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Colona, IL- Lakeside Home Gets a Refreshing New Remodel

Not every before and after remodel story involves removing walls to get a new layout. This lakeside home in Colona, IL is the perfect example of what we mean. To get the new kitchen design to “open up” here, we actually closed off one of the walls. Take a look at the before and after below to see the doorway that was closed off in order to create a full U-shaped layout for the new kitchen:
kitchen before and after in Colona, IL. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a transformation! Now this wall has become the main focal point of the new design with this hood surround at the center of all attention. Koch Classic Cabinetry in the “Legacy” doorstyle and “Pearl” painted finish with “Umber” Highlight have been paired with Cambria® Quartz counters and a stylish new Stainless Steel appliance package from KitchenAid®. There is so much great storage and style in this kitchen that we HAD to include it in an episode of the Village Home Show just to have the opportunity to show you around in detail. The original kitchen was in desperate need of more drawers for storage. This new layout includes many drawers in the kitchen perimeter as well as the new kitchen island. Press play below to see for yourself.

When you choose to work with Village Home Stores you can expect to get the best experience available from our expert staff. This includes how you are able to visualize your project during the designing and material selection stages. Below are the design renderings that were presented to this customer in those first few meetings: rendering

Helping you visualize the full concept of your design is a responsibility we take very seriously. It is why you can’t just walk into our store and leave an hour later with a professional design. We are a Kitchen and Bath Design Center. When you set an appointment with us we want you to be so thrilled with your experience from that very first presentation all the way until the final walk-through. Our process may take longer than other stores but we believe that every project deserves the same care and attention no matter what the size. Building a home or remodeling, neither is a process that should be rushed. The hood concept for this kitchen is not ordinary by any circumstances. The look was achieved by building an arched surround for the Cherry wood hood and then tiling the surface with four different 6″ x 24″ Ecowood tiles. The end result is breathtaking and unique!

Unique kitchen range hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

Concealed within the Cherry wood hood is a Broan hood blower insert. Not to be ignored right below this new hood area is a KitchenAid® slide-in gas range packed full of style and features! This gas range boasts 5 gas burners on the cooktop ranging from 5,000 to 19,000 BTU’s. Get flawless baking results with convection features in the oven and take advantage of added features like a wireless probe and a steam rack within the oven. Would you believe us if we told you this model is also technically a DOUBLE oven?! That drawer below is not just for storing bakeware or warming dishes!
KitchenAid range with convection oven and baking drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid® has taken the concept of a warming drawer to a whole new level. Introducing the innovative new baking drawer. This separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature from the main oven and keep dishes warm. This range sits atop a wood-look luxury vinyl tile from our Mannington® Adura Plank line. The “Ashford Walnut” color might fool you in these photographs but trust us, even in person you will not believe this isn’t hardwood. Adura Plank Luxury Vinyl Tiles (also known as LVT’s) are durable, scratch-resistant, waterproof, and easy to clean.  The sink wall of the new design has changed dramatically once the doorway to the nearby Living Room was closed off.
Kitchen before and after with new copper farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to the opposite end of this sink wall and an undermount copper farmhouse sink is the new eye-catching detail of this section of the new design. An arched valance in the toespace of the sink base cabinet is an added design detail that helps set the look off. This copper sink will begin to age with a beautiful patina and become a character piece in the new kitchen.
Copper undermount farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

This copper farmsink has been under-mounted to new Engineered Quartz countertops from our Cambria® Quartz line. The quartz design selected for this project is named “Langdon” and the 1/2″ rounded edge profile has been applied to the tops. The veining and charactor of a slab of natural granite, but all of the benefits of maintenance-free quartz. Cambria® is the perfect material for this project. The large island top is the best showcase of the pattern and colors:
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The new kitchen island is a large surface for preparation, and entertaining. The cooktop used to dominate the old island counter surface but now the island is versatile and stylish. outlets on each end of the island are camouflaged in color to allow access to power when needed but not steal from the finished look of the applied door paneled ends. The doorway into the new kitchen was widened to open up the space. A peninsula was installed at the entrance to provide more storage and counter surface as well as an overhang to accommodate seated guests.
Before and After images of a remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new widened entrance with a peninsula has changed the overall layout and function for the kitchen. Above the peninsula overhand hand two decorative pendant lights by Kichler. This couple chose to install the “outdoor” pendant style of this light because they included this beautiful seeded glass. We think the lights are perfect!
Kichler pendant lighting with seeded glass above a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shown behind the lighting in the image above are two X-shaped wine cubbies. Plenty of wine storage is easily accessible from either side of the peninsula when entertaining. When guests enter the new kitchen design they get the illusion that instead of a peninsula and an island, this kitchen has two islands. This look is achieved by having the complete island in a Cherry “Mocha” stain plus the back and end of the kitchen peninsula has been installed in that same “Mocha” finish.
Kitchen with Peninsula and island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Cherry “Mocha” stain from the island and peninsula is repeated in the wood hood area. Two-tone look kitchen designs have come a long way in the past few years. You are not just limited to contrasting crown or an island. Ask you designer what creative ways you could include a second finish in your own design.
Microwave with trim kit in a Colona, IL kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cooking center of this new kitchen is stylish and extremely functional. Not only are there incredible features on this new KitchenAid® gas range, the storage and surfaces surrounding it grant the user the best experience possible. Everything is right within reach including a tray divider cabinet and pullout spice rack. There is available countertop surface on each side of the hood surround and access to that incredible new Island top directly behind the user.
Kitchen storage ideas including tray divider and pullout spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 images from this kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Are you ready to see an expertly-prepared kitchen design for your own home? Contact the award-winning team at Village Home Stores to get the conversation started. Reach out for an appointment by calling (309) 944-1344 or completing this contact form online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Bettendorf, IA- Once Upon a Time… Beige Met Gray…

