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Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

Village Home Stores has the great privilege to design so many incredible kitchens in a year. Lifestyle magazines, the internet, and apps like Pinterest and Houzz have revolutionized how our customers are able to narrow down their own personal styles. Because these platforms can showcase that every project can be different from the next, our own clients are beginning to embrace a very important revelation in 2017: you don’t have to do whatever your neighbor is doing. It is your home, make it reflect you! Even in the category of New Construction homes we still can say that every single home is different from the next. Take for example, this new Colona, IL home completed by Heartland Builders:
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including black painted Koch cabinets and quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have shared countless white painted kitchens here on the blog but this space is a refreshing contrast. Black painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the full-overlay “Savannah” door. An L-shaped layout is met in the corner with a pantry and a bat-wing shaped kitchen island angles in towards the kitchen. Seating for 4 surrounds the kitchen island.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is in the very center of the island and a bar-height top blocks view into the sink from the Living Room area. Quartz tops in the “Fossil Grey” color are installed in a standard Eased edge profile. This new Maytag® french door refrigerator includes the easy-to-clean, Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish. The refrigerator caps the end of the kitchen area and in a small niche for the Great Room a bar area has been installed.
Bar area in kitchen including Danby glass-front beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

This space is stylish and convenient when entertaining. A glass-front beverage cooler from our Danby® line frees up space in the main refrigerator and allows hosts and guest easy access to beverages. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting perfectly illuminates the American Olean “Appeal” glass mosaic backsplash.  This bar area has been tiled completely in the “Transcendent” mosaic. As mentioned before, the appliance package in this new home is by Maytag®.  Maytag is dependable and has the warranty to back that statement up! Each of the new Maytag® appliances in this space comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty on the main components of the unit. Stop by or call our expert appliance team at (309) 944-1344 to learn more about this warranty exclusive to Maytag®.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The appliances include the french door refrigerator, top-control dishwasher, microwave hood, and convection gas range. Each with their own 10 year limited parts warranty and in the Fingerprint Resistant Stainless finish. We love the look of the commercial-style hardware on the handles and knobs in this sleek space.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen has been installed within a great room that includes a living room area and dining space. The same Luxury Vinyl Tile has been installed throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, hall, mud room, and laundry. This LVT is the “Meridain” series from our Adura click-together line in the “Steel” color. The perfect neutral sleek and stylish platform for this Contemporary styled space.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring by Adura in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lighting selections for this home are fantastic and each can stand alone as a very unique art piece! Four elongated LED pendants hang above the kitchen island. These pendants from our Kuzco line are in the Satin Nickel finish. Sometimes a big design impact can be made with a low-profile item. These long, narrow fixtures are a great example. They almost create columns to the island but are easy to see past and around in the open space.
Modern and Contemporary lighting by Village Home Stores in a Heartland Builders kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 4-light chandelier hangs in the dinette area. This light is named “Coddington” and is from our Feiss line. Talk about sculptural! We are reminded of the balance and shapes of an Alexander Calder mobile when seeing this light.
4 light Coddington chandelier by Feiss in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the great room space a large 60″ ceiling fan is stunning! This fan is named “Proxima” and is from our Quorum line. The Satin Nickel finish is a perfect choice in this completed space. When turned on, it provides a lot of air flow and when the fan is turned off, it has an almost sculptural look.
Modern ceiling fan in a home by Heartland Builders including Quorum Proxima 60" ceiling fan. | VillageHomeStores.com

That corner pantry may look large enough, but open the doors and you will find that this is just a pantry front. This cabinet walk-through pantry front leads to a large walk-in pantry area. There is plenty of style AND storage in this space. New homes like this tend to have an “Open Concept” to the spaces but you need to plan for including plenty of storage options concealed from that “open” area. This walk-in pantry if perfect for food storage but also can be great for  other bulk household items.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including a walk-through pantry front. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here.
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Colona, IL- Lakeside Home Gets a Refreshing New Remodel

Not every before and after remodel story involves removing walls to get a new layout. This lakeside home in Colona, IL is the perfect example of what we mean. To get the new kitchen design to “open up” here, we actually closed off one of the walls. Take a look at the before and after below to see the doorway that was closed off in order to create a full U-shaped layout for the new kitchen:
kitchen before and after in Colona, IL. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a transformation! Now this wall has become the main focal point of the new design with this hood surround at the center of all attention. Koch Classic Cabinetry in the “Legacy” doorstyle and “Pearl” painted finish with “Umber” Highlight have been paired with Cambria® Quartz counters and a stylish new Stainless Steel appliance package from KitchenAid®. There is so much great storage and style in this kitchen that we HAD to include it in an episode of the Village Home Show just to have the opportunity to show you around in detail. The original kitchen was in desperate need of more drawers for storage. This new layout includes many drawers in the kitchen perimeter as well as the new kitchen island. Press play below to see for yourself.

