What We Saw At World of Whirlpool in Chicago

Village Home Stores sales team visits the World of Whirlpool facilities in Chicago IL for product training.

Last week we were invited to join a few other Illinois sales teams from small businesses like ours at the World of Whirlpool training facilities in Downtown Chicago, IL. Our commitment to ongoing product training is why our customers find such an added value in working with Village Home Stores. There are new features introduced all of the time and it is our passion to help you find the right appliances for your budget and your lifestyle. We also want to be available to help you use your new appliances confidently once you have them installed. Training events like this keep our team savvy and knowledgeable for you.

White and black kitchen with Sunset Bronze appliances in the World of Whirlpool experience center in Chicago, IL
The Village Home Stores team visited the World of Whirlpool experience for immersive appliance product training in Chicago, IL.

We try and send our team to product training 1-2 times a year but we have never experienced a training quite like the one we had last week! Two full days of hands-on product demonstrations and chances everywhere we went to use and experiment with the features we were learning about. Product training in the appliance industry is not just about learning what the new finishes and features are, tech in the kitchen has completely changed the game!

Smart Home And Connected Kitchen Tech

Village Home Stores team is excited to be on board with all of these exciting ways you can add tech to your own home kitchen experience. Scan-to-cook, voice control timers and settings, and ingredient recognition. These are not “kitchen of the future” terms, they are available right now! Many of the appliance models we trained on from Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool have “connected” features. Whirlpool has launched an entire line of connected appliance products and they had a huge kitchen setup installed for our team to explore and train with.

The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest in smarthome appliances.
The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest plus what’s to come with smarthome appliances.

I was really excited to train on and operate all of the new Whirlpool Smart Appliances. We learned so many ways they can help simplify our lives

-Tammy Clark, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Tablet connected to smart appliances from Whirlpool
The Village Home Stores appliance team gets hands-on training with Whirlpool’s smarthome connected appliances.

Getting this hands-on training with models we don’t typically get to see and use is a priceless opportunity for our team. Connected appliances are new to everyone so we are just as intrigued and curious as you! The apps and screens on the appliances are all very easy to use and give you options for how you are guided to use them. You can even favorite recipes and settings so that your appliances can adapt to you personally and help to simplify your life.

Hands-On Appliance Training

Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.

Resident Chef for Whirlpool brands Ann Nolan trained us on the chrome-infused griddles found on our KitchenAid commercial-style cooking products. We learned about the many benefits of this even-heat griddle including how easy it is to clean. There is no “seasoning” to worry about and we saw first hand that the non-porous surface cleans up very easily! Have a chrome-infused griddle from us? Check out this quick video Chef Ann made showing you the steps to clean it up easily.

Chef Ann Nolan teaching how to clean the griddle surface after use.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to clean the griddle surface after use.

Wall Ovens Guaranteed to “FIT”

Our team trained heavily on freestanding ranges and wall ovens beginning with a refresh of the FIT System Install Guarantee. Did you know that with the FIT system you can replace your existing 27″ or 30″ wide wall ovens and Whirlpool guarantees it will fit in your existing opening!? That is some valuable piece of mind when shopping. We had a chance to install a wall oven using the versatile FIT brackets and trim kit just to try it out!

A group training with the FIT system risers and trim kits for wall oven installs
The FIT system for wall ovens. This system of trim kits and risers guarantee that replacement wall ovens in standard 27″ and 30″ widths will work in existing openings.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

My favorite part of training was the undercounter icemaker. It was cool to see the difference between ice from that versus an ice dispenser in a refrigerator. Also, the pizza was awesome.

-Seth Owen, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Row of undercounter appliances from KitchenAid installed in a kitchen island.
For those who love to cook and entertain, KitchenAid offers a wide variety of undercounter appliances. Beverage coolers, icemakers, and even drawer refrigeration units.

The pizza Seth is referencing was our off-site event for the evening. The Whirlpool Corporation took us on a Chicago Pizza Tour and it was an absolute dream! If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to see the city, (and if you can throw down on at least 2 lbs. of pizza in a few hours), we highly recommend it! But back to that icemaker Seth was talking about. Who wouldn’t love restaurant quality ice in your own home? Doesn’t that sound amazing? Ice is the only element you can add to something that elevates the experience without altering the flavor! They showed us what a different Clear Ice can make! Press play below to see this fun exercise we did comparing Clear Ice to regular ice from the freezer:

The KitchenAid Clear Ice in these undercounter models produce the most preferred ice in the industry! These icemakers are available in 15″ and 18″ wide models and they come backed by a 2 year warranty. They can be ordered panel-ready to give a built-in look for your kitchen design and the articulating door hinge allows it to be installed flush with the cabinetry and not stick out. We had some extensive cooktop training on both gas and induction cooktops which led to a very important training topic: ventilation!

KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.
KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.

