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Bettendorf, IA- A Gorgeous Gray Galley Kitchen

Many of the homes in the Quad Cities region include a layout commonly referred to as a “Galley Kitchen”. This just means that two parallel sections of cabinets and counters make up the kitchen design. When space is limited, a Galley kitchen layout may be the best solution.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Soffits were removed from the original space and a section of the original wall was removed to create a more open design into the adjacent living room area. Our team including a cabinet designer, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and our project managers worked with these Bettendorf customers to create a more functional kitchen layout while updating the look of the space. New Luxury Vinyl Plank floors from Mannington have been installed in the “Seaport” series and “Surf” color.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen with Whirlpool appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

In a Galley kitchen layout, it is best to consider maximizing the aisle space between the counters and offering the best storage solutions for the kitchen. Keeping the center aisle space as open as possible helps allow a user to be at an appliance or the kitchen sink and still allow someone to pass behind them. Many times our customers request a large stack of drawers for pots and pans storage in place of a set of doors with slide-out shelves behind them.
Pots an Pans storage in a remodeled Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This makes access to items easier when you are working in the kitchen. The drawer guides for this type of storage are undermounted and installed to accommodate the weight of pots and pans. This kitchen includes a half-wall that has a bar-height countertop that overhangs into the living room. Perfect for adding stools for dining and even leaning against when entertaining. The quartz in this kitchen is from Caesarstone in the “Symphony Grey” design and standard eased edge profile.
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The refrigerator used to be located down near the doorway into the kitchen. This made the room seem crowded right upon entering it.  A new counter-depth refrigerator is located now closer to the “end” of the kitchen. A “counter-depth” refrigerator just means that the entire unit is shallower than a standard one. A standard refrigerator can extend many inches into the kitchen walkway, this unit sits back with the cabinetry allowing maximum traffic flow. In a Galley layout, that space is valuable! This French Door unit from Whirlpool® is 20 cu. ft. and even includes an external ice/water dispenser.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Including a sit-down desk in a kitchen layout has become a thing of the past. No body wants to miss out on space for storage where a desk seating area may have been. Instead, many who work in the kitchen choose to do so at an island or a bar-height top like the one in this layout. But what about the piles? Every kitchen countertop no matter how large the family ends up with the piles! This kitchen design includes a mail organizer cabinet. A mail organizer is a modification that can be made to a wall cabinet to give a place to sort and store mail, keys, calendars, tablets, coupons, etc. Many times we are even installing an outlet in these cabinets to create a charging station.
Mail organizer cabinet in a Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking of power, all of the new switches and outlets in the kitchen have been replaced with the Adorne series by legrand. This stylish system is available in a variety of custom options and finishes. Stop in our store today to learn more and see this system in person! The tiled backsplash in this kitchen is a wonderful example of finding a tile that ties all the other finishes together perfectly. The tile is from our Jeffrey Court line in the “Pietra Opus” series and “Winward Plains” color.
Adorne switches in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cabinetry for this kitchen design is from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door. A hickory wood has been stained in the warm gray “Stone” finish. The cabinet finish is truly stunning in person! Hickory is the perfect wood to showcase this “Stone” stain. The natural hickory woodgrain is highlighted by the stain and in this home filled with oak trim, it is a perfect compliment. The variation of the wood from panel to panel and even the rails and stiles of the doors is noticeable and beautiful.
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The hardware for this kitchen is another bullseye selection! The “Merrick” series from Jeffrey Alexander is sleek and stylish. It compliments the handle styles of the Whirlpool® appliances but in a new finish. The burnished pewter finish has a hint of stainless but blends into the wood finish perfectly. Helping you create a complete design all the way down to that hardware selection, that is our goal at Village Home Stores. Village can provide you with an expert design and quality materials for your project. If needed, we can also take the project over completely for you. Our Project Management program is in place to help your project go as smoothly and efficiently as possible,
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The complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores means that we manage everything for your from start to finish. We handle coordinating a meeting of all subcontractors to provide accurate estimates that can help us build a realistic timeline and schedule for your project. Love the look of this project and want to save some ideas for your own dream kitchen? Be sure to check out the full album of images here on our award-winning Houzz page and save some to your own Houzz ideabooks. Contact our store today to make an appointment so we can start forming the perfect team for your own project. Contact us online here at this link or call (309) 944-1344.
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Geneseo, IL- Sliding Barn Doors Reveal a Hidden Office

