Wall Removal and a Peek At Our Kitchen Remodel Process

Village Home Stores East Moline Quad Cities remodel

This kitchen in East Moline, IL has a whole new look and layout. We removed a dividing wall to make room for more natural light and an island design with counter-height seating. Warm, Rustic Beech Koch Cabinetry in the Seneca door and Briarwood stain has been accented with a Black glaze. The mixed metals of copper, Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless look amazing. Plus check out the bright statement with that island accent lighting (more on that later)! We absolutely love how this kitchen turned out.

Rustic Beech kitchen with Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Rustic Beech kitchen with Berkley Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen was very nice, but the layout of the cabinetry was awkward and secluded from the front room. This made it a great candidate for a wall removal remodel. Not every kitchen we remodel needs a wall removed to be incredible. In this home however, having the entire space open now seems like that is what the layout should have been all along. In this kitchen we removed a wall and soffit during the remodel process to achieve that open concept. Take a look at the original soffits and dividing wall between the living room and kitchen shown in the before photo below.

Before photo of a kitchen in East Moline before we removed the wall and soffits for a larger kitchen layout.

What is The Village Process Like?

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen anytime soon you are in the right place! This blog can be such a useful place to find inspiration and help qualify your own likes and dislikes. We hope that Village Home Stores can be a part of your research process AND your remodel process. Are you just seeking products and ideas and to do the remodel work yourself? That’s great! Village Home Stores can provide you with an expertly prepared design and quality materials for you to DIY to your hearts content. But if you don’t have the time or skill to do that, our start-to-finish Project Management process may be the perfect fit for your timeline and your budget. What do we mean when we say our remodel customers can have us manage their job from “start-to-finish” ? It means that from the very first time you message us online or stop by, we are working for you and with you to get you into your finished space. No matter who is doing the remodel work, your first step is the same: just reach out to our team to schedule a Complementary Consultation.

Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

We schedule these consultations in our showroom before visiting your home so that you can get a better understanding of everything we offer and we are able to walk you through our estimating phases. Most people will only remodel a kitchen or bathroom in a home once or twice in a lifetime. It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what happens next. The great news is that we do this all the time! We are here to help walk you through our process and keep you on track and on budget. We want to help you to enjoy this process as much as possible. During this Consultation we will answer your questions and walk you through when you can expect to see your designs and estimates during our phases and discuss our payment options. We will also ask you some questions about the project, your goals, your budget, and who will be doing the work. There is a reason why budget conversations happen well before we begin estimating the project. This is to help us all stay on task and on track when designing your new space. After this Consultation, we will schedule a date for a Jobsite Visit in your home to gather information for us to begin the design phase.

Sometimes Our Biggest Skeptics Become Our Best Cheerleaders

Do you read every detail of a menu item before ordering at a restaurant? Do you answer “of course” when asked if you want your receipt? Did you already take general dimensions of your kitchen layout for us… on graph paper… and use a ruler? Do you have an engineering degree? Does your Summer Vacation this year have a customized itinerary? Have you started a spreadsheet for your remodel project already in Excel or Google Docs? If you answered yes to any of those questions then wow! You love the details and you respect the process! And guess what? You are going to be a HUGE fan of the Village Home Stores remodel process. We love the look on this type of customer’s face when we present our process checklists and walk them through our current and local budget data for projects like theirs. Some of our most appreciative start-to-finish customers are people who could have even done some of the work themselves. But who has the time or energy? We do!

Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers in the Quad Cities Region. That means our start to finish kitchen and bath remodel process changes and adapts every time we complete a job.
Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers.

Let Us Get To Work For You

There is a lot to be done before you can enjoy your new space and gathering estimates is a big part of that. The truth is there are 3 and a half pages of phases and checklists before we even reach the phrase “Jobsite binder is delivered and job begins” in our process. There are 9 phases of our process and 7 of those happen before we begin demo. We won’t reveal every phase in detail here but we can summarize them a bit. After that Complimentary Consultation in our showroom we will come out to your home to gather information. Then we will get to work preparing a design to be presented to you. Our goal is to ask enough qualifying questions ahead of the design phase that we can present to you initial designs that are successful. We will next discuss any changes needed to the design and begin making product selections in the showroom. During this Design Presentation meeting in the showroom we will also have you meet with other Village team members in any departments you may need products from. During this meeting we will document you selections and help guide you based on our budget conversations. You will also be given private login information at this meeting so that you can begin to access your design, estimates, and eventually contracts and schedules moving forward. Once all of the work to be done is documented by our team, and we have a clear design concept, we can schedule a Contractor Meeting at your home.

