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5. The right range hood. With all the choices that go into designing a kitchen, it’s only natural to feel some selection fatigue at some point. But don’t lose steam, especially when it comes to choosing a range hood, which can establish an eye-catching focal point or recede to let another element become the star. This week, Houzz writer and editor Erin Carlyle has broken down how to get your range hood right.
Do you have a unique range hood? This custom wood hood by Sullivan Building & Design Group was built from old beadboard paneling and antique wood beams, which enclose a Broan fan insert with a roof-mounted remote blower. Have you found a creative way to keep your range hood visually light? Please tell us about it and share your best photo in the Comments.
Accents of Warm WoodA wide range of materials are being employed when building and fabricating hoods. In a design mixing modern lines with a rustic material, this custom made hood by Sullivan Building & Design Group features a band of a reclaimed beam wrapped around its lower edge.Tip: Look for reclaimed wood at salvage building material stores, and hood inserts from appliance stores or hood manufacturers. And don’t fret over any airborne cooking deposits on such a surface; it has weathered the outdoors, it will weather anything else that can be thrown at it.
StovesGas stoves are most cooks’ preference because they allow for greater control than electric. But because they produce carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, gas stoves can be especially troublesome for asthma sufferers.Alfred Zamm, M.D., author of Why Your House May Endanger Your Health, believes that gas ranges could be a hidden culprit in “housewives’ malaise.” He writes that a gas oven operating at 350 degrees for an hour can cause kitchen air pollution comparable to a heavy Los Angeles smog. Without a ventilation fan, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide levels can zoom to three or more times that. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can cause headaches, central nervous system damage and depression. Nitrogen dioxide exposure can cause respiratory and lung problems.Architect Paula Baker-Laporte, who has written several healthy-home books, recommends:Always run ventilation range hoods to outside the house.Install the largest range hood you can find and specify variable speed control.Adjust flames so that they burn blue. A yellow flame indicates incomplete combustion and carbon monoxide production.
This power pack has been combined with an external or remote blower. The external blower isn't visible here, which is a beautiful solution with the simple face and wood trim.A custom unit above a sealed gas-powered stove typically requires 42 inches of clearance to combustible surfaces. A regular gas stove requires 36 inches of distance to the hood. Since a lot of decorative covers are designed to extend on either side of the range's width, they'll also have a bottom panel where the power pack is installed. You'll need to either choose a noncombustible material for the bottom panel or move the hood fan up accordingly.
Brad Sullivan of Sullivan Building & Design Group shares the details of this custom wood hood: "The fan itself is an insert by Broan with a roof-mounted remote blower. The enclosure was custom built with old beadboard paneling and antique wood beams."