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: Taupe Painted Cabinets and Marble Look Quartz

This week’s featured project is located at a new home built in Andalusia, IL by Hazelwood Homes. Kitchen design in the Midwest is trending toward open, airy, and inviting spaces. This layout and selection of materials is a perfect way to showcase a Transitional style with some farmhouse details.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A U-shape layout with a large single-level island. The walls are open and airy with just windows, a wood hood, and floating shelves. The other wall is home to the taller elements. A double-oven cabinet, refrigerator, and pantry area complete the U-shape. But that’s not just a pantry cabinet…
A walkin pantry front in an Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

…it’s a walk-through pantry front! This design gives the solid look of a cabinet custom fit to the wall in the kitchen. When the doors open, it reveal a walk-in pantry area that turns back behind the refrigerator space. So when seeing this beautiful open and airy look, don’t worry about the lack of wall cabinet storage. The huge pantry area provides so much shelf space!
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a stunning look! The customer arranged to have rustic wood surround the back of the kitchen island and the floating shelves in the same wood look perfect! We love the pairing of a smooth, solid finish painted cabinet with rustic details. The knotty wood adds character and texture to the space.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with floating rustic shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is so much to be said about being able to design a single-level kitchen island without a sink or cooktop in it. Just think of how many times in the last few Holiday weeks that you wished you had a large surface for working on. Cookie decorating, gift-wrapping, and serving food would all be amazing on this large island surface. There is even an overhang for counter-height seating.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with Carrara Grigio quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz in the “Carrara Grigio” color gives the look of a marble with the maintenance-free appeal. A classic and durable choice. The floating shelves and clear glass island pendants help keep the kitchen walls feeling open and airy. Another player in this is the custom wood hood above the cooktop.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and wood hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

We can create wood hoods to pair with any kitchen style. From simple and clean-lined looks like this, to ornate and decorative options. We have them all! Plus you can fit the interior of these hood with blower inserts of many types. You can customize your power and exhaust options all concealed within and the look is great!
Painted light gray / taupe cabinets by Koch Cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinets in this kitchen are a great new neutral option from our Koch line of cabinetry. The “Taupe” painted finish has been applied to a paint-grade maple in the Seneca door. The flooring this this kitchen is from our LW Mountain line. It is an Acacia handscraped engineered wood in a “Natural” finish. Ready to get started on your own dream kitchen like this? Your first step is to reach out. Our staff can walk you through the Village Home Stores process. Building a new home, or remodeling the one you are in? Either way we are your expert team! Contact us today by calling (309) 944-1344 or submit a message to us here online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Geneseo, IL- White Kitchen With Matte Black Granite Tops

We are so excited to share this kitchen feature with you because we know that this finished space is a perfect match to many of our reader’s own taste. When the term “Farmhouse” or “Modern Farmhouse” gets used that can truly mean a number of things. Just like any style term, it can mean something different to each person. But when your home has panoramic views of the Midwest countryside plus all of these great farmhouse details we think Modern Farmhouse is just the right fit.
Modern farmhouse style in a remodeled Geneseo, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

We hope to be able to share this full kitchen story on the Village Home Show sometime soon. And who are we kidding? You came here to see the finished kitchen! For the sake of this blog feature we do want to give you some sense of how far this space has come during the transformation. The original kitchen and dining room spaces were divided by a center wall. The cramped kitchen had cabinetry in a medium wood with dated countertops. Bottom line: the busiest room of the house did not match this family’s lifestyle or reflect their personal tastes. beforesThe complete Project Management program at Village Home Stores is available for those who are ready for not just the expert design and material selection, but our entire proven process. We coordinate everything from the very beginning until the final walk-through. Estimates are prepared in detail based on meetings involving ALL PARTIES. That helps to keep the scheduling and communication as seamless as possible once work begins. This kitchen remodel involved a full team of experts from Village Home Stores along with carpenters, electricians, plumbers, plasterworkers, flooring, and tile installers.duringThe end result is a show-stopping take on the Modern Farmhouse style. Now the kitchen has opened up into a large great room space including a dining room, a desk/bar area, and nearby family room. A long kitchen island provides a versatile space for storage, worksurface, and even dining. Farmhouse painted white kitchen remodeled by Quad Cities kitchen experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Natural light pours into the space from the sliding glass doors facing the back of the property. New light oak hardwood flooring has been installed throughout and it is the perfect platform to showcase the new kitchen and furnishings. The floor is from Hallmark Floors in their “Novella” series and “Twain” finish.
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The hardwood gives a natural look and feel to the room but without too much wild variation in color from plank to plank. Bright white painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the “Savannah” doorstyle. The classic, flat-panel door is the perfect choice for any Transitional kitchen space. This door is considered a “reversed center panel” door. That means that this center (flat) section is not thin or flimsy. Instead it is a thick, raised panel reverse-installed to make a very solid, sturdy door. An over-the-counter microwave by Sharp® includes 1100 watts and 1.5 cu. ft. capacity.
Sharp's over the counter microwave in a remodeled Geneseo, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Would you believe that a kitchen we are calling “Modern Farmhouse” doesn’t have a farm sink!?! It’s true! We think this kitchen checks all the right boxes without needing one! A Stainless Steel sink has been undermounted to the granite tops and a single drill kitchen faucet with pull-out sprayer has been installed.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with brushed Black Pearl granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main focal point of the back wall is the new chimney hood area. This 30″ wide Stainless hood extends all the way to the ceiling and so does the beautiful new tile. “Glossy White” Subway Tile from our Soho series in a classic 3″ x 6″ size has been installed throughout the kitchen. Installing the tile within this entire hood area creates a bright, glossy texture and the shape of the tile helps to draw your eye.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with stainless hood and subway tile all the way to ceiling. | VillageHomeStores.com

