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Blue Grass, IA- Go Brighter For Big Results!

Many times it is the changes in finishes that can make the largest impact on a space. Combine that with a few layout adjustments and additions and you get this week’s featured kitchen remodel tour in Blue Grass, IA. A U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula is extended and made brighter and for big results! Let’s begin with how we “extended” the space and still kept the kitchen footprint the same. A section of wall between the kitchen and the casual dining area was previously used to house a china hutch area.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

The available hutch area wall has become absorbed into the cabinetry footprint in the new layout. This change plus a shift from medium oak cabinets to a bright, painted look has resulted in a larger look and a bright new space. A peninsula has been installed again to divide the kitchen from the casual dining table but no upper peninsula cabinets were included.
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New cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Legacy doorstyle and Birch wood finished with the “Oyster” paint. The Legacy door is one of our most popular styles from this cabinetry line. It is such a great detailed door without being ornate or over-the-top. The details are found in the rails and stiles of the door and a flat-panel center keeps the look from becoming heavy or overly Traditional.
Ogee edge profile on quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz counters from our Klondike line in a color called “Tundra” have been installed. The decorative “Ogee” edge profile on the tops add an extra detail as the light highlights the waterfalling polished stone edge. This color is a fantastic neutral choice for quartz counters. It combines bright whites, soft grays, and the perfect mix of charcoal and black to blend the cabinets, hardware, and even Stainless Steel appliances together perfectly. Let’s take a look around the entire new kitchen:
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

New Hickory hardwood from our Somerset line has been installed throughout. The light wood tone is named “Moonlight” and it is the perfect finish to be paired with the soft, warm grays included throughout the new kitchen. As mentioned before, a new hutch area has been installed in the same doorstyle as the kitchen cabinetry. Including details like an arched toespace valance and adding interior lighting with glass doors to the cabinet help achieve a furniture look. The wall cabinetry in this section also extends all the way down to the quartz tops.
Custom kitchen hutch. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system is the perfect choice for an area like this. These lights can be dimmed and left on as much as desired using minimal energy. Learn more about this system in a previous post here on the blog. The perfect ambient light when entertaining and even a nightlight in the evening. A new appliance package from KitchenAid® has been included in the new kitchen. KitchenAid® offers appliances with professional-inspired styles including incredible features and function.
Kitchenaid combination wall oven and microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 30″ wide Combination Microwave and Wall Oven is full of incredible features like Even-Heat™ True Convection in the lower oven for consistent baking temperatures and faster preheat times. The Microwave above also includes convection features allowing a secondary baking/cooking option and qualifying this model as a double oven. Next to that wall oven unit is a tall pantry cabinet fit with 5 adjustable slide-out shelves. Slide-out shelves from Koch Cabinetry are able to be adjusted in location to fit your own storage needs.
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Turning the corner in the new kitchen we find the new cooktop area. Cooktops can be installed in a number of different cabinets. This kitchen includes a “reversed drawer” cabinet that moves the shallow top drawer down to the bottom of the cabinet. That leaves the top section of the cabinet available for the cooktop components and power source connections. The bottom drawer here is perfect for bakeware or pots and pans lids.
Cooktop cabinet with 30" electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new 30″ electric cooktop includes tap-touch controls and a very versatile 4-element layout. One of the cooking elements is a triple-ring space offering a 12″, 9″, and 6″ element all in one convenient front  location. This gives you many options for cookware all in the same location. Stainless Steel trim helps compliment the cooktop with the rest of the new appliance package.
electric cooktop with stainless trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

The backsplash tile is one of our favorite parts of the new kitchen! This glass 3″ x 6″ subway tile from our Florstar Interceramic line has been installed in a herringbone pattern. The tile color is named “Shimmer Storm” and the finished look is perfect with the quartz counters.
Glass subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern. | VillageHomeStores.comHardware and lighting have been installed in a Pewter finish. Pewter is a wonderful finish to pair with Stainless appliances in a Traditional style kitchen. The look of these “Merrick” style handles is just as though a highlight of black accent has been applied to a Stainless finish. In place of a Stainless sink, a granite composite sink in a “Metallic Gray” color has been undermounted to the tops.
Granite composite undermount sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

You can watch a full video tour of this remodel project on a recent episode of our show the Village Home Show. In this episode we also share how using apps like Pinterest and Houzz can help get you and your designer from Village Home Stores organized. See the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Press play below to see this kitchen plus another local kitchen transform!

