Custom Amish-Built Rustic Alder Kitchen With Painted Island and Hutch

This Coal Valley Illinois kitchen just got a whole new look and layout! We made functional changes (like that new view and access to the pool shown below) and updated the look and style of the entire main level of this home. Custom Rustic Alder cabinetry from our Four Acre Amish cabinetry line is stained in a “Saddle” finish and accented kitchen island and hutch are finished with a “Light Pewter” paint. Accents of brushed gold metals, an incredible KitchenAid appliance package, and gorgeous Cambria countertops complete the look.

Quad Cities area kitchen with custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria quartz counters. Kitchen designed by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores.
Quad Cities area kitchen with custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria quartz counters.

We moved the walk-out access to the backyard down closer to the pool view, and replaced the original window with a new wet bar. Two original peninsulas were replaced with a new custom hutch section. The new look is open, bright, and very stylish! Work was needed in this kitchen, the adjacent dining and living rooms, and entire back area of the home. That is a lot to tackle when you are also living in the home. These amazing customers called us and the complete start-to-finish Project Management team at Village Home Stores got to work for them.

Kitchen design with large island, hutch, and wetbar area. Kitchen design by Rachel Tingley with product and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen design with large island, hutch, and wetbar area.

There is such a transformation to the entire main level of this home that there is no way we could walk you through everything here on the blog… so instead we taped a full 1/2 hr. episode of our weekly TV show about this remodel story! Stay tuned for it to air very soon at our new time Sunday mornings at 10am on WQAD News Channel 8 ABC. In the meantime, check out this short video we made documenting some of the process. Press play below to see this kitchen and back door area transform!

Now that you have seen what it took to get to this stunning space, let’s take a closer look around at the details, materials, and design that give us this amazing end result. We replaced the U-shaped island obstacle with a long, rectangle island design with overhang on the back for counter-height stools. The refrigerator moved to a new location and the long, range wall became the featured focal point in the kitchen section of this design.

Kitchen with island and hidden pantry.
Kitchen with island and hidden pantry. Custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria Quartz counters featured.

The large scale of the KitchenAid commercial 48″ wide dual fuel range is repeated with a custom wood hood above it. The cabinetry surrounding the range is symmetrical with staggered depths and heights in the upper cabinets. What a dream space to get to work preparing a meal! Concealed within that large mantle hood cabinet is a Broan blower insert so that there is proper ventilation when the cooktop or griddle is in use.

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with gas cooktop with custom wood hood cabinet above.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with gas cooktop with custom wood hood cabinet above. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

One of the benefits to purchasing from our custom Amish-built cabinetry lines is the ability to build sections of cabinets as one unit. Instead of this hood arriving at the jobsite as many cabinets and a lot of trim pieces, it arrives already assembled and finished just as you see it here. Our carpenters just had to install it and trim off the top with crown molding. The end result for you is a custom, seamless look and feel.

Wood Hood Custom cabinet with broan blower insert
Custom wood hood cabinet with Broan insert concealed within. Kitchen design and remodel in Coal Valley, IL by Village Home Stores.

This range will certainly be the envy of any serious home chef! A dual fuel KitchenAid range with combined oven capacity of 6.3 cu.ft. and a 6-burner gas cooktop and chrome electric griddle on top. Dual fuel means you get the benefits of electric baking in the oven cavities and the immediate control of a gas cooktop above. Shop all of our incredible cooking appliances with our Local Low Price Guarantee at villagehomestores.com

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Who wouldn’t love to have a griddle integrated into a cooking zone like this?This even-heat chrome griddle offers a great cooking performance for this household and has an easy-to-clean surface. That means pancakes on a Sunday morning doesn’t mean cleaning up after pancakes all Sunday afternoon. There is no seasoning required for the griddle, and the chrome allows you to never have any flavor transfers from meal to meal. If you were able to contain your envy about the range, cover your eyes and ears when we point out the pot-filler faucet right above the cooktop.

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Many magazine-cover kitchens include this wall faucet feature. For those who truly use their kitchens, this decorative feature is also highly functional! Imagine filling a pasta pot with water right at the cooktop. Or adding water to used pots and pans to soak for a bit before washing. We also designed this cooking zone to be functional during the cooking process with amazing storage surrounding it. Large pots and pans drawers are found on this wall as well as two pullout cabinets surrounding the range.

