New Home With Gray and Black Painted Kitchen and Farmhouse Inspiration in Every Room

This Spring we have just felt so overwhelmed with appreciation for our customers and our builder relationships. Your support of Village Home Stores has kept our hearts so darn full while our showroom has had to be more empty. There are still so many new homes going up throughout the Quad Cities region. It is such an honor to work with so many area builders to put our design and products into their work. Our new home customers find that an appointment and the short drive to our one-stop-shop saves them time and money. Much of the process can even be done online through our login system. Together we can build a team of experts from each department for new home clients to help to create fully realized finished spaces. A great example is this Kerkhoff Homes property that just finished up in Bettendorf Iowa. Check out this dream kitchen!

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

We wanted to take some time to show you around the many highlights from this project beginning with a tour of the open-concept great room kitchen. The element that is first to grab your attention in the kitchen is the tiled backsplash area on the range wall. The main backsplash tile throughout the kitchen and dry bar area is a 1″x4″ Tundra Gray by Epic Stone. It is accented with a shimmering wide stripe of metal mosaic that cascades from ceiling to cooktop. This Falling Stars Aluminum Mix series in the Platinum Moon color is from our Glazzio Tile line. It blends mixed metallic finishes in grays and silvers.

Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood
Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood

This tile looks so perfectly at home surrounded by the “Fog” painted Koch cabinetry and Stainless Steel appliance package. A pot filler faucet in matte black has also been installed on the accent tile. This adds function and style to the cooking zone. The star of the kitchen appliances in this new home is the 48″ wide KitchenAid commercial style range. For serious home chefs, curious future home chefs, or households who entertain large groups, this range is a dream! 4′ wide with two oven cavities, this is a dual fuel model range. That means that you get the accuracy and constancy of an electric bake or broil in the ovens and the immediate control of a gas cooktop. Shop dual fuel ranges here at villagehomestores.com

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle

Atop that double oven is 4′ of exceptional cooktop surface. A combined 6 gas burners and an integrated griddle. A continuous grate system over the burners allow a user to move pans of all sizes from one location to another. It also makes a great wide surface for cooling items from the oven. This is illustrated below by “Lord Stanley” who is monitoring the status of some cookies cooling.

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores

The cabinetry in this Bettendorf kitchen is from our Koch Classic line in the best-selling Savannah doorstyle. This flat-panel door is the perfect Transitional selection that can work for many tastes. It can be ordered in painted and stained finishes. Shown here with the painted light gray “Fog” finish on the perimeter and “Black” paint on the kitchen island. The Fog paint is a wonderful neutral finish option for spaces that have a lot of whites and want a subtle compliment.

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Light gray and black painted cabinets and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Our most requested feature for new home kitchen designs is a hidden pantry (also modeled here by Lord Stanley who just wanted to make sure we weren’t after his treats). We are able to order a matching tall cabinet front with no bottom rail from our cabinet companies. This allows you to create an entrance that looks like a normal pantry, but opens to reveal a hidden walk-in space. Want to see more examples of hidden pantries? Check out this storage solutions board on our Pinterest page!

Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.

Fresh and frozen food storage is found on the other wall of the kitchen design. We surrounded a counter-depth French Door refrigerator with a deep upper cabinet and tall end panels. This gives a built in and clean finished look. Concerned about losing storage space with a counter depth model? You no longer have to be! This counter-depth KitchenAid model is the largest capacity counter-depth refrigerator in its class! It has a slide-away split shelf, self-close crispers, and a custom temperature pantry drawer.

Gray and black painted kitchen with counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Gray and black painted kitchen with Kitchen Aid counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Selecting lighting for an entire new home can be overwhelming to do on your own. Thank goodness we have a lighting expert on staff who is dedicated to working for all of our new home customers! Setting up an appointment with our lighting department allows us to sit down with you, your plan, and your budget. In that first appointment we can help determine your personal style and tastes and begin to curate an estimate for you through our online login program. Don’t forget that our new home customers can also qualify for our Lighting Bundle Program at Village.

Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

In this great room we provided three medium-sized pendants for above the kitchen island, a dinette light, and ceiling fans. Working with a lighting expert allows you to create a lighting plan using multiple brands and styles that compliment each other. This is so much better for a finished result than just buying a whole series of the same lighting in varied sizes. We love the jar shape of the Uttermost “Lansing” island pendants and the complimenting finishes in a difference shape and style for the dinette area just beyond the kitchen.

Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

Below the pendant lights and right at the center of all kitchen activity is the kitchen sink. A farmhouse style apron sink has become another staple feature for many styles of homes. Here we have created the perfect prep and cleanup space by including a pull out waste basket to the right of the sink, and a KitchenAid dishwasher to the left. Quiet at just 39 decibels (normal conversation is about 50), you can run this dishwasher any time of day or night without disrupting music or television use in the great room.

White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores
White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores

The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are a marble-look engineered quartz surface called “Calacatta Laza”. This color is a fantastic marble fake-out in a durable and foodsafe surface. We are learning now more that ever that it is important to help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria within your home. Quartz countertop surfaces are non-porous so they will not absorb stains, cleaners, or any other “ickies” that may be on these cute paws below. Quartz surfaces can be cleaned with any non-abrasive cleaners and many times our customers just use mild soap and water.

Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.
Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.

Let’s head to the bar to celebrate and toast this new home! The same quartz surface and “Fog” painted cabinetry was installed as an extension to the kitchen in a dry bar area. Here we included a finished cabinet interior and glass doors for the upper cabinets and a built-in space below for beverage coolers. The result is a large built in bar area that keeps a light, airy, and inviting feel for use.

Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

The two under counter appliances built in are stylish and super functional. With a counter-depth refrigerator as the main kitchen fridge, these glass-front models allow for added beverage storage outside of needing to use the main fridge. On the left is a wine cellar unit with two temperature zones within. On the right is a glass-front undercounter refrigerator. Glass-front bar fridges are fantastic for households who entertain because you have a clear way-finding clue day and night for guests to serve themselves without feeling sneaky trying to find the drinks.

Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

And while “Lord Stanley” is the guardian of the pantry in this house, it looks like “Cy” here is the bouncer for this bar! This entire new home is stunning and fit with many high end products. We wanted to take a moment to point out the flooring in these spaces. Would you believe this ISN’T real hardwood? In photos and even in person it will fool you! This is actually a floating luxury vinyl plank floor. We wanted to point out that many of our new home customers are selecting luxury vinyl planks and tiles and the look and performance is still high end!

Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores
Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores

The great room, kitchen, foyer, study, dining room, sunroom, and stairway landings are all installed in the Adventure II series “Rain Forest” vinyl plank from our Engineered Floors line. Vinyl planks come in such a wide variety of sizes, colors, and even textures. Village Home Stores has a lot of options for your new or existing home in this flooring category. You will also be delighted for the added piece of mind with the warranties on many of these vinyl planks. Looking for a flooring surface for your active household that is pet-friendly, durable, and even waterproof? Then reach out to us for a quote today. We also provided wall tile for this home in the showers, mentioned kitchen, and the two textured statement walls shown below.

Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes

The fireplace wall and powder room vanity wall each are fit with a ledger tile. This same “Siberian White Honed Ledger” is installed horizontally as a fireplace surround and then vertically in the powder room. A pair of a smaller version of the kitchen island pendants are hung in the powder room. The light cast onto this tile looks so amazing! Texture and dimension in a neutral and classic material. And speaking of texture, check out this stunning tray ceiling in the master bedroom!

Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores
Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores

There is something to love in every room of this new home. The laundry room in this Kerkhoff Homes new build is large and perfectly located in the plan. Near the active great room space but out of sight, it is easy to stay on task with laundry throughout the day. And with the connected features of this smart Maytag front load laundry pair, it is even easier to stay on task. You can use the app to monitor and control features when you’re away from home or just in another room. The connected laundry allows you to receive notifications and alerts when the load is done. And any Maytag customer can appreciate that you can even avoid some service calls by connecting your appliance to the app.

Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room. Design and materials from Village Home Stores
Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room.

Want to see more from this beautiful new home? We have uploaded a whole album of photos as a project to our Best of Houzz-winning profile. Find that project here and save some of these images to your own ideabooks for a project with Village Home Stores. Are your ready to start that project with us? Your first step is to just reach out. We can answer any questions you have about our new home or remodel design process. Our expert team is just a message or a phone call away. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by dropping your information in the webchat right here on the blog.

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New Home Built in Milan, IL With White and Gray Kitchen

We know that your attention is elsewhere online right now, but we wanted to offer you a bit of an escape from COVID 19 updates. Take a break, wash your hands, and tour this inspiring space we finished recently in Milan, IL. The start of Spring means we can look forward to seeing green things sprouting up outside soon and more and more new homes being built in the Quad Cities area! We love sharing remodel stories with you here on the blog, but we also love featuring stylish new homes we have contributed to. This Milan, IL home was built by Hazelwood Homes and includes design and select materials from Village Home Stores. Take a look at this dream kitchen!

Kitchen with wood beam and painted and glazed cabinetry.
Milan, IL kitchen with wood beam and painted and glazed cabinetry. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

A classic kitchen layout and material selections make this kitchen design both stylish and timeless. Kitchen cabinets from our Koch Express line are installed in the “Lexington” door and a “White” paint is applied to the main cabinetry. The bestselling light gray “Fog” paint is applied to the island cabinetry. To draw attention to the routed details of the cabinet doors and drawer-fronts, a “Black Trace” line is applied at all edges to really make the details of the doors stand out.

Whirlpool gas range and chimney hood with tile backsplash behind.
Milan, IL kitchen with Whirlpool front control gas range and chimney style hood. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

A Stainless Steel appliance suite from Village Home Stores is ready to get this kitchen ready for meals of any size. The all star of this appliance lineup is the Front Control Gas Range at the center of the kitchen layout. This range includes a gas cooktop with 5 burners and EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Cast-Iron Grates for quick clean up. Speaking of cleanup, the 5.8 cu.ft. capacity convection oven cleans up odor-free without using harsh chemicals in only 50 minutes. AquaLift® self-cleaning technology uses only water and low heat to help remove baked-on foods from the bottom of the oven. To ventilate this cooking hub, we have specified a 400 CFM wall mount range hood.

Milan, IL kitchen with Whirlpool appliances and painted and glazed Koch cabinetry.
Milan, IL kitchen with Whirlpool appliances and painted and glazed Koch cabinetry. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

With a decorative hood above the cooktop, we needed a secondary location for a microwave. Most of our customer prefer to keep their microwave off of the kitchen countertop and Sharp has a wonderful solution for that! The Over-the Counter microwave has a 1.5 cu.ft. capacity and the design provides a wide range of options for placement. It works with standard cabinet sizes and does not require a built-in kit or shelf for installation. Perfect above a coffee station, it even has task lighting underneath.

Milan, IL kitchen with Stainless Steel Sharp over the counter microwave.
Milan, IL kitchen with Sharp over the counter microwave. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Not sure what style of microwave or hood is right for your home? No problem! Our team at Village Home Stores is ready to assist you in space planning your kitchen layout and can even introduce you to an appliance expert in our showroom who can help find the perfect kitchen appliances to fit you layout, lifestyle, and budget. We also can introduce you to experts in all of the departments in our store. We are your locally-owned one stop shop for all things home. Bring in a print for your new home and a member of our expert lighting team will sit down with you to build a light list of what is needed for your project. We can help you determine your personal style and how we can create a whole home lighting order that suits your style and budget.

