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:
We take the physical template that we made at the job site and trace them on the slab.
The fabricator places the template on the slab and cuts them to the exact size using a saw.
After the sawing process, the slab goes to the edge polishing machine which grinds and polishes the edge.
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.
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
Many 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.
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
Our 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.
Next, 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.
If 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.
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:
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 at 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. With 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!
2 Great Kitchen Remodels Around the Quad Cities with Village Home Show!
Kitchen Remodeling in Bettendorf – Open Concept, Open Mind!
We first met this Bettendorf, IA couple at the QCBR Home Show last Winter. They had been considering a remodel to their existing kitchen for a number of years but hadn’t really been inspired yet to take on the full kitchen remodel for their Bettendorf home.
After meeting Village Home Stores at their home, our designer suggested something that they hadn’t even considered before…removing a wall and opening the space. An existing wall divided the front Living Room area from the current kitchen. Our designer was able to show them a rendered drawing of a possible layout of the kitchen if that wall was removed. Now they were even more intrigued.
Time passed as they considered the project and the more they stared at that wall, the more they realized… that wall had to go.
This new kitchen features Koch cabinets in the Seneca Birch “Briarwood” stain and a complete suite of Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances give this kitchen an updated look while looking right at home in the space. Instead of matching the exact color of Oak trim and furniture throughout the home, the flooring and cabinets change to a similar tone but a more closed grain of wood. Selecting wood tones that compliment each other instead of duplicating a finish can really give off a more polished look in many cases.
Right when I walked in the door to see the finished project I said, “Please tell me we put these floors in for you.” Because they were so beautiful they almost distracted me from the reason I was stopping by (to see the new kitchen). These Acacia hand-scraped wood floors in the “Hazelnut” finish look so outstanding in person! The light really catches all that hand-scraped detail so well.
The hardwood was installed from the front door on through the living room and then into the new kitchen and eat-in area. This investment is a key ingredient in making this new space seem like an open floorplan that belongs in this home. There is now no visible trace of the wall that once blocked the view and light into the kitchen.
The “Coffee Brown” granite countertops were actually purchased as part of our promotional color program at just $59 a sq. ft. and look so perfect with the strip of accent tile selected for the backsplash. We are often asked about how our stone fabricators “hide” the support brackets for the overhang on a granite top. This island top is a great example to show you. Notched into the back cabinet and panel to sit flush with the top of the cabinet, these steel supports are hidden from plain sight. The length, location, and amount of countertop supports your project may need will be based on the depth of the top and the length of the material to be supported.
sliding shelves in cabinetThe previous kitchen layout only had one small stack of drawers. This new design now includes many drawers including large pots & pans drawers on the sink wall. The end cabinet shown here has slide-out shelves to help organize Tupperware containers and lids.
There is also a pull-out trash cabinet and more added drawers in the island facing the kitchen sink.
By removing an existing wall to bury a supporting header within, the space is now open and bright. Can lights were added to the front room as well as a ceiling fan. We are so glad to have arranged and coordinated all of the teams of players who made this space great. Our thanks this Bettendorf couple for striking up a conversation with us at last year’s home show and for inviting us back in to share it with you readers. This Holiday season is going to be great for them in their new kitchen!
Do you have a wall that may be blocking you from your dream kitchen? Give us a call or click for an appointment to start the conversation about your new space! Reach us at 866-995-3411 and let’s get started.
A Surprising Bettendorf Remodel
On this second kitchen in Bettendorf so many people asked what was wrong with the before kitchen? Let us explain!
The inital view of this kitchen looks really great at first look. In person though, there are many reasons why a remodel would have happened within the next few years regardless. Like many remodel stories, this one begins with a leaking pipe. A reverse osmosis system ended up flooding the floor of the existing kitchen damaging the current floor and the base section cabinets of the island and some of the perimeter.
Previous owners had painted the existing oak cabinets a cream color and attempted to add a rub-on glaze to accent the paint. This was not done professionally or with the correct materials. Over a very short amount of time, the cabinets were already starting to show some wear. Notice the door beyond refrigerator and the charging station? That leads to the guest bath. That bathroom deserves a blog post all on its own so stay tuned. Trust us when we tell you it is just as gorgeous as this kitchen.