Pullout storage cabinets surround a large KitchenAid range in a Quad Cities area kitchen.
Pullout storage cabinets surround a large KitchenAid range in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

A 12″ pullout spice rack on the left side of the range and a 12″ pullout utensil storage cabinet on the right. We have installed many of these utensil cabinets this year and they are such a great specialty cabinet! Instead of mining through a wide or deep drawer of utensils, see everything in these organized bins and grab what you need. We also love that the lower shelf in this cabinet can be used for large containers and bottles.

Utensil pullout cabinet in a Quad Cities area kitchen design. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Utensil pullout cabinet in a Quad Cities area kitchen design. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Of course in any busy kitchen the island becomes the place to gather. With a new flow to this kitchen layout, the new island offers a space to casually eat, clean up, and even prepare foods. The island has a furniture style look with an accented “Light Pewter” painted finish and legs at each corner.

Kitchen island with legs custom designed by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island with legs custom designed by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The backside of the island appears to be a custom wainscot panel… but there is storage hidden under that overhang! Each cabinet opens to reveal shelf storage for small appliances, serving trays, and seasonal items. We have found that some customers prefer storage hidden beneath an area like this, instead of an extra shelf on top of the wall cabinets that require a stepstool or ladder to reach.

Kitchen island design with usable back storage. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island design with usable back storage. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

The kitchen island countertop surface is the best place to showcase the Cambria Quartz that was selected for this new kitchen. The Brittanicca Warm design gives a warm white background and dove grays vein through it for a marble look. The look of marble with the worry-free piece of mind that this surface can hold up to these kids and adults using the kitchen.

White marble look Cambria Quartz in the Brittancca Warm design installed in a Quad Cities area kitchen.
Cambria Quartz in the Brittancca Warm design installed in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Design, product, and kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

From YouTube-curious slime-making kids, to red-wine spilling guests, it’s no problem! We also installed outlets on each end of the kitchen island because kitchen islands are also multi-tasking spaces like home offices, homework stations, as well as food prep areas. In this kitchen, the island is also home to the microwave drawer, sink, and dishwasher.

Kitchen sinkbase cabinet with lower drawer. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen sinkbase cabinet with lower drawer. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Our designer at Village Home Stores included a lower drawer sink base cabinet. This gives plenty of space in the cabinet for plumbing and also a shallow drawer for cleaning supplies below. The undermounted sink in this kitchen is an e-granite composite material with a low center divider. Why a low divider? When was the last time you actually filled up your entire sink with water?

Low divider Gray undermount kitchen sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.
Low divider Gray undermount kitchen sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.

This alternative low-divider sink layout allows those who don’t soak dishes a wider space for washing larger items and pans with handles. Even with all of these new cabinets, you can never have enough pantry space when you have lots of kids and entertain large groups. We moved the refrigerator from its original location and added a pantry area to the main range wall of the kitchen design.

Walk in pantry front matches the kitchen and offered a hidden pantry entrance from the main kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Walk in pantry front matches the kitchen and offered a hidden pantry entrance from the main kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.

But that’s not just a 24″ deep pantry cabinet… its a pantry front that opens up to access a walk-in hidden pantry. We framed in an entire new pantry area for this household borrowing space from the laundry room right behind the kitchen. We cut out an opening so it could be accessed from the kitchen and voila! As these kids call it, a “secret room” pantry!

Hidden pantry entrance opens to reveal new walled in area with borrowed space from laundry room behind the kitchen. Complete remodel and wall rework by Village Home Stores.
Hidden pantry entrance opens to reveal new walled in area with borrowed space from laundry room behind the kitchen. Complete remodel and wall rework by Village Home Stores.

Speaking of the kids, a household with active kids… means piles and clutter right? Not on our watch! We partnered with this couple to design drop zones and storage solutions that these kids can use and grow along with. We will show you the amazing mudroom bench area just around the corner in a future blog feature. In the meantime, check out this kitchen drop zone!

Magnet wall kitchen dropzone for kids scheduling supplies and water bottles. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Magnet wall kitchen dropzone for kids scheduling supplies and water bottles. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

Base cabinet storage designated for school papers and all those water bottles and snack food containers! There is even a way to keep school papers sorted and out of sight. Did you notice the wall here? What’s one way to avoid papers piling up on a counter? Just give the option of a way to pop them up on the wall! We installed a magnetic wall surface here that can help display artwork, calendars, notes, reminders, and more!

