiful view! The cabinetry surrounding the new kitchen window has been finished with raised-panel ends for an added design detail. Can lighting is concealed behind a matching cherry valance and a cherry dustcover on the ceiling completes this look.
Kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores featuring Fairborne Cambria Quartz tops and travertine tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Beautiful Cambria® Quartz counters in the “Fairborne” design are installed in a standard “Eased” edge profile. A Tumbled Travertine tiled backsplash is a perfect match in tone adding a new texture against the smooth, polished quartz tops. A 50/50 well sink by Blanco in the “Biscotti” finish has been undermounted to the quartz.
DuraSupreme's Cherry Clove finish on a wood hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

The remodel process with Village Home Stores doesn’t begin on that first demo day. Your remodel starts with us in the store during the designing and material selection phases of your project. A wood hood look like the one shown above begins as a full-color rendered design you can see in your first presentation from our store. Renderings help you get a better vision for the finished space including the materials you have selected.
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As you will see in the episode, there are plenty of specialty cabinets within this kitchen design. Dura Supreme offers a wide variety of pull-out options including knife blocks, spice racks, and this towel bar cabinet. Keep cleaning supplies accessible but separate from food with one of these unique specialty cabinets. This towel cabinet also works great in a bathroom or laundry room design.
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Surrounding the refrigerator is a tall pantry cabinet that has been fit with adjustable slide-out shelving. There is a built-in pantry storage area on the end of the kitchen that is not shown in these images. That pantry can now be used for household items and food storage can be exclusively in this tall unit adjacent to the refrigerator.
Pantry with slideout shelves in DuraSupreme kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tall pantry is capped off with an open shelf cabinet that faces those entering from the garage-entry end of the kitchen. Applied doors have been attached to the end of this cabinet to sit flush with the pantry doors and customize the look. The shelves can be used to display seasonal decor, cookbooks, or decorative dishes. This design also works well on the end of an island as we have shown in this Moline kitchen tour.
Open shelving at the end of cabinetry run. | VillageHomeStores.com

Has this remodel story got you excited about the possibilities in your own home? Are you ready to start your own before and after story with us? Browse the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page by clicking this link. If you are ready to start the conversation about your project with Village Home Stores contact us today! Reach us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and a member of our team will get in touch with you to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Premier Custom Homes- Fall Parade of Homes 2016

We love that twice a year we get to attend the Q.C.B.R. Parade of homes. Every Spring and Fall you have the chance to tour beautiful new homes built right here in the Quad Cities. Having our products in these homes is an honor. We wanted to share with you this beautiful home from the 2016 Fall Parade built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. “White” painted Maple cabinets from our Koch Classic line are paired with “Chilkoot” Engineered Quartz counters. The kitchen island has been painted with Koch’s new “Taupe” paint. This warm choice offers a subtle two-tone option to the kitchen space without forcing a bold dark cabinet or stain as a contrast. The finished look: bright and inviting.

Beautiful painted white kitchen in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

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Tucked away in a raised area just off of the kitchen is a  versatile workstation area. Within sight of the great room, this desk keeps any desk clutter hidden from view. What a great feature for busy families! Imagine someone seated at this homework station while you finish up dinner prep. Or perhaps you work from home and want a work option close to the kitchen to keep an eye on projects during the day? When entertaining, this area could be set up as a beverage station. There are so many options.
Kitchen homework station in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Distressed Antique Gray weathered wood and Zinc Kichler "Basford" pendant light. | VillageHomeStores.com

Kichler “Basford” pendant light.

Two appropriately sized pendant lights hang above the island. Premier Homes and the lighting team at Village Home Stores took one step further and selected lighting that adds character and texture to the space. Kichler Lighting’s “Basford” pendant mixes clean lines and transitional styles with rustic details. Distressed antique weathered wood frames in the fixture and adds a unique look. These pendant lights add so much personality to the kitchen. It is now easy to picture the opposite end of this Great Room to be furnished with on-trend Rustic Transitional details just like the lights.  Same is the case in the Lower Level Bar:

Lower Level Bar in "Stone" stain in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

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Koch Express cabinets in the “Camden” door and Birch “Stone” stain installed wall-to-wall for a Lower Level Bar area. A sink in the center and space to accommodate a beverage cooler or dishwasher next to it. An open shelf with a lower drawer has been included with a space for a microwave to help keep the countertop clear for entertaining. Including floating shelves in your bar design helps to give you a unique way to display glassware or decorative items. It is easy to picture this wet bar ready to serve a crowd in this home. Get more inspiration for your bar area from this ideabook we have curated on Houzz.com.