All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.
What sets Village Home Stores apart from other kitchen remodelers? Our process! All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.

All of the subcontractors we anticipate needing for your project will meet your village designer and our project estimator in your home. All together at the same time. Sounds like an obvious need right? But you would be surprised how rare this is in our industry. At Village Home Stores we believe it is a key element to a successful estimating and end result for all parties involved. Here we can clarify what work is to be completed and included in estimates and allow the subs to have some dialog about the work to be done.

Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home. Complete start to finish remodel by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home.

Our start-to-finish Project Management program at Village Home Stores changes and adapts with every project. We have also worked hard to curate a list of reliable, respectful subcontractors who can do quality work for you at a fair price. It has taken some time to get there, but we truly believe we can now say with confidence that our in-house and subcontractor staff are the very best you can ask to work in your home. We are so thankful to continue to get compliments on our staff and the subcontractors we send to our clients’ homes.

COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home. This product is very durable and waterproof with a realistic look and texture to real wood!
COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home.

What Will An Estimate Include?

But we haven’t mentioned an actual bid or pricing yet? That’s right! We have agreed on a design, selected materials with our experts and your budget in mind, and have detailed estimates for the work to be done and now we can present you an estimate. You will receive a complete estimate along with a detailed inclusion sheet of the work included in that estimate. This estimate will be as accurate as possible before work begins. Of course there can be unforeseeable issues to come up any time you remodel a home. Rest assured that we have a process for that as well. Our crews are used to working together and communicating with you and each other to come up with solutions when problems come up. During your project our team stay customer-focused and solution-focused if issues arise.

Cambria installation day with Blackstone at a Quad Cities kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Cambria installation day with Blackstone.

Enough about our process! Let us show you around this incredible new kitchen in East Moline, IL. What a warm and open space! This new cabinet layout is packed with great storage and details. Glazzio glass wall tiles in two sizes with an accent listel in an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish cover the kitchen walls. A L-shaped layout with large center island includes plenty of walkway space between the surfaces now that the kitchen wall has been removed. We also removed that kitchen soffit and reworked the ceiling to better compliment the rest of the open areas of the home. The new design truly suits the home perfectly!

Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.
Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.

With a new flow to the entire space, flooring needed to be a new consistent surface throughout. Once again we are sharing a kitchen with our best-selling COREtec Luxury Vinyl Plank floors here on the blog. Sorry to sound like a broken record repeating itself but this COREtec Plus HD series is extremely durable and waterproof. It has the look and texture of a rustic wood surface. The Barnwood Rustic Pine selected for this kitchen is a great choice to pull from the cabinet stain and accent glaze. We just had two new racks of samples delivered for this product so if you are considering a new flooring surface for your home please come see your options. But can we take a moment please and talk about this lighted island!?!?!

Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

This customer chose to install their Cambria Quartz in the Berkley design in a double-thick edge profile on the island. WOW! When they made that accent choice, the homeowner thought that accenting it even more with some lighting could make for a very cool effect. He was right! The look is pretty stunning day and night. This low-profile low-voltage tape light can be installed in a lot of fun ways. Because it is low-voltage, this island accent light can become the perfect nightlight or glow in the evening while watching TV or spending time out on the wrap-around deck.

Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The same Diode tape light is also installed underneath and above the kitchen perimeter cabinetry. We even concealed something else underneath the cabinets to keep the look clean. All of the kitchen switches and outlets are located in the recessed area under the wall cabinetry. This keeps the wall tile area smooth and un-interrupted. The Cambria quartz on the kitchen perimeter was installed with a farmhouse hammered copper Sinkology single-well sink and Delta Leland faucet.

Sinkology Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

This Delta Leland faucet comes with the new ShieldSpray Technology. This diverted spray option delivers a simple way to clean with precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet of water powers stubborn messes away in the center as a water shield simultaneously contains splatter and clears off the mess. It is like a forcefield around the spray power that keeps water from spraying everywhere. Learn more about ShieldSpray and see it in action here in this short YouTube clip.

Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink.

