Kitchen Remodel With Great Storage Cabinets! (Rock Island, IL)

I could not have picked a better time to stop by to take some final pictures of this kitchen in Rock Island, IL. It was the end of the day last Friday and the homeowners were hosting some friends for cocktail hour in their new space. Seeing customers enjoying the finished project and showing it off to friends is the absolute BEST compliment we could get. I felt like I was walking into a commercial for our Full Project Management service. The owners of this beautiful new kitchen were so enthusiastic to share how easy the estimate and execution of the project was from start to finish with their guests.

Kitchen remodel by Village Home StoresWhile the shape and configuration of this island may appear strange at first glace, I got to see first hand how perfect it was. The raised bar-height top on the right end was the perfect place for guests to lean and set a drink and snack while the user is working in the kitchen. The location of this section of the island is actually where a wall was located previously. Here are some photos to get a better grasp of how we opened the space up.

Before Photos of KitchenIn the “Before” photo you see that a wall formed a narrow hallway behind the refrigerator and pantry. This wall was removed along with a beam that spanned the width of the old space. The temporary wall you see in the “During” photo was put in place until a new supporting header could be installed in the now wider kitchen. Now for the full tour of all of the great storage cabinets included in the new kitchen.

Pullout Spice RackA pull-out spice rack was installed adjacent to the range area for easy access to spices and cooking oils. While this cabinet happens to be a wall spice rack, base cabinet versions are available as well. A great secondary use for a base pull-out rack is to hold cleaning products near a sinkbase.

The new island also had great access to pots & pans storage in deep drawers immediately behind the range user. A pull-out cutting board located in the island is actually one of two installed in this kitchen. With two active users in the kitchen, there can now be many stations to prep and work in the space.

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Tray Storage Above RefrigeratorMy favorite storage solution in this new layout was hidden where you may least expect it. As I was taking photos of the island the customer exclaimed “Oh and you haven’t seen my favorite one!”. In the cabinet above the refrigerator were wood tray dividers and a wonderful deep space to store small (but tall) appliances. Now the reachable space in the base cabinets can house everyday items in place of these.

Cubby front to match kitchen cabinetsAn opening that once sat on the end of the old hallway area is now included in the new design. A face frame and door was ordered to match the new cabinets and create a custom look covering the cubby. Now access to this deep storage area looks like a well planned element of the new space. The customer plans on adding shelves to make for more pantry storage in the kitchen. While face frames and doors make up a significant part of the cost of a cabinet, sometimes the purchase of one and some added trim can make a great custom impact.

Cookbook storage

Angled base cabinetCookbook storage and an angled base cabinet were two other areas worth noting in the new kitchen design. Angled end cabinets can be a great way to add storage an not intrude on traffic paths in a space. You are able to extend the counter and storage an they make a great cap for row of cabinets in place of an abrupt square stop. In this case a table was just beyond the end of this counter and now a seated guest will not feel crowded.

Do you have a kitchen that may be able to be widened or reworked for a better solution? Just having a hard time figuring out how it will work best? We would love to talk to you about it. Our team at Village Homes Stores can show you full-colored rendered images of your new space before any walls or soffits get torn down. This way you can visualize your new space before any mess is made. Contact us today for an appointment so we can begin the discussion with you. We would love for you to be our next “Before & After” story!

Kitchen Remodel In Rock Island by Village

 

 

Use & Care: Granite and Quartz Counters

 

Your beautiful new kitchen from Village Home Stores is finished. Gorgeous stone counter tops are shining back at you…now what? How can you keep your Granite or Quartz counter tops looking as fantastic as they do now for years and years to come? Here are some tips from the experts here at Village Home Stores.

how to care for graniteIt’s no secret that Natural Stones and man-made Quartz surfaces are extremely hard and durable materials. These surfaces still remain the most sought-after choices for kitchen projects all across the industry. Granite and Marble mined from sources all over the globe are selected for their beauty and uniqueness. The fact that these colors and patterns occur in nature is pretty amazing. That is why many people fall in love with the look and concept of installing natural stone in their homes. However, there are some things that can harm these surfaces.

Man-made Quartz counter tops are non-porous and cannot be damaged by foods and liquids. Natural stones vary in density and sealant absorbency. Because of the natural properties of Natural Stone, with Granite or Marble surfaces you will want to avoid the following:

  • Acidic foods and liquids coming in contact with your stone. They can etch the polish of a stone or even stain them in some cases. Citrus fruits & juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces should never be left on your Natural Stone surfaces for long periods of time. Wine, coffee and soda spills should also be kept clean.
  • Abrasive cleaners should never be used on your stone surfaces. Granite and Marble are very hard surfaces but the sealants on some may break down faster over time if abrasive cleaners are used. We will expand more on cleaning your counters below.
  • Leaky oils & soaps can slowly be absorbed into natural stones so make sure to keep an eye on any dispensers or containers.