When you choose to work with Village Home Stores you can expect to get the best experience available from our expert staff. This includes how you are able to visualize your project during the designing and material selection stages. Below are the design renderings that were presented to this customer in those first few meetings: rendering

Helping you visualize the full concept of your design is a responsibility we take very seriously. It is why you can’t just walk into our store and leave an hour later with a professional design. We are a Kitchen and Bath Design Center. When you set an appointment with us we want you to be so thrilled with your experience from that very first presentation all the way until the final walk-through. Our process may take longer than other stores but we believe that every project deserves the same care and attention no matter what the size. Building a home or remodeling, neither is a process that should be rushed. The hood concept for this kitchen is not ordinary by any circumstances. The look was achieved by building an arched surround for the Cherry wood hood and then tiling the surface with four different 6″ x 24″ Ecowood tiles. The end result is breathtaking and unique!

Unique kitchen range hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

Concealed within the Cherry wood hood is a Broan hood blower insert. Not to be ignored right below this new hood area is a KitchenAid® slide-in gas range packed full of style and features! This gas range boasts 5 gas burners on the cooktop ranging from 5,000 to 19,000 BTU’s. Get flawless baking results with convection features in the oven and take advantage of added features like a wireless probe and a steam rack within the oven. Would you believe us if we told you this model is also technically a DOUBLE oven?! That drawer below is not just for storing bakeware or warming dishes!
KitchenAid range with convection oven and baking drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid® has taken the concept of a warming drawer to a whole new level. Introducing the innovative new baking drawer. This separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature from the main oven and keep dishes warm. This range sits atop a wood-look luxury vinyl tile from our Mannington® Adura Plank line. The “Ashford Walnut” color might fool you in these photographs but trust us, even in person you will not believe this isn’t hardwood. Adura Plank Luxury Vinyl Tiles (also known as LVT’s) are durable, scratch-resistant, waterproof, and easy to clean.  The sink wall of the new design has changed dramatically once the doorway to the nearby Living Room was closed off.
Kitchen before and after with new copper farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to the opposite end of this sink wall and an undermount copper farmhouse sink is the new eye-catching detail of this section of the new design. An arched valance in the toespace of the sink base cabinet is an added design detail that helps set the look off. This copper sink will begin to age with a beautiful patina and become a character piece in the new kitchen.
Copper undermount farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

This copper farmsink has been under-mounted to new Engineered Quartz countertops from our Cambria® Quartz line. The quartz design selected for this project is named “Langdon” and the 1/2″ rounded edge profile has been applied to the tops. The veining and charactor of a slab of natural granite, but all of the benefits of maintenance-free quartz. Cambria® is the perfect material for this project. The large island top is the best showcase of the pattern and colors:
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The new kitchen island is a large surface for preparation, and entertaining. The cooktop used to dominate the old island counter surface but now the island is versatile and stylish. outlets on each end of the island are camouflaged in color to allow access to power when needed but not steal from the finished look of the applied door paneled ends. The doorway into the new kitchen was widened to open up the space. A peninsula was installed at the entrance to provide more storage and counter surface as well as an overhang to accommodate seated guests.
Before and After images of a remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new widened entrance with a peninsula has changed the overall layout and function for the kitchen. Above the peninsula overhand hand two decorative pendant lights by Kichler. This couple chose to install the “outdoor” pendant style of this light because they included this beautiful seeded glass. We think the lights are perfect!
Kichler pendant lighting with seeded glass above a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shown behind the lighting in the image above are two X-shaped wine cubbies. Plenty of wine storage is easily accessible from either side of the peninsula when entertaining. When guests enter the new kitchen design they get the illusion that instead of a peninsula and an island, this kitchen has two islands. This look is achieved by having the complete island in a Cherry “Mocha” stain plus the back and end of the kitchen peninsula has been installed in that same “Mocha” finish.
Kitchen with Peninsula and island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Cherry “Mocha” stain from the island and peninsula is repeated in the wood hood area. Two-tone look kitchen designs have come a long way in the past few years. You are not just limited to contrasting crown or an island. Ask you designer what creative ways you could include a second finish in your own design.
Microwave with trim kit in a Colona, IL kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cooking center of this new kitchen is stylish and extremely functional. Not only are there incredible features on this new KitchenAid® gas range, the storage and surfaces surrounding it grant the user the best experience possible. Everything is right within reach including a tray divider cabinet and pullout spice rack. There is available countertop surface on each side of the hood surround and access to that incredible new Island top directly behind the user.
Kitchen storage ideas including tray divider and pullout spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 images from this kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Are you ready to see an expertly-prepared kitchen design for your own home? Contact the award-winning team at Village Home Stores to get the conversation started. Reach out for an appointment by calling (309) 944-1344 or completing this contact form online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Galesburg, IL- Galley Kitchen Packed With Storage and Style

Before we tour this new kitchen, take a look at one of the before images of this home in Galesburg, IL. A “Galley” kitchen layout means that there are two parallel walls of cabinetry in a design. This kitchen has one wall that is home to the sink and refrigerator, and another that includes the range and hood. A window is located on the wall that connects the two. Ready for an update, and in need of added storage but wait… that brick looks pretty cool right? Spoiler alert: it stays! 

