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VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 10

On this episode of the Village Home Show, you’ll learn about the different types of countertop materials to fit your lifestyle and taste. We’ll take you on a tour to one of our stone fabrication shops to see the customization process. We will also show you a before and after kitchen story that includes Formica’s 180FX series with a marble counter fakeout.

Types of Countertops

There are many types of countertops to choose from: natural stone, solid surface, and traditional laminate. As for the investment, the granite, solid surface, and quartz are very similar at a higher price. However, laminate countertops have a different price variable, but run half the price of a granite countertop.

When comparing a laminate countertop to a solid surface countertop, they are not heat and scratch resistant. Because quartz countertops are nonporous, there is no maintenance required.

With a natural stone, there is a sealant applied to the stone because the surface is porous. Typically you shouldn’t have to reseal the stone for another 10 years, but it all depends on how much you use the countertop kits. Natural stones come in large slabs of material so you can expect seams. For customers concerned about seams, they should view the slabs and choose the best one for their kitchen design. When the fabricator comes to the customer’s home to do the template, he will look for the placement of the seam.

Fortunately, natural stone countertops can also be installed in bathrooms. One of the best choices for your bathroom is the quartz countertop due to its low maintenance factor. We also offer marble because it is easy to keep clean and care for.

The Edge Profile

The edge profile may seem like a small detail, but it’s that type of detail that gives your countertop an appealing look. There are a variety of options to choose from. However, some are limited to certain material. In the category of stone countertops, there are a number of edge profile options available such as a standard ease edge, half round edge, and more. Other interesting edge options include the rustic, chisel profile. Each category of countertop material has a number of edge options for you and your design needs.

The Fabrication Process

Whenever a price is quoted for countertops, fabrication is included in the price. The fabrication process involves the following stages:

  1. We take the physical template that we made at the job site and trace them on the slab.
  2. The fabricator places the template on the slab and cuts them to the exact size using a saw.
  3. After the sawing process, the slab goes to the edge polishing machine which grinds and polishes the edge.
  4. After the polishing machine, it goes to the sink cutout machine and polishes the edges. A high-speed spindle, a diamond tip bit, and lots of water are used to cut out the sink.
  5. The final product ends up in the finish area where we put the final details on the project.

Before and After Kitchen in Geneseo, IL

countertops fabrication process Geneseo ILMany of our featured kitchens include rooms that have been opened up because of a wall being removed. In this Geneseo, IL home, we used the same space and just added new materials without removing walls.

Village Home Stores transformed this Geneseo kitchen by adding the following features:

  • Removed soffits and installed taller wall cabinets, giving the kitchen a more modern look and extra storage space
  • Added crown molding and a light rail above the wall cabinets
  • Laminate countertops give the countertops a natural illusion of marble
  • Added a full wrap edge profile, allowing the material to fully wrap around and under the tops. This means no visible laminate seams appear on the front edge.
  • Laminate countertops fabricated with a post form backsplash, giving a true marble appearance
  • A new, sturdy sink
  • Added LED lighting, giving the kitchen natural lighting

With each decision for your overall project, there are smaller choices to be made such as the type of material, color or design, and edge profile.  We’ll transform your ideas into reality in Geneseo, IL and the surrounding area.

VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 9

Amazing Kitchen, Bath, & Laundry Design Project

Welcome back for another great episode of the Village Home Show. This show is our opportunity to not only tell you about the kitchen and bath projects going on in the area, but we can show you the entire design process from beginning to end. Expect to see projects of various sizes, budgets, and sizes to accommodate your design needs.

Since your kitchen and bathroom are the two most important areas of your home, make sure they are updated with the perfect countertops, cabinetry, and appliances to give your home that finished look it deserves. At Village Home Stores, we can transform your living area into a much easier and accessible design to accommodate your needs.

Tayor Ridge Home With a New Look

Kitchen and bath remodel Quad CitiesOur latest featured update is a kitchen, bath, and laundry area. With a beautiful countryside view, this Taylor Ridge, IL, home is a wonderful example of what new traditional means in kitchen remodeling. Like many homes, this original U-shaped kitchen layout includes a peninsula that separates the dining space from the kitchen area. Several areas in the kitchen needed an upgrade, including the soffits, cabinets, doors, laminate countertops, a scalloped valance above the window, refrigerator, and an unuseful wall of space that separated the kitchen. The original kitchen also included an entire wall, making the kitchen look smaller with no open space. All of these areas had room for improvement. Do any of these details sound familiar in your home? Then you will love to see how Village Home Stores can transform your living space.

