Bettendorf, IA: Rustic Beech Lower Level Wet Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geneseo, IL- Basement Bar

We don’t just create amazing kitchen and bathroom designs at Village Home Stores. There are many other types of spaces in your home that a custom design might be needed for. The home bar is a fantastic example of one of these spaces. Sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name. If you are lucky enough to have a bar this amazing in your own basement…. you had better believe a LOT of folks will want to know your name! Grab a drink and let’s take a look around.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

This Geneseo, IL basement bar remodel brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “nah. I think I’ll just have some friends over and watch the game here”. Why would you ever have to go out when you have this at home? Truth is… you rarely even see real taverns with as beautiful of a custom bar anymore. Home bar design by Village Home Stores.

The barkeep here happens to be a bit of a Georgia Bulldogs fan but with a little bit of imagination you can picture it done up with your own team’s swag. Custom Rustic Cherry cabinetry has been distressed and a “Mocha” stain with “Black” accent glaze has been applied. The “Seneca” raised-panel doorstyle was used on the bar cabinetry. This raised-panel look is perfect for a Traditional styled bar created with the Koch Classic cabinetry.

Home bar featuring Georgia Bulldogs memorabilia. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main cabinets included in this home bar are only visible to the bartender himself. The most important view of this space is as a guest. The bar can comfortably seat 6 at the bar-height top and two more at the counter height top (shown above). behind those barstools are custom wainscot panels that perfectly compliment the cabinetry on the interior and back bar of the space.Wainscoting bar ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Wainscot panels are divided up with fluted column details and decorative wood corbel supports. As we share time and time again on this blog, details always make the design. Details you can see and appreciate plus details you can use and appreciate. Having a bar rail on the lower section of this bar helps make it really look complete.Including a bar rail on your project looks great and is so fantastic as a seated guest! Having a place to rest your feet when sitting at that height for extended amounts of time is important in making visitors feel comfortable. stainless_bar_rail

Traditional polished brass bar rail is still available but and updated look is created here by using a Stainless Steel bar rail system. Another detail that most female guests can appreciate are the purse hooks that were added just below the countertop overhang.purse_hook_on_bar

These hooks are very necessary in public establishments as a way to keep your handbag within reach and away from sticky floors. This home bar is very well kept so sticky floors are not a problem. Instead,the purse hooks are a thoughtful detail. Lets take a look at the back bar area that bar patrons can see.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

The wall has been fit with open shelves for bar accessories and memorabilia plus glass shelves for bottles and glassware. A 15″ wide built-in ice maker from KitchenAid provides uniform 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ sized cubes. What looks like a tall pantry cabinet to the left of the ice maker is actually access to the real “back of the house”. Press play below to see this walk-through pantry front that is an entrance to the storage area of the lower level.

As you turn the corner, a 27″ wide built-in combination microwave and wall oven has been included in the design. With a lot of guests you will need to feed them. This microwave and oven are perfect for helping with that task. Directly across from the oven on the counter-height bar is a small 2-burner electric cooktop perfect for prepping food and serving guests. Two-burner electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.comThis smooth cooktop takes up a small amount of space but adds a lot of function to this area of the home bar. The countertops installed on the bar are a granite named “Saturnia”. In place of a polished look to the stone, a “brushed” finish has been used. This creates a more matte look and enhances the texture and patterns of the stone. Of course with all the food and drinks getting served at this bar you will need a bar sink. Bar sink in a home bar designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comA single well Stainless Steel undermount sink is fit with a faucet and pullout sprayer. A garbage disposal button has been included to the left of the faucet. A tilt-out tray on the false drawer below the sink keeps sponges and dishrags out of sight when not in use. Of course cleaning up after entertaining is always made easier with a dishwasher. This 24″ KitchenAid is so quiet you could even have it running while entertaining. lighted_glass_shelvesA mirrored back wall and glass shelves make for an impressive display for memorabilia and bottles. Glassware can also look great in this application. A colorful light system was installed behind the glass shelves to illuminate the wall in the evening. Adding mirror is a great way to open up any space.KitchenAid beverage cooler in bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