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The new design will more than double the available wall cabinet storage and unitize the base cabinets to their fullest. All of the wall cabinetry will also now stretch to the ceiling and be finished off with an angled crown molding.  The original brick on this wall will become a part of the design. What a unique and fun textured element for this kitchen!
Kitchen designer Galesburg, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

In place of a stand-alone range hood, this new hood option is mounted and surrounded by cabinetry. A suite of appliances from our Maytag® line are dependable and stylish. Full Stainless Steel kitchen appliances are not for everyone’s personal taste. A sleek, black finish with Stainless Steel accents give a great alternative to an all Stainless kitchen here. The new range includes 6.2 cu. ft. of oven capacity inside and has convection features. This range was designed, engineered, and assembled in the U.S.A. and like all new Maytag® models it comes with a 10 Year Limited Parts Warranty.  Shop appliances from Village Home Stores here at this link.

Black Maytag range with Stainless Accents. | VillageHomeStores.com

Rustic Beech cabinetry in the “Stone” stain is from our Koch Classic line. The raised-panel door is named Hastings. We absolutely love kitchen remodeling because you are truly searching for the best working solution for an existing space. It is a challenge we are always excited to accept. There is no way to add to the overall width of this kitchen. Instead, the space must be used as best as it can be. How you fill a space with cabinets depends on the needs of who will be using it. Including large drawers and slideouts for storage was the best solution for this space.
large drawers for pots and pans storage. | VillageHomeStores.com

Slideout shelves in galesburg kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comA Luxury Vinyl Tile from our Tarkett Permastone® series has been installed in a 12″ x 24″ sized tile. The color is named Sandstone Maui Sand.  Luxury Vinyl (LVT) is a great product for a kitchen area. Permastone® is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a Lifetime Limited Residential Warranty. It can be installed grouted or ungrouted. This Permastone® product was also recently ranked #1 by a leading consumer magazine, receiving excellent ratings in every flooring category and best vinyl flooring out of 12 different products. Surrounding the range on each side are large stacks of drawers perfect for pots and pans storage. On the far left side of the new range is a cabinet that opens up to reveal two slideout shelves within.

This kitchen is unique in that each wall has it’s own backsplash statement. The original brick from the kitchen ha been kept to the range wall. The texture and character the brick brings to the space gives the kitchen design a rustic feel. This is especially true when you see the knotty Rustic Beech wood characteristics in the cabinetry. Across the kitchen is a contrast of textures that help to refine the space and keep it leaning more Transitional than Rustic in style. Glossy White 3″ x 6″ Subway Tiles by Rittenhouse is accented with a mosaic deco line from Jeffery Court named Stream StoneBlanco sink in black finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Engineered Quartz in this design is named Tundra. It perfectly blends the cabinetry, flooring, tile, and appliances together. A Blanco undermount sink in the Black finish offers two equal-size basins and a tall center divider. The sink wall is also home to the refrigerator and dishwasher and around the corner, a dry bar has been installed. Kitchen design rendering. | VillageHomeStores.com
Gray kitchen cabinets in remodeled Galesburg, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe base cabinets along this wall also include optimized storage space. On the far right of the sink wall of cabinetry is a door that opens to reveal two more slideout shelves. Slideout shelves from Koch Classic can be adjusted to roll at many heights. More shelves can also be added if you have shorter items to store and could use even more of that space. In a galley kitchen layout like this, placing a garbage can along the center wall would instantly grab your eye as you enter the kitchen. Instead, a pull-out waste basket is included in the base cabinet to the right of the sink. This category of cabinet can be ordered to reveal a large single bin or two smaller bins (shown).cabinets_galesburg

houzz_albumAnother example of using a variety warm gray tones and blending a variety of textures in a space, this Galesburg kitchen remodel turned out gorgeous. Rustic touches with an upscale look. Lots of incredible storage but no sacrifice of style. See more of the images from this kitchen project here over on our Houzz profile. There you can save any ideas that you may want to include in your own project to ideabooks. Collaborate with your designer at Village Home Stores by sketching or adding text directly onto images from our portfolio. This kitchen in Galesburg, IL was remodeled completely from start to finish using the Project Management Program available at our store. From the early estimating phases to the final handle install, we managed it all. Are you wanting to remodel your kitchen or bathroom with Village Home Stores but not sure where to start? Your first step is easy, just set up an appointment with Village to start the conversation. You can do this by calling us at (309) 944-1344 or completing this online contact form on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how Village Home Stores can help.galesburg_kitchen_remodelers

