This Bettendorf, IA kitchen remodel is a great story to feature because we are sure many of you readers can relate to it. How many times have you started a project with your partner and your tastes just aren’t matching up? Could be as simple as deciding what movie to watch…could be as complex as selecting the look for your new kitchen.
This is such a common challenge with many of our clients. If you know anyone that has gone through the remodel process or built a home you know that it can be difficult to make all of the selections for the project. We would like to give a huge round of applause to this fun Bettendorf couple for including their designer from Village Home Stores in on the process and letting this kitchen become the result of a shared vision.
The final result of this collaboration of styles and selections is remarkable. His and Hers tastes collide in a great finished look. “His” tastes are more modern, sleek and contained while “Her” tastes are more classical lines and styles. Taking this information into consideration was important for their Kitchen Designer during the layout and selection process.
This L-shaped kitchen layout with a single-level island includes Stainless steel appliances and a two-toned finish choice for the cabinetry. Plenty of space for multiple users to work within this new design and seating at the kitchen island as well as a nearby dining table.
New hardwood floors were installed throughout this entire new area and walls were removed to open up this main level into one large space. While Village Home Stores does have a full Project Management program available to our customers, we realize many of you may want to do some parts of the work yourself. In this case we were able to provide a reliable and expert carpentry crew to install the new kitchen and all of the rest of the project was handled by the customer. The work done at the home was extensive. One of the biggest layout changes was moving a staircase from the front entry (shown on right) to a new location in the living room area (shown on left).
Just like any blend of tastes, you have to leave room for both sides of the story to be told. Some areas allow more easier direction than others. For instance, your backsplash tile can really be what “tips the scale” from Traditional to Modern because it is really an expressive material to work with. Your backsplash choice makes such a huge impact on the overall finished look.
Instead of a mosaic of materials or introducing a new element to the backsplash, a classic and timeless look was decided: white subway tile. This look is so versatile for many styles and it fits right at home here. For a more Modern edge to this classic look, a beveled tile was used. The bevel on the tiles create a shadow and add interest and texture to the layer of material.
Below that beveled subway tile sits a Cambria quartz countertop in the “Torquay” design. This subtle quartz choice is durable and here it gives the perfect sophisticated look. The same “Torquay” quartz is installed on the kitchen island as well. Our kitchen designer at Village Home Stores included base and wall cabinets on the end of the run of cabinetry that are typically installed in a corner application. the result: more surface area on the countertop below!
Far away from the cooktop and the kitchen island, this area can act as another large prep or service area in the new kitchen. The perimeter kitchen cabinetry is from our Koch Classic line. Many times the term “flat-panel” gets categorized as a “simple” doorstyle. Simple is not a bad thing. Simple has staying-power! Truth is, a flat center panel framed with clean rails and stiles remains the most popular choice throughout all regions of design because it is simple. Flat-panel doors have been the top choice for many many years and that will not change.
Koch’s “Aspen” doorstyle was the perfect choice for this project! Wide rails on the top and bottom lend more to the Modern look but the overall picture is classic. The two cabinets flanking the Stainless Steel hood have an added detail that helps give the range wall even more interest. These 30″ tall wall cabinets were ordered with the doors configured in what is called a “70/30 Split” door layout. Note the smaller section on the top of the door. This top section is a fun area to add glass to a cabinet door without exposing the entire contents on display.
The same “Aspen” doorstyle was used on the cabinetry for the island. An end and back panel treatment that compliments this design was installed surrounding it. Including a microwave hood would have meant that the Stainless chimney hood would not be the main focal point of the range wall. Instead a drawer unit was installed into the island. Islands can be a great location for a built-in microwave option.
The kitchen island was another opportunity to express a more current trend with a timeless look. A white painted kitchen island would have look great here by why not go gray? Introducing Koch’s new “Fog” painted finish:
This gray option opens up a whole new doorway into neutrals that blend well with medium to dark woods. Ask to see the “Fog” finish in person when you visit our showroom. The homeowner was even able to repurpose an antique sideboard cabinet for a nearby wall and find a similar paint to cover it with. This helped carry the “Fog” color into the entire room.
The kitchen sink is sometimes the final thought when designing a kitchen. Don’t forget that your countertop and sink are two of the most used parts of your investment. Cambria quartz countertops allow for an undermounted sink application. This means that clean up is a breeze. Not only will nothing harm or absorb into the Cambria tops, but a single wipe or swipe can land right into the bowl. No lip or ridge to keep you from sink access. We are so glad to have work with this Bettendorf couple on the design and installation of their new kitchen.
Remember that if you are just in need of an expert design Village Home Stores is here for you. We can help as little or as much as you are needing for your remodel project. Contact us today to start the conversation about your dream kitchen or bathroom. (309) 944-1344.