Mixing metal finishes and textures can be such a great look in a rustic-styled space. This kitchen includes Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware, lighting, and faucets and a blend of Copper and Stainless. The farmsink is a hammered copper finish and the unique 30″ Zline hood is a mix of smooth copper and black trim. KitchenAid appliances in the Black Stainless finish add drama and a soft texture. If a silvery Stainless seems like it will look too modern in your space, be sure to stop by and see Black Stainless in person! This finish is so versatile and available in a lot of models. We did include on Stainless appliance in the kitchen. Tucked unto the interior corner of the island is a microwave drawer in a true Stainless Steel finish. Mixing metals can be done right and we love the look! Let our team help you with the total vision for your design.

Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores. Your locally-owned Quad Cities appliance experts.
Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores.

Did you know we sell AND service appliances in the entire extended Quad Cities Region? We have an expert appliance sales and service team and offer competitive pricing to box stores. Village Home Stores has BrandSource buying power so we are able to offer our customers a fair price and the very best customer experience out there. Have questions about your purchase before or after the sale? Just call our team and we will be happy to help. Shop all of our appliances and get our Local Low Price Guarantee here on our website.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door.

A great kitchen design comes together in the details. Undercabinet molding helps to conceal those lights and outlets. Small details can make a big difference in the look of the overall finished space. In this kitchen the wall tile continues up around the kitchen window and is “capped” off by a valance and matching wooden panel above. The crown molding for the cabinetry has added interest with a change in depth on the corner cabinet.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied.

Want to see more of this kitchen and save ideas for your own project? Check out the full album of photos here on our Best of Houzz-winning profile. We have so much more to show you in this kitchen that we have decided to include it in an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. That way you can see more in detail the space and our process of getting to this finished look. We hope to have new episodes finished by the end of this Summer and you are going to really get more of a peek at our remodel process because we truly have filmed this one from start to finish. We are so thankful that these customers reached out to us after watching our show and now we get to feature their own story on an episode! Will yours be next?

Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

Are you looking to DIY a remodel? Or need us to manage it all like these customers? Just want new countertops or flooring to freshen up your space? We want to help. Your first step is to just get in touch with our team. You can complete this short form online and one of our remodel experts will reach out to you to start with the right process and checklist for you. Of course you can always call us at 309 944 1344 or stop by at 105 S State St in Downtown Geneseo, IL. To have the best experience, and allow us to answer all of your questions about our process, we do recommend that you reach out first to set up a Complimentary Consultation. That way we can have an expert fully available for you and prepare information for you to take with you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help!

Edgebrooke Homes- Fall Parade of Homes Feature

Village Home Stores was thrilled to have designs and products in so many of the Parade homes this Fall. This home built by Edgebrooke Homes in Bettendorf, Iowa turned out beautiful! All of the cabinetry, flooring, appliances, and lighting for this home are from Village Home Stores. We love the blend of gray finishes that were selected for the kitchen design. We thank the team at Edgebrooke for their business and for letting us show you around the space. Take a look at how the completed look turned out:
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design by Village for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A light gray painted finish from our Koch Classic line named “Fog” has been applied to the perimeter cabinetry in the “Savannah” doorstyle. The large kitchen island is formed with cabinetry in the “Charleston” doorstyle and the Rustic Cherry island has been finished in the “Driftwood” warm gray stain. The mix of grays is complimented by the rest of the finishes in the space:
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stainless Steel appliances from our KitchenAid line, and an engineered quartz countertop named “Fossil Gray” is installed throughout the kitchen. Mercury Glass pendants from Feiss hang above the island and all of this rests upon gorgeous new engineered wood flooring.
Beveled subway tile in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Adding a simple detail to a classic look can really add a lot of interest. This kitchen includes a classic 3″ x 6″ subway tile. By selecting a beveled subway tile in this kitchen, light can bounce around on the surface and this white-on-white look has an added dimension. Instead of ending where the hood begins, the tile is extended behind the new Stainless chimney-style hood up to the ceiling.
KitchenAid's double oven gas range in a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

