There are so many incredible homes and unique neighborhoods in the Quad Cities area. Such a storied history down each road. The McClellan Heights district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, at which time it included 354 buildings that were decided to contribute to the historic character of the area. Not just limited to the Village of East Davenport, this area technically stretches from Jersey Ridge road to the Bettendorf City Limits and from River Drive to Middle Road. There is such a history to the area dating back to the American Civil War. We are so blessed to get to be a part of many of the kitchen and bathroom restorations of these important properties in our community. The homes are unique and eclectic in period styles and details and many even boast views of the Mississippi River. We were thrilled to renovate the kitchen in one recently and want to show you how it turned out. Take a look!
When renovating historic homes, every material selection and inch of storage space should be considered by an expert. These homes were built with that relentless attention to detail and great craftsmanship. You simply are doing yourself (and your return investment) a disservice for your property if you don’t respect the remodeling projects in your historic home. For this kitchen we chose to install a classic, flat-panel cabinet style in a painted “White” finish. The door is a full-overlay door named “Savannah” from our Koch Classic line. The cabinetry includes full-extension soft-close drawer guides and soft-close doors.
The countertop surfaces for this kitchen give the look of a classic soapstone material. They are actually a Honed Black Pearl Granite in an eased edge profile. While “matte black” finishes are currently on-trend for kitchen and bath projects… they have always been on trend for historic properties! The soft, leathered look of a honed natural stone is a wonderful choice for both style and performance. A 30″ Classico Fireclay farmsink was under-mounted to the island top to complete the look. To keep the kitchen counters clean, and offer a more stylish option for a kitchen hood we tucked the microwave out of sight in the island (see below). These base microwave cabinets can be a great location for larger appliances that can sometimes clutter up a countertop area.
Keeping the kitchen feeling airy and light are the two new Kichler “Everly” pendant lights that hang above the island. The clear glass shape gives an old world look and the dark Oil Rubbed Bronze metal finish marries well with the countertop selection. Our lighting experts at Village Home Stores can help you select a whole home of lighting or that one perfect fixture for your space. Learn more and shop our lighting selections here online.
Classic, white-painted cabinetry can be a great nod to the past while pairing so well with modern elements like appliances and kitchen accessories. White kitchens like this never go out of style. We choose to install a wood cabinet hood with a blower insert within it. Using a stainless chimney hood here could shift the style of the space into a more modern category. This cabinet hood instead gives the function of a 390 CFM Broan Blower and blends in perfectly with the surrounding cabinetry.
Soho Subway Tile in the classic 3″ x 6″ size is installed in white with a white grout. Our Radiant series of switches and outlets is installs clean with no visible screws. Our bestselling Diode LED undercabinet lighting is installed here on a dimmer switch for ambient low-voltage light and bright, functional task lighting. KitchenAid’s 30″ wide 700 series -burner gas range with convection oven is a powerhouse of a kitchen appliance! Packed with incredible features and versatile cooktop, this range is perfect for home chefs who truly love the cooking process. Shop our Local Low-Priced Guarantee on all appliances here.
Old homes typically don’t have large kitchen or bathroom spaces to work with. Homeowners need to work with an expert kitchen designer to make the most of their space. Of course we packed great storage solutions in the cabinetry anywhere we could. Slide-out shelves, large drawers, a pullout wastebasket and slideout tray divider (shown below).
We even extended the main kitchen into the dinette area by installing a custom bench seat. The bench seat drops down below the windows and turns the corner to provide seating for an antique table. Some of the bench is even functional storage! Drawers (shown below) provide great storage space for seat cushions, placemats, even pantry items if needed.
We love the faucet that the customer selected for their home. The bridged look of the handle controls and faucet gives a great old world feel. A low-key modern detail is the push-button garbage disposal we installed in the kitchen island. This single button (shown below to the right of faucet) adds a low-profile modern amenity for the kitchen user. Bright Polished Chrome accents on the Top Knobs cabinetry hardware and Kohler kitchen faucet are also a nod to the restoration style.
Historic homes and properties are a fantastic location to invest in natural stone countertop surfaces like granite, marble, and quartzite. Surfaces that have a history of their own can be such a wonderful investment for your project. We partner with Epic Stone warehouse and Surface Resource fabrication to get you the very best quality of surfaces and installation/seamwork available in the Iowa and Illinois region. Press play below to take a look behind the scenes at the fabrication process for your granite tops.
Of course every historic home has many stories, and this remodel is now another story for this home. We are just so thrilled to have been trusted to be a part of it. Inviting our team into your home is not something we take lightly. To see more of this kitchen remodel tour including a peek at what it looked like before we began the remodel, visit the full project here on Houzz.
Do you own a property that is in need of an expert remodel with respect for the style and location of the home? Village Home Stores is your regional destination for quality products and an award-winning team of designers and craftsman who are ready to get to work for you. We have a start-to-finish process and the first step begins with you simple reaching out to meet our team. You can contact our showroom for an appointment by calling (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will connect with you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can be a part of it.