Kitchen renovation in atlanta, lots of questions
We recently bought a home from an elderly couple that needs renovating in every room. The house was originally built in 1987 and most of it looks to be in original condition. This will be a long post and I will add to it as we go. I am looking for suggestions for this project from this great forum.
We want to start in the kitchen and the 1st thing will be countertops, cooktop, and hood. I have attached a picture of what we are working with.
The cabinets are Kraftsmaid and seem to be decent. There is some trim issues and the stain isn�t great but I think we can work with this. The floor is new tile and wouldn�t be my 1st choice, but is actually nice and durable, so I think we�ll leave it as well. We want lighter granite (like Giallo Rio) and we were thinking about staining them either darker or painting white. Havent thought about wall color yet, perhaps butternut squash (kinda darker yellow).
The 1st challenge is the hood. As you can see, there isn�t 1. It�s a downdraft and the reason for that is because its about 40� in any direction to an exterior wall. The wall immediately behind the cooktop is the garage and as luck would have it, they have run a stud almost centered exactly behind the cooktop. The downdraft goes out of the basement with via 6" duct.
I do not want a downdraft or a recirc hood. So we are thinking about a 42" under cabinet style hood. We could remove the short cabinets above the cooktop and install a chimney style hood, but if we can get the under cabinet hood to work, I�d rather save the short cabinets (and added cost). The cooktop is going to be a 36" 5 or 6 burner gas, similar to this one :
We are not grilling indoors but we still fry bacon and what not on Saturday mornings so some smoke. More on the Viking brand later, I was somewhat horrified to read the reviews for such a high end brand but I love how it looks.
This hood is the look what we�re after :
This is a 9" height hood, which would put the top of the hood at 27" above cooktop. Is that too low? I feel like I would be hitting my head on this constantly, and having to crane my neck sideways to cook eggs. Broan and Kobe also make shorter hoods (5" and 6") , but I don�t want this to look too "budget" with an extremely shallow hood. I love the pro look of the ventahood model but I just don�t know if I have room for it with my existing short cabinets.
Here are my ducting options, please let me know what you think :
1. Duct sideways, out through garage. Would require 370" duct with 5 90 degree bends. Would also need to drywall in the duct and paint drywall. Figure about $2K for this option (not including price of hood and additional blowers if needed).
2. Duct back down thru the wall and connect to existing 6" downdraft ducting. Could upgrade existing ducting to 8". Issue here (aside from not being best practice) is the stud centered in wall behind cooktop would need to be moved. Would also need to transition to 3-1/4x10 . May be able to find a hood with rear exit so just 1 90 degree bend at top and 1 again at bottom. A local kitchen "expert" came by and took a look and suggested this option. He said he has installed similar before and it actually works very well. Probably $1K for this option (not including price of hood and blowers). I don�t know if I would have enough room to transition down though, especially with a upward duct exit. Since the cabinets are only 12" deep, it would leave only 6" to transition down. Perhaps rear exit 3-1/4x10 is only option if we go this way.
Option 1 is obviously smarter way to do it, but more expensive. If we can get away with option 2, it would save some $ for the acre of bright white carpeting that needs to be ripped out in other rooms.
Please give me your feedback on the hood � how to duct it, the best height over the cooktop, and any suggestions you have on brands for us to consider. Once I figure this out, I will get to the rest of this project, including appliances and the bar build out.
Thanks for any and all suggestions!