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Prophetstown, IL Remodel – Pearl Painted Cabinets and Quartz Counters

We recently remodeled a Prophetstown, IL kitchen to bring the finishes and the layout up to date. Sometime the basic footprint of a kitchen design is a usable amount of space, but a few location adjustments can make a huge difference on the function of that space.
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The “Before” of this project included medium stained cabinetry, soffits, and laminate counters with a drop in sink. The new look is bright and airy. Painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Prairie doorstyle has been painted in the Pearl finish with an Umber highlight applied to accent the edges. The kitchen sink has been moved to the window wall to allow the range and hood to be the focal point of the new layout.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with materials, install and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Soffits were removed and the new wall cabinetry stretched all the way to the ceiling. If you think that “floating shelves” is a term reserved for Modern or Contemporary styled spaces, think again! Two floating shelves cap off the end of this run of wall cabinets. Hanging above the peninsula top below, these shelves are a fantastic updated look. They can be styled all through the year just as you would a glass-door cabinet.
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Gorgeous glass subway tile from our Interceramic line has been installed from their Interglass Shimmer series in the “Bronze” color. A standard brick lay pattern for the main backsplash is highlighted above the range with a decorative area of the same tile installed in a herringbone pattern.
Unique glass subway tile installation. | VillageHomeStores.com

This shimmering backsplash tile sits atop new Engineered Quartz counters from Cambria. The Lincolnshire design offers rich earthtones in a pattern that resembles a natural granite look. The look of a natural stone with all of the benefits of choosing Quartz counters. Quartz is heat resistant, scratch resistant, and maintenance free. These tops will look exactly like this decades from now.
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The kitchen peninsula offers an overhang area of Cambria with seating for two. We love the woven counter-height stools selected for the space. Decorative corbels and custom applied-panels complete the peninsula design.
Koch cabinetry in the Pearl finish with Umber highlight. | VillageHomeStores.com

A counter-depth french door refrigerator by Whirlpool® is given a true built-in look with surrounding 24″ deep pantry cabinets. A standard-depth model would project out into this high-traffic area of the layout. This counter-depth model sits back more flush with the surrounding cabinets and looks great!
Tall pantries surround a refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each pantry is fit with full-depth shelving. The right pantry includes slideout shelves. This shelving system is adjustable so that you can arrange to store any height of items within. Discuss with your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores early on if there are any uniquely sized items or small appliances you wish you had a designated location for. Better to designate the perfect space for an item ahead of time than to clutter up your brand new kitchen counters!
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Microwave hoods are great, but did you know that microwaves can be off the counter without needing to be located above a range? This kitchen includes Sharp® ‘s over-the-counter microwave model. This unit is designed to be installed below a wall cabinet but above a countertop space:
Sharp over the counter microwave available at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Believe it or not, Lazy Susan cabinets come in a wide variety of options. This kitchen includes a Lazy Susan cabinet configuration that offers you the most shelf space possible. The spinning wood trays are attached to a fixed shelf. This replaces the older “pole” style susan that sometimes came unattached or caused items to fall off in the back of the cabinet to be lost. Now the shelf and floor of the cabinet help keep items undercontrol if they were to fall.
Angled base corner cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

This base cabinet option is known as an Angled Base Corner Cabinet. That means that instead of an L-shaped cabinet with two hinged doors, a single door angles across the front corner. This gives you a full circle susan shelf (and plus more counter space above). We also gave a built-in hutch an update to match the new kitchen:
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This hutch area is located on the wall between the kitchen and casual dining area. Now it looks right at home in the new space. See the entire album of images from this project here over on our award-winning Houzz.com portfolio. Are you ready to give your kitchen an update? Village Home Stores can help as little or as much as you want. We can work with you to provide an expert design and material selection for your own installation, or choose our Project Management option and we will handle it all from start to finish! Either way, your first step is to reach out to us. Call or click for an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! (309) 944-1344
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East Moline Remodel: A Bright and Beautiful Before & After

