Choosing a Range Hood That Looks Fantastic And Works Even Better

Choosing a Range Hood For A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Over-the-range hoods are a stylish and practical feature for the home cook’s kitchen. Because of the popularity of this feature, and the various makes and models, adding a professional range hood to your kitchen is more accessible than ever.

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Why do you need a range hood?

Range hoods prevent your home from being overwhelmed by odors and grease from the cooking you do each day. Cooking foods like lamb chops, bacon and even a slow-simmering sauce, yield odors and grease into the air that stick to walls, art, furniture and other fabrics. One way to draw these fumes outside of the kitchen and away from areas you’d like to keep smelling fresh is a range hood. Because this feature involves ductwork and venting, there are often regulations and building requirements when it comes to installing range hoods. Our designers have ample experience in kitchen design and know the requirements in the Dallas Fort Worth area. If your planning a kitchen remodel (read more about our kitchen remodeling in Dallas, Tx), give us a call to find out how these rules apply in your town (800)-371-8970 or Click Here to submit your details and we’ll contact you.

Right-sizing a range hood

There are basic rules of thumb to pair the cooktop’s energy production with the hood’s oil- and grease-sucking power. For every 100 Btu, you need 1 cfm of ventilation power. For example, a professional-grade range with 90,000 Btu would require a range hood that has 900 cfm.  The recommended cfm reflects what is needed to properly vent the cooktop burners, so if your cooktop includes an indoor grilling component, you should choose a hood with more power.
When it comes to the physical size of the unit, it should be larger than the cooktop area, especially if you are looking at professional-grade ranges. If you are going to the effort to install a professional range hood, don’t skimp. In this case, going bigger is better.

Venting

Many kitchens opt for a duct-free range hood installed under the cabinets. These include a fan, typically with two speed, that draw fumes from the range through a filter and back into the kitchen. These units do little to reduce smoke or odors and we do not recommend this style for regular home cooks.

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Proper kitchen ventilation requires ductwork that draws fumes and odors outside of the home.  Depending on the location of your range, you have some choices as to how this is done. Ductwork can be routed through a chase, soffit or chimney.If the range is located on an exterior wall, ductwork can be installed to vent to the outside directly behind the range hood. Island hoods can be vented through ductwork in the ceiling.

A downdraft hood is another option, which aims to remove the smoke and fumes through an exhaust system on the floor. As most people know, heat rises and there’s little evidence these units are as effective as they claim. For that reason, we do not recommend this kind of product.

All-in-one or insert and shell?

Here comes the fun part. Choosing the type of range hood will determine the exterior look. Do you envision a classic stainless steel or a dramatic shell? Your decision could impact the kind of range hood you buy.

There are two kinds of range hoods. The all-in-one hood comes with the blower fan and outer shell built together. These typically have a classic kitchen look, made of durable and attractive materials like stainless steel. Insert and shell allows customers to choose the interior blower components with the shell they want separately. This is handy for homeowners who want extra power, but also have a specific shell in mind. Typically, companies that produce insert and shell models are higher-end products, giving homeowners even more options. Manufacturers like Broan, Zephyr, Viking and Wolf offer high-end professional grade products that are both highly functional and stylish.

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How To Avoid Future Problems When Designing a Kitchen Layout

Avoid these all too common mistakes when designing a kitchen layout

Kitchen layout and design have always been part art, part science. While there are plenty of aesthetic choices to make when designing a kitchen, the actual functionality comes down to some hard and fast rules. Every professional designer and design build contractor have at some point had to deal with poor design. Whether it’s due to the home owner’s unwillingness to compromise, or simply an oversight on their part, they’ve pretty much all “been there, done that.”

Think about it for a minute. The kitchen is the one room in the house that truly has multiple functions. We cook, eat, clean, drink and socialize in the kitchen. It’s where we share meals with our families, and where the kids sit after school to do their homework. That’s why it’s the heart of your home and the one room that needs to be beautiful as well as functional.

