A job half done is well…. is exactly that. Many times when a new home is built, spaces are completed with the intention to sometime revisit them. We often refer to this as another “phase” of a project. The lower level of this Davenport, Iowa home is a wonderful example of taking that final phase to the next level! There was home bar installed when the home was completed. A bar kneewall and granite top installed plus a lower base cabinets to form a bar area with a bar sink. We have added to the space t make it stand out. The new finished bar are is now complete and very cool!
A whole row of upper cabinetry has been added to match as best we could with the existing base cabinets. The cabinet line is named Koch and a “Brandy” stain has been applied to a Rustic Beech wood. But who are we kidding right? It’s most important what is INSIDE the cabinets in a home bar. Because of this focus, the interiors have been finished so the shelves can be used to display glassware, accessories, and bottles.
Each of the doors has been fit for glass inserts. Including glass in cabinetry can be a great way to add interest to an accent cabinet, or entire section of cabinets like we have showcased here. And speaking of showcased, the best way anything can be spotlighted is with our Diode LED lighting. Here we have installed in inside of the cabinetry including the option of a dimmer.
This low-voltage, low-profile lighting makes it an easy choice to always leave on when ever needed. Useful for task lighting at the bar when entertaining, or used as an ambient light during movie night in the family room. The same lighting system has been installed underneath the wall cabinets to help showcase the stunning slate and copper mosaic tile.
This tile is by Questech in Twill Mosaic: Antique Bronze Blend. It is a gorgeous blend of metals and textures. This tile selection truly sets off the whole space adding style, sparkle, and a toast-worthy look. New carpeting was installed throughout the space and on into the nearby suite area bedroom. The carpeting is from our Phenix line in the Alpine Lake series and Doe Skin color.
When you purchase carpet from Village Home Stores you always receive:
FREE basic tear-out and haul away
FREE basic furniture moving
FREE measure & estimate
We also completed some other areas of the home during this next “phase” process. New wall sconces were added to the space. We love the farmhouse-inspired look of these Kichler wall sconces.
A stylish new ceiling fan was also installed upstairs during the process. This 62″ wide Minka Koa fan is almost an art piece in the great room. So unique and functional. Keep in mind that small projects can also be knocked off your list as we are scheduling crews to work on a space in your home. Why not have the electrician bid the project plus any other areas you could spruce up while they are in the home.
This home bar area and the other areas of the project are just the tip of the iceberg! Wait until you see the new suite area just beyond the bar. The bathroom sincerely is one of the most beautiful projects we have ever installed. Stay tuned here to the next blog post to see that plus a craft room and home gym from the same lower level. A special shout-out to the crews at Durian Builders (see below) who we caught going above and beyond the day we were taking our final photos.
We hope to share this entire project very soon on a new episode of the Village Home Show sometime in 2018. Ready to start the conversation about your own remodel with our team? Your first step is to reach out. We will help guide you through the rest of our process. You can reach us by calling (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We are excited to hear what you are working on!
This year has been such an encouraging year for us as a small business. We continue to add to our growing customer list and promise to keep earning the trust of all of you on that list. We are a small business located in a small town but we are blessed to service such a large area of the Midwest. The team at Village Home Stores is so thankful that you see a value in a great price paired with great service. We would love to brighten someone’s Holiday this year but we need your help. We are calling on all of you to be our elves. We need your “nice list” because someone is getting this Whirlpool® laundry pair under their tree!
This 85 series Duet Front-Load laundry pair has a large capacity AND when working as a team, they are efficient with your time, water, AND energy use. Know someone who could use a “load” of help this Holiday? Please let us know who! Who should be nominated? Nominate someone who is in need of laundry without the finances to purchase new. Or nominate someone who is doing good and could use the pair to keep helping others.
Return THIS NOMINATION FORM to Village Home Stores in person or by mail at 105 S State St. Geneseo, IL 61254 or email completed for to email@example.com all entries must be received by Friday December 22nd at 5pm. Winner will be contacted for delivery the week following Christmas. Name of winner will not be announced publicly unless the winning party agrees to it. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. See store for details.
As we mentioned in our previous post, Village Home Stores is growing. In 2017 we have invested in a larger and revised showroom to offer our customers the best customer experience possible for their project with us. Village Home Stores has become the expert destination for Kitchen & Bath design in our region. Now our new showroom space makes it even more fun and exciting to shop for Appliances, Cabinetry, Lighting, and Floorcovering all in one location. Our store is committed to being a family-owned and locally-owned business. Our customers have a great appreciation that they can pair our expert service with competitive prices to box stores. That means our customers get competitive prices but don’t sacrifice service before or after the sale.
This expansion was extensive! We will be posting a full album of photos from the process to our Facebook page over the next few days. We expanded into another storefront adjacent to our current two showroom locations. The first new space happened within our existing cabinetry entrance. That door is now the main door of our showroom. See the tour of that space here on a previous blog post. We have opened up the connecting walls into it and invested in a stylish and welcoming new lighting showroom space of over 1,200 sq. ft.