The New Design:
With three young children and busy lifestyle, a functional use of space for this busy family was priority. If you scroll back up and look at the Before image you will notice that the lower section of all the the wall cabinets included a drawer. Not to convenient for the younger members of this family to reach the first shelf above that for a glass or plate. Industry standard is to have that first shelf to be about 54-55″ from the floor. In the original plan the first usable shelf above the drawers was placed at 63″. See the new layout designed Village Home Stores for a birdseye view of the new space.
Hood Above Gas CooktopThe Before picture also shows the old location of the cook top was on the same wall as it is now. The user in the old layout was very crowded by the refrigerator immediately to its right. The cooking area of the new design now includes plenty of prep space on either side as well as a lot of style. The matching wood hood conceals a Broan blower within and this section becomes the main focal point of that facing wall of the kitchen. Pulling the cooktop forward and adding furniture legs and a valance in the toespace draws attention to this whole section of the kitchen from floor to ceiling.
Command Center In KitchenAppliances in the original kitchen were miss-matched and crowded. Now a package of built-in KitchenAid appliances along with a Sharp microwave drawer complete the new kitchen. Built-in appliances in better locations now give a high-end look and offer the best experience for the users. A 42″ wide panel-ready refrigerator was the perfect choice. Plenty of storage within and no large panels of Stainless Steel to distract from the overall look.
A shallow cabinet caps off the Built-in refrigerator and conceals a kitchen command center area immediately accessed when entering from the garage. Directly behind this command center is an open charging station as well.Kitchen Charging Station
The cabinetry in this kitchen is from a semi-custom line. By upgrading construction and adding details to the standard cabinets it gives the appearance of a fully custom kitchen. Elements like stacked moldings, furniture valances in the toespaces, and accent legs have been added to give this kitchen that “magazine” look. The overlapping arches of the leaded glass doors is a detail you may see in a cabinet mullion from a custom product. By using a local glass vendor we were able to mimic that style at a fraction of the cost. The palette of colors and finishes all work together. A mix of metals and finishes were carefully calculated by the homeowner and designer and the end result is a stunning symphony of many elements. Taupe Kitchen Palette
The perimeter of the kitchen is the Koch “Westbrook” door style. It is a Birch wood painted “Pearl” and an “Umber” glaze has been applied. The cabinet construction has been upgraded to a dovetailed drawerbox on full-extension, soft-closing guides. The cabinet doors also have a soft-closing hinge. Oil-Rubbed bronze hardware by Top Knobs from their “Normandy” collection stand out perfectly with the Umber glaze framing each handle and knob perfectly. Backplates behind the door knobs make a big impact and help reflect the overall style of the space.
The large island in the new design is also from Koch. The same “Westbrook” door this time in a Cherry wood has been finished in the “Java” color. The new island has more of a furniture look to it. Access to storage from all sides of the space add function and the Microwave drawer is easily accessible but hidden from first sight as you enter the room. Legs have been added to the raised eat-in area of the Island in the same style as the cook top bump-out area. Hardware has been switched to Weathered Nickel finish to give contrast to the dark cabinet and compliment the stainless appliances.
Cream and Dark Kitchen Colors
The wow-factor for this kitchen really begins as you step into the whole new space. Looking at a snapshot of the kitchen does show its beauty but seeing the space as a part of the “big picture” is where the real impact is. Now the entire lower-level of this home has a cohesive look. The furnishings in the den, living room, dine-in kitchen area and adjacent dining room all blend into one space that matches perfectly to the taste of the owners. A Quatrefoil shape is repeated in the backsplash and even island shape. Warm taupe and putty colors make a neutral accent choice that will look timeless over the years. “Delicatus” Granite countertops throughout brought the entire look together. If you have any questions about materials or colors you see here or in the houzz album, don’t hesitate to ask.
This busy Bettendorf family had an unexpected turn of events that they took as an opportunity to build a dream kitchen perfect for them. We were more than happy to help them design a space that works for them. It is such an added bonus that the customers were a joy to work with and the finished kitchen is now one of our favorite “After” pictures ever. What does your dream kitchen look like? Contact us today to start planning for your own dream kitchen. We can’t wait to make it just perfect for you and your family!