Wall Removal and a Peek At Our Kitchen Remodel Process

Village Home Stores East Moline Quad Cities remodel

This kitchen in East Moline, IL has a whole new look and layout. We removed a dividing wall to make room for more natural light and an island design with counter-height seating. Warm, Rustic Beech Koch Cabinetry in the Seneca door and Briarwood stain has been accented with a Black glaze. The mixed metals of copper, Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless look amazing. Plus check out the bright statement with that island accent lighting (more on that later)! We absolutely love how this kitchen turned out.

Rustic Beech kitchen with Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Rustic Beech kitchen with Berkley Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen was very nice, but the layout of the cabinetry was awkward and secluded from the front room. This made it a great candidate for a wall removal remodel. Not every kitchen we remodel needs a wall removed to be incredible. In this home however, having the entire space open now seems like that is what the layout should have been all along. In this kitchen we removed a wall and soffit during the remodel process to achieve that open concept. Take a look at the original soffits and dividing wall between the living room and kitchen shown in the before photo below.

Before photo of a kitchen in East Moline before we removed the wall and soffits for a larger kitchen layout.

What is The Village Process Like?

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen anytime soon you are in the right place! This blog can be such a useful place to find inspiration and help qualify your own likes and dislikes. We hope that Village Home Stores can be a part of your research process AND your remodel process. Are you just seeking products and ideas and to do the remodel work yourself? That’s great! Village Home Stores can provide you with an expertly prepared design and quality materials for you to DIY to your hearts content. But if you don’t have the time or skill to do that, our start-to-finish Project Management process may be the perfect fit for your timeline and your budget. What do we mean when we say our remodel customers can have us manage their job from “start-to-finish” ? It means that from the very first time you message us online or stop by, we are working for you and with you to get you into your finished space. No matter who is doing the remodel work, your first step is the same: just reach out to our team to schedule a Complementary Consultation.

Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

We schedule these consultations in our showroom before visiting your home so that you can get a better understanding of everything we offer and we are able to walk you through our estimating phases. Most people will only remodel a kitchen or bathroom in a home once or twice in a lifetime. It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what happens next. The great news is that we do this all the time! We are here to help walk you through our process and keep you on track and on budget. We want to help you to enjoy this process as much as possible. During this Consultation we will answer your questions and walk you through when you can expect to see your designs and estimates during our phases and discuss our payment options. We will also ask you some questions about the project, your goals, your budget, and who will be doing the work. There is a reason why budget conversations happen well before we begin estimating the project. This is to help us all stay on task and on track when designing your new space. After this Consultation, we will schedule a date for a Jobsite Visit in your home to gather information for us to begin the design phase.

Sometimes Our Biggest Skeptics Become Our Best Cheerleaders

Do you read every detail of a menu item before ordering at a restaurant? Do you answer “of course” when asked if you want your receipt? Did you already take general dimensions of your kitchen layout for us… on graph paper… and use a ruler? Do you have an engineering degree? Does your Summer Vacation this year have a customized itinerary? Have you started a spreadsheet for your remodel project already in Excel or Google Docs? If you answered yes to any of those questions then wow! You love the details and you respect the process! And guess what? You are going to be a HUGE fan of the Village Home Stores remodel process. We love the look on this type of customer’s face when we present our process checklists and walk them through our current and local budget data for projects like theirs. Some of our most appreciative start-to-finish customers are people who could have even done some of the work themselves. But who has the time or energy? We do!

Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers in the Quad Cities Region. That means our start to finish kitchen and bath remodel process changes and adapts every time we complete a job.
Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers.

Let Us Get To Work For You

There is a lot to be done before you can enjoy your new space and gathering estimates is a big part of that. The truth is there are 3 and a half pages of phases and checklists before we even reach the phrase “Jobsite binder is delivered and job begins” in our process. There are 9 phases of our process and 7 of those happen before we begin demo. We won’t reveal every phase in detail here but we can summarize them a bit. After that Complimentary Consultation in our showroom we will come out to your home to gather information. Then we will get to work preparing a design to be presented to you. Our goal is to ask enough qualifying questions ahead of the design phase that we can present to you initial designs that are successful. We will next discuss any changes needed to the design and begin making product selections in the showroom. During this Design Presentation meeting in the showroom we will also have you meet with other Village team members in any departments you may need products from. During this meeting we will document you selections and help guide you based on our budget conversations. You will also be given private login information at this meeting so that you can begin to access your design, estimates, and eventually contracts and schedules moving forward. Once all of the work to be done is documented by our team, and we have a clear design concept, we can schedule a Contractor Meeting at your home.