Gray stained vanity in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Premier Custom Homes , Bettendorf, IA

The same Birch “Stone” stain is repeated in the bathroom cabinetry of the home. We love how this warm gray stain allows the woodgrain to show through. Faux granite cultured marble vanity tops by the Onyx Collection give an upscale look and come in a wide variety of colors and bowl styles. The Lower Level bathroom (shown above) is Onyx Collections’ new “Tiramisu” color and the “Wave” bowl style.

Kitchen in Bettendorf, IA home built by Premier Custom Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Premier Custom Homes , Bettendorf, IA

We are so thrilled to have provided design and materials for this Q.C.B.R. Fall Parade of Homes project built by Premier Custom Homes. To learn more about Premier Custom Homes visit their website here. They are also very active on social media. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see what they are working on. If you are planning on building a home but don’t know where to start, contact us today! We offer cabinetry, lighting, appliances, floorcovering, and even blinds and shades all in one location. This helps to make the designing and selecting process of building a home easy and fun. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or contact us by completing this online form and someone from our New Construction team will reach out. We can’t wait to hear about your dream home.home_builders_quad_cities

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Davenport, IA- A Kitchen Remodeled For Entertaining

This beautiful Davenport, IA home was in need of a new layout suited better for the large groups that are entertained there. Truth is, when you have a narrow galley kitchen in the back of your home, any group over two guests seems large. The complete project management team at Village Home Stores went to work and converted this narrow kitchen, and adjacent formal Dining and Living Rooms into one large open concept layout. The kitchen footprint itself has nearly tripled in size:
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The new kitchen stretches into the original formal Dining Room area and this bright and stylish new space has been completely transformed. “Pearl” painted cabinetry from our Koch Express line is installed in the “Camden” doorstyle. This has been paired with “Chakra Beige” engineered quartz counters and warm brushed gold accents in hardware and lighting selections. Kitchen color ideas white painted cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comGold has shown a tremendous trending push this past year and is forecasted to stay on trend for quite some time. The look is stunning. We love the look of these two large pendant light fixtures above the kitchen island. Take a look at the same light fixture in a Master Bath we worked on in Moline, IL. “Biscuit” subway tile from the Rittenhouse Square series is installed throughout as the backsplash for this project. A classic look.
White painted kitchen with largeb island in Davenport Iowa. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the space now opened up, there is plenty of room for an island. Anyone who has visited or had a kitchen that includes a center island in the design will tell you that there is something almost magnetic about that island. No matter what the size or age of the crowd, they all are drawn to lean, sit, or work at the island. This new kitchen design in Davenport, IA embraces and enhances that idea. Take a look at the birdseye view of the new layout:renderingThe island is over 8′ long and 5′ deep. Not only is the island easily accessible from all areas of the layout, it is a large enough size to accommodate even the largest of crowds and let the homeowners navigate with plenty of space in the work zones of the kitchen. Including a center island in your design that isn’t home to the sink or cooktop helps to designate a space for guests to be while you are working in the kitchen. By keeping the island top clear of a sink or cooktop, this counter space now becomes the most versatile work surface in the entire home. This large of an island makes a statement in size so another detail was added to dress up the look. Two edge profiles were used on the quartz tops.two edges on kitchen counters