What a transformation! From dark and crowded to bright and spacious! Are you ready to make the most of your own kitchen space? Village Home Stores is ready to partner with you on that project. Your first step is to reach out for that first appointment with our team. Contact us anytime during store hours at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We will then work with you to walk you through our process. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! blue-grass-kitchen-remodeler

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Geneseo, IL- Tailor-Made and Transitional

Take a look at any magazine cover or browse kitchen ideas online and you will discover very quickly that A white painted kitchen is still the current look. Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a magazine-ready finished look at this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL. White painted kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted “Oyster” Maple cabinetry in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line is paired with a KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliance package. Warm and full of a variety of wood tones, this Hickory hardwood flooring from Sommerset’s “Character Collection” anchors the look in the “Saddle” finish. lightingPainted cabinetry and selections like these Kichler pendant light fixtures above the island help keep the space light and airy. This is a surprising success considering how many large cabinets that have been included in the design. In new kitchens we have began to expect to see a refrigerator surrounded with panels and cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling. Kitchen_design

Tall pantry cabinets and wall ovens are becoming more commonplace in kitchen designs that have the space allowance for them. This kitchen is in a new construction project, so space was available for whatever layout options the new homeowners were wanting.

Tailor-made Tall Pantry Cabinets

The layout of the two tall units on the hood wall was arranged by “stacking” varied styles and sizes of wall cabinets in place. Within the Koch Classic line, our kitchen designers are able to work with the factory to then build these units as a single item in place of shipping them all individually.
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cabinetInstallers certainly would prefer to work with a single cabinet in place of four, but we admit this cabinet was built with the finished look in mind. The true motivation for having these tall cabinets built as a single unit instead of individual items is to achieve a seamless and customized look. Speaking of custom look, these cabinets are not something you can just walk into a “Big Box” store and purchase. Unique to this kitchen, a combination of doors and drawers surround a double wall oven on one side of the wall, and a full floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet on the opposite wall.

To mirror the visual “weight” of the double oven cabinet to the left, a tall unit was designed with a versatile storage space within. This tall unit on the end also helps visually cap off the “end” to the kitchen perimeter in the Great Room space.Pocket doors in kitchen cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center of this tall cabinets space has been fit with “pocket” doors that can roll back into the open void. This space was designed for microwave or television area that could be hidden away behind doors when not in use. Add a slide-out shelf on the bottom of this space and you could even house a roll-out coffee station like this example in Bettendorf, IA.

Custom Wainscot Panels

Another way to give your kitchen or bar area a custom tailor-made look is to have a wainscot panel made to the finished dimensions of your island.

wainscot_panelsA similar look can be achieved with a smooth panel and trim. A true custom wainscot look looks as seamless as possible and the best way to get that look is to have a panel made to fit. Another custom detail can be found where the flooring meets the island. The baseboard molding used to surround this island was not baseboard molding at all. The same “Crown Riser” trim used to achieve the stacked molding look on the wall cabinets was used as a basebord.

crownGreat design is always found in the details. Details like an edge profile that matches exactly on the crown molding, door and drawer edges, and even the baseboards. That is a design detail perfectly planned out. Speaking of details all working together, take a look at this magazine-ready hood area.