What a transformation! With the opportunity to make the space one large design concept, we were able to select materials and products that compliment each other. Textures vary throughout from smooth marble-like quartz to rustic brick-look floor tile. Even our staff is still adjusting to coming around the corner to see this beautiful space. We have already hosted our first team meeting in the new showroom and it was nearly impossible to get over 30 of us to not be distracted by looking around. We were also thrilled that we finally have a space open enough in our store to fit all of our employees at once comfortably.
We don’t just open an account with any lighting vendor. The products we sell must represent Village Home Stores as much as the brand name on the box. We view our showroom as a way to showcase the quality products that are available from our vendors. Curious about the Diode LED lighting we alwasy share on the blog and on our TV show? Come see it in person and ask questions. Didn’t think selecting the right light switches was important in a space? Notice our Adorne series installed throughout the new space to see for yourself just how important it can be.
Our new lighting showroom was designed to make it easy to see a fixture and not have it get lost within a group of 30 other similar fixtures. Our vendors and product catalogs represent hundreds of thousands of available fixtures, It is more important to us that you don’t get overwhelmed when selecting. That is why our staff is there to help guide you through what is available for you specific needs.
We hope this clean and clear display approach paired with our expert staff can make for an easy and fun lighting selection process for any area of your home. We take first impressions very seriously and we value your time. If you haven’t been in to the store for awhile, or if you have just been researching us online, consider this an open invitation to stop by!
Along with lighting, we have installed a full kitchen display and a Master Bath vanity display. We hope these spaces help you to visualize lighting and the full range of products we have available at Village. Our Koch kitchen is a Hickory wood with a Stone stain applied. Viking appliances complete the kitchen. We may be located in a small town but Village Home Stores is home to the largest Viking Range appliance display in the region.
This same kitchen display includes our Legrand undercabinet system fit with speakers, outlets, iPad, and phone docks. Be sure to stop in to see this interchangeable and fun system in action. We are pretty much in love with the antiqued backsplash tile in this kitchen display as well. No judgement from our staff, artistic mirror tile selfies welcome and encouraged.
You don’t need to be working on a project to visit our showroom. You may see staff and customers meeting throughout our showroom when you visit. We often set up to meet outside of our private conference areas when discussing finishes or involving multiple departments on a project. We have included a few areas in this new showroom for our builders and customers to meet with our lighting staff comfortably. We love the rustic table base that our friends at Reclaimed Salvage built for our large meeting table with a Cambria Quartz top.
Since 1984, you have shown us that people choose to buy from people. We would love for you to be able to see some of our staff at work so you can have a familiar face once you are ready to work with us. You may overhear Pat bribing a hardware company with homemade cookies for a rushed delivery, or glance at some project renderings over Therese’s shoulder on her monitor. Stop in soon and you will even see some of our flooring showroom renovations getting completed upstairs.
At Village Home Stores we strive to make our customers feel welcome when they enter our showroom no matter the size of their project or budget. You may need a replacement bulb today but if you end up building a home ten years from now, we are here for you. Our best compliments come from the referrals from our customers. We have clients who drive an hour or more just based on a referral from a friend or relative about their experience at Village Home Stores. When they arrive, our goal is to make our customers relaxed and inspired.
Village Home Stores offers lighting, cabinetry, appliances, and flooring all in one location. We treat lighting selection as an important part of the overall design of a space, not just a final thought or selection. We want to make our customers feel welcome in our store whether they are looking to purchase one light or a whole home of lighting. We listen in detail and are trained to ask the right questions to help our clients narrow down their needs and their own personal tastes. We assist the client in pulling their ideas they see on Pinterest and Houzz into their own home by guiding them through the many lighting options available today.
Not only do you get an expert team compiled for your exact project needs, but we genuinely try to make your purchase as fun and as great as possible. Looking for a single light or an entire home of lighting for a project? We are excited to hear about what you need. Our showroom is open Monday-Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment. You are always welcome to stop in to look around but your best shopping experience begins with an appointment. that way we can be sure you can get the help you need. Call (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form to let us know when you plan on stopping by. Of course you can always shop online anytime here on our lighting website. We have loved showing you this new space and can’t wait for you to see it in person!
We are beyond thrilled to share our 2017 showroom updates with you here on the blog! Village Home Stores has a lot of great things planned as we move into 2017. This showroom update is a significant start! We have purchased a third storefront and added 1,200 sq. ft. of space for a brand new lighting showroom. We will show you are that complete lighting space and our remodel process later this week. Let’s begin today with a tour of our brand new front reception area:
As our business continues to grow, we have changed and adapted our customer experience so that every person that visits our store leaves feeling glad they came. Our entire showroom now is over 9,000 sq. ft. that’s a lot of product and space all in one location! You will now enter the center door off of State Street and be greeted and guided by Therese. That’s Therese in the photo above, look how happy she looks in her new desk area! She creates all of our beautiful full-color renderings for our Kitchen & Bath Design customers. She will now be the first smiling face you see whether you are shopping for a single lightbulb, a full appliances package, or an entire home of products. The back wall of this new reception area is easily one of our favorite new areas of our entire showroom. Layers of texture and a variety of materials make a big first impression.
