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Mid Century Modern Kitchen - Cooktop + Sink (KPKM) midcentury-kitchen

Mid Century Modern Kitchen - Cooktop + Sink (KPKM)

Looking across the peninsula toward the sink and bamboo cabinetry at the window wall in an Eichler mid century modern home in Lucas Valley (San Rafael, CA).

Thom Harrison - AlterECO, inc.

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poetryman wrote:
Gorgeous. Do you know the window wall fabricator. Thanks
   Comment   February 2, 2014
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The home is an Eichler... contractor-built window wall.
February 14, 2014 at 5:00PM     
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Vennne Plumbing, LLC wrote:
What are the countertops made of? - What material are the countertops? Is the sink integrated ?
   Comment   March 3, 2013
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quartz countertops, stainless steel flush-mount sink
September 30, 2013 at 11:11AM   
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What is the countertop thickness?
February 23, 2014 at 10:25PM   
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mbodella wrote:
I like the matching wall - What does the front look like? I might try to replicate the look.
   Comment   January 23, 2013
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I just uploaded photos showing front (inside) & back (outside) of peninsula. If you are referring to the wall, I do not have a photo of the "front" (outside), but it is a typical Eichler design.
January 24, 2013 at 10:49AM     
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kinma wrote:
Is there any ventilation for the cooktop - either downdraft or overhead? Thank you!
   Comment   December 19, 2012
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Thank you for all the additional information. How would you compare the Futuro "Skylight" model to the Best "Cirrus" product? Also, who makes blowers designed for roof mounting? Does that encompass any product described as an "exterior" blower?

We have a mid-20th c. house that's very open plan, and are trying to figure out a ventilation solution for an induction cooktop on a peninsula between the kitchen and the family room, where we don't want to block the view any more than is absolutely necessary but want something more robust than downdraft.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions or information! Thank you!
January 8, 2013 at 2:33PM     
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Futuro Futuro Kitchen Range Hoods
In summary, the Cirrus is a cheaper alternative to the Skylight, but with lower-quality steel, less power, more noise, and larger vertical clearance requirements.

Detailed explanation:

Relevant (comparable) lines from the BEST specification sheet for the Cirrus CC34I hood:

"Finishes: 430 brushed stainless steel #4"
"Width: 110cm (43-3/8")"
"Quiet, variable-speed centrifugal blower with high-efficiency
motor produces 500 CFM of exhaust"
"Sones: Max. 7.0"

1.) All Futuro Futuro range hood products are designed *and made* in Italy. There is no specification of production location in the Broan literature for the Cirrus.

2.) Stainless steel - Broan uses Type 430 steel, which has 16% chrome and 0.75% nickel (as per AISI composition standards). All Futuro Futuro range hoods are made from Type 304 stainless steel, which includes 18% chrome and 8% nickel. The extra chrome & nickel make 304 steel harder and shinier than 400-series steel. Even though it's much harder to work with during the manufacturing process, and wears out even hardened tooltips 4X faster than 400 steel, we only use 304 type steel due to its extremely long life without any rust spotting or discoloration.

3.) Size: the Skylight is 54" wide, giving it a wider capture area than the Cirrus.

4.) Airflow: dual blowers rated at 940 CFM each produce max airflow of 1880 CFM, compared to Broan's stated 500 CFM.

5.) Sones: 7.0 sones is more than twice as loud as 3.2 sones rating of Futuro Futuro blowers.

The difference in blower power, stainless steel quality, and noise rating, explains the lower price point of the Cirrus.

Also, the Cirrus requires a minimum of 13 3/4" vertical clearance for mounting, whereas the Skylight requires only 3 7/8" vertical clearance, allowing for more installation options without a hard requirement for a soffit box or false ceiling construction.
January 8, 2013 at 3:41PM   
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MistiK Design Studio wrote:
Range top - What brand of range top is this, please?
   Comment   October 22, 2012
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Hi Mistie... that is a Miele KM5773 Induction Cooktop. Great reviews from this client and others we have worked with... Thom
October 23, 2012 at 1:44PM     
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