Regardless of your design style, proper kitchen layout and organization are essential. Avoid these common mistakes to achieve a functional, elegant, and practical kitchen design!

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Obstructing “The Triangle” in Your Kitchen Layout

When designers refer to the kitchen triangle, they are speaking of the relationship and placement of the sink, stove, and refrigerator. This is the area of greatest activity in the kitchen, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. The sink sees the most action, and you should have easy access to the refrigerator and stove as well as counter space for chopping and preparing food.

The placement of your sink is somewhat dependent upon your plumbing. If your sink is in an inconvenient location, it’s worth the expense to move it for functionality. No matter what size your kitchen or what shape (L-shape, galley, etc.To) the sum of all three sides of the triangle should not be less than 10 feet or more than 25. If it’s too small, it can be cramped for more than one person. Too large and food prep can be a tedious task.

Inefficient or Wasted Storage Space

Kitchens are usually chock full of stuff! Pots and pans, appliances, dishes, plates, silverware, dry goods and more. It all requires storage and some items like food processors or stand mixers can require a lot of space. Because built-ins can be expensive and overall space may be limited, one major design flaw is not planning for enough storage space. Every kitchen layout has some wasted space, but with a little planning, it can be minimized.

If your kitchen is smaller, consider using extra tall upper cabinets with molding. You can place lighting or plants along the molding to create a focal point. Always include cabinets above the refrigerator. Not including cabinets here is a waste of space. It’s the perfect place to store those large platters that only come when you’re entertaining.

Not Enough Counter Space

One major complaint among many homeowners is a lack of counter space. Considering everything that takes place in the kitchen from food prep, to eating, to homework, plus all of the appliances that live there like the coffee maker and toaster, you’ll need plenty of counter space. Whenever possible, consider a kitchen layout that incorporates an L-shaped counter, or if you have the room, an island.

Inadequate Lighting

Lighting is an essential element in every kitchen. It’s not only about design and ambiance, but you’ll be preparing food using sharp knives and other kitchen utensils. There are three types of lighting you should add when designing your kitchen layout, task, decorative and accent lighting.

Task lighting provides general lighting and should be bright enough to work by. Overhead lights on a dimmer can function as both task lighting and accent or ambient lighting. Accent lighting light pendants or mini pendants over the island or counters can add a pleasant ambiance. Pendants on dimmers can act as both task and decorative lighting. Under-cabinet lighting can not only add a wonderful design element to your kitchen, but it can also illuminate countertops providing additional lighting when working in the kitchen.

Skipping The Back Splash

A backsplash is often a place that homeowners choose to skip to save a little money. Sometimes it’s left out of the planning altogether. This might save you a few bucks in the short term, but in the long-run, it will cost you a lot of time.

The kitchen is full of steam, water, and grease. Putting a backsplash above the cooktop and counters can save you a lot of clean up time and keep your kitchen looking fresh. It’s a lot easier to clean grease off of a backsplash than it is to clean it off a painted or wallpapered surface.

Work With Professionals When Designing Your Kitchen Layout

The best way to avoid these common problems is to work with a professional design build firm. They can assist you with every aspect of your project from the initial design to creating the budget through construction. The designers at Joseph & Berry are on top of all of the latest trends and information available. We work with our clients to understand their lifestyle, needs, and creative vision and then create a plan to help them get there. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel or would like more information, give us a call. We’re always ready to help you achieve your dream!

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Discover The Types of Wood Being Used in Kitchen Cabinets

Learn the characteristics of wood being used in kitchen cabinets today.

Kitchen cabinets are the major focal point in every kitchen. Cabinets must strike a balance between style, support, and functionality. Choosing the right material and quality of workmanship is paramount to creating an aesthetically pleasing design that will stand the stresses of everyday use for many years. Here’s a look at some of the most common cabinetry materials used in the construction of kitchen cabinets.

