This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. All thoughts & opinions are our own.
Well friends, the cabinets and floors were installed, and we are loving them! The cabinets are Diamond brand and they are SOLID. We’re really impressed with the quality and are so happy we went with that brand.
The engineered hardwood floors we selected are also installed and look even better in person than we expected. They’re hand scraped and feel rustic & refined at the same time, and are reasonably priced, too (just under $5 per square foot). It’s our first time ever going light on the floors, and we’re so happy we made the decision to try something new.
In our rendering, you may have noticed that there’s no range hood. Not to worry, it’s there, but it’s hidden in the cabinet above the range! Today, we’re going to show you how we planned for & installed our insert to make it look like it’s not even there.
1. Select the right insert
Planning is super important when concealing a range hood or building a custom one… maybe the most important step in the whole process. There are many different inserts on the market in different sizes, so when doing our search, we knew we needed to find one that would fit inside our specific cabinet. We landed on the GE 30-in Undercabinet Range Hood Insert from Lowe’s.
Not only does this one have 10/10 5-star reviews, but we saw that the dimensions listed in the Spec section of the product listing were in line with what we needed. The insert is 11.125″ deep x 9.625″ tall x 20.44″ wide, which is a perfect fit for our 12″ deep x 15″ tall x 30″ wide cabinet above the range.
After we found our range hood insert, we sent it over to the Lowe’s kitchen team we’re working with to verify that it would work before finalizing our cabinet order.
PS – Lowe’s has a really informative Range Hood Buying Guide on their site that’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new range hood or hood insert.
2. cabinet install
The team at Lowe’s installed our cabinets in this kitchen, which was a nice change of pace for Bryan who usually does it himself. (Sidenote: did you know that Lowe’s has install services and can actually do entire remodels & handle permits? We didn’t before this project!) All of the frames were set & secured before we started our range hood insert install, but the crew left the doors off on the lower tier cabinets for easy access.
3. measure the insert opening
We referred to the instruction manual on how large to make the opening in the cabinet.
We placed the insert where we wanted it to go (centered in the cabinet) and traced a line around it with a pencil.
Once we had our lines drawn, we could begin cutting the opening.
A few different types of tools could be used to cut the opening. Bryan used a circular saw for the straight lines and an oscillating multi-tool for the corners. You could also use a jigsaw. We linked Bryan’s Dewalt favorites below (he loves the cordless ones!)
Before cutting, he used a speed square to make sure that the hood was square with the edge of the cabinet.
Once the opening was cut out, we secured the range hood with the screws provided.
This insert is a vented insert, so we will be venting it up above the cabinets and over to the outside wall on the right. Here’s a drawing of how it’ll work.
We know this will use up some of the blue cabinet space above the insert, but because the blue upper cabinets are all 24″ deep, we’ll still have plenty of usable storage space in front of the duct. Once we have it vented, we will add some trim to conceal the duct work above the cabinets and you’ll never know it’s there.
Have you ever installed a concealed range hood before? Do you like the look? Share in the comments below!