We’re Not Just Kitchen Remodeling! Five Other Rooms Get a Whole New Look!

We tend to showcase a lot of our kitchen work here on the blog but… y’all know we do more than that right? We have products for every room in your home and many times find ourselves extending work beyond a kitchen remodel for our clients. Village Home Stores is your Quad Cities area source for kitchen, bath, and more! Yes we can design a beautiful kitchen or bathroom for you but we can also create a dream laundry, craft room, home bar, media room, fitness center, man shed, she shed, mudroom… the list goes on and on. Our latest featured kitchen remodel was really a complete overhaul of the entire back end of this busy Coal Valley, IL home including five other rooms we worked in.

Custom Amish built mudroom storage with shoe drawers in bench. - Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage with shoe drawers in bench.

If you haven’t toured the kitchen in this home yet, take a peek here at that tour. We created a stunning custom kitchen that included a home bar and hutch area plus a large walk-in pantry borrowing existing space from the back door rooms of this home. There are now many new finished spaces just outside of the kitchen. Take a look at the first space we finished right inside the garage door entry. This custom-built mudroom bench/locker area was once just some closet space with bi-fold doors. Now it is #mudroomgoals!

Custom Amish built mudroom storage lockers and bench in a Quad Cities home. -Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage lockers and bench in a Quad Cities home.

This new dropzone stops kid (and grownup) clutter right at the entrance to the home. Plenty of hook storage for backpacks and jackets ad even more hidden away in the tall cabinet to the right. Deep drawers beneath the bench seat open up to reveal the perfect designated space for shoe storage. On the left, the tall cabinet opens to reveal a designated cleaning supply area making this mudroom the ideal hub for all activity with the luxury of so many places to tuck away items out of sight!

Custom Amish built mudroom storage with cleaning supply pantry. -Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage with cleaning supply pantry.

Back door dropzones, mudrooms, and benches have become high on top of every wishlist for any busy household. These organized zones of a home are not just for households with young children! Who else among us comes home from work every day with about three totebags (silently raises hand while typing this blog post). Anyone can appreciate a storage situation like this. Press play below to see this busy household get quickly organized once the kids arrive home from school.

Part of the original space across from that mudroom bench was a long laundry room area. This was the original access to the pool out back. Now that we have installed pool access in the new kitchen, we replaced the laundry door with a windowed wall. Real talk: would YOU want pool guests you are entertaining to walk through your laundry room to use your restroom? Didn’t think so. Now this space has been reworked to tackle cleaning, sorting, and pet needs. Separate wall hooks have been installed for suits to hang and there is a whole wall of incredible storage within this laundry room.

Swimsuit hooks in a Quad Cities area laundry room with access to a custom mudroom bench nearby. -Village Home Stores.
Swimsuit hooks in a Quad Cities area laundry room with access to a custom mudroom bench nearby.

The layout of this home is so unique. There are so many angled rooms included in the design which made us think outside of the box when reworking the spaces. In fact, we have reworked this laundry room and even removed some of the sq. ft. yet it still is a better working layout than before. Take a peek at the rendered floorplan below to see the angled areas and how we “sliced” off part of this room to become the pantry space accessed on the kitchen side.

kitchen rendering floorplan
Rendering of kitchen and backdoor areas revised for a more functional layout.

Within the work crews we had in this home, the most talked about specialty cabinet in the whole project wasn’t in the kitchen! These three pullout laundry basket cabinets got a reaction out of everyone who saw them. Who wouldn’t love the option to sort and stash laundry within reach but out of sight? Ask you Village cabinet designer about including one of these in your laundry room or bathroom design.

Pull our hamper cabinets in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Pull our hamper cabinets in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

The cabinetry in this space was an extension of the same style and color of the accents in the kitchen we installed. However, the hardware in the laundry room was the only area we switched from the brushed gold antique brass look to a brushed nickel finish in the same size and style. We also changed counter surfaces for this room. It may look like we installed granite here… but this is a Formica top folks!