Cleaning Granite TopsCleaning your new counter tops will surely become part of a day-to-day routine in your new space. There are many mild cleaners formulated specially for use on Granite and Marble surfaces. These are all safe to use but for quick clean ups warm water and basic liquid dish soap will be just fine.  Avoid excessive use of soaps on your Natural Stone tops so you do not begin to form a build-up of soap and dull the shine of your surfaces. Never use abrasive cleaning products on your stone. For difficult spills and food stains, the flat side of a straight razor blade can be used on your Granite or Marble top.

Granite Counter Top SeamsMost kitchen layouts require a seam in the material. Seams can be expected with both man-made Quartz and Natural Stone products. These seams are constructed of epoxy products that may react to heat. Avoid placing heat directly on seamed areas of your counter tops. While some stones may need to be resealed every 4-5 years, some may never need more sealant than the initial installation. The best way to test if your sealant is working is to place a few drops of water on your work surface. If the water soaks in quickly, then it is time to reseal. If it beads up, then it is protected.

Below is an infographic for your quick reference. Feel free to “Pin” it or print and save with your project information. Making this information available to all members of your house, house guests or even babysitters will help protect the investment you have made in your new space. Selecting stone tops for your kitchen was a great choice. By creating good care habits in your new space, you will ensure that they will look as beautiful 15 years from now as they do today, If you have any questions about what you have read here on the use & care of your stone tops, please Contact Us today.

Items that can harm natural stone counters

Awkward Kitchen Space Made Awesome!

To say the pictures do not do this project justice is an understatement. Sometimes a space puts out a feeling that can’t quite be captured in a photograph. This remodeled kitchen in Colona, IL is so bright and cheerful I wanted to stay all day and chat with the owner. According to the owner, it was a dream kitchen 17 years in the making. While we might have only been involved in the last few months of that process, it was easy to tell how happy the homeowner was now that it had come to life. L shape kitchen design

The main kitchen design did not change drastically. Wall ovens were removed and a freestanding Whirlpool range was brought in with a Microwave Hood above it. In the original kitchen, a blank wall sat opposite the space with a small dining table in front of it. A short knee-wall capped the end as you exited into the Dining Room. The new kitchen design uses this awkward space to its fullest potential adding storage and a whole lot of impact!

Building in an area for a flatscreen tv in a kitchen

Built-In FlatscreenBy creating a dine-in area that branches off from the wall, seating is added with access to added storage below. The knee-wall was removed and now the total kitchen has almost doubled in size (and storage). With the rest of the social spaces nearby, now the kitchen has become integrated into this total open area. Traffic entering from the Living and Dining Rooms is no longer blocked by wall and a clear path to the Laundry Room is available. Building in a flat-screen television to the new design creates a customized look and also allows more counter space below where a television may have otherwise been placed. the birdseye view below shows a rendering of the space.

Rendered Drawing by Village Home Stores

It must be said that even though this beautiful kitchen is bright, the under-cabinet lighting truly brings it warmth. Day and night tasks will be made easier with this added element. Not to mention it takes an already beautiful space and gives it that “magazine” look! Contact us today to bring YOUR dream kitchen to life!

15 Must-Have Items For Your Temporary Kitchen During a Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen is a process. During that process you will need a temporary kitchen to prep and clean in. How can you keep the essentials handy for your day-to-day life? You set up a temporary kitchen! This can be located in a dining room, living room or even a corner of the kitchen itself. Village Home Stores suggests these 15 must-have items for your temporary kitchen during a remodel. Print off your own checklist of these items here

15 Must-Have Items For Your Temporary Kitchen During a Remodel:

The best small appliances for your temporary kitchen

1. Decide what small appliances best fit the lifestyle of your family. Choose appliances that can be used for multiple tasks. A toaster oven may become your new favorite small appliance. Many are available with convection features and interior capacities that will make it possible to prepare many different meals. Take note that these ovens can get very hot in the areas surrounding them. Keep the space clear and avoid stacking items on top. Crock pots, rice-cookers, and countertop grills can each be used and stored off-site in another room. You can still prepare meals at home without eating out every day. Follow our Pinterest board of recipes to enjoy during your remodel.

