Category Archives: Home Improvement

How To Install A Range Hood Chimney

april 24

Many of the range hoods we sell come with the option of a chimney extension. Newer homes tend to be built with 9 foot, 10 foot, or taller ceilings. If you’re purchasing a range hood that is mounted under the cabinets, then the height of the ceiling really doesn’t matter. All that changes when you are trying to fit a range hood over an island or you plan to wall mount it. In that case, you’ll need to add a chimney extension onto the range hood’s existing ductwork.

Take these steps first.

  1. Before choosing your perfect range hood, make sure you measure the ceiling height accurately.
  2. Measure the height of your stove. Most stoves are standard height. Some though, are taller or shorter. You’ll need to know how tall it is in order to get the next step right.
  3. Measure your range hood. This step sounds unnecessary. But, a range hood needs to be installed at a particular height above the stove (check the manufacturer’s suggestion). That measurement will help determine how many chimney pieces you’ll need.

Need more help? Give us a call! We’ll help you do the math for your own kitchen.

Inspiring Kitchen Designs!

april 20

Flipping through all those glossy kitchen magazines is so much fun. Even if what you see on those pages falls way beyond your budget, there are probably tweaks you can make to get the design elements you love at a much lower cost.

Check out these kitchens!

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Kitchen islands remain as popular as ever. They are work spaces, allow for seating, and easy entertaining.

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Closed cabinets are no longer the only way to store our stuff. More of us are opting for open shelving in the kitchen.

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Even range hoods have become the focus of designers. There are so many design options to choose from!

Call us to find out which range hood would be best in your kitchen.

How To Keep Sightlines Open In Your Kitchen

april 16

Kitchens have become so much more than places to cook meals. They have become a gathering place for the whole family and all your friends.

So, how can you make sure that the space you spend so much time in is comfortable?

Sightlines are best explained as empty space. It’s the ability to stand in one part of the kitchen and be able to see all the way to the other side. Sightlines are all about unobstructed views. One of the biggest culprits in broken sightlines is the range hood – not so much the wall-mounted variety, of course.

Think of the island range hood suspended from the ceiling. If you’re standing at the stove, you might have to tilt your head around the range hood to see the people standing in other parts of the kitchen.

There are ways to solve the sightlines problems without tossing out the range hood. Seriously. Don’t do that. The range hood works incredibly hard at clearing the air you breathe of grease, odors, smoke, and fumes. So, you have to keep the range hood. But, there’s no reason why you can’t change they type of range hood.

If you really like an island range hood that is suspended from the ceiling, choose a more powerful model that can be hung higher. It will still do its job while allowing you to see everyone in the kitchen.

If hanging the range hood at an ideal height above your head isn’t an option, look for range hoods that feature a glass canopy. At least you’ll be able to see through the glass.

Another option is to install a ceiling mounted range hood. This type sits flush against the ceiling and is powerful enough to draw up smoke, grease, odors, and fumes from there.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Spectacular Outdoor Kitchens

april 12a

Forget about the heat, the rain, or anything else that Mother Nature might throw at us. It’s time to take a look at the backyard and figure out how to make it the outdoor room of your dreams.

Spending as much time outside as possible has become a huge trend in every part of the country. The patio has become so much more than a place for plastic furniture and a patio umbrella. Many of us want that outdoor space to be as convenient and comfortable as our indoor kitchen and living room.

Check out these gorgeous outdoor living spaces, including high powered range hoods, BBQs, and lounge areas!

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Don’t Start A Kitchen Renovation Before Reading This

april 10

Dreaming about a kitchen renovation? Ah yes, imagining the possibilities is lots of fun. But, once you’ve figured out your budget and the kinds of amenities you’d like in your new kitchen, it’s time to understand the relationship between you and your contractor.

Unless you’re an expert do-it-yourselfer, you will need to hire a contractor.

The rules. Do you live in a condo? Check with the board to find out the rules that will affect your renovation. The work will most likely be limited to certain hours in the day. So, if your contractor likes to show up early in the morning or work late into the evening, you will almost certainly receive complaints from your neighbors. Condo rules may also limit the type or power of the stove and range hood.