A glass-front beverage cooler is accessed near the cooktop area below the lower counter height top. This cooler from KitchenAid can be used as a built-in (shown here in our design) or freestanding. The same is true of the 15″ ice maker.Georgia Bulldogs home bar. | VillageHomeStores.comThere is an impressive amount of space behind the bar. Great storage including sliding shelves, pullout trash bins, and drawers for tools and towels. For a large crowd there is even extra seating on the interior of the bar. All this seating plus pool, shuffleboard, a game table, and a walk-out to the backyard fire pit. Why would you ever need to go anyplace else but home? Another great element are the fluted columns that stretch from the bartop to the tray ceiling. Fluted columns in a home bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This same fluting detail can be found dividing the wainscot panels on the back of the bar. The carved wood corbel supports and fluted details are enhanced with the accent glaze that has been layered over the stain. This rich cherry wood, gorgeous granite tops,  and all of the design details create a home bar that outshines many of the public spaces opening up nowadays. We really love helping our customers make the most of their experiences at home. We love helping provide the perfect setting and creating spaces that bring people together. Cheers to these clients for welcoming us in to show you around this unforgettable home bar. custom_bar_cabinetsLooking for other great ideas for your home bar? Be sure to check out our ideabook on Houzz and our board on Pinterest for inspiration. Plus see the full album of photos from this home bar here on our Houzz page. We also want to raise a glass to Evergreen Custom Homes who installed this design and did a fantastic job. Are you ready to start the conversation about your own home bar design? Contact us today for an appointment. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out on our website and one of our designers will be in touch to start the process. Village_phone_number

Taylor Ridge Remodel: Traditional Style in a Rustic Setting

Like so many of our most successful kitchen transformation stories, this one includes the removal of a wall to open up the existing kitchen space to create a more open concept for the home. We loved this remodel project so much that we featured this kitchen on an episode of the Village Home Show. Also included in this episode is a tour of the adjacent bathroom that includes a Laundry area on the main floor. Main kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

Living through a complete kitchen remodel can be quite a process. Kitchen remodels are so rewarding once complete, but they do take some time. Great kitchen transformations like this don’t happen overnight. Watch this episode of the Village Home Show and see how this space was transformed from start to finish.

As you saw in the video above, much of the work done to this kitchen happened before any of the new cabinetry was installed. Just look at this wall that was in the way of the original space:Before and after remodel iin Taylor Ridge by Village Home Stores

By removing that wall the new kitchen is now a part of the front living room and natural light can pour in from all directions. This pair of Taylor Ridge newlyweds were not just challenged with the space restrictions of the existing kitchen, they also had a mix of personal styles that they wanted to be addressed. Located up on the sweeping hills of Taylor Ridge, the couple wanted to be sure to nod to the rustic setting even though their personal tastes were more timeless and Traditional.

Kitchen remodel with island by Village Home Stores

Their designer from Village Home Stores was excited to get to work on finding them the perfect selection or materials to give the right finished look to the space. Of course the look and feel of the new kitchen is only a fraction of what makes it a well-designed kitchen. The function of the design is most important, especially in your kitchen. Let’s start by looking at the layout of the new design.Design rendering by Village Home Stores

In the case of this kitchen, spreading out into the new space and adding areas for prep, storage and entertaining were key. A large island in the center of the design checks off all of these boxes. Even with the new large island in place, there is still plenty of room for a full dining room table on the opposite end of the room. Kitchen island by Village Home Stores

A single level island was designed with adequate seating space for four (plus plenty of leaning up to and chatting space for many more). The island includes storage accessible from three sides and decorative paneling and trim all around it to give the look of a large furniture piece. This leaves the view seen buy guests Traditional and stylish from every angle.Appliances by Village Home Stores

The island side facing the kitchen user includes the dishwasher and built-in microwave drawer. The entire package of kitchen appliances is from Village Home Stores and includes a 29 cu. ft. refrigerator and double oven gas range from KitchenAid. A Sharp microwave drawer, and Broan hood insert have also been installed. With the dishwasher and microwave facing the sink and a wood hood in place of a stainless unit, there is less Stainless Steel in the overall first impression. This keeps the look updated but Traditional without having to invest in panel-ready appliances. Outlets in island by Village Home Stores

With an island this large you will want to use it for many tasks. An outlet is camouflaged discretely on the end facing the cooking wall of the kitchen.  Now small appliances can be used for prep and entertaining.
Cabinet end panel by Village Home Stores