Wall with magnetic panel installed in a kitchen design for a busy household dropzone. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Wall with magnetic panel installed in a kitchen design for a busy household dropzone. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The stainless magnetic wall surface nearby keeps the built in refrigerator front looking clean. A dual compressor, French Door layout with Platinum finished interior keep the fresh and frozen foods organized and fresh. Ask an appliance expert at Village Home Stores about the Preserva food system available in most of our refrigerator options.

Interior of KitchenAid built in French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel finish.
Interior of KitchenAid built in French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel finish. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

With a pool just outside of the new kitchen, and a great open concept layout like this of course you are going to find yourself entertaining from time to time. With three kids, even dinner at home as a family is a large crowd. There is a casual kitchen dining table within the new kitchen and a stylish wet bar area right next to it. This bar area allows for a great location for serving drinks or snacks away from the kitchen itself.

Rustic Alder wet bar area in kitchen design with paneled appliances. Cabinetry, surfaces, appliances, and installation by Village Home Stores.
Rustic Alder wet bar area in kitchen design with paneled appliances. Cabinetry, surfaces, appliances, and installation by Village Home Stores.

A section of glass-door cabinetry offers display for bar ware and glasses and a stacked stone wall surface compliments the stone of the fireplace just around the corner. This bar also includes a customer favorite (and all these kids admitted their favorite) built-in icemaker from KitchenAid.

KitchenAid panel-ready built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Uniformly shaped ice cubes ideal for everyday applications. Clear Ice technology allows for a more attractive drink presentation and a slower melt rate! So that means less watered-down drinks for you! This panel-ready model and nearby paneled drawer appliances give the clean look of a row of cabinets, with great appliance features hidden in plain sight.

KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers and built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers and built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Those two drawers on the end are actually an appliance as well! The top is a refrigerator drawer full of snack items and kids beverages. The bottom drawer is a freezer full of popsicles and frosty mugs! Just steps from the pool, this bar area is a favorite for all ages!

KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

A single well bar sink is also located in this bar area. The sink is the same material and color as the kitchen island sink and another Delta faucet is installed in a brushed brass/gold finish. That same gold accent is found in the home decor, lighting, and cabinet hardware of this design.

Undermount bar sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.
Undermount bar sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.

That same champagne brushed brass accent is repeated in the cabinet hardware. “Merrick” handles from our Hardware Resources line look great against the painted finishes and the woodgrain of the Rustic Alder cabinets.

The same Merrick handle was used throughout the home remodel. This soft brushed gold finish looks great against woodgrain or painted white.
The same Merrick handle was used throughout the home remodel. This soft brushed gold finish looks great against woodgrain or painted white.

The area that used to be two awkward peninsulas, is now a gorgeous hutch in a painted accent finish. Glass-front cabinets with X-mullions are lighted from within as well as an open shelf section in the center. These shelves will be so much fun to decorate throughout the year! Each glass-door cabinet stretches down to the countertop surface and a drawer allows another place to stash items away and out of sight.

Quad Cities area kitchen with custom painted white hutch area cabinets. Designed by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores.
Quad Cities area kitchen with custom painted white hutch area cabinets.

Speaking of away and out of sight, how about this peninsula section packed with the kids crafting, coloring, and homework supplies! There is also an outlet (see below) with USB charging hubs right here for phone, tablet, and laptop access.

Kitchen storage area for kids craft supplies. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen storage area for kids craft supplies. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

This custom hutch will also be available when entertaining as another area to gather or even serve food and beverages from. Our Diode LED tape lighting helps this kitchen design look great day and night. This low-voltage system is a customer favorite. Imagine how warm and inviting this hutch must look glowing at night!

Custom hutch area with peninsula base cabinets, glass door cabinets, and open shelves.
Custom hutch area with peninsula base cabinets, glass door cabinets, and open shelves. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Our designers can work with you to create a display and storage space perfect for your home and needs. Have a closet you wish was a built-in? Want to update the look of a dated cabinet section in your home? Contact the expert cabinet team at Village and let us know what you are working on. We have the material and carpenters who can make that happen for you.

Custom hutch area with glass door cabinets and open shelves.
Custom hutch area with glass door cabinets and open shelves. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

There is so much to this remodel story and we truly can’t wait to share an entire Village Home Show episode with you about it! There are also many other rooms we worked on in this home that we will give some proper blog time to in the upcoming weeks. Did something in this kitchen feature check off a box on your own dream kitchen wishlist? Don’t miss out on a chance to see all of the finished photos from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Have some questions about our remodel process and want to know how to get started? Your first step is to just reach out to our team. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online message form. A Village Home Stores team member is excited to get to work for you.

