How To Match A Range Hood With Ductwork

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Take a look at this picture. That sure is one very large piece of ductwork that leads from the over-size range hood to the outdoors! The professional range hood look really fits this kitchen nicely, doesn’t it? But, it does make us want to talk about something that’s very important when choosing a range hood – the size of the ductwork.

I know, it doesn’t sound like the most interesting topic in kitchen design. But, let me tell you, it is absolutely one of the most important.

Here’s what our in-house experts suggest:

For maximum performance, keep the duct straight and short. Use the shortest route with the fewest turns possible. 45° turns are better than 90° turns. Be sure to use an external roof or wall cap. If in doubt, consult a qualified designer/installer who is knowledgeable in ventilation or contact us.

The main issue is that different range hood sizes require different duct sizes in order to work properly. Before shopping for range hoods, take a look at the ductwork that leads to your existing range hood. Is it 6-inches in diameter, 8-inches, or larger? Make a note of that measurement. You’re going to need to match it to your new range hood … unless you’re planning on renovating. Then, the sky’s the limit!

Q & A: Should I Opt For An External Or Internal Blower?

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Most of us look at photos of range hoods and consider the shape and size of each. Ultimately, we want to know if the range hood we like is also going to be the one that looks best in our kitchen. It needs to fit in terms of style, color, and function.

Let’s take a look at that last one for a moment – function.

Before you plunk down your money for a brand new range hood, you need to mull over some important considerations. Think about how often you cook, and the kinds of dishes you regularly cook. If you tend to make food that produces pungent aromas or is heavy in grease splatter, you’re going to have to choose a range hood that can handle that kind of output. A range hood that fails to vent odors, grease, smoke, and fumes from the kitchen to the outdoors is just not going to give you the kind of home environment you probably want. It won’t improve your home’s indoor air quality. In fact, it could make it worse.

So, once you’ve narrowed down your option, you’ll need to consider one more thing. Should you opt for a range hood with an internal blower or one with an external blower?

Internal Blowers

Internal blowers are located right in the range hood. They suck up all those bad odors, grease droplets, smoke, and potentially toxic fumes and send it all flowing through the ductwork to the outdoors. The drawback of a blower built directly into the range hood is that the noise level can sometimes be quite loud. Internal blowers are the best option if the ductwork has restrictions or many bends.

External Blowers

External blowers, as the name suggests, are actually mounted on the outside of the house. These may not be very practical in very cold climates where they’re likely to be subjected to ice and snow for part of the year. But, elsewhere, they make a lot of sense. These units still require you to install a hood over the stove. But, the fan is not built into it. Because the blower is located outside of the home, fan noise is reduced significantly. External blowers can be much more efficient at their job. Pulling all of that odor and smoke laden air out of the house is much easier than pushing it.

Got questions? Give us a call. We’d love to help!


Give Dad A Tasty Treat For Father’s Day

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C’mon, nothing says I love you like a good meal, right?

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a very yummy meal. Switch on the range hood and play dad’s favorite music. This Pan Roasted Veal recipe is easy to pull together, and it will infuse your home with the most amazing aromas! Pair it with a side of your dad’s favorite vegetables and his favorite wine or beer.

Pan Roasted Veal

  • 4 lbs boned veal shoulder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken or veal stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Rub rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper over the veal roast.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan or pot. Brown the veal.
  3. Add wine, stock, and water. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cook on the stovetop for 1 1/2 hours, or until veal is cooked through. Turn veal periodically.
  5. Once cooked, remove veal from the pan, tent it with foil, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid remaining in the pan into a clean pan. Bring to a simmer, uncovered, and reduce to 2/3 cup. Slice veal and serve with pan juices.

Try Pineapple Habanero Paletas for dessert.


How To Clean A Range Hood Properly

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Does the thought of cleaning the range hood make you break out in a cold sweat? All that grease that’s accumulated on the filter, and all the dust that’s stuck to the surface of the hood … just the thought of scrubbing it away might make you turn and run in the other direction!

It really doesn’t have to be that scary. Let’s take it one part at a time.

The top of the range hood attracts dust, splatter, and all manner of grime because of the heat that the stove produces. In other words, if all that gunk is going to stick to anything, it will stick to the range hood. We’ve already listed some products we like, and some tips on how to take your hood from grimy to sparkling.