Have you seen our new signage inside the store? It looks so amazing day and night! We gave the folks at ItsaSchmollworld our logo and they gave us this incredible metal sign! We installed it over a Dahltile Limestone named Martinique Arctic Gray. The logo is back-lit with our Diode LED lighting system. One of best benefits of using our Diode LED lighting to back-light this sign is the fact that it is low-voltage. That means we can leave this sign lit all day and all night and use very little energy for the bold statement it makes. See for yourself how amazing this back wall looks in the evening when you are passing the store. The pendant lighting flanking the logo is another great element to the finished design.
These pendants are from our ELK Lighting line. The series is named Gramercy. We love the schoolhouse shape to the glass and the brushed finish pairs perfect with the metal logo sign on the same wall. The wood panels behind each pendant are a unique new product we have just launched, DuChateau wall coverings. These panels are from the Kaudra series in the Brown Ash finish. We are so excited to has access to this great new product! Consider these wall coverings for a fireplace wall or as an accent wall in a Master Bedroom. Below is a moodboard of the variety of finishes included in this new front desk:
Brushed Bronze handles from our Top Knobs line add a warm matte-finish gold look which is right on trend for our industry. Two finishes and styles of DuraSupreme Cabinetry have been included in this desk design. Gray Painted cabinets in the Middleton doorstyle and paint called Moonstone. The warm gray/bronze laminated cabinets are the Talia Horizontal style in a finish named Wired Bronze. Many times the countertops selected can easily become overpowered by everything else in a complete look. These Cambria Quartz tops in the Seagrove design wrap just about every available remaining surface and command your attention!
This installation technique is called a “Waterfall” edge. Cambria seems to spring up from the floor, wrap the cabinets and desk surfaces and cascade back down again seamlessly. The front face of the desk includes a recessed area of paneling that repeats the Wired Bronze finish from the back wall of cabinetry.
All of this sits atop a new floor from our Marazzi line. This is a wood-look porcelain tile that will be a durable and stylish choice to hold up to the high-traffic area of the showroom. This 6″ x 36″ tile is from the American Estates series in the Natural color. If you want the look of wood but a durable and easy to clean surface, ask one of our flooring experts at Village about a wood-look tile. We have loved showing you around this beautiful new space online but as you can imagine, it makes an even better first impression in person! Your best experience with our store if you are working on a project begins with an appointment. That being said, you do not need an appointment or and excuse to stop by, look around and say hello! Consider this your open invitation. If you are ready to get started on a project with us contact us online by completing the short form at this link or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
The right design and materials in the perfect setting. It’s a winning look! Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a Traditional kitchen at this Evergreen Custom Home built in Atkinson, IL. Rustic selections refined into a functional design with countrywide views out every window.
Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Charleston” doorstyle and “Sienna” finish paired with a Maytag® suite of Stainless Steel appliances. Granite countertops add rustic drama to the space. The “Desert Dream” stone is full of incredible veining and character. As you make your way around the batwing-shaped island tops they change from dark black to tans and earth tones then back to black again. We imagine it will be quite easy to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get lost in your own imagination just staring at the natural beauty of this granite.
Combination Microwave and Wall Oven:
This wall is also home to a Maytag® 30″ wide combination wall oven and microwave unit. At first glance you may think it is simply a double oven unit…. you are almost correct! By including the microwave into the wall oven area of a design you free up your options for the overall design of your kitchen. If your design allows it, a combination wall oven can give you a great location for the microwave and also instantly bump the overall look of your kitchen into a more customized category. Nobody is thrilled about including a microwave as an appliance focal point of a kitchen design. This is why normally we try to “hide” it or build a microwave into an island base cabinet. Even concealing the unit behind doors has become common. If space is limited, microwave hoods are a wonderful space-saving solution. If your design can accommodate a wall oven, consider a combination unit with a drop-down door microwave. Many of these models can be upgraded to include convection features in the microwave oven cavity. This allows you to have a secondary oven when needed.
Slide In Gas Range:
The secondary oven for this kitchen can be found in the island directly across from this wall oven unit. Maytag®’s slide in gas range with EvenAir™ true convection uses a powerful heating element and a sturdy fan to circulate even temperatures for more consistent roasting and baking within the 5.8 cu. ft. interior.
Five burners in the gas cooktop rest under full-width cast iron grates. It is so easy to picture multiple users at work in this kitchen design. This model also includes a warming drawer below the oven. This kitchen has a fantastic functional layout with plenty of prep and cooking areas available. A pullout spice rack is right within reach to the right of this slide in unit.
Unique Storage Cabinets:
This kitchen includes two other unique storage solution cabinets that are worth a mention. The first cabinet is shown on the right and it goes by many names in the industry. With a unique cabinet layout including two small drawers, a bread box, cutting board, and cabinet with slide-out tray this can truly be put to many uses. A “Sandwich-Center” or perhaps a designated snack zone for children? Do you have limited space in a bar or island? This might be a great option to make the most of your space. Press play below to watch this cabinet come to life and imagine the possibilities of including this cabinet option in your own design.
The other unique storage cabinet included in the perimeter of this kitchen is a stand-mixer lift insert. Nice stand mixers can be such a great looking small appliance that many times customers want to have them on the countertops as a part of the finished look. Not everyone wants to keep theirs within eyesight when not in use. Have you ever had the opportunity to try and move one of these mixers from one corner of a kitchen to another? They aren’t exactly lightweight. Press play below to watch how an insert for your mixer can keep it within reach but out of site when not needed.