A Classic tale of Gray meets Beige… Ok fine this might not seem like a classic tale but trust us, warm gray tones are everywhere in the home finishes industries. Say goodbye to Beige everywhere and say hello to the new neutral: Gray. Not always bland and cold as stone, Gray tones can be warm and inviting. Someplace between Gray and Beige is… “Greige“! This Bettendorf, IA kitchen showcases the perfect palette for this neutral color concept.
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The original kitchen in this home was a medium stained Oak cabinet with neutral toned countertops. Once ready for an update and a brighter look, this Bettendorf home is now a magazine-cover worthy space. Take a look at the transformation.
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Painted white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been given a “Smoke” highlight accent and a wood hood and kitchen island is painted in the “Fog” finish. The “Legacy” doorstyle is a fantastic choice that provides many edges and details that the “Smoke” highlight can catch up on. A decorative wood hood in the accent color is fit with a Broan hood insert within it.
Gray and white kitchen remodel in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

That same “Fog” painted finish from the hood is found on the kitchen island that includes an overhang and seating for two at counter-height. While you may think next to the kitchen sink is the best location for your pull-out waste basket cabinet, an island can be a better choice. Include this cabinet within reach of the sink user but easy to access for guests when entertaining. A waste basket cabinet in the island can be easy to find and keep the sink area from getting too crowded.
Koch's Fog painted finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have to admit that sometimes one element of a complete design stands out as the “MVP”. In this kitchen it is absolutely the tile backsplash! This geometric mosaic tile by Glazzio is from the “Excalibur Series” in the “Winter Fjord” color. It perfectly blends both cabinet finishes, the countertop selection, and the flooring together. Our Diode L.E.D. undercabinet lighting system showcases this tile perfectly and the look is amazing day or night.
Glazzio Excalibur Series tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Whirlpool front control range. | VillageHomeStores.comBelow the painted hood and that amazing tile backsplash sits Whirlpool’s front-control gas range with True Convection features in Stainless Steel. One of our favorite features on this model aside from the convection is the Frozen Bake™ option. Select this feature to cook frozen foods faster by eliminating the need to preheat the oven. Just select the food type, temperature, and cook time listed on the frozen item’s package and the oven will start customizing. Now you can cook frozen pizza 31% faster, and even lasagna, chicken nuggets, fries and pies can get from the oven to the table in less time. No more preheating before your get started. The preheat process is included in the bake time. Tall storage cabinetry in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comYou will find plenty of pantry storage on the refrigerator wall of the new kitchen design. Two tall pantry cabinets surround the refrigerator area and varied depths have been used to utilize the space as much as possible. Notice the change in depths in this profile view below of the pantry wall:sliding shelves in pantry. | VillageHomeStores.com

Plenty of pantry storage plus two slide-out bins in the end base cabinet. Also note the exposed ends of the cabinetry in this kitchen. In place of a smooth, painted finished end matching cabinet doors have been applied for a gorgeous finished look. Including “Applied Door Ends” is an exceptionally nice detail in a kitchen with a mitered and glazed doorstyle like this.  Not to go un-noticed is a gorgeous farmhouse sink in this kitchen. A design selection that is a statement all in itself, this Whitehaus smooth-front apron sink is an instantly classic look. Farm sink in Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The farm sink has been undermounted to Cambria’s “Torquay” quartz counters in the standard “Eased” edge profile. This Cambria design adds a perfectly polished and upscale look without overpowering the backsplash tile with too much pattern. This entire design is about balance. Balancing accent colors, pattern, texture, even hardware sizes. Having a designer with you during every decision for your project helps you get the end result you have been dreaming of. Vinyl flooring Bettendorf, IA. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of these selections sit on top of a luxury vinyl tile by Armstrong. This 12″ x 24″ LVT is from the “Alterna” series in the “Silver Shimmer” color. Love the look of this kitchen and want to see more? See the entire album of photos from this Bettendorf Remodel over here on our Houzz portfolio. Also be sure to check out our “Gray is Here to Stay” board over on Pinterest to see more beautiful Gray and neutral spaces. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen project we are ready to set that appointment for you. Contact us via phone at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short contact form  on our website.
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Cordova, IL- Rustic Transitional Kitchen Remodel

This Cordova, IL kitchen is a sophisticated approach to the Rustic Transitional style. Rustic Beech cabinetry from our Koch line includes knots and other rustic features and a rich “Chestnut” stain dresses up the space. Solid gray quartz countertops and Stainless Steel appliances complete the look…. and that look is breathtakingly gorgeous! hidden_drawer_cabinet (1)

The “Vicksburg” doorstyle selected is a full-overlay style. This means that the doors and drawer fronts span as far across the cabinet face frames as possible leaving little gap between each cabinet. A great example of this seamless full-overlay style is the pantry area that surrounds the new double drawer refrigerator.
whirlpool 5 door french door refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Staggered heights and depths were used to add interest to the large L-shaped layout of wall cabinetry. There are many excellent cabinet storage solutions in this kitchen design. The image below showcases the “X” shaped wine cubbies included. Wine storage and display in the perfect location at the end of the kitchen. The cubbies cap off the wall cabinetry and when entertaining, this leg of the design is perfect to set up as the beverage center.
Wine cubby cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Many of the specialty storage cabinets are hidden from first glance. You don’t need a pull-out cabinet or borrow space in your pantry cabinet for spices, spice racks can be added to your wall cabinetry. Click the thumbnail below to watch this wall cabinet open up to reveal spice racks installed on the interior of each door.