All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.
What sets Village Home Stores apart from other kitchen remodelers? Our process! All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.

All of the subcontractors we anticipate needing for your project will meet your village designer and our project estimator in your home. All together at the same time. Sounds like an obvious need right? But you would be surprised how rare this is in our industry. At Village Home Stores we believe it is a key element to a successful estimating and end result for all parties involved. Here we can clarify what work is to be completed and included in estimates and allow the subs to have some dialog about the work to be done.

Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home. Complete start to finish remodel by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home.

Our start-to-finish Project Management program at Village Home Stores changes and adapts with every project. We have also worked hard to curate a list of reliable, respectful subcontractors who can do quality work for you at a fair price. It has taken some time to get there, but we truly believe we can now say with confidence that our in-house and subcontractor staff are the very best you can ask to work in your home. We are so thankful to continue to get compliments on our staff and the subcontractors we send to our clients’ homes.

COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home. This product is very durable and waterproof with a realistic look and texture to real wood!
COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home.

What Will An Estimate Include?

But we haven’t mentioned an actual bid or pricing yet? That’s right! We have agreed on a design, selected materials with our experts and your budget in mind, and have detailed estimates for the work to be done and now we can present you an estimate. You will receive a complete estimate along with a detailed inclusion sheet of the work included in that estimate. This estimate will be as accurate as possible before work begins. Of course there can be unforeseeable issues to come up any time you remodel a home. Rest assured that we have a process for that as well. Our crews are used to working together and communicating with you and each other to come up with solutions when problems come up. During your project our team stay customer-focused and solution-focused if issues arise.

Cambria installation day with Blackstone at a Quad Cities kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Cambria installation day with Blackstone.

Enough about our process! Let us show you around this incredible new kitchen in East Moline, IL. What a warm and open space! This new cabinet layout is packed with great storage and details. Glazzio glass wall tiles in two sizes with an accent listel in an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish cover the kitchen walls. A L-shaped layout with large center island includes plenty of walkway space between the surfaces now that the kitchen wall has been removed. We also removed that kitchen soffit and reworked the ceiling to better compliment the rest of the open areas of the home. The new design truly suits the home perfectly!

Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.
Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.

With a new flow to the entire space, flooring needed to be a new consistent surface throughout. Once again we are sharing a kitchen with our best-selling COREtec Luxury Vinyl Plank floors here on the blog. Sorry to sound like a broken record repeating itself but this COREtec Plus HD series is extremely durable and waterproof. It has the look and texture of a rustic wood surface. The Barnwood Rustic Pine selected for this kitchen is a great choice to pull from the cabinet stain and accent glaze. We just had two new racks of samples delivered for this product so if you are considering a new flooring surface for your home please come see your options. But can we take a moment please and talk about this lighted island!?!?!

Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

This customer chose to install their Cambria Quartz in the Berkley design in a double-thick edge profile on the island. WOW! When they made that accent choice, the homeowner thought that accenting it even more with some lighting could make for a very cool effect. He was right! The look is pretty stunning day and night. This low-profile low-voltage tape light can be installed in a lot of fun ways. Because it is low-voltage, this island accent light can become the perfect nightlight or glow in the evening while watching TV or spending time out on the wrap-around deck.

Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The same Diode tape light is also installed underneath and above the kitchen perimeter cabinetry. We even concealed something else underneath the cabinets to keep the look clean. All of the kitchen switches and outlets are located in the recessed area under the wall cabinetry. This keeps the wall tile area smooth and un-interrupted. The Cambria quartz on the kitchen perimeter was installed with a farmhouse hammered copper Sinkology single-well sink and Delta Leland faucet.

Sinkology Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

This Delta Leland faucet comes with the new ShieldSpray Technology. This diverted spray option delivers a simple way to clean with precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet of water powers stubborn messes away in the center as a water shield simultaneously contains splatter and clears off the mess. It is like a forcefield around the spray power that keeps water from spraying everywhere. Learn more about ShieldSpray and see it in action here in this short YouTube clip.

Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink.

Mixing metal finishes and textures can be such a great look in a rustic-styled space. This kitchen includes Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware, lighting, and faucets and a blend of Copper and Stainless. The farmsink is a hammered copper finish and the unique 30″ Zline hood is a mix of smooth copper and black trim. KitchenAid appliances in the Black Stainless finish add drama and a soft texture. If a silvery Stainless seems like it will look too modern in your space, be sure to stop by and see Black Stainless in person! This finish is so versatile and available in a lot of models. We did include on Stainless appliance in the kitchen. Tucked unto the interior corner of the island is a microwave drawer in a true Stainless Steel finish. Mixing metals can be done right and we love the look! Let our team help you with the total vision for your design.

Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores. Your locally-owned Quad Cities appliance experts.
Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores.

Did you know we sell AND service appliances in the entire extended Quad Cities Region? We have an expert appliance sales and service team and offer competitive pricing to box stores. Village Home Stores has BrandSource buying power so we are able to offer our customers a fair price and the very best customer experience out there. Have questions about your purchase before or after the sale? Just call our team and we will be happy to help. Shop all of our appliances and get our Local Low Price Guarantee here on our website.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door.

A great kitchen design comes together in the details. Undercabinet molding helps to conceal those lights and outlets. Small details can make a big difference in the look of the overall finished space. In this kitchen the wall tile continues up around the kitchen window and is “capped” off by a valance and matching wooden panel above. The crown molding for the cabinetry has added interest with a change in depth on the corner cabinet.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied.

Want to see more of this kitchen and save ideas for your own project? Check out the full album of photos here on our Best of Houzz-winning profile. We have so much more to show you in this kitchen that we have decided to include it in an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. That way you can see more in detail the space and our process of getting to this finished look. We hope to have new episodes finished by the end of this Summer and you are going to really get more of a peek at our remodel process because we truly have filmed this one from start to finish. We are so thankful that these customers reached out to us after watching our show and now we get to feature their own story on an episode! Will yours be next?

Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

Are you looking to DIY a remodel? Or need us to manage it all like these customers? Just want new countertops or flooring to freshen up your space? We want to help. Your first step is to just get in touch with our team. You can complete this short form online and one of our remodel experts will reach out to you to start with the right process and checklist for you. Of course you can always call us at 309 944 1344 or stop by at 105 S State St in Downtown Geneseo, IL. To have the best experience, and allow us to answer all of your questions about our process, we do recommend that you reach out first to set up a Complimentary Consultation. That way we can have an expert fully available for you and prepare information for you to take with you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help!

Moline, IL Kitchen Remodel Finds Room For Style and a Small Island

This Moline, IL home was ready for a new kitchen look and layout. There were no major changes as far as moving appliances or even removing soffits. Rich new finishes were selected, storage was added, and room for a small kitchen island was found. Koch cabinetry in the flat-panel Savannah door and Birch wood stained Chestnut is a perfect compliment to the existing woodwork in the home.  Moline Illinois kitchen with Nevasca Mist granite, Koch Cabinetry, luxury vinyl floors, and mosaic tile. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The main wall of cabinetry is found on the sink wall of the kitchen. A range is centered on a nearby wall with landing space on each side.  With plenty of walkway space surrounding it, a kitchen island is an important part of the new design! Prepping for a meal and coming home with a load of groceries just got a lot easier for this household. This two-cabinet island is a very functional part of the new layout. Perfectly located for prep, back door entry, and even space for seating! The added storage and work surface this island brings to the new kitchen is so important. The island top is also the best place to see the stunning granite selected for the kitchen. Moline Illinois kitchen with Nevasca Mist granite and Koch Cabinetry remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

One of the exciting parts of choosing granite for your remodel project in the Quad Cities is that we have a local source for you to select your material from! This can be a very interesting way to make a personal connection with your design. Epic Stone is located in Davenport, Iowa and there you can walk the aisles of slabs and help decide what you are drawn to. Your designer at Village can then partner with our fabricators to make sure the stone you hand-select makes the journey from Epic, to the fabrication shop, and then finally into your home. Learn more about Epic Stone here in a past blog post. This Moline, IL customer selected a stone named “Nevasca Mist” and it is a beautiful blend of warm grays and beiges.
Moline Illinois kitchen with Nevasca Mist granite. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

So much great storage and functionality added to the kitchen with this small island. We also love the flooring selected for the new space. These may appear to be 12″ x 24″ ceramic tiles but no grout lines! That is because they are actually luxury vinyl tiles. Our Tarkett Premiere line can be installed with or without grout. This kitchen showcases a neutral color named “Onyx Travertine Silver” and the look is great. Moline Illinois kitchen with Koch cabinetry in Birch wood and Chestnut finish remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.comThe appliances were updated recently in this kitchen but we did make an adjustment to the microwave hood area of the layout. A smooth panel was installed above the microwave area to match the look of the drawerboxes in the kitchen. We added to the soffit depth on this side of the kitchen to allow the small crown molding to be installed and now the wall cabinet section has a full, customized surround look.
Moline Illinois kitchen with existing soffits remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Across the kitchen was an area put to better use in the new design. The new kitchen island now can be a landing zone for back door entry. Instead of a base and wall cabinet combination, a tall pantry cabinet now offers so much storage space and a customized look to the stand-alone section of the kitchen. Moline Illinois kitchen tall pantry cabinet in a Birch wood and Chestnut finish remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