The variety of textures and materials used in this beautiful kitchen make it hard to decide which makes the largest impact. If you are here in person you would most certainly agree it is the hardwood flooring. Even with a kitchen full of this much cabinetry, the wood floors draw your eye immediately. Hand-scraped “Acacia” (Asian Walnut) hardwood in random widths has been installed in the “Saddleback” finish. With a variety of wood tones found within the surface, it is the perfect compliment to the more controlled woodtone of the medium cherry finish found on the kitchen cabinetry. We can’t possibly mention the word “texture” and not give you a closer look at the kitchen backsplash at this home.
Pietra art stone in a strip mosaic has been installed from Florida Tile’s “Picasso” series. This tile makes a huge impact when you first see it…then seeing it illuminated by the Diode LED lighting and reflected onto the stone counters you get to fall in love with it over and over. Also reflected in the counterops are the unique pendant lights that hang above the island.
These unique pendants by ELK Lighting are from the perfectly named “Watersphere” collection. The “Smoke” finish to the water glass creates a hammered look to the globes. When we visited this kitchen to photograph the space, the owners pointed out the unique patterns that form on the ceiling above the pendants (see image above). Rustic style can still look refined and controlled when the right materials are used. Texture is where you get a Rustic impact and texture is not only something found in reclaimed barnwood, The glass in these pendants, the hand-scraped wood flooring, and that incredible tile backsplash all add texture and keep the overall look magazine-ready but not trendy.
This kitchen includes a corner sink layout to grant the user access to the countryside views and maximum natural light during the day. Note the eyebrow arch at the front and back of the sink divider. This design detail was executed and installed by our granite fabricators. The small button sitting flush with the counter on the left corner of the sink is to operate the garbage disposal.
A second sink can be found across the kitchen in the island. When designing a large kitchen that may be used by many people both for prep and entertaining, a second sink is a great idea. This bar sink is accessible for the entire front half of the new kitchen. A pull-out sprayer is also included in the faucet making it a great secondary area for clean up. The island itself is so large and right at the entrance to the kitchen. The bar-height top on the island is where many of the guests will be found when entertaining. A bar sink like this can be great to fill up with ice and have beverages out and ready to grab. Sinks aren’t the only thing duplicated in this kitchen…
A glass-front beverage cooler is also located in the kitchen island. With plenty of shelf space for wine, soda, juice and beers in this cooler, the main refrigerator isn’t over crowded. The glass-front on the cooler also makes “way-finding” easier to a guest. Let a guest know they are welcome to “grab a beverage from the island” and they can easily find their way.
Speaking is islands, let’s address the fact that this design includes two of those as well!. The larger island on the perimeter of the design helps establish the “end” of the kitchen in relation to the great room it sits in. Because of this location and the size of the island, it is easy to forget that it even is one at all. The rectangle island in the center of the space helps give the main kitchen area a great landing space right at the center of the cooking zone of the design.
The smaller island in the center of the kitchen is fit with a contrasting granite top. An “Absolute Black” granite top is polished and has a standard “Eased” edge applied. We love the way this polished dark stone reflects the rest of the kitchen back at any visitor as they walk by it. See the full album of nearly 40 photos from this projecthere on our Houzz.com page. Are you building a new home? Want to remodel the one you are in to make it even better? Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation on your own project! (309) 944-1344 or click here for an appointment.
At Village Home Stores we take customer service very seriously. Since 1984 we have been providing expert service and quality products to our community. We are in the business of creating life-long customers. That can only happen when we put our customers and community first. Our “small business” was so thrilled recently to receive National recognition for our Appliance Service department. The United Servicer’s Association awarded our store as “Most Professional Service Company” in the 1-2 technicians category.
Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores heads up our service team that includes service dispatchers and parts administrators Amy Currier (left) and Ruth Miller (right). Jeff Gerber (inner left) and John Moore (inner right) are our Expert Appliance Service technicians.
Recently we have added a third technician to help provide our customers an even quicker award-winning service experience. We do apologize for the “Humble Brag” but for a small business like us to stand out in such a large community of servicers is exciting. Village Home Stores offers many services and we do so to a large radius of areas surrounding Geneseo, IL. We are proud of our small-town roots and can’t imagine our store being located anywhere else.
The semi-finalists for the United Servicer’s Award were selected by a panel of 5 judges and based on the 4 following areas: Technician Uniform; Service Vehicle; Company Logo: and Online Presence in Social Media. Then the finalists were selected by a group of service peers when put to a vote. No successful business should ever stop improving or learning. That is why all departments of our store attend industry conferences and trade shows whenever it is possible.
Co-Owner of Village Home Stores Rob Ries and Senior Service Technician Jeff Gerber were present at the Annual Service Training Institute in Miami, Florida in February to accept the award. Our staff attends many shows throughout the year. It is important for our customers to have access to anything new and up-and-coming. We also want to be sure that our staff is as knowledgeable as possible on products and trends within the categories of products we carry. Kitchen and Bath products, Lighting, Floorcovering, and Appliances are all continuously changing areas and we want you to have access to the latest and greatest.
