Wall Removal and a Peek At Our Kitchen Remodel Process

This kitchen in East Moline, IL has a whole new look and layout. We removed a dividing wall to make room for more natural light and an island design with counter-height seating. Warm, Rustic Beech Koch Cabinetry in the Seneca door and Briarwood stain has been accented with a Black glaze. The mixed metals of copper, Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Black Stainless look amazing. Plus check out the bright statement with that island accent lighting (more on that later)! We absolutely love how this kitchen turned out.

Rustic Beech kitchen with Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Rustic Beech kitchen with Berkley Cambria quartz counters, Vinyl Plank flooring, and Black Stainless KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen was very nice, but the layout of the cabinetry was awkward and secluded from the front room. This made it a great candidate for a wall removal remodel. Not every kitchen we remodel needs a wall removed to be incredible. In this home however, having the entire space open now seems like that is what the layout should have been all along. In this kitchen we removed a wall and soffit during the remodel process to achieve that open concept. Take a look at the original soffits and dividing wall between the living room and kitchen shown in the before photo below.

Before photo of a kitchen in East Moline before we removed the wall and soffits for a larger kitchen layout.

What is The Village Process Like?

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen anytime soon you are in the right place! This blog can be such a useful place to find inspiration and help qualify your own likes and dislikes. We hope that Village Home Stores can be a part of your research process AND your remodel process. Are you just seeking products and ideas and to do the remodel work yourself? That’s great! Village Home Stores can provide you with an expertly prepared design and quality materials for you to DIY to your hearts content. But if you don’t have the time or skill to do that, our start-to-finish Project Management process may be the perfect fit for your timeline and your budget. What do we mean when we say our remodel customers can have us manage their job from “start-to-finish” ? It means that from the very first time you message us online or stop by, we are working for you and with you to get you into your finished space. No matter who is doing the remodel work, your first step is the same: just reach out to our team to schedule a Complementary Consultation.

Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of an East Moline Quad Cities kitchen remodeled from start to finish by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

We schedule these consultations in our showroom before visiting your home so that you can get a better understanding of everything we offer and we are able to walk you through our estimating phases. Most people will only remodel a kitchen or bathroom in a home once or twice in a lifetime. It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what happens next. The great news is that we do this all the time! We are here to help walk you through our process and keep you on track and on budget. We want to help you to enjoy this process as much as possible. During this Consultation we will answer your questions and walk you through when you can expect to see your designs and estimates during our phases and discuss our payment options. We will also ask you some questions about the project, your goals, your budget, and who will be doing the work. There is a reason why budget conversations happen well before we begin estimating the project. This is to help us all stay on task and on track when designing your new space. After this Consultation, we will schedule a date for a Jobsite Visit in your home to gather information for us to begin the design phase.

Sometimes Our Biggest Skeptics Become Our Best Cheerleaders

Do you read every detail of a menu item before ordering at a restaurant? Do you answer “of course” when asked if you want your receipt? Did you already take general dimensions of your kitchen layout for us… on graph paper… and use a ruler? Do you have an engineering degree? Does your Summer Vacation this year have a customized itinerary? Have you started a spreadsheet for your remodel project already in Excel or Google Docs? If you answered yes to any of those questions then wow! You love the details and you respect the process! And guess what? You are going to be a HUGE fan of the Village Home Stores remodel process. We love the look on this type of customer’s face when we present our process checklists and walk them through our current and local budget data for projects like theirs. Some of our most appreciative start-to-finish customers are people who could have even done some of the work themselves. But who has the time or energy? We do!

Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers in the Quad Cities Region. That means our start to finish kitchen and bath remodel process changes and adapts every time we complete a job.
Village Home Stores uses the latest tech available to record data and communicate with our remodel customers.

