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. 

Hazelwood Homes- Open, Bright, Gray, and White in Moline, IL

Spring is finally here and this kitchen feature is truly a breath of fresh air! Open and bright with finishes that are gray and white. Take a look at the stunning kitchen in this new home built by Hazelwood Homes in Moline, IL.
A Moline, IL kitchen with white and gray painted cabinets and quartz tops. Design by Chris Robinson, Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Transitional in style with chic and glamorous details like marble and a touch of sparkle. This kitchen blends cool colors from a gray palette and a variety of textures. The perimeter cabinetry is painted white and the island is a painted “Fog” finish. The cabinetry is from our Koch line and the simple flat-panel “Prairie” door has been selected. A Moline, IL kitchen with appliances from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

The top section of cabinet doors have glass center panels for a clerestory look. Even with every surface from floor to ceiling covered, this range wall still stays feeling open and airy. Venetian Calcutta marble tiles in a subway tile shape fill the backsplash area and extend behind the chimney-style hood on up to the ceiling. A 30″ wide wall mount chimney hood with 400 CFM’s of power sits above a front-control slide-in gas range by Maytag®.
A Moline, IL kitchen with Venetian Calcutta subway tiles from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores

This front-control style range includes true convection features and fits any standard 30″ wide opening for an existing range. “Slide-in” ranges used to require special countertop installations and surroundings. With the new FIT System from Maytag®, this unit will slide right into an existing opening for a custom look without hassle. The look allows your tiled backsplash the full area to be showcased. Five gas burners on top and 5.8 cu. ft. of capacity inside the oven, this range is perfect for any serious cook. A Moline, IL kitchen with Maytag appliances from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Convection features offer up a consistent temperature and with an added third element surrounding the convection fan in this unit, the entire cavity can heat up faster. That means a faster preheat with Power Preheat! Convection is easier to use than you think. Just ask one of our expert sales team members about how it works. We included a full-depth refrigerator in this kitchen design (notice the projection out into the kitchen in image below). A Moline, IL kitchen with Maytag appliances from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores

In this design, there is no demand for a counterdepth model. Instead, a full 27 cu. ft. french door refrigerator is installed. Maytag®’s fingerprint resistant stainless steel keeps this entire appliance package looking brand new everyday. Press play below to take a closer look around this kitchen:

Such a beautiful space. The second wall of cabinetry includes the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and a window. That same fingerprint resist stainless finish is also on the dishwasher. Maytag® takes their warranty a step above others in the industry by including a 10 year warranty on the major components of an appliance (i.e. the cooktop burners, oven burners, cast-iron metal grates, refrigerator compressor, etc). Ask your Village appliance expert what is covered on your new Maytag® appliances! A Moline, IL kitchen with Maytag appliances by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Tile transitions and installation designs can be just as much or a decision as selecting the material. Our surface experts work with your kitchen designer to give you the best application of your selections for the best end result. The range wall in this kitchen is between two walls making it easy for tile to end. The sink wall required what is called a “Schluter® strip” (shown below).A Moline, IL kitchen with Venetian Calcutta subway tiles and schluter end strip from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This metal channel allows a clean edge for the tile and grout to end at. Available in many sizes and finishes, this element is available to be bid for all of our installed jobs as well as for our DIY and cash-and-carry customers. The kitchen island in this design has cabinetry facing the range wall and an overhanging area along the back for counter-height seating. A Moline, IL kitchen with painted gray cabinets from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

The back side has been fit with wainscot panels and two wooden legs on the ends give the island a furniture look. Outlets are tucked up beneath the overhang area for small appliance hookup when prepping or serving. The inside of the island also has a hidden secret…A Moline, IL kitchen with hidden microwave from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Fossil Gray quartz counters give an almost cement-like look to the kitchen’s perimeter and lets the pattern of the large island top shine. The kitchen island shown below measures roughly 8 1/2 feet x 3 feet in size. The Summerhilldesign by Cambria® Quartz is full of neutral grays and whites plus subtle sparkles. When shown in a large piece (like this island), it has a huge design impact.
A Moline, IL kitchen with Cambria Summerhill quartz tops from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Hanging above the kitchen island is a “Morgan” 8-light fixture from our Capital Lighting line. Sleek and chic, the Morgan light is a Polished Nickel finish with square K9crystal bases at each candlestick-like base. The light is the perfect size and scale for the island. With the caged design, it keeps the entire look open with a clear sight through to the kitchen.A Moline, IL home with stylish chrome lighting from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A smaller version of that same island light hangs right around the corner at the front door entry. Don’t forget that our new construction customers can bundle their purchases throughout our store to earn FREE lighting for their new home. Find details about this ongoing program here.A Moline, IL home with stylish chrome lighting from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