Moving the refrigerator to the opposite wall helps to keep all of the main kitchen appliances in one zone of the kitchen.  The large kitchen island is located right in front of the refrigerator to provides plenty of space for loading and unloading items. With the largest appliance to the left of the sink, that frees up the entire other wall for a chance to create a dramatic look for the new kitchen. two-tone kitchen by Village Home Stores

Above the new double oven gas range is a wood hood with decorative corbels. Framed in by lighted glass-door cabinets on either side, this wall is the focal point of the entire room. Walking in the front door your eyes lock on this area right away! The main tile throughout this kitchen is glass subway tile appropriately named “Truffle” by Ann Sacks. The mosaic inset above the range is is from Epic Stone. This mosaic perfectly combines the colors of the field tile, Cambria Quartz countertops, and wall cabinetry. scrolled corbells by Village Home Stores

This scrolled corbel style helps anchor a Traditional style to the overall look. The painted “Pearl” finish on Koch’s “Royale” doorstyle has been accented with an “Umber” glaze perfectly showcased here on the corbels. You may have noticed the contrasting island of this kitchen but did you notice the other bold contrast of this look …?dark base lower and light upper cabinets by Village Home Stores

The base cabinetry of this entire kitchen is a rich “Mocha” stain while all of the upper cabinetry and refrigerator surround is in the “Pearl” painted finish. This may be a bold concept to hear described to you but look at it in action here! The upper cabinets seem to almost “float” above and give the whole room a larger feel. This contrasting concept can be executed for all styles from Contemporary to Old World.spice cabinent by Village Home Stores

A pullout spice rack is accessible just to the right of the double oven gas range. these spice cabinets are available for both base units and wall units.

Just to the right of this wall is the hallway that is now easily accessible from the open kitchen, dining, and living room. Sliding barn door in kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores

A handcrafted custom barnwood door by Character Interiors has been installed on sliding hardware that includes a lock on the interior. Behind this barndoor is a large double vanity bathroom with a tub shower and front-load laundry from Maytag. In the episode posted above in this post we give a full tour of this new bathroom space. Across the way, an unused corner of the original kitchen has now been given a brand new look.

hutch before and after remodel by Village Home Stores

This built-in hutch cabinet helps extend the kitchen cabinetry into the dining space and give a customized look. The lighted top section of the wall cabinet provides a fantastic ambient light source and a space for displaying items. wood countertop by Village Home Stores

A custom wood top has been installed in the same finish as the island and base cabinetry from the main kitchen. This helps tie the rich “Mocha” stain into the hutch area but keeps the entire section looking like a Traditional sideboard cabinet. Our Diode LED undercabinet system is installed underneath the painted cabinetry and inside of the glass-front wall cabinets. With a dimmer switch function added, these efficient lights can be used all day every day no matter what the mood is. cage light by Village Home Stores

There are two other great lighting zones in this gorgeous new space. This Dining 4-light chandelier is from our Golden line. Exposed bulbs in clear glass caged in a dark finish keeps the light from seeming to large. You can see through it into the new kitchen and pendents just beyond it. pendant lighting by Village Home Stores

These 3 pendant fixtures are from our Minka-Lavery line. Hanging pendants above an island can be done in so many ways. we love the look here of a cluster of lights hung at varied heights. The visible filament of the “Edison” style bulbs and varied heights here help lend a more whimsical feel and add rustic Old World charm.sink remodel before and after by Village Home Stores

Timeless and classic, but with a nod to the rustic setting of this countryside Taylor Ridge home. This kitchen turned out gorgeous! See the full album of photos from this project over here on our Houzz.com portfolio. We were so thrilled to feature this Quad Cities remodel story here on teh blgo and on our TV Show. Do you have your dream kitchen in mind but need a team that can make it look AND function perfectly? Let Village Home Stores make your dream kitchen a reality. Call or contact us today to get started.

