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Product Profile: An All Star Lineup!

In honor of the MLB All-Star Game this week, we thought we would share our own All-Star Accessories lineup! We are aware that investing in brand new cabinetry as a part of your project can be overwhelming and come with many style and construction decisions to be made. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the storage that these cabinets can offer. After all… isn’t that the whole reason they have been called up to bat? So why upgrade to specialty cabinets? Using your space effectively is our goal. Helping you invest in smart storage solutions right away is a part of our responsibility as kitchen experts.  Get it right the first time, not after trying over and over to retro-fit a “universal” item into your expertly designed space. Let’s begin with our “Ace” All-Star: shelving.

Slide-Out Shelves: shelf-pullout2

Consider what your storage solutions may be once you begin to “move into” your new kitchen without slide-out shelves? There is no better way to use the entire interior space better than with slide-outs. Each cabinet line varies, but typically a standard base cabinets comes with just a single, half-depth flat shelf. Shopping for ways to find inserts, bins and shelves to organize your items can end up costing you added money and a lot of time. Instead, have your designer from Village Home Stores deliver your new cabinets with adjustable slide-out shelves (or even deep slide-out bins). Al moved in and still see space that could be used? No problem! We can even short-order added shelves that will easily fit on the existing brackets if you find you could use more of them.

Corner Cabinets:Base lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Corner cabinets are such unusually-shaped items that it is always assumed some sort of insert should be included. “Lazy Susan” cabinets can be in the bases and wall cabinets of your design. We offer many different versions of Lazy Susan constructions and shapes. Typically a base Lazy Susan cabinet is an L-shaped unit that measures 36″ from each corner. There are also smaller 33″ models available or even asymmetrical corner cabinets (i.e. 33″ on one end, and 36″ on the other). What if you don’t have the minimum 33″ in a corner? A Blind Corner Cabinet may be the best solution for you. Did you know there are special inserts to help you access even that awkward space?
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The Blind Corner Cabinet above has been fit with two crescent-moon shaped shelves that swivel out, then even pull forward for a way to reach the very back corner of this “blind” space. This cabinet can be perfect for remodel designs that may be trying to add a dishwasher into the new design or add a larger sinkbase cabinet. No matter what space you end up with in your corner, we can make the most of it.  Sometimes the tiniest things start to collect and take over a cabinet space. Spices and cooking oils are definitely guilty of that!

Spice Storage:
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Including an area for storing spices and cooking oils may seem like a luxury wish-list item… but think of how much space these small containers can take up if you DON’T plan ahead. By designating just a narrow pull-out cabinet in your bases or walls, you can free up a lot of space elsewhere for other items. Spice storage can be added in a pullout, a drawer or a shelf attached to a wall cabinet interior.spicedrawer

If a pull-out spice rack isn’t something you can work into your cabinet design, do you have an extra drawer? We love this tiered spice rack option that can be added to a drawer. You can see all of the labels clearly without removing or bending down to read them. It is alwasy best to keep spice storage near the cooking zone of a kitchen design if you are able to. That way you have access to what you need while cooking without stepping away from the activity.

Knife Blocks:
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Think of all of the items you end up having on your countertop that could possibly find a home in your cabinet design? A designated knife storage area can help de-clutter your counters and keep from messing up utensil drawers. Clearly this base-cabinet access to your sharp knives doesn’t fit every lifestyle (we never recommend it for families with young children), but for some kitchens it is perfect! Many times kitchens include a knife block and still require a second drawer for all of the “other” knives. Why not just designate one zone for all of them?
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This pull-out knifeblock from DuraSupreme is a brilliant use of just a 3″ wide space. It even includes a slot for your knife sharpener and a shallow shelf above to lay any smaller knives flat. The list of pull-out storage solutions goes on and on. Your Designer at Village Home Stores will work closely with you to help decide if there is one available that may work great for your own lifestyle. What about cleaning supplies?