When designing the layout we envisioned a much larger living space that included multiple finishes and materials to give the home a more modern look. First, the wall was removed to give the kitchen area a L-shape layout. Also, a large single-level island was custom built in the new space. This allowed plenty of seating in the adjacent dining room and at the new island in the kitchen. The new island is stained with rich mocha to add contrast to the colorful design. To be able to use small appliances at the new counter space, an outlet is camouflaged on one side of the island.

New farm sink remodel Taylor Ridge ILNext, the sink wall had a window above a new farm sink and the refrigerator was moved to a new area in the kitchen. We made sure the cooking zone became the focal point of the kitchen, so we added painted cabinetry and glass door cabinets. Across the kitchen, a custom built hutch was installed to add extra storage space and help accent the kitchen.

In addition to the kitchen, we also remodeled the bathroom and laundry room, which shares a wall with the kitchen. The original bathroom had a single sink vanity which was replaced with a double bowl vanity. Custom built cabinets were built around them to allow extra cabinet space. We installed were sliding barn doors which is one of our favorite design choices by many clients. Sliding barn doors are placed at the entrance of the space. When you slide it back, the homeowner enters the new beautiful bathroom.

Having the laundry area in the bathroom is a unique feature which makes washing clothes so much easier. With the bedrooms just down the hall, this laundry area became more accessible and convenient. We also installed a heavy duty front load washer and dryer by Maytag. The Maytag Maxima Series is built with the commercial technology you count on from Maytag. It has a wide range of features and prevents moisture from building up in the gasket.

Beautiful Appliances

Remodel spacious kitchen in Quad CitiesIf you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen with the latest appliances, then choose our new exclusive black stainless steel by Kitchenaid. It looks amazing when paired with dark cabinetry. We also offer a black stainless finish on our range hoods. Black stainless appliances are the perfect contrast to lighter cabinetry.

To accent the glass door cabinetry, we installed can lights and diode LED lighting system. This lighting system helps wash the beautiful new backsplash tile with light.

Village Home Stores carry the latest appliances, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, and more for your home. We’ll handle your project design, material selection and the ordering process, so you’ll have peace of mind. Contact us today or visit us at villagehomestores.com to get more information about remodeling your kitchen, bath or laundry area in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

 

VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 7

Bathroom Remodel Duo & Some Amazing Switches and Outlets

We welcome you to watch Episode 7 of the Village Home Show! In this episode of the show we are excited to share two remodeling stories of local bathrooms that get a huge reboot! We have shown many kitchen remodels, but this time we are exploring bathrooms.

Another topic we are excited to cover in this episode is new options for outlets and light switches. They really are something special.

Spacious Bettendorf Bathroom Gets a Makeover

The first bathroom we look at in this episode had a ton of space already. The homeowners were right in knowing that just a few changes could really make it really suit their needs. Village Homes Stores gave it a warm, neutral look with a traditional style that creates an amazing getaway for the homeowners. You will notice an arched area that has a custom fit cherry bench seat. The tub was replaced with a cherry bench complete with a wood top to match that gives the homeowners extra storage. You will notice decorative fronts that open to reveal storage drawers – both functional and beautiful!

Above the bench you will note an arched valance that compliments the other arches throughout the home. Our carpenters worked with the homeowners to maintain the arch look with a template, so each had the same look. There are wooden corbels finished to match the bench, which are the perfect backdrop for the caged light fixture. What an impression you get when you see it!

The biggest change to the structure is the space that contained the shower before. There is now a custom tiled shower that has been opened up to the entire room with glass on two sides. It creates an amazing open look. The look is completed with a wall niches that was installed for shower items and a tiled bench seat in the corner. The homeowners will enjoy the heated tile floor that we are sure they will enjoy this winter! The vanities were upgraded with new granite counters and sinks. It is all tied together with a wonderful mix of hardware finishes throughout. From entrance to the room to each fixture, light, and space, this new bathroom is one that will surely delight the homeowners for years to come. Surely one of the most amazing in the Bettendorf area!

Click here to see this Bettendorf Bath on HOUZZ.

5 Star Bathroom Retreat in Colona, IL

A lot went into the preparations for the second we have to share with you on this episode. The original bathroom had a very large layout with lots of great natural light. The homeowners were looking for ways to make better use of their space. The entire bathroom was demo-ed including the master bedroom attached to the bath. The tiled tub pedestal and wood apron were removed to make way for the new freestanding tub. An arched tray ceiling above the new tub frames in the statement wall that draws your eye from the unique tub to the new light above it.

The shower goes into the same location but there is an addition of a bench seat, custom wall shelf, and new shower head and control system. What an incredible space to use! There is a custom tiled shower with mosaic accents in the new space to finish the look of the shower. You will notice the same mosaic tiles repeated as a bold statement on each of the vanity walls.