Kitchen Ventalation

Are you a serious home chef? Have you ever burned something in the kitchen? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you know how important kitchen ventilation is. Proper ventilation can help you filter heat, odor, grease, and smoke from your cooking space. A great new feature just launched is the Auto Turn On option on some vent hoods. This allows you to take the guesswork out of when to use your hood because it will just turn on when needed. We were blown away by this demo we experienced showcasing ventalation options from the KitchenAid Commercial line. Press play below to see some boosted vent power:

That is a 20 lb. cabinet door and just a 600CFM hood!!! Not even the most powerful hood we have available. Have questions about how much CFM power you need? Our team will work with you to pair your cook surface’s BTU’s and consider the location and your cooking habits when helping you select the right ventilation investment for your kitchen. A few months ago we met Chef Ann Nolan in Nashville and she was showcasing a brand new product on the EXPO floor of that show. Last week we were able to dive into more detailed training for it.

KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments

Wall oven with KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments
The KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments. Shown stacked to store inside of the oven cavity.

The KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments is one of the most exciting new appliance products we have seen in years! This wall oven can be used for standard baking and convection baking… but plug one of these powered attachments in and you have the ability to crisp, steam, and even grill in your wall oven! If you love the cooking process this wall oven will take your time in the kitchen to a whole new level. Imagine steaming an entire meal in a single pan, or making 3 racks or ribs any time of the year!?! There are even pre-programmed recipes in the wall oven to encourage you to experiment with your new attachments and they guide you through the entire process. You can even set a “flip” reminder for your burgers! You can read more about the SmartOven+ and see Chef Ann grilling with it here in a past blog post.

Matte Black KitchenAid mixer shown with many front attachments.
What inspired the new Smart Oven system from KitchenAid with powered attachments? The front port KitchenAid mixer of course!

One thing we learned last week that really stuck with us about this wall oven product is the inspiration for it. The KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic. Not just within the Whirlpool brands of products, but in kitchens across the globe. What makes the stand mixer successful and has kept it relevant all of these years is the ability to add new and exciting attachments to any mixer base. The front port of a stand mixer (see above) can transform to suit so many tasks. That same concept was what drove the design of the port for the powered attachments of this SmartOven+ unit. The base “plugs” into the back of the wall oven and you stack whatever attachment you are using on top. A gravity-close cover seals the opening when an attachment isn’t in use.

Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.
Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.

Another exciting thing about this product is that KitchenAid included Chef Ann in the conversation while developing this product! She was able to make design notes and suggestions (like the sloped back wall of the grill pan and baking stone for utensil use) and she even developed the recipes programmed into the unit! Do you love being the first in your family or neighborhood to have fun and exiting new things but worry they will become outdated? Don’t worry here! Any powered attachment KitchenAid launches moving forward will work with this wall oven unit. And yes, there are others in the works!

Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish installed in an on trend kitchen with open shelves and copper accents.
Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish.

The entire facility at World of Whirlpool was absolutely incredible. Both days we were treated to a chefs tasting 3 course lunch all prepared in the test kitchens on site. There were so many beautiful displays and believe it or not, we didn’t even see everything there even after two days of training! We don’t want to share every single detail from our trip because we will be unpacking some of these things in more detail on upcoming episodes of the Village Home Show.

Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen at World of Whilpool in Chicago, IL
Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen.

Our team also trained on Maytag products, all brands of dishwashers, refrigeration, baking drawers, the new low-profile microwaves, laundry products and more! See and learn more about the low-profile microwave hoods here in a past blog post. Tammy even got to snap a selfie with the Maytag Man!

Tammy poses with the Maytag Man at the selfie station.

We trained on Whirlpool and Maytag laundry products and even saw the single unit Smart All-In-One Washer/Dryer from Whirlpool! This slim, ventless unit can be installed almost anywhere! Think how amazing it would be to wash a load right in your master closet! Learn more and shop this model here at villagehomestores.com

Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room with subway tile and a farm sink
Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room. Maytag appliances available to the Quad Cities region with our Local Low Price Guarantee at Village Home Stores.

The building where World of Whirlpool us located is a landmark in itself! The Reid Murdoch Building is a historic and important building in the river-facing skyline of Downtown Chicago. We got a tour of the top clocktower one sunny afternoon and the views were amazing! It was such a busy and informative training trip but we had such a great group to train with! It is always so much fun to meet teams from stores just like ours who value the customer experience and seek to provide the best service and products for their neighbors.

A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.
A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.