Quality, Workmanship, and Materials Create Kitchen Cabinets That Last

Professional cabinet makers are artists that create stunning, classic, sophisticated cabinetry using select hardwoods and beautiful veneers. A quality cabinet maker creates kitchen cabinets that showcase the unique beauty of the materials used, and offer durable construction as each cabinet is crafted, joined and finished. For many homeowners, the variations of color and grain meet their creative vision. Others who seek a more uniform look favor paints and stains for a more consistent appearance.

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Popular Cabinet Woods

  • Oak – By far the most popular choice for solid wood cabinets, oak offers a strong “flowery” grain that is visible through any color stain. If you are looking for a lighter, less red patina, consider white oak. If you want more depth of color, red oak will take a darker stain. To truly enhance the grain of red oak, consider using a cherry stain.
  • Pine – The only “softwood” commonly used in kitchen cabinet construction, pine is a pale yellow color and often shows knots. It’s stunning in distressed or antiqued finished in a rustic kitchen. It’s often featured in English, French and American country kitchens. Eastern and Western white pine is sometimes used in select semi-custom cabinetry.
  • Cherry – Cherry is durable and resists knocks and marring. It’s an elegant wood that is often used in formal cabinets with raised panels. Cherry offers a versatility that can provide a contemporary personality for your kitchen.
  • Hickory – Hickory offers a similar grain pattern and strength to oak while being a “lighter” wood. Its rustic style means that it’s a rare choice for semi-custom and custom cabinetry.
  • Birch – A very pale, durable wood that accepts stain well, birch is often used in contemporary cabinets that feature raised and recessed panel doors.\
  • Ash – Another wood that is similar in strength and durability to oak, it has a lighter color and very little noticeable grain. It’s often used in cabinet interiors and takes both veneer and stains well.
  • Hard Maple – While hard maple takes stain well, it’s light color and fine grain is often naturally finished to provide a light contemporary look in the kitchen.

Common Natural Grain Patterns and Characteristics

Wood is a common choice for kitchen cabinets because it brings a warmth and texture that stands apart

from the other elements in the kitchen like modern stainless steel appliances and tiling. All natural wood offers unique and defining natural characteristics that enhance its beauty and those “imperfections” can be brought out by using stains and glazes.

  • Bird Pecks – small marks in the grain caused by birds. No, really!
  • Burls – swirls or twists in the wood caused by a “disease” that affects the wood during growth. Burls do not contain knots.
  • Gum Streaks – Mineral like streaks of color only found in cherry wood.
  • Heartwood – The mature, darker wood that extends from the sapwood to the pith.
  • Sound knots – solid knots across the face that show no signs of decay.
  • Mineral Streaks – Color, usually olive to blackish brown that typically follows the grain pattern of the wood.
  • Sapwood – The lighter colored parts of the wood that grows from inside the bark to the heartwood
  • Wormholes – Small holes in the wood that range in size up to 1/16th of an inch.
  • Sugar Tracks – yellowish to dark brown streaks that run throughout the wood.
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Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing between custom, semi-custom and stock cabinetry generally comes down to your budget. Your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen and your cabinets are one of the most used elements in your kitchen so it makes sense to opt for the highest- quality, most durable cabinetry you can afford.

Custom cabinets will last the longest and usually come with a longer warranty, but you can mix and match, for example, using custom cabinets for hard to fit areas or as focal points in your design.

The wood you choose for your kitchen cabinets affects their aesthetic look, as well as how they will stand up to daily use. Most cabinets are made from solid hardwoods, but to lower costs, the woods are often applied as veneers over another layer such as plywood.

A design build contractor or kitchen designer can help you understand your options when it comes time to choose your kitchen cabinets. If you are considering a kitchen remodel or home renovation in Greater Dallas, contact us to learn more about our design build services. We will take into account your lifestyle, how you use your kitchen, and your budget to help you choose the cabinets for your dream kitchen renovation!

