Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kitchen Upgrade Status: DIY Tap Dancing

Well, as DIY projects go, I’ve run into a barrier for my range hood. Turns out there is a ceiling joist that is blocking the duct pipe from being able to be run straight up into the ceiling. And, upon inspection of the space where a duct pipe could go between the ceiling and 2nd story floor, there is wiring going across the joists that would block the pipe from being thread from the outside to where it would make a 90-degree turn down to the range.

We even tried to go straight back through the wall and into a closet that is on the other side of the kitchen, but there is a stud in the way. Grrrrr! I was SOOOOOO bummed! The install guys tried everything they could, but I'd rather them walk away than cutting a bunch of holes in my walls and ceiling.

So, it looks like I am going to be doing some fancy tap dancing.

I am going to do what Remodelando la Casa did on her cabinets to fill in the empty space above them.  I had planned to do something similar to her approach, but just not go all the way to the ceiling, but now it looks like I am going to have to. Isn't it gorgeous?

Gorgeous cabinets from Remodelando la Casa!

I am going to use her approach and nice trim-work to do something similar to this, with the range hood ducting running behind the cabinet build out:

Great work around! (source unknown)

The range chimney won't go all the way to the ceiling with this, but I will tile all the way up to the bottom of the cabinet build out. Ugh, I was hoping to be done with trim-work!


lynn cockrell said...

So sorry for your hood problems. It must be very frustrating. At least you are proceeding ahead. I have had a new over the range vented microwave. We bought it this past summer and would you believe it still is not installed. I am still using my old over the range vent and fan. My husband, who will need assistance with lifting the heavy micro, has not yet had time to install. I suppose it will be summer again when my oldest grandson can assist him. No that is frustrating! Wishing you the very best--and soon!

Just the Right Size said...

Aw, thanks Lynn. I guess it all comes down to patience, doesn't it?


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