Clean Up Zone:
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Batting “clean up”…. well that’s YOU every day! Keeping cleaning supplies handy can help keep your kitchen looking amazing. If the basics are all within reach, you are more likely to use them. It alwasy seems odd to store some of these cleaning agents and items near your food. Separating them is always recommended. Inserts underneath the kitchen sink can be added, or even better a tall utility cabinet can house supplies and tools like brooms and mops. Designating a zone for clean-up supplies is an All-Star move and access to the garbage is a part of that!

Pull-Out Waste Baskets:
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Speaking of cleaning up, the wastebasket is always a busy place in a busy kitchen. Pull-out waste baskets have become so common because they check all of the right boxes when redesigning your kitchen: You can include the wastebeasket right in the busy areas of the kitchen instead of hidden in a corner by the door and even add a second bin for recycling. Or take it one step further and add another pull-out for pet food. We can even get a sealed container option for this. dog_food_storage

Apologies in advance but we have one more baseball pun to make. There is no other way to describe this last item on our list other than the “MVP”.

LED Undercabinet Lighting:
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We know, we know, technically this can’t count because it isn’t a cabinet item but can we please let it be the mascot? We have to at least give it a proper mention because this Diode LED lighting system is sincerely the best addition to any kitchen design. There is no better way to show off your space while giving yourself a low-voltage task lighting system to use the new space. Sometimes seeing these cabinets in use is the best way to visualize them in your own design. If you are interested in looking at specialty cabinets to include in your new kitchen from Village Home Stores be sure to check out some of our cabinet animations we have captured over the years. Press play below to see an example.

Find all of them here on this “See Our Cabinets in Action” board on our Pinterest page. Browse all of our boards in Pinterest for more ideas and also check out our ideabooks over on our award-winning Houzz page. Have your own idea you have seen that you want to include in your design? Show us! We want you to get the kitchen you have been dreaming of. cuttingboard-above-trash

So let’s get started on building you a winning team of experts at Village Home Stores for your own All-Star lineup! Contact us today for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen is like! Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
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Moline Remodel: Details Make The Design

Moline, IL kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

What is it about some projects that really help push them over the edge into that “magazine-cover” category? Many times is that added layer of details that take a great looking design and amplify it into gorgeous! In the case of this remodeled Moline kitchen, the details make the design!Moline remodel before and after by Village Home Stores

This Moline kitchen has been completely transformed. From dark and dated to bright and timeless. Dark oak cabinetry and golden laminate tops gave the original kitchen a very crowded feeling. An island located in the center of the kitchen was accessible from all sides but a large wood hood suspended above it seemed to crowd the space.kitchen designers by Village Home Stores

The newly remodeled Moline kitchen has not just been updated but now gives a more timeless traditional look. A similar footprint to to original kitchen but upgrades to function and styles throughout. Kitchen remodelers in Moline by Village Home StoresBrightening the kitchen materials and replacing the massive wood hood with a more subtle style keeps the new kitchen feeling open and airy. Removing the soffits above and allows the new cabinets to extend up to the ceiling. Remodelers of the Quad Cities by Village Home Stores

The cabinetry and counters are not all that were ready for a change, the kitchen appliances were very ready for an update. A brand new appliance package from KitchenAid was installed into this new Moline kitchen. Notice how the original wall oven didn’t even have a glass-front door to see inside of the unit? Appliances in Moline by Village Home Stores

What an upgrade they have made here!  A combination microwave and wall oven allow the convenience of a double oven when needed but also standard microwave features in the top unit.

Quad City tile by Village Home StoresA perfect pairing of Cambria’s “Windermere” quartz design with Koch’s painted “Pearl” finish and a “Umber” highlight. This bright finish gives the new kitchen an open and airy feeling from the original dark Oak cabinetry that was removed. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting helps lighten the space as well. With a smooth wash of light that is dimmable and energy efficient, this system is the perfect task and ambient light in a kitchen.