Premier Custom Homes- Fall Parade of Homes 2016

We love that twice a year we get to attend the Q.C.B.R. Parade of homes. Every Spring and Fall you have the chance to tour beautiful new homes built right here in the Quad Cities. Having our products in these homes is an honor. We wanted to share with you this beautiful home from the 2016 Fall Parade built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. “White” painted Maple cabinets from our Koch Classic line are paired with “Chilkoot” Engineered Quartz counters. The kitchen island has been painted with Koch’s new “Taupe” paint. This warm choice offers a subtle two-tone option to the kitchen space without forcing a bold dark cabinet or stain as a contrast. The finished look: bright and inviting.

Beautiful painted white kitchen in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com
Photo courtesy of Premier Custom Homes , Bettendorf, IA

Tucked away in a raised area just off of the kitchen is a  versatile workstation area. Within sight of the great room, this desk keeps any desk clutter hidden from view. What a great feature for busy families! Imagine someone seated at this homework station while you finish up dinner prep. Or perhaps you work from home and want a work option close to the kitchen to keep an eye on projects during the day? When entertaining, this area could be set up as a beverage station. There are so many options.
Kitchen homework station in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Distressed Antique Gray weathered wood and Zinc Kichler "Basford" pendant light. | VillageHomeStores.com
Kichler “Basford” pendant light.

Two appropriately sized pendant lights hang above the island. Premier Homes and the lighting team at Village Home Stores took one step further and selected lighting that adds character and texture to the space. Kichler Lighting’s “Basford” pendant mixes clean lines and transitional styles with rustic details. Distressed antique weathered wood frames in the fixture and adds a unique look. These pendant lights add so much personality to the kitchen. It is now easy to picture the opposite end of this Great Room to be furnished with on-trend Rustic Transitional details just like the lights.  Same is the case in the Lower Level Bar:

Lower Level Bar in "Stone" stain in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com
Photo courtesy of Premier Custom Homes , Bettendorf, IA

Koch Express cabinets in the “Camden” door and Birch “Stone” stain installed wall-to-wall for a Lower Level Bar area. A sink in the center and space to accommodate a beverage cooler or dishwasher next to it. An open shelf with a lower drawer has been included with a space for a microwave to help keep the countertop clear for entertaining. Including floating shelves in your bar design helps to give you a unique way to display glassware or decorative items. It is easy to picture this wet bar ready to serve a crowd in this home. Get more inspiration for your bar area from this ideabook we have curated on Houzz.com.

Gray stained vanity in a new home built by Premier Custom Homes in Bettendorf, IA. Design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com
Photo courtesy of Premier Custom Homes , Bettendorf, IA

The same Birch “Stone” stain is repeated in the bathroom cabinetry of the home. We love how this warm gray stain allows the woodgrain to show through. Faux granite cultured marble vanity tops by the Onyx Collection give an upscale look and come in a wide variety of colors and bowl styles. The Lower Level bathroom (shown above) is Onyx Collections’ new “Tiramisu” color and the “Wave” bowl style.

Kitchen in Bettendorf, IA home built by Premier Custom Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com
Photo courtesy of Premier Custom Homes , Bettendorf, IA

We are so thrilled to have provided design and materials for this Q.C.B.R. Fall Parade of Homes project built by Premier Custom Homes. To learn more about Premier Custom Homes visit their website here. They are also very active on social media. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see what they are working on. If you are planning on building a home but don’t know where to start, contact us today! We offer cabinetry, lighting, appliances, floorcovering, and even blinds and shades all in one location. This helps to make the designing and selecting process of building a home easy and fun. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or contact us by completing this online form and someone from our New Construction team will reach out. We can’t wait to hear about your dream home.home_builders_quad_cities

Davenport, IA- A Kitchen Remodeled For Entertaining

This beautiful Davenport, IA home was in need of a new layout suited better for the large groups that are entertained there. Truth is, when you have a narrow galley kitchen in the back of your home, any group over two guests seems large. The complete project management team at Village Home Stores went to work and converted this narrow kitchen, and adjacent formal Dining and Living Rooms into one large open concept layout. The kitchen footprint itself has nearly tripled in size:
before after wall removed