Formica Cafe Azul laminate tops in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Formica Cafe Azul laminate tops in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

The Formica 180FX series offers our clients an incredible large-format printed design on an affordable surface we have been familiar with for years. You get the look of luxury at a fraction of the cost. This pattern is called “Cafe Azul” and you can see large samples of it and many more options in our Geneseo, IL showroom. Another very special family member named “George” got his own new feature in this laundry room rework too. An Invisible Fence Brand dog door was installed below the new window accessing the backyard. His collar unlocks the door when he approaches so it can open and close only for him. Press play below to see it in action.

As we mentioned before, yes we remodel bathrooms just as efficiently as kitchens! It’s just a different process and checklist. This back hallway powder room got a whole new look and a slightly different layout. Did you know that Village Home Stores can also work on your interior doors and trim during your remodel? We carefully partnered with this client to keep a consistent stain color from the back door through many rooms into the new great room. A pocket door can be a wonderful selection for small spaces. In this angled space, eliminating a door swing helps to keep the high-traffic area open.

Powder room pocket door and Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring.
Powder room pocket door and Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

The powder room received different cabinetry from the rest of the rooms. Here we installed a Bertch Bath vanity and tall linen cabinet. Each were ordered with tapered legs for a more furniture look. The Northrope Alder style in a “Mocha” stain is paired with a 2 1/2″ thick Venecia cultured marble top. Bertch Bath is a nationally distributed vanity company and is manufactured not to far from us in Waterloo Iowa! Village is always excited to partner with brands local to us to eliminate high fuel/freight charges to you and to make availability and lead-times more efficient for you.

Bertch Bath vanity cabinets with farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.
Bertch Bath vanity cabinets with farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

But of course your eye was drawn to this painted floor tile right? The most eye-catching feature in this powder room is this StonePeak Palazzo Florentina tile. Power rooms are an excellent space for this farmhouse/painted tile trend because they are a small space that you want a big style impact in. This is a huge trend on Instagram and Pinterest with no signs of slowing down in the next few years. As an added bonus, this tile gets you the look with fewer grout lines. These are not individual 6″ grid tiles as they appear with the pattern, instead these are 12″ x 24″ large-format tiles. Ask a tile expert at Village about all of our options in panted tiles!

Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring.
Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring. Tile and start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

Built ins, media rooms, and home entertainment centers were a huge cabinet category beginning in the late 80’s. As TV’s have evolved in size, shape and thickness, many homes in the Quad Cities area are ready for a new solution for their home entertainment areas. This area was reworked and a custom TV cabinet was ordered to match the Knotty Alder cabinetry of the kitchen that is right within sight of the great room.

Custom Amish built TV cabinetry in a Quad Cities home. | VillageHomeStores.com
Custom Amish built TV cabinetry in a Quad Cities area great room.

Just like our availability to handle the doorways and trim in your home, we also can rework your stair rail systems! We removed the original oak spindles and replaced everything with this new saddle-stained wood and wrought iron combination. New flooring was also installed in the great room, front entry, and dining room.

New iron stair railing and Paramount Rustic Beam flooring in a Coal Valley, IL great room. Materials and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
New iron stair railing and Paramount Rustic Beam flooring in a Coal Valley, IL great room. Materials and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

A balanced blend of medium-to-dark Hickory woodgrains pull out and compliment all of the new cabinetry and the furniture in these spaces. This is a 3/4″ solid Hickory floor from our Paramount Barnwood series in the “Rustic Beam” color. With so many woods and finishes surrounding these floors, selecting one with many colors included is a fantastic choice to help bring everything together.

Paramount Rustic Beam flooring with Dream Weaver carpet inlay in Symphony Swing color.
Paramount Hickory Rustic Beam flooring with Dream Weaver carpet inlay in Symphony Swing color.

At the center of this large great room we installed a carpet inlay. This large carpeted area helps to reduce sound and adds comfort (as modeled below by George). This is the Symphony carpet series in the “Swing” color. Our DreamWeaver carpet is a solution-dyed carpeting and comes in so many styles and colors. Solution-dyed carpet fibers mean that the color is permanent! It can’t fade and resists coloring from soiling! More great news for George is that he can’t end up “in the doghouse” because this carpet is available with lifetime pet urine resistance! It also comes with a number of 25 year guarantees like a 25 year guarantee of abrasive wear, texture retention, fade resistance, soil resistance and more!