This East Moline, IL kitchen has been given a whole new look and layout. It is always so amazing when just a few location changes in a layout can make such a big difference for our clients. Look at how bright, beautiful, and inviting this new kitchen is.
East Moline kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Before we show you around the new space let’s look at the “Before” part of this story. Like many kitchens in the area, this original space had soffits above the wall cabinetry. This was the desired look at the time the original kitchen was installed. A peninsula divided the kitchen area from the nearby dining space. A soffit and suspended wall cabinets hung and acted as a visual divider between the two spaces. This layout not only blocks traffic in a very busy area of the home, it also blocks a lot of light and sight from the kitchen into the nearby rooms.
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The new kitchen layout includes an island centered in the space and removes the peninsula. Now the kitchen, casual dining, and living room areas seem to be all one collective space with a more open concept. island_walkway

A large bi-fold pantry area was native to the original space. This pantry offers a lot of storage without intruding on the pathway from the formal dining room into the kitchen. The new kitchen island was ordered in a finish to best compliment the medium oak stain on the pantry doors and trim.
Oak island kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Koch Classic’s “Acorn” stain has been applied to a Red Oak wood. There could’t be a better complimentary finish to match the existing woodwork.  The island offers two large drawer stacks with a pull-out waste basket in the center.
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There is a lot to be said about creating a kitchen design that hosts an island without a sink or cooktop included in it.  Think about how wonderful it would be to always have access to a large clear space to work on any type of project throughout the day. Including an Engineered Quartz countertop as the worksurface in the kitchen makes it a non-porous and durable surface to work on as well. This color is called “Paydirt” from our Klondike series of quartz. A “Beveled” edge profile has been applied to the quartz. The cooking zone of the kitchen design is home to a freestanding slide-in gas range with convection and microwave hood by Whirlpool®.
5-burner slide-in gas range in stainless steel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Replacing the older installation style that required a “sill” or “brace” of countertop behind the unit, these new ranges look sleek and built-in. The new freestanding models include front controls on the electric and gas units and a full-depth construction so they rest flush against the back wall. Your current freestanding range can be replaced with one of these units for a customized look. Any standard 30″ wide opening can accommodate one.
5 burner gas cooktop by Whirlpool. | VillageHomeStores.com

Even with a standard 30″ wide unit, a 5-burner cooktop can be included. Full-width cast iron grates allow you to easily slide pots and pans from one burner to another. The grates are dishwasher safe, and their satin finish resists wear and tear. Read more about some of the incredible features (like rapid preheat) and sleek new design of these full-depth ranges here on a previous blog post. The backsplash tile in this new kitchen draws your attention immediately. Travertine 3″ x 6″ tumbled tile in a natural “Light Noche” color from Daltile has been paired with a deco line of Peitra Art’s  “Bliss Cappuccino” tiles:
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travertine_tileTake note that tumbled stone tiles like this Travertine can be installed and grouted to have two different finished looks. You can leave the natural characteristics of the tiles showing (shown to the right) or choose to fill in the gaps and crevasses with your grout. Be sure to discuss the finished look you are after with your tile installer before they begin the project. The texture and style that this backsplash adds to the finished space is showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. We have found that this lighting system is a key element to a successful finished remodel project. Our customers are always so glad that they included it in their design. Even during the daytime hours, it is difficult to imagine this kitchen without that backsplash and countertop getting the lighting they deserve. Press play below to see how lost the tile looks when the lights turn off.

The Project Management team replaced the original kitchen window with a new double-hung unit. The main perimeter cabinetry for the kitchen is a bright painted finish called “Pearl”. An “Umber” highlight glaze has been applied to the “Seneca” doorstyle. Soffits have been removed and the new wall cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling with crown molding applied at the top. This grants more available storage space in the wall cabinets and an updated look.
East Moline kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new layout feels far less cramped now that the peninsula doesn’t cut off the kitchen from the rest of the room. It is as though the same counter space from the original kitchen peninsula has been shifted into an island top that is now easier to access and use for many tasks. The kitchen sink on the perimeter of the kitchen is an under-mounted model by Blanco in a “Truffle” finish. A 50/50 split layout (shown below) is just one of the many options you have available to choose from when selecting an under-mount sinks.
Blanco sink truffle color. | VillageHomeStores.com