Of course the best way to optimized the corner of your kitchen is to include a lazy susan cabinet. This kitchen has an all wood susan cabinet in an angled front layout. Replacing the L-shaped susan cabinet with space for a full radius of shelf to turn within.  This is an alternative to the traditional susan shelves that form a “Pac Man” shaped shelf. The same angled front door is repeated in the wall cabinetry above.
Base lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

You also gain added counter space in the corner when using the angled front style of corner cabinet. Ans speaking of counter space, there is plenty with the new dual-height island design. The built-in cooking center is on the interior side facing the kitchen sink. Tall cabinets form the bar-height side of the island. A overhang on the tops stretches in toward the great room and provide seating for 4 guests.
Two height island in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Instead of simply adding a panel that looks like finished cabinet doors, why not make them real doors? At 12″ deep, these full-height door cabinets give a polished look to the back of the island plus add a lot of storage. Extra dishes, bulk items, small appliances, even board games and remotes can all be stored here out of sight but right within reach.
Storage on back of kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Storage is great but many will also appreciate the construction of these Koch Cabinets. This Cordova, IL kitchen has been ordered from Koch’s Imperial Series of construction. This plywood construction series includes upgraded materials as well as upgraded assembly processes that add to the integrity and longevity of your investment. Koch Imperial Series Cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.comAll of these upgrades plus option to upgrade your drawer box construction and guides as well as your door hinges to a soft-close option. The 1/2″ plywood sides may also be ordered with applied 1/4″ veneered skins for finished ends. Talk with your designer at Village Home Stores about the cabinet construction upgrades that are available for you and your project. This customer upgraded to full-extension, soft-close drawer guides and soft-close hinges on the doors. A clean built-in look was achieved in the island by including a wall oven with cooktop installed above in place of a slide-in or freestanding unit. This can be done with a gas, electric or induction cooktop. The appliance package selected for this remodel is from the Whirlpool line available at Village Home Stores.
Wall oven with cooktop above. | VillageHomeStores.com

Surrounding the built-in oven are two tray divider cabinets. To the left of the new oven and tray divider cabinets is a large stack of drawers. This unit looks like a two drawer cabinet but behind the top drawer is a hidden third drawer perfect for utensils, lids, or potholders. Click the thumbnail below to see this hidden third drawer cabinet.

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We have a full album of photos from this project uploaded to our Houzz.com portfolio. See these images and save some to your own ideabooks by clicking here. Houzz is a fantastic way to organize your project inspiration and even communicate with your designer at Village Home Stores. If you are building or remodeling anytime soon you will want to download this app to your tablet and phone. The adjacent front sitting room area of the home was also given a whole new look. Two sections of wall surrounding the fireplace now have built-in cabinetry that matches the style and finish of the kitchen. Wood countertops in the same “Chestnut” stain help give the units a custom look but set them apart from the kitchen while keeping everything coordinated.  Another detail is the addition of textured water glass inserts inside of the cabinet doors. The freedom to display items within without the exposed shelves to gather dust.
fireplace cabinetry to match new kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This home has been updated and is almost unrecognizable from where it began. Step in from the front door and the new open kitchen and living spaces looks like a brand new home worthy of a magazine cover feature! Our thanks to this Cordova, IL family for their business and our hats off to the homeowner who completed his own installation of the kitchen design. Are you ready to start your own remodel story with us?  Your first step is to make an appointment with a member of our team. Contact us online at this link or give us a call at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Erie, IL- Kitchen Remodel Updated and Upgraded

This Erie, IL kitchen has been updated and upgraded. A similar footprint to the original kitchen, but using beautiful new materials and upgraded features throughout. Oak cabinetry and laminate tops have been removed and a new Cherry kitchen from our Koch Classic line has been installed. The Cherry “Prairie” doorstyle in a medium “Briarwood” finish compliments the existing Oak trim and doors in the space. The Cherry selection is an updated look and the rich wood grain of the wood is a major upgrade from the Oak.
Cherry kitchen cabinets in remodeled space by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.co,

All of the kitchen appliances remain in roughly the same locations. The original kitchen single-height peninsula has been replaced with a dual-height design and the kitchen sink has been shifted from the center of the peninsula to the corner. With the new layout, the largest transformation happened on the wall opposite the original kitchen L-shape layout:
Kitchen before and after photo. | VillageHomeStores.com

So much of that original wall was getting no storage use. The new design now includes that whole wall into the kitchen. That tall pantry cabinet space is now fit with two 12″ deep tall pantries, each 24″ wide with a single door. Installed side by side, this gives the finished look of a 48″ wide cabinet and leave a large part of that wall available for more cabinetry. Because of a casual dining area on that end of the kitchen, the new base cabinets transition back at an angle to meet the shallow pantries. This new design now provides a large countertop that cab be used to load and unload the pantry or refrigerator or set up as a coffee station or work surface. At this location, the space is very versatile.
Shallow pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 12″ deep pantry can store quite a bit within, especially when it is four feet wide! Other specialty upgrades include the addition of a pull-out cutting board concealed above the top drawer of a base cabinet. A great feature in just the right location. When selecting specialty items like tray dividers, cutting boards, or spice cabinets, be sure they are located in the area you plan to reach for them.
cutting board cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

On each side of the new Whirlpool range are base cabinets fit with sliding shelves. These cabinets are perfect for keeping pots and pans sorted. By keeping this look symmetrical on each side of the range, a comfortable landing space of counter is available for the user on both sides.
Sliding shelves in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Moving the kitchen sink to the corner frees up the entire peninsula for a worksurface. A corner sink also adds interest to the layout. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system spotlights a beautiful new tiled backsplash along both walls of cabinetry. The main field tile is a 3 x 6″ polished Travertine. The decoline of accent tile is from our Glazzio line and is named “Tranquil”.
Cambria Quartz in Hampshire design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Hampshire. | VillageHomeStores.comThe short area of backsplash on the peninsula has been given a different treatment from the tiled walls. This jump from counter height to bar height (shown in profile on right) is only a few inches. Instead of creating a bright contrast of travertine tiles, a splash has been installed of the same Cambria Quartz material from the countertop. The “Hampshire” Cambria Quartz has been given the “Full Bullnose” edge profile.

