How to Pick a Kitchen Range Hood

The hood for your range can sometimes be a forgotten design element, when in fact, if the selection is done poorly can negatively affect the final look and functionality of your entire kitchen. Award-winning Normandy Designer, Kathryn O’Donovan, has put together a few tips on how to pick out a hood that is perfectly suited to your kitchen space and needs.

“Ventilation is one of the most underrated appliances in the kitchen and one of the most important,” said Kathryn. “There are code requirements based on your cooking appliance as well as having the correct circulation power to protect your new finishes longer.”

Kitchen hood designs have come a long way in the past 10 years. The manufacturers have redesigned hoods in many ways, not only to make them more efficient but also more flexible for the homeowner. These choices allow us to meet the increased function that homeowners need as well as an opportunity to express individual personality and style.

When picking out a hood, the first question to address is “What will your cooking surface be?” This choice will help narrow the hood options available. For example, a chimney hood would not work for a pro-range appliance because it would not have sufficient ventilation. There are various hood options on the market for a variety of applications. They include low profile, downdraft, chimney, professional and inline to name a few.

The next questions to consider are the overall aesthetic of the kitchen, and the size and the scale of the room. A large hood would not fit well with a small kitchen because it would overpower the room and a small hood in a large kitchen would get lost in the overall layout. So, size and scale are important to the space.

Aesthetically, the hood hood cabinet finishshould work with the design details of your new space. Cooking habits and personal preferences also play a huge role in determining the final look of the hood. There are a variety of options; stainless steel for easy cleanup, Venetian plaster for an Old World look, a matching finish to your cabinets, or opting for an alternate cabinet finish entirely.

“Adding a backsplash behind the range or intricate cabinet detailing can also contribute to the overall impact,” added Kathryn. “Combining all of these is what makes designing a kitchen so much fun.”

Selecting a hood for your kitchen is a great opportunity to flaunt your personality, and style and make a true design statement. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, you can set up a time with Kathryn to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens, or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.

“Jennifer Runner is Awesome!”

It’s always nice to know that when people work with us on a remodeling project, they tend to love our staff as much as their new space.  One of our talented designers, Jennifer Runner, recently received another letter from a Naperville client praising her expertise and design skills.  It was so sweet we couldn’t help but share it!

“Jennifer Runner is AWESOME. We are completely satisfied with the renovations that Normandy installed under her direction for our Kitchen, Master Bath, and Main Bath. Details are below, but most importantly, we have praised Jennifer to all of our friends and family, referred 3 people to her of which 2 have met with Jennifer, and 1 is working with her on design ideas.

Okay, so Jennifer was clearly the most impressive and understanding of the 3 different designers/companies that were in competition to win our business. Jennifer’s designs were truly transformational, she brought vision, insight, and excellent taste to our discussions and plans. She LISTENED and incorporated our thoughts and wishes into her designs and material selection.
There were several modifications along the way and she was always positive and responsive in guiding us to the ideal designs we envisioned. Throughout the entire process, Jennifer was attentive and responsive.

The craftsmanship of all aspects of the construction is top-notch (plumbing, framing, electrical, tiling, wallboard, floor refinishing, cabinets and countertops, and fixtures).

The construction phase took longer than we hoped, but it was exactly the number of weeks quoted at the outset. Top grade work doesn’t happen in 3 weeks, so the quality of the outcome is determined by the time and effort invested in the project.

I would recommend Normandy to anyone, and I would (and have) highly recommend that you work with Jennifer Runner. She is awesome.”

This is just one of the letters Jennifer, among our other designers, has received from a client.  “I’m always happy to receive a letter like this from a client, successful remodeling requires such a collaborative effort to achieve the client’s ideal home, and it’s nice to know how satisfied they are with the final result,” comments Jennifer.  To start creating your ideal space, schedule an appointment with Jennifer today.

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