At The Center of All Attention…

Located right at the center of all activity is a 36″ wide 5-burner gas cooktop with a 36″ wide chimney-style hood above. Beveled subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 3-speed canopy hood by KitchenAid is nothing out of the ordinary but when placed in this setting, it steals your attention right away. What is helping grab your attention to look at the hood wall is the backsplash tile found there.

tileWhite subway tile continues to be as popular as white painted kitchens. But we mentioned before to pay attention to the details on this project. Any of the “dream kitchens” you might have saved to Pinterest or Houzz include white subway tile? Revisit some of your favorites to see if that tile is a “beveled” subway tile. How can a long wall of white cabinetry with white tile still seem to have a lot of depth and style? The answer is texture. By using a beveled subway tile in place of a standard 3 x 6 smooth look, shadows are formed on the surface. This adds a tone-on-tone dimensional look to the wall. A range accent section of tile has been added and the same Carrara Marble material used as the island countertop is repeated here. countertops

Cararra Marble was installed as the island countertop in an “Eased” edge profile. Cambria Quartz counters surround the perimeter of the kitchen in the “Dunmore” design.  This Hazelwood Homes Inc. kitchen has all of the details to make it a great finished look. See the full album of nearly 30 photos from this kitchen here over on our Houzz page. Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? If you are planning on building a home and want to work with the expert design team at Village Home Stores call today for an appointment! Don’t forget that New Construction customers receive discounted pricing as well as the opportunity to bundle your purchases together store wide for credit towards your lighting package. Let us help you design and select product for your dream home. Village_phone_number

Feature Kitchen: Weather or Not?

weathered_cabinetsPrefer the smooth look of a painted kitchen cabinet? Or is a rustic weathered look more your taste? How about a perfect blend of each!? Our newest display kitchen in the Village Home Stores showroom is today’s featured kitchen! This kitchen was our booth display for this Winter’s Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association Home Show. It was a huge success making impressions at the show and has already become our new favorite now that it is at home here in Geneseo.

Village_Home_StoresAnytime a single kitchen display can showcase two styles and finishes of cabinetry it helps us and our customers out when shopping in the showroom. This combination of finishes looks so incredible as a big picture project we know we will be installing many similar to it all over the area. We posted last week how the trend of using gray finishes in the kitchen is showing that it has some real staying power. With many years ahead and more and more options launching very week, gray is the perfect choice for an island accent like this display features. We mixed both color and texture in this case:oysterwithsmoke

The island perimeter cabinetry for this kitchen is from our Koch Cabinetry line. The smooth painted “Oyster” finish has been accented with a “Smoke” glaze. This gray accent is perfect when paired with the backsplash, stainless appliances and the island from Dura Supreme. The island cabinetry is a rustic “Weathered E” Cherry finish. Dura Supreme has gone above and beyond to bring our customers amazing options with their Weathered Heirloom, and Heritage Painted series of cabinetry.

weathered_kitchen_islandIslands make the perfect place for a more textured look and finish, With many of our customers wanting a furniture-style design (like this display includes). An island is a perfect pop of color and while the idea may seem bold, the result seems right at home once the whole project is in place. We also selected two styles of hardware to compliment the cabinet choices for this display:

cabinet_hardware_quad_citiesThis weathered cherry island is something you truly need to see and feel in person. At the home show no invitation is needed to walk up and touch it. We watched people at the show walk from all the way down the aisle and right up to it to touch and see what the wood was.  The same thing kept happening with this display’s backsplash.Village_Geneseoflooring_on_wallIf it wasn’t the island cabinetry and top, the other most asked (and touched) part of this display was the wood “fake-out” tiles on the wall. These tiles give a look and texture that ties in perfectly as a compliment to the island finish. This material is actually a porcelain floor tile that has been installed as a backsplash. The tile is from our Paramount line in the Sandal Wood “Ocean Breeze” design. With the Diode undercabinet lighting system installed, the wood-look tile steals your attention right away! The KitchenAid® chimney-style hood becomes the focal point of the wall. Our most popular 30″ gas cooktop from KitchenAid® has a total of 5 burners below.

An apron-front farm sink doesn’t have to look “Traditional”. With the right setting it can have a more modern style. This Stainless Steel farm sink is a great example of just that. A white cast-iron sink would be to bold of a contrast in color and keep the island from having that solid, furniture look that we get with the look in our display.

stainless_farm_sinkNot only are the cabinets in this kitchen different but the countertops are as well. In this kitchen we paired Arabesque White with Natural Soapstone. We had so many questions about the soapstone top that we will be sharing a full product profile post on soapstone on the blog next week.arabesque white

island_lighting_quad_citiesWith an island this incredible and a focal wall like the one we have here, a subtle light fixture was the right choice for this kitchen. This kitchen design could warrant the use of so many types and styles of island lighting. Your possibilities are truly endless. This transitional style fixture from Kichler compliments the metal finishes from this kitchen as well as the length and shape of of the island. Two large pendants would also work well here and frame in the centered sink and hood on the wall behind the island.