The peninsula side facing toward the Great Room has been fit with a wainscot panel and trim for a customized look. A four-panel wainscot design and furniture base completes the look. On the end of the peninsula that meets the wall, a full-height door cabinet opens into the Great Room. This becomes a great place to store items that might normally pile up on end tables or countertops. The cabinet helps finish off the peninsula and provide a space to hide these items out of sight. Speaking of hiding things out of sight, notice with the dual-height peninsula design that you can’t see into the kitchen sink?

Custom wainscot panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

crown molding on cabinetNow that the soffits have been removed, there is room for the new cabinetry to reach higher and still have space for a more appropriate crown molding to be applied. Crown molding may not seem like a significant detail but it is this final “trimming out” phase that helps complete any finished kitchen. Including crown and undercabinet molding help polish off the look. On the back of the peninsula area a furniture baseboard molding was applied where the panel meets the new flooring. A polished and customized look. Don’t miss out on the opportunities in your own design to help your space look carefully planned out and customized specially for your home.

The new flooring in the kitchen is from our Tarkett line. It is a Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” floor and looks perfect in this new kitchen. LVT can be installed grouted with a special form of grout or groutless (shown in this home). Read more about LVT and how it is installed here on a past blog post. A rolled edge treatment on these tiles help this groutless look to be forgiving of subfloor imperfections and best of all, no grout to clean!
An Erie, IL kitchen remodel including luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett. | VillageHomeStores.com

Be sure to check out all of the images from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Are you interested in starting the process for your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to hear about it! Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to get started. Be sure to click here to read more blog posts about other before and after stories we have shared from right here in the area.
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Davenport, IA Remodel: Upgraded and Accessible.

This Davenport, IA kitchen has received a whole new look! The entire remodel process was managed from start to finish with the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores. Upgraded layout features and a stunning selection of materials, welcome to our latest featured kitchen remodel…
Davenport, IA remodeled kitchen with grey cabinets and Stainless appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

Knotty Alder cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line has been stained in the “Cashew” finish. The “Arcadia” doors have received a “Coffee” glaze to help accent the door details and rustic features of the Knotty Alder. A sophisticated Stainless Steel suite of appliances by KitchenAid offers a great finished look and exceptional features. Cambria Quartz countertops in the “New Quay” design have a classic and neutral range of colors. Press play below to watch the episode of The Village Home Show that includes a full video tour of this completed space:

This entire space is furnished with a warm grey palette of materials in a variety of tones and textures. Before we show you around the new space, check out this before photo of the original kitchen:
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What a transformation of style and space! The original kitchen was an L-shaped layout with a small dinette area. A wall divided this kitchen space from an adjacent Dining Room. The new layout opens up the kitchen into that available Dining Room area. Take a look at this design rendering from the presentation stage of this remodel project:Kitchen Designers in the Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comThis is the view into the new design from the Dining Room table. The cooking center of the kitchen has been moved to the original dinette area and a peninsula of base cabinetry caps off the end of the kitchen in the new open-concept design. The refrigerator stayed in the same location but the cabinets surrounding it have been selected to better use the space. The wall that now includes a gas range and chimney-style hood has been upgraded from a “meh” dinette space to a magazine-cover worthy new look!
Grey stained cabinets in kitchen with Stainless appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This wall has now become the focal point of the entire new space. If the sleek look of the new range and chimney-style hood doesn’t grab your eye, the backsplash design sure will! A “Cascade” mosaic series of tile from our Glazzio line has been installed throughout the kitchen as the main backsplash. The “Diamond” series in a complimentary color spans the entire space behind the range and hood. KitchenAid’s freestanding slide-in gas range with Even-Heat™  True Convection features flawless baking results. The EasyConvect™ Conversion feature takes guesswork out of convection cooking by converting conventional settings for recipes to convection settings for you as you enter in the recipe’s temperature and contents. This cooking center of the kitchen was designed so that items and prep space can all be within reach of the range. Large deep drawer stacks are on either side and two pull-out spice racks flank the range unit. Click play below to see one of these pull-outs in action:
This same pull-out concept can be installed in a shallower wall cabinet or in bathroom vanity setting. Shown here full of spices it is easy to picture use in a busy kitchen. Consider this same cabinet in a master bathroom. A pull-out cabinet can be the perfect way to store makeup and hair products. Even appliances like flatirons or blow driers can be stored perfectly in a “grooming rack” cabinet.  In the new sink area of this Davenport, IA kitchen a pull-out towel rack was installed. Click play below to see this innovative option:
A rack for hanging towels and shelving above and below all offer space for cleaning supplies. Knifeblocks, tray dividers, and even pegboards for utensil storage all can be located within a pull-out unit. We have many of these examples on display in our Geneseo, IL showroom so stop in to see them in person. The new sink wall turns a corner into a peninsula area where the original dividing wall once stood. The back of this peninsula is now visible from the Dining Room and Living Room areas. Finishing off the cabinetry with a decorative end panel and matching doors for the back help give the the peninsula a completed look. If you look closely you will notice that the cabinet door against the wall has a handle. Access to storage below this countertop overhang has been included.
Decorative end panel on the end of a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