There are two walk in closets in the master suite with new trim and doors throughout the master bedroom and bath. This master bathroom will have new and innovative Adorne Collection switches and receptacles. It’s like a spa getaway at a 5 star hotel at home!

Read more about this Colona, IL bathroom remodel on our Blog!

See this Colona, IL bathroom remodel on HOUZZ.

Smart Finishing Touches

Speaking of the Adorne Collection from Legrande, it can put a stylish and smart finish on any project in your home. This collection of switches, dimmers, and solutions is quite amazing. There are options like touch switches adn softtap dimmers that look as good as they are functional. Other options include pop-up outlets, wave controled switches and amazingly – outlets with USB ports. The switchplates are another way to be unique in your space and show your style. There are white units, brushed stainless steel, woods, leathers, and even vibrant colors!

If you have any questoins about any of these amazing fixtures, switches, and finishes, let us know. Also remember that we are a full service remodeling company. From the design to project completion, our project management team is there for you. From amazing kitchen remodels to fresh looking bathrooms with all the modern touches, Village Home Stores can do it all. We hope you enjoyed this episode of Village Home Show, and call us if you have any questions!

 

VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 4

episode_4In this episode of Village Home Show, we will show you two absolutely amazing kitchens, each showcasing wonderful island designs. We also will share with you many more examples of great kitchen islands. Last up, the Village Home Stores lighting expert joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island as well!

We are so lucky to get to work on many new homes and remodeled spaces in Quad Cities area and beyond in Illinois and Iowa. For our show, we have been welcomed into some of those great spaces so that we can share them with you. One of the things that we are excited to share is an item that has evolved a lot over the years: The Kitchen Island. It can be a work station, family meeting area, serving area, or even a main dining area.

Since the kitchen island is usually the center of your kitchen space. Entire kitchens can be planned around them. Furniture-like islands have become a popular item, and sometimes, even multiple islands are installed. Now is the time to get creative when it comes to your kitchen island, there are so many options available to you. We want to share a few of those ideas with you!

Kitchen Island Excellence in Orion, Illinois

kitchen island design Orion, ILThe original layout of the kitchen we share from Orion included an extension off the wall that had seating available. You might hear this called a kitchen peninsula. Unfortunately, this didn’t not leave space for anything but a tiny island without much usable countertop space. The new layout that we designed has an L-shaped peninsula and a large island that is centered in the space. The new island is almost four times the size of the original! You will note in the new design that the back side of the island is now the location of an eat in seating area. You can seat three on the back of the new island and many more around the island. You can have a crowd and no one is in the way of the main areas in the new design.

The island has a nice, consistent look all throughout, from every angle! The entire kitchen has been opened up. You can see that it opens into the front room and nearby dining area of the home. You can easily see how this is a wonderfully cohesive space. It’s the perfect island for this space and this Orion, Illinois family will be enjoying it for years to come!

Beautiful Kitchen Island Lighting from Our Expert

kitchen island lighting Quad CitiesFor the most part, above a kitchen island you will find pendant lighting. Every kitchen island is very different, with different functions for each family. The number of pendants can vary because of your specific needs. Many time large pendants in pairs will be utilized and this is a trend we are seeing more of. It’s important to consult an expert to know if a fixture will work well for the space, and the height that pendant should be hung at.

Our team at Village Home Stores are experts at finding the right lighting for your kitchen island. Whether you are doing homework,  or having a late dinner, the right lighting can make all the difference. We have many lighting options at our showroom in Geneseo, and we would love to show you! Come into our store anytime so we can show you many fun examples of pendant lighting for your kitchen island.

Kitchen Island Versatility for Quad City Area Homes

The kitchen island is the center for all the hustle and bustle of your home. You eat meals around it, gather as family around it, prepare meals, do homework. It needs to be a highly functional, versatile area for your family. Islands are commonly included in new homes. It can include an overhang for people to sit at, design that allows you to finish off the look of your kitchen, tons of storage space suited for your very specific needs, and more.

Your designer from Village Home Stores can help you configure the perfect kitchen island design for your home. You can get help deciding on the number and size of doors to apply to get the right look for your kitchen, making the most of your space. The placement and size of the doors are selected with consideration of the lighting above as well as the seating area around the kitchen island for the final design. We will be keeping you and your family in mind during the design process. You can select the countertops, trim, moldings, decorative elements, outlet placement, and panels to complete your look with the help of our design team.

Grand Kitchen Island in Geneseo, IL

kitchen island heights Geneseo, ILThe second kitchen island you see on episode four is one in Geneseo, IL. This home includes an island that allows us to showcase all the heights you can design into your own kitchen island. A standard kitchen countertop measures 36 inches from floor to countertop and is found in the example in Geneseo. There is another section that is called “bar-height” and it measures 42 inches. This can be bumped up to 48 inches if needed. As you can see on the show we can include many outlets as needed. You can make them similar in color to the backsplash to camouflage them well. The seating section on our example is at dining height. The bench area built into the island has been installed to sit at the same height as a dining chair and table.