As a contrast to the white glossy tile, a matte finished granite has been selected for the kitchen counters. “Black Pearl” granite in the “Brushed” finish almost gives a leather look to the tops. Matte black accents are a huge trend moving into 2017 and in this kitchen that trend is made classic. A standard “Eased” edge has been applied to the granite slabs. Brushed finished granite add a touchable texture and help to soften the look of stone counters.
Brushed Black Pearl granite counters in a Modern Farmhouse style kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center island in the new space boasts a large countertop surface but also a lot of great storage below. Located at the very center of all activity it is the perfect place for pots and pans storage as well as small appliances and items for food prep. The top center drawer has been ordered to include a divided top drawer for flatware and cutlery.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with Koch cabinets and divided top drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

The base cabinets with doors have been fit with adjustable slide-out shelves. These are ideal for storing pots and pans or keeping other containers and dishes with lids organized. Having this kitchen island directly behind the range area creates a wonderful available surface for prep as well as unloading the double oven when needed.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with Koch cabinets and slideout shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

Outlets have also been installed on the end of the kitchen island for easy access for small appliances. These outlets aren’t only there for a mixer or blender…consider this island in your own home. Would you mind setting up your work-from-home office here or a homework station? If you need a device charged or a laptop plugged in the outlet is right there. It is important to note that many kitchen islands have become the center of ALL activity. That includes working for many people. If the island isn’t the right space to work at there is a desk area designated just across the room.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with desk and bar area. | VillageHomeStores.com

A stack of drawers and counter surface has been dropped down to “desk height” and this workspace is still within eyesight or earshot of anyone working in the kitchen. Two full-height door cabinets and a glass-front beverage cooler complete this wall of cabinetry with a versatile location perfect for entertaining. Setting up this counter as a beverage station will be perfect when guests are over. It will not be in the way of anyone working in the kitchen.  Now a cold drink is just a few steps inside from the patio doors.
Reclaimed barnwood floating shelves by collaboration from Reclaimed Salvage and Durian Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The carpentry work for this remodel was completed by the crew at Durian Builders. They teamed up with  Reclaimed Salvage who provided the reclaimed barnwood for these awesome floating shelves. We want to give a special shout out to the homeowner who also took on some projects for this remodel. The family room was given a new wall treatment and the pantry barn doors turned out amazing! We were so thrilled to help make this space better fit this family in function and style. They were wonderful to work with.farm-kitchen-style

See something in this kitchen that would be on your own dream kitchen wishlist? View the full album of over 50 photos from the kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz page. Do you love something special about this kitchen feature? Be sure to save any of these ideas to your own Pinterest boards or Houzz ideabooks. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own project give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and someone from our team will be in touch. footer

East Moline Remodel: A Bright and Beautiful Before & After

This East Moline, IL kitchen has been given a whole new look and layout. It is always so amazing when just a few location changes in a layout can make such a big difference for our clients. Look at how bright, beautiful, and inviting this new kitchen is.
East Moline kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Before we show you around the new space let’s look at the “Before” part of this story. Like many kitchens in the area, this original space had soffits above the wall cabinetry. This was the desired look at the time the original kitchen was installed. A peninsula divided the kitchen area from the nearby dining space. A soffit and suspended wall cabinets hung and acted as a visual divider between the two spaces. This layout not only blocks traffic in a very busy area of the home, it also blocks a lot of light and sight from the kitchen into the nearby rooms.
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The new kitchen layout includes an island centered in the space and removes the peninsula. Now the kitchen, casual dining, and living room areas seem to be all one collective space with a more open concept. island_walkway