The flooring throughout this Moline, IL Great Room is an engineered wood floor from our Canoe Bay line. This American-made product comes backed by a limited 25 year warranty. The wide, long planks in this space offer a stunning stage for the whole Great Room to be showcased. A Moline, IL home with Canoe Bay engineered wood flooring from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the entire album of photos from this home here over on our award-winning Houzz pageThere you can see the bathrooms, many lighting selections, and even a lower level kitchenette area in this same home. If you are building a new home we are ready to help you make it into the space you have been dreaming about. We work with you and your builder to keep you on track and on budget. Contact the New Construction design team at Village Home Stores today. Located at 105 S State Street in Downtown Geneseo, IL call us at 309-944-1344 or email is at info@villagehomestores.com for an appointment. 

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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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 online.

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 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

Road Trip! Our 2016 Visit to Whirlpool in Amana, IA

Village Home Stores is proud to offer Whirlpool appliances to the Quad Cities region. We are able to say with great confidence that we carry products that are backed by U.S. manufacturing and jobs. Did you know that:

Whirlpool Corp. is the only full line appliance manufacturer based in the United States. They operate 9 US manufacturing plants in 5 different states.

Our staff  is so lucky to be located just a short drive away from one of those plants in Amana, Iowa. We have been able to participate in a product training and plant tour now for the past few years. Please excuse our attire for the factory tour, this is not a fashion blog folks.
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The plant we visited last week is home to all of the bottom-mount refrigeration operations as well as built-in refrigeration. This 2.1 Million square foot facility is huge! We clocked 1 3/4 miles on our factory tour alone. The water treatment facility for the plant also supplies the entire Amana Colonies with water. Whirlpool provides back-up power when needed for the region as well. This Amana, IA plant produces roughly 6,400 refrigerators a day! Pardon our pun but that’s pretty cool!
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First of all, say hello to Seth (shown above on left). He is our newest member of the Appliances staff and was able to join us this year for this Whirlpool training and tour event. In addition to our tour, we received product training on many new models and features being introduced in laundry and kitchen appliances. Shown below is one of those new features called an “under-shelf prep zone” which utilizes an un-used space for for marinating or other storage needs in this new refrigerator model. This same new refrigerator model includes TWO ice makers, each with the ability to produce 4.6 lb.s of ice. Just get a text that you are entertaining guests after the work day? No problem! You can program to have plenty of ice by the time you get home right from your mobile phone. We saw so many amazing new products! Many of these models are already at our store or on their way. shelf

View this current US Manufacturing Map from Whirlpool showing the locations and products represented in the 9 manufacturing plants in the US. Whirlpool Corporation currently employs 22,000 manufacturing workers. Whirlpool truly believes that “there is no right way to do a wrong thing” and has committed to this opportunity to stay in the US. For example, instead of moving freezer manufacturing to Mexico or China, Whirlpool has recently purchased an vacant factory in Ottawa, Ohio keeping thousands of jobs in Ohio and allowing another category of product manufacturing  to remain in the US.interior

10000cupcakesNo complaints that we were greeted the morning of training with cupcakes alongside our breakfast (see our Instagram post on the right when we caught Rob with a cupcake at 8am). We were thrilled to hear that KitchenAid is hosting their #10000cupcakes campaign again this year to benefit Susan G. Komen. You can help make a difference for this cause! Share a photo or video with @KitchenAidUSA on Instagram or Twitter and include #10000cupcakes and #donate. For every original photo or video posted KitchenAid will donate $1 to support the fight against breast cancer, up to $10,000. Join us in store Thursday October 27th from 4:30-7pm as part of our annual “Witches Night Out” celebration and decorate your own cupcake to snap a photo of. Be sure to follow us on Instagram here to see our own cupcake posts.vanilla_latte_cupcakes

Do you have a recent model of a Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, or KitchenAid bottom-freezer refrigerator in your kitchen? That unit was made just a short drive past Coralville in Amana, Iowa and we had the privilege to see the smiling faces that assembled it for you.Read about our trip to Amana last year here at this link. If you are interested in purchasing appliance brands that help support jobs in our own country, our expert sales staff is ready to help find the right product and features for your lifestyle and budget. Shop our products online anytime here on our website. Then give us a call or stop in the store to experience the award-winning customer experience at Village Home Stores.Village_Home_Stores (1)