The end of the range hood saga

Hi everyone! Tonight I finally have an update for you on the range hood saga.

While Michael has been busy painting all of the remaining woodwork, I’ve been researching vent hood options to replace our original choice. Here’s the skinny of why we are back to square one; 1) The original vent’s depth was too deep by 4 inches causing the corner cabinet to not open, 2) I really didn’t like the hood once it was installed. We have learned A LOT since this mishap, so here are the standards for range  hoods:

  • Should be installed 26″ to 30″ above the cooktop
  • The hood should be the width of your range, if not 1″ to 2″ wider
  • Venting is key; if it is not a recirculating hood you’re looking at cutting a hole in an exterior wall or through you roof

So I’ve been drafting options for us since Sunday, I even cut out cardboard templates to see how different shapes and depths would look. Here was my inspiration and why it didn’t work. One thing to note is that options 2-5 we planned to build on our own.


  • Option 1: A modern stainless hood with a rounded front that gives us the cabinet clearance we need. This beauty is from Signature Hardware (the same place our clawfoot tub is from).
    • The trouble with this hood is that is cannot be converted to recirculate which means we would have to cut a hole in the roof. While that isn’t a huge job the vent would be right at our front patio and clearly visible to any passersby; tacky. We also would have needed to work around the trusses for our vaulted ceilings which would have been difficult. Someone PLEASE use this hood, it is stunning! 
  • Option 2: A range hood that incorporates a small shelf; something new I hadn’t seen before except on Pinterest. I also considered a small inset space to extend the shelf space to display some family heirlooms and art.
    • The trouble here is that this hood would cover too much of the beautiful tile backsplash. The clearance issues would have also shortened the shelf to nearly nothing, rendering it useless to display my grandmother’s Hall polka dot teapot
  • Option 3: A sleek, mission style hood with beautiful wood stain that would complement our West Elm bar stools.
    • In the end, I just couldn’t visualize this in our space. 
  • Option 4: A classic, unoffending shape that anyone could love.
    • Note here the “anyone could love…” which there lies the problem. This hood wasn’t unique enough, and also would have covered quite a bit of our backsplash. 
  • Option 5: Something trendy with shiplap, as well as incorporating more of the wood tones.
    • If our backsplash was white this would’ve been the one, but the shiplap is too busy with all of the other patterns we have going on. 

So here is the final design we’ve landed on… ta-da!

Vent Hood

Whether we will paint it Chantilly Lace, Wolf Gray, or stain it is still TBD, but the design is final. We’ve purchased this Broan custom insert and a recirculating conversion kit from (an $80 savings)!

This is a perfect example of when remodeling an existing space can completely limit your design. Sometimes your only option is to throw all of your first instincts out the window and find a completely different solution. While this hood wasn’t my heart’s first love, it will still look beautiful and be built completely by us.

If you have any questions comment below!

xo, D


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