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VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 8

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!

VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 6

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!

VILLAGE HOME SHOW | EPISODE 5

Welcome to Episode 5 of the Village Home Show! In this episode of our show we are excited to share with you the wonderful before and after story of a kitchen we remodeled in Rock Island, Illinois. It features a stunning glass backsplash and some amazing, rich wood you are sure to love. Another thing we will show is our trip to Epic Stone in Davenport, IA to give you a tour of their location and all the wonderful options they have for natural stone countertops. We can’t leave out our lighting expert who is hear to show you some L.E.D. lighting systems featured in many of our kitchens, including the set at WQAD!

Rich Woods & Glass Backsplash Make this New Rock Island Kitchen Shine

IMG_5059Village Home Stores was able to help take a cramped kitchen to a dazzling new level with our full project management from start to finish. The family needed more space and a load of style. The new kitchen is so dramatic and stunning and of course, you will notice the cabinetry right away. The kitchen may have a cherry look, but it is in fact a birch wood with a burgundy stain applied. It is a rich look at a fraction of the cost. They have a beautiful mitered door construction. You will be able to see a black accent glaze in the groves that make it stand out. Beautiful crown molding and undercabinet molding provide an amazing extra touch.

The back of the kitchen peninsula is something to see. This is the first part you see when you walk in the front door. You will see a baseboard and two matching posts have been placed on the back end of the peninsula. It has a look of a piece of furniture in the area.

There are cambria quartz countertops with a beautiful glass subway tile backsplash in a coordinating color. It keeps the countertop style clean and traditional but also very fresh and new. The diode under cabinet lighting really sets things off. The flooring has the look of ceramic, but is actually luxury vinyl tile by Mannington. It is warm underfoot, easy to clean and still looks amazing!

A few last detail is the apron front or “farm sink”. It is eye catching and classic. It looks so good with the dark cabinetry with a wonderful contrast of color. Another amazing kitchen from our project management team at Village Home Stores Team. Thanks to the homeowners for allowing us share their kitchen!

Epic Stone, Davenport, IA – Natural Stone Resource for the Quad Cities Area

Epic_Stone_Quad_CitiesNatural materials can be a great investment for your home. They offer a story along with history of how they came to be. One example we show is a section of countertop that is granite. It is called “earth glitter”. It is full of unique color and patterns. This is naturally occurring which is just amazing to think about.

Marbles, granite, soapstone are a few of the natural stone options you can see at Epic Stone in Davenport, Iowa. You can have the stone finished many ways. You can go with a polished look or a dull look when installed. Our trip to Davenport to Epic Stone in this episode allows us to show you many great examples with the help of Jeff at Epic Stone. They have a gigantic selection of stones to choose from at their locally owned warehouse. You can had select the stone for your project and the expert fabricators at Epic Stone can make it perfect for your project. Enjoy watching Jeff and Epic Stone on our 5th Episode and then call Village Home Stores or Epic Stone to get help designing your perfect kitchen with the perfect natural stone countertop!

Diode L.E.D. Lighting For The Perfect Lighting in Your Quad Cities Home

Diode Lighting Quad CitiesL.E.D. stands for light emitting diode and L.E.D. lighting doesn’t emit as much heat, uses less energy than standard lighting, and has a longer life span. This can be a huge benefit in areas like the kitchen where you already have extra heat from cooking. Your lighting won’t add extra heat to an already warm kitchen – what a plus! Another huge plus is the low wattage used, at 2.88 watts per foot, you can leave your lights on throughout the day to add ambiance. Add a dimmer switch to create great ambiance in the evening as well. You can use this type of lighting under cabinets, above toekicks, outdoors, and even under water. You can also get other colors to really change things up.

If you are interested in Diode L.E.D Lighting, we can make the switch easy for you at Village Home Stores. We can make an appointment to come out to your home, measure, snap photos and provide you with a free estimate prior to your install. We want to make it a fun and easy process for you!

If you have any questions about this episode of Village Home Show, call us anytime. We want to reiterate that we are a full service home improvement store. Come visit our showroom and see all that we have to offer from kitchen remodeling to flooring, lighting to our new shades and blinds products, you won’t find a more full service remodeling project management group in the Quad Cities area!