The accessible storage on the back end of the peninsula is there due to cabinet choices made on the inside of the kitchen design.  In the corner of this design the customer wanted to include wide drawers in place of a lazy susan or other corner cabinet option. The sinkbase cabinet and drawer stack each meet in the corner and leave enough space on the end of the peninsula for a wastebasket cabinet. As we mentioned previously, pull out cabinets come in a variety of internal layouts from Dura Supreme. Wall and even tall pantry cabinets can include pull-out features but by far the most popular pull-out cabinet from this or any of our cabinetry line is a wastebasket cabinet.
Dura Supreme Cashew stain with Coffee Glaze. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dura Supreme builds their pull-out wastebaskets to hold the bins near the floor of the cabinet. This gives the bins a more solid and sturdy space once they are full, and make loading and unloading trashbags easier. Above the peninsula two pendant lights have been installed. These “Neillo” mini-pendants by Kichler Lighting hang directly above the kitchen peninsula where a wall once divided the kitchen and dining spaces. Now that the two areas are one open concept, a 3-light fixture from the same series has been installed above the Dining Room table. Our lighting experts at Village will help you decide the best size, quantity, and style of lighting for your new space.
Kitchen lighting pendants above peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen in this Davenport, IA home did not include enough accessible pantry storage space. A solution for the new design was to include a tall and wide pantry cabinet fit with adjustable slide-out shelves. The customers didn’t want to have a microwave hood take any of the design impact away from that great cooking center wall. They also wanted to use every available inch of base cabinet space for easily accessible storage.  A small landing space was created to the right of the pantry area that is large enough to accommodate a large-capacity countertop microwave.
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Below this landing space is a wide stack of drawers used to store plates, bowls, and mugs. Village Home Stores offers a wide range of cabinet lines. With each line of cabinets you have the ability to upgrade cabinet construction and drawer box options. The “drawer guides” are the hardware that allow that drawer box to move in and out from the cabinet frame.
Drawers for dishes and mugs. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen was ordered with “dovetailed” drawer boxes and full-extension guides. This means that when the drawer is all the way “open”, you have full access to the entire drawer box. These same full-extension guides have a soft-closing feature included. The soft-close feature makes it impossible to ever “slam” a drawer shut. A soft-close door hinge was also included in this kitchen. Anything from light tap to a forceful swing, all of the doors in the new space close slowly and quietly. above_pantry

This kitchen was remodeled from start to finish and from floor to ceiling. With walls being removed, a new ceiling was required and with a new footprint to the kitchen layout, new flooring was in order! This flooring choice is absolute perfection! A high-end look and an eye-catching application, Provenza Hardwood was installed at an angle. This “Antico Vintage” floor is the exact shade of all of the glazed detail on the knotty alder cabinetry. Provenza Hardwoods are hand-scraped AND hand-stained. In fact everything about Provenza Hardwoods is handcrafted. There is no machined work involved. This may add some time to receiving the product, but in turn it certainly ads to the value of your investment! provenza_flooring

Want to see more of this gorgeous new space? Be sure to check out the full album of photos over on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Click here to see this finished space in full detail. We can’t wait to help you start your own before and after story with Village Home Stores! Looking to remodel a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or home office? Call us today at (309) 944-1344 to set up an appointment and get started. You can also reach out online for an appointment by clicking here. We can’t wait to hear the beginning of your own Before and after story.
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Bettendorf Remodel: So… What’s Your Angle?

Does your kitchen have a unique shape to the overall space? A not-so-square corner or an unused section of wall that you know could be part of your new kitchen? It is time to call in the the expert design team at Village Home Stores. We can make any standard shaped room look incredible and we can do exactly the same for “challenging” spaces. Not only did we address every angle, we included great storage within. See this kitchen featured in this episode of the Village Home Show in the video below.

The total transformation was amazing to share with you on our TV show. We hope you enjoy the more detailed tours and product features we can show you in this video format. before_photo

Not all homes include a rectangle or perfectly square space to work with.  For example, take a look at a birdseye view of the design for this featured kitchen. Kitchen Designer Quad CitiesNo, this image is not tilted, the kitchen in this beautiful Bettendorf home is in fact that shape. Not your typical U-shaped kitchen is it? If you are shopping for a single straight wall of cabinetry or a custom kitchen to fit a space like this. An expert is what you need. The expert design team at Village Home Stores can help you find the best working design for your home. No project is identical to another (we love this about our industry)! The new design you see here on the right is a solution for the space. The old kitchen layout was much more broken up. The original oak kitchen (shown above and below) included drop-down ceiling soffits as well as a narrow corridor on the back end of the kitchen created by tall cabinetry. Behind the original refrigerator location was a second refrigerator, open shelf storage and a small pass-through window. The entire space seemed crowded and closed in.before

A very special area in the original kitchen was also in this back section of the original layout, the measuring wall. Many families have them, commonly in the kitchen. Where the growth of generations and generations of kids is documented. In this case it was on the side panel o a tall cabinet. A grandchild put up some signage on the day before tear-out was to begin…memories

She means it!!!! No worries reader, our carpenters were able to remove this panel (from the floor up for accurate measuring of course) and it is now safely in a new location of the home. Our family here at Village Home Stores know how important memories made in your home are to you. We aim to provide beautiful and functional new spaces to help you continue making memories in your home. The moment we snapped this photo of the measuring wall. was a touching reminder of that. And now…the tour! Let’s take a look around this incredible new space!white painted kitchen with subway tile.