While we love showing you our newest display kitchen in a tour here on the blog, you really need to stop by and see (and feel) it in person! The weathered cherry and soapstone in this island are stunning in person. Call or click today for an appointment to get started on your project!cabinets_Geneseo (1)

Trend Watch: Is Gray Here To Stay?

gray_kitchen_trendIt should come as no surprise that gray has officially caught fire as a trendy color to include in your home interiors. All you need to do it take a look at your Pinterest feed or even the covers of the magazines at the grocery checkout. Gray has found its place in the home and the kitchen. We recently had the opportunity to attend a Design Symposium hosted by our friends over at Dura Supreme Cabinetry. We spent the good deal of the day learning about current trends as well as trends forecasted to hit the industry soon.  We can’t wait to share with you what we learned from industry leaders and we thought addressing this common question is a great place to start. Weekly, (sometimes even daily) our designers get asked by our clients “Gray?! Isn’t that a trendy color to use on such a permanent project?” The short answer is yes… but allow us to present the strong case for why you should still consider it.

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What used to be a fun accent color has now taken over the entire palette of color choices. When companies like Formica, Dura Supreme, and Cambria invest a large amount of money into research and development of new materials and selections for our customers it is your first clue that this “trend” is not dissolving anytime soon!

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So how much longer will gray remain “a thing”? About 5-8 more years. So if you have been holding off on gray, you still have time! Just like any color you shop for in an outfit or while furnishing a room in your home, do what you are comfortable with. If a gray kitchen from floor-to-ceiling is not your thing there are so many options on how to include gray into your space no matter what your comfort level.

classicWhat is the “Classic” approach to including gray in your kitchen? Consider one of the very first materials used in ornament and decoration… marble! You can’t get a more classic look than gray veining in a slab of natural marble. This continues to be a popular choice for kitchen countertops and Formica has even taken steps to improve options if you budget doesn’t allow for true marble to be installed. Take a look at the “Calacatta Marble” and “Bianca Luna” designs available from the Formica 180fx® series.  Larger patterns and a more realistic texture get you as close as possible for a fraction of the price. Take a look at this Rock Island kitchen we remodeled that includes a more classical look. The Koch “Oyster” paint is a subtle gray color in place of a painted white. The marble tile in the backsplash is another classic choice.

cautiousEven though gray is predicted to continue to popular for at least the next 5-8 years, you may want to take a more cautious approach to including it. If that is where your comfort-level is with the trend you still have a lot of options.

gray_paint3Think of the non-permanent surfaces of your space that you may want to revisit in the next 5-8 years. Paint is a great example. Keeping the more permanent materials like cabinets, flooring, and countertops neutral leaves the door open to  change out the wall color a few years later and get an entirely refreshed look. Other places can be in your kitchen accessories like barstools and linens.

oh heyBut what if you want to really go for it? How can you dive into the gray kitchen trend? You and your designer at Village Home Stores have so many options! There are now gray colors available in every surface for your kitchen and bath project.  Of course you can install an entire kitchen of gray and we can help you find the right balance and design for that. Accenting with gray can also make a huge impact. Here are a few ways you can accent your kitchen with gray:

gray_kitchen_accentsGray kitchen islands have been so popular in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. We have installed many in remodeled spaces like this Moline kitchen but dozens and dozens into new homes as well.

weathered barnwood garayAnother great idea for a way to accent your kitchen with gray is to include gray floating shelves or even finish the back of an open cabinet with a gray panel. The barnwood shelves in this remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores also displays another great accent item, teh hood. Take a look at our “Gray Is Here To Stay”  Pinterest board to see tons of great examples of gray accents in action.

gray_kitchen_islandGray has always been an option for kitchen materials but the past few years and predicted years to come, it is a force to be reckoned with!  We just installed this new gray weathered Cherry island in the showroom (shown above) from Dura Supreme and it was quite the conversation-starter at our Q.C.B.R. booth this year ( and don’t worry there is a full tour of this new display hitting the blog soon).

