Question: I loved the post about lighting over a kitchen island, and I noticed in those photos that many of the range hoods were centered directly behind the island. Could you give us some insight on size, placement and design for range hoods? Yours are lovely!
Phoebe's Answer: We like to see the hood and range when you enter the room – to make it a focal point of the design. The hoods are usually designed to integrate with the cabinets. For actual installation of the hood, we typically go six inches past the range on both sides if there is space. We typically install the hood at 72” AFF (Above Finished Floor) if the ceilings are 9+ feet. 72” high is the max because any higher and you lose suction. For an eight foot ceiling, we drop it to around 64” or 66” AFF. We also add a blower to it versus buying one that the hood company has designed. As for the actual design of the hood, we like to mix materials if budget allows: stone, plaster, stainless steel, and wood. Take a look at some of the range hoods from our projects: