What We Saw At World of Whirlpool in Chicago

Village Home Stores sales team visits the World of Whirlpool facilities in Chicago IL for product training.

Last week we were invited to join a few other Illinois sales teams from small businesses like ours at the World of Whirlpool training facilities in Downtown Chicago, IL. Our commitment to ongoing product training is why our customers find such an added value in working with Village Home Stores. There are new features introduced all of the time and it is our passion to help you find the right appliances for your budget and your lifestyle. We also want to be available to help you use your new appliances confidently once you have them installed. Training events like this keep our team savvy and knowledgeable for you.

White and black kitchen with Sunset Bronze appliances in the World of Whirlpool experience center in Chicago, IL
The Village Home Stores team visited the World of Whirlpool experience for immersive appliance product training in Chicago, IL.

We try and send our team to product training 1-2 times a year but we have never experienced a training quite like the one we had last week! Two full days of hands-on product demonstrations and chances everywhere we went to use and experiment with the features we were learning about. Product training in the appliance industry is not just about learning what the new finishes and features are, tech in the kitchen has completely changed the game!

Smart Home And Connected Kitchen Tech

Village Home Stores team is excited to be on board with all of these exciting ways you can add tech to your own home kitchen experience. Scan-to-cook, voice control timers and settings, and ingredient recognition. These are not “kitchen of the future” terms, they are available right now! Many of the appliance models we trained on from Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool have “connected” features. Whirlpool has launched an entire line of connected appliance products and they had a huge kitchen setup installed for our team to explore and train with.

The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest in smarthome appliances.
The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest plus what’s to come with smarthome appliances.

I was really excited to train on and operate all of the new Whirlpool Smart Appliances. We learned so many ways they can help simplify our lives

-Tammy Clark, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Tablet connected to smart appliances from Whirlpool
The Village Home Stores appliance team gets hands-on training with Whirlpool’s smarthome connected appliances.

Getting this hands-on training with models we don’t typically get to see and use is a priceless opportunity for our team. Connected appliances are new to everyone so we are just as intrigued and curious as you! The apps and screens on the appliances are all very easy to use and give you options for how you are guided to use them. You can even favorite recipes and settings so that your appliances can adapt to you personally and help to simplify your life.

Hands-On Appliance Training

Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.

Resident Chef for Whirlpool brands Ann Nolan trained us on the chrome-infused griddles found on our KitchenAid commercial-style cooking products. We learned about the many benefits of this even-heat griddle including how easy it is to clean. There is no “seasoning” to worry about and we saw first hand that the non-porous surface cleans up very easily! Have a chrome-infused griddle from us? Check out this quick video Chef Ann made showing you the steps to clean it up easily.

Chef Ann Nolan teaching how to clean the griddle surface after use.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to clean the griddle surface after use.

Wall Ovens Guaranteed to “FIT”

Our team trained heavily on freestanding ranges and wall ovens beginning with a refresh of the FIT System Install Guarantee. Did you know that with the FIT system you can replace your existing 27″ or 30″ wide wall ovens and Whirlpool guarantees it will fit in your existing opening!? That is some valuable piece of mind when shopping. We had a chance to install a wall oven using the versatile FIT brackets and trim kit just to try it out!

A group training with the FIT system risers and trim kits for wall oven installs
The FIT system for wall ovens. This system of trim kits and risers guarantee that replacement wall ovens in standard 27″ and 30″ widths will work in existing openings.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

My favorite part of training was the undercounter icemaker. It was cool to see the difference between ice from that versus an ice dispenser in a refrigerator. Also, the pizza was awesome.

-Seth Owen, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Row of undercounter appliances from KitchenAid installed in a kitchen island.
For those who love to cook and entertain, KitchenAid offers a wide variety of undercounter appliances. Beverage coolers, icemakers, and even drawer refrigeration units.

The pizza Seth is referencing was our off-site event for the evening. The Whirlpool Corporation took us on a Chicago Pizza Tour and it was an absolute dream! If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to see the city, (and if you can throw down on at least 2 lbs. of pizza in a few hours), we highly recommend it! But back to that icemaker Seth was talking about. Who wouldn’t love restaurant quality ice in your own home? Doesn’t that sound amazing? Ice is the only element you can add to something that elevates the experience without altering the flavor! They showed us what a different Clear Ice can make! Press play below to see this fun exercise we did comparing Clear Ice to regular ice from the freezer:

The KitchenAid Clear Ice in these undercounter models produce the most preferred ice in the industry! These icemakers are available in 15″ and 18″ wide models and they come backed by a 2 year warranty. They can be ordered panel-ready to give a built-in look for your kitchen design and the articulating door hinge allows it to be installed flush with the cabinetry and not stick out. We had some extensive cooktop training on both gas and induction cooktops which led to a very important training topic: ventilation!

KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.
KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.

Kitchen Ventalation

Are you a serious home chef? Have you ever burned something in the kitchen? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you know how important kitchen ventilation is. Proper ventilation can help you filter heat, odor, grease, and smoke from your cooking space. A great new feature just launched is the Auto Turn On option on some vent hoods. This allows you to take the guesswork out of when to use your hood because it will just turn on when needed. We were blown away by this demo we experienced showcasing ventalation options from the KitchenAid Commercial line. Press play below to see some boosted vent power:

That is a 20 lb. cabinet door and just a 600CFM hood!!! Not even the most powerful hood we have available. Have questions about how much CFM power you need? Our team will work with you to pair your cook surface’s BTU’s and consider the location and your cooking habits when helping you select the right ventilation investment for your kitchen. A few months ago we met Chef Ann Nolan in Nashville and she was showcasing a brand new product on the EXPO floor of that show. Last week we were able to dive into more detailed training for it.

KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments

Wall oven with KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments
The KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments. Shown stacked to store inside of the oven cavity.

The KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments is one of the most exciting new appliance products we have seen in years! This wall oven can be used for standard baking and convection baking… but plug one of these powered attachments in and you have the ability to crisp, steam, and even grill in your wall oven! If you love the cooking process this wall oven will take your time in the kitchen to a whole new level. Imagine steaming an entire meal in a single pan, or making 3 racks or ribs any time of the year!?! There are even pre-programmed recipes in the wall oven to encourage you to experiment with your new attachments and they guide you through the entire process. You can even set a “flip” reminder for your burgers! You can read more about the SmartOven+ and see Chef Ann grilling with it here in a past blog post.

Matte Black KitchenAid mixer shown with many front attachments.
What inspired the new Smart Oven system from KitchenAid with powered attachments? The front port KitchenAid mixer of course!

One thing we learned last week that really stuck with us about this wall oven product is the inspiration for it. The KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic. Not just within the Whirlpool brands of products, but in kitchens across the globe. What makes the stand mixer successful and has kept it relevant all of these years is the ability to add new and exciting attachments to any mixer base. The front port of a stand mixer (see above) can transform to suit so many tasks. That same concept was what drove the design of the port for the powered attachments of this SmartOven+ unit. The base “plugs” into the back of the wall oven and you stack whatever attachment you are using on top. A gravity-close cover seals the opening when an attachment isn’t in use.

Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.
Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.

Another exciting thing about this product is that KitchenAid included Chef Ann in the conversation while developing this product! She was able to make design notes and suggestions (like the sloped back wall of the grill pan and baking stone for utensil use) and she even developed the recipes programmed into the unit! Do you love being the first in your family or neighborhood to have fun and exiting new things but worry they will become outdated? Don’t worry here! Any powered attachment KitchenAid launches moving forward will work with this wall oven unit. And yes, there are others in the works!

Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish installed in an on trend kitchen with open shelves and copper accents.
Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish.

The entire facility at World of Whirlpool was absolutely incredible. Both days we were treated to a chefs tasting 3 course lunch all prepared in the test kitchens on site. There were so many beautiful displays and believe it or not, we didn’t even see everything there even after two days of training! We don’t want to share every single detail from our trip because we will be unpacking some of these things in more detail on upcoming episodes of the Village Home Show.

Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen at World of Whilpool in Chicago, IL
Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen.

Our team also trained on Maytag products, all brands of dishwashers, refrigeration, baking drawers, the new low-profile microwaves, laundry products and more! See and learn more about the low-profile microwave hoods here in a past blog post. Tammy even got to snap a selfie with the Maytag Man!

Tammy poses with the Maytag Man at the selfie station.

We trained on Whirlpool and Maytag laundry products and even saw the single unit Smart All-In-One Washer/Dryer from Whirlpool! This slim, ventless unit can be installed almost anywhere! Think how amazing it would be to wash a load right in your master closet! Learn more and shop this model here at villagehomestores.com

Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room with subway tile and a farm sink
Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room. Maytag appliances available to the Quad Cities region with our Local Low Price Guarantee at Village Home Stores.

The building where World of Whirlpool us located is a landmark in itself! The Reid Murdoch Building is a historic and important building in the river-facing skyline of Downtown Chicago. We got a tour of the top clocktower one sunny afternoon and the views were amazing! It was such a busy and informative training trip but we had such a great group to train with! It is always so much fun to meet teams from stores just like ours who value the customer experience and seek to provide the best service and products for their neighbors.

A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.
A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.