Something that really stuck with us when we attended the Design Symposium was a statement from Karen Wistrom ASID, Vice President of Marketing at Dura Supreme Cabinetry who said gray is “not just for prison walls and cloudy days” anymore. We agree and can’t wait to help you get started on your own project.

Contact us today with a click or a call and let’s get started!cabinets_Geneseo

Rock Island- Soffits Out & Storage In

kitchen_remodler_rock_islandrockisland_remodelWe love to showcase large kitchen spaces here on the blog. Many of those kitchens are in brand new homes that have allowed for a larger space for the new kitchen. The truth is most of the remodeled projects we do here at Village Home Stores are smaller challenging spaces.  Not every customer has the luxury of a lot of space to work with. You choose to invest in a remodel of your current home to make it better for you to enjoy. That is why we are here. To make the most of your space and help provide you with a better functioning design and layout than what you have currently. This Rock Island remodeled kitchen is a fantastic example of how you can take the same space your kitchen currently uses but maximize how you use that space.

kitchen_design_rock_islandYou don’t have to remove walls or add onto your existing home to end up with a brand new space. In the case of this kitchen, the overall footprint stayed almost the same. The designer from Village Home Stores did do some rearranging of the location of the new appliances. This allowed for more open areas for users and a less crowded look overall. The original kitchen had the cooktop and microwave hood on the same wall at the refrigerator. Wall ovens built in across from this in the old kitchen filled out the opposite wall. The new layout moves the two taller elements together into one space and leaves the new cooktop area is open and spacious. A smarter layout paired with bright finishes help this new kitchen seem much larger.

tray_divider_abovewall_ovensThere were existing soffits in the original kitchen that were torn out.  The new kitchen design now has more wall cabinet space to reach all the way to the ceiling. The wall oven cabinet in this new kitchen offers tray divider storage above the wall oven (see above) and a wide drawer below the ovens adds even more space for bake ware and racks.  The tall cabinet that acts as an end cap to the new refrigerator has been installed in a unique way as well. By ordering the cabinet with doors applied to the right side, our carpenters were able to install this tall pantry cabinet to open away from the refrigerator. See it in action over on our YouTube channel here. A shallow cabinet with a wider shelf in place of a deep and narrow unit is perfect choice.shallow_pantry

drawers_below_cooktopA large drawer stack located below the new gas cooktop keep pots & pans within reach and a prep space to the left and right of the cooktop keeps the design open and spacious. The L-shape top projecting out on the left also acts as a landing zone for the wall ovens directly behind it. fullview

footed_sinkbaseWith the soffits removed, the new sink wall becomes an eye-catching space that also packs a lot of storage solutions. The sink base has been pulled forward by 3″ and decorative feet have been added to create a furniture look. Wood feet can be ordered with the kitchen cabinets to  give your space this “magazine” look with just a simple upgrade. The new design has a symmetrical layout with an appliance garage on either side of the sink.

appliance_garage (1)Even with both of these garages installed all the way down to meet the countertops, the user at the sink isn’t crowded. There still remains a lot of counter space on either side of the sink. Appliance garages are a fantastic storage solution to keep your kitchen counters from seeming cluttered.

oyster_painted_kitchenThe finishes for this kitchen play a major role in how bright and open the new space feels. Birch cabinets from our Koch Classic line in an “Oyster” painted finish have been paired with “Torquay” Cambria countertops. Throughout the new kitchen “Smoke” wood plank style luxury vinyl tile has been installed. The backsplash tile used in the new kitchen is by Jeffrey Court and the thin accent details have just the slightest sparkle to them when you see the kitchen in person. This Rock Island kitchen remodel was completed using our full Project Management program at Village Home Stores. If you are searching for a source that can provide you with materials, full estimates of labor, and also coordinate the project we are that place! From start to finish we can manage it all for you. Give us a call today or contact us via our website to set up an appointment to get started on your remodel with Village Home Stores. Village_Home_Stores_number