The training and hospitality we were given from the Whirlpool Corporation was top-notch. We can’t thank them enough for including our store in this training opportunity. It is our honor to continue to earn our title of the Quad Cities Regional experts on appliances. If you are shopping for appliances and are not quite sure what is right for you, reach out to our team! There are hundreds of products out there and we can help you narrow your options down to what is right for you and your budget. If you have questions or would like for one of our team members to prepare a quote for you, just complete this short form online and we will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Appliance staff training at World of Whirlpool

White Kitchen With Inset Doors and Shiplap Ceiling in Milan, IL

White painted cabinetry is a consistently classic look for a kitchen. For certain projects however, one added detail can take that look to a new level. That detail is choosing an inset cabinetry construction. The term inset means that the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are recessed back into the cabinet faceframes when closed. This gives a very customized furniture-style look to the cabinetry. This option is available from custom and semi-custom lines of cabinet product at Village Home Stores. This Milan, IL kitchen was given the full remodel treatment and for the vision of this new kitchen in the home, inset door cabinetry by Dura Supreme was the perfect choice.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, wood hood, Stainless Steel appliances, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen was walled-off and sectioned into a small sink area and another cooking area The refrigerator was on its own across the way. Our team removed a wall that divided the dining area from the kitchen to open up the room and create a more open concept into the dining and front room of the home. Two windows were replaced with one large window now offering panoramic views to anyone at the kitchen farm sink in its new location. When the flooring was removed, this great pine floor was revealed beneath it. We think keeping the original wood floors was a fantastic choice with this bright, white new setting.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, Stainless Steel appliances, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Even though this kitchen may have farmhouse feel, the appliances needed to have modern features while looking at home in the new space. We included a tall pantry cabinet to the left of the refrigerator for a surrounded and customized refrigeration look. A KitchenAid counter depth refrigerator keeps that built-in look locked in tight. Counter depth refrigeration is a modern feature that can really be a miracle worker when kitchen designing in small spaces. Another built-in appliance that is worth noting is the microwave.

White remodeled kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances including a Sharp over the counter microwave and KitchenAid counter depth refrgerator. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The over-the-counter microwave from Sharp allows you to have the off-the-counter convenience of a microwave hood without installing it as your hood. This microwave option gave the client an opportunity to take a more decorative approach to a range hood across the room. We have installed examples of all microwave location options at our showroom in Geneseo, IL. You can shop all of our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com or by stopping in our showroom at 105 S State Geneseo, IL.

White remodeled kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances including a Sharp over the counter microwave. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

We mentioned the floors… but did you see those ceilings? Shiplap style boards were installed and painted to give a completed look from floor to ceiling. Walking into this completed kitchen remodel the wow factor truly is in every single surface! From the storied original pine floors to the statement Shiplap ceiling. A farmhouse apron-front sink and new stainless dishwasher are located on the bright new window wall.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, Arabescato marble counters, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Keeping the kitchen design bright and airy on the sink wall, three floating shelves are located above the dishwasher (see image below). We can order shelving like this for any space. We are seeing a long-term trend for kitchens, bathrooms, home bars, and built-in fireplace shelving to have a more open look like this. We see the potential for styling these open shelf spaces year round but love this everyday simple look of glassware in a pop of color.

White kitchen with floating wall shelves. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A 30″ slide in gas range by KitchenAid is the superstar appliance in this kitchen. The help of convection cooking produces flawless results for you. The convection fan ensures the inside of the entire oven is heated to (and stays at) the perfect consistent temperature. Plus the oven cavity cleans in less than an hour without odors at a low heat using water to release baked-on spills!

White remodeled kitchen with Stainless Steel KitchenAid gas range. Complete kitchen remodel with appliances from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A steam rack on the interior offers the ability to provide additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results. Speaking of results, there is even a wireless probe that lets cooks walk away from the oven without walking away from control. The probe can easily be set to specific temperatures, and alerts you when the desired temperature has been reached. There is also a baking drawer beneath the oven. The separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature and keep dishes warm. That’s like having a second oven!

White remodeled kitchen with glass subway tile and Stainless Steel KitchenAid gas range. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Beautiful Arabescato Marble countertops were installed throughout this kitchen. Glazzio’sCrystile “Ice Mist” glossy glass subway tiles in a 3″ x 6″ size introduces a seaglass color and adds a coastal layer to the kitchen finishes. Clean and bright wall switches and outlets from our Legrand Radiant series look amazing. Many times our tile customers are curious what to do at the “end” of a run of wall tile. We use a channeled product called a Schluter Strip (shown below on right) to give a cleaner, completed look.

White remodeled kitchen with Ice Mist glass subway tile backsplash. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Dura Supreme cabinetry in the Homestead non-beaded doorstyle painted white is paired with bright surface selections to give this home the spacious and stylish kitchen it deserves. The symmetry of the new range wall is perfection.

White remodeled kitchen with glass subway tile backsplash and custom wood range hood. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

We installed our energy efficient Diode LED lighting as undercabinet and in-cabinet lighting for this project. The clerestory style of a glass-door top section is styled and illuminated perfectly. This lighting system is low-voltage so you can leave it on anytime with minimal power use. A stainless hood would be a bit modern for this kitchen. So the design includes paneled a wood hood cabinet with blower insert in the space.

Kitchen wood range hood from Dura Supreme. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A mantle and decorative corbels create a shallow ledge area that can be left clean (as shown) or be home to a wreath, accessories, or leaning artwork if you see fit. There is such a gallery effect when you have a bright white kitchen like this. You can style it differently year round and let your accessories truly pop against the white paint.