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Bettendorf, IA- Once Upon a Time… Beige Met Gray…

A Classic tale of Gray meets Beige… Ok fine this might not seem like a classic tale but trust us, warm gray tones are everywhere in the home finishes industries. Say goodbye to Beige everywhere and say hello to the new neutral: Gray. Not always bland and cold as stone, Gray tones can be warm and inviting. Someplace between Gray and Beige is… “Greige“! This Bettendorf, IA kitchen showcases the perfect palette for this neutral color concept.
Kitchen remodeled in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen in this home was a medium stained Oak cabinet with neutral toned countertops. Once ready for an update and a brighter look, this Bettendorf home is now a magazine-cover worthy space. Take a look at the transformation.
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Painted white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been given a “Smoke” highlight accent and a wood hood and kitchen island is painted in the “Fog” finish. The “Legacy” doorstyle is a fantastic choice that provides many edges and details that the “Smoke” highlight can catch up on. A decorative wood hood in the accent color is fit with a Broan hood insert within it.
Gray and white kitchen remodel in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

That same “Fog” painted finish from the hood is found on the kitchen island that includes an overhang and seating for two at counter-height. While you may think next to the kitchen sink is the best location for your pull-out waste basket cabinet, an island can be a better choice. Include this cabinet within reach of the sink user but easy to access for guests when entertaining. A waste basket cabinet in the island can be easy to find and keep the sink area from getting too crowded.
Koch's Fog painted finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have to admit that sometimes one element of a complete design stands out as the “MVP”. In this kitchen it is absolutely the tile backsplash! This geometric mosaic tile by Glazzio is from the “Excalibur Series” in the “Winter Fjord” color. It perfectly blends both cabinet finishes, the countertop selection, and the flooring together. Our Diode L.E.D. undercabinet lighting system showcases this tile perfectly and the look is amazing day or night.
Glazzio Excalibur Series tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Whirlpool front control range. | VillageHomeStores.comBelow the painted hood and that amazing tile backsplash sits Whirlpool’s front-control gas range with True Convection features in Stainless Steel. One of our favorite features on this model aside from the convection is the Frozen Bake™ option. Select this feature to cook frozen foods faster by eliminating the need to preheat the oven. Just select the food type, temperature, and cook time listed on the frozen item’s package and the oven will start customizing. Now you can cook frozen pizza 31% faster, and even lasagna, chicken nuggets, fries and pies can get from the oven to the table in less time. No more preheating before your get started. The preheat process is included in the bake time. Tall storage cabinetry in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comYou will find plenty of pantry storage on the refrigerator wall of the new kitchen design. Two tall pantry cabinets surround the refrigerator area and varied depths have been used to utilize the space as much as possible. Notice the change in depths in this profile view below of the pantry wall:sliding shelves in pantry. | VillageHomeStores.com

Plenty of pantry storage plus two slide-out bins in the end base cabinet. Also note the exposed ends of the cabinetry in this kitchen. In place of a smooth, painted finished end matching cabinet doors have been applied for a gorgeous finished look. Including “Applied Door Ends” is an exceptionally nice detail in a kitchen with a mitered and glazed doorstyle like this.  Not to go un-noticed is a gorgeous farmhouse sink in this kitchen. A design selection that is a statement all in itself, this Whitehaus smooth-front apron sink is an instantly classic look. Farm sink in Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The farm sink has been undermounted to Cambria’s “Torquay” quartz counters in the standard “Eased” edge profile. This Cambria design adds a perfectly polished and upscale look without overpowering the backsplash tile with too much pattern. This entire design is about balance. Balancing accent colors, pattern, texture, even hardware sizes. Having a designer with you during every decision for your project helps you get the end result you have been dreaming of. Vinyl flooring Bettendorf, IA. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of these selections sit on top of a luxury vinyl tile by Armstrong. This 12″ x 24″ LVT is from the “Alterna” series in the “Silver Shimmer” color. Love the look of this kitchen and want to see more? See the entire album of photos from this Bettendorf Remodel over here on our Houzz portfolio. Also be sure to check out our “Gray is Here to Stay” board over on Pinterest to see more beautiful Gray and neutral spaces. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen project we are ready to set that appointment for you. Contact us via phone at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short contact form  on our website.
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Erie, IL- Kitchen Remodel Updated and Upgraded

