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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 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!