Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Cabinet and hardware manufacturers continue devising new options to help organize your kitchen. As you plan a remodel, remember to discuss cabinet accessories with your designer ... they will help the efficiency and organization of your kitchen. Here are a few of the items to consider.

As we wrap up this blog series on range hoods, a few final aspects to consider are:

  • Range Hood Width -- Regardless of the type of range hood chosen, the range hood should be as wide ... or slightly wider ... than your cooktop. This provides a canopy, or capture area, that effectively traps the heat and impurities as they rise. For a 30" stove, the range hood width needs to be between 30" and 36."

The blower in a range hood is sized, or rated, by CFM ... the cubic feet of air moved per minute. It is important to correctly size a range hood based on your stove, room size, and ductwork. In this blog, we will look at ways to calculate the CFM requirements for your kitchen.

Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Second Life for Your Cabinets

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We are all concerned with making wise choices for the environment.  In remodeling projects, there is the question of “what to do with the old cabinets?”.  In many situations, the old cabinets are too tired and the only option is to dispose of the cabinets.  However, often the old cabinets can find new life in the basement, garage workshop, or any number of places in the home.  Not only does this keep the cabinets out of the landfill, they can provide additional storage and work surfaces. 

In addition, the old cabinets can be “recycled” through Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.  There are up to three benefits from hauling the old cabinets to the ReStore … 1) the cabinets stay out of landfills, a more environmentally-friendly outcome, 2) Habit for Humanity uses the proceeds from the sale of the cabinets to help fund building homes for disadvantaged families, and 3) depending your tax situation, a tax deduction may be available to you, reducing the cost of the remodeling project.  A true win-win situation.