A decorative “Ogee” edge (shown above on left) profile wraps the quartz island top and a standard “Eased” edge (right) profile is used on the perimeter of the kitchen. The main kitchen sink is an E-granite composite sink made by Elkay. The “Biscuit” color selected is the perfect compliment to the quartz color. A soft, “eyebrow” arch at the top of this sink style leaves the perfect location for a single-drill faucet fixture. Elkay e granite sink in biscuitNotice the center divider of the sink is shorter than expected? This low-divider layout allows you the option of a shallow sink fill when needed, but the space to fit and wash large pots and pans as well. A second sink is located in the wet bar area where the original kitchen once sat. Lighted glass-front cabinets surround a custom area for a flat screen TV. All of this is book-ended by two large pantry cabinets.  TV above bar in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Having a second sink can be a fantastic feature when you have an open-concept kitchen. Access from 4 different entrances to this kitchen means that this small bar sink may be used for any number of tasks. It is easy to picture this wet bar area stocked up for the Holidays as a beverage station. Bar sink in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comHaving this detached from the main kitchen work areas allows the main kitchen users to continue to have their own space and sink to work at. Nobody will be in the way to grab a drink and congregate at the island. This kitchen island is deep enough that even if it were used to serve from, the back of it still allows space for seated guests. refr_wallThere is so much storage in the new kitchen. Wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and crown molding completes the look. With the new open concept to the home layout, a consistent flooring was needed to blend all of the new spaces together seamlessly. The original formal Dining Room has been absorbed into the new kitchen space. The formal Living Room is now the Dining Room and all of these areas now have a gorgeous Hickory hardwood from our LW Mountain line. The “Durango” stained hardwood is modeled here by “Mr. Darcy” who has claimed this spot behind the island for his own post-Thanksgiving meal nap.
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That still leaves a lot of seats for guests around this huge island. 4 bar stools fit under the back of the island overhang and two more on the ends of the deep top. This added seating for 6 is well within sight and earshot from the new formal Dining Room. There is now a large area ready for Holiday entertaining.
Large kitchen island with seating. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you love the look of this kitchen and want to keep track of anything for your own kitchen project? See all of the images from the kitchen remodel feature here over on our Houzz.com page. There you can save any of the nearly 30 images to your own ideabooks plus browse our other projects and ideas. Every single kitchen we work on is different. Isn’t that so amazing! That is why we absolutely love what we do here at Village Home Stores. We get to create beautiful spaces that are used and loved every single day. Watch a full video tour of this space by pressing play on the episode shared below of the Village Home Show.

It is such a special privilege to know this Holiday season that many of our kitchens will be full of friends and family sharing and preparing meals and making lasting memories. If you are ready to take the first step for your own kitchen project just give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short contact form online and one of our staff members will reach out to set up an appointment with you. flooring_in_davenport

 

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Edgebrooke Homes- Fall Parade of Homes Feature

Village Home Stores was thrilled to have designs and products in so many of the Parade homes this Fall. This home built by Edgebrooke Homes in Bettendorf, Iowa turned out beautiful! All of the cabinetry, flooring, appliances, and lighting for this home are from Village Home Stores. We love the blend of gray finishes that were selected for the kitchen design. We thank the team at Edgebrooke for their business and for letting us show you around the space. Take a look at how the completed look turned out:
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design by Village for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A light gray painted finish from our Koch Classic line named “Fog” has been applied to the perimeter cabinetry in the “Savannah” doorstyle. The large kitchen island is formed with cabinetry in the “Charleston” doorstyle and the Rustic Cherry island has been finished in the “Driftwood” warm gray stain. The mix of grays is complimented by the rest of the finishes in the space:
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stainless Steel appliances from our KitchenAid line, and an engineered quartz countertop named “Fossil Gray” is installed throughout the kitchen. Mercury Glass pendants from Feiss hang above the island and all of this rests upon gorgeous new engineered wood flooring.
Beveled subway tile in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Adding a simple detail to a classic look can really add a lot of interest. This kitchen includes a classic 3″ x 6″ subway tile. By selecting a beveled subway tile in this kitchen, light can bounce around on the surface and this white-on-white look has an added dimension. Instead of ending where the hood begins, the tile is extended behind the new Stainless chimney-style hood up to the ceiling.
KitchenAid's double oven gas range in a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

At the center of attention on this feature wall is a double oven gas range by KitchenAid. The combined oven capacity is 6.0 cu. ft. of space providing more room to cook multiple dishes at the same time. The bottom oven includes a SatinGlide® Rack that operates smoothly allowing effortless loading and unloading, even with large or heavy dishes.
KitchenAid refrigerator and Sharp microwave drawer in a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Across the kitchen is a wall of cabinetry that includes a built-in Sharp microwave drawer unit below the countertop, Microwave drawers work well in an area that have a work surface above them for loading and unloading the unit. To the right is a 29 cu. ft. refrigerator by KitchenAid. This model is packed with innovative storage options and features to help your food stay fresher longer.
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design including White Oak flooring named Barnwood. | VillageHomeStores.com