The island has been finished off with an applied door look on each end and spanning the full back panel side of the island. That same treatment has been applied to the refrigerator end panel that caps off the end of the new kitchen. This end treatment option creates such a polished and customized look. A smooth end panel would not give the opportunity for any of the highlight glaze to be applied. With the sunlight that pours in from a set of french doors next to it, this paneled look is a perfect detail!
Refrigerator end panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to this new location from the opposite corner. Now the cooking center is open and not crowded. There is plenty of landing space to load and unload the refrigerator. New flooring was installed in the living room and the new kitchen. Luxury Vinyl Tile by Mannington called “Corsica Cavern” perfectly ties all of the kitchen finishes together and warms up the space. LVT gives you the look of ceramic tile but a softer surface to work on and warmer to your bare feet. Learn more about LVT here on a previous blog post.
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This entire kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL was managed from start to finish by the Project Management team at Village Home Stores. Kitchen remodels do not happen overnight. Our team of experts works with you on creating a schedule and timeline for your project that will get your project completed in as quick of  timeline as possible for the work to be done correctly and with the quality our customers have come to expect from Village Home Stores. See a short recap of the process in the collage below:
Quad Cities kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a kitchen in the Quad Cities region that is in need of a complete remodel? Village Home Stores would love to be a part of your own before & after story. We can provide design and materials for your space or manage to project for you entirely. Whatever works best for your lifestyle and budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our designers and start the conversation. (309) 944-1344.
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Moline Remodel: The 9 Cabinet Kitchen Update

Kitchen remodeling Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comThis kitchen remodel in Moline, IL may be small but it is very mighty! A great example of how Village Home Stores can get you your dream kitchen no matter what the size of the space is. Pairing great products with a high-functioning design makes this kitchen a HUGE upgrade in a small space. There is an area in Moline, IL that is full of galley kitchens just like this one (HINT: the neighborhood rhymes with “Clodette”). Space is limited in these homes and Village Home Stores has made the most of the space with this Before & After story.
Small built-in dishwasher. | VillageHomeStores.com

To put it into perspective of the size of the galley kitchen, above is a photo of the new space with the dishwasher door adjacent. Just enough room to move around the open door if needed.
Small kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main sink wall shown here showcases how gorgeous product selections can make an eye-catching first impression. Cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” Shaker-style door has been painted in the “Pearl” finish. A Black accent glaze has been applied and helps give a subtle tie into the Black appliances and sink used in the new kitchen. Take a look at a before photo of this same space:
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Light Oak cabinetry and gray laminate countertops filled the original kitchen. There is a large window above the kitchen sink that allows lots of fantastic natural light into the kitchen throughout the day. The finishes in this kitchen are beautiful but these homeowners get most excited when they get to use the new space. Below is a birdseye view of the new design from Village Home Stores:

Kitchen remodeling Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

It is difficult to show this kitchen layout in a single photograph, so seeing this birdseye view should help give an idea of how the two walls of cabinetry are arranged. The refrigerator and range each stayed in the original locations. It is so important to have a functional design when you are working in a small space. This means all doors and drawers need to fully operate. The range and dishwasher are staggered in location so that if both doors need to be accessed they are available.
Whirlpool 18" dishwasher built in. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the original kitchen, a portable dishwasher was located between the refrigerator and range. This gave a small landing space for loading and unloading the refrigerator as well as a prep and landing space for the user at the range. With the redesign of the kitchen came the opportunity to include a built-in dishwasher.
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A compact built-in dishwasher from Whirlpool® that measures 18″ wide (compared to a 24″ wide standard dishwasher model) has been installed. This tall-tub model in a compact size is perfect for a remodel like this. If in the future a dishwasher is no longer desired, an 18″ cabinet can be replaced in the space. A pull-out trash cabinet or a single door and drawer unit would work well here.

