Category Archives: Kitchen Design

We spend time in the kitchen every day; the design of the kitchen is important for functionality and aesthetics.

How To Reach A State Of Peace And Quiet In The Kitchen

april 30

Did you know that one of the reasons people do not use their range hoods is because of fan noise? Some range hoods are so loud, it’s hard to hold a conversation near one. That forces your family and friends to move out of the kitchen to talk while you’re left behind to finish preparing the meal.

Better quality range hoods and more powerful range hoods usually come equipped with 3 to 6 fan settings. So, you can use a lower fan setting if you’re cooking something that doesn’t produce a whole lot of smoke, grease, fumes, or odors.

But, what if you do cook meals that require a higher fan setting? Should you just grin and bear the fan noise? No! You can actually purchase a silencer.

The silencer is made of galvanized steel and is insulated with rubber on both ends. It can be installed between the range hood and the duct. The silencer looks a little like a car muffler, and it acts like one, too.

Installing a silencer will not affect how well the range hood does its job. It will still draw up as much smoke, grease, fumes, and odors as it can. It will just be a whole lot quieter.

With a silencer’s help, you and your friends and family will be able to fully enjoy that kitchen party.

Top BBQ Party Tips!

april 26

Even if you live in the coldest, snowiest part of the country, it’s grilling time!

Head outside to that outdoor kitchen and fire up the BBQ. We have some pro tips to help you get the most from your grill.

  1. Plan on noshing on some stellar appetizers while you’re grilling. Eating in the great outdoors is fun and a great way to connect with the natural environment.
  2. Invest in a range hood over your BBQ. Releasing all that smoke into the natural environment is not the problem. Breathing in a lungful of smoke, however, is something entirely different. An outdoor range hood will draw up all the grease, smoke, and fumes and direct it away from you and your guests.
  3. Turn up the volume on your favorite tunes… and maybe invite the neighbors so they don’t complain!

Most of all, relax and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.

Have questions about which range hood would be best in your outdoor space? Give us a call!

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!

april 20a

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

april 20c

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.

The Hottest Kitchen Renovation Trends

april  18

Inspiration springs eternal, especially when it comes to our kitchens. Far from being the room where we cook our meals, the kitchen is the space where we can express our creative ideas.

Check out these hot kitchen trends

april 18a

As more of us choose to live in condos and smaller homes, our kitchens are shrinking, too. The problem is that most of us still spend a whole lot of time there, and we entertain there, too. In response, designers are leaning toward monochromatic color schemes and sleek cabinet design. It’s all in the interest of making the space look much larger than it actually is.

april 18b

Kitchen islands now come equipped with a stovetop, dishwasher, work space, sink, and eating area. Talk about multitasking!

april 18f

Forget about wood cabinets set against white walls. More people are opting for vibrant color.

What kitchen design trend would you love to see in your kitchen?

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

You Might Need A Backdraft Damper

feb. 27

The backdraft damper is one of those range hood components that most of us don’t ever spare a thought for.

And that’s ok.

Having said that, though, I’m going to spend a little time telling you about what a bonus a backdraft damper is.

The whole point of a range hood is to help maintain clean and healthy indoor air quality. It does that by drawing up cooking odors, smoke, grease, and potentially toxic fumes and exhausting all of them to the outdoors.

But, what stops outside air from making its way into your home? Usually, nothing. If you’re trying to make your home as energy efficient as possible, then you don’t want outside air leaking in.

That’s where the backdraft damper comes in.

The backdraft damper opens when you turn the range hood on allowing all that dirty air to escape to the outdoors. Once you turn the range hood off, the damper falls back into place blocking any outside air that might otherwise make its way into your home.

Not all range hoods come equipped with backdraft dampers. For instance, range hoods that are not ducted to the outside don’t need them. Actually, not all range hoods that are ducted have them. Sometimes, a backdraft damper isn’t really necessary, especially if the duct is located in a wind-protected side of the house.

Think that you might want a range hood with a backdraft damper? Give us a call. We’ll explain which modes might work best for your home.

The Basics: Touch Sensitive Vs Knob Control

Feb. 21

Do you prefer touch sensitive controls or knob controls on a range hood? Many kitchen appliances – including stoves, microwaves, and even toasters – come equipped with touch sensitive controls. They certainly have a lot going for them.

Touch sensitive controls are sleek and fit perfectly with a modern kitchen decor. They’re also easy to keep clean. A simple wipe is all it takes to eliminate fingerprints and other stains. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a digital touch sensitive control pad can be as reliable and durable over the life of the range hood as a knob, but it can be. Today’s touch sensitive control pads have evolved into well-made components of a great range hood.

Despite the popularity of a sleek, modern kitchen look, knobs on range hoods (and other appliances) are still as common as ever. Knobs are just as reliable and durable as touch sensitive control pads. Though they do require a bit more cleaning effort. Dirt can sometimes become lodged behind the knob. Otherwise, one of the features that people love most about knobs is the feel. Some people appreciate having something to grab on to. They even like the “click” sound that some knobs make as they turn.

Which do you prefer – touch sensitive controls or knobs?