George models how comfy his new Dream Weaver carpet in Symphony Swing is. Flooring and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
George models how comfy his new Dream Weaver carpet in Symphony Swing is. Flooring and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

While you are lounging in this newly remodeled great room don’t forget to look up! These cathedral ceilings had original wood panels and a center beam as a feature. We had our carpentry team revisit the wood ceiling to secure loose panels and we wrapped the beam with found barnwood. The barnwood was custom stained to compliment the new cabinetry in the home. Iron brackets cover the seams of the barnwood and the lighting and fan were updated as well.

Barnwood wrapped beam wit iron brackets and new Quorum ceiling fan. Start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Barnwood wrapped beam with iron brackets and new Quorum ceiling fan. Start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

Speaking of lighting updates, the dining room got a new look just by changing some of the surfaces and adding new lights. The “Pembroke” series by ELK Lighting is a stunning transitional style that looks right at home in many rooms. A six-light chandelier and two wall sconces were installed in the “Antique Brass” finish. We also extended the Hickory Rustic Beam hardwood into this dining room connecting the spaces all as one concept.

Dining Room with Paramount Rustic Beam flooring and Antique Brass ELK lighting.
Dining Room with Paramount Rustic Beam flooring and Antique Brass ELK lighting.

We just filmed this home for an upcoming epsiode of The Village Home Show that will soon air in the Quad Cities viewing area on Sundays at 10am on WQAD. We can’t wait to give you a more in-depth look at the start-to-finish remodel story. To see more of this finished project plus before and after comparisons, head over here to our Houzz profile to view the project we added. Ready for your own before and after remodel story? Just reach out to our team to get started. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form on our website. Our showroom is open to the public but we encourage making an appointment to be certain you can get all of your questions answered. Village Home Stores is located at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL and we are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Hazelwood Homes- Custom Tiled Shower Inspiration

Selecting materials for all of the surfaces of a new home can become an overwhelming task. At Village Home Stores our goal is to partner will all of our remodel and new construction customers to make the process as far from overwhelming as possible. Village Home Stores will build you a team of experts from all departments you are working with so everyone can have a clear concept of the design and vision for the finished space. We want everyone involved to be excited with the finished results.
Bathroom in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Koch Cabinetry and Onyx Collection vanity tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

We showcase many kitchen spaces here on the blog… but what about all of the other important rooms in your home? We recently shared a tour of the kitchen in this home in a previous blog post. See that tour here at this link. Let’s also take a tour of the bathrooms in this same home built by Hazelwood Homes in Geneseo, IL. The master bathroom is a spacious and bright space including a beautiful blend of tile. A tub surround area has been tiled to house a drop-in soaking tub and entry to a walk-in shower is just beyond it. Tiled tub surround in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

12″ x 24″ sized tiles cover most of the wall and floor surfaces. This tile size is an updated take on the 12″ x 12″ tiles of the past. In a solid color, this tile size may seem modern. Here in this space, the marbled pattern look is classic. A Cararra Marble mosaic tile has been used as an accent around the tub area and in the shower.
Hexagon Carrara White marble mosaic tile in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A large, customized tiled shower is high atop many bathroom project wishlists of our customers. This shower is bright, spacious and beautiful. Because of the location of the shower entry and plumbing fixtures, a door is not needed for the space.
Custom tiled shower in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.comA shallow bench area extends the whole length into the shower. The view into the shower is just as stunning as the view from the shower. A peaceful, bright space that is flooded with natural light and classic beauty. Not including a shower door can be a nice feature. What if the entry to the shower itself is one of the most important features you are after?
Tiled tub surround in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Custom tiled showers offer the opportunity to layout and install showers with “zero-depth entry” for the user. This means that users of any age with a handicap can enter the shower space smoothly without a step up or down at the threshold.
Custom tiled ADA shower with no threshold entry in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This main bathroom includes a shower design with a hand-held shower head and a zero-depth entry to the space. Many times this style of entrance can be included in a custom shower design in the early planning phases. For our customer with a handicap or plans to age-at-home, this is a wonderful feature to include that can be discusses with your tile salesperson at Village Home Stores.
Custom tiled ADA shower with no threshold entry in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This shower design in this bathroom includes a smooth, solid colored floor tile in a 2″2″ size. The wall tiles are again the 12″ x 24″ size. A shower head that includes a removable hand wand for use is mounted to the wall. The shower controls and a custom tiled niche shelf are on the nearby wall.
Custom tiled shower with tiled niche shelf in a home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

No matter if you are planning to remodel your current bathroom, or planning on building a new home and want to be sure to include the ideal custom tiled shower, we are here to help. Our team can help you select the right design and materials for your project and budget. Contact us today with any questions. See more great shower tile ideas here in this Houzz ideabook full of our recent projects. Learn more about Hazelwood Homes here on their website.

