Believe it or not, most kitchen remodeling projects often include installing a new range hood. The first few elements of a remodel that usually come to mind are swapping out new countertops, cabinetry, backsplash, lighting, and fixtures. However, you must not overlook a new range hood. From standard to custom range hoods, there are many design elements to consider!
Do I Even Need a Range Hood?
The short answer is most likely. Range hoods are not required for kitchens, especially if you are one not to use your stove. But of course, you should always check with your local building code. It is also important to investigate how your kitchen is naturally ventilated. Even if you cook a little, we recommend installing a range hood in your kitchen remodel.
Do I Want a Range Hood?
You will want a range hood in your kitchen because even if you cannot see the steam from cooking, oil and grease can coat your room over time. And if anyone in your household cooks a lot, a powerful hood is highly suggested.
If you want to add new kitchen cabinets with your new range hood, Sea Pointe Construction has various design ideas you can select!
7 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Range Hood Cover
There may be more to choosing the right range hood cover than you think! Many factors come into play, from the aesthetic, to the range hood fan power, to the costs. Don’t worry; we’re here to help guide you through this process.
Your Kitchen Layout
First things first, how much space are you working with? Consider the square footage of your kitchen space, which will determine the appropriate size your range hood cover should be. It will give you a general idea of your size options. You should aim to place your hood between 24 to 30 inches above your range, but of course, each kitchen differs.
The Exhaust System
Now getting into the mechanics, you’ll have to choose which exhaust system is best for your kitchen. The most popular and one we recommend is a ducted exhaust system. This is because it channels air away and out of the home.
A duct-free or non-vented exhaust system filters the air and returns it into the kitchen, but this system can be less efficient over time. It tends to require more maintenance and filter replacement. Choose wisely!
Kitchen Hood Energy
Yes, kitchen hood energy is also another important factor you do not want to overlook. The hood energy is how much air is obtained per hour with the fan’s cubic feet per minute (CFM). Take the CFM and multiply that by 60 to get how much air is extracted per hour.
The volume of your kitchen size will determine how powerful your exhaust hood fan should be. This is to clear the air and prevent odors you do not want lingering in your kitchen after cooking. Your kitchen hood range should replace the air no less than eight times each hour.
Range Hood Noise
It may not be the most attractive thing to have a loud blowing sound going on in your cooking background. Therefore, a powerful but loud hood may not be worth it. We recommend choosing a version that draws air toward the edges instead of a large surface to reduce a little noise. Also, make sure to test out your hood before bringing it home.
Range Hood Styles
This is the fun part! There are so many range hood styles to choose from and can even be customized to your liking. Make sure the hood design is cohesive with the rest of your kitchen for a seamless look. Some popular finishes include stainless steel or brass. But a trending design for range hood covers consists of a wood covering for the modern farmhouse design. With the ability to customize, the options are endless!
Range Hood Costs
How much does a range hood cost? Set a realistic budget for your overall kitchen to remodel and prioritize where you want to splurge. When it comes to range hood costs, size, energy, materials, and design matter. Does your range hood include custom features such as heat sensors, built-in lighting, or a timer? Things can quickly add up, so it is best to decide what you want and need ahead of time.
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10 Custom Range Hood Cover Ideas
A range hood cover also known as a custom range hood is the cabinetry over a range hood insert. Popular materials used to make custom range hood covers include wood, brass, or stone.
1. Standalone White Hood (No Cabinets)
If you are aiming for a simple design, the idea is to go with a standalone white hood with no cabinets or details. The simplicity of this design will give this space a modern touch. This will especially look great with another feature in the kitchen that holds a pop of color.
2. Replace Your Hood with an Insert
An insert fits into your custom hood and has a sleek look to it. This design style is easier on the eyes and is a great way to hide the actual mechanics of the hood. In addition, by replacing your hood with an insert, you will automatically add a hint of modern to your space.
3. Tapered Custom Hood with Decorative Backsplash
A tapered hood with crown moulding is best used in a traditional or transitional kitchen design. Crown moulding is what gives this a more traditional look, but when paired with a modern backsplash design, it can showcase a transitional feel.
4. Custom Cabinetry with Intricate Trim
Going for a more detailed look? This style is up your alley-or should we say galley. Choose a custom cabinetry range hood with an intricate trim. This fits well in a traditional or transitional style kitchen. After all, it is all in the details!
5. Massive Rustic Hood
Looking to make a bold statement with your custom hood range? An easy way to go about that is by choosing a massive rustic hood. You can also pair this with a stainless-steel insert that will keep the grease out while maintaining that seamless design.
6. Custom Hood Over Double Oven
A custom hood over one oven is great but imagine a custom hood over two! If you have a large kitchen and have no problem splurging on your baking and cooking endeavors, we suggest going big.
7. Tapered Hood with Crown Moulding
A tapered hood with crown moulding is best used in a traditional or transitional kitchen design. Crown moulding is what gives this a more traditional look, but when paired with a modern backsplash design, can showcase a transitional feel.
8. Custom Hood with Stone Trim
A stone trim can show off an elegant look, especially when used with marble stone. Or, if you are looking to add a touch of color, a two-toned hood can achieve this luxurious design. Using a natural material like stone automatically will elevate your kitchen.
9. Arch Supports for Your Hood
Large arch supports for your hood give off a beautiful Greek architectural design. The two arch supports add to the overall look of your hood and even make this a statement piece in your kitchen.
10. Range Hood Cover that Pops!
Looking to make an extra fun pop? Go with a bold color that leaves your guests saying “wow.” From blue, to red, to green, you can have fun with choosing the right color for your kitchen hood cover. Be sure to pick one that complements the rest of your design!
While remodeling your kitchen, are you thinking of expanding your home? If so, check out these room addition ideas from Sea Pointe Construction.
Understanding Custom Range Hood Covers
Overall, custom range hood covers are a must in elevating your kitchen design. This is often the element that is overlooked in any kitchen remodel, but many do not realize that your range hood cover can make a huge difference. Speak with a designer to guide you in the right direction. Even if you are on a budget, you can still achieve function and beauty when working with a professional!
When you are ready to remodel your California Room, contact us at (949) 861-3400 and we will schedule your complimentary design consultation.