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Planning For A Kitchen Island

A kitchen island can be a place to gather, prepare food, wash dishes and even cook. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you can add an island that provides a cooktop and/or a sink as well as storage space and work space. But if you don’t want to remodel your kitchen, you can purchase a portable, wheeled kitchen island that can be moved when convenient. You’ll lose the options for a cook top or sink, but you do get a lot of work space and a place to put some stools and gather for a snack or meal.

If you’re considering adding a kitchen island with a cooktop, don’t forget to account for a place to put ventilation. While some homes have stoves that don’t have range hoods above them, your kitchen will stay cleaner and cooler if you have the proper hood with ventilation above a cooktop. It’s designed to pull odors out of the room but will also help keep everything in your kitchen including, your cabinets and other surfaces, cleaner because much of the grease and liquids when you cook go up instead of out into the room. It’s not absolutely necessary to have this, but if you are going to invest in a built-in island with cooktop, you’re doing yourself a favor to go ahead and add a hood now.

Also, consider that if you’re going to have an island with a sink or you plan to wash dishes, you’ll want one that has two levels of counter tops. You’ll want the workspace counter that’s level with the sink and another level that blocks the view of the sink. This helps hide the dishes and gives people sitting at the counter a place to lean that’s not level with the sink. These islands are bigger and more expensive, so if you’re on a small budget and don’t really need an extra sink, you might look at the smaller model.

Installing a Range Hood Into Your Kitchen

Range hoods will keep your kitchen free of smoke, excess heat, food odors and contaminants that the cooking of food can create. A hood is a necessary item, and the more you use your range, the more important it will be for you to own one.

There are a number of different range hood designs from which to choose for your kitchen needs. Your appliance will consist of a fan, usually with two or three speeds, and a light, sometimes with two levels, to illuminate your work area. Your hood may be wall-mounted, fit under a cabinet, or hang down from the ceiling to take care of an island range. It can be ducted or ductless.

Most range hoods are constructed of sturdy stainless steel with aluminum filters that can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Push button controls for easy operation are another feature you will find in the majority of your range hoods. Other features may include a three speed motor, a delay timer and automatic shutoff on the blower, and a manufacturer’s limited warranty.

Kitchen range hoods can be very basic and simple or of a more elaborate design. Just because a range hood is a functional item does not mean it cannot be attractive as well. The design largely depends on the decor of your kitchen and what your taste warrants. If you want your hood to blend in and not be noticeable, you would most likely want to stick with something that is simple in design. But if your kitchen is elegant and you want your range hood to match, then you should choose a design that is sleek and elaborate. It can even be the focal point of your kitchen, especially if it is a hood for an island range. That type of hood is hard not to notice because it stands out in the center of the room.

Whatever decor you may have in your kitchen, choose wisely from the assortment of kitchen range hoods that are available. It should be functional and reliable, but it wouldn’t hurt if it looks good as well.