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Stunning Quad Cities Kitchen Remodel

So Great It Needed a WHOLE Episode

We are already up to episode 8 of the Village Home Show! We always want to tell you about new and exciting products for your kitchen and bath and show you ideas from our existing projects in Illinois and Iowa.

On the latest episode, you will see a kitchen remodel that is SO big that we use our whole episode to show you the project from beginning to end! The new kitchen features gray cabinetry from Dura Supreme, Cambria Quartz Countertops, a stainless steel appliance package from KitchenAid, and lighting and tile that will make you wish that this kitchen was yours!

Before We Begin

before1The original kitchen had medium oak cabinets and dark countertops. The cabinets had a raised panel door. The look was very traditional. There was also a very nice full height backsplash which was a great feature in this 22-year-old kitchen. There were quite a few walls that blocked the view in this kitchen, which will be going away in the remodeled kitchen.

The dining room has an amazing view into the woods. There is a wall that divides the two areas and blocks a lot of great natural light. There is also a walled off cooking zone that had no prep space which gave a crowded feel for he space. You will note that there was a decorative oak valence. You just wait to see what replaced it! The kitchen was traditional and warm wood towns. You will see a big change from this styling.

Out with the Old, in with the NEW Kitchen!

kitchen1Definitely watch the segment from our friends at Dura Supreme about the cabinetry used and the process the company takes in finding the best and newest styles and finishes. They spare no expense in finding the best products and trends on the market today.

All of the view-blocking walls are now gone. Now instead of a kitchen with a small dinette area there is a whole new upper level of this home. There is a new kitchen area, dining space, and great room area. New hardwood has been installed throughout. We used a product called Ram Board. As you watch shows like “Love it or List It“, “This Old House“, and “Income Property“, look down and you will see this product in use!

other_areasThe first thing you will notice is the open and airy look of the new space. You will see a knee-wall that is built in bar-height for the support of an eat in kitchen. Cabinets are completely transformed from the dark green and oak from before to a cherry kitchen with a “Caraway” finish in gray. Notice the details like the door profile and the knife edge option on the Cambria quartz countertops. There is striking tile, a field tile that has been installed horizontally. It has a woodgrain look that looks great with the cabinets.

One of the most impressive things is the backsplash design of cascading glazzio mosaic tile behind the stainless hood. Check out the beautiful waterfall effect it brings. The appliances are all top of the line with tons of great features you won’t get elsewhere Pop up outlets lend to the clean finished look. There is a softap dimmer switch for just the right level of light. There is tons of smart storage as well, including a 36″ pantry cabinet with slide out shelves that adjust.

Notice the sleek and stylish single drill faucet by Axor with the under mount Kohler sink with a low divider. This kitchen is one of the most stunning and sophisticated remodels Village Home Stores has completed. We want to thank the homeowners for sharing this experience with us. We are thrilled to share this Quad Cities treasure with you!


Local Kitchen Remodels Before & After

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Village Home Show. In this episode we will share with you the before and after stories of two remodeled kitchens right in our local area. Also in this episode, an expert in tile will discuss options and the latest trends in kitchen tile. We will also take a close look at the backsplash surfaces selected for each kitchen.

A Backsplash Adds Texture and Style to Your Space

The 18″ space from your kitchen countertop to the bottom of your wall cabinetry is a great surface to express your personal style. If you have a larger area of wall above a cooktop, range, or kitchen sink you have even more of an opportunity to add texture and style to your space.

The before photos featured in this episode may look familiar to many of the viewers in this area. Many of the homes in the Quad City area were built in the 1950′s. Many of the kitchens that we remodel have similar before photos.

In this kitchen remodel, imagine this kitchen with just a painted wall instead of this stylish Walker Zanger tile. The unique lines of the shape and even the matte finish texture of the tile add a lot to the overall look.

Backsplash Trends and Options

There are various categories of tile material that can be installed in a kitchen backsplash. These Backsplash by Village Home Stores are:Backsplash by Village Home Stores

  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Natural Stone
  • Combinations of all of these

Customers select the backsplash material based on personal preference, installation and design. Customers do not have to choose just one type of tile and install it throughout. Village Home Stores has experts that can help in selection, design and installation.