If you live in a home with your own four walls, you might be thinking that renovations will be easier for you than those living in condos.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

There are city by-laws, county ordinances, and even state rules that could limit your choices. Find out if you need a permit to do your renovations. Anything from altering walls to installing windows to plumbing work to installing electrical work to installing electrical could require a permit. If in doubt, ask your contractor as well as city staff.

Once the work is underway, you’ll still have to make decisions. Choosing finishes, cabinet hardware, the sink and faucet combination, plus any number of other changes will have to be made, sometimes on the spot.

Don’t cave in to the pressure that your contractor or salespeople may place on you. Think about what you want from your new kitchen and push the experts you hire to deliver it.

Have questions about which range hood is best for your kitchen? Call us!

Featured Product: Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood

april 6

Guess what? This beautiful Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood is on sale!

Check out the features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • Soft-touch push button control panel
  • Dishwasher-friendly grease filter
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Telescopic chimney perfect for 8 foot to 9 foot ceilings and higher
  • Tempered glass canopy

The Amazing Range Hood Remote Control

april 4

Many of our range hoods come with a remote control. This is a perk that top-rated range hood manufacturers provide for their customers. In fact, Cavaliere is one of the most respected manufacturers who make a point of equipping their hoods with features that make life easier.

If you’re already standing at the stove cooking, you might wonder what the point of a remote control is.

In cases where the range hood is flush with the ceiling or is installed at a height higher than most people’s average height, then a remote control makes turning the unit on and off and setting the fan speed super easy and convenient.

Beyond installation height, a remote control gives you the option to turn the fan on or off wherever you happen to be. That becomes very important in terms of remembering to turn the fan on about 15 minutes before you begin cooking and turning it off about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. Instead of running into the kitchen to turn the fan on or off, you can just activate it via the remote.

Do you have questions about using your remote control? Give us a call. We’ll help you out.

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Sink

mar. 19

This one is for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there. you are all super talented. But, sometimes, you just need a little help.

So, today we thought we’d share a video courtesy of NGHTV all about replacing your kitchen sink, countertop, and faucet.

We have kitchen sinks in a variety of sizes on sale. Check them out and call us if you have any questions!

Spring Maintenance Tips – Refreshing Your Range Hood

mar. 1

Happy Spring!

Yay, springtime! Sure, I know it’s only March the first, spring won’t actually arrive until March 20th. Still, I like to think of March as the month of spring.

So, let’s take today and the next couple of weeks to jump into the spirit of spring. Let’s do that by looking at the ways we can refresh the kitchen. You can go with a full-on kitchen renovation. Or, if your budget isn’t quite that expansive, you can focus on giving your kitchen a true top to bottom spring cleaning.

Once all the grease and grime is gone, you’ll feel fresher and happier. So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make sure your range hood stays looking and functioning its best for many decades to come.

  • Wash the filter. Whether your range hood is equipped with a baffle filter, a charcoal filter, or a mesh filter, keeping the filter clean is very easy. Most filters – except charcoal filters – are dishwasher safe. Charcoal filters should be replaced once per year.
  • Clean the range hood cover with a gentle, natural cleaner. Standard glass cleaners are very effective. The key is to make sure that you don’t use an abrasive or harsh cleaner.
  • Many range hoods allow you to unhook the fan and lift it out of the housing. Once it’s out, you can either run it through a regular cycle in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with dish soap and water.

Some range hoods come equipped with a cleaning reminder. If your range hood doesn’t, don’t despair. Mark your calendar. Spot clean your range hood daily and weekly. Once per month, give the rest of it a good wash. A little effort will go a long way in keeping your range hood looking and working its best.

Check Out These Spring Deals On Range Hoods

mar. 7

I have been going on and on about the fact that we are now in the official month of spring. Not only am I thrilled to be looking forward to the summer heat, I love the fact that everything seems to be on sale right now.

Now is the time to look at completely renovating or simply upgrading the kitchen. Start with the range hood.

Have you replaced your old electric range with a gas range? Do you find yourself cooking more or less than you used to? Is your current range hood looking a little worse for wear?

Use the Promo Code to get up to 30% off of select range hoods. The discounts vary, so take your time checking them out.

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