Rock Island Remodel: Bigger & Brighter

A Full Kitchen Remodel Managed from Start to Finish By Village Home Stores.

before_photoThe “before” story of this remodel looks like many kitchens throughout the Quad Cities. White laminated thermofoil cabinetry was extremely popular years ago and commonly paired with black, gray, and white color schemes. In its time this was a pretty incredible look in kitchen design. Also common in this era was the look of soffits above the cabinetry. This kitchen in Rock Island is ready for an update…

Kitchen_Contractor_Rock_Island…and talk about a transformation! This bigger and brighter new kitchen in Rock Island, IL is gorgeous and seems to have almost doubled in size! See this full video tour on this episode of the Village Home Show. Just press play below.

sharp_microwaveThis space has been updated with a design that is timeless and sophisticated. “Pearl” painted cabinetry with an “Umber” glaze from our Koch Classic line  is paired with Cambria quartz in the “Buckingham” design. Stainless steel appliances by KitchenAid are built-in for a customized look. In place of a countertop or microwave hood,  an over-the-counter microwave by Sharp is installed above the drop zone at the entry of the kitchen. This over-the-counter style is a wonderful option when a built-in look is desired.

remodeling_quad_citiesThe entire kitchen is finished in the painted “Pearl” color but the new eat-in area now within the front room is paneled in  a”Mocha” stain. There is a certain richness and sophistication with this contrast and the bar stools are the perfect choice to balance the light and dark colors together.

kitchen_design_Rock_IslandWith the location of the dining room table now moved into the front room, there is space for a beautiful new hutch area. Take a look at a birdseye view of the overall design for the new kitchen:

kitchen_design_rock_islandYou can see in this new design how adding the new hutch area creates an extension of the new kitchen on that back wall and helps the entire kitchen footprint seem much larger. These homeowners in Rock Island, IL chose to work with Village Home Stores because they wanted to open up the existing space and create one large finished space. They also were wanting someone that could schedule and manage the entire process for them. This type of project is exactly why we offer our Project Management services to our customers.

remodel_timelineRemodeling a kitchen or bathroom is not something that you do every year. In many cases it is something you may only do once in a lifetime. At Village Home Stores this is what we do every day. We can help you as little or as much as you would like. If you just need a design and materials for your project we are here for you and if you want someone to take care of it all from start to finish we are here as well. See the entire album of the before, during and after photos over on our Facebook page here.

kitchen remodel before and afterIn the case of this Rock Island remodel there were multiple crews needed to achieve the end result these homeowners were wanting. We managed everything from start to finish. This includes coordinating a “meeting of the minds” so to speak at your home early in the estimating process. Our project manager can then get accurate estimates and schedule a timeline for your project based on a realistic and efficient use of everyone’s time.

kitchen_design_in_Quad_CitiesThe new kitchen sink and countertop pairs perfectly with the warm Travertine tile backsplash. Every permanent element to this new kitchen design remains neutral but the entire new overall space is playful and exciting. We love the bold artwork that faces the new front room. Plus the new dining room light fixture is a statement in itself. 

lighting_store_quad_citiesThis sparkling “Lucia” fixture from Feiss is stunning in person. It looks gorgeous when off and breathtaking when lit. Our lighting team can help you create the perfect lighting plan for your entire space. We have thousands of fixtures to select from and they will help you find just the right one. You can notice when you look beyond this light that the old soffits were also removed when the wall was opened up.

Contractor_Rock_IslandNow the new cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling. If you didn’t guess from the artwork, the dogbowls above may be a dead giveaway that a dog lives here. Those big dogbowls suggest that “Tucker” has a pretty big appetite. But who wants to take up so much space in that beautiful new pantry cabinet for a bog bin of dog food? Take a look at what feature was worked into the kitchen design instead…

pet_food_storageThis pull-out cabinet includes a covered insert for pet food storage. Now dog food can be stored within reach but out of sight. When we made a little video clip of this cabinet in action “Tucker” was very interested in his food cabinet opening up. Watch it here and keep a close eye on his ears perking up.

range and hoodWith the new cabinetry extending all the way to the ceiling there was not an opportunity to stagger the heights of the decorative wood hood in the new design. Instead a slight change in depth and an arched panel shelf above the cooktop create interest and allow space within it for a Broan hood insert. There was also an area down the hallway that was included in this new look.

hall_closetThis built-in linen cabinet was removed and replaced with matching cabinetry to the kitchen within sight of the hallway. We love how this project turned out and it was amazing how much of a difference it made right away to remove that section of wall and open up the new kitchen into the front room. This big bright room is now the place to be at it is so easy to picture it full of guests having a wonderful time.

cabinetry_Rock_IslandIf you are ready to start the conversation about your own remodel project give us a call or click here to make an appointment. Transforming spaces is what we love to do and we can’t wait to help you get your own dream kitchen. Village_kitchen