Farmhouse style? Oh yeah, we’ve heard of it. In fact, we’ve been out here since the 80’s remodeling literal farmhouses in our area. While many may hold their own opinions about what “farmhouse” style means to them, this remodel story from a rural Alexis, Illinois couple takes place in an actual farmhouse with selections to compliment that setting. A galley kitchen layout is now opened to a better flow for the entire main level of this home including a new coffee bar, a laundry room, and a huge bathroom space. Let’s look around.
The original kitchen in the home was divided and secluded from the other nearby rooms. Soffits and peninsula cabinets intruded into the space. This enclosed the kitchen (and anyone working in it) from the rest of the home. The finished kitchen is now a spacious kitchen layout with cabinetry that extends into the back hallway with access to the deck. Take a look below at some of the remodel process transformations:
A Start to Finish Home Remodel With Village Home Stores
The project management team and process at Village Home Stores is ideal for a remodel project like this. Village can arrange everything for you from start to finish. It may take longer than you expected to get a complete quote from our team, but we promise if you trust the process, your home (and your wallet) will be better off. We begin with the design and estimating phase. As we work through our checklist, we will then have a contractor meeting in your home where all parties can meet to discuss the proposed new layout and prepare a detailed bid and inclusion sheet for you to review and approve. This makes it clear to you and everyone involved the work to be done in your home and the costs and timeline attached to your project.
The kitchen is a galley layout with the sink, refrigerator, and tall pantry on one side and a cooking zone on the opposite wall. With the entrance and peninsula of the old kitchen removed, the sink wall of cabinets is now able to extend down longer into the dining area. On the range wall there is plenty of room for counter space on each side of the cooktop. A Sharp above counter microwave is easy to reach and use leaving the countertop below open. A cabinet with attached range hood vents above the cooking surface.
The painted maple cabinets featured in this kitchen remodel are from our Koch Classic line in a “Pearl” paint with “Umber” glaze applied. We love how the dark glaze accents the door and drawer details and compliments the hardware and countertop choices. 3×8 tiles are installed as a neutral backsplash from our bestselling “Vestige” series in the “Gesso” color. This tile series is so transitional. It can look perfect as a part of many styles of spaces. Here we have it installed in a 50/50 staggered brick lay pattern. These same tiles look really great installed in a vertical pattern, a straight-stacked pattern, herringbone, and even a basket weave.
Cambria Quartz counters in the “Canterbury” design sparkles with flecks of copper-colored quartz. What a perfect pairing with this cabinet finish and wall tile. We don’t know what came first, the countertop choice or the kitchen runner rug, but the colors are a match made in heaven. Natural stone and man-made stones are both excellent surface choices for restoring an older home. A polished stone surface is always a classic and instantly looks right at home.
Bonus Coffee / Beverage Station!
An area by the back deck doors used to just be an empty niche where items really piled up. Now this wall has purpose and style as a coffee station and beverage center. This extension of the kitchen adds storage and counter space that anyone would welcome. It is perfect located within reach of the kitchen and the back deck. This makes it a great landing zone for drinks and snacks keeping the kitchen counters clear and available. Plus, look at all this storage! Unless you buy decades worth of coffee at Costco, all these cabinets are added storage space for anything.
Take a Video Tour of the Remodel
Across from this coffee bar/ beverage station area is a new laundry room space. A main floor laundry room is such a convenient feature in a busy home. This location is perfect. Out of sight but right within reach of daily activities. Press play below see a peek of this laundry space and to have a look around at the transformation of this entire main level as shown on a recent episode of our weekly TV show the Village Home Show.
All this and a Bathroom Remodel Too?
As you saw in the video, we worked in many rooms of this main floor including a new bathroom around the corner from the kitchen. It is a massive new design with a tub, tiled shower, and dual sink vanities in the corner. The same Prairie door style from the kitchen cabinets is repeated here in the vanities. This time we used the “Taupe” painted finish. Taupe is a warm Greige color that pairs perfectly with the rich cherry stain of the accent woods in this space.
If you don’t think your bathroom is big enough for a long double vanity and a linen or tower cabinet for storage… peek at the corners of your room. Bathroom designs can begin to fill up fast when to start to add in doorways, windows, and main elements and obstacles into the design. Peek into the corners and nooks of your layout to see where storage or work surfaces could be included.
When Village Home Stores designs a bathroom, we aren’t limited to just a few sizes and layouts of stock vanities or options. We custom design and order your materials to fit YOUR home and needs. Including all available cabinet skus into the mix opens up so many creative options. This angled corner wall cabinet has two sections of storage and sits on a raised platform that creates a block for the vanities below to install against. One vanity includes a stack of drawer storage, and the other includes two for that user.
One of our favorite details in the bathroom is original to the home and near another corner of the design. This built in storage cabinet was removed and restored during the remodel. And if the charm of that old cabinet doesn’t grab your attention, certainly this amazing tub does! What a dream place to sit and soak.
We borrowed space from the original layout of the home and converted the interior space from closet areas into a custom tiled shower. The tiled shower turned out great and includes a glass shower door entrance, a corner tiled footrest, and even a wall niche for toiletries. A fixed panel of glass is installed above a half wall and a hinged glass door opens and closes for entry.
The entrance to the shower has a shallow step up into the area. There the floor tile from the main bathroom changes to a solid gray tile and areas are accented with linear mosaic from our Jeffery Court line named “Lustrous Pattern A”. The main field tiles in the shower are a 12″ x 14″ Landmark tile in “Taupe” color. To see more of this shower and all of the spaces from this home checkout the full project album here on our Houzz page.
The true “star” of the tile show is the main bathroom floor tile. These “Star Greige” tiles are 12″ x 12″ and from Daltile’s Memoir series. The tile, the vanities, the tub, all of it. We are truly in love with this space and all the spaces we completed for this wonderful couple. If you have questions about our remodel process or want to start a conversation about getting started, just reach out. You can use the chat feature right here on the blog or complete this short online form. We can’t wait to hear about the project you have in mind and learn how we an be a part of it.