If you peek at the before and after image below, you will notice there wasn’t exactly a lot of backsplash space in the “before” kitchen. Tall wall cabinets were installed beneath existing soffits leaving only half of the expected space you would want for that area. If you look at the “after” side of the image, you will see a more comfortable suggested space of 18″.
Moline kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

It truly lets the tile choice in the new kitchen to be showcased. The tile and granite selections together are just perfect! The mosaic tile seems to have been made just for this pairing! Glazzio’s Closseum Series in the Caesar Beige color looks incredible! The granite and tile are splendidly showcased by our bestselling Diode LED lighting system.Moline kitchen with Nevasca Mist granite and Glazzio Colosseum series tile. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

This Diode LED lighting system is such a wise investment and every customer that has it installed is so happy with it. It is low-voltage, and low-profile leaving you with so many options for installation. Of course undercabinet lighting is our most popular use. Because of their low power use, these lights are perfect if you like to keep a night-light on on the evening or like to have lights on waiting for you when you arrive home. The Diode lights can also be dimmable shown below on one of our legrand radiant collection paddle switch sets:Moline Illinois kitchen with legrand Radiant paddle switches and outlets. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Old homes are just so much fun to remodel because you honestly never know what unique feature you will stumble upon! In this Moline home there was a laundry chute located on the left wall of the kitchen sink area.  While the homeowner wasn’t planning on using it for laundry, he did find a fun use. Voila! a recycling chute! He keeps a plastic bin down below to collect cans and sends them down when he is finished. We think Alice in Wonderland would find it a “curiously” custom solution and definitely a conversation starter. Moline Illinois kitchen with small custom door, Koch cabinetry in Birch wood and Chestnut finish remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Press play below to see a 360 view of this finished kitchen in Moline Illinois.

Is there is a specific part of this space that you love? You can find the full album of images from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save and make notes for you and your designer at Village Home Stores. We love all of the material selections made in this Moline, IL home. They give the completed kitchen a rich new look. The stylish pendant light above the new island is named “Gastown” and from our Artcraft line. Artcraft has a wide variety of on-trend lighting choices at very reasonable prices. Shop Artcraft here on our lighting websiteMoline Illinois kitchen with Artcraft Gastown pendant light. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Ready to start the conversation about your own before and after story with Village Home Stores? Your first step is to just reach out to our team. You can do this by calling us at 309-944-1344 or by completing the short online form found here on our website. A member of our team will work with you to arrange your first appointment and explain our remodel process to you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. 

 

Muscatine, Iowa- Kitchen Remodel With Coastal Colors and Some Sparkle

At Village Home Stores we have the great privilege of transforming spaces in our customer’s homes. These aren’t just any spaces, kitchens truly are the hub of all activity in a home. Remodel stories that begin after years of use are some of our favorites. Nothing makes you appreciate the transformation of a room more than truly living and experiencing the before and after. While that can be hard to translate to a blog post, we do think you can get a pretty great idea of this kitchen before and after just from the images. Muscatine Iowa before and after kitchen remode. Design, materials, and full project management from Village Home Stores. Koch Express cabinetry and Cambria quartz featured. | villagehomestores.com

This Muscatine, Iowa kitchen remodel is a wonderful example of how you can totally transform the look and function of a space without removing a wall or re-locating major appliances. Just look at the difference in the room just from the material choices! Dark, slab-style cabinetry has been replaced with a bright painted white. Added lighting helps to enhance these selections and make this new space bright both day and night.Muscatine Iowa kitchen with design, materials, and full project management from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Painted cabinetry from our Koch Express line in the “Prairie” door with an applied molding detail. This doorstyle takes the look from a Transitonal flat-panel door to a more “Cottage” or “Coastal” style. That Coastal vibe is achieved with the material selections in colors and even textures. Alterna Luxury Vinyl Tile in a 16″ x 16″ tile and the “Glacier” color create a durable and comfortable flooring choice for the new kitchen. While the floors give a white sandy look, the mosaic backsplash makes you wish you were on the beach collecting seaglass.
Cambria Montgomery quartz and Glazzio mosaic tile installed by Village Home Stores in a Muscatine, Iowa home. Kitchen design, materials, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