Kitchen wood range hood mantle detail from Dura Supreme. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Any remodel or new build project comes with hundreds of decisions to be made. Our store will build you a team of experts from each department that you are shopping so we can walk you through your choices and help you decide what is the best choice for your project and your budget. When choosing inset cabinetry you have the option of a concealed or exposed hinge for your doors. This kitchen showcases an exposed barrel hinge in a brushed nickel finish to compliment the kitchen.

Inset cabinetry from Dura Supreme design and materials from Village Home Stores. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The nickel finish offers a sheen without a very dark contrast. It also compliments the Stainless Steel appliances in the completed kitchen. A great door and drawer hardware choice for inset cabinetry was also made in this design. The Highland Ridge Collection has a latching mechanism to keep doors closed and aligned. This style of hardware works well in modern and farmhouse styles and can be ordered in a variety of finishes. We paired this door hardware with classic cup pulls on the drawers.

Inset cabinetry latching door hardware. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

To see more of this kitchen, be sure to check out the full album of photos here on our Houzz profile. It is amazing how much removing a wall from an existing kitchen can change the flow of the entire home. This new open kitchen plan has dramatically changed this home for the better! If this was your kitchen would you ever want to leave? We are so blessed to get to bring dream spaces like this to life for our clients.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, wood hood, Stainless Steel appliances, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Is your own home ready for a new look? Our remodel process includes an expertly created design with full color renderings of the completed space so you can get a clear vision of what the finished look will be before we even start estimating product. If you have been considering a remodel that includes wall removal or relocation, this is a key part of our process you will so appreciate. Your first step in the process is to simple reach out. You can call us at 309 944 1344 or complete this short online form for a member of our design team to connect with you. We ca’t wait to get started on your dream space!

Phone number for Village Home Stores 309 944 1344 Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Moline Quad Cities Kitchen Remodel With Wall Removed

This week’s featured project takes us to a home in Moline, IL that was in need of an update to brighten and open up the existing kitchen. We removed soffits, a portion of a wall, dark oak cabinetry, plus dated counters and appliances to create an airy and bright new space. We think you will love the new kitchen design. Take a look at what was selected:

Subway tile backsplash in Ababescato Carrara marble. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

We had recently remodeled a nearby bathroom for this customer that is just around the corner. This Arabescato Carrara Marble subway tile is a material choice that carries over from that bath remodel project into the kitchen. We love the way the natural stone brings a unique mix of grays and even a subtle blue tint to the kitchen space. This blend of bright whites and subtle grays are what allows the light to bounce around this bright kitchen.

White painted kitchen with marble look quartz counters in Moline, IL. Design, material selection, and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

With soffits removed, the new cabinetry can stretch all the way to the ceiling in a flat-panel door named “Prairie” by our Koch Classic Cabinetry line. The cabinets have been finished with a White paint. The U-shaped kitchen layout has only had one appliance location change, moving the dishwasher closer to the sink. You can see the original location for the dishwasher was clear across the room (see below).

Not only were we able to move the dishwasher to a more useful location, we were even able to squeeze a lazy susan cabinet in the corner instead of the original “blind corner” cabinet. We just love how bright and clean this new kitchen looks with the materials selected. Flat panel white kitchen cabinetry may sound like a basic choice, but it is truly the best transitional platform you can give yourself for a kitchen or bathroom space. White cabinetry can be styled so many ways and to suit so many tastes. In this home, the white cabinets have an almost art gallery effect on the curated framed artwork and decor items allowing them to pop.

White painted kitchen with marble look quartz counters and stainless KitchenAid appliances in Moline, IL. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

This KitchenAid dishwasher is just part of an entire package of Stainless Steel appliances that are truly built for those who love the cooking process. Recognize this gas range? That may be because it was also the gas range model from our last kitchen featured here on the blog. This 30″ wide front-control gas range includes convection features and 5 burners on top.

KitchenAid low profile microwave hood and 700ESS gas range in a remodeled Quad Cities kitchen from Village Home Stores. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

We love the new design of KitchenAid’s front-control ranges because they give you the look of a custom, slide-in range but they fit into a standard 30″ wide opening. Yes! That means if you have a standard gas range right now, this KSGG700ESS will slide right into that opening and give you a clean and professional look. But did you notice that microwave hood was a little shorter than normal?

KitchenAid low profile microwave hood in a remodeled Quad Cities kitchen from Village Home Stores. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

The new low-profile microwave hood launched by KitchenAid is a game-changer! Do you currently have a range hood installed beneath a cabinet and wish you could install a microwave hood there? This is the model for you! Now without modifying the height of that top cabinet, this 10.3″ tall model can be installed allowing you 500 CFMs of ventilation plus a microwave cavity that still fits a full dinner plate and definitely that fully-popped bag of popcorn. What does 500 CFMs look like in power? Take a peek at this example on the right compared to a standard microwave hood:

For those who love the cooking process and tend to make some smoke while working in the kitchen, this is the microwave hood you need! Learn more about this new style of microwave hood in a recent segment from the Village Home Show. Press play below to hear what Rachele and Elizabeth learned about them:

These microwave hoods are a welcome addition to an existing kitchen just in need of a new functional look, but also looks right at home in this new design. This Moline, IL kitchen was remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. What does that mean? That means that the client teamed up with us and our Complete Project Management team to organize every step of the process with them. All kitchen designs with us begin with the same initial consult meeting in-store. From there, our project management clients are given a whole different checklist of events than our DIY clients.