With the Geneseo, IL example you can watch and see just how customized your kitchen island space can be from where the paper towels are placed to keeping in mind user traffic and appliance use. We really do keep every little detail in mind when we are designing your kitchen and kitchen island. It’s wise to remember that when you are designing a new home you can bundle together purchases throughout our whole store to claim free lighting for your home. Call us for details! Our staff is here to help you pick the perfect island and island lighting for your home.

In some industry news, it’s exciting to note that KitchenAid has launched their new black stainless series of appliances! This is an exciting new trend that makes for a beautiful kitchen. We are some of the first in the area to showcase this line. Come in to see it today! We will have more more news in an upcoming episode.

Thanks for watching this episode of Village Home Show! If you have any questions or are interested in your own kitchen island design or lighting get started by emailing us at info@villagehomestores.com or calling us at 309-944-1344!

VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 3

Kitchen Storage Solutions for the Quad Cities from Village Home Stores!

storage_episodeOn the third episode of the Village Home Show our staff wants to share with you a before and after story of a home in Rock Island, Illinois where Village Home Stores remodeled the kitchen space. We will also be taking a trip to Lynn Center, Illinois to show you a new kitchen with tons of incredible features to help give you ideas for your kitchen. We also like to share information about useful products from time to time, and we would like to also share information from our cabinet expert from Dura Surpreme to show you all the amazing storage solutions that are included at the station kitchen we have here at WQAD TV.

For the projects featured in this episode we are going to take a special look at the kitchen designs to show you can truly make the most of the space you have in your kitchen.

Rock Island Kitchen Upgrade Allows Owners to Store More!

Main2In the Rock Island kitchen you will see in the episode that the kitchen needed more space and lots more storage for the home owners. In the original kitchen the space was just too crowded if more than one person was in the kitchen. If you look at the new kitchen design, we removed the hallway wall and a supporting header was installed above. There was now space for a two level island in the new kitchen! This adds tons of preparation space and a great place for family and guests to gather around. We removed the soffits above the existing cabinets and included new cabinetry that reaches all the way to the ceiling that also adds more storage space. The room is opened up and there is tons of great new storage available! There is a storage area that is located at the end of the old hallway that has become incorporated into the new design.

Dura Surpreme: Experts on Storage Space for Your Quad City Kitchen

durasupreme_cabinetryWe make it our goal at Village Home Stores to find the very best in cabinet space, and we want to help you know how to use it to it’s fullest. Our set at WQAD has many examples of amazing storage solutions. In this episode we welcomed John from Dura Surpreme to help us understand all our options.

We knew that the station set was going to get plenty of use by many guests. We choose to install Dura Surpreme because of their solid construction, but an added benefit is the style and usability. John showed how important it is that the drawers are solid and the guides can easily handle the weight of the content of those cabinet drawers. John’s favorite is the mixer lift-up because it keeps your mixer from taking up counterspace. There is also an amazing pullout spice rack. They come in larger sizes which are great for cleaning supplies or even canisters. Another option is a lazy susan, which is unique because it has curved doors.

Gorgeous Countryside Kitchen Remodel in Lynn Center, IL

Main Corner ViewWe worked on a beautiful kitchen remodel in Lynn Center, IL. The space has absolutely beautiful views of the countryside and the large great room it sits within. This kitchen has modern storage features, but manages to maintain the rustic look that was just right for this country living space.

We used rustic beech cabinets from Koch Classic, which is a popular choice if you want to add a rustic look to your space. It has a beautiful stone backed island that you can’t help but notice right away. The stone adds texture and interest in this beautiful remodeled kitchen. The natural stone countertops complement the space just beautifully. The stone was mined in Brazil and has a ton of character. Many options are included for storage including double bin cabinets for recycling, pull out waste baskets, lazy susans, and a large pantry. There is even a hidden TV behind pocket doors right above the refrigerator!

One really exciting feature is the brew express coffee system that is built into the kitchen wall to keep the counter clutter and cord free. This system is available from Village Home Stores and can be retrofitted into your existing kitchen space.

A rustic kitchen that is also clutter free and full of character makes for another beautiful remodel in the Quad Cities Area from Village Homes Stores. We are proud to serve the Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa for their kitchen remodeling needs, and are one of the largest providers of materials for new homes and new home construction in the Quad Cities. Don’t forget that in addition to occasional discounts, you can bundle your purchases from us to claim free lighting for your home! Call us anytime with any questions about the kitchen remodeling in this episode of Village Home Shows, or with any remodeling questions you might have.