This mosaic is from the “Academia” series by Glazzio and the color is “Aviaton Mint”. It is a beautiful combination of varied textures and tones of soft green glass and even mirror tiles mixed in. You would honestly think that the tile was made just for this countertop choice too! Cambria Quartz in the “Montgomery” design is the perfect compliment to the colors in the tile. An ogee edge profile has been applied. Using a decorative edge in a galley kitchen design like this is a great way to make a small design choice that makes a big impact once installed.
Cambria Montgomery quartz in an Ogee edge installed by Village Home Stores in a Muscatine, Iowa home. | VillageHomeStores.com

This ogee edge is showcased best on the exposed end at the kitchen entrance. That wall opposite the sink is where we find an appliance layout that really recreates the entire wall. The original kitchen design had cabinetry and shelves with no hood but a range below. There was just enough landing space to be claimed by a countertop microwave in the original kitchen:

The new kitchen design makes the most of the available space with landing space now on both sides of the range and an installed microwave hood above. The use of a microwave hood here not only frees up countertop space, it also provides needed ventilation for the cooktop.  Again, notice the ogee edge in the next image. Such a beautiful detail that lets the sparkle and colors of the Cambria materials be showcased.
Muscatine Iowa kitchen with design, materials, and full project management from Village Home Stores. Whirlpool appliances featured. | villagehomestores.com

Another great way to keep this new kitchen feeling bright and light is the use of mirror in place of glass in some of the cabinet doors. Two mirrored panels here reflect the window light right across the kitchen and two more narrow panels flank the kitchen sink area on the wall opposite it. Of course our Diode LED undercabinet lighting is a low-profile, low-voltage way of adding light to any project with us.

Reflected in the mirrors is the ceiling centerpiece of the new kitchen, a stunning semi- flushmount drum fixture by Kichler. This fabric drum shade is haloed by a cage of detail and from Kichler’s “Jardine” series. Crystals and botanical-inspired metal designs truly steal the attention of any arriving guest.  

Talk about another material match! Check out how perfectly the new custom window treatments look when paired with this light! This is exactly why it can be so important to work with a one-stop-shop like Village Home Stores. Your entire project vision can be seen by a team of experts, each from their own department to help you select the perfect items for your budget and the overall vision of the space. Two fabric roman shades were installed in the new kitchen. Each using the “Jazz Blue/Cream” fabric and the innovative ONEcontrol cordless system from our Horizon Window Fashions line.
Fabric window shade custom ordered and installed by Village Home Stores in a Muscatine, Iowa home. | villagehomestores.com

Cordless window treatments are a great investment for your space. They are functional and safe plus they look great! Our window treatment experts at Village Home Stores offer a variety of window blinds and shades in many styles and colors. We even have professional installers to put the product in place for you. Request a quote for your own project today! Fabric window shade customer ordered and installed by Village Home Stores in a Muscatine, Iowa home. | villagehomestores.com

If you love the look of these beach-inspired materials or saw an idea you want to save for your own future project, be sure to check our the full album of images. You can find them all here on our award-winning houzz page. A new feature to this kitchen is probably one of the favorites for the homeowner… a dishwasher! Creating enough space on the sink wall to include a full-sized dishwasher is a game-changer for function in the new design. 

Ready to start the conversation about your own before and after story with Village Home Stores? Your first step is to reach out to our team. Stop by our store at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL or call us at (309) 944-1344 for an appointment. You can also complete this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch about your first appointment with Village. We know that a remodel can be a lot to take on by yourself and that is why we can help as little or as much as you need.

Hazelwood Homes- Colona Home With Smart Material Choices

When you build a home, there seems to be a never-ending stream of decisions to be made. Village Home Stores is so blessed to work with so many of the region’s best builders. These builders allow us to partner with them and their clients to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We form you a team of experts based on the products you need for your home. That team works together with you to help guide you to make the best choices for your lifestyle and the budgets you have set. There are so many areas of your home where you can make smart material choices and help get you the overall look and performance you want. This home from Hazelwood Homes built in Colona, IL is a fantastic example of that!Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