Village Home Stores kitchen remodel experts for the Quad Cities area. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

One of the key moments in this Project Management remodel process is the contractor meeting during the estimating process. We arrange a meeting in your home with all of the crews who will be bidding the work. We then discuss what needs to be estimated for the project and from there we can not only present you with a more accurate total project number, we can also spell out all of your work included in an inclusion sheet. In this Quad Cities home we removed a section of a wall dividing the kitchen and dining room spaces (see before and after below).

Before and after image of remodeled kitchen with wall removed and peninsula added in Moline, IL. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

With that work to be done (plus electrical, tile, carpentry, and plumbing work) we had a full schedule of events to get us to the finish line. That meant we needed to schedule multiple crews for the best use of time and in the right order to get this kitchen done by the Holidays. We did! We know your time is valuable and nobody enjoys living in a home during the remodel process so we try and keep to using reliable and efficient crews who are used to working together and can keep us all on track. If all that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry! Village Home Stores will do all of that schedule work for you.

White painted kitchen with wall removed and peninsula added in Moline, IL. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We also transformed another wall in the kitchen design. We removed a fireplace from the end of the original kitchen and gave that wall a whole new function. Now there is a gorgeous wine sideboard cabinet centered on the space and we have added pantry fronts to match the kitchen cabinet doors.

Before and after image of remodeled kitchen with fireplace removed and winecabinet added in Moline, IL. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Each of those tall doors open to deep, shelved storage and a broom/cleaning closet area. We love how this end of the kitchen has now become a part of the kitchen design itself. We included a glass door cabinet at the center of the space and two wine cubby base cabinets for storage and decoration.

Wine cabinet with wood countertop. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

Wood countertops can also be ordered from Village Home Stores. This one came from the same shop that built our cabinetry. By using a wood top on a sideboard element like this, your result is a more built-in and furniture look for the section of cabinetry. Have a nearby dining room or home office that could use some cabinetry design? Don’t hesitate to contact Village. We can save you a lot of time shopping for the right piece of furniture and instead build you the perfect one!

Wine cabinet with wood countertop. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

On the subject of countertop surfaces, allow is to introduce you to this marble-look engineered quartz surface by Cambria Quartz. This is the Brittanicca design in a standard eased edge. The large-format marble pattern gives you the look and character of a marble surface with the no-hassle and worry-free piece of mind quartz surfaces offer.

Cambria Britannica quartz counters in a White painted Moline, IL kitchen. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A perfect compliment to the marble look Brittanicca quartz counters, the true marble tile selected for the kitchen backsplash is stunning. Arabescato Carrara has subtle variations from tile to tile and it is just enough to bring natural stone character to the space. We also installed our Radiant Collection series of switches and outlets throughout the remodeled kitchen design. White plates and fixtures were a great choice to seamlessly blend in with the overall look. Notice one of our favorite features of this series… no visible screws on the backplates!

Subway tile backsplash in Ababescato Carrara marble paired with legrand radiant switches and outlets. Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish. | villagehomestores.com

Of course we added creative storage solutions anywhere we could for this customer in their cabinetry. Pull-out cabinets, tray dividers, sliding shelves and more. In remodel situations like these, you many times only have a handful of cabinets to work with in a design. You must make the most of that space and our experts are here to help you do that.

White kitchen cabinets with pullout spice cabinet. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

With the dividing wall partially removed, we were able to install a new peninsula area to add a lot of cabinet storage and a stunning arched countertop surface with an overhang for casual seating. If you want to see the full album of photos from this remodel project visit our Houzz portfolio of projects. Tap here to see the full album including more before images and specialty storage cabinets. There you can save these photos to your own ideabooks to have ready when you begin discussing your own kitchen project with our team.

White kitchen cabinets with Cambria Britannica quartz counters. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

As you will see in that Houzz album we included a lot of great details in this design that may be right for your own project with Village Home Stores. Like a servo trash can! Press play below to see how this hand-free option can give you hand when you are busy in the kitchen:

How fun is that?! Do you have questions about our remodel process? We have answers! Your first step is to just reach out to our team. You can contact us by phone at 309 944 1344 or by tapping here to submit an inquiry on our website. A member of our design team is excited to connect with you and hear about what you are working on.