The engineered wood floors are the perfect variety of color to compliment all of the other finishes in the room. The darker grain and stain on the “Barnwood” finish picks up on the island finish. The Rustic Cherry island is at the center of the design and certainly the center of all attention once you enter the kitchen. When viewed from the Dining area the back of this island has been given a detail treatment with an “X” motif.
X styled back of island treatment in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This “X”  look and finish suggests a “farmhouse” look but with the overall design and selections, it is a sophisticated modern farmhouse look. With so many open-concept kitchens in a painted white finish, it is so refreshing to see something new and interesting in the mix. the selections and styles throughout are all classic and everything looks right at home with the furniture throughout the main level of this new Bettendorf home.
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design by Village for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

If you are building a new Home in the Quad Cities Region we would love to be your one-stop shop for the project! We make the design, selection, and ordering process easy and fun for you and your contractor. Ask us about our “Bundle Your Purchases” program where you can earn free lighting for your new home with purchases storewide.  Contact us today for an appointment we can’t wait to hear about the plans for your new home. 
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Geneseo, IL- Tailor-Made and Transitional

Take a look at any magazine cover or browse kitchen ideas online and you will discover very quickly that A white painted kitchen is still the current look. Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a magazine-ready finished look at this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL. White painted kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted “Oyster” Maple cabinetry in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line is paired with a KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliance package. Warm and full of a variety of wood tones, this Hickory hardwood flooring from Sommerset’s “Character Collection” anchors the look in the “Saddle” finish. lightingPainted cabinetry and selections like these Kichler pendant light fixtures above the island help keep the space light and airy. This is a surprising success considering how many large cabinets that have been included in the design. In new kitchens we have began to expect to see a refrigerator surrounded with panels and cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling. Kitchen_design

Tall pantry cabinets and wall ovens are becoming more commonplace in kitchen designs that have the space allowance for them. This kitchen is in a new construction project, so space was available for whatever layout options the new homeowners were wanting.

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The layout of the two tall units on the hood wall was arranged by “stacking” varied styles and sizes of wall cabinets in place. Within the Koch Classic line, our kitchen designers are able to work with the factory to then build these units as a single item in place of shipping them all individually.
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cabinetInstallers certainly would prefer to work with a single cabinet in place of four, but we admit this cabinet was built with the finished look in mind. The true motivation for having these tall cabinets built as a single unit instead of individual items is to achieve a seamless and customized look. Speaking of custom look, these cabinets are not something you can just walk into a “Big Box” store and purchase. Unique to this kitchen, a combination of doors and drawers surround a double wall oven on one side of the wall, and a full floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet on the opposite wall.

To mirror the visual “weight” of the double oven cabinet to the left, a tall unit was designed with a versatile storage space within. This tall unit on the end also helps visually cap off the “end” to the kitchen perimeter in the Great Room space.Pocket doors in kitchen cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center of this tall cabinets space has been fit with “pocket” doors that can roll back into the open void. This space was designed for microwave or television area that could be hidden away behind doors when not in use. Add a slide-out shelf on the bottom of this space and you could even house a roll-out coffee station like this example in Bettendorf, IA.

Custom Wainscot Panels

Another way to give your kitchen or bar area a custom tailor-made look is to have a wainscot panel made to the finished dimensions of your island.

wainscot_panelsA similar look can be achieved with a smooth panel and trim. A true custom wainscot look looks as seamless as possible and the best way to get that look is to have a panel made to fit. Another custom detail can be found where the flooring meets the island. The baseboard molding used to surround this island was not baseboard molding at all. The same “Crown Riser” trim used to achieve the stacked molding look on the wall cabinets was used as a basebord.

crownGreat design is always found in the details. Details like an edge profile that matches exactly on the crown molding, door and drawer edges, and even the baseboards. That is a design detail perfectly planned out. Speaking of details all working together, take a look at this magazine-ready hood area.