Expert product knowledge is something our customers have come to expect from the Village Home Stores staff. Continuing training for our staff like the Dura Supreme Cabinetry training event shown above, is key to keeping our staff sharp on all that we offer. We have recently transitioned one of our current team members to act as our on-site product trainer within the store. ipads and smart TVs are also now a key part of your buying experience with our store.
Embracing current technology and new products and services help keep us at the very forefront of what is happening. We will never stop striving to be your industry experts. 2015 was a pretty gigantic year for our store and 2016 is shaping up to be even better! We have already been awarded with the Best of Houzz in Customer Service for the second year in a row! Houzz.com hosts the largest residential design database in the world. Co-Owner Jim Ries (shown above with sign) was recently recognized as an early-adopter of this platform. Houzz has become an incredible tool for our staff as they work closely with customers to create and collaborate on a finished design for their own dream space. We have chosen to use our professional profile on Houzz.comto showcase our portfolio of work and a place for our customers and colleagues to review us. But that’s not all! We were also awarded with anotherQuad Cities Locals Love Us award in the Custom Cabinetry category for the second year in a row. We work hard to provide an exceptional customer experience for our customers and truly appreciate this award in particular because it is based on customer voting. Thank you to anyone who was one of those voters.
Now that your customer experience at Village Home Stores falls into the new category of “Award-Winning”, we are taking customer service even more seriously moving into 2016. If you have become one of our customers in the past 32 years we thank you so much! When you call for a service appointment, or purchase a light fixture from our store we want to count on seeing you again the next time you need anything we provide. We consider our customers as the main ingredient in our store’s community. Stop in anytime just to say “hello” to see what we are working on and what is new! Schedule your appointment for a project at (309) 944-1344 or online anytime at VillageHomeStores.com.
This kitchen remodel in Eldridge, IA has been transformed from dated oak to a cool neutral tone of materials. Another great example of how simply updating your layout and materials can give you an entire new space without any major construction.
This L-shaped layout is large enough to accommodate an island or even a portable island if one is desired in the future. For this Eldridge, IA couple it is perfect leaving the open space. Cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line has been painted a “Pearl” finish and a “Slate” accent has been applied with a low sheen. The “Kendall” doorstyle from Dura Supreme is a great choice for an accented finish. Allowing the raised center panels of the doors to be highlighted with the “Slate” color.We absolutely love the countertop selection made for this project. Do you favor brighter whites and a hint of grey? Thinking of adding a “spa-blue” paint color to your walls or accessories? The subtle blue green color that runs throughout these Cambria Quartz “Praa Sands” tops might be perfect for your project! Proof that you can keep a “neutral” color palette and still introduce color into your space. The customers mentioned that they loved accessorizing it with WInter and snow elements and look forward to popping some blue accents in for Spring. You know we can never pass up an opportunity to show you just how amazing our Diode LED undercabinet lighting is. Even in the middle of the day in a bright white kitchen like this it makes a world of a difference. It perfectly shows off the space and gives you an incredible wash of light for tasks at the counter. A backsplash tile has been installed along the entire L-shape. A 3″ x 6″ Subway tile in a white gloss finish is accented by a band of “Aqua Mix” glass and stone deco tile.
A corner sink is not something we have shown that often here on the blog. They do continue to be a great option for certain projects. With proper planning and space, you can still get a double-well sink in a corner sink configuration. This under-mounted Elkay sink is what is considered a 50/50 configuration. This means there are equal sized compartments. Egranite composite sinks are extremely durable and offer a great alternative to an undermount Stainless Steel sink.
Available in 5 color options and many other layouts and sizes, Egranite sinks are a great choice for your kitchen sink. Corner sink installations also give you the available space for a shelf in the corner behind the sink. This elevated area can be used for a number or tasks and the shelf ads a little easier access to the area. The small surface between the sink countertop and the raised shelf can be covered with either tile (shown here) or a small piece of your countertop material.
Because the sink is located in the corner of this kitchen, a long span of countertop space is available on the main wall. Anyone with limited counterspace in their own kitchen can take one look at this stretch of workspace and may get just a touch jealous. The counters aren’t the only great thing about this wall. The cabinet on the far right is full of great storage.
The split- top drawer section of this basecabinet has been fitted with a Tiered Cutlery Divider from Dura Supreme. This feature gives you full access to the entire drawer area and keeps utensils organized. Below that are two large drawers that work great as Pots and Pans Drawers. Keep pots, pans, and their lids all organized in these wide drawers.
A Tray Divider cabinet may be a standard and expected item to see in any new kitchen but take note of the size of this one. Many times a narrow 9″ cabinet can be enough space for storing your baking sheets and trays. Because of the location of this cabinet, a wider tray divider was selected. With Dura Supreme Cabinetry our designers can call out the width desired and they are not limited to “standard” 3″ increments. This wider cabinet now gives the user at the cooktop more landing space on either side of the range.
We mentioned earlier that we did not do to much construction to the main space of this kitchen. The soffits above the wall cabinetry remained. A custom look was still desired for the wall cabinets. Similar to what we would do in the case that your cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling, a full-sized crown was specified for the design.