The training and hospitality we were given from the Whirlpool Corporation was top-notch. We can’t thank them enough for including our store in this training opportunity. It is our honor to continue to earn our title of the Quad Cities Regional experts on appliances. If you are shopping for appliances and are not quite sure what is right for you, reach out to our team! There are hundreds of products out there and we can help you narrow your options down to what is right for you and your budget. If you have questions or would like for one of our team members to prepare a quote for you, just complete this short form online and we will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Appliance staff training at World of Whirlpool

Eldridge Iowa Bathroom Remodel With Laundry Area

Did you know that Village Home Stores services the entire extended Quad Cities Region? What does that mean exactly? It means that our showroom in Geneseo, IL us really just a short drive away from many cities in the surrounding Illinois and Iowa area. Eldridge Iowa is a wonderful example of one of those cities. In recent years we have had our design and product installed in both new and existing homes there. This week’s feature project is a remodeled Master Bathroom just 35 miles away from our showroom in Eldridge. Take a look at this great new space.

Bath vanity before and after in an Eldridge, Iowa bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We have replaced the single sink vanity area with a double-bowl layout. Cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Bristol” door and Maple wood species. Our bestselling gray neutral “Fog” paint is applied with Satin Nickel Bremen handles. A closet area has been converted to a stylish laundry nook inside the Master Bath. Wall cabinetry hangs above a front-load washer and dryer from our Maytag line. Having laundry located on the main level of a home can be such a convenience! And with these front-loaders now located in the Master Suite of the home, sorting and putting away laundry is just steps from the machines. We also installed a wall of cabinetry opposite the washer and dryer that includes a tall cabinet and a hanging rail.

Maytag front load laundry and fog gray panted cabinetry in an Eldridge, Iowa master bath laundry room remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Pedestals raise the washer and dryer up to a level that is ideal for loading and unloading the machines. Each pedestal opens up to provide more storage. They even fit short, rectangle-style laundry baskets within! This laundry pair is a powerhouse for any household! Backed by Maytag’s 10 Year Limited Parts Warranty with coverage on the Direct Drive Motor, Washer Basket, and Drum. Large capacity, steam settings, and a refresh cycle make them a great choice for a front load pair. We have installed new floor tile throughout the bathroom. It is a 12″x 24″ Amelia tile in the “Mist” color. This same tile is used as the wall tiles in a new custom shower area. We snapped a photo of the new shower before the custom door was installed:

Custom tiled shower with wall niches in an Eldridge, Iowa master bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Aren’t those custom wall niches great!? Symmetrical shelves make it easy to separate and store toiletries and soaps. The accent tile used as the shower floor, bench, and inside of these niches is also banded around the shower walls. The 2″ x 2″ basket-weave tile is from the same Ameila series as the wall tiles but in the contrasting “Carbon” color. We love how the bench area looks like it just waterfalls down into the shower floor in this home.

Custom tiled shower with bench in an Eldridge, Iowa master bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A Delta shower head and removable hand wand was installed for the new shower. Notice that the wand is adjustable for location and it is attached to a grab bar for added safety.

Custom tiled shower in an Eldridge, Iowa master bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Including grab bars in a bathroom remodel is a wise investment for any home no matter your age or ability. Age-at-home features like these grab bars add a level of safety for all users and certainly add a priceless piece of mind to your remodel selections once everything is installed and finished.

Custom tiled shower with grab bar in an Eldridge, Iowa master bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We included another storage area above the new toilet in the bathroom. These stand-alone cabinets are called “toilet toppers” and typically include an open shelf space as well as a concealer door area for toilet paper and other items to be stored out of sight.

Toilet topper bath cabinet in an Eldridge, Iowa bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Next to the toilet is a great example of our Radiant series of switches and outlets. Notice how this series has no visible screws!? We love that clean look and detail. This series has many great options including a nightlight (shown off/on below).

Wall switch with nightlight in an Eldridge, Iowa master bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

In keeping with the other clean and fresh material selections, a marble-look quartz counter was installed to replace the original navy blue cultured marble top. This color is the Carrara Grigio design with an undermounted Caxton sink. A quartz backsplash and endsplashes complete the look.

Q Quartz Cararra Grigio vanity top in an Eldridge, Iowa master bathroom remodeled start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Are you ready to start the conversation about your own before and after story with us? The Village Home Stores team can help as little or as much as you need. Have your own contractor or want to do the work yourself? That’s wonderful! We can provide you with design and materials for your project. If you would like to have us handle it all for you from start to finish, that is where we excel! Our remodel process is designed to help your project stay on schedule and on budget. If you are ready to get started on a remodel with us just reach out! Call us at 309 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will reach out.

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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