A Quad Cities Kitchen Remodeled Start to Finish

One of the best things about being in our industry is that every single project we work on is different from the next. Even when kitchen and bath trends are put into action, the applications are always different because no space is the same. Village Home Stores has the great privilege of placing our designs and products in new and existing homes in the extended Quad Cities Region and we love each project we complete. We normally don’t admit it when we have favorites… but this week’s featured remodel story in Bettendorf, Iowa is one of our favorites fromf the year for sure! Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with large kitchen island, waterfall Cambria counters, Black Stainless appliances, and a custom walnut wood top table. | villagehomestores.com

This Bettendorf, Iowa customer found Village Home Stores by catching our weekly television show that airs every Sunday at 9am on WQAD. On the Village Home Show we are able to showcase remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities area. So when this family was ready, they knew who to call. The original oak cabinetry layout really divided the kitchen from the dining and living spaces. There is a beautiful outside pool area just steps away from the kitchen in this home. With the peninsula in place, it was a long voyage to the kitchen sink from the pool.

We were so thrilled with the ideas they came to us with for a more open concept kitchen. When we say that the kitchen is the hub of the home, this household is a great example of that. With access to lofted living room and the backyard pool retreat, this new kitchen design needed to be functional and stylish. We began by removing the original kitchen… but kept one main element in place to help save some cost to the clients.Need a kitchen remodeler that can manage your project from start to finish? Contact the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

This kitchen has been given a whole new look but we kept the original tile floors! That’s right! Because the tile flooring was installed before the original kitchen cabinets went in, there was no void left when we tore out the kitchen peninsula. A new knee-wall was installed with power for island outlets. Take one more look at the original oak kitchen with the peninsula + table layout….Contact the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

…and now the kitchen absorbs the dining space into one cohesive look. In fact, the kitchen and dining spaces are now joined into one concept by an incredible and versatile island design. The overall space has been brightened up significantly with lighter, airy material selections, added lighting, and the installation of mirror in some cabinetry. Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with large kitchen island, waterfall Cambria counters, Black Stainless appliances, and a custom walnut wood top table. | villagehomestores.com

A large kitchen island is the centerpiece to the new open concept. On the end near the backyard access, a custom table has been placed at dining height. We designed the dining table to be placed right next to the kitchen island. However, the table can be moved out if needed. A custom wood base was built for this design by our carpentry team and our painters painted it to compliment the kitchen cabinetry and trim.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with custom farmtable base. | villagehomestores.com

A gorgeous wood top from our Craft-Art line was secured on top of the base. With the main kitchen cabinetry all in painted finishes, a woodgrain was a welcomed element. The Black Walnut plank-style wood top adds warmth and an upscale texture to the space. We think its is best complimented with the warm backslash tile glowing with our undercabinet lighting system. 

Can’t find the right table to match your new kitchen from Village? Let us make one for you to ensure that it lines up with the overall design concept! Finding the right size and finish can be tricky. But rest assured, we can build just about anything you can dream up. This rich, smooth Black Walnut top was given a stylish and classic “Ogee” edge profile. The feel and sheen of these wood tops are truly heirloom quality. Learn more about these wood tops here in a previous postRemodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with CraftArt Black Walnut tabletop in Ogee edge. | villagehomestores.com

Even though this wood top is a showstopper, the Cambria Quartz in this kitchen is not to be ignored. Take a peek at this image below showing the remodel while it was still in progress. Notice that a piece of Cambria was installed on the cooktop wall for a dramatic look. Need a kitchen remodeler that can manage your project from start to finish? Contact the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

This statement wall creates a dramatic contrast of a marble look on the wall with a graphic black hood as an eye-catching continuation from the dark base cabinets. In fact, the Cambria Britannica Warm Quartz seems to almost cascade down behind the hood, flow up from the floor, over the kitchen island, and pour back down again on the other side.

Of course a glassy, gloss finish in a bright space always adds a great upscale detail. This Cambria design includes warm gray veining and is a classic compliment to the dark appliances and painted base cabinetry. A new approach to a two tone kitchen, dark painted bases with a bright and airy upper cabinet in a separate finish. Many times this trend is installed with open or floating shelves for the upper cabinetry. But in this design, we wanted to provide as much usable storage as possible.

Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with full height Cambria backsplash. | villagehomestores.com

The use of mirrors in some of the wall cabinetry does add a lighter weight to the look of the upper cabinets. The “X” design in the cabinet door is an updated and more Transitional style detail. We love the way mirrors help to brighten up a room (plus conceal the cabinet interior). Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with mirrored door cabinets and X-design. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Quartz in a marble look is a great choice for a busy kitchen and large island work surface like this. Cambria Quartz in the Brittanicca Warm design offers a classic look of a marble with a maintenance-free advantage. The island countertop has a standard “Eased” edge applied to it to maintain a cleaner installation and look with the waterfalling edge. Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters installed with a waterfall design on the island. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Curious about waterfall edges? Stop by our showroom in Downtown Geneseo and see our front desk area that showcases this look. Village Home Stores offers many departments all under one roof to make the entire selection process easier on you and your designer. We encourage you to come with any ideas you have collected during your research phase but also take a look around and inside all of our cabinetry displays. We offer so many specialty cabinets and can show them to you. Our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry is loaded with so many great options! This kitchen of includes great sliding shelf storage but also a mixer lift cabinet right in the island.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with Dura Supreme cabinetry in the painted Graphite finish. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

See more of this entire kitchen in detail over on our Best of Houzz-winning Portfolio. See the full album of images here. We also installed a spice pullout, lazy susan, and an auto-open waste basket! Press play below to watch the waste basket cabinet open with just a nudge.

