Apparently some people have very strong opinions about exhaust hoods. Either you love them, can’t cook without them. Or you think they’re generally a complete waste of dollars & energy. I’m torn.
So here’s what my kitchen looked like before it was gutted and how it’s going to change.
That wasn’t totally my original plan though.
There were a few things I discovered after everything was completely gutted –
1. Holy crap there’s the original wood floors under the Wonderboard, under the tile! And the Wonderboard was only screwed down (not mortared). And they’re in decent enough shape to refinish. Score.
2. No island feels really good. There’s SO much room to walk around the table! My original plan included a fixed island 26″ deep x 72″ wide. New plan chops that down to 18″ deep and only 48″ wide – plus it includes casters so I can roll it out of the way when I have lots of people around the table.
3. The brick wall is awesome. I should totally forgo my original wall of upper cabinetry and leave as much brick uncovered as possible.
Here’s what the kitchen looks like in masking tape (not pictured are some open shelves, probably over the dishwasher/sink, that I haven’t figured out yet) –
The point of contention lies right behind that coil of electrical wire hanging from the ceiling.
The whole “range hood” thing seems to be a relatively new concept in kitchen design. I would say the majority of kitchen photos I look at have them. If I do a hood, it would be chimney-style and vented to the outside.
The thing is, I didn’t grow up having or using an exhaust fan or hood. My mother (a professional foods teacher by trade) thinks they’re generally useless. Not having one would keep the brick more open (although I will likely add some open shelving either way). I’m not so completely in love with the look I HAVE TO HAVE one for aesthetics sake.
That said, I think the idea of moving smoke outside vs. the dining room is generally a good thing. I don’t (& won’t) have a ceiling fan, so opening a window or back door would likely be the solution to burnt garlic, if I don’t do one. Perhaps it would help the open expanse of brick look more intentional (there will be some open shelving as well).
What say you, blog friend?
Exhausted but totally hidden in a concealed ceiling vent, so it looks like no exhaust:
Exhausted via range hood:
Do you have an exhaust hood? Wished you did? Or generally think they’re totally unnecessary?