One of the questions that comes up is do you choose the countertop first or the tile material for the backsplash. This all comes down to personal preference again. Whether you choose the countertop first or the tile, one will help you to decide the other. If a customer is trying to narrow down a countertop color, finding a tile they love will help make that decision.

Some of the trends that we are seeing within the past year and moving into the year to come are lots of B-Roll and response classic and timeless looks. People tend to avoid installing trendy materials.

The materials are priced by the square foot with an option to add installation costs. If a customer is interested in getting a quote, they can contact the experts at Village Home Stores for a quote on the materials and square footage of the area.

This Remodeled Rock Island Kitchen Added Storage

The original kitchen in this Rock Island home included an entire empty wall offering no storage During remodel by Village HOme Storesat all. If this kitchen was going to get remodeled it needed to be done to use the space much smarter and open it up to the areas nearby.

The white thermofoil cabinetry and black and white flecked laminate countertops were in need of an update and the original layout was cramped and crowded for more than one user. A front living room and adjacent dining room surrounded the original kitchen in this ranch home with the kitchen walled off from these spaces. The goal of the new design from Village Home Stores was to create one open space including all of the same zones.

In the new design, seating has been added to the area of wall that was removed from the existing kitchen. This shifted the dining room table to move into the front room area. A hallway down to the left includes an existing built-in linen cabinet that will also get replaced with cabinetry to match the kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel From Floor to Ceiling

Brand new maple hardwood was installed throughout and gives this home a warmth to the new Before remodel by Village Home Stores kitchen in a way that could not be matched with any tile or laminate. New interior doors and trim were also installed to keep all of the wood finished in a similar wood tone throughout.

Birch wood cabinetry in the seneca door style and briarwood stain and a black accent glaze are perfectly paired with the Cambria quartz counters in the Blackwood design. On the sink wall the tile on the wall truly grabs your attention. This backsplash time is a wonderful example of one that makes a big impact. This cappuccino linear mosaic tile is illuminated by our diode led system beneath the wall cabinetry. The tile even reflects onto the dark Cambria tops in a way that mirrors the tile back onto the tops.

The original kitchen included just the sink wall of cabinetry and a small area for the range in another location. After remodel by Village Home StoresWith three windows and three doorways in this room, the available wall space was limited. The new kitchen design includes a built-in hutch in the old location of the range. This allows a place to display items above but also offers up the perfect location for serving from when entertaining.

The range is now located between the two windows and surrounded by wall and base cabinetry in a symmetrical layout. A microwave hood is framed in by varied depths and heights to create interest.

We removed the grid ceiling and tiles and replace it with a new plastered one adding texture and the opportunity to include a lighting plan with recess cans and a ceiling fan centered in the space.

This kitchen is a great opportunity to point out how to handle the areas where there isn’t a clear starting or stopping point to the backsplash. At the sink, there is a clear place where your eye expects the tile to end and the painted wall to begin. The area near the range is different. In this case, the tile cuts down directly from the cabinet end point and travels to meet the tile from the bar-height top area to the left.

Not everyone wants the look of a stainless hood in their space. A wood hood can be ordered to match the kitchen cabinets. With all of the new cabinetry extending up to the ceiling with crown molding, there is no way to stagger the wood hood. The designer from Village Home Stores created interest with a slight change in depth and the addition of an arched paneled shelf above.

Instead of an over-the-range microwave, the microwave was installed on the new refrigerator wall. This a wonderful solution for keeping the countertop free of appliances.

Village Home Stores has a full project management program. We manage complete remodels from start to finish. We coordinate and schedule crews to get your project finished in as reasonable of a timeframe as possible and to the level of quality we would expect in our own homes.

Our main goal is to get your job completed correctly and allow you, the homeowner to move back in and begin building new memories in your new kitchen from Village Home Stores. If you are building a new home, our new construction customers can bundle their purchases throughout the whole store and get free lighting for their home.