Matte Black is one of our favorite home trends and this kitchen rocks the trend so well! The soft, rich look of Dura Supreme’s painted “Graphite” finish on the base cabinetry pairs so well with KitchenAid’s Black Stainless Steel finish appliances. Black Stainless is not just for super contemporary spaces. This Transitionally-styled space is proof of that. Plus it is fingerprint resistant! Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with KitchenAid Black Stainless appliances. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

KitchenAid was the first in their industry to launch a Black Stainless Steel finish and the look is sophisticated. But a KitchenAid kitchen is at it’s best when in use! A counter-depth French Door refrigerator includes incredible fresh and frozen food storage. A 30″ Combination Wall Oven and Microwave has so many features and a large capacity when needed. Another great appliance detail in this kitchen is the undercounter 15″  Ice Maker. What an absolute dream for anyone who entertains! Of course when you have a pool… people tend to show up.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with KitchenAid Black Stainless icemaker and custom paneled undercounter beverage cooler. | villagehomestores.com

This 15″ automatic ice maker produces ice that is perfect for every occasion.  It opens to reveal a storage bin that can hold up to 25 pounds of ice. Next to the Ice Maker we installed a beverage cooler with a custom panel to match the cabinetry. This kept the beverage area of the new kitchen looking symmetrical. Panel-ready appliances can be a wonderful custom option. We offer them in many refrigerator and  dishwasher options. We kept the original tile floors in the kitchen but a new tile backsplash was installed. 

3″ x 12″ textured tiles in “New Yorker” series and “Taupe” color. We love how they almost have the appearance of being underwater with their texture and reflection. Our stylish adorne series of switches and outlets from legrand looks great on the tile in a contrasting color and matte finish.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with legrand adorne system of outlets and switches. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The square design of this series looks great and is very versitile with options. Since sart home tech is at the top of every homeowner and homebuyer’s wishlist we should also mention this kitchen lighting system takes voice commands! Using the legrand app and connected to an amazon Alexa, we had a lot of fun testing out this new product. Press play below to watch a Facebook live video we taped at this completed jobsite to see how easy it is to use voice commands with this adorne system.

Smart home tech has reached the kitchen industry in a big way over the last few years and this year even more products are set to launch to make your life easier and more enjoyable. This homeowner was able to connect many of the lighting switches in the home and now can even switch lights off and on when they are away from home using the app.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with legrand connected lighting system. Connect with the legrand app and even enable voice commands for your controls. | villagehomestores.com

We have completed many new spaces using the adorne series from legrand. These outlet covers are a perfect match to the painted Graphite cabinetry in this kitchen. They match so well  that our “hidden” pop-up outlet in the island is totally camouflaged when it isn’t in use. Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with legrand adorne pop-out outlet. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A hands-free waste basket cabinet, voice-controlled lighting, and even a wave-controlled kitchen faucet! There is just so much from this kitchen remodel story it is almost impossible to showcase it all here on the blog. We hope to film an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show to show you more of these great features in action. Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with a stainless farmsink and Dura Supreme cabinetry in the painted Graphite finish. | villagehomestores.com

These clients used the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores for their project. We can provide you with an expert design and material selection for your project and you can take it from there. But for those who need us to manage the project from start to finish, the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores is available. We are constantly changing and adapting this process to give our customers the very best experience for their investment with us. Our goal is to get your project completed on time, on budget, and to the level of quality we would expect in our own homes. Press play below to watch a 360 view of this kitchen remodel from start to finish.

Ready to start your own before and after story? We are ready to be a part of it! Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can do that by calling us at (309) 944-1344 or completing this short online form on our website. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen looks like and how we can make it happen. Don’t forget that we offer many payment options including financing programs available for those who qualify. Learn more about our payment options here.  Thank you so much for checking out this blog tour. We hope you will keep an eye here for more great spaces featured from right here in the Quad Cities area. 

Kerkhoff Homes- An Award-Winning Parade Home Kitchen

Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen with white painted cabinets, a gray stained island, KitchenAid appliances, and quartz tops. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes in the Quad Cities.