2. No immediate access to water? Keep a bottle of anti-bacterial gel accessible for you and the crew. Stop germs from spreading without needing running water.

3. While they can be very wasteful to use regularly, using “disposable” products during your remodel can be a great way to keep dirty dishes from piling up. When cleared off properly, many can even be recycled. Plastic utensils and cups can even be washed and reused. Just be aware that certain plastics should not be heated up to high heats and reused for food service.

4. Keep a roll of paper towels handy. Some snacks and meals can even be prepped and served on a paper towel (no judgement from us if we catch you eating a slice of pizza off of a paper towel). Be excited to know that in just a few weeks you will be cooking a gourmet meal in your brand new kitchen.

5. For quick meal prep, reheating leftovers, and even warming up coffee, a microwave really is a necessity. If you do not have a portable model microwave, consider borrowing one or purchasing an inexpensive one that can later be sent with a child to college or moved to a basement bar or “man Cave” area. Village Home Stores keeps many countertop model microwaves in stock so ask your design team about our options.

Life goes on in your home no matter what state the kitchen is in. Busy families, single adults, and empty-nesters all create dirty dishes. When they do start to pile up we recommend to set up a dish-washing station.

Set Up a Dish Washing Station:

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6. Not having a running kitchen sink and faucet is probably one of the largest inconveniences during a remodel. Find a large plastic tub that will act as your sink during this time. If you do not have another running sink nearby, make sure your tub fits nicely in the closest bathtub you have. If you are preparing a meal at home, we suggest filling this tub with warm, soapy water and adding dirty dishes as they are used.  This gives them time to soak as you prep the meal and will mean less time scrubbing in the bathtub later on.

7. Of course you will need a bottle of dish detergent. Keep it nearby whatever water source you are using.

8. Set up an area for drying clean items. Find a drying mat or rack that does not take up too much space and fits the dishes you do plan on using often.

9. Using a dish scrubbing brush that also dispenses detergent can eliminate the need for a sponge at all in your dish-washing station.

Where Should It Be Located?

We have seen many temporary kitchens set up throughout the many years we have been remodeling kitchens. Some of the most innovative locations we have seen use existing furniture or spaces already accessible near the kitchen. Do you already have a buffet or built-in bookcase? Consider these spaces first before unfolding a large camping table for your temporary kitchen. If you find an existing space you may only need a small cart in addition to that. Always seek out a location that is outside of any masked off areas from the jobsite.

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10. Establish a command center for your family and even the crews. Keep a notebook and writing utensils available for notes and lists. Project information should also be in this location. Village Home Stores will give you a project binder with schedules, specs and up to date plans to be kept on-site. If you have a busy household, create an  “Action File” for papers and piles to stay organized. This is a great addition to your temporary kitchen command center and may even find its way into your permanent one. Here you can keep bills, incoming mail, school papers, schedules, and paperwork that may normally end up piled on a kitchen counter.

11. Borrow a shelf or two. Relocating a few boxes of books or movies can clear off enough shelf space for pantry items and even some small appliances. If you have set up a folding table, large tubs or bins below can be used for pantry storage. Always have trash bags and lunch packing items handy by the pantry area as well.

12. A coffeepot is absolutely a must-have item for most customers. Just remember this part of your temporary kitchen does not need to be near the rest. Reduce clutter and free up counter space by setting up your coffeemaker in the master bathroom or even a home office.

13. Find an all-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle that you can keep on hand. This can be used to clean work surfaces and even appliances as they may get dusty during the remodeling process. All-purpose cleaning wipes can be fantastic as well for quick clean up.

14. Running water and a clear work surface are as desirable as available outlets in your temporary kitchen. By using a power strip for your small appliances you can gain surge protection and access extra receptacles for charging devices.

15.The most important item of course is patience. Being torn up for a short period of time is always worth it once you can enjoy your new finished kitchen space. Patience truly is a “Must-Have Item” when remodeling. Just remember that the project is only temporary. Soon you will have a new space to enjoy.

We wish things could happen overnight like they seem to do on television, but in reality these things take time. Our Project Management Program allows us to use your time most efficiently and get your new kitchen up and running as quickly as possible. Be sure to check out our board on Pinterest full of great tips and examples of temporary kitchen.  If you are reading this post because you are about to start a project with us we thank you so much for your business! We can’t wait to have your new kitchen up and running as soon as we are able to. If you are still in the research phase of a remodel feel free to contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our expert kitchen designers. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Your first step is to contact us and start the conversation. Complete this short form or call us at (309) 944-1344Village_phone_number