At first glance you may have thought  the countertops in this new kitchen were a natural stone. While they look a lot like a granite, these are actually Formica® laminate tops. The 180fx® series of laminates can really bring an upscale look to any project. The “Lapidus Brown” design selected for this home is a wonderful and versatile choice. With many neutral colors included in the pattern, you can pair it with painted finishes as well as many wood finishes. Be sure to also check out this featured kitchen that included a Marble look laminate.
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A great way to give the look of a granite countertop is to select an edge profile that won’t show a seam in the laminate. The “Futura” edge style selected for this project wraps the laminate color over and under the front edge of the material. This gives the look of a smooth, polished stone edge. An Elkay “E-Granite” sink in a black finish has been dropped into the new laminate tops. These sinks are extremely durable and give a great look to any project.
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Another way to give a granite “fake-out” look to your laminate tops is in the backsplash area. Laminate countertops can be ordered with what is called a “post-form” backsplash built into the top. This gives you a 4″-5″ coved area of laminate where the top meets the wall. By ordering the tops without a backsplash, the tile can be installed directly down to the top. This is a look more commonly seen with a “slab” of granite installed in a kitchen.
Formica's 180fx Lapidus Brown. | VillageHomeStores.com

An angled end cabinet is installed to face the user at the sink. This gives a space for display and helps keep smaller items off the countertops. With the end cabinet “clipped” or angled, this makes the wall cabinets not “crowd” into the window. Bringing the wall cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling helps these homeowners gain an added storage all around the kitchen. Leaving enough space for a standard-sized crown molding also helps give this kitchen a polished look. Our Koch Classic line offers wall cabinetry in heights between standard sizes to make this look possible. No more narrow, un-reachable (and impossible to dust) area between the cabinets and ceiling!
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Nothing shows off a space better than our Diode LED lighting system. The new countertops and glass 3″ x 6″ subway tiles by Interceramic are fully showcased in the new kitchen. Day or night, this lighting system is perfect. Task lighting when needed or dimmed for a nightlight, this LED system is always one of the first things mentioned when we ask a customer to list their favorite part of the new space.
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kitchendrawersWith just 9 cabinets to work with, you need to truly get the most functional design possible. Narrow kitchens like this don’t need the added obstacle of having to open doors first, then slide out shelves. Drawer storage can add function to just about any space. Think of a desk you may see in a workspace. Most of the accessible cabinet storage within that desk is found in a drawer. With limited space, you don’t need doors swinging into it. Keep in mind that a small stack of drawers like the one shown to the left here, is typicaly found in a kitchen design no matter what the size is. Have you considered though, a stack of drawers as a large base cabinet?

In the case of this kitchen it isn’t just a large base cabinet…. it is THE ONLY large base cabinet. Why choose drawers then? Let us show you! Take a look at everything that fits within this 39″ cabinet!!!kitchen_moline

Pots and pans storage, small appliances plus a split top section with two top drawers. A drawer for silverware and one for other items. This frees up the smaller stack of drawers opposite it for linens, cooking utensils and pantry item.pantry

Speaking of pantry items, would you believe that in this small kitchen there was space for a tall pantry cabinet? By moving the dishwasher over to the sink wall, there was now some added space next to the refrigerator in the new design. You would be surprised at how much you can fit into a 15″ wide pantry cabinet like this. The slide-out shelves to this tall unit are adjustable to make the cabinet very versatile. The pantry cabinet also acts as a way to give the refrigerator a more built-in look. A 24″ deep wall cabinet above the refrigerator offers even more storage space for small appliances and extra items. wall_cabinets

Whirlpool appliances Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comA 30″ wide gas range from our Whirlpool line is also found on this wall. This range is a standard width and size, but just like this kitchen it packs a large punch when it comes to features. The capacity of the oven measures 5.1 cu. ft. This provides plenty of room to help you manage all of your large cooking tasks. The continuous cast-iron grates cover nearly the whole cooktop surface, giving you the flexibility to easily slide heavy pots and pans to optimal cooking locations. The grates are dishwasher-safe, and their satin finish resists wear and tear. Varied burners below those grates including one 5,000-BTU AccuSimmer® burner. This gives you precise temperature control perfect for melting chocolate or simmering sauces.

tile_installers_molineHaving the gas range tight against this corner in this small layout made it necessary to protect the wall surface next to it.  The glass subway tile was extended out from the backsplash to reach to the very front of the cooktop surface. Now any splatters or spills can be wiped clean from the tile or sealed grout.beforeandafter

Limited to a small footprint of kitchen space? Think you can’t have your dream kitchen? Give us a chance to show you that you CAN! Give us a call to set up an appointment today. (309) 944-1344. We are excited to hear about the project you are working on. whirlpool_appliances_moline

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Cambridge Remodel: Updated Rustic Traditions

rustic_kitchenThe term “Rustic Transitional” is becoming more and more common all across the home interiors industry. This featured project in Cambridge, IL is a wonderful example of of Rustic Transitional materials and style. The story to be told however, is more traditional in nature.