What You Expect:

Let’s begin by showcasing the details you would expect in a Traditional kitchen like this from Village Home Stores. Elements like these are many times not included when working with a “Big Box” cabinet store but any professional Kitchen & Bath showroom should offer you these design details.Crown molding on hood by Village Home Stores

Crown molding is a key element in giving your kitchen a polished off look. In this case, a traditional crown bridges the gap from above the wall cabinets to the ceiling. Paying attention to scale and size is important here. Cabinet and ceiling height as well as other molding details in a home must be considered when selecting size. Varied depths in this kitchen make for an interesting look and the opportunity to continue the same crown but add interest to the detail. Notice how the same wood crown has been wrapped around the top of the new stainless hood for a look you wouldn’t expect to see.

Accent kitchen island by Village Home StoresAccent islands in a contrasting color have become more and more common in new kitchen designs. The “Mocha” finish on this island compliments the wood flooring and the highlight glaze that has been applied to the perimeter cabinetry.Baseboards by Village Home Stores

Baseboard molding wrapped around an island or end panel treatment can offer you and instantly polished look. The right installer is key when you are looking for a totally polished Traditional style kitchen. Your finished look will come to completion with that final layer of trim and moldings. Don’t forget that Village Home Stores offers full Project Management and can schedule a carpenter for your project. If you have someone you are working with, be sure that they are skilled in millwork and trim. Never be afraid to ask to see some past work or get a recommendation from a recent project. Eased countertop edge by Village Home Stores

A standard “Eased” edge profile is the most commonly used edge profile on stone countertops. Many times this edge is selected because it comes with no upcharges to apply to your stone. In reality, the “Eased” edge is sometimes the best look for the overall design. Clean and simple lines always can find a home in any style of kitchen. Here it helps from distracting from the door details the “Royale” style from Koch includes.

What You May Not Expect:

Now for those details that make the design. The ones you may not expect to see but that bring this kitchen design into that “magazine cover” or “Pinterestworthy” category. These details are why working with a professional can not just save you time and money but give you the end result you want! Ogee countertop edge by Village Home Stores

The accent island is not only an accent color but it is framed in with an accented edge profile. The “Ogee”  edge profile has been added onto all four edges of this kitchen island. Right at the center of activity and much of the attention to any guest, this detail helps give the island a furniture look. Light from the windows and the kitchen lighting highlights the edges perfectly.beverage cooler by Village Home Stores

In that same island is a glass-front beverage cooler. This keeps beverages easily accessible to guests and frees up space in the main refrigerator for other items. Also notice how the trim carpenter framed in the baseboard below to help keep the built-in unit looking at home in the furniture style island. Paneled dishwasher by Village Home Stores

Panel-ready appliances like this dishwasher unit are always a great choice when you want to include designer details in your kitchen. Refrigerators, beverage coolers, dishwashers, and icemakers all can be ordered in panel-ready models.applied doors by Village Home Stores

Speaking of panels, notice how there are no basic, smooth ends or back to any of the cabinetry in this Moline kitchen? Applied doors have been added to all of the exposed ends in the design. The back of the Peninsula that faces the adjacent Dining Room also has custom panels applied. These exposed ends are an opportunity to give a custom look to your kitchen.

spice drawer by Village Home Stores

Some of the design details and upgrades in this new kitchen you can’t see unless you are using this kitchen. A spice drawer organizer is located in a stack of drawers below the window.

knife drawer by Village Home Stores

Above that spice drawer is a knife block drawer. These modifications and inserts can be added anywhere in a design. Your designer at Village Home Stores can work with you to find the perfect locations and modifications for your lifestyle. The kitchen sink is right at the center of all activity in the new kitchen. A beautiful E-Granite sink has been undermounted to the Cambria quartz tops.

Kitchen remodel in Moline, IL by Village Home Stores

This sink is truly the best of both worlds. A low divider undermounted sink has the benefits of a single and a double well layout. Low divider sink by Village Home Stores

The option to fill one side when a shallow soak is needed for washing but the space for larger items when needed. This Moline kitchen is not bright and airy. What sets it apart are the details. Details really do make the design. Moline, IL remodeled kitchen by Village Home Stores

Want your dream kitchen but haven’t found the right design team to trust your home with? Village Home Stores is ready to help build you the perfect team and design for you. Call or click today and let’s get started!Kitchen contractors in Moline, IL, Village Home Stores