There are many elements that your cabinet designer will discuss with you to help pair your wish list and needs with the right products. That is why we carry so many product lines at various prices. We offer a wide variety of options so we can meet any budget or construction expectation. We designed the kitchen using our Koch Express line of cabinetry. The perimeter of the kitchen is in the “Lexington” doorstyle and painted “Oyster” finish. The kitchen island is in the “Camden” door in a Rustic Birch wood stained a “Stone” finish. The look and function (soft close doors and drawers were applied) of a semi-custom kitchen from our Express builder-grade product. Both the soft, bright gray color of the Oyster and the stained Stone island are right on trend. Another trend is the use of two medium-sized light fixtures above an island instead of a line smaller pendants.
Lantern style lights above a kitchen island. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Our lighting experts will work with your cabinet designer to help you select the appropriate shape, size, and quantity of light needed for your space. Since we are focusing on smart material choices in this post, we want to point out that these are actually foyer lights. Many times, smart choices come from the ability to think outside the box. The lighting trend of 2-3 larger light fixtures above kitchen islands has often brought our lighting team to suggest foyer, dining, and even some outdoor lighting product for our clients. We carry thousands of lighting options and our experts will work with you to help narrow down your personal style and needs. Koch Express cabinets in painted Oyster finish. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We love the clean look of the bright Oyster painted finish and the addition of 5-piece drawer fronts give a very classic look to the cabinetry. A 5-piece drawer front means that in place of a smooth, slab drawer with an outside edge you get the look of a small door. A framed edge with center panel. And nothing can be a more classic countertop choice than a white marble… but this isn’t marble. It isn’t stone at all! They are Formica laminate! Formica’s “Calacatta Marble” design in the large-format print 180FX series gives a successful look of real marble at a fraction of the cost.
Marble look Formica laminate top in Calacatta Marble color with full wrap edge and drop in kitchen sink. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We installed it here using what is called an “ideal” edge profile. That helps create even more of a look of a smooth edge to a slab of stone on the lengths of the top and even the corners. The durable Elkay drop-in sink used is another smart material selection. Think of how much use your kitchen sink gets. You need it to look great but also perform well. These granite composite options are available in so many colors now we can find just the right one to compliment your kitchen design.Marble look Formica laminate top in Calacatta Marble color with drop in kitchen sink. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.comWe also love the clean look of the faucet selected. A single hole fixture is easier to clean and helps to keep the island looking less cluttered. This model has a single lever control and a pull down sprayer. Laminate tops can be one of the smartest material decisions made when building a home. You can always return years later and replace your counters with an upgrade of material. That is a simpler project than changing out your cabinetry or flooring. Formica laminate top in Calacatta Marble color with full wrap edge. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The flooring selected looks absolutely stunning when paired with the cabinet finishes and all of the other materials selected for the kitchen and great room. The flooring in this home is honestly one our favorite material investments made by these customers. Our COREtec flooring product is one of the very best flooring options we have available. The look of wood (or tile) in a high density, extra strong plank that is 100% waterproof, 100% kidproof, and 100% petproof! The luxury vinyl has an added wear layer for durability and it is bonded to a stable waterproof core made of bamboo and recycled woods.
Koch Express kitchen island with X back design in rustic birch wood and Stone stain. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The COREtec in this kitchen is an embossed grain product from the Plus XL line named “Muir Oak”. The XL series means that the planks are extra wide (9″) for a bigger impact. Perfect for large, open spaces like this. There are so many varieties of COREtec available. this “Muir Oak” finish looks so great with so many cabinet finishes and styles. It also compliments many furniture finishes for spaces like this where you have a great room with many items atop the floors. A durable, dependable and stylish choice for flooring is always a smart choice. Those same qualities can be found in the appliance package selected for the kitchen. Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. Microwave hood with cabinet above. | villagehomestores.com

Maytag is known for it’s sturdy and dependable product. So much so that they now include a 10 year Limited Part Warranty on their products. These parts vary depending on the appliance category. For example, on the range shown above the cooktop burners, oven burners, cast-iron metal grates and cavity are all covered. Learn more about this range here on our website. Maytag builds products that can perform in your home using many commercial parts and techniques. That way they can perform for you for many years.

This appliance suite also includes Maytag’s Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel. A true stainless steel that is easy to clean and keeps your kitchen looking great. Of course, above a hardworking 5-burner gas range you will need ventilation. This microwave hood has a multiple speed exhaust fan to helps remove smoke and odors as you work in the kitchen. A mesh grease filter helps prevent messes and a charcoal odor filter removes high airflow odors and steam. Did you know that our store can save you time and money? Smart selections on materials from multiple departments at our “one-stop-shop” help our new construction customers earn FREE lighting for their home. Dining room light in Quad Cities area home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | vllagehomestores.com

Working with our team of new home experts can help save you time during your design and bidding process and you can even take art of our lighting bundle program. The more you shop exclusively at our store, the more FREE lighting you can earn. Our lighting staff can walk you through this program and help you to plan ahead to make the most of your overall budget and get the lighting of your dreams! Of course we didn’t just provide product for the kitchen in this home, we designed spaces throughout the home. A custom tiled shower is atop many bathroom wish lists and the one in this home is amazing!
Tiled shower in Quad Cities area home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We added interest by carrying the 2″ hexagon mosaic tiles up the wall in a stripe. Within that stripe we built in a custom niche area or toiletries. A corner bench of the walls adds another great feature to the tiled shower. Material selections are so important to be made with the overall vision of the space in mind. That is why shopping for product all in one location can help create the best overall look with the least amount of stress for you. Not sure how the tile will look with the vanity top color? No problem! Let’s grab your cabinet designer and see what they think! Concerned about fitting that large-capacity refrigerator in your design? So is your appliance expert who can communicate with your designer all of the needed dimensions for the perfect fit.
Tiled shower entrance in Quad Cities area home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores.

