Friday, January 20, 2012

How to build a Range Hood

In the case of the range hood, I knew what I didn’t want:  I was completely sure I didn’t want  a microwave in its place (for me, the main cook in this household, a microwave up there is just too high), I didn’t want a recirculating unit (I just hate don’t like them).  What I wanted was something like this, but without their big price tag:
by Bhg
by Massuco Warner Miller Interior Design
at Decorpad
Ohh so many years had passed for me wanting to tackle this project.  Every time I cooked, especially something “fishy”  and your whole house stinks :( Finally the time arrived!
It was a pleasure for me to get rid of that old re-circulating hood. I think they should be banned. The cabinet on top was also removed.
 























I  knew it had to be duct air outside but the prices for what I wanted were plain and simple out of my budget.  So, here it is how I went:
Price was important but also efficiency and look.  After reading many reviews, we kind of settled on two models of Range Hood Inserts (that’s what they are called when you are going to provide a cover for it): The Broan 103023 and The Broan PM390. 
We got the Broan PM390 with the LB30 Hood Liner:

When I got the product I set to work on the cover following a project presented in the Family Handyman Magazine Feb/10 issue by one of its readers: Mr. Tom Pollard.  Here are his pictures:

I was and still am so grateful of him for posting his project!  At that time I couldn't find something better that I could relate to.  Thank you, again.
I began building something like a “box or drawer” that would fit the liner pretty well, and strong enough to hold the exhaust system.

The sides were built out of pine, the big plate out of plywood.

You can see the rough sketch indicating the pieces I needed.  Notice that the dimensions at the back and front are slightly different to build it to my exact specifications.
The inside opening and how high to install it was determined by following the instructions from the manufacturer.

It was screwed to the wall studs and to the cabinets on each side (front frame).  The sides panels (not shown), were cut and installed secured to the side of the cabinets and to the back wall. 

Here is the sketch of what the final hood had to look like:
I couldn’t run the vent pipe to the outside through that back wall because on the other side of that wall is my dining room. The only way to run the duct pipes to the outside was by fitting it up to the top, and connecting an elbow to go on top of the cabinets and to the outside on the left.
For this model the required 6” round metal duct was easy to find at most home centers, but the wall cap had to be order online from Lowes.
Broan 641
The opening on the wall was made, the wall cap was installed, and the ductwork joints were sealed with duct tape until connected to the exhaust system.    My husband helped me a lot in these entire hood step.  He installed an electrical outlet right behind the enclosure because this system had to be grounded.  This is how it looked at the end of the day:
After sanding pretty well the rough edges it was ready for trim, primer and paint.
This is how it looks today:




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The range hood was finish, now it was time to work on closing the space above it!

You can also click on the next links for:
how to paint the cabinets.
Install a marble backsplash.
Add moldings to your kitchen cabinets
Build a fridge enclosure.
Update the kitchen island
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35 comments:

Day Dreaming And Decorating said...

Amazing

Just Beachy said...

This is going to be very helpful when I am doing this myself

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

You and your huband are rockstars!!!

Nancy said...

I can't tell you how informative this has been...many thanks. After many years of relying on my very, very handy husband (we are currently fighting a battle for his life) I know that in spite of my limitations Rheumatoid Arthritis, I can tackle anything...this included. Thank you for the inspiration!!!!!

michelle said...

So beautiful!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a great project! I'd love to have this in my kitchen! Hopped over from the Impossibilities party!

RHome410 said...

Wish I'd seen this about 4 years ago! :-) Nice job! I'm pinning it.

Andrea said...

Very nice! Love the tile too.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I love it and I love your backsplash, can you tell me about it?

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Awesome! I came out soooo great, and I love your back splash tile! Thanks so much for linking up!! Karah

Eclectically Vintage said...

You go girl!! That is one serious project - so glad you joined our Impossibilities Challenge!
Kelly

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Beautiful kitchen. Love the cabinets painted white and the molding. Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities challenge!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

You are Miss Talented!! This turned out gorgeous!

panamamama said...