The first thing you notice about this new kitchen is how open and bright it is. What was once an enclosed maze of cabinetry has been opened up into a bright and airy Transitional kitchen. Koch cabinetry in the “aspen” doorstyle painted white is paired with warm Hickory hardwood flooring. The countertops in this new space are a striking natural stone named “White Macaubus”. This neutral blend of whites, beige, and warm grays perfectly ties all of the other finishes together. Natural veining and character in the slabs looks right at home in this wooded lot that looks out over the Mississippi Valley below. We removed a large section of the dividing wall to help create this look. kitchen remodeler Quad Cities

Now you have a clear view into the kitchen and its full wall of floor-to-ceiling glass that looks out toward the swimming pool. The kitchen sink view is also more enjoyable now as the user faces the front of this wooded lot and can enjoy the entire panoramic view the Living Room windows offer. What grabs your attention first as you enter the new kitchen is the large handcrafted Hickory dining table and the lighting above it.painted white kitchen by Village Home Stores

This table (built by the talented homeowner we should add) comfortably seats 10 guests. While an island of a very decent size could have fit here, the owners really wanted to be able to enjoy the space and the views while dining and entertaining. So many incredible meals and many great conversations will now be shared within this kitchen. The two large pendant light fixtures above the table make quite the statement…kitchen lighting

…and when you sit down and look up, they make a whole new statement! Hammered copper with a gold interior, these lights are stunning! While your kitchen may not be large enough for two lights quite this size, consider the rhythm and balance that is brought to the space by having two lights above the table (or island if that is the case). A single, long fixture would have not been as dramatic as these lights.

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The added surprise of the gold interior of these fixtures is what makes them so remarkable. We have many lighting options similar to these including the series shown above by Quorum that come in many sizes and with gold, silver, and copper interior options. White painted kitchenThe back wall of the kitchen is now home to the new KitchenAid 29 cubic foot french-door refrigerator. KitchenAid beverage coolerThis model offers maximum fresh food and freezer storage. The addition of a glass-front beverage cooler nearby helps free up a lot of shelf space in the main refrigerator. If your kitchen design allows it, this 24″ appliance can really be a game-changer for refrigeration. Imagine if the next time your were planning on entertaining, you could remove all of the cans, bottles, and boxes of beverages and instead have all of that shelf space for food items! That is a lot of shelf real estate that just opened up for you. It is also very wonderful to be able to allow guests to help themselves when they are over. A glass-front beverage cooler looks great and can also help way-finding when you are entertaining guests. We carry many makes and models of under-counter beverage coolers.broom closet in cabinetry

On the subject of added storage, take a look at this second pantry cabinet that was converted into a broom/utility closet. Adding a tall pantry cabinet for this function can help you have access to cleaning supplies right where you need them. With doors closed, you would never suspect it isn’t just pantry storage.

With the angle of the cooking and sink walls being an acute angle, a standard square lazy-susan cabinet would not fit or function for this kitchen. A blind corner cabinet with swing-out shelves is instead installed to make the most of a challenging area. When we asked the owner of this beautiful new kitchen what some of her favorite things about the new space were, she responded how much she loves her touch-activated faucet. touch faucet in kitchen

When working in the kitchen it is so easy to fall in love with this touch feature. This kitchen was completed using the full Project Management Program at Village Home Stores. This means that the entire remodel was handled from start to finish by a team of experts coordinated just for this project. Estimates, schedules, and quality work was all managed by Village Home Stores to help keep everything on schedule to completion. There is so much to talk about in this Bettendorf kitchen. We can’t wait to share a full video tour with you on an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. This will be an episode you will not want to miss!Bettendorf kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores

See the full album of photos from this project over here on our Houzz.com page. If you are ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen project we are ready to meet with you. Just give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online to arrange an appointment so we can hear about the space you are working on. Let’s get an expert team to work on your space!
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Rock Island- Become a Birch Believer

Cherry stain on birch woodI was invited to come photograph this finished remodel last Friday evening and I can’t believe how impressive this new kitchen is right when you walk in the front door! The designer from our store was with me and as she looked everything over and straightened out the hardware I got to work snapping photos. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes into our appointment that I was corrected… “Oh no, it’s not Cherry. This is Birch wood with a “Burgundy” stain.”

kitchen_remodelMy jaw dropped open. I had been fooled! The high contrast of the rich wood color and the beautiful glass backsplash glowing from the undercabinet lighting made me a Birch fake-out believer right then and there. You can get the look of Cherry by using a Birch wood with the right finish applied.

farmsinkBefore we take a look at the layout and finishes let’s get right to the standout combination of this glass subway tile backsplash all aglow with the new Diode LED lighting! Our Diode LED system can be installed in a traditional undercabinet installation like shown here. This low-profile system can be used a number of other ways as well. Consider some accent lighting above your kitchen cabinetry if there is a space from there to the ceiling. How amazing would the baseboard area below a bar or home entertainment center look with an accented area lit up? This lighting system can even be put onto a dimmer switch.

diode_lighting_quad_citiesIf you are investing an a beautiful new backsplash for your kitchen you really must consider showing it off in the best way possible and this Diode LED system is perfect for that! Now let’s take a closer look at how this remodel transformed completely! Check out these before and afters:

rock_island_kitchenThe homeowner just purchased this Rock Island home in the Fall and immediately got in touch with us to do the full remodel for her. Using our Project Management program we managed everything for her including gathering estimates and scheduling and coordinating all of the crews involved. We removed the existing peninsula and wall cabinet above it and an exterior wall was rebuilt and moved out to now give her plenty of space for a small dining table just outside of the new kitchen.

