Need help choosing range hood and where to end glass back splash

kaysdFebruary 27, 2013

I have been wrestling with the range hood decision for months, and now that the cabinets are in, I really need to order something. The range is a 36” Wolf AG with 4 burners and grill. The distance between the uppers is 48”, so I can use either a 36” or 42” hood and have a little “breathing space” between hood and uppers. We plan to use a SS chimney style hood with the chimney going up to the 10’ vaulted ceiling. The house is a 1960 California ranch with a mix of modern and contemporary elements. DH prefers the industrial side of modern to MCM. The kitchen is a mix of sleek and rustic (mostly the wood ceiling) elements.

Given the cabinetry, other materials and shape of the space for the hood, do you think it would look better with a pyramid hood or something sleeker? The Imperial hood is the best deal, especially since the price includes a custom-height chimney cover cut to any length up to 4’. I really like the shape of the Imperial, but then wonder if a pyramid would “fill-in” the space better and look more industrial, like DH likes. I wish I was good at Photoshopping pictures.

The second question is where we should stop the glass back splash. We are using back-painted sheets of tempered glass painted to match the Haze Blue color already on the range wall. The options: (1) stop right under the hood (at 36”), (2) stop in line with the tops of the uppers (at 98”), or (3) stop in line with the tops of the fridge and freezer (at 84”). Option 1 is cheapest and easiest, since we do not have to work around the hood. I have seen pictures of option 2 and think it looks really good, but we have to pay extra for holes to be cut for the hood, it might be hard to replace the hood if we have to, and I’m not sure how to deal with the chimney at the depth change from glass to drywall above (it might require the custom chimney cover to be deeper above the glass to maintain contact with the wall). My designer suggested stopping at 7’ since there are other elements in the room that transition at the 7’ mark; that height has the same issues as option 2.


Hood options:

Imperial (36” or 42”):

42” Wolf (I like the curves, but this is the most expensive option, even on ebay):

36” Independent:

Zephyr Venezia (36” or 42”):

Glass BS stopping at top of cabinets:

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BS stopping at bottom of hood:

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pretty!! i vote for the imperial 42". its shape looks the most like the majority of your inspiration pics. seems like the flat sides might allow you to put bottles and things on top too which might be useful.
i also vote stopping backsplash at top of cabinets.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 10:00PM
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I also vote for the imperial 42 inch hood. I think the simplicity of it will look great with the clean, straight lines of your gorgeous cabinets. You don't need the curves of the Wolf hood or the angles of the other possibilities.
I think the tile will look fabulous ending at the top of the cabinets.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 12:12AM
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I like the slim box-style hoods in the first 4 of your backsplash inspiration photos. I like the splash going to the top of the cabinets. I think the gray glass splashes in your 4th splash inspiration photo looks stunning.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 6:16AM
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The Imperial nood (42") and backsplash ends at the bottom of the hood. Gorgeous looking kitchen!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 6:59AM
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No opinion on the hood,it's really a personal style choice. I like the backsplash to the bottom of the hood though. IMO the ones to the top of the cabinets look like you had to skimp by not going to the ceiling.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:35AM
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I vote for the Imperial 42". I definitely have a personal preference for that shape, but I think it would look great with the lines of your gorgeous kitchen.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 11:02AM
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It looks like the Imperial 42" is the favorite. It is funny that most of my "inspiration" pictures have a similarly shaped hood, since I saved those images in my "backsplash" folder to try to help my choose the BS height (i.e., I didn't intentionally choose those pictures for the hood).

The voting for BS height is mixed, with the majority so far choosing the 8' height. The image above with the tall gray glass BS is from the Smallbones catalog -- I love that look -- makes me wish I could have gone "topless." I think I prefer the taller glass BS, but I'm not sure how to overcome the technical difficulties with the chinmey extending beyond the glass. The glass and wall above will be painted the same color so the line will not be a strong contrast like most of the images above, although the shine factor will obviously be very different.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 4:20PM
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anybody seen this video? really help with the DIY back painted glass backsplash install

Here is a link that might be useful: glass panel backsplash install

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 11:12PM
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