The new kitchen stretches into the original formal Dining Room area and this bright and stylish new space has been completely transformed. “Pearl” painted cabinetry from our Koch Express line is installed in the “Camden” doorstyle. This has been paired with “Chakra Beige” engineered quartz counters and warm brushed gold accents in hardware and lighting selections. Kitchen color ideas white painted cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comGold has shown a tremendous trending push this past year and is forecasted to stay on trend for quite some time. The look is stunning. We love the look of these two large pendant light fixtures above the kitchen island. Take a look at the same light fixture in a Master Bath we worked on in Moline, IL. “Biscuit” subway tile from the Rittenhouse Square series is installed throughout as the backsplash for this project. A classic look.
White painted kitchen with largeb island in Davenport Iowa. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the space now opened up, there is plenty of room for an island. Anyone who has visited or had a kitchen that includes a center island in the design will tell you that there is something almost magnetic about that island. No matter what the size or age of the crowd, they all are drawn to lean, sit, or work at the island. This new kitchen design in Davenport, IA embraces and enhances that idea. Take a look at the birdseye view of the new layout:renderingThe island is over 8′ long and 5′ deep. Not only is the island easily accessible from all areas of the layout, it is a large enough size to accommodate even the largest of crowds and let the homeowners navigate with plenty of space in the work zones of the kitchen. Including a center island in your design that isn’t home to the sink or cooktop helps to designate a space for guests to be while you are working in the kitchen. By keeping the island top clear of a sink or cooktop, this counter space now becomes the most versatile work surface in the entire home. This large of an island makes a statement in size so another detail was added to dress up the look. Two edge profiles were used on the quartz tops.two edges on kitchen counters

A decorative “Ogee” edge (shown above on left) profile wraps the quartz island top and a standard “Eased” edge (right) profile is used on the perimeter of the kitchen. The main kitchen sink is an E-granite composite sink made by Elkay. The “Biscuit” color selected is the perfect compliment to the quartz color. A soft, “eyebrow” arch at the top of this sink style leaves the perfect location for a single-drill faucet fixture. Elkay e granite sink in biscuitNotice the center divider of the sink is shorter than expected? This low-divider layout allows you the option of a shallow sink fill when needed, but the space to fit and wash large pots and pans as well. A second sink is located in the wet bar area where the original kitchen once sat. Lighted glass-front cabinets surround a custom area for a flat screen TV. All of this is book-ended by two large pantry cabinets.  TV above bar in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Having a second sink can be a fantastic feature when you have an open-concept kitchen. Access from 4 different entrances to this kitchen means that this small bar sink may be used for any number of tasks. It is easy to picture this wet bar area stocked up for the Holidays as a beverage station. Bar sink in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comHaving this detached from the main kitchen work areas allows the main kitchen users to continue to have their own space and sink to work at. Nobody will be in the way to grab a drink and congregate at the island. This kitchen island is deep enough that even if it were used to serve from, the back of it still allows space for seated guests. refr_wallThere is so much storage in the new kitchen. Wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and crown molding completes the look. With the new open concept to the home layout, a consistent flooring was needed to blend all of the new spaces together seamlessly. The original formal Dining Room has been absorbed into the new kitchen space. The formal Living Room is now the Dining Room and all of these areas now have a gorgeous Hickory hardwood from our LW Mountain line. The “Durango” stained hardwood is modeled here by “Mr. Darcy” who has claimed this spot behind the island for his own post-Thanksgiving meal nap.
hardwood

That still leaves a lot of seats for guests around this huge island. 4 bar stools fit under the back of the island overhang and two more on the ends of the deep top. This added seating for 6 is well within sight and earshot from the new formal Dining Room. There is now a large area ready for Holiday entertaining.
Large kitchen island with seating. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you love the look of this kitchen and want to keep track of anything for your own kitchen project? See all of the images from the kitchen remodel feature here over on our Houzz.com page. There you can save any of the nearly 30 images to your own ideabooks plus browse our other projects and ideas. Every single kitchen we work on is different. Isn’t that so amazing! That is why we absolutely love what we do here at Village Home Stores. We get to create beautiful spaces that are used and loved every single day. Watch a full video tour of this space by pressing play on the episode shared below of the Village Home Show.

It is such a special privilege to know this Holiday season that many of our kitchens will be full of friends and family sharing and preparing meals and making lasting memories. If you are ready to take the first step for your own kitchen project just give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short contact form online and one of our staff members will reach out to set up an appointment with you. flooring_in_davenport

 

Bettendorf, IA: Rustic Beech Lower Level Wet Bar

Home is not just where your hang your own hat. Your home is a place for entertaining guests. Don’t miss out on opportunities to make an impression on those guests in the areas you know they will visit. When you entertain large groups, two areas are always guaranteed a visit: the bar and the guest bathrooms. We wanted to show you around a wet bar located in the lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home built by Kerkhoff Homes. This wet bar is a great example of how just a few basic design details can step up a space to become functional AND memorable.wet bar cabinets in a lower level of a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sometimes the last spaces designed in your home can become the most visited once they are complete. Building a new home or taking on an extensive remodel can leave you exhausted when it comes to making decisions. By the time you are finished making selections for the kitchen and main bathrooms you can easily run out of opinions. Your expert team at Village Home Stores is here to make sure every space in your project has that designer touch.  A great wet bar design doesn’t have to break your budget or strain your decision-making patience. Give your space just a few distinct features and then sit back and enjoy it! rustic_beech_bar

The easiest way to complete the look of any wet bar is to include matching wood paneling. This gives the bar a more solid look. Imagine if the wall underneath the wooden bar top was just painted the same color as the walls. This same bar would look half the size. Including wood panels in this design helps to anchor the outside of the built-in bar space and makes a firms statement that there is not just a back bar but as front bar as well. This paneled look was acheived with a smooth panel, finished flat stock pieces, and furniture base molding.bar back panel and trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

recessed refrigerator in barThe wet bar includes a refrigerator recessed into the joining wall of the U-shaped space. Creating a customized recessed area here allows for a standard-depth refrigerator model to be selected. A customized look is achieved using standard materials. Counter-depth refrigerator models do typically cost more than standard models. The difference in storage space within is just as important to note. This same space could accommodate a counter depth model with just 20 cu. ft. of storage. Instead, a standard Whirlpool side by side with 25 cu. ft. of storage rests in its designated area. Recessing the refrigerator also helped the back bar get a great look.

A more symmetrical layout was achieved by centering a sink base on the back wall and framing in the space with two glass-front wall cabinets. A mosaic tile has been installed below the wall cabinetry and spreads into the center section. In place of a valance or a center cabinet, the crown molding stretches across the top from wall to wall. This gives the perfect way to “cap” off the tile. Deciding how or where to end a backsplash tile installation can often be difficult above sinks. There are commonly unique cabinets or a windows above the sink and that can create odd exposed areas of wall. We love the look of this filled in space. This area is now perfect for hanging a large wall clock, mirror, or framed artwork.crown molding caps off tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

The base cabinetry of the back bar includes a space for a microwave drawer and pull-out trash bin. The cabinets used in this wet bar design are a Rustic Beech wood finished in a “Mocha” stain from our Koch Classic line. Rustic Beech is an economically priced wood species and takes stain similar to a Birch wood. The rustic features (like knots) add character and detail to the space. The rich “Mocha” stain paired with Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware and faucet help make this “rustic” wood look high-end and dramatic. bar cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

glass_cabinetThe wall cabinets on each end of the back bar have been ordered with the center panel cut for glass. A textured glass has been custom fit and sealed into place to allow the cabinets to become display areas. Textured glass is a great selection for this type of display cabinet. It allows you to see that items are being stored within but it can be difficult to make out what the items are. That way if you have a stack of paper plates behind the glass, it looks no different than if it were a vase or a bowl. A detail that looks great but can be forgiving in a multi-purpose space like a wet bar.

Because of their location, many times wet bars are home to a lot of “overflow” bulk items or seasonal items. Use this opportunity to include as much storage as possible. The important thing is to have a great space to join your guests when entertaining. The bar top itself should be large and well lit. bar pendant lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our lighting expert selected these three “Kent” pendant lights by Artcraft Lighting to hang above the bar top area. The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish paired perfectly with the other selections. The light that comes from these pendants isn’t just impressive on the bar top. Take a look at the display of light that the “hammered” glass casts on the ceiling above. Selecting the right lighting for a wet bar design can truly set the tone for the entire space. wet bar in lower level of Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

The pendants are the perfect size and scale. The added textured detail to the glass gives a playful showcase of light. Details like these help take a basic space and make it breathtaking. See the full album of photos from this Bettendorf, IA bar here on our Houzz.com page. Do want to make sure that all of the areas of your new home or remodeled space look perfect? Every detail considered as important as the one before it. Let us help build a team of experts to start the conversation with you about your project. We will be with you guiding you every step of the process. Take the first step by contacting us for an appointment. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or click here to complete the online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Village_Geneseo