At The Center of All Attention…

Located right at the center of all activity is a 36″ wide 5-burner gas cooktop with a 36″ wide chimney-style hood above. Beveled subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 3-speed canopy hood by KitchenAid is nothing out of the ordinary but when placed in this setting, it steals your attention right away. What is helping grab your attention to look at the hood wall is the backsplash tile found there.

tileWhite subway tile continues to be as popular as white painted kitchens. But we mentioned before to pay attention to the details on this project. Any of the “dream kitchens” you might have saved to Pinterest or Houzz include white subway tile? Revisit some of your favorites to see if that tile is a “beveled” subway tile. How can a long wall of white cabinetry with white tile still seem to have a lot of depth and style? The answer is texture. By using a beveled subway tile in place of a standard 3 x 6 smooth look, shadows are formed on the surface. This adds a tone-on-tone dimensional look to the wall. A range accent section of tile has been added and the same Carrara Marble material used as the island countertop is repeated here. countertops

Cararra Marble was installed as the island countertop in an “Eased” edge profile. Cambria Quartz counters surround the perimeter of the kitchen in the “Dunmore” design.  This Hazelwood Homes Inc. kitchen has all of the details to make it a great finished look. See the full album of nearly 30 photos from this kitchen here over on our Houzz page. Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? If you are planning on building a home and want to work with the expert design team at Village Home Stores call today for an appointment! Don’t forget that New Construction customers receive discounted pricing as well as the opportunity to bundle your purchases together store wide for credit towards your lighting package. Let us help you design and select product for your dream home. Village_phone_number

Taylor Ridge Remodel: Traditional Style in a Rustic Setting

Taylor Ridge Kitchen remodel by Village Home StoresLike so many of our most successful kitchen transformation stories, this one includes the removal of a wall to open up the existing kitchen space to create a more open concept for the home. We loved this remodel project so much that we featured this kitchen on an episode of the Village Home Show. Also included in this episode is a tour of the adjacent bathroom that includes a Laundry area on the main floor. Main kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

Living through a complete kitchen remodel can be quite a process. Kitchen remodels are so rewarding once complete, but they do take some time. Great kitchen transformations like this don’t happen overnight. Watch this episode of the Village Home Show and see how this space was transformed from start to finish.

As you saw in the video above, much of the work done to this kitchen happened before any of the new cabinetry was installed. Just look at this wall that was in the way of the original space:Before and after remodel iin Taylor Ridge by Village Home Stores

By removing that wall the new kitchen is now a part of the front living room and natural light can pour in from all directions. This pair of Taylor Ridge newlyweds were not just challenged with the space restrictions of the existing kitchen, they also had a mix of personal styles that they wanted to be addressed. Located up on the sweeping hills of Taylor Ridge, the couple wanted to be sure to nod to the rustic setting even though their personal tastes were more timeless and Traditional.

Kitchen remodel with island by Village Home Stores

Their designer from Village Home Stores was excited to get to work on finding them the perfect selection or materials to give the right finished look to the space. Of course the look and feel of the new kitchen is only a fraction of what makes it a well-designed kitchen. The function of the design is most important, especially in your kitchen. Let’s start by looking at the layout of the new design.Design rendering by Village Home Stores

In the case of this kitchen, spreading out into the new space and adding areas for prep, storage and entertaining were key. A large island in the center of the design checks off all of these boxes. Even with the new large island in place, there is still plenty of room for a full dining room table on the opposite end of the room. Kitchen island by Village Home Stores

A single level island was designed with adequate seating space for four (plus plenty of leaning up to and chatting space for many more). The island includes storage accessible from three sides and decorative paneling and trim all around it to give the look of a large furniture piece. This leaves the view seen buy guests Traditional and stylish from every angle.Appliances by Village Home Stores

The island side facing the kitchen user includes the dishwasher and built-in microwave drawer. The entire package of kitchen appliances is from Village Home Stores and includes a 29 cu. ft. refrigerator and double oven gas range from KitchenAid. A Sharp microwave drawer, and Broan hood insert have also been installed. With the dishwasher and microwave facing the sink and a wood hood in place of a stainless unit, there is less Stainless Steel in the overall first impression. This keeps the look updated but Traditional without having to invest in panel-ready appliances. Outlets in island by Village Home Stores

