Natural Stone Kitchen Hoods – Step by Step
Stone kitchen hoods offer the perfect design focal point. Afterall, the kitchen is historically the central gathering place in the home. It’s where families come together to share meals, conversation, and entertainment. What makes the kitchen such a great place to design within? Simply put, it is a challenge to cohesively intertwine the many components that make up this space.
Let’s consider the integration between the various trades and technologies. For example, there are the mechanical and electrical aspects to consider. After all, the form of your natural stone hood must blend holistically with the function it is required to facilitate. When completed properly, this stone “sculpture” is a visual and functional symphony for all to enjoy.
A natural stone range hood will help create a perfectly blended room and reinforce a punctuated focal point within the space.
Let’s get down to a few details. A typical opening question from a potential client might be: “how much is the stone hood in your catalog?” This is certainly a valid question. However, it is very much like asking a builder how much would a custom home cost. In order to avoid a frustrated customer, the home builder might follow up with questions such as:
- Where would you like to build?
- What size home do you desire?
- What style of home are you looking for?
We also require more information to properly budget your natural stone hood. Here are four questions that you should initially expect:
- What size range (cook top) are you working with?
- What is your ceiling height?
- What stone are you interested in using?
- Have you preliminarily selected a design you prefer?
These answers will help us to determine the overall design and sizing of the hood and in turn project a reasonable budget number. Of course, there are a great number of details that would also need to be understood to bring this element of your project together. Using the house analogy, this will help us decide if you’re looking for a cottage or a mansion and which will fit on your lot!
Selecting your Design
Many customers seem to feel that design options are limited. My response to this comment is to look at our fireplace designs. Remember that your stone hood will be cut from a block of natural stone. Any of our fireplace designs can be transformed into a kitchen hood application!
Within the design of your range hood, it must be understood that there are 3 main elements to the product:
Corbels are decorative stone brackets that hang beneath the shelf adjacent to the range. These may be intricately carved or simply designed to add fullness to the unit. The corbel element may “hang” from the shelf, or it may be incorporated with a plinth that carries the design down to the counter top. Corbels and plinths are a great idea when you’re trying to encapsulate a mosaic backsplash on the wall behind the cook top.
The shelf portion of the range hood is the stone that wraps the mechanical unit that evacuates fumes from the cook top. The shelf may be designed as straight, arched (radial, eyebrow, or gothic), thick or thin with a variety of projections and details. The limitations to the shelf is the space allowed between the cabinets.
This is the material that runs from above the shelf to the ceiling and typically conceals the ventilation systems plumbing. Stack designs vary from straight, tapered, concave or convex and may include decorative niches and crown moldings that transition the stone to the ceiling.
It is important to note that each of these elements are independent from the others and are not necessary for your application. Many hood designs will include corbels and a shelf, while the stack is plastered. Or you may elect to have a shelf without corbels and a stack. A reclaimed wood shelf with a stone stack is yet another option.
Understanding the Technical Basics
As mentioned earlier, each element of your hood is completely independent from the other components. The biggest concern clients have is the sheer weight of the stone in a working space. The correct installation method of a stone hood is tying the unit to the wall in which it rests. With a combination of proper substrate blocking and installation methods, your stone range hood will be secure forever.
As you work through the process of selecting and designing a stone range hood, you can be assured that we have the experience and expertise to assist with both the design and technical knowledge to create a focal masterpiece in your kitchen. And as always, we challenge you to dare to be different. Let us help you make a unique masterpiece for your kitchen!
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