Adding a hood later
We are moving into my parent's old house and doing some renovations. The old kitchen was falling apart, so it had to be taken out completely. The walls will have to be redone behind it as well as the flooring in the entire house. We will be adding another layer of ceiling panels in the kitchen to repair it.
There is no budget. Right now we are trying to get it into safe and livable. Fixing the floor, walls, and electrical trumps any "optional" things at this time. Once we get all this done and moved in, we will have to do work on our current house and then try to sell it. If that goes okay, some options might get added pretty soon. If that goes poorly, we'll just have to wait until we can save up.
So, I think I can live without upper cabinets. There is a large pantry and a shallow cabinet (but 8' long) in the adjacent dining room that can be used for things that are not used daily.
So, looking at "optional" things, I consider a range vent to be one at this point in time. Even your starter one (without cabinets above) seems to be $400 or more. Our current hood went out over a year ago and honestly I haven't missed it that much. I rarely do any cooking at high temps and do not fry indoors.
So, I think my best bet at this point in time might be to just cover up the hole where it vents out the ceiling, run the power over a foot so that it lines up with the hole, and figure out some sort of housing that would cover the wire up temporarily. I've seen surface mount metal boxes that would work.
Any advice? If you were having to wait to install a hood at a later date and already had a hole and power near the location, would you do anything differently?
This is where we want to get to on the kitchen.