Village_Home_Stores_remodel_blogThe refrigerator was moved to the opposite wall which created a lot more space for the user who is at the new gas range. The refrigerator now has a large pantry cabinet to the left and allows the front end of the kitchen stay feeling open and spacious.

wood_leg_decorativeBecause the kitchen is the very first room you see when you enter the home, the back of the new peninsula couldn’t have just a plan look.  The new kitchen design includes an overhang that can comfortably seat two guests. Below the overhanging Cambria quartz is a beadboard panel with a furniture baseboard attached. On each end of the panel are decorative turned posts that match the cabinet finish. This one detail truly takes the first impression to the next level. The same materials can be installed in a different way as well. These posts are finished all around so that they can be pulled forward and give the look of a table leg. Either installation method makes a great impact.

glass_subway_tileThe cabinetry that gave the rich look of Cherry is actually a Birch wood in the “Burgundy” finish with a black accent glaze applied. The cabinets are from our Koch line and are a doorstyle called “Legacy”. The Cambria quartz countertops are the “New Quay” design. See the other complimentary Cambria colors to this color here on the Cambria site. The 3′ x 6″ glass backsplash tiles are available in many colors to match your own space.

birch_cherry_finishThe flooring in the new kitchen is another great example of a fake out! Looks like ceramic doesn’t it? It is actually Luxury Vinyl! These 16″ x 16″ tiles by Mannington are in a color called “Cloud Cover”. Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” gives the look of ceramic but offer the comfort of a softer (and warmer to your bare feet) material. LVT can also be installed grouted or non-grouted. If you have any questions about the materials or design of this space feel free to contact us anytime! Or call us today to make an appointment and start talking about your own project! You can reach us at (309) 944-1344.

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Tour The Set Of The New WQAD Kitchen

kitchen at WQADWith the Village Home Show launching this coming Sunday at 11am on WQAD News 8 we wanted to give you a look around at the set itself. You may have already seen it in action during the morning news. Local chefs and guests have already began to use the fully-functioning new kitchen set on  air. Village_Home_Show_setbeforeThe Village Home Show will feature before and after stories of kitchen and bath remodel projects from right here in our area. We wanted to not overlook the before and after story of the set kitchen itself. This unused corner of the news studio at WQAD has been totally transformed into a kitchen larger than many we remodel. We made this space beautiful AND functional.

The kitchen layout fits multiple users and is outfitted with camera-friendly finishes. There could be as many as three or four camera angles used during any taping and the space has to look as inviting as possible. The space within the kitchen is large enough for many users at a time to fit comfortably within while using it.layout_wqad_kitchen

We wanted to select finishes for this set that would look timeless and relate-able to viewers. We think these cherry cabinets and neutral finishes can be easily imagined in your own home. The main perimeter counter tops of the kitchen are by CambriaUSA Quartz in a color called “New Quay”. The kitchen cabinetry is from our Dura Supreme line and the Cherry Valencia door in a “Mission” stain and “Charcoal” glaze has been installed throughout the set.walk zanger tile

The pub-height table top is a granite perfectly named “Earth Glitter” The natural veining and shimmers add a bit of character to the space without looking busy or distracting from the guests who may be seated there.

walker_zanger_backsplashThe  backsplash tile we selected for the set kitchen has already become very popular. It is a ceramic tile from Walker Zanger’s 6th Avenue Collection. With bright studio lights and cameras pointing in many directions, we wanted a big impact but nothing reflective. This “Cocoon” shaped “Flax” tile is available in a matte finish. 

cooktopQuartz counters were chosen for their excellent durability for this multi-use space. When you see the kitchen on-air during cooking segments the user at the cooktop actually faces the news desk. The weather center is close by to the right of this peninsula. The weather team could take just a few small steps and sneak a sample of food  being prepared a few feet away.

The kitchen appliances you see in this set are all from the newest launch of Maytag products. Click on each link to see more about each model. A combination wall oven and microwave are installed right next to the large french-door counter depth refrigerator. Just in case the dishwasher needs to run while a camera is on, we installed Maytag’s quietest model available. The 5-burner gas cooktop will be getting the most use and that is why we designed the kitchen to keep that front and center.maytag

The cabinetry in this kitchen is unique in many ways and we have Dura Supreme to thank for that. One of our favorite details can be found in the corner of the kitchen…glass_doors

curved_cabinet_doorCurved doors on both the base and wall cabinets are a subtle detail that add a lot of style. This feature instantly created a custom-cabinet look to your space without having to shift all of your product over to a completely custom-cabinet line. The mullion door design options from Dura Supreme are very unique as well. We ended up selecting the look above to suggest the curves of an “8”.

pantry_shelvesWe have been thrilled to see the kitchen in use and are so excited to share the Village Home Show with you every Sunday. We love helping our customers create beautiful spaces in their homes where memories can be made and we look forward to watching a lot of great memories made at WQAD. We can’t wait to hear from you what you have seen happen in the new kitchen.

Tune in every Sunday morning at 11am to learn about the latest industry trends, hear from expert guests and see beautiful spaces transform right before your eyes. The projects featured on the Village Home Show are part of the Project Management program available from Village Home Stores. We can’t wait to share with you what we have been working on.WQAD village home show

Bettendorf Kitchen Remodel- An Open Mind, An Open Room

removing a wall for kitchen remodelWe first met this Bettendorf, IA couple at the QCBR Home Show last Winter. They had been considering a remodel to their existing kitchen for a number of years but hadn’t really been inspired yet to take on the full project.

header installed in ceilingAfter meeting at their home, our designer suggested something that they hadn’t even considered before…removing a wall. An existing wall divided the front Living Room area from the current kitchen. Our designer was able to show them a rendered drawing of a possible layout of the kitchen if that wall was removed. Now they were even more intrigued.