Allowing space for a full-sized crown molding above the wall cabinetry helps give the overall kitchen a more complete and polished look. Now the cabinetry looks “built-in” below the soffits. Speaking of a “built-in” look check out the refrigerator wall!
This niche area includes space for a full-sized French-Door refrigerator. Surrounding the refrigerator are two tall pantry cabinets. Between the two 24″ deep tall cabinets is a 24″ deep cabinet above the refrigerator. This section of the kitchen now offers so much great storage. Each pantry cabinet is fit with 4 slide-out shelves. These shelves are perfect for pantry storage because each shelf can be adjusted. Having the option to adjust the height for taller boxes or containers is fantastic. The shelving is also full-extension so you are able to access the entire depth of the shelf when loading and unloading items. The top section of tall pantry/utility cabinets is a great location for small appliances you are not wanting to leave on the counter.
Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? Make an appointment today with our design team to start working on your own Before and After story with Village Home Stores. Click here to contact us online or call us at (309) 944-1344.
This Geneseo kitchen remodel has become one of our most talked about projects of the year. A unique stain on a rich woodgrain paired with Cambria quartz counters. Watch a full episode of the Village Home Show dedicated entirely to this Before & After story. Click the video below to see the full tour (commercial free).
Cherry cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in their “Caraway” stain is at center stage in this new kitchen. The “Lynden” doorstyle is a Transitional choice, yet when paired with the other finishes and furnishings this kitchen it almost borders along a Modern style. To get the full picture of just how much of a transformation in style this space has seen take a look at this before photo.
We don’t want to discredit the original kitchen at all. The layout and design details were way ahead of their game when this kitchen was last remodeled (22 years ago). Medium Oak raised-panel cabinetry and a beveled edge Formica top including a full-height backsplash matching the countertops. Warm grays and unique design details have not only brought this kitchen up to date, it is now ahead of the current trends.
If you haven’t noticed lately when shopping for any type of item for your home or even clothing and accessories, gray has become a powerhouse neutral. We wrote here on the blog just this past Spring that Gray is Here to Stay. Where did we officially hear this news? From the team at Dura Supreme Cabinetry who forecast gray to stay on track long-term. Projected to be popular for the next 5-8 years, that was reason enough for Dura to launch a whole line of options in the gray category for us to offer our customers.
Cambria Quartz counters in the “Torquay” design are the perfect choice for a subtle veining that compliments the cabinet finish. A blend of many types of textures and materials are at work to give this kitchen a soothing look and feel. This kitchen was full remodeled from start to finish by a team from Village Home Stores. The original kitchen was contained by walls on all four sides.
The Dining Room was divided up from the kitchen by this wall. Not only did this wall create two separated areas, it blocked a good deal of the natural light that the Dining Room offered. With more and more of our customers looking for a more open concept to their homes, walls often come out in remodels. In this case we removed the wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room completely and opened up the original range wall as well.
This birdseye view above shows the new kitchen design fills the two main walls with cabinetry and extends the base cabinets in from the cooktop wall as a peninsula. A kneewall supports a bar-height top in the peninsula and a shallow buffet area is installed on the opposite end creating a casual eat-in dining area along the front entry to the kitchen.
The kitchen sink is now located on this main wall of cabinetry. With no window above the kitchen sink, a painted cabinet with reeded glass doors creates interest and brightens up the space. Our Diode L.E.D. undercabinet lighting washes the countertops and also lights the interior of this painted cabinet.
An undermounted sink including a low-divider configuration has been installed. This cast-iron option allows for the perfect shade of warm gray to be used in place of an expected Stainless Steel sink. There are so many textures at work here in the new design. Many of them all in the same value of gray. By using the same grays but in varied textures it creates a sophisticated “Tone on Tone” end result.
With plenty of storage throughout the new kitchen design, a cabinet above the new refrigerator wasn’t needed. Instead a pair of X-shaped wine cabinets has been installed. When we photographed the kitchen they had just began to “move” back into the space. Looks to us like a housewarming party needs to happen to fill this wine rack. We hope we get the invite.
A raised dishwasher can be a very interesting design choice in appearance but consider the reason it might be right for you. The main benefit for raising your dishwasher up to this height is that loading and unloading the unit is far more easier when you don’t even have to bend over to do so. Many of the Full Project Management kitchen remodels we do are for families who love their home but want to rework the existing spaces to allow them to age there and stay longer.
The most stunning area of the new kitchen is the new cooktop and hood wall. This wall has gone from a single valance in the original kitchen to a magazine-worthy look in the new kitchen!
A section of cascading mosaic tile from our Glazzio line in their “Orbit” series is a blend of tile, glass, and stainless. Installed behind the KitchenAid chimney hood all the way down to the countertop. Cascading down and creating a reflection on the smooth electric cooktop, it almost looks like it flows into the countertop.
The main backsplash field tile throughout the new kitchen is a porcelain tile you may recognize from this kitchen over on Houzz. The Paramount porcelain tile in the Sandal Wood “Ocean Breeze” design is great as a flooring option but we prove here once again that it makes a great wall tile. A faux wood grain look compliments the Cherry wood grain of the Dura Supreme cabinets. The Adorne collection from Legrand has been installed throughout. Pop-out outlets shown here are just some of the incredible options in this line.