Kichler Brinley pendant jar light in a Milan, IL new build home.
Kichler Brinley pendant jar light in a Milan, IL new build home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Lighting for your new home isn’t just a dining room chandelier and fun kitchen pendants. Our customers find that we offer a wide selection of all categories of products at competitive lighting prices. That means we can also provide you with exterior lighting, closet and utility lights, undercabinet lighting products, ceiling fans, and more. Mixing woods, finishes, and metals is the new normal and our expert lighting team is here to help you put together a collective plan for your home that compliments your style. We love the look of this 60″ Kichler Ashbyn ceiling fan used the the great room of this home (see below). A stained wooden beam and gray weathered finish blades. Two rustic-inspired finishes paired together and it works so well.

Kichler Ashbyrn ceiling fan on a beam in Milan, IL new build home.
Kichler Ashbyrn ceiling fan on a beam in Milan, IL new build home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Of course the more you purchase from Village Home Stores, the more you can bundle together and earn FREE lighting for your home. Find more info about our lighting department, a link to shop online, and details on this bundle program here on the Village Home Stores website. We also offer flooring and wall tile surfaces at Village. This Milan, IL home includes multiple rooms with our bestselling “LVP” (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring product COREtec. This is the Contempo Oak series of COREtec HD Plus in the “Dusk” color. This floating floor product is so incredible. A perfect choice for households with heavy traffic, pets, kids, everyone! If you want a durable a stylish surface for your home flooring you need to come in and see the many options you have with our COREtec products.

Milan, IL home with COREtec LVP in the warm gray Contempo Oak Dusk color.
Milan, IL home with COREtec LVP in the Contempo Oak Dusk color. Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

The laundry in this home was featured last week in our blog of Top 5 Appliances on the Showroom Floor With Sanitize Features. It boasts a large capacity and the mentioned sanitize features but also so much more! You can learn more about and even purchase this laundry pair here on our website. There you can get a full product tour including videos. 5.0 cu. ft. of space in a washer is a game changer for many households. That’s enough space to clean 31 towels at once!

Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.

This laundry pair s also a Smart Capable appliance. For those who think “I don’t need a smart appliance in my laundry room” we ask, do any of these features seem appealing?

  • Assign a Task- You can handle laundry day as a household from anywhere by assigning tasks to family members (like transferring a load to the dryer) through customized text messages.
  • Troubleshoot An Issue- Don’t tell Jeff or David on our service team this, but you can troubleshoot select issues without a service call. The app can send notifications of appliance error codes and help you diagnose the error and even send you videos of select issues to walk you through steps to solve the problem.
  • Schedule You Wash Cycle – Don’t wait around to transfer your clothes from the washer to the dryer. If you know when you will be ready to switch from the washer to the dryer, schedule a start time so your clothes are ready for the dryer on your terms.
Milan, IL laundry room with drop zone bench.
Milan, IL laundry room with drop zone bench. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Ready to start designing your own dream home spaces with us? We are too! No matter if you are just replacing your countertops, want a full remodel, or building a new home, you first step is the same. Just reach out to our team. We have a process in place for projects of all sizes. Did you know that you can text with Village staff through our website? Just head here to villagehomestores.com and enter your contact info to be able to connect with our team. From our homes to yours, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy. Since 1984, our business will be here for you.

Top 5 Appliances on The Village Floor Right Now With a Sanitize Feature

Yesterday one of our appliance experts Rachele and I had a little mom-to-mom conversation (spoiler alert: it’s a mom who writes these blogs) about how we have been keeping our households and our kiddos clean over the past few weeks. We both mentioned how we love our large capacity Maytag washers during any flu season because we have the added piece-of-mind of the sanitize cycle. That conversation inspires us to come up with a list of the top 5 appliances we have on the floor right now that include a sanitize feature. So without further delay, we give you…

Rachele’s Top 5 Appliances on The Village Floor Right Now With a Sanitize Feature:

1 + 2: The 8630 Series Maytag Washer and Dryer

Appliance Expert Rachele showcases her top pick for appliances including a sanitize feature at Village Home Stores
Appliance Expert Rachele showcases her top pick for appliances including a sanitize feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Topping the list is of course the laundry that inspired it. Our 8630 series front loaders from Maytag. It boasts the Most Powerful Cleaning in the industry driven by the Heavy Duty cycle with Extra Power button. It includes all of the best features you have come to expect in a dependable front load machine. Customer favorites like Overnight Wash & Dry, a Quick Wash Cycle, Sanitize, and the late add feature. All backed by a 10-Year Limited Parts Warranty on the Direct Drive Motor and Stainless Steel Wash Basket. A large capacity (so you can literally strip your whole kids bedding and throw it all in one load) of 5.0 cu. ft. makes it a winning investment for any household.

  • Sanitize cycle– This cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria with the hottest water temperature available in a Maytag, delivering thorough cleaning and peace of mind.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.

Guess what? This washer is also a smart capable appliance. For those who think “I don’t need a smart appliance in my laundry room” we ask, do any of these features seem appealing?

  • Assign a Task- You can handle laundry day as a household from anywhere by assigning tasks to family members (like transferring a load to the dryer) through customized text messages.
  • Troubleshoot An Issue- Don’t tell Jeff or David on our service team this, but you can troubleshoot select issues without a service call. The app can send notifications of appliance error codes and help you diagnose the error and even send you videos of select issues to walk you through steps to solve the problem.
  • Schedule You Wash Cycle – Don’t wait around to transfer your clothes from the washer to the dryer. If you know when you will be ready to switch from the washer to the dryer, schedule a start time so your clothes are ready for the dryer on your term.

3: The 704 Series KitchenAid Dishwasher With FreeFlex 3rd Rack

KitchenAid third rack dishwasher interior layout with sani-rinse feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.
KitchenAid third rack dishwasher interior layout with sani-rinse feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Check out the all new interior of the KitchenAid Dishwasher line! A totally redesigned tub with an extremely usable top rack. An advanced clean water wash system inside of it allows a micro-filtration filter that continues to remove food particles so clean water circulates around all three racks during wash and rinse. A fan-enabled drying system circulates hot air around dishes while warm, humid air is cooled and drawn out of a vent. When we say extremely usable… we mean it! I don’t know about your household, but in mine our top rack is always full of lightweight cups, mugs, and as many bowls as I can fit. This new lineup of KitchenAid dishwashers gives you so much loading capacity! Press play below to check out this video we made of what fits:

And of course this dishwasher made this top 5 list because it also includes a sanitize cycle. Be sure that your dishes, waterbottles, lunchbox containers, and utensils are getting as clean as possible by selecting the Sani-Rinse option.

  • Sani-Rinse Option – Eliminates 99.999% of food soil bacteria by adding a high-heat final rinse to sanitize dishes.

4 + 5: The 6120 Series Whirlpool Washer and Dryer

New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com

This 6120 series we now showcase on our sales floor is an amazing laundry pair for any household looking for a top load option. If you are looking for a washer that will allow you a deep fill and soak settings this is your dream pair! It even includes a new Pretreat Station Plus to soak, scrub and wash all in one spot with a built-in, dual temperature faucet and pretreat brush for quick, easy access to tools that help you get it all done at once. Check out the image below that shows you the built-in detergent brush you can store right in the washer lid.

New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
  • Sanitize With Oxi- This Whirlpool washer allows you to select this option so that you can get optimal results with using Oxi clean products.

The next few weeks may look different for our small business amid developing COVID 19 news, but our staff still remains committed to helping you to receive the best customer experience and products out there. You can shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. If you are needing guidance as you shop, you can actually text with a member of our team right from the site. So as you are browsing, feel free to send us a message with your info and we will help you find what is right for your household. This weekend is a great time to also check your existing appliances to see if you have sanitize cycles and features on your control boards. And as a final thought from the moms behind this blog post, wash your hands!