Time passed as they considered the project and the more they stared at that wall, the more they realized… that wall had to go.

bettendorf kitchen remodelThis new kitchen features Koch cabinets in the Seneca Birch “Briarwood” stain and a complete suite of Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances give this kitchen an updated look while looking right at home in the space. Instead of matching the exact color of Oak trim and furniture throughout the home, the flooring and cabinets change to a similar tone but a more closed grain of wood. Selecting wood tones that compliment each other instead of duplicating a finish can really give off a more polished look in many cases.

flooring_villageRight when I walked in the door to see the finished project I said, “Please tell me we put these floors in for you.”  Because they were so beautiful they almost distracted me from the reason I was stopping by (to see the new kitchen). These Acacia hand-scraped wood floors in the “Hazelnut” finish look so outstanding in person! The light really catches all that hand-scraped detail so well.

The hardwood was installed from the front door on through the living room and then into the new kitchen and eat-in area. This investment is a key ingredient in making this new space seem like an open floorplan that belongs in this home. There is now no visible trace of the wall that once blocked the view and light into the kitchen.

hidden_bar_supportsThe “Coffee Brown” granite countertops were actually purchased as part of our promotional color program at just $59 a sq. ft. and look so perfect with the strip of accent tile selected for the backsplash. We are often asked about how our stone fabricators “hide” the support brackets for the overhang on a granite top. This island top is a great example to show you. Notched into the back cabinet and panel to sit flush with the top of the cabinet, these steel supports are hidden from plain sight. The length, location, and amount of countertop supports your project may need will be based on the depth of the top and the length of the material to be supported.

sliding shelves in cabinetThe previous kitchen layout only had one small stack of drawers. This new design now includes many drawers including large pots & pans drawers on the sink wall. The end cabinet shown here has slide-out shelves to help organize Tupperware containers and lids.

There is also a pull-out trash cabinet and more added drawers  in the island facing the kitchen sink.

whirlpool appliancesBy removing an existing wall to bury a supporting header within, the space is now open and bright. Can lights were added to the front room as well as a ceiling fan. We are so glad to have arranged and coordinated all of the teams of players who made this space great. Our thanks this Bettendorf couple for striking up a conversation with us at last year’s home show and for inviting us back in to share it with you readers. This Holiday season is going to be great for them in their new kitchen!

Do you have a wall that may be blocking you from your dream kitchen? Give us a call or click for an appointment to start the conversation about your new space! Reach us at 866-995-3411 and let’s get started.

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Colona, IL- After The Fire.

kitchen restorationLast week we shared with you the Before & After photos from this Colona, IL home damaged by fire and smoke. We wanted to show you around the kitchen in a little bit more detail.

rendered kitchen planTo say this kitchen has some angles is an understatement. This birds-eye view color rendering shows the overall space better than we could capture in one photo. This rendering is an example of what you can see during the design phase here at Village Home Stores.

angled kitchen cabinetThese cabinets hug every corner and even access spaces that may have otherwise been wasted areas. Let’s start with the wall to the right of the built-in pantry. That clipped corner does actually have usable shelves within. It should be mentioned that this cabinet SKU is a standard cabinet. Many times our designers can use the most of your space with the right design!

outside corner baseImmediately behind this angled cabinet is another great standard SKU that can add a lot of interest to a space. While the shelves may not hold a small appliance, am outside corner cabinet can be a great way to turn a corner. Angles are also integrated into the ends of the exposed walls of cabinetry. If you revisit the rendering above you will see that entire pantry wall has angled end cabinets that clip the edges and allow for interest and an easier access into the room.

kitchenAid inductionbase cabinet trashThe end of the cooktop wall of cabinets has not been clipped to allow for a full depth of preparation space on both sides of the KitchenAid Induction unit. Induction is a fantastic feature and we can’t wait to show you more on it soon. Another convenience for the cooktop user is a pull-out trash cabinet directly to the right. Below the cooktop is a large double drawer base which makes for quick and easy access to pots and pans without having to open doors to access a slide-out shelf.

kitchenaid appliancesIn addition to the pull-out trash, a KitchenAid trash compactor is located near the kitchen sink. This 15″ wide unit is Whisper Quiet® Plus Sound Insulated and has a 5:1 compaction ratio reducing trash by up to 80%

The section of island cabinetry that faces the great room has an easily accessed under-counter beverage cooler. Keeping the main refrigerator space clear of cans and bottles this glass-front cooler can easily found by guests and homeowners.

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Get The Look:

kitchen color palettevillage home stores flooringThe granite in this kitchen sparkles so well and may read like a dark black on camera. It is in fact a deep rich blue granite called “Blue Pearl”. The cabinetry is by Koch Cabinets in the “Seneca” doorstyl, Maple Autumn stain. The San Michelle: “Crema Vein” flooring in the kitchen continues from the front door through the dining room then into the kitchen.

With no dining set so you can see the awesome inset layout from our installers very clearly in this photo:

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We mentioned in our previous post about how kind and amazing these homeowners were throughout a very stressful period and circumstances. Their positive attitudes among loss were inspiring. We thank them again for letting us share their beautiful home with you. If you have any questions about what you see here or our entire process please don’t hesitate to call 866-995- 3411 or click to ask. See the entire album of photos from this restoration project over on our Houzz page.