Softap touch dimmer switches has also been installed for the lighting plan in this new design. These dimmers can be set to the light level you desire and then with a single tap brought back to that level. Learn more about the Adorne collection and see a full Master Bathroom fitted with them in this recent episode of the Village Home Show.
Two of those dimmers control the dining lighting selected for this new space. Located in a beautifully serene wooded lot just outside of Geneseo, the view looking out from this new kitchen are also amazing. This Artcraft light fixture plays perfectly with the branches outside of the Dining Room.
In keeping with a more organic style and lines, this drum shade fixture hangs above the casual dining area on the opposite end of the new kitchen. A Stainless Steel suite of appliances from KitchenAid was also installed throughout.
KitchenAid offers a great look plus incredible features on every model. In place of a double wall oven we included a combination wall oven and microwave. This model includes convection features so the option to have two functioning wall ovens is there when needed.
Above the combination wall oven is a wood tray divider for storing bakeware. This 24″ deep oven cabinet also is the perfect location for small appliances that may otherwise clutter up your counters.
Don’t let that incredible tile distract you from what was right below it. This 36″ wide electric cooktop with touch-activated controls is easy to use and looks great.
Below the cooktop is a large cabinet fit with sliding shelves that are perfect for storing pots and pans. Remember that all of our sliding shelves are adjustable and you can always install them at the best spots for whatever height your items and lids are. There are two other areas of cabinetry that are included in the new kitchen.
A shallow sideboard/buffet area to the right of the refrigerator and a drop zone section of cabinetry near the front entry. There was a drop zone in the original kitchen but this configuration and location helps to keep clutter hidden and offer another space for serving or displaying items when entertaining.
To give this section of cabinetry a unique look, beveled ends have been added. These clipped corners allow the light to hit the “Caraway” finish and also gives a chance fro the crown and undercabinet molding to wrap and make a more custom look.
Concealed within the upper cabinet is a mail organizer. Clutter that may normally end up on the countertop can be stashed away out of sight. In many kitchens we include outlets in these slots to create charging stations for devices. The other area directly across from the drop zone is that sideboard/buffet section of cabinetry.
Not only does this offer a great long countertop to serve from it also allows for some added storage. With Dura Supreme cabinetry there is no added cost or limitations to cut back the depth of a cabinet. In this case we were able to make the section of cabinetry perfectly sized to use up the shallow space of wall leading up to the front window of the home. Hidden inside one of these cabinets is a FloJet water pump. Hard water can be…well..hard on components of your home appliances. This system allows the homeowners to pump water from a large bottle into their new KitchenAid 29 cu. ft. refrigerator. You may also notice that this area has an accent counter. The “Galloway” design from Cambria is installed here for a bit of interest and a lot of sparkle.
Completely remodeled from start to finish and from the floor to ceiling. Of course we have to mention the flooring. Paramount’s Monterrey Birch hardwood in the “Espresso” finish. Random widths and lengths help create a unique pattern when installed in a standard way. Installing these varied widths and lengths of hardwood at an angle sets the entire new great room off and helps this entire space have a unique, updated, and upscale look. With a completed look this amazing, you know we had to include this kitchen in an episode of the Village Home Show!
That is why we can’t reveal the full tour of this kitchen here on the blog. The best way to see it is to watch the episode shared above. See a full tour from start to finish and help us welcome two visitors from Dura Supreme to be some of the very first guests in the new space. Can you walk up to your trash bin and tap the lid open with just a nudge of your knee? These homeowners can. And just how custom can a unique bar top shape be? Want to save some of these ideas for your own project? Se the full album of photos over on our Houzz page here and save them to your own project ideabooks. Do you want to make your dream kitchen a reality? are there walls in the way of that space? We can help! Call or click today to set up an appointment and start the conversation about your own before and after story.
It should come as no surprise that gray has officially caught fire as a trendy color to include in your home interiors. All you need to do it take a look at your Pinterest feed or even the covers of the magazines at the grocery checkout. Gray has found its place in the home and the kitchen. We recently had the opportunity to attend a Design Symposium hosted by our friends over at Dura Supreme Cabinetry. We spent the good deal of the day learning about current trends as well as trends forecasted to hit the industry soon. We can’t wait to share with you what we learned from industry leaders and we thought addressing this common question is a great place to start. Weekly, (sometimes even daily) our designers get asked by our clients “Gray?! Isn’t that a trendy color to use on such a permanent project?” The short answer is yes… but allow us to present the strong case for why you should still consider it.
What used to be a fun accent color has now taken over the entire palette of color choices. When companies like Formica, Dura Supreme, and Cambria invest a large amount of money into research and development of new materials and selections for our customers it is your first clue that this “trend” is not dissolving anytime soon!
So how much longer will gray remain “a thing”? About 5-8 more years. So if you have been holding off on gray, you still have time! Just like any color you shop for in an outfit or while furnishing a room in your home, do what you are comfortable with. If a gray kitchen from floor-to-ceiling is not your thing there are so many options on how to include gray into your space no matter what your comfort level.
