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!

Moline, IL- Clear The Table From Your Family Clutter

It is no news that we believe the kitchen is the “hub” of the home. For many busy families that translates to the “hub” of all clutter! Bookbags, luchboxes, mail, schoolwork, the dog leash, the sports equipment… you see where we are headed with this. This Moline family of 5 (plus pets) was ready  for a kitchen remodel. When their designer asked what they really wanted to see with a new layout, their response was this: some way to keep the kitchen table clear. Before we share that solution, let’s start the tour with the familiar kitchen areas. This L-shape sink section includes a very common and functional layout. A range and microwave hood on one end, turn the corner with a base lazy susan cabinet to a sink beneath a window and dishwasher beside it.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen layout included a peninsula on this wall extending into the kitchen. The new layout opens up the space by eliminating that peninsula and making room for a large kitchen table. Koch cabinetry in the Seneca doorstyle is installed in a Birch wood and “Mocha” stain. Glass 3″ x 6″ subway-style tiles have been installed in a herringbone design for the kitchen backsplash.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz and glass subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tile is from our American Olean line in the Color Appeal series and “Plaza Taupe” color. No backsplash was installed with these tops so the glass tile backsplash had more room for a statement with the pattern.The refrigerator wall now includes so much amazing storage!
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A tall pantry cabinet fit with sliding shelves and a refrigerator end panel surround the refrigerator for a great look. The section of cabinetry on this same wall creates a great work surface that also serves as a coffee station. The wall cabinetry above is staggered in height and depth to add interest to this wall. Soffits have been removed from this kitchen so that the new cabinetry can reach to the ceiling. To compliment the deeper center cabinet above, the large stack of drawers in the base cabinetry is pulled forward. A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

This gives the opportunity to add interest and a furniture-style look with an arched toespace on the drawer cabinet. The Quartz kitchen counters mimic the creative shape of these cabinets and follow the in-out-in detail with soft radius corners on this bump-out area.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Hanstone Quartz countertops in the Victorian Sands color are a stunning choice for this Moline, IL home. Victorian Sands is a wonderful blend of neutral colors. It is one of those successful colors over the years in that it works with so many wood tones and pairs with just about any tile or paint selections. A standard “Eased” edge profile  is a classic choice. But what about that whole new area designed to somehow solve the clutter table issue? With the mission to control family clutter in mind, our designer went to work to create a new kitchen layout including a whole new third section of cabinetry across from the original kitchen.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom locker area. | VillageHomeStores.com

What an amazing brand new custom drop-zone area fit with a bench seat and coathooks! A place for everything and everything in its place…and guess what?! The kitchen table (and even the kitchen countertops) are now all clear! By creating this designated “drop zone” area on the back wall of the kitchen, there is no excuse for anything to end up on the table at all. A bench seat built from functioning drawers is capped with a matching wood top. This offers a stylish surface for seating. Designing the drop zone into 4 sections helps to contain the clutter to each child’s area. Drop zones like this work best when located near the main entrance home for the users (i.e. back garage door entry).
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom storage bench area. | VillageHomeStores.com

This busy family is so happy with their new kitchen. We love any opportunity we can get to help improve any living space to become more function and beautiful!  To see the full album of photos from this kitchen visit our award-winning Houzz page here. Are you curious what an expert kitchen designer might have to suggest for your own busy home? We are ready to hear about your space! Contact our store to start the conversation about working with our store. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this online form.
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