Contact Village Home Stores today for any of your remodeling or new construction needs. We have the products and professionals to get the job done and get you into your beautiful new kitchen. Contact us today!


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 or calling us at 309-944-1344!


Village Home Show Presents Our First Episode!

Village Home Stores is proud to share our first episode of the Village Home Show! Our show is to give viewers a chance to learn about our bath and kitchen projects in the Quad Cities area. We hope it will give you great ideas for your next home project from the kitchen to the bath and beyond.

We are honored that our customers have chosen Village Home Stores to help make their houses feel even more like home, and we are excited that we can share the experience with WQAD viewers.

Each episode will be a before and after story of a few recent projects. This episode is on the set of WQAD TV where we are building their kitchen set. You can see how it took shape from conception to completion! You will also get to enjoy other remodeled homes right hear in the Quad Cities area.

WQAD – TV Moline, IL On Set Kitchen

New Kitchen WQAD Moline, ILThe first project is at WQAD TV in Moline, IL. Everything in the kitchen is working and will be used on shows at different times. You will see the kitchen be used on air which is exciting in itself! It also gives you an idea of what you can see in your own home!

The design includes a large batwing shaped peninsula with a corner sink. It continues on to gas cooktop. It is capped off with a pub height tabletop complete with stools. The table top can be used in on-air interviews apart from the main WQAD set. Along the
walls in the back, you can see a counter depth refrigerator and wall oven combination with a microwave. There is a tall pantry that has sliding shelves and an X-style wine rack included. You will notice a glass door cabinet centered in the space, to add interest. The countertops are Cambria Quartz. To learn more about the kitchen remodel – click on the video included in this blog!

A Totally Fresh Look in the Quad Cities

Quad Cities Kitchen RemodelThe first before and after on our first episode is a fresh look for an outdated kitchen. The layout worked for the homeowners but the only thing that was kept from the original design was the hardwood floors. The new kitchen is bright and beautiful! Painted birch cabinets from the Koch Classic Line adorn the walls. There is a Whirlpool side by side refrigerator with a much bigger pantry and a double range that gives many baking options. There is a special cabinet in the kitchen that is located to the left of the range. It is called a blind corner cabinet. Some people shudder when they hear this, but this is a great design! It has half-moon shaped shelves that swing and slide making it very easy to use the whole space.

Gone are the old laminate countertops, replaced with a beautiful granite countertop. Where the old desk used to be there is a china hutch with a custom built look. It has glass doors and a furniture valance in the toespace. What a great way to hide away things that used to clutter the space before. Something extra special in the space is a mosaic tile backsplash. It blends beautifully with the stainless, ceramic, and glass. It is not only the bigger things in this space that make it special, but those small things as well that create a beautiful and welcoming space!

A Big Reveal – Geneseo, IL

Image 38We now move on a great before and after story from our hometown of Geneseo, IL. The kitchen in the home was all original oak, and was in need of a fresh look. The main
issue was to make a more functional use of the space. It has been updated with cherry
kitchen cabinets and granite countertops. The new hardwood floors are stunning and run
through the kitchen and dinning areas. We added built-in stainless steel appliances from Kitchenaid. With undercabinet lighting, they can change the feel of the room by dimming the lights.

We removed a laundry room wall which allowed for space for two pantry cabinets on either side of the oven with the new design. There is a wonderful backdoor bench area right inside the garage entry. What a great place to entry the home and get items stored right away before you go any further. There is an all new wet bar area just outside the kitchen which is great for entertaining. This is a wonderful, busy family that now can make better use of their space with the new layout and design! They even have a wonderful new desk area with extra storage. There is even a USB outlet for charging phones and other devices.

Watch for Upcoming Episodes of the Village Home Show

We are thrilled to have the chance to bring these beautiful remodels to the Quad Cities Area. Check back to our site as well will be posting additional episodes of the Village Home Show. Thanks for letting us share our passion for beautiful design with you!