Our Onyx Collection vanity tops are another smart material choice. They are stylish, and very easy to clean. We can custom make any shape and size needed plus can even pout shower bases and walls to match. Many of our customers find that they already have standard molds available for what their design needs without needing a custom priced option. There are also so many great bowl options and colors to select from. Shown: the “Wave” bowl and “Cashmere” color in gloss finish.
Colona Illinois New Home by Hazelwood Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. Onyx Collection vanity top with wave bowl shape. | villagehomestores.com

If you are interested in building or remodeling in the near future, we want to be a part of your project! Want to learn more about our Bundle Program to earn FREE lighting? Curious about the first steps in our remodel process? Just reach out to our team and we will be happy to answer your questions and get you started. You can contact us at 309-944-1344 or by completing this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can assemble a team just for you to help make your dream space a reality. 

Alpha, IL – White and Gray Kitchen With Hidden Laundry

We included this kitchen before and after story in an episode of the Village Home Show. See a full video tour of this space by pressing play.

Village Home Stores understands the importance of the home you create for you and your family. Deciding when is the right time to downsize or remodel your home is an important step for any homeowner. Many of our customers that use our Complete Project Management Process are interested in investing in changes to their homes to help them age-at-home more comfortably and happily. There are many remodel changes you can make to a bathroom to help allow you to age at home, but the kitchen is another great location for these investments in your home happiness. Just look at this bright and spacious remodeled kitchen in Alpha, Illinois:
Kitchen remodel in Alpha, IL with painted Dura Supreme cabinetry and Cambria quartz. | villagehomestores.com

This remodel involved building out an addition to the home of about ten feet in depth and twenty feet in length. The original kitchen was small and very limited in counterspace and storage. Squeezing a small table in the kitchen and having the garage entry right in the kitchen, created a busy and crowded room.

We were so thrilled to design a more functional and beautiful space for these sweet customers. Plus we were able to put them at ease with our step-by-step process because Village Home Stores coordinated it all! Estimating, designing, delivery, and installation plus the many subcontractors on site where scheduled by our Project Management team. Our process helps to keep your project on track and on budget. 

The new kitchen is bright, spacious, and super functional! Instead of the original U-shaped layout with peninsula, the new kitchen is an L-shape with a single-level island and a long section of new storage cabinetry across the room. The added space from the home addition helped to transform the small kitchen into a new room that can be used as a kitchen, dining room, drop zone, home office, and even laundry room! Kitchen remodel in Alpha, IL with Linen White and Zinc painted Dura Supreme cabinetry and Cambria quartz. | villagehomestores.com

That’s right! An incredible home office desk area is just across the room from the new kitchen. A wall-mounted TV and banjo-shaped countertop for a seated desk area helps to use every inch of space available. The light fixture you see hanging above indicates where the new casual dining table will be located.
Kitchen remodel with desk area in Alpha, IL Painted Dura Supreme cabinetry and Cambria quartz in the Berwyn design are featured. | villagehomestores.com

But why TWO tall pantry cabinets for this couple? Well… that’s the laundry room we mentioned! These pantry fronts have been ordered to match the new kitchen but open to reveal a brand new pair of front-load laundry from our Maytag line!

Remodeling to include laundry in a more convenient and accessible area of your home is a fantastic feature anyone at any age or ability can appreciate. Any time you can place laundry in a main level of a home, you create a safer user experience. Plus no bending over or lifting because each unit is installed on top of a raised pedestal for easier loading and unloading. 

(Pardon the cute dog “photobomb” above in the left corner) So much capacity in the laundry pair plus great storage in this hidden laundry area. The pedestals are actually drawers that slide open for detergent storage and even small laundry baskets can fit within. Above the laundry are two deep sections of pantry storage perfect for bulk items. There is even a broom closet cabinet between the laundry and desk area. 