Here’s the advice that Range Hoods Inc gives:

Stainless steel range hoods should be washed regularly with a clean cloth, warm water and a mild soap or dish detergent. Clean in the direction of the polish lines. Rinse well with clear water, and wipe dry immediately. You may wish to apply light oil used for furniture polishing to emphasize the range hood’s bright finish.

But, what about that sticky, greasy filter? Some filters can be washed in the dishwasher. So, that it makes easy, right? Run the filter through a cycle about once per month depending on how often you cook. If you own a dishwasher with a particularly powerful spray, you shouldn’t place a mesh filter through a cycle. The jet spray could damage the filter. If that describes your situation, you’ll need to handwash the filter.


How To Install A Range Hood

Photo: This Old House

When you’ve hired a professional to come into your home to fix or install something, do you hang around and watch them work? I have to admit I do. Even if I know absolutely nothing about how to fix or install that object, I make sure I’m around to answer any questions they may have and also to ask questions.

Whether or not you know your way around a toolbox, I would suggest that it’s a good idea to know a little about how that pro might go about fixing or installing whatever the object is. Big appliances and fixtures, like a range hood, definitely fall into that category. Something as vital to your home’s air quality, like a range hood, should be installed correctly.

Here’s what Range Hoods Inc recommends:

Range hoods are very heavy and must be well-fastened to the wall studs. Do not hang a range hood on the drywall or plaster alone. Use the stud locator to find the studs and make marks for the screws. Use the drill bit (smaller than the screw shaft) and pre-drill the screw holes. Don’t use a drill bit that is too large; this could cause the range hood to pull away from the wall and this could result in injury.

Watch this video courtesy of This Old House on how to do it properly.

Color Your Kitchen Beautiful

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Some of us love white. Some of us love color. But, there’s no reason all of us can’t have the kitchens we really want.

Painting is one of the quickest, economical, and easiest ways to update and upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen. The questions isn’t whether or not you should paint. The question is what color you should choose.

So, I thought I’d put together some fun color combinations that typically work very well. Let me know which ones you think are the best.

Blue and orange work really well together. If you’re not sure you can handle that much color early in the morning, you can choose a muted blue and orange.


Purple and gray give a kitchen that elegant look with a touch of wild abandon. Remember you can alter the amount of each color. Make the room mostly purple with some gray accents, or vice versa. Don’t you think that’s a gorgeous range hood?

Photo: Designing Idea

Brown and green might not be the combination that comes readily to mind. The beauty is that you can lighten or darken the colors as much as you’d like.

Photo: lushome

What are your favorite kitchen color combinations? Let us know! Read more about how to choose the right kitchen color.

Summer 2017 Kitchen Trends

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The kitchen is such an amazing place. It has evolved so much in the last 200 years alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the heart of the home has come full circle.

I’m thinking of the old farmhouse kitchen of more than a century ago. In it, a whole family would have cooked their meals, mended their clothes, enjoyed conversations, and kept warm by the fire. With the rise of cities and smaller homes through the last century, families necessarily had to move out of their kitchens. Moms worked alone to prepare the meals. But, other than that ongoing task, every other chore or family time was spent in some other part of the house.

Well, here we are again. It’s 2017, and the kitchen has returned to its status as the heart of the home. Most of us, even if our kitchens are small, try to maximize the space so that it’s multi-functional. Looking forward to the summer of 2017, kitchen design trends seem to be reinforcing that way of thinking.

Maximize the work space.

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Nowadays, we think nothing of knocking down a few walls and expanding the kitchen. Add in an island or extra long counter space and what was once small and cramped is now an expansive work space. Keep an eye out for super efficient technology for the kitchen, too. Whether it’s an extra faucet near the stove or a smart fridge, the trend toward work spaces that make better use of time are on their way.

Task lighting.

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The old central light fixture placed somewhere in the ceiling of the kitchen is long gone. But, kitchen lighting is till evolving. For a while, we had track lighting set in rows along the ceiling. Then, track lighting morphed into pot lights. It was the same kind of thing … without the tracks. Pot lights have a cleaner look, and they can be directed to wherever you want to light to shine. We’ve moved even further along though. We still love our pot lights for overall brightness. But, now we’re adding task lighting. Sometimes that’s a simple chandelier over the eating area. Sometimes it’s a series of pendant lights over an island. We’re also seeing lighting under the cabinets meant to direct the right amount of light onto the countertop.