Very helpful! Thanks.

alma said...

OH MY GATOS!!!
This is AWESOME!!!!
You have just inspired me to do my own vent hood cabinet!

Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

Thank you for visiting! I whish you and your husband are doing well! Yes! all this is doable! and yes you can!

Suna Cho said...

This is exactly what I wanted to know these days.
Very helpful. Reading and reading again all the projects you've done.
You're amazing and inspiring many of us who want-to-be DIYers.
Could you possibly -if you have a moment-explain more details about making a hole for duct and installing the wall cap?
Is this also doable job for anyone or need to hire someone professional?
Thank you so much.

Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

The easiest way would be if you can open the hole right behind the system or up to the roof! The way to open the hole depends on what material your exterior walls are made of? My exterior walls are covered with aluminum siding. I began cutting (with a drywal knife) a 6" diameter circle, inside, in the kitchen; cut through the drywall until I reached the siding. I made a mark right in the center, so then, I went out and with the marked center I had, I drew the 6" circle on the siding to be cut, here I used a jig saw. Make sure the wall cap fits nicely before installing it. Then put plenty of Silicone on the parts of the wall cap that are going to be in contact with the wall. You can pick a color of silicone that matches your exterior wall. Finally you can screw it in place! Remember, before cutting anything make sure and, doble sure that no studs are in your way!

Suna Cho said...

Thank you,Cristina. Your explanations are like step by step how-to. Love it. Now time to get hands dirty. Thanks,again.

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Love your site....gleam a lot of from it and will corporate them into my kitchen ideas for our remodel next year.

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Our Pinteresting Family said...

This is such a fantastic tutorial. Thanks you so much for sharing it. :) Megan

Orlando Designs said...

another to do!!! genious!

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Beautiful...great job...

johnny said...

what are the angles on that things? that's the most difficult thing when building it.

Cristina Garay said...

Johnny, First let me tell you I'm a rookie at building stuff like this one. I did it, it worked and that's why I wrote about it. I didn't bother about angles (that was way out of my league!).
The bottom pan was installed, then the sides were installed, knowing that at the top they had to be 11½" and at the bottom 18½".
With the side panels in place I measured and cut the front. Straight cuts! There's a very small gap at the top and bottom but that was covered later on with the moldings.

Laura said...

OH, THANK YOU for posting this! I absolutely hate the un-ducted range hood we have. The filter & fan are on a 30° angle down toward the back wall, so that any grease particulates gather and run down onto my newly-installed stone backsplash (that I worked so hard on!), and have stained the top 3 inches of the SEALED grout, under the fan. (There was another article in Family Handyman about how to clean grease marks off of grout, but I have to wait until the hood is replaced before I bother doing that. Love that magazine - it's the only one I subscribe to!) I am doing this!

MyCrE8TiVeInSpIr8tIoN@aol.co said...

You mention a manufacturer, can you give me a link to them. Also what is the hood made of? I don't mean the box/drawer you made but the dark brown part. Thank you!

Cristina Garay said...

The insert and the liner are Broan products but I bought them through AMAZON : http://www.amazon.com/Broan-PM390-Power-Insert-Silver/dp/B000R9CFL6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378308876&sr=8-1&keywords=broan+range+hood+insert

The dark brown part is MDF. I also use MDF to cover the open space above the cabinets, it's a great surface to be painted.

MyCrE8TiVeInSpIr8tIoN@aol.co said...

Thank you! I'm currently down to the studs in part of my kitchen, having taken the wall out between kit ans DR. Love this range hood! Did you just make the box the size of the area available, between your cabinets?

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks, Wow, you're in the middle of it all! Yes, I made the box to fit the available area, the same size as the cabinet that was holding the old re-circulating hood. Hey you're a no-reply I cannot reply directly to your e-mail address.

Deanna said...

How do I change that? I looked at settings but can't figure it out!

Cristina Garay said...

Idk

Aaron Allen said...

That is the reason why it is important to have a proper ventilation system at your home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. The post is nice!
I too did invest in all these last month from Store For Parts

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