Let Us Get To Work For You

There is a lot to be done before you can enjoy your new space and gathering estimates is a big part of that. The truth is there are 3 and a half pages of phases and checklists before we even reach the phrase “Jobsite binder is delivered and job begins” in our process. There are 9 phases of our process and 7 of those happen before we begin demo. We won’t reveal every phase in detail here but we can summarize them a bit. After that Complimentary Consultation in our showroom we will come out to your home to gather information. Then we will get to work preparing a design to be presented to you. Our goal is to ask enough qualifying questions ahead of the design phase that we can present to you initial designs that are successful. We will next discuss any changes needed to the design and begin making product selections in the showroom. During this Design Presentation meeting in the showroom we will also have you meet with other Village team members in any departments you may need products from. During this meeting we will document you selections and help guide you based on our budget conversations. You will also be given private login information at this meeting so that you can begin to access your design, estimates, and eventually contracts and schedules moving forward. Once all of the work to be done is documented by our team, and we have a clear design concept, we can schedule a Contractor Meeting at your home.

All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.
What sets Village Home Stores apart from other kitchen remodelers? Our process! All of your subcontractors and a team of Village experts created just for you and your project meet at your home together to prepare accurate estimates.

All of the subcontractors we anticipate needing for your project will meet your village designer and our project estimator in your home. All together at the same time. Sounds like an obvious need right? But you would be surprised how rare this is in our industry. At Village Home Stores we believe it is a key element to a successful estimating and end result for all parties involved. Here we can clarify what work is to be completed and included in estimates and allow the subs to have some dialog about the work to be done.

Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home. Complete start to finish remodel by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Before and after photos of a wall removed to open up for a new kitchen design in an East Moline Quad Cities home.

Our start-to-finish Project Management program at Village Home Stores changes and adapts with every project. We have also worked hard to curate a list of reliable, respectful subcontractors who can do quality work for you at a fair price. It has taken some time to get there, but we truly believe we can now say with confidence that our in-house and subcontractor staff are the very best you can ask to work in your home. We are so thankful to continue to get compliments on our staff and the subcontractors we send to our clients’ homes.

COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home. This product is very durable and waterproof with a realistic look and texture to real wood!
COREtec luxury vinyl plank flooring about to be installed in a Quad Cities home.

What Will An Estimate Include?

But we haven’t mentioned an actual bid or pricing yet? That’s right! We have agreed on a design, selected materials with our experts and your budget in mind, and have detailed estimates for the work to be done and now we can present you an estimate. You will receive a complete estimate along with a detailed inclusion sheet of the work included in that estimate. This estimate will be as accurate as possible before work begins. Of course there can be unforeseeable issues to come up any time you remodel a home. Rest assured that we have a process for that as well. Our crews are used to working together and communicating with you and each other to come up with solutions when problems come up. During your project our team stay customer-focused and solution-focused if issues arise.

Cambria installation day with Blackstone at a Quad Cities kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Cambria installation day with Blackstone.

Enough about our process! Let us show you around this incredible new kitchen in East Moline, IL. What a warm and open space! This new cabinet layout is packed with great storage and details. Glazzio glass wall tiles in two sizes with an accent listel in an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish cover the kitchen walls. A L-shaped layout with large center island includes plenty of walkway space between the surfaces now that the kitchen wall has been removed. We also removed that kitchen soffit and reworked the ceiling to better compliment the rest of the open areas of the home. The new design truly suits the home perfectly!

Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.
Rustic Beech kitchen cabinets with pullout spice rack in a remodeled East Moline kitchen. Cambria Berkley Quartz and COREtec vinyl plank floors also featured.

With a new flow to the entire space, flooring needed to be a new consistent surface throughout. Once again we are sharing a kitchen with our best-selling COREtec Luxury Vinyl Plank floors here on the blog. Sorry to sound like a broken record repeating itself but this COREtec Plus HD series is extremely durable and waterproof. It has the look and texture of a rustic wood surface. The Barnwood Rustic Pine selected for this kitchen is a great choice to pull from the cabinet stain and accent glaze. We just had two new racks of samples delivered for this product so if you are considering a new flooring surface for your home please come see your options. But can we take a moment please and talk about this lighted island!?!?!

Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Unique thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

This customer chose to install their Cambria Quartz in the Berkley design in a double-thick edge profile on the island. WOW! When they made that accent choice, the homeowner thought that accenting it even more with some lighting could make for a very cool effect. He was right! The look is pretty stunning day and night. This low-profile low-voltage tape light can be installed in a lot of fun ways. Because it is low-voltage, this island accent light can become the perfect nightlight or glow in the evening while watching TV or spending time out on the wrap-around deck.

Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Where are the outlets in this kitchen design? Tucked away under the wall cabinets and island overhang! Kitchen remodel and lighting by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The same Diode tape light is also installed underneath and above the kitchen perimeter cabinetry. We even concealed something else underneath the cabinets to keep the look clean. All of the kitchen switches and outlets are located in the recessed area under the wall cabinetry. This keeps the wall tile area smooth and un-interrupted. The Cambria quartz on the kitchen perimeter was installed with a farmhouse hammered copper Sinkology single-well sink and Delta Leland faucet.

Sinkology Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

This Delta Leland faucet comes with the new ShieldSpray Technology. This diverted spray option delivers a simple way to clean with precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet of water powers stubborn messes away in the center as a water shield simultaneously contains splatter and clears off the mess. It is like a forcefield around the spray power that keeps water from spraying everywhere. Learn more about ShieldSpray and see it in action here in this short YouTube clip.

Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink in an East Moline, IL kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Delta Leland faucet with Shield Spray feature installed with a Hammered Copper single-well farmhouse sink.

Mixing metal finishes and textures can be such a great look in a rustic-styled space. This kitchen includes Oil Rubbed Bronze hardware, lighting, and faucets and a blend of Copper and Stainless. The farmsink is a hammered copper finish and the unique 30″ Zline hood is a mix of smooth copper and black trim. KitchenAid appliances in the Black Stainless finish add drama and a soft texture. If a silvery Stainless seems like it will look too modern in your space, be sure to stop by and see Black Stainless in person! This finish is so versatile and available in a lot of models. We did include on Stainless appliance in the kitchen. Tucked unto the interior corner of the island is a microwave drawer in a true Stainless Steel finish. Mixing metals can be done right and we love the look! Let our team help you with the total vision for your design.

Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores. Your locally-owned Quad Cities appliance experts.
Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid appliances in a newly remodeled East Moline kitchen from Village Home Stores.

Did you know we sell AND service appliances in the entire extended Quad Cities Region? We have an expert appliance sales and service team and offer competitive pricing to box stores. Village Home Stores has BrandSource buying power so we are able to offer our customers a fair price and the very best customer experience out there. Have questions about your purchase before or after the sale? Just call our team and we will be happy to help. Shop all of our appliances and get our Local Low Price Guarantee here on our website.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze. Finished end with applied door.

A great kitchen design comes together in the details. Undercabinet molding helps to conceal those lights and outlets. Small details can make a big difference in the look of the overall finished space. In this kitchen the wall tile continues up around the kitchen window and is “capped” off by a valance and matching wooden panel above. The crown molding for the cabinetry has added interest with a change in depth on the corner cabinet.

Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied. Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.
Seneca Rustic Beech Koch cabinetry with Briarwood Stain and Black Accent Glaze applied.

Want to see more of this kitchen and save ideas for your own project? Check out the full album of photos here on our Best of Houzz-winning profile. We have so much more to show you in this kitchen that we have decided to include it in an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. That way you can see more in detail the space and our process of getting to this finished look. We hope to have new episodes finished by the end of this Summer and you are going to really get more of a peek at our remodel process because we truly have filmed this one from start to finish. We are so thankful that these customers reached out to us after watching our show and now we get to feature their own story on an episode! Will yours be next?

Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang. Kitchen remodel in East Moline, IL by the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Laminated double thick edge Cambria quartz island in the Berkley design. Dimmable LED Diode tape lighting accent underneath overhang.

Are you looking to DIY a remodel? Or need us to manage it all like these customers? Just want new countertops or flooring to freshen up your space? We want to help. Your first step is to just get in touch with our team. You can complete this short form online and one of our remodel experts will reach out to you to start with the right process and checklist for you. Of course you can always call us at 309 944 1344 or stop by at 105 S State St in Downtown Geneseo, IL. To have the best experience, and allow us to answer all of your questions about our process, we do recommend that you reach out first to set up a Complimentary Consultation. That way we can have an expert fully available for you and prepare information for you to take with you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help!