I have that sinking feeling.

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The sink is the thing! We can still find lots of stainless steel sinks. But, that once neglected area of the kitchen is coming into its own. Now, you can choose between ceramic sinks, concrete sinks, copper sinks … there are probably sinks made from nearly any material. Even plain old stainless steel sinks are no longer plain and simple. They come with different sized receptacles, covers, and accessories of all kinds.

What trend would you like to see continue? Want to know what trends are coming for the rest of the kitchen? Check out: 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends.

Got questions? Give us a call! We love talking with you.


Inspiring Outdoor Kitchens!

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Sometimes you just need a little hit of inspiration. Whatever your outdoor entertainment space looks like, admiring what other people have done to turn their backyards or balconies into an extension of their homes is a fabulous use of time.

Who doesn’t love looking at images of beautiful things? And who knows, you might even pick up an idea or two that you can implement in your own outdoor oasis. As you’ll see, some people go all out. They set up an outdoor cooking and eating area complete with stove, range hood, fridge, and countertops. For others, a barbeque and a picnic table are just enough.

Have you already done something amazing with your outdoor entertaining area? Share your pics on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to see them!

In the meantime, enjoy these:

Simple, but gorgeous. This comfortable patio marries the natural elements of the outdoors, like concrete and wood, with the functional elements of an indoor kitchen.

Photo: Rob Karosis

Here’s a little southwest feel with all the cool functionality of a working kitchen.

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I love the fresh, open look of this backyard entertaining space. It goes to prove that you don’t need a lot of area to create a functional and beautiful backyard kitchen.

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Need tips on setting up your own backyard entertaining oasis? Check out: Design Your Own Outdoor Kitchen.

What elements of backyard kitchens do you love most?

Kitchen Trends – Roll It Out!


Most of us struggle to find storage space in our kitchens. Sometimes, we barely have room for an eat-in section. Well, kitchen designers have heard our cries of frustration. The latest trend is … wheels.

Yup, you read that right. Designers are putting wheels on pretty much every piece of furniture in the kitchen. It’s a great idea that gives homeowners the ability to rearrange the pieces as necessary. Imagine that you’re having a party, and you want to be able to stand behind the counter so you can cook, serve, and interact with your guests. All you’d need to do is pull the lower cabinets away from the wall and rearrange them as you’d like.

Of course, that’s not possible for any cabinetry housing the dishwasher or the stove and range hood set-up. But, it’s a great option for the remaining furniture.

Would you discard all of your existing cabinets and replace them with moving parts?

Read more about the perfect kitchen layout options: How To Layout An Efficient Kitchen

Blueberry Crumble Pie

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Raise your hand if you can’t wait to head out berry picking! All those fresh fruits that are available at local farms are just waiting to be poured into pies, right? So, go to it! Remember to fire up your range hood fan so the whole neighborhood can smell the yummy aromas wafting from this delectable dessert!

Blueberry Crumble Pie


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  • 5 cups blueberries
  • lemon juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. For the crust, combine flour, salt, and sugar in a 9-inch pie plate. Stir in oil, vanilla, and milk. Use your fingers or a fork to press the mixture together until it forms a moist dough. Remove 1/4 cup of the dough and set aside.
  3. Press remaining dough evenly into the pie plate. Prick the bottom of the crust all over with a fork. Bake crust until lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven; set aside.
  4. For the filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well and set aside.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 425°F.
  6. For the crumble, stir together flour, both sugars, and salt in a bowl. Use your fingers or a fork to blend the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly. Add vanilla and the reserved pie crust dough. Blend together well with your fingers.
  7. Pour blueberries mixture into pie crust. Crumble topping overtop blueberries. Place pie on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes. Then lower the heat to 375°F for about 25 minutes more, until pie is golden. Cool completely.

Enjoy a slice of this blueberry crumble pie with a fun cocktail: Cocktail Recipes from Movies and TV Shows.