Using sliding barn door hardware on the interior of the home has continued to grow in popularity. Many times you may picture re-purposing an old barnwood door or something rustic with this concept when you hear the term mentioned. Sometimes the concept of the barn door hardware itself is a fantastic solution for a space. In the case of this pocket home office, the look is perfect! There is nothing “rustic” or “barnwood” about this finished look. Instead, the hardware itself makes the statement!
Sliding barn doors reveal a hidden home office. | VillageHomeStores.com

We understand the appeal of being able to “hide” your home office piles behind doors but with a space as stylish as this, we say leave them open as much as possible! Press play on the video below to see the barn doors open and close.

The base cabinetry offers up a stack of drawers on each side and a knee drawer across the center. A laminate countertop spans wall to wall and has been installed without a coved backplash attached.
Gray painted cabinetry in a Home Office designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This leave the entire wall surface available for the shimmering and show-stopping Glazzio mosaic tile. A blend of grays, blacks, and white tiles pair with faceted mirror mosaic tiles. Even the most difficult homework assignment or bill paying that may have to happen here will seem glamorous when the backdrop is this tile!
Gray painted cabinetry and glass mosaic tile backsplash in a Home Office. | VillageHomeStores.com

Above the work surface is a center cabinet with doors and two open shelf cabinets that are home to storage baskets. A basket for each family member helps to keep messes and tasks organized. Crown molding on top and light rail molding on the bottom of this cabinet section completes the look.
Gray painted cabinetry in a Home Office designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Small spaces like this home office are the perfect place to get creative and playful with your material choices. That mirrored mosaic tile may be too much for filling an entire kitchen but in this dose, it is perfect. Cabinet hardware is another way you can be creative. The decorative knobs for the doors add a great detail to the small space.
Decorative knob hardware for cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sliding barn door hardware can be used in many applications. In our industry we commonly see it used to conceal pantries, wine rooms, or closets. This home office happens to be located within a large open kitchen. The finished look of these doors and the cabinetry within is so great and looks right at home in the kitchen space.
Sliding barn doors reveal a hidden home office. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this home office project here over on our award-winning Houzz page. If you have a small alcove space or closet that you would like to convert to a home office like this, just reach out for an appointment and we can start the conversation. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible to chat about your project. office_cabinets

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Port Byron, IL Remodel: An Upscale and Pet-Friendly Before & After

 

This Port Byron, IL couple wanted their remodeled kitchen to have an upscale look but still seem approachable and warm. We think their design and materials from Village Home Stores have achieved this look perfectly! Rich dark cabinets in a Beech wood have been stained in a “Mocha” finish from our Koch Classic line. “Yukon” Quartz countertops are a contrast in color and sheen.
Kitchen remodel in Port Byron, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

Such a transformation has taken place! The original kitchen (see before photo below) included soffits at the ceiling and basic slab-style cabinetry. There was plenty of space in the center of the kitchen to accommodate a temporary island/table area. An L-shaped section of cabinetry on one side of the kitchen and a row of cabinets beneath the window on the other side.
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The new design took all usable space and kitchen a new design solution has been installed including a peninsula. This peninsula helps divide the kitchen from the living area and it also adds an overhang area for counter-height seating. There is a pub-height table right outside of the new kitchen for more seating when needed. The remodeled open concept now seems more like one large and cohesive look from kitchen into the dining/living space.
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The dark cabinets and quartz counters look sophisticated and beautiful but the flooring and backsplash once again almost steal the whole show! The customer pointed out when we arrived to photograph the finished space that new visitors are always first to mention the flooring. Good thing their dog “Buoy” seems to have a bright future in modeling because he can’t wait to show you his new floors.
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Mannington Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist technology. | VillageHomeStores.comJust look at this guy. Buoy is a very good dog but he does have paws and claws. No worries though because his owners selected Mannington’s Adura Plank flooring with Scratch Resist Technology. This patented performance coating with Aluminum Oxide helps keep floors looking newer longer by providing exceptional resistance to everyday household scratches.  Watch a video on Scratch Resist here to see how this product is so durable it wears off the ridges of a quarter before any damage is made to the floor the quarter is rubbed onto. No worries Buoy, this Oak “Rawhide” colored floor is as pet-friendly as you can find! Adura Plank flooring is a Luxury Vinyl Tile. We call this material “LVT” for short and while you may have seen us feature more ceramic look LVT here on the blog, the wood look planks are just as awesome!