Rustic modern kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comThis home has a rich history with the current residents. Like many of the many homes in rural Henry County, this farmhouse has been in the family for many years. It was the home of the current resident’s grandfather. Years and years of traditions and memories have already taken place here.

beforeThe new kitchen had to be a way to update the space with respect to the past (and the family home) while adding modern elements for new memories to be made. The before photo shows that over time there had been updates and changes made to the kitchen to keep it usable and functional. This time the space was going to need an entirely fresh start.

duringThe original layout created a narrow, cramped space and limited the size and location or a refrigerator. Durian Construction began demo by removing soffits and two walls that chopped up the space. A new 1/2 wall was built to open up the kitchen into the front room and accommodate a new cabinet layout. The existing hardwood was patched with spare flooring to give a seamless look to the two areas without a transition in the floor needed.

kitchen_designThe refrigerator is now centrally located in the traffic paths of the design. Full access is available to many users from any entrance to the new kitchen. The half-wall dividing the kitchen from the front room runs parallel to a large new island in the center of the design.

Maytag french door refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.comThe new design allows for a more current standard-sized refrigerator to fit the lifestyle of this busy family.  This new suite of appliances by Maytag includes a 4-door refrigerator and a double oven freestanding gas range with microwave hood above.

Stainless Steel appliances bring an updated look to the kitchen but other materials and finishes selected lend a more rustic look. The large kitchen island has been installed in a distressed black painted finish. That finish paired with a single-level design helps the island look more like a large farmhouse table or furniture piece instead of a modern kitchen island.

black island in white kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main perimeter is this new kitchen is a painted “Pearl” finish from our Koch Classic line. The square raised-panel doors are a common “Transitional” choice but if you look closer the wood species selected gives the main kitchen a “rustic” touch.

Rustic Beech painted pearl. | VillageHomeStores.comThe painted cabinets may look scratched of damaged in these images… when you get a closer look those dark areas in fact are character knots in the Rustic Beech wood.

Farmhouse sink in white kitchen with black island. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of the most exciting areas to include a “Rustic Transitional” style into your kitchen is in your hardware selections. Cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures, and lighting all can be modern interpretations of old rustic farmhouse charm.  A farmhouse sink (shown above) is always a fantastic choice when looking for a “Rustic Transitional” look. Your lighting is another huge opportunity to really showcase the style of your space.

Kichler Brinley edison bulb lights above island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Edison lamp pendant. | VillageHomeStores.comFor this Cambridge, IL kitchen remodel the “Brinley” series from our Kichler line was used. The visible “Edison” style filament in the bulb is such an interesting nod to the past. The suggestion of a bundle of canning jars with this lighting collection makes it a perfect choice for this new farmhouse kitchen already rich with memories and traditions. Our expert lighting staff can help you select the perfect lights for your project. For this project there was no need to find a light that complimented the island fixtures because a single “Brinley” pendant was available and already the perfect choice.

White kitchen with black island. | VillageHomeStores.comThis family farmhouse was updated with a nod to the past and a preparation to continue family traditions. See another great example of “Rustic Transitional” in a past featured kitchen here. and follow our “Rustic Traditional” board on Pinterest. Are you ready to remodel your own space but want a team who can listen and respect the history of your home? Contact us today to set up an appointment. Click here or call (309) 944-1344 to start to conversation. cambridge_kitchen_remodel

Orion Remodel: Island Living

island_titlecardThis kitchen remodel in Orion, IL begins like so many in our area. Oak cabinets, existing soffits, a wall keeping the kitchen contained and a peninsula. I am sure many of you readers have or have had a kitchen similar to that description. Take a look at where this story began….

before_kitchenLook familiar to anyone? While there is nothing at all wrong with this kitchen look, it is the common description attached to many of the remodels we do when a home is ready for an update. But now see where this project has ended up!