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Port Byron, IL- Bath Remodel Plays With Size and Pattern

Have you fallen in love with one tile….but then struggled to complete the look? Maybe that one tile is all you need! You don’t have to include a flashy mosaic accent, or mix multiple textures together to get a complete look. This Port Byron bath remodel is a wonderful example of how you can use the same tile but play with size and installation for a great look. Paramount’s “Urban Stone” series is used throughout the bathroom. Instead of covering the entire bath with the exact same tile, variations of sizes of tile are used but all in the “Cognac” color. The flooring, tub deck, threshold, shower base and walls are all tiled but with sizes varying from 1″ x 2″ to 12″ x 24″. Let our tile experts help you find the perfect material and install concept for your space. tile

When entering the new bathroom, you are greeted by a beautiful new bath vanity. This Furniture style sinktable is from our Bertch Bath line and is made not that far away from us in Waterloo, Iowa. The “Interlude” sinktable can be ordered in a variety of sizes, wood species, and finishes. A 30″ wide sinktable is installed here in a Hickory wood with “Brindle” stain applied. We love how this Brindle stain highlights the Hickory wood grain on the cabinet. An open shelf below can be left empty or used for linens or baskets of toiletries.
Bertch Bath vanities Quad Cities Region. | VillageHomeStores.com

Bertch Bath wave bowl style. | VillageHomeStores.comBertch Bath also fabricates cultured marble vanity tops. This bathroom includes one from their faux granite series. The color is called “Concrete” and has been ordered in the Gloss finish. An integrated vanity sink is included in the mold used to form this top. The “Wave” bowl style is an updated new bowl option that looks stylish and sophisticated in this space.

Another updated detail is the use of a large-format tile in a newer size and shape. 12″ x 24″ sized tiles truly are pacing themselves to become “the new” 12″ x 12″ tile. Installed as the floor tile and horizontally for the wall of the new shower, the look is great! This Port Byron bathroom began as a large space, but was not using that space as smart as it could have been. There was a separate tub and shower area in the original bathroom, but that left a lot of open space in the center of the room. That suggested that there was plenty of space for something to be larger in the new design. Now the custom tiled shower is nearly three times the size of the original:
Custom tiled walk in shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

Did you notice that with the new layout a shower door isn’t needed? Step over the tiled threshold into the shower and the showerhead and controls all splash and spray into the back of the space. To help light pour into the shower, fixed panels of glass have been installed on the wall dividing the tub and shower and also the new wall on entry into the bathroom. These help create a “clerestory” window effect and brighten the space naturally while adding a custom look. glass_areasTiled shower niche. | VillageHomeStores.comDon’t forget to discuss with your designer at Village Home Stores where you will be keeping things in the new shower. Chances are your designer, tile salesperson, and even tile installer will suggest a tiled shelf or wall niche. It would be a shame to have a gorgeous new tiled shower customized to fit in your space and not include an option like this to customize your use of the space. Who wants to have to keep soaps and shampoos on the floor of the shower?! Be sure to check out this ideabook on our Houzz page showcasing other tiled showers. This ideabook includes shower niches, tiled shelves, and custom tiled benches we have posted from our past projects.

The tub area is no longer dark and crowded. Instead, a tiled tub deck seems to just be an extension of the custom shower. The same small-scale tile used as the shower floor is repeated as an accent surrounding the tub surround. Even with all of this medium-dark tile throughout, the bathroom layout keeps the space bright and feeling open.
Bathroom tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Didn’t the bathroom turn out great? We have also featured the kitchen remodel from this same home here on the blog. Be sure to check out the entire album (including before photos) of images from this remodel story here over on our Houzz page. Tired of reading before and after stories of other customers? Are you ready to start your own before and after story? Contact us today to take that first step! (309) 944-1344.
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