This Erie, IL kitchen has been updated and upgraded. A similar footprint to the original kitchen, but using beautiful new materials and upgraded features throughout. Oak cabinetry and laminate tops have been removed and a new Cherry kitchen from our Koch Classic line has been installed. The Cherry “Prairie” doorstyle in a medium “Briarwood” finish compliments the existing Oak trim and doors in the space. The Cherry selection is an updated look and the rich wood grain of the wood is a major upgrade from the Oak.
Cherry kitchen cabinets in remodeled space by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.co,

All of the kitchen appliances remain in roughly the same locations. The original kitchen single-height peninsula has been replaced with a dual-height design and the kitchen sink has been shifted from the center of the peninsula to the corner. With the new layout, the largest transformation happened on the wall opposite the original kitchen L-shape layout:
Kitchen before and after photo. | VillageHomeStores.com

So much of that original wall was getting no storage use. The new design now includes that whole wall into the kitchen. That tall pantry cabinet space is now fit with two 12″ deep tall pantries, each 24″ wide with a single door. Installed side by side, this gives the finished look of a 48″ wide cabinet and leave a large part of that wall available for more cabinetry. Because of a casual dining area on that end of the kitchen, the new base cabinets transition back at an angle to meet the shallow pantries. This new design now provides a large countertop that cab be used to load and unload the pantry or refrigerator or set up as a coffee station or work surface. At this location, the space is very versatile.
Shallow pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 12″ deep pantry can store quite a bit within, especially when it is four feet wide! Other specialty upgrades include the addition of a pull-out cutting board concealed above the top drawer of a base cabinet. A great feature in just the right location. When selecting specialty items like tray dividers, cutting boards, or spice cabinets, be sure they are located in the area you plan to reach for them.
cutting board cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

On each side of the new Whirlpool range are base cabinets fit with sliding shelves. These cabinets are perfect for keeping pots and pans sorted. By keeping this look symmetrical on each side of the range, a comfortable landing space of counter is available for the user on both sides.
Sliding shelves in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Moving the kitchen sink to the corner frees up the entire peninsula for a worksurface. A corner sink also adds interest to the layout. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system spotlights a beautiful new tiled backsplash along both walls of cabinetry. The main field tile is a 3 x 6″ polished Travertine. The decoline of accent tile is from our Glazzio line and is named “Tranquil”.
Cambria Quartz in Hampshire design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Hampshire. | VillageHomeStores.comThe short area of backsplash on the peninsula has been given a different treatment from the tiled walls. This jump from counter height to bar height (shown in profile on right) is only a few inches. Instead of creating a bright contrast of travertine tiles, a splash has been installed of the same Cambria Quartz material from the countertop. The “Hampshire” Cambria Quartz has been given the “Full Bullnose” edge profile.

The peninsula side facing toward the Great Room has been fit with a wainscot panel and trim for a customized look. A four-panel wainscot design and furniture base completes the look. On the end of the peninsula that meets the wall, a full-height door cabinet opens into the Great Room. This becomes a great place to store items that might normally pile up on end tables or countertops. The cabinet helps finish off the peninsula and provide a space to hide these items out of sight. Speaking of hiding things out of sight, notice with the dual-height peninsula design that you can’t see into the kitchen sink?

Custom wainscot panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

crown molding on cabinetNow that the soffits have been removed, there is room for the new cabinetry to reach higher and still have space for a more appropriate crown molding to be applied. Crown molding may not seem like a significant detail but it is this final “trimming out” phase that helps complete any finished kitchen. Including crown and undercabinet molding help polish off the look. On the back of the peninsula area a furniture baseboard molding was applied where the panel meets the new flooring. A polished and customized look. Don’t miss out on the opportunities in your own design to help your space look carefully planned out and customized specially for your home.

The new flooring in the kitchen is from our Tarkett line. It is a Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” floor and looks perfect in this new kitchen. LVT can be installed grouted with a special form of grout or groutless (shown in this home). Read more about LVT and how it is installed here on a past blog post. A rolled edge treatment on these tiles help this groutless look to be forgiving of subfloor imperfections and best of all, no grout to clean!
An Erie, IL kitchen remodel including luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett. | VillageHomeStores.com

Be sure to check out all of the images from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Are you interested in starting the process for your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to hear about it! Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to get started. Be sure to click here to read more blog posts about other before and after stories we have shared from right here in the area.
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Galva Remodel: Great Storage Made Stylish

Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.comGreat storage doesn’t have to be boring or sterile looking. This Galva kitchen is proof that great storage can be stylish, warm and inviting. Rustic Beech cabinetry and Silestone Quartz countertops make a stylish first impression and what hides inside of these cabinets gives amazing function to the space.Rustic Beech kitchen remodel in Galva, IL. | Village Home Stores

Updated materials and up-to-date storage solutions fill this new kitchen design. No extensive wall-work or major structural changes were made to the room. A similar layout to the original kitchen was recreated with better storage and updated materials in mind. before