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Koch cabinets in the “Legacy: doorstyle and painted “Pearl” finish with “Umber” highlights are installed on the main kitchen wall and large island in the Birch “Java”  finish are both topped with Cambria Quartz in the ‘Windermere” design. The doorway into the kitchen has transitioned into an open concept to the front room and dining space nearby. The soffits that extended to the ceiling were removed and now a staggered height design is in place to make this main wall of the kitchen look magazine-cover ready!

island_backA large island roughly 7 1/2′ x 4′ in size makes a great new location for prep, dining, cleanup, and entertaining. This kitchen island is now at the center of all activity in this kitchen. Even with a large crowd congregating around the back of this arching island shape, guests will be no bother to the users in the main prep areas of the kitchen. As you may have seen on the latest episode of the Village Home Show, this island is usable from all sides. The back “paneled” face actually includes usable cabinets 2′ deep. Each island side also has a functional cabinet as well.large island

The new island is now home to the kitchen sink and it also includes one of our favorite features, a garbage disposal button. Disposal buttons can be wonderful in island sink designs because a switch would otherwise have to be located in the cabinet beneath or on a wall behind the user. This feature is instead within reach and works at  just at the push of a button.

disposal_buttonTwo people can now easily navigate around the back wall of cabinetry and the island sink area, even if the dishwasher or refrigerator door is opened. Directly behind the sink and centered in the main wall of cabinetry is a Maytag cooktop below a wood decorative hood. In place of a large stack of drawers or a sinkbase cabinet for the cooktop, an inverted base cabinet was used.

inverted sinkbase cabinetA tall, deep drawer on the very bottom of the cabinet for pots and pans leaves a wide open space above for the cooktop components above. Adding a sliding shelf can make this open space even more usable. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

Village_home_showIf you caught our newest episode of the Village Home Show you were able to see a full video tour of this beautiful Orion kitchen. Since the episode was focused specifically on the kitchen island and lighting above it, you may not have noticed something was missing… something pretty big. Take a look at our designer working with the customer the day of filming in the image above. They were brainstorming about selections of backsplash for the kitchen. What they ended up selecting is perfect:

orion_tile_installerThis combination of a neutral 3″ x 6″ tumbled marble field tile and a framed in accent tile above the cooktop grabs your attention right when you walk in the front door of this home. If a second tile is not a look you are after, consider this same layout but instead frame in your field tile installed going a different direction. Another great idea is to select a smaller or larger tile from the same series to install withing this framed space.

tileThese tiles were selected as a perfect compliment to the gorgeous new Cambria Quartz counters in the new kitchen. The darker field tile picks up on the veining in the Cambria design and the accent tile framed in is more similar to the cabinet finish. The roped pencil rail that creates that framed look matches so well with the cabinet handles and knobs and looks right at home in this kitchen.

ogee_cambria_edgeThe upgrade to an “Ogee Edge” profile on the Cambria “Windermere” Quartz tops really catches the light and your eye. The arch of the island overhang and the bumped-out look of the cooktop each look highlighted by this added edge detail. On the far left end of the main kitchen wall is an appliance garage cabinet that extends all the way down the countertop.

hidden_keurigThis cabinet opens with a top-lift hinge that can stay open to allow the hidden coffeepot within to be pulled out and tucked back away when not in use. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here. On the opposite end of this main kitchen wall is a new combination microwave and wall oven from our Maytag line.

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The location of this tall, deep cabinet mirrors the refrigerator in size on the other side of the cooktop and hood area at the very center of the design. We wanted to be sure to mention another important element to this successful remodel. A layered lighting plan. lighting

This same room can be used any time of day and still offer ample task and ambient lighting. Our Diode L.E.D. system has been installed under and above the cabinetry on the back wall. Three medium-sized pendants spread the length of the kitchen island and recessed cans have been installed to light the back wall and the island itself.

This entire project was managed from start to finish for these Orion customers using the complete Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  This means that all of the estimates, schedules, and crews were managed by us and this project stayed on track and was completed in as reasonable timeframe as possible. If you want to get started on putting together a free estimate for a remodel like this, call or click today for an appointment. Village_Cabinetry