Another age-at-home feature that can be appreciated by users of any age and ability is a raised dishwasher. Who loves to bend down to load an unload a dishwasher? Nobody! Raising it up to a more comfortable height can be a design choice you are thankful for on a daily basis. This KitchenAid dishwasher is super quiet at just 46 dba and even has a third level rack for washing utensils, cutlery, and lids. 

The cabinetry in this kitchen is from our Dura Supreme line in the Full-Overlay Hudson door and painted “Linen White” finish. The center panels of the hood cabinet have been given a beaded panel to compliment the beaded back of the kitchen island. The island cabinetry is painted in a “Zinc” gray finish. Our bestselling Diode LED undercabinet lighting helps to illuminate the new kitchen backsplash and switches and outlets from our stylish Adorne series by legrand. The main tile is a 3×6 subway tile in a brick lay pattern with and accent strip at the center. The fun accent tile is by Florida Tile and is Streamline Ivy series in the Shadow Gray color.
Glass Subway Tile in brick lay pattern with ivy accent tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is great storage throughout the new kitchen layout. Below is a photo showing our bestselling corner cabinet option, a lazy susan without center pole. Fixed shelves with rotating susan trays allow sturdy access to the full corner. This client has their pots and pans stored right in reach of the new gas range.

Whirlpool’s front-control gas range is a sleek and functional model. This unit includes convection features and 5.8 cu.ft. of capacity in the oven. The rack systems inside of our ovens have improved so much over the years to help you use the space better. Ask you appliance salesperson at Village Home Stores to show you the inside layout of the range you are shopping with us. You will be surprised at how usable the space can be.
Kitchen remodel in Alpha Illinois with Whirlpool slide in range n Stainless Steel. | VillageHomeStores.com

A shelf microwave is placed in a tall cabinet and a wood hood with blower insert is above the new range. Ask your kitchen designer about all of the hood options you have for your new kitchen design. Not everyone has to do a chimney style or microwave hood. We have many options available.  Kitchen remodel in Alpha Illinois with Stainless Steel Appliances from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

One of our favorite storage cabinets in the new kitchen is a spice rack that can open and be accessed right from the user at the range. Dura Supreme has hundreds of great storage solutions available. If you have a specific item or small appliances that you want to include as a part of your kitchen design just ask! We can help keep you organized and your counters clear of clutter with a well-planned design.

A counter depth refrigerator model is always a great way to keep a kitchen plan open and pathways clear. This french door model from Whirlpool is great with an internal water dispenser and incredible interior shelf storage. We just love how the Stainless Steel finish looks in this bright white and gray kitchen.

A counter-depth refrigerator model, along with the added space from the room addition allowed us to provide generous pathway allowances between the kitchen counters and the new kitchen island. As you can see below, there is about a 45″ distance in this L-shape of pathway within the kitchen. Kitchen remodel with painted Dura Supreme cabinetry and Cambria quartz in the Berwyn design are featured. Materials and remodel project management from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The countertop edge itself adds an element of style to the new kitchen. An “Ogee” edge profile has been applied to Cambria Quartz in the Berwyn design.  This edge profile is always impressive in person because the light catches the edge as you walk in and around the kitchen. The Ogee edge is a great way to dress up a subtle or neutral colors countertop.  The radius corners and overhang curve of the island top help to soften the look of the space.

There is a wonderful new kitchen island in the new design. Plenty of seating on the back side for two plus great storage facing the inside of the kitchen. Two large drawer stacks with some including an adjustable pegboard dish storage interior. For some, this is a great way to store dishes and bowls. It allows you a more comfortable way to lift up from a drawer and not down from a high wall cabinet. Kitchen remodel with painted Dura Supreme cabinetry and Cambria quartz in the Berwyn design are featured. Peg drawer insert. | VillageHomeStores.com

We also included an outlet on the end of the kitchen island. This makes it easier for small appliance use or even plugging in laptops or chargers if a user is seated at the island. Between the two large drawer stacks is a narrow spice drawer cabinet. These drawers may look cute and decorative to you but they can be very functional! This client had one dedicated to medications and vitamins and another for toys and goodies for the grandkids.

All of these gorgeous new finishes and design changes make life more comfortable for everyone in the home, including these two sweet pups. They love their new Permastone luxury vinyl flooring from our Tarkett line. 6 x 48″ planks in the Tundra finish are perfect for laying in a sunbeam and watching birds and wildlife outside their new sliding glass door.  

If you love this blog tour then be sure to check out the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Plus be sure to tune in for the Village Home Show Sunday mornings at 9am on WQAD in the Quad Cities region. You will see this kitchen among many other beautiful before and after stories local to you. If you are ready to start the conversation about your own remodel transformation from our store, your first step is to just reach out to us. Call us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will reach out to you.