With an island this large you will want to use it for many tasks. An outlet is camouflaged discretely on the end facing the cooking wall of the kitchen.  Now small appliances can be used for prep and entertaining.
Cabinet end panel by Village Home Stores

Moving the refrigerator to the opposite wall helps to keep all of the main kitchen appliances in one zone of the kitchen.  The large kitchen island is located right in front of the refrigerator to provides plenty of space for loading and unloading items. With the largest appliance to the left of the sink, that frees up the entire other wall for a chance to create a dramatic look for the new kitchen. two-tone kitchen by Village Home Stores

Above the new double oven gas range is a wood hood with decorative corbels. Framed in by lighted glass-door cabinets on either side, this wall is the focal point of the entire room. Walking in the front door your eyes lock on this area right away! The main tile throughout this kitchen is glass subway tile appropriately named “Truffle” by Ann Sacks. The mosaic inset above the range is is from Epic Stone. This mosaic perfectly combines the colors of the field tile, Cambria Quartz countertops, and wall cabinetry. scrolled corbells by Village Home Stores

This scrolled corbel style helps anchor a Traditional style to the overall look. The painted “Pearl” finish on Koch’s “Royale” doorstyle has been accented with an “Umber” glaze perfectly showcased here on the corbels. You may have noticed the contrasting island of this kitchen but did you notice the other bold contrast of this look …?dark base lower and light upper cabinets by Village Home Stores

The base cabinetry of this entire kitchen is a rich “Mocha” stain while all of the upper cabinetry and refrigerator surround is in the “Pearl” painted finish. This may be a bold concept to hear described to you but look at it in action here! The upper cabinets seem to almost “float” above and give the whole room a larger feel. This contrasting concept can be executed for all styles from Contemporary to Old World.spice cabinent by Village Home Stores

A pullout spice rack is accessible just to the right of the double oven gas range. these spice cabinets are available for both base units and wall units.

Just to the right of this wall is the hallway that is now easily accessible from the open kitchen, dining, and living room. Sliding barn door in kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

A handcrafted custom barnwood door by Character Interiors has been installed on sliding hardware that includes a lock on the interior. Behind this barndoor is a large double vanity bathroom with a tub shower and front-load laundry from Maytag. In the episode posted above in this post we give a full tour of this new bathroom space. Across the way, an unused corner of the original kitchen has now been given a brand new look.

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This built-in hutch cabinet helps extend the kitchen cabinetry into the dining space and give a customized look. The lighted top section of the wall cabinet provides a fantastic ambient light source and a space for displaying items. wood countertop by Village Home Stores

A custom wood top has been installed in the same finish as the island and base cabinetry from the main kitchen. This helps tie the rich “Mocha” stain into the hutch area but keeps the entire section looking like a Traditional sideboard cabinet. Our Diode LED undercabinet system is installed underneath the painted cabinetry and inside of the glass-front wall cabinets. With a dimmer switch function added, these efficient lights can be used all day every day no matter what the mood is. cage light by Village Home Stores

There are two other great lighting zones in this gorgeous new space. This Dining 4-light chandelier is from our Golden line. Exposed bulbs in clear glass caged in a dark finish keeps the light from seeming to large. You can see through it into the new kitchen and pendents just beyond it. pendant lighting by Village Home Stores

These 3 pendant fixtures are from our Minka-Lavery line. Hanging pendants above an island can be done in so many ways. we love the look here of a cluster of lights hung at varied heights. The visible filament of the “Edison” style bulbs and varied heights here help lend a more whimsical feel and add rustic Old World charm.sink remodel before and after by Village Home Stores

Timeless and classic, but with a nod to the rustic setting of this countryside Taylor Ridge home. This kitchen turned out gorgeous! See the full album of photos from this project over here on our Houzz.com portfolio. We were so thrilled to feature this Quad Cities remodel story here on teh blgo and on our TV Show. Do you have your dream kitchen in mind but need a team that can make it look AND function perfectly? Let Village Home Stores make your dream kitchen a reality. Call or contact us today to get started.