Designing a Walk-in Closet for A Master Suite Bedroom and Bath

Design tips for a walk-in closet that makes a master suite more functional and less cluttered

One home improvement that can add real convenience to your life, and value to your home when it comes time to sell is a luxurious walk-in closet in your master suite. Whether you’re remodeling your master bedroom, adding an addition to create a luxurious master suite, or considering converting a spare room, a large walk-in closet can help keep your clothing organized, make getting ready for work in the morning, or cocktails at night a more pleasurable, efficient experience. And your clothes will last longer too!

Let’s look at what you’ll need to consider before turning that spare room or extra space in the bedroom into a master suite walk-in closet.

Your Walk-in Closet: Layout And Space Needs

You’ll need to do a little planning to determine how much space you’ll need. Start by assessing your storage needs. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Start with Your Clothes – This is important. You want to make sure that you’ll have enough space to gently and comfortably store your belongings. The depth of your cabinets and racks will range from 14 to 24 inches to accommodate your clothing. Most items including shirts, blouses, jackets, and coats will require at least 24-inches. Anything less won’t properly fit your clothing.

Base your design around the clothing you own. For example, folded sweaters and shirts will need between 9 and 15 inches of linear space; coats can require 68 inches of vertical space, pants and jeans need 50 inches of vertical space and skirts can require 45 inches.

  • Figure Out How Many Double and Single-Hang Sections You’ll Need – to maximize storage in your walk-in closet, take inventory of how many long dresses, winter coats and jackets you own to determine single space needs. Then look at skirts, shirts, pants, blouses, and slacks to make sure you have enough double hung space.
  • Think About The Corners! – Corners are tough. They can be utilized for additional storage with proper planning. Corner shelves can help you to use this space. Consider hanging ties or handbags, or even store suitcases. When you’re investing in your closet, you want to utilize every possible inch of space. Don’t forget the corners!
  • If You’re Converting A Spare Room, Consider an Island – If you have enough room, an island can be an excellent addition to your walk-in closet. Ideally, you’ll need 36 inches of space on each side of the island, but you can get by with as little as 24. The more clearance space you have, the more functional you can make your island. With 36 inches of walk around space, you can include pull out drawers which can house sweaters, delicates, jewelry or more.
  • Don’t Forget the Cubbies – Cubbies are an excellent addition that can house sweaters, shoes, handbags, and other items. If you have lots of boots, remember to include taller cubbies on the bottom to accommodate storage.
  • Think About Fun Functional Additions When Planning – Benches, dressing tables and makeup mirrors, specialized storage, a full-length dressing mirror and other functional touches can personalize add a level of luxury to your space. Don’t forget proper lighting, ventilation, and decorative touches like art or hidden speakers for your enjoyment.

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Think About Location

Unless you’re planning a master suite addition, proximity is important. While technically you can put your walk-in closet in any unused or unusual space, like the attic, your first choice should be to keep it attached to the master bedroom.

Ideally, using the bedroom closest to the master bedroom is the best option. This allows you to close off the room from the rest of the house and create an opening in the master bedroom as an entry. Closing off a room and creating a doorway is an easy renovation that can be reversed to convert the closet back into a bedroom if you decide to sell in the future.

The most important thing to remember, no matter whether you’re taking space from the existing master, building an addition or converting a bedroom, is to make sure you have the minimum space available. Most master walk-in closets range between 5 to 12 feet (or more) in width. The minimum width allows you to have a 3-foot hallway if you hang all of your clothing on one side. Depth can vary from 5 to 17 feet of depth depending on your situation.

The room’s dimensions will help to determine what amenities you can include. For example, f you’re converting a bedroom, the windows can reduce the hanging space available, however adding a dressing table can be a great option. Natural light is perfect for applying makeup or getting a real feel for a piece of clothing’s color!

Adding a walk-in closet to your master bedroom is a great project that can make your life more organized and increase the value to your home. If you’re unsure where to start, or need ideas, contact us and speak to one of our designers. They can review your existing space and explain all of your options. At Joseph & Berry, we are experts at designing functional walk-in closets for master suites four our Dallas area clients. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.