With the new cabinet layout came added storage solutions for the space. A tall pantry caps off the window wall of the kitchen. This cabinet has been fit with five slide-out shelves so there is plenty of space in this 24″ deep unit for dry goods and even small appliances. This tall piece really helps anchor the look of this section in the kitchen.
Tall pantry with shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

This wall of the kitchen includes a window and a nice stretch of countertop surface. With the new addition of the peninsula, the counter space has doubled. This corner has now become a fantastic place for many tasks. meal prep, serving, and even a dining space with the counter-height seating. Even though there can’t be wall cabinets above this added peninsula, the base cabinets make up in great storage space. A stack of two deep drawers can house pots and pans. A 5-piece drawer front option has been selected for this project. Instead of a smooth, “slab” style these 5-piece option looks more similar to the doors of the cabinetry.
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Many times selecting this 5-piece drawer-front option is no added cost to your cabinet purchase. Be sure to discuss which drawer front style is best for your project with your designer from Village Home Stores.  There are of course other specialty cabinets included in the new kitchen. A pull-out trash cabinet, tray divider cabinet, and even a wood divided silverware drawer (see below). Making the most of your cabinet space is how you end up with a great design that you can fall in love with every time you use it.
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The doorstyle selected for this Port Byron kitchen is named “Aspen” by our Koch Classic line. A flat-panel is the most common door choice when you are looking to end up with a more “Transitional” finished kitchen. It is important to point out though that flat-panel doors can come in a variety of styles and even construction.  If you scroll back up to look at the open pantry door you will see the inside of that open door looks like a raised panel of wood. That is because the center of the “Aspen” doors are solid wood center panels. This makes for a more sturdy construction and gives a more rich and realistic woodgrain than a veneered look.
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The rails and stiles that create the frame around this center panel are also varied in size on the doors. Transitional meets Contemporary, the narrow sides with thicker top and bottom portions of this door give a unique style and look to the cabinet. The look it finished off with a standard crown molding. The soffits have been removed and the new layout has cabinetry stretching all the way to the ceilings. The depths of some of these wall cabinets has been varied to add extra design interest.
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If the cabinetry or flooring didn’t steal your attention, the mosaic tile backsplash certainly will! Pietra Art mosaic tile from the “Woodland Park” series has been installed throughout. This mosaic tile perfectly blends the colors from the cabinetry, countertop, and flooring all into one multi-colored mosaic.
Linear mosaic tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen tile backsplash is illuminated and showcased by our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system. The high contrast from the dark cabinetry to the lighted tile and counters make this tiled surface even more dramatic. We love that there are even Stainless Steel lines in the mosaic to help tie in the appliances with the complete look.
mosaic tile and stainless faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen remodel is the type of space that we think anyone can take something away from touring. The blend of materials and colors all showcase just some of the many options available when working on your own kitchen. Transitional style kitchens give clean and timeless looks without heavy or ornate design elements. This look reads high-end and effortless. We can say though that getting this effortless look did take work. Our thanks to Durian Builders for the work they did in this home. “Buoy” and his family love their new kitchen from Village Home Stores.
Pet friendly flooring by Mannington. | VillageHomeStores.com