Dated soffits above were removed and by keeping a similar layout to the original design, all of the current hook ups for the appliances were able to be used. An L-shaped layout with a peninsula extending from the back door entry provides plenty of countertop space. Here is a birdseye view of the new kitchen design.Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

With limited space near the sink, the dishwasher needs to be located in another area. Surrounded by base cabinets in the peninsula, the dishwasher is still within reach of a user loading from the sink. It is also important to note when looking at this layout from above that appliance doors need to have a clearance to openAllow space for dishwasher door to be open.. | VillageHomeStores.com

The location of this peninsula allows for the dishwasher door to be open and just enough room to make your way around the open door. The same can be said about the oven door right across from the dishwasher. pull-out trash in kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.comThe peninsula cabinets surrounding the dishwasher offer great storage within. A double-bin pullout trash cabinet is located to the right of the dishwasher and sliding shelves inside of the base cabinetry are adjustable to accommodate anything you would want to fit within the 24″ deep space inside. Having this long area of countertop right in the center of the new kitchen is absolutely perfect. This countertop is nothing you have to be careful with either. Silestone Quartz is a man-made engineered material that is ideal for busy kitchens and is even used in commercial kitchens. It is extremely durable and completely non-porous. Imagine how great this counter will be for rolling out Christmas cookies to cut and bake!Beaded back panel in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The back panel of this peninsula is a “beaded” or “beadboard” look. This gives the “Chocolate” accent glaze on the “Briarwood” finish a chance to stand out and add some interest to the view into the kitchen from the front entry. Luxury Vinyl Tile. | VillageHomeStores.comAnother important change to mention is the original kitchen had carpet located on the floor. New Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” has been installed with a grouted look. Still softer and warmer than ceramic tile, this material will be far easier to keep clean in the new kitchen. The refrigerator is located in the same area but has been given a more built-in appearance. With the refrigerator in clear view of both entrances into the kitchen, the designer from Village Home Stores didn’t want such a large appliance to distract from the amazing overall design. Refrigerator end panel full-depth. | VillageHomeStores.com

Refrigerator end panels were installed surrounding the new unit and capping off a deep wall cabinet above. The space allowance is now ideal for current refrigerator dimensions including height and depth. It might look like this is a counter-depth refrigerator but this is in fact a standard depth model. To achieve this look the end panels were ordered at a deeper dimension. You can notice the change in depth if you look at the base cabinets and counter to the left. Corner lazy Susan cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comWe mentioned this kitchen is full of great storage and of course any corner of a kitchen design needs to be used to its fullest potential. The easiest way to achieve full access to your corner space above and below your counter space is with Lazy Susan inserts. With the soffits above now removed, this allowed for the opportunity to add some style to the corner by making the upper cabinet taller and deeper. The original kitchen had a painted backsplash surface. The new look includes a tiled backsplash using an elongated field tile with glass “Tigereye” accents inserted. The tile is a perfect compliment to the Oil-Rubbed Bronze finishes throughout the new kitchen as well as the accent glaze on the cabinetry. Note the use of Bronze switchplate covers on the receptacles:Tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

This may seem like a silly thing to point out but imagine if bright white plates were used. That would distract instead of compliment the overall look. Above the original kitchen sink and below the drop-down soffit was a wood valance. Valances still continue to be a great way to complete an area surrounding a window. Our carpenters worked with the homeowner to create a valance-like installation above the window as a way to bridge the wall cabinets surrounding it.Use crown molding to create a valance look. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinet crown molding carries your eye across the window and helps anchor the wall cabinets above together. With limited space in the existing kitchen it can be a challenge to have enough pantry storage space. Our cabinet lines do offer tall pantry cabinets beginning as narrow as 9″ wide. The area to the left of the range is closer to 18″ wide and that would still make for a usable pantry cabinet but we came up with a different solution:Pantry storage ideas for the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A base cabinet below with four adjustable sliding shelves provides 24″ deep storage space to move into. Four shelf spaces in the 12″ deep wall cabinet above can be used in a number of ways as well. The addition of a third cabinet here gives a visually full look to the space from floor to ceiling but the added bonus of counter space right in the center of the pantry area. What’s not to love about a kitchen made better? We thank this Galva, IL family for allowing us to help update their kitchen and also for letting us show you around.Village Home Stores 309.944.1344

If you have any questions about what you have seen here please call or click today. We are ready to help get your started on your own project.

Product Profile: Is L.V.T. For Me?