At the center of attention on this feature wall is a double oven gas range by KitchenAid. The combined oven capacity is 6.0 cu. ft. of space providing more room to cook multiple dishes at the same time. The bottom oven includes a SatinGlide® Rack that operates smoothly allowing effortless loading and unloading, even with large or heavy dishes.
KitchenAid refrigerator and Sharp microwave drawer in a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Across the kitchen is a wall of cabinetry that includes a built-in Sharp microwave drawer unit below the countertop, Microwave drawers work well in an area that have a work surface above them for loading and unloading the unit. To the right is a 29 cu. ft. refrigerator by KitchenAid. This model is packed with innovative storage options and features to help your food stay fresher longer.
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design including White Oak flooring named Barnwood. | VillageHomeStores.com

The engineered wood floors are the perfect variety of color to compliment all of the other finishes in the room. The darker grain and stain on the “Barnwood” finish picks up on the island finish. The Rustic Cherry island is at the center of the design and certainly the center of all attention once you enter the kitchen. When viewed from the Dining area the back of this island has been given a detail treatment with an “X” motif.
X styled back of island treatment in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This “X”  look and finish suggests a “farmhouse” look but with the overall design and selections, it is a sophisticated modern farmhouse look. With so many open-concept kitchens in a painted white finish, it is so refreshing to see something new and interesting in the mix. the selections and styles throughout are all classic and everything looks right at home with the furniture throughout the main level of this new Bettendorf home.
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design by Village for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

If you are building a new Home in the Quad Cities Region we would love to be your one-stop shop for the project! We make the design, selection, and ordering process easy and fun for you and your contractor. Ask us about our “Bundle Your Purchases” program where you can earn free lighting for your new home with purchases storewide.  Contact us today for an appointment we can’t wait to hear about the plans for your new home. 
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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

Cambridge Remodel: Updated Rustic Traditions

The term “Rustic Transitional” is becoming more and more common all across the home interiors industry. This featured project in Cambridge, IL is a wonderful example of of Rustic Transitional materials and style. The story to be told however, is more traditional in nature.

Rustic modern kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comThis home has a rich history with the current residents. Like many of the many homes in rural Henry County, this farmhouse has been in the family for many years. It was the home of the current resident’s grandfather. Years and years of traditions and memories have already taken place here.

beforeThe new kitchen had to be a way to update the space with respect to the past (and the family home) while adding modern elements for new memories to be made. The before photo shows that over time there had been updates and changes made to the kitchen to keep it usable and functional. This time the space was going to need an entirely fresh start.

duringThe original layout created a narrow, cramped space and limited the size and location or a refrigerator. Durian Construction began demo by removing soffits and two walls that chopped up the space. A new 1/2 wall was built to open up the kitchen into the front room and accommodate a new cabinet layout. The existing hardwood was patched with spare flooring to give a seamless look to the two areas without a transition in the floor needed.

kitchen_designThe refrigerator is now centrally located in the traffic paths of the design. Full access is available to many users from any entrance to the new kitchen. The half-wall dividing the kitchen from the front room runs parallel to a large new island in the center of the design.

Maytag french door refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.comThe new design allows for a more current standard-sized refrigerator to fit the lifestyle of this busy family.  This new suite of appliances by Maytag includes a 4-door refrigerator and a double oven freestanding gas range with microwave hood above.

Stainless Steel appliances bring an updated look to the kitchen but other materials and finishes selected lend a more rustic look. The large kitchen island has been installed in a distressed black painted finish. That finish paired with a single-level design helps the island look more like a large farmhouse table or furniture piece instead of a modern kitchen island.

black island in white kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main perimeter is this new kitchen is a painted “Pearl” finish from our Koch Classic line. The square raised-panel doors are a common “Transitional” choice but if you look closer the wood species selected gives the main kitchen a “rustic” touch.

Rustic Beech painted pearl. | VillageHomeStores.comThe painted cabinets may look scratched of damaged in these images… when you get a closer look those dark areas in fact are character knots in the Rustic Beech wood.

Farmhouse sink in white kitchen with black island. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of the most exciting areas to include a “Rustic Transitional” style into your kitchen is in your hardware selections. Cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures, and lighting all can be modern interpretations of old rustic farmhouse charm.  A farmhouse sink (shown above) is always a fantastic choice when looking for a “Rustic Transitional” look. Your lighting is another huge opportunity to really showcase the style of your space.