Orion Remodel: Island Living

island_titlecardThis kitchen remodel in Orion, IL begins like so many in our area. Oak cabinets, existing soffits, a wall keeping the kitchen contained and a peninsula. I am sure many of you readers have or have had a kitchen similar to that description. Take a look at where this story began….

before_kitchenLook familiar to anyone? While there is nothing at all wrong with this kitchen look, it is the common description attached to many of the remodels we do when a home is ready for an update. But now see where this project has ended up!

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Koch cabinets in the “Legacy: doorstyle and painted “Pearl” finish with “Umber” highlights are installed on the main kitchen wall and large island in the Birch “Java”  finish are both topped with Cambria Quartz in the ‘Windermere” design. The doorway into the kitchen has transitioned into an open concept to the front room and dining space nearby. The soffits that extended to the ceiling were removed and now a staggered height design is in place to make this main wall of the kitchen look magazine-cover ready!

island_backA large island roughly 7 1/2′ x 4′ in size makes a great new location for prep, dining, cleanup, and entertaining. This kitchen island is now at the center of all activity in this kitchen. Even with a large crowd congregating around the back of this arching island shape, guests will be no bother to the users in the main prep areas of the kitchen. As you may have seen on the latest episode of the Village Home Show, this island is usable from all sides. The back “paneled” face actually includes usable cabinets 2′ deep. Each island side also has a functional cabinet as well.large island

The new island is now home to the kitchen sink and it also includes one of our favorite features, a garbage disposal button. Disposal buttons can be wonderful in island sink designs because a switch would otherwise have to be located in the cabinet beneath or on a wall behind the user. This feature is instead within reach and works at  just at the push of a button.

disposal_buttonTwo people can now easily navigate around the back wall of cabinetry and the island sink area, even if the dishwasher or refrigerator door is opened. Directly behind the sink and centered in the main wall of cabinetry is a Maytag cooktop below a wood decorative hood. In place of a large stack of drawers or a sinkbase cabinet for the cooktop, an inverted base cabinet was used.

inverted sinkbase cabinetA tall, deep drawer on the very bottom of the cabinet for pots and pans leaves a wide open space above for the cooktop components above. Adding a sliding shelf can make this open space even more usable. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

Village_home_showIf you caught our newest episode of the Village Home Show you were able to see a full video tour of this beautiful Orion kitchen. Since the episode was focused specifically on the kitchen island and lighting above it, you may not have noticed something was missing… something pretty big. Take a look at our designer working with the customer the day of filming in the image above. They were brainstorming about selections of backsplash for the kitchen. What they ended up selecting is perfect:

orion_tile_installerThis combination of a neutral 3″ x 6″ tumbled marble field tile and a framed in accent tile above the cooktop grabs your attention right when you walk in the front door of this home. If a second tile is not a look you are after, consider this same layout but instead frame in your field tile installed going a different direction. Another great idea is to select a smaller or larger tile from the same series to install withing this framed space.

tileThese tiles were selected as a perfect compliment to the gorgeous new Cambria Quartz counters in the new kitchen. The darker field tile picks up on the veining in the Cambria design and the accent tile framed in is more similar to the cabinet finish. The roped pencil rail that creates that framed look matches so well with the cabinet handles and knobs and looks right at home in this kitchen.

ogee_cambria_edgeThe upgrade to an “Ogee Edge” profile on the Cambria “Windermere” Quartz tops really catches the light and your eye. The arch of the island overhang and the bumped-out look of the cooktop each look highlighted by this added edge detail. On the far left end of the main kitchen wall is an appliance garage cabinet that extends all the way down the countertop.

hidden_keurigThis cabinet opens with a top-lift hinge that can stay open to allow the hidden coffeepot within to be pulled out and tucked back away when not in use. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here. On the opposite end of this main kitchen wall is a new combination microwave and wall oven from our Maytag line.

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The location of this tall, deep cabinet mirrors the refrigerator in size on the other side of the cooktop and hood area at the very center of the design. We wanted to be sure to mention another important element to this successful remodel. A layered lighting plan. lighting

This same room can be used any time of day and still offer ample task and ambient lighting. Our Diode L.E.D. system has been installed under and above the cabinetry on the back wall. Three medium-sized pendants spread the length of the kitchen island and recessed cans have been installed to light the back wall and the island itself.

