“Build your dream home with your now budget” that’s the phrase that greets you on the new Aspen Homes LLC Website. With the Aspen team and your new home team here at Village Home Stores that is absolutely possible! Take a look around this Bettendorf, IA kitchen that was part of the QCBR Spring Parade of Homes this year. Painted white cabinets on the perimeter and a stained gray kitchen island to anchor the space. This L-shaped kitchen design sits in a great room layout that or open, bright and stylish. The “Legacy” door from our Koch Classic line in their painted “White” finish paired with a Cherry wood stained “Stone” in the same door. “Calcutta Gold” Engineered Quartz tops and a Whirlpool® Stainless Steel appliance suite complete the look.
The new look of the Whirlpool® slide-in ranges is amazing! Now referred to as “front-control” ranges, these gas and electric units have no back control panel raising up to cover the backsplash area. This new design allows the full-access of sight for a backsplash and can be installed in any traditional 30″ wide range opening. The hood wall absolutely becomes the focal point of the kitchen design. Symmetrical in layout and complimented with the island and lighting placement just in front of it. The pendants selected for this kitchen offer style and function but also don’t block the view of that focal wall.
Two lantern-style lights from our Kichler line hang above the kitchen island. Our New Construction lighting expert works closely with you, the Aspen team, and your kitchen designer here at Village Home Stores to determine the best style, scale, and placement for your kitchen island lighting.
The lantern shape is a traditional choice for a foyer light in a home. Using it here helps bridge the gap between Transitional and New-Traditional. We love the look! A wall of cabinetry near the home office includes the Whirlpool® counter-depth french door Refrigerator and a Sharp® microwave drawer. The counter-depth feature on this refrigerator helps to keep the traffic from the back entry of the home clear and open in the design.
A white farmsink is a perfect contrast to stand out in the single-level kitchen island. Drawer storage, a dishwasher, and a pull-out wastebasket are all included in the island design. A black accent glaze has been added to the Cherry “Stone” stain to help highlight the door details on the island.
The sides and back of the island has been treated with a smooth panel in the same Cherry “Stone” stain. Trim has been added to divide up the space into three sections. We have seen a larger trend of single-level islands like these to include barstools that are backless. While this style may not be comfortable for all, the look is more open and less crowded.
Open Concepts in the way of a Great Room design are truly the desired layout for new homes in the Quad Cities area. For busy families, young professionals who like to entertain, or retirees looking to downsize, everyone is wanting a more open living space. With beautiful views of the Midwest countryside out these windows, who wouldn’t want to see that from every room possible.
Great Rooms can be very versatile spaces. As you can see, there is plenty of space for seating in the great room. 4 barstools fit comfortably at the island and a dining table is nearby for a more formal option. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining area. A 6-light fixture named “Pearson” from our Capital line has a sleek modern profile with a nod to a traditional style fixture.
See the full album of photos from this home here over on our Houzz page. There you will also find images from the bathrooms, laundry, and other spaces within the home. Learn more about Aspen Homes LLC here at their website. Plus be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates and project behind-the-scenes. Love the look of this kitchen? Check out another gorgeous kitchen we recently blogged about here. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
The right design and materials in the perfect setting. It’s a winning look! Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a Traditional kitchen at this Evergreen Custom Home built in Atkinson, IL. Rustic selections refined into a functional design with countrywide views out every window.
Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Charleston” doorstyle and “Sienna” finish paired with a Maytag® suite of Stainless Steel appliances. Granite countertops add rustic drama to the space. The “Desert Dream” stone is full of incredible veining and character. As you make your way around the batwing-shaped island tops they change from dark black to tans and earth tones then back to black again. We imagine it will be quite easy to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get lost in your own imagination just staring at the natural beauty of this granite.
Combination Microwave and Wall Oven:
This wall is also home to a Maytag® 30″ wide combination wall oven and microwave unit. At first glance you may think it is simply a double oven unit…. you are almost correct! By including the microwave into the wall oven area of a design you free up your options for the overall design of your kitchen. If your design allows it, a combination wall oven can give you a great location for the microwave and also instantly bump the overall look of your kitchen into a more customized category. Nobody is thrilled about including a microwave as an appliance focal point of a kitchen design. This is why normally we try to “hide” it or build a microwave into an island base cabinet. Even concealing the unit behind doors has become common. If space is limited, microwave hoods are a wonderful space-saving solution. If your design can accommodate a wall oven, consider a combination unit with a drop-down door microwave. Many of these models can be upgraded to include convection features in the microwave oven cavity. This allows you to have a secondary oven when needed.
Slide In Gas Range:
The secondary oven for this kitchen can be found in the island directly across from this wall oven unit. Maytag®’s slide in gas range with EvenAir™ true convection uses a powerful heating element and a sturdy fan to circulate even temperatures for more consistent roasting and baking within the 5.8 cu. ft. interior.