A large bi-fold pantry area was native to the original space. This pantry offers a lot of storage without intruding on the pathway from the formal dining room into the kitchen. The new kitchen island was ordered in a finish to best compliment the medium oak stain on the pantry doors and trim.
Oak island kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Koch Classic’s “Acorn” stain has been applied to a Red Oak wood. There could’t be a better complimentary finish to match the existing woodwork.  The island offers two large drawer stacks with a pull-out waste basket in the center.
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There is a lot to be said about creating a kitchen design that hosts an island without a sink or cooktop included in it.  Think about how wonderful it would be to always have access to a large clear space to work on any type of project throughout the day. Including an Engineered Quartz countertop as the worksurface in the kitchen makes it a non-porous and durable surface to work on as well. This color is called “Paydirt” from our Klondike series of quartz. A “Beveled” edge profile has been applied to the quartz. The cooking zone of the kitchen design is home to a freestanding slide-in gas range with convection and microwave hood by Whirlpool®.
5-burner slide-in gas range in stainless steel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Replacing the older installation style that required a “sill” or “brace” of countertop behind the unit, these new ranges look sleek and built-in. The new freestanding models include front controls on the electric and gas units and a full-depth construction so they rest flush against the back wall. Your current freestanding range can be replaced with one of these units for a customized look. Any standard 30″ wide opening can accommodate one.
5 burner gas cooktop by Whirlpool. | VillageHomeStores.com

Even with a standard 30″ wide unit, a 5-burner cooktop can be included. Full-width cast iron grates allow you to easily slide pots and pans from one burner to another. The grates are dishwasher safe, and their satin finish resists wear and tear. Read more about some of the incredible features (like rapid preheat) and sleek new design of these full-depth ranges here on a previous blog post. The backsplash tile in this new kitchen draws your attention immediately. Travertine 3″ x 6″ tumbled tile in a natural “Light Noche” color from Daltile has been paired with a deco line of Peitra Art’s  “Bliss Cappuccino” tiles:
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travertine_tileTake note that tumbled stone tiles like this Travertine can be installed and grouted to have two different finished looks. You can leave the natural characteristics of the tiles showing (shown to the right) or choose to fill in the gaps and crevasses with your grout. Be sure to discuss the finished look you are after with your tile installer before they begin the project. The texture and style that this backsplash adds to the finished space is showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. We have found that this lighting system is a key element to a successful finished remodel project. Our customers are always so glad that they included it in their design. Even during the daytime hours, it is difficult to imagine this kitchen without that backsplash and countertop getting the lighting they deserve. Press play below to see how lost the tile looks when the lights turn off.

The Project Management team replaced the original kitchen window with a new double-hung unit. The main perimeter cabinetry for the kitchen is a bright painted finish called “Pearl”. An “Umber” highlight glaze has been applied to the “Seneca” doorstyle. Soffits have been removed and the new wall cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling with crown molding applied at the top. This grants more available storage space in the wall cabinets and an updated look.
East Moline kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new layout feels far less cramped now that the peninsula doesn’t cut off the kitchen from the rest of the room. It is as though the same counter space from the original kitchen peninsula has been shifted into an island top that is now easier to access and use for many tasks. The kitchen sink on the perimeter of the kitchen is an under-mounted model by Blanco in a “Truffle” finish. A 50/50 split layout (shown below) is just one of the many options you have available to choose from when selecting an under-mount sinks.
Blanco sink truffle color. | VillageHomeStores.com

The island has been finished off with an applied door look on each end and spanning the full back panel side of the island. That same treatment has been applied to the refrigerator end panel that caps off the end of the new kitchen. This end treatment option creates such a polished and customized look. A smooth end panel would not give the opportunity for any of the highlight glaze to be applied. With the sunlight that pours in from a set of french doors next to it, this paneled look is a perfect detail!
Refrigerator end panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to this new location from the opposite corner. Now the cooking center is open and not crowded. There is plenty of landing space to load and unload the refrigerator. New flooring was installed in the living room and the new kitchen. Luxury Vinyl Tile by Mannington called “Corsica Cavern” perfectly ties all of the kitchen finishes together and warms up the space. LVT gives you the look of ceramic tile but a softer surface to work on and warmer to your bare feet. Learn more about LVT here on a previous blog post.
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This entire kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL was managed from start to finish by the Project Management team at Village Home Stores. Kitchen remodels do not happen overnight. Our team of experts works with you on creating a schedule and timeline for your project that will get your project completed in as quick of  timeline as possible for the work to be done correctly and with the quality our customers have come to expect from Village Home Stores. See a short recap of the process in the collage below:
Quad Cities kitchen remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a kitchen in the Quad Cities region that is in need of a complete remodel? Village Home Stores would love to be a part of your own before & after story. We can provide design and materials for your space or manage to project for you entirely. Whatever works best for your lifestyle and budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our designers and start the conversation. (309) 944-1344.
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