This remodel was managed from start to finish with our full remodel Project Management Program. This means that from early estimates until the day “Buoy” moved his food dish, we were there taking care of it all. If you are ready to make the first steps to getting your own Before & After story started call us today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out to us with an email to info@villagehomestores.com. Be sure to check out the entire album of photos from this kitchen Before & After story over here on our Houzz page.
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Geneseo Remodel: Kitchen Turns a New Corner

remodel_geneseoThis featured kitchen remodel in Geneseo, IL gives a new layout that includes designated zones to help keep clutter to a minimum for this busy household.
Geneseo kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores

Any busy household could use some help when it comes to the subject of clutter control. “A place for everything and everything in its place”. That’s a great concept to embroider on a pillow but even with a brand new kitchen, let’s be realistic. Take a look at this design solution. A large-item drop zone area. This is easily our most favorite part of the new design.
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Kitchens tend to be located by the entrance used most by residents of the home. Where do you throw all your stuff when you walk in the door? Including a drop zone area in your kitchen design can help to give your items a built-in place to rest. This design includes a cabinet above, two coat rack cubbies with hooks, and storage drawers below. The drawers below become the perfect location for this family to store petfood and supplies.

A matching beadboard panel has been installed to the back of this bench drop zone area. The ridges of the Birch beadboard help dress up the look of the coat cubbies when nothing is stored there. Hanging two-sided coat hooks from the bottom of the cabinet area above gives bulky items more space to hang. Have you ever heard a friend or family member complain they didn’t have enough drawers in their kitchen? Well imagine how jealous they would be of this corner of our featured remodel.

This new kitchen design “wraps” the corner as it transitions into the drop zone area. The stack of drawers found right at the “turn” of the corner adds even more storage for non-kitchen essentials. Because this drop zone area is located right at the center “hub” of the home, any number of items can be stored here that might be needed. Take a look at a “Before” photo from this Geneseo kitchen just to see how much it has changed:before

Dated cabinetry, hardware and tops have been completely upgraded for a stunning new look. Rich “Mocha” stained Birch cabinetry has been installed in the “Savannah” Shaker doorstyle from our Koch Classic line. If you love the look of this Cherry look on a more affordable wood species, be sure to check out this other featured kitchen on the blog. crown_molding

The refrigerator in the new design has been moved to the sink wall. A small landing space of countertop has been included to the left of the Stainless Steel Whirlpool refrigerator. Hidden within the cabinet is a charging station. Including specified zones for devices is another way to keep kitchen counter clutter under control. Whirlpool refrigerator WRF736SDAM13 | VillageHomeStores.comdepthThe new refrigerator has been surrounded with matching Birch end panels. It is important to note that even though the design has “built-in” the new refrigerator, it still extends out into the space. Be sure to discuss counter-depth vs. standard-depth refrigerator models choices with your kitchen designer and appliance salesperson at Village Home Stores. This layout does not demand the clearance or look of a counter-depth model. Because of that, a full-depth model that offers 25 cu. ft. of storage can be used for this new Geneseo kitchen. Counter-depth refrigerator models can look great and be a space-saving option but don;t forget you do lose capacity when compared to a standard-depth model.pantry

Directly across from the new refrigerator is a tall pantry cabinet. This cabinet has been fitted with adjustable slide-out shelves. In place of cabinets with slide-outs surrounding the range, two large drawer stacks have been included. Now all baking items, pots and pans, and lids are within reach of the cooking zone of the kitchen. full viewCambria WinchesterThe new hardwood flooring in this featured kitchen is beautiful. A Hickory wood from Hallmark’s “Chaparral Collection” has been stained in the “Sagebrush” finish. Other materials from this featured remodel include Cambria’s “Winchester” design quartz tops and a mosaic tile accent strip that truly ties everything together. Working with Village Home Stores gives you the piece of mind that your kitchen will look great. We build a whole team of salespeople just for your project, That way all of the finishes and materials function and look fantastic!

See the full album of photos from this kitchen remodel over on our Houzz profile here. Are your ready to start working on your dream kitchen with Village Home Stores? We can’t wait to start your own Before and After story! Call us today to set up an appointment and get started. (309) 944-1344 kitchen_contractors_geneseo