Published at Monday, January 28th 2019. by Pedersen Wilda in Kitchen Window and Ventilation Hood.
One of the most dramatic ways to make a statement in your kitchen is to include a custom designed range hood. Whether you adorn it with beautiful corbels and turned spindles and storage options or other embellishments, or keep it simple and classic, you will create a wonderful focal point for the room. Let’s take a look at a range (no pun intended!) of styles, colors and customization.
So where does a powerful range-hood fan get its makeup air? If the house doesn’t have enough random air leaks around windows, doors, and mudsills, the makeup air is often pulled backwards through water-heater flues or down wood-burning chimneys — a phenomenon called backdrafting. Since the flue gases of some combustion appliances can include carbon monoxide, backdrafting is dangerous. In some cases, it can be life-threatening.
Build a custom decorative box to cover your old range hood. Reorganize your kitchen, so you don’t need the extra space of an overhead cabinet and then cover the front and sides with wood that you can stain or paint as shown here. You’ll still have access to the vent controls by reaching underneath. And, the front ledge works as a spot for small fun or functional objects.
Lastly, think about inexpensive ways to improve the style of your kitchen windows by doing a DIY project for a fresh and modern way to make your windows standout. Something simple such as changing the color of the trim from simply a basic color can really highlight the window in a beautiful way. Instantly, it changes the frame through which you see your garden or patio-making it a priceless improvement in more ways than one.
In the 19th century, “glass curtains” were sheers used next to the glass in layered treatments, and by themselves in service rooms. Near-sheer fabrics include lace, an easy way to add subtle pattern and class to plain windows. Dan Cooper of Cooper Lace suggests hanging panels from an inexpensive tension rod—a white one virtually disappears when tucked inside the lace.
Eyesore no more! In recent years, kitchen range hoods have evolved from grimy eyesores to works of art. And why shouldn't an appliance of such large size also make a big (stylish) statement? Today, kitchen vent hoods are available in all shapes, sizes, and materials (hello, copper!) that can either draw the eye or blend right in with the surroundings.
Some Passivhaus builders are experimenting with range-hood fans that don’t exhaust air to the exterior. Instead, they pull air from above the stove and pass it through a charcoal filter before returning the air to the kitchen. On the ceiling of the kitchen, in a location as far from the stove as possible, they also install a grille connected to the exhaust system of the home’s HRV.
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