LVT_coverWhat is L.V.T. ? L.V.T. is short for “Luxury Vinyl Tile” and it has become a very sought-after material since it’s arrival into the floorcovering scene many years ago. The first L.V.T. began production in the late 70’s but it wasn’t until the last 5 years that Luxury Vinyls have began to take their place among the top choices for material in both remodel and new construction projects.

vinyl_tilesWhy is L.V.T. such a great material for your project? The first reason many of our customer love their L.V.T. are the qualities the tiles themselves. Compared to other harder surfaces, Luxury Vinyls are warmer underfoot and more comfortable to stand on for longer periods of time. Advancements in the industry in the last few years have also played a part in the rise of L.V.T.’s popularity. These tiles can have a photo realistic replication to true natural products at a fraction of the cost.

LVT_installationLuxury Vinyls can be installed to have the look and feel of ceramic, natural stones, and even hardwoods. As with all materials we sell here at Village Home Stores we offer expert installation for your project by crews local to you and your home. Luxury Vinyls require a specific installation method and materials (see grout portion of this post) so your best result will be to hire a professionals to install. If you are wanting to install your material yourself, there will be some preparation to the space needed.

Village_flooringDiscuss your existing subfloor with your salesperson and find out what needs to be done before installing your new floors. An underlayment may be needed as well so be sure to review your material options with your salesperson.   This post by the World Floor Covering Association is a great resource for installation methods and terms you may encounter when installing yourself.

Vinyl_tile_groutL.V.T. can be installed grouted or without grout. If a true ceramic tile look is desired, a grouted application is recommended. However, L.V.T. can be installed without any grout for a very clean look. photo-replicated wood L.V.T. flooring will look most realistic if installed without grout. The grout used for installation of Luxury Vinyls is a specially formulated acrylic that it will not scratch the tiles. The grout used for ceramic tile is cement based and should NEVER be used with luxury vinyl tiles.

LVT_informationBecause the grout used for L.V.T. installations is acrylic based, it will not absorb stains like a cement based grout will. The grout itself is stain-resistant because of the makeup of the product. Cleanup is also very easy for L.V.T. materials. Simple damp mopping is recommended.

LVT_pricesWhat is the price for this category of flooring? There are obviously many products and styles under the category of “Luxury Vinyls” but we can offer some perspective where L.V.T.s fall into the bigger picture. L.V.T. can vary in price.  Entry level pricing is comparable to entry level sheet vinyl and at the high end it is comparable to a mid-range hardwood.  With pricing everywhere in between depending on product line and brand.

Village_floor_companyWe have multiple brands of Luxury Vinyls on display and also installed in our Geneseo showroom. Call today or contact us via our website to schedule a consultation with a flooring expert at Village Home Store. Let us help you decide if L.V.T. is right for your project. flooring_Quad_cities_phone

Rock Island- Become a Birch Believer

Cherry stain on birch woodI was invited to come photograph this finished remodel last Friday evening and I can’t believe how impressive this new kitchen is right when you walk in the front door! The designer from our store was with me and as she looked everything over and straightened out the hardware I got to work snapping photos. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes into our appointment that I was corrected… “Oh no, it’s not Cherry. This is Birch wood with a “Burgundy” stain.”

kitchen_remodelMy jaw dropped open. I had been fooled! The high contrast of the rich wood color and the beautiful glass backsplash glowing from the undercabinet lighting made me a Birch fake-out believer right then and there. You can get the look of Cherry by using a Birch wood with the right finish applied.

farmsinkBefore we take a look at the layout and finishes let’s get right to the standout combination of this glass subway tile backsplash all aglow with the new Diode LED lighting! Our Diode LED system can be installed in a traditional undercabinet installation like shown here. This low-profile system can be used a number of other ways as well. Consider some accent lighting above your kitchen cabinetry if there is a space from there to the ceiling. How amazing would the baseboard area below a bar or home entertainment center look with an accented area lit up? This lighting system can even be put onto a dimmer switch.

diode_lighting_quad_citiesIf you are investing an a beautiful new backsplash for your kitchen you really must consider showing it off in the best way possible and this Diode LED system is perfect for that! Now let’s take a closer look at how this remodel transformed completely! Check out these before and afters:

rock_island_kitchenThe homeowner just purchased this Rock Island home in the Fall and immediately got in touch with us to do the full remodel for her. Using our Project Management program we managed everything for her including gathering estimates and scheduling and coordinating all of the crews involved. We removed the existing peninsula and wall cabinet above it and an exterior wall was rebuilt and moved out to now give her plenty of space for a small dining table just outside of the new kitchen.