This entire project was managed from start to finish for these Orion customers using the complete Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  This means that all of the estimates, schedules, and crews were managed by us and this project stayed on track and was completed in as reasonable timeframe as possible. If you want to get started on putting together a free estimate for a remodel like this, call or click today for an appointment. Village_Cabinetry

Feature Kitchen: Weather or Not?

weathered_cabinetsPrefer the smooth look of a painted kitchen cabinet? Or is a rustic weathered look more your taste? How about a perfect blend of each!? Our newest display kitchen in the Village Home Stores showroom is today’s featured kitchen! This kitchen was our booth display for this Winter’s Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association Home Show. It was a huge success making impressions at the show and has already become our new favorite now that it is at home here in Geneseo.

Village_Home_StoresAnytime a single kitchen display can showcase two styles and finishes of cabinetry it helps us and our customers out when shopping in the showroom. This combination of finishes looks so incredible as a big picture project we know we will be installing many similar to it all over the area. We posted last week how the trend of using gray finishes in the kitchen is showing that it has some real staying power. With many years ahead and more and more options launching very week, gray is the perfect choice for an island accent like this display features. We mixed both color and texture in this case:oysterwithsmoke

The island perimeter cabinetry for this kitchen is from our Koch Cabinetry line. The smooth painted “Oyster” finish has been accented with a “Smoke” glaze. This gray accent is perfect when paired with the backsplash, stainless appliances and the island from Dura Supreme. The island cabinetry is a rustic “Weathered E” Cherry finish. Dura Supreme has gone above and beyond to bring our customers amazing options with their Weathered Heirloom, and Heritage Painted series of cabinetry.

weathered_kitchen_islandIslands make the perfect place for a more textured look and finish, With many of our customers wanting a furniture-style design (like this display includes). An island is a perfect pop of color and while the idea may seem bold, the result seems right at home once the whole project is in place. We also selected two styles of hardware to compliment the cabinet choices for this display:

cabinet_hardware_quad_citiesThis weathered cherry island is something you truly need to see and feel in person. At the home show no invitation is needed to walk up and touch it. We watched people at the show walk from all the way down the aisle and right up to it to touch and see what the wood was.  The same thing kept happening with this display’s backsplash.Village_Geneseoflooring_on_wallIf it wasn’t the island cabinetry and top, the other most asked (and touched) part of this display was the wood “fake-out” tiles on the wall. These tiles give a look and texture that ties in perfectly as a compliment to the island finish. This material is actually a porcelain floor tile that has been installed as a backsplash. The tile is from our Paramount line in the Sandal Wood “Ocean Breeze” design. With the Diode undercabinet lighting system installed, the wood-look tile steals your attention right away! The KitchenAid® chimney-style hood becomes the focal point of the wall. Our most popular 30″ gas cooktop from KitchenAid® has a total of 5 burners below.

An apron-front farm sink doesn’t have to look “Traditional”. With the right setting it can have a more modern style. This Stainless Steel farm sink is a great example of just that. A white cast-iron sink would be to bold of a contrast in color and keep the island from having that solid, furniture look that we get with the look in our display.

stainless_farm_sinkNot only are the cabinets in this kitchen different but the countertops are as well. In this kitchen we paired Arabesque White with Natural Soapstone. We had so many questions about the soapstone top that we will be sharing a full product profile post on soapstone on the blog next week.arabesque white

island_lighting_quad_citiesWith an island this incredible and a focal wall like the one we have here, a subtle light fixture was the right choice for this kitchen. This kitchen design could warrant the use of so many types and styles of island lighting. Your possibilities are truly endless. This transitional style fixture from Kichler compliments the metal finishes from this kitchen as well as the length and shape of of the island. Two large pendants would also work well here and frame in the centered sink and hood on the wall behind the island.

While we love showing you our newest display kitchen in a tour here on the blog, you really need to stop by and see (and feel) it in person! The weathered cherry and soapstone in this island are stunning in person. Call or click today for an appointment to get started on your project!cabinets_Geneseo (1)