Category Archives: Kitchen DIY

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!

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!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 13

Your range hood does a lot for you. It draws up all that grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that cooking produces. Those other appliances we depend on – the refrigerator, stove, microwave – they off gas fumes, too. Your range hood clears the air of all those potentially toxic pollutants. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to make sure your range hood is in peak working condition.

Start by giving it a really good cleaning. Use a natural, gentle, citrus-based cleaner. You just want to make sure that the cleaner is gentle enough to use on any surface – stainless steel, aluminum, copper, iron, or even wood. Most range hood filters can be easily detached from the housing and placed in the dishwasher. Run it through a regular cycle and reattach.

Depending on how frequently you cook at the stove, or how much frying you do, you should consider hiring a professional to clean the ducts at least every few years. New range hoods are excellent at separating grease from smoke, fumes, and steam. They trap the grease in the filter and allow everything else to escape to the outdoors. Some of that particulate matter can settle within the duct that leads from the range hood to the outside. A professional duct cleaner will make sure that the ducts are as pristine as possible.

An older range hood may not be very effective at separating the grease from all the other pollutants. In that case, any grease that settles in the ductwork can become a fire hazard. Cleaning out the ducts is very important if your range hood is very old.

Here’s a thought. if your range hood is old, why not take the opportunity now to toss out the old and bring in the new? You’ll get to update the look of your kitchen with a modern range hood and your home’s indoor air quality will be much healthier thanks to improvements in range hood technology.

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

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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