Five burners in the gas cooktop rest under full-width cast iron grates. It is so easy to picture multiple users at work in this kitchen design. This model also includes a warming drawer below the oven. This kitchen has a fantastic functional layout with plenty of prep and cooking areas available. A pullout spice rack is right within reach to the right of this slide in unit.
Unique Storage Cabinets:
This kitchen includes two other unique storage solution cabinets that are worth a mention. The first cabinet is shown on the right and it goes by many names in the industry. With a unique cabinet layout including two small drawers, a bread box, cutting board, and cabinet with slide-out tray this can truly be put to many uses. A “Sandwich-Center” or perhaps a designated snack zone for children? Do you have limited space in a bar or island? This might be a great option to make the most of your space. Press play below to watch this cabinet come to life and imagine the possibilities of including this cabinet option in your own design.
The other unique storage cabinet included in the perimeter of this kitchen is a stand-mixer lift insert. Nice stand mixers can be such a great looking small appliance that many times customers want to have them on the countertops as a part of the finished look. Not everyone wants to keep theirs within eyesight when not in use. Have you ever had the opportunity to try and move one of these mixers from one corner of a kitchen to another? They aren’t exactly lightweight. Press play below to watch how an insert for your mixer can keep it within reach but out of site when not needed.
The variety of textures and materials used in this beautiful kitchen make it hard to decide which makes the largest impact. If you are here in person you would most certainly agree it is the hardwood flooring. Even with a kitchen full of this much cabinetry, the wood floors draw your eye immediately. Hand-scraped “Acacia” (Asian Walnut) hardwood in random widths has been installed in the “Saddleback” finish. With a variety of wood tones found within the surface, it is the perfect compliment to the more controlled woodtone of the medium cherry finish found on the kitchen cabinetry. We can’t possibly mention the word “texture” and not give you a closer look at the kitchen backsplash at this home.
Pietra art stone in a strip mosaic has been installed from Florida Tile’s “Picasso” series. This tile makes a huge impact when you first see it…then seeing it illuminated by the Diode LED lighting and reflected onto the stone counters you get to fall in love with it over and over. Also reflected in the counterops are the unique pendant lights that hang above the island.
These unique pendants by ELK Lighting are from the perfectly named “Watersphere” collection. The “Smoke” finish to the water glass creates a hammered look to the globes. When we visited this kitchen to photograph the space, the owners pointed out the unique patterns that form on the ceiling above the pendants (see image above). Rustic style can still look refined and controlled when the right materials are used. Texture is where you get a Rustic impact and texture is not only something found in reclaimed barnwood, The glass in these pendants, the hand-scraped wood flooring, and that incredible tile backsplash all add texture and keep the overall look magazine-ready but not trendy.
This kitchen includes a corner sink layout to grant the user access to the countryside views and maximum natural light during the day. Note the eyebrow arch at the front and back of the sink divider. This design detail was executed and installed by our granite fabricators. The small button sitting flush with the counter on the left corner of the sink is to operate the garbage disposal.
A second sink can be found across the kitchen in the island. When designing a large kitchen that may be used by many people both for prep and entertaining, a second sink is a great idea. This bar sink is accessible for the entire front half of the new kitchen. A pull-out sprayer is also included in the faucet making it a great secondary area for clean up. The island itself is so large and right at the entrance to the kitchen. The bar-height top on the island is where many of the guests will be found when entertaining. A bar sink like this can be great to fill up with ice and have beverages out and ready to grab. Sinks aren’t the only thing duplicated in this kitchen…
A glass-front beverage cooler is also located in the kitchen island. With plenty of shelf space for wine, soda, juice and beers in this cooler, the main refrigerator isn’t over crowded. The glass-front on the cooler also makes “way-finding” easier to a guest. Let a guest know they are welcome to “grab a beverage from the island” and they can easily find their way.
Speaking is islands, let’s address the fact that this design includes two of those as well!. The larger island on the perimeter of the design helps establish the “end” of the kitchen in relation to the great room it sits in. Because of this location and the size of the island, it is easy to forget that it even is one at all. The rectangle island in the center of the space helps give the main kitchen area a great landing space right at the center of the cooking zone of the design.
The smaller island in the center of the kitchen is fit with a contrasting granite top. An “Absolute Black” granite top is polished and has a standard “Eased” edge applied. We love the way this polished dark stone reflects the rest of the kitchen back at any visitor as they walk by it. See the full album of nearly 40 photos from this projecthere on our Houzz.com page. Are you building a new home? Want to remodel the one you are in to make it even better? Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation on your own project! (309) 944-1344 or click here for an appointment.