Village_Home_Stores_remodel_blogThe refrigerator was moved to the opposite wall which created a lot more space for the user who is at the new gas range. The refrigerator now has a large pantry cabinet to the left and allows the front end of the kitchen stay feeling open and spacious.

wood_leg_decorativeBecause the kitchen is the very first room you see when you enter the home, the back of the new peninsula couldn’t have just a plan look.  The new kitchen design includes an overhang that can comfortably seat two guests. Below the overhanging Cambria quartz is a beadboard panel with a furniture baseboard attached. On each end of the panel are decorative turned posts that match the cabinet finish. This one detail truly takes the first impression to the next level. The same materials can be installed in a different way as well. These posts are finished all around so that they can be pulled forward and give the look of a table leg. Either installation method makes a great impact.

glass_subway_tileThe cabinetry that gave the rich look of Cherry is actually a Birch wood in the “Burgundy” finish with a black accent glaze applied. The cabinets are from our Koch line and are a doorstyle called “Legacy”. The Cambria quartz countertops are the “New Quay” design. See the other complimentary Cambria colors to this color here on the Cambria site. The 3′ x 6″ glass backsplash tiles are available in many colors to match your own space.

birch_cherry_finishThe flooring in the new kitchen is another great example of a fake out! Looks like ceramic doesn’t it? It is actually Luxury Vinyl! These 16″ x 16″ tiles by Mannington are in a color called “Cloud Cover”. Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” gives the look of ceramic but offer the comfort of a softer (and warmer to your bare feet) material. LVT can also be installed grouted or non-grouted. If you have any questions about the materials or design of this space feel free to contact us anytime! Or call us today to make an appointment and start talking about your own project! You can reach us at (309) 944-1344.

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Floor Covering: Discover Your “Fifth Wall”

Flooring DepartmentWhat do we mean “fifth wall”? Well, many times the flooring for a project is one of the last materials to be selected. Almost as if it is the last layer of a project to be considered. But how do we build a home? From the ground up of course! Floor covering for your project just happens to be the overall canvas that everything else sits upon. This is why Village Home Stores has recently expanded to now make room for a full showroom and added staff to help you select the perfect material for your project.

kitchen flooring quad citiesSelecting the right material for the floor in your home can help an entire project come together. Think of how much time and consideration goes into selecting your new kitchen countertops… a lot right? The flooring in a kitchen will cover much more surface overall than those counters. In most cases, flooring makes up anywhere from 25% -40% of a surface in your kitchen. If you consider a kitchen as part of a “Great Room” then that selection just got even more important.

rustic wood floorsVillage Home Stores doesn’t want to put a lot of stress on you to make that selection. We are here to help you with your project from start to finish and that includes selection. Our expert sales staff can help you choose what is most practical for your space as well as what will give you the best overall look. Having samples right here in our showroom has already been so helpful in these first few months of adding our Floor Covering Department. The entire selection process can now be done here in our store, alongside your design and sales team working with you on your project. Your entire project just got easier.

Considering this “fifth wall” in your space can help add the following to your project:

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The opportunity to cover this large plane of surface opens up a lot of possibilities when you are building an entire design with your team here at Village.

We are so happy to introduce to you the many categories of materials you now have access to in our Geneseo showroom:

hardwood floorsEngineered and solid hardwoods in a number of finishes, sizes, textures, and styles. With many brands like Somerset, Mullican, Mannington, Bella Cera, Hallmark, Lockwood, Valuemark Hardwoods, Armstrong you are certain to find the right one for your space.

luxury vinyl tileLuxury Vinyl Tiles are a highly durable surface that can mimic the look of wood or ceramic but with a softer and warmer material. An acrylic-based grout can even be installed to create a true “tiled” appearance. That same grout is non-porous, and very stain resistant (no sealing of the grout) Brands like Metroflor, Armstrong, Mannington, and Tarkett represent the fastest growing segment of the flooring industry.

vinyl flooring GeneseoVinyl Sheet materials from Armstrong including our thickest vinyl sheet available, Cushionstep. Cushionstep is available in many designs and colors. It feels… well, “cushy” when walked on. A very comfortable flooring choice at a great value.

ceramic tile floorsCeramic Tile by Mannington, Paramount Ceramics, Interceramic, Daltile, and Jeffrey Court is available is a very wide variety of styles, colors and textures. Not just found in square shapes anymore, large tiles and plank-shaped styles have quickly become the more popular choices.

tile backsplashFloors are not the only surface you can tile. Tile in the backsplash of a kitchen or installed in bathroom showers can make a huge impact in a design. Let our staff help you select the tile and pattern for installation.

carpetCarpeting  from Dream Weaver, Southwind, Dixie Home, Phenix are available in so many styles and colors the possibilities are endless. Sculptured styles are quickly becoming a popular choice. Dixie Home uses what is called a “tip-shear” effect which uses a combination of loop and cut pile together like shown in the image above showcasing  “depth”.

Our staff is knowledgeable on the installation processes of every product we sell. Any questions you may have about what materials will be needed or installation layouts or designs can be answered here in the showroom or at your home at the time of measure.

pineCall today with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping your space look great from the floor up.