What is the “Classic” approach to including gray in your kitchen? Consider one of the very first materials used in ornament and decoration… marble! You can’t get a more classic look than gray veining in a slab of natural marble. This continues to be a popular choice for kitchen countertops and Formica has even taken steps to improve options if you budget doesn’t allow for true marble to be installed. Take a look at the “Calacatta Marble” and “Bianca Luna” designs available from the Formica 180fx® series. Larger patterns and a more realistic texture get you as close as possible for a fraction of the price. Take a look at this Rock Island kitchen we remodeled that includes a more classical look. The Koch “Oyster” paint is a subtle gray color in place of a painted white. The marble tile in the backsplash is another classic choice.
Even though gray is predicted to continue to popular for at least the next 5-8 years, you may want to take a more cautious approach to including it. If that is where your comfort-level is with the trend you still have a lot of options.
Think of the non-permanent surfaces of your space that you may want to revisit in the next 5-8 years. Paint is a great example. Keeping the more permanent materials like cabinets, flooring, and countertops neutral leaves the door open to change out the wall color a few years later and get an entirely refreshed look. Other places can be in your kitchen accessories like barstools and linens.
But what if you want to really go for it? How can you dive into the gray kitchen trend? You and your designer at Village Home Stores have so many options! There are now gray colors available in every surface for your kitchen and bath project. Of course you can install an entire kitchen of gray and we can help you find the right balance and design for that. Accenting with gray can also make a huge impact. Here are a few ways you can accent your kitchen with gray:
Gray kitchen islands have been so popular in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. We have installed many in remodeled spaces like this Moline kitchen but dozens and dozens into new homes as well.
Another great idea for a way to accent your kitchen with gray is to include gray floating shelves or even finish the back of an open cabinet with a gray panel. The barnwood shelves in this remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores also displays another great accent item, teh hood. Take a look at our “Gray Is Here To Stay” Pinterest board to see tons of great examples of gray accents in action.
Gray has always been an option for kitchen materials but the past few years and predicted years to come, it is a force to be reckoned with! We just installed this new gray weathered Cherry island in the showroom (shown above) from Dura Supreme and it was quite the conversation-starter at our Q.C.B.R. booth this year ( and don’t worry there is a full tour of this new display hitting the blog soon).
Something that really stuck with us when we attended the Design Symposium was a statement from Karen Wistrom ASID, Vice President of Marketing at Dura Supreme Cabinetry who said gray is “not just for prison walls and cloudy days” anymore. We agree and can’t wait to help you get started on your own project.
Contact us today with a click or a call and let’s get started!
The Moline kitchen we featured on the blog a few weeks back also had a nearby bathroom in the home that was remodeled as well. Village Home Stores offers bathroom vanities available from all of our cabinet lines. We also carry the the full line of Bertch Bath products made not to far from us in Waterloo, IA. Bertch offers bath cabinetry in a number of sizes and layouts and can be ordered in many wood species and finishes.
This bathroom may only house one small vanity but there are a lot of great ideas within this new space. The first is the vanity itself. The “Hudson” doorstyle is one of the most versatile vanity styles available from the Bertch Bath catalog. This is because it can be finished and styled in so many different ways. The vanity in this space has been ordered in a Alder wood and dark “Brindle” finish has been applied. Decorative feet have also bee added in place of a toekick area to give a more freestanding and furniture look to the cabinet.
To keep that furniture vanity appearance, a framed mirror has been installed above the vanity in place of a tri-view medicine cabinet that may be expected here. A single panel of beveled mirror is framed in the same mitered “Hudson” style as the doors. The single-door medicine cabinet installed on the nearby wall to the left creates a storage space for small items and keeps them off the vanity counter.
The wall outlet for this bath vanity is a very busy place. Many women can relate to the multiple devices like straighteners and blow-driers and curling rods that can clutter up a bathroom countertop. But why are these cords leading down to the floor past the vanity top? Because this bathroom was designed to accommodate all of those hair appliances!
A narrow bathroom caddy is tucked away between the bath vanity and the wall and the granite countertop has even been extended to add more counter space to the user at the vanity.
The tile in this bathroom is bright and classic. New floor tile has been placed throughout and a brand new custom-tiled tub/shower surround has been installed as well. A strip of glass mosaic tile surrounds the new shower and glass corner shelves were installed for shower items. The new Stainless Steel shower head includes a removable handheld wand and multiple spray options.
An tiled cubby within the shower wall was added to offer another location for shower items and accessories. This keeps clutter from piling up along the edge of the tub/shower base.
Village Home Stores can manage your complete bathroom remodel for you. We can coordinate the entire project from start to finish. We also can offer you expert design and service for just the materials you need on your project. If you already have your own plumber or contractor to work with that is absolutely fine. We are here to help you select the right products and layout for your new bathroom. Find more great ideas over on our “Bathrooms” Pinterest board and call or click today to set up your appointment and get started on your bath remodel today with us!
Village Home Stores is located in historic Downtown Geneseo, IL at 105 South State Street. We carry Appliances Sales & Service, Cabinetry, Lighting, and Floorcovering for your project.