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Davenport, IA- A Basement Bar Gains “Top Shelf” Status

A job half done is well…. is exactly that. Many times when a new home is built, spaces are completed with the intention to sometime revisit them. We often refer to this as another “phase” of a project. The lower level of this Davenport, Iowa home is a wonderful example of taking that final phase to the next level! There was home bar installed when the home was completed. A bar kneewall and granite top installed plus a lower base cabinets to form a bar area with a bar sink. We have added to the space t make it stand out. The new finished bar are is now complete and very cool!
Koch Cabinets in Davenport Home Bar. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A whole row of upper cabinetry has been added to match as best we could with the existing base cabinets. The cabinet line is named Koch and a “Brandy” stain has been applied to a Rustic Beech wood. But who are we kidding right? It’s most important what is INSIDE the cabinets in a home bar. Because of this focus, the interiors have been finished so the shelves can be used to display glassware, accessories, and bottles.
Koch Cabinets in Davenport Home Bar. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each of the doors has been fit for glass inserts. Including glass in cabinetry can be a great way to add interest to an accent cabinet, or entire section of cabinets like we have showcased here. And speaking of showcased, the best way anything can be spotlighted is with our Diode LED lighting. Here we have installed in inside of the cabinetry including the option of a dimmer.
Koch Cabinets with lighted interior and glass inserts in Davenport Home Bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This low-voltage, low-profile lighting makes it an easy choice to always leave on when ever needed. Useful for task lighting at the bar when entertaining, or used as an ambient light during movie night in the family room.  The same lighting system has been installed underneath the wall cabinets to help showcase the stunning slate and copper mosaic tile.
Koch Cabinets and beautiful wall tile in Davenport Home Bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This tile is by Questech in Twill Mosaic: Antique Bronze Blend. It is a gorgeous blend of metals and textures. This tile selection truly sets off the whole space adding style, sparkle, and a toast-worthy look. New carpeting was installed throughout the space and on into the nearby suite area bedroom. The carpeting is from our Phenix line in the Alpine Lake series and Doe Skin color.
Phenix carpeting in a Davenport, IA home. Basement remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

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We also completed some other areas of the home during this next “phase” process. New wall sconces were added to the space. We love the farmhouse-inspired look of these Kichler wall sconces.
Kichler farmhouse style sconces in a Davenport, IA family room. Basement remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A stylish new ceiling fan was also installed upstairs during the process. This 62″ wide Minka Koa fan is almost an art piece in the great room. So unique and functional. Keep in mind that small projects can also be knocked off your list as we are scheduling crews to work on a space in your home.  Why not have the electrician bid the project plus any other areas you could spruce up while they are in the home.
Unique modern ceiling fan from Minka in a Davenport, IA home. Lighting by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This home bar area and the other areas of the project are just the tip of the iceberg! Wait until you see the new suite area just beyond the bar. The bathroom sincerely is one of the most beautiful projects we have ever installed. Stay tuned here to the next blog post to see that plus a craft room and home gym from the same lower level. A special shout-out to the crews at Durian Builders (see below) who we caught going above and beyond the day we were taking our final photos. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores with work by Durian Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

We hope to share this entire project very soon on a new episode of the Village Home Show sometime in 2018. Ready to start the conversation about your own remodel with our team? Your first step is to reach out. We will help guide you through the rest of our process. You can reach us by calling (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We are excited to hear what you are working on!
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Hazelwood Homes- A “Brewtiful” Home Bar in Coal Valley, IL

We have product in many many homes throughout the Quad Cities Region. Village doesn’t just design beautiful kitchen spaces. We can help you turn any room in your home into an inspired and unique space. The areas in your home where you entertain guests and spend time together as a family should reflect your own personal tastes and make your feel at ease. This Lower Level home bar is a wonderful example of a unique space we know you will love! We have declared it downright Brewtiful!
Unique home bar design with floating counter look in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

We all know that the bar top is where everyone is going to congregate when you have people over. This unique home bar design takes that knowledge to the next level and creates the perfect top to do just that! The countertop gives the illusion of almost floating between supporting bases.
Unique floating bar top in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

How can an engineered quartz top this thick look so airy and lightweight? The short answer: teamwork. This customer found a suspended bar design online that they loved the look of. They shared that photo with their designer from Village Home Stores and we went to work with the “Fossil Grey” quartz fabricators. Our team came up with a safe, functional bracket design and install that would give them the look they wanted with the piece of mind needed for this family room area.
Unique home bar design in a Coal Valley, IL with suspended bar top look. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now the bar area can be accessed from either side of the top and TVs can be placed above the bar sink AND across the room in the other direction if needed. This extra thick looking top is actually another design illusion. The look is achieved by fabricating the edges of the top with a “laminated” edge. This means that just the edges of the top have this thickness. If you were to reach underneath a few inches you will feel the reveal of the true thickness of the slab. We included a magazine in the image below to help showcase the scale of the top thickness.
Unique floating stone bar top with laminated thick edge in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course no great bar design is complete without stylish lighting. Three pendants lights from our Kichler line illuminate the bar top. They have been installed on the opposite side of the needed header above. The look is customized and stylish. Recess can lighting on the other side of the header help to light the back bar area.
Kichler pendant lights hang in a home bar in a Coal Valley, IL built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