Kichler Brinley edison bulb lights above island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Edison lamp pendant. | VillageHomeStores.comFor this Cambridge, IL kitchen remodel the “Brinley” series from our Kichler line was used. The visible “Edison” style filament in the bulb is such an interesting nod to the past. The suggestion of a bundle of canning jars with this lighting collection makes it a perfect choice for this new farmhouse kitchen already rich with memories and traditions. Our expert lighting staff can help you select the perfect lights for your project. For this project there was no need to find a light that complimented the island fixtures because a single “Brinley” pendant was available and already the perfect choice.

White kitchen with black island. | VillageHomeStores.comThis family farmhouse was updated with a nod to the past and a preparation to continue family traditions. See another great example of “Rustic Transitional” in a past featured kitchen here. and follow our “Rustic Traditional” board on Pinterest. Are you ready to remodel your own space but want a team who can listen and respect the history of your home? Contact us today to set up an appointment. Click here or call (309) 944-1344 to start to conversation. cambridge_kitchen_remodel

Rustic Charm in Bureau County

This kitchen remodel in Walnut, IL tells more than a typical story of making more space and adding new cabinets. When you walk in the front door of this countryside home you immediately feel like you know residents.  That is the goal of any great design, to reflect the user’s tastes so well they feel perfectly at home in the space.

village homestoreshaas cabinetsOur designer Becky introduced me to the homeowner and I felt like saying “this kitchen is so…YOU” (I had only met her minutes before). The mix of rustic elements in an overall transitional space was executed so well that it inspired a post about it on the blog just last week. There is also  a full album of photos from this project over on our Houzz profile. How about a more in-depth tour of this kitchen?

And now for what you came for, the tour:

kitchen appliance garageWe begin with one of our favorite solutions for countertop clutter, an appliance garage. It is always difficult to see beautiful new countertops completely covered up by coffeepots and toasters. An appliance garage can be an excellent solution in a corner or on the end of a run of cabinets. In this case the lift-door garage hides a toaster and coffeepot. It also anchors the end of a run with a more large and solid look to balance the amazing hood on the adjacent wall.

under sink storageThe sink base in this kitchen has a real furniture look. Legs have been installed on either side; the cabinet has been pulled forward; and a valance in place of a toespace help this look be achieved. The top false drawer front of this cabinet has a hidden secret power…the ability to stash sponges, rags and other cleaning supplies out of sight. A tilt-out tray can be installed in any kitchen sink base and make great additions to bathroom vanities.

 corner drawers in base cabinetsLazy Susan cabinets remain the most popular way to add storage to a corner in your kitchen. Lately there have been a few new contenders entering the ring. In this corner….drawers! A corner drawer base cabinet might not give you access to the entire corner area of the location, but it does give you an accessible way to reach items in the space. This kitchen has plenty of storage space for pantry items and the users preferred another area for cooking supplies within reach of the range and cooktop.

hardware placementSpeaking of storage, a pull-out tray divider is located immediately to the left of the range. Baking and cookie sheets are right within reach and cutting boards can be pulled up for use in one of the many prep areas surrounding the cooking zone of this kitchen.

The perimeter of this kitchen is the “Whip Cream” paint on Maple Haas cabinets with “Absolute Black” granite tops in a brushed finish.

hidden outlet in kitchen islandBehind this cooking zone is a large single-level island. The island cabinets are the “Barnwood” finish on Maple by Haas. A grey, almost slate blue color allows the grain of the wood to show adding texture and depth to the color. Aluminum stools that may otherwise give an industrial feel complement the “Barnwood” finish perfectly. The counter tops are “Carrera Marble”.

Two hidden outlets are found tucked under the overhang of the island and will make entertaining and preparation easier.

built in microwaveThe wall opposite the kitchen sink is home to all of the taller elements of the design. A built-in microwave is located in the center of a tall pantry cabinet that has 4 adjustable sliding shelves inside. These can be arranged to hold pantry items of various heights and weights. Furniture base has been applied to the toespace area for a more built-in and solid look.

This kitchen was as welcoming and fun as the owner who gets to use it. Removing soffits and a half-wall that used to box in the kitchen space was a much needed change. Now the kitchen and its visitors can be a part of a larger space that all has a cohesive look. Thanksgiving is going to be a lot easier this year with plenty of space for multiple cooks and access to lots of dining are right from the kitchen. We love being a part of the reason our customers love coming home to their kitchen. How can we make yours perfect for you? Call or click today to get started! (309) 944-1344

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