Congratulations to Kerkhoff Homes for winning one of the awards (2018 Best Home in the $639,000-$665,000 price range category) during the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Fall Parade of Homes! We were thrilled to have our design and products throughout TWO of the Kerkhoff homes this parade season so we wanted to feature one this week on the blog. The kitchen in this home is stunning. An open layout, a custom range hood, and so many great finish selections. Take a look! White perimeter and accent gray island kitchen design in Bettendorf, Iowa. Home staged by Elements Design. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes in the Quad Cities. | villagehomestores.com

Great Room kitchen layouts should always be open and inviting. By selecting the right surfaces and materials, you also can make a space feel spacious and airy like this kitchen. The kitchen layout in this Bettendorf home is an L-shape perimeter with a large single level island. The cabinetry is the Prairie door in a painted “Ivory” finish from our Koch Classic line.Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen with white painted cabinets, a gray stained island, KitchenAid appliances, and quartz tops. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes in the Quad Cities. | villagehomestores.com

The kitchen island has an overhang extending off the back for added counter-height seating. There is also a casual dining space adjacent to the kitchen. The star of this kitchen is most certainly the custom hood we created with this builder. A wood hood was built to match the cabinetry of the kitchen perimeter with a Broan blower insert housed within it. Faux metallic detail on a custom wood range hood. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes. | villagehomestores.com

But we didn’t just build a custom wood hood… we took it one step further. A local artist added a faux metallic finish to the lower lip and top rail of the hood giving the illusion of an old metal hood. Even seeing the paint detail up close you will be fooled into thinking it is the real deal!Metallic faux finish detail in a kitchen by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Below the feature hood is a gas range ready to be put to any task! This front-control gas range has five burners on top and convection features in the oven. Flawless cooking results thanks to Even-Heat™ True Convection; the unique bow-tie design and convection fan in the back of the unit ensure the inside of the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature. This range also features a Steam Rack that offers the ability to add additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results.
KitchenAid Stainless Steel gas range in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. | villagehomestores.com

The French Door refrigerator is the focal point of the other wall of the kitchen. 20 cubic foot of storage capacity and a counter-depth design make it functional in many ways. The ExtendFresh™ Temperature Management System and Produce Preserver help keep food fresh. LED lighting throughout the refrigerator makes food easy to find on every level.KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliances in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. | VillageHomeStores.com

“But there is no water and ice in the fridge” you say? Yes there is! The filtered water dispenser is hidden on the interior of the counterdepth model and an icemaker is in the lower freezer. The kitchen itself includes plenty of storage space within the kitchen cabinets, plus there is a walk-in pantry on the range wall. Cabinet storage and fresh food storage are the main tasks for this section of the kitchen L-shape. As well as a lengthy section of countertop surface for food prep, service, and loading and unloading the refrigerator. Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen with white painted cabinets, a gray stained island, KitchenAid appliances, and quartz tops. | villagehomestores.com

A Sharp microwave drawer is also found on this wall of the kitchen. Kitchen microwave drawers are past the “occasional” spotting and have entered into the “expected” category in our area. They are a great look AND functional solution to the microwave needs in busy kitchens. 

Any busy kitchen will need a high-performance dishwasher and this KitchenAid one is ready to be put to work! This one is quiet at just 46 d.b.a (normal conversation levels are around 50), and the ProWash cycle is ready for even the toughest loads. Shop our entire catalog of appliances here on our website. The dishwasher is located on the end of the kitchen island next to the kitchen sink. KitchenAid Stainless Steel dishwasher in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. | villagehomestores.com

The kitchen island is also from our Koch Classic line of cabinetry in the same Prairie door. A Hickory wood has been stained with a warm gray stain named “Stone”. A sinkbase, pull out trash basket, and stack of drawers complete the island cabinet configuration. 

Keeping with bright and light finishes, a glossy engineered quartz countertop was installed. Our Q-Quartz line in the color named “Calacatta Laza” is a classic and sophisticated choice. Bright whites blend with ivory and neutral beige veining. A glossy finish is reflective and beautiful. Once installed, quartz has little to no maintenance (yes you still have to wipe it clean). Quartz is also non-porous and foodsafe making it an ideal kitchen surface.

Above the kitchen island hang two glass pendant lights. A great way to give a space a more airy and light look is to use glass or mirror. These pendants from our Feiss Lighting line are named “Zola” and they anchor the island scale and shape but don’t weigh down the space with a dark finish. Instead, you can see through them to that great custom hood design! Shop our lighting catalogs here on our websiteGlass pendant lighting hangs above a kitchen island in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes in the Quad Cities. | villagehomestores.com

Love this kitchen? Find the full album of photos from this home including the Lower Level Bar we designed and more lighting here on our Houzz page. There you can follow our Houzz account and save ideas into your own ideabooks for you dream kitchen with Village. If ideas are what you are after, don’t forget to also find us over on Pinterest! This board of all kitchen finish combinations is a great way to nail down your own tastes and personal styles.  A special shout-out to the folks at Elements Home Furnishings and Interior Design for staging this Great Room space to perfection!Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for a QCBR Parade of Homes Winner Kerkhoff Homes in Bettendorf, Iowa. | villagehomestores.com

Are you building a new home in the Quad Cities area? Village Home Stores would love the opportunity to partner with you and your builder to give you a beautiful space. We have a special path of processes for our New Construction customers and we would love to share it with you. Your first step is just to reach out to our store for an appointment with our New Construction team. You can reach us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a team member will be in touch with you soon to discuss your project.