An on-trend wood-look tile has been installed as the bar flooring AND the backsplash. This Florim tile is from the Charleston series in the “Timber” color. The variety of the colors in this collection allow for so many decor options. There are plenty of real barnwood materials available for your space but consider a surface like this tile. Now the floors and the backsplash are a perfect match plus an easy-to-clean surface.
Wood look tile backsplash in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course having a bar sink in this lower level will save these clients many trips up and down the stairs while entertaining. The cabinetry in this bar area is from our Koch Classic line. The door is named “Ridgegate” and the finish is a Birch wood with a “Java” stain. See the beautiful painted white kitchen upstairs in this home here in a previous feature post.
Home bar in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Love this look? See the full album of photos from this bar over here on our Houzz page. Have an idea for your home that may seem “different” that some showrooms might have even rolled their eyes at? We want to see it! Every single project we work on is different from the next and that makes what we do even more exciting to us! Let’s get to work making your inspiration a reality. The first step is reaching out to our team. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Bettendorf, IA: Rustic Beech Lower Level Wet Bar

Home is not just where your hang your own hat. Your home is a place for entertaining guests. Don’t miss out on opportunities to make an impression on those guests in the areas you know they will visit. When you entertain large groups, two areas are always guaranteed a visit: the bar and the guest bathrooms. We wanted to show you around a wet bar located in the lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home built by Kerkhoff Homes. This wet bar is a great example of how just a few basic design details can step up a space to become functional AND memorable.wet bar cabinets in a lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sometimes the last spaces designed in your home can become the most visited once they are complete. Building a new home or taking on an extensive remodel can leave you exhausted when it comes to making decisions. By the time you are finished making selections for the kitchen and main bathrooms you can easily run out of opinions. Your expert team at Village Home Stores is here to make sure every space in your project has that designer touch.  A great wet bar design doesn’t have to break your budget or strain your decision-making patience. Give your space just a few distinct features and then sit back and enjoy it! rustic_beech_bar

The easiest way to complete the look of any wet bar is to include matching wood paneling. This gives the bar a more solid look. Imagine if the wall underneath the wooden bar top was just painted the same color as the walls. This same bar would look half the size. Including wood panels in this design helps to anchor the outside of the built-in bar space and makes a firms statement that there is not just a back bar but as front bar as well. This paneled look was acheived with a smooth panel, finished flat stock pieces, and furniture base molding.bar back panel and trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

recessed refrigerator in barThe wet bar includes a refrigerator recessed into the joining wall of the U-shaped space. Creating a customized recessed area here allows for a standard-depth refrigerator model to be selected. A customized look is achieved using standard materials. Counter-depth refrigerator models do typically cost more than standard models. The difference in storage space within is just as important to note. This same space could accommodate a counter depth model with just 20 cu. ft. of storage. Instead, a standard Whirlpool side by side with 25 cu. ft. of storage rests in its designated area. Recessing the refrigerator also helped the back bar get a great look.

A more symmetrical layout was achieved by centering a sink base on the back wall and framing in the space with two glass-front wall cabinets. A mosaic tile has been installed below the wall cabinetry and spreads into the center section. In place of a valance or a center cabinet, the crown molding stretches across the top from wall to wall. This gives the perfect way to “cap” off the tile. Deciding how or where to end a backsplash tile installation can often be difficult above sinks. There are commonly unique cabinets or a windows above the sink and that can create odd exposed areas of wall. We love the look of this filled in space. This area is now perfect for hanging a large wall clock, mirror, or framed artwork.crown molding caps off tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

The base cabinetry of the back bar includes a space for a microwave drawer and pull-out trash bin. The cabinets used in this wet bar design are a Rustic Beech wood finished in a “Mocha” stain from our Koch Classic line. Rustic Beech is an economically priced wood species and takes stain similar to a Birch wood. The rustic features (like knots) add character and detail to the space. The rich “Mocha” stain paired with Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware and faucet help make this “rustic” wood look high-end and dramatic. bar cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

glass_cabinetThe wall cabinets on each end of the back bar have been ordered with the center panel cut for glass. A textured glass has been custom fit and sealed into place to allow the cabinets to become display areas. Textured glass is a great selection for this type of display cabinet. It allows you to see that items are being stored within but it can be difficult to make out what the items are. That way if you have a stack of paper plates behind the glass, it looks no different than if it were a vase or a bowl. A detail that looks great but can be forgiving in a multi-purpose space like a wet bar.

Because of their location, many times wet bars are home to a lot of “overflow” bulk items or seasonal items. Use this opportunity to include as much storage as possible. The important thing is to have a great space to join your guests when entertaining. The bar top itself should be large and well lit. bar pendant lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our lighting expert selected these three “Kent” pendant lights by Artcraft Lighting to hang above the bar top area. The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish paired perfectly with the other selections. The light that comes from these pendants isn’t just impressive on the bar top. Take a look at the display of light that the “hammered” glass casts on the ceiling above. Selecting the right lighting for a wet bar design can truly set the tone for the entire space. wet bar in lower level of Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

The pendants are the perfect size and scale. The added textured detail to the glass gives a playful showcase of light. Details like these help take a basic space and make it breathtaking. See the full album of photos from this Bettendorf, IA bar here on our Houzz.com page. Do want to make sure that all of the areas of your new home or remodeled space look perfect? Every detail considered as important as the one before it. Let us help build a team of experts to start the conversation with you about your project. We will be with you guiding you every step of the process. Take the first step by contacting us for an appointment. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or click here to complete the online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Village_Geneseo