Moving the cooktop from island to wall and installing a wall hood
This is a house we have contract on and if all goes well, closing by August end.
Here is the deal. I do not like the island downdraft cooktop for safety with little kids, splatters etc. How big of a deal in terms of labor and cost would it be to move the cooktop to the perimeter countertop and take off the cabinet above and replace it with a hood that vents to the outside?
There is the question of filling the hole on the island, would it look ok if I out in a butcher's block in that island to fill it? Will it look odd/ok or any other cons? I thought it would be economical rather than replace the whole countertop there.
BTW, any other suggestions are most welcome. This is our first house, and we have zero experience of any house project. Should I just drop the idea and wait a bit and see what I feel? Should I change something else instead? Also, pardon my ignorance, but what material is that countertop?