Solving appliance ducting concerns, makeup air, and island installations

Unique Appliance Problems Solved with Jenn-Air Downdraft

Contractor and Designer Creative Problem Solving with Jenn-Air

Sometimes you run across design and construction issues with appliances that just seem to defy solution. You think and think, and ask all your sources for suggestions and nothing seems to be a good solution. Here are two issues that seem to come up when it comes to locating and installing ranges and cooktops.

Island Installations of Cooking Appliances

Locating a range or cooktop on an island is perfect for an entertaining kitchen. Yet it seems quite rare (especially in Arizona) to find ranges or cooktops on an island. Advanced planning to get the 220v. electric or a gas line to the island is important. Doing floor cuts after the fact may be expensive, and impractical, and suspending an overhead hood from the ceiling can also be problematic.

However, one way to simplify these issues is to install a Jenn-Air downdraft range or cooktop. The proximity center ventilation eliminates the need for an overhead hood and clears the sight lines as well. In addition, Jenn-Air now offers a duct-free kit with a replaceable filter that eliminates the need for any external ducting. It's perfect for an island installation.

Makeup Air Issues Disappear

Recent changes in building codes require makeup air to replace the air removed from a home by powerful overhead hoods. Fortunately, because downdraft center proximity ventilation is close to the source of the vent air, high CFM motors are not required. The new Jenn-Air downdraft range vents at only 283 CFM. And, with a duct-free kit there is no air exhausted from the home so no concern with makeup air whatsoever.

Considering a new build or a remodel? Look into Jenn-Air downdraft to make ventilation challenges go away!

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Kitchen Design Idea: Appliances on Islands

Appliances for Kitchen Islands

It's surprising how many kitchen islands are nothing more than tables or counters, occasionally also serving as workspaces.

Basic Kitchen Island

While this is certainly inexpensive, it almost appears to be an afterthought, as if to say, “We've got this extra space in the middle of the kitchen, so we need to fill the space.” Well, why not get some functionality out of it?

kitchen island with appliances

Appliances on Islands for Universal Design

There is much discussion these days about Universal Design. One of the challenges is finding lower cabinet space for moving microwaves from over-the-range and in general making appliances more accessible. The kitchen island is ideal for a microwave drawer as well as for an undercounter refrigerator or beverage center, or even refrigerator or freezer drawers. Also, moving appliances to a kitchen island frees up more cabinet space along the wall.

Entertaining Around a Kitchen Island

A strong rationale for an “open kitchen” design is for entertaining. Guests gather in the kitchen for a glass of wine and watch, if not participate in the final stages, of the meal preparation. Yet, with appliances lined up against a wall, for much of this time the host is standing at the range with his or her back facing the guests. If we would only move that range or cooktop to the island, the preparation would be the center of activity, and the host and group would be much more engaged.

Kitchen Entertaining

Of course, it's more work planning for gas for a cooktop, ventilation, etc. but that's why we need designers. Anybody can stick a box in the middle of the kitchen.

To find the right appliances for your next kitchen design project contact the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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The forgotten appliance part 3 – The vent hood

Choosing your new vent hood.

In the previous two blogs on the forgotten appliance, we've covered the need for having an effective venting system for your cooktop or range, and we've discussed the different types of vent hoods, as well as sizing criteria. Now, we're going to get down to the nitty gritty of choosing the hood that works best for you.

The first decision you need to make is the basic hood type that you need. Updraft vs Downdraft. In many instances this may be determined for your by circumstances. For example, if you have a freestanding range with a backguard behind it, a downdraft system is just not going to work. On the other hand, if you're replacing a cooktop in an island where there was previously a downdraft, then considering that the vent system is already in place, another downdraft unit is an obvious choice.

Now that you've chosen between updraft and downdraft, you can start picking out the category within each vent type. For downdraft it is relatively simple. Center duct vs telescopic downdraft. Choose a telescopic downdraft when you have a specific cooktop or slide-in range that you're fixated on that does not have a downdraft option. Then you can add the telescopic downdraft. Otherwise, your better, easier, and more cost-efficient choice would be an integrated center downdraft unit.

Updraft hood options are under-cabinet, wall mount, island hoods, or inserts. Once again, your choice may already be determined for you. For example, for island installations where a downdraft vent is not practical you'll need to install an island hood. If you have a big 60″ pro range, you will be installing either a professional wall mount hood or a custom insert. Think about the look you are trying to convey. If you want the view to be about the beauty of the cabinetry then you'd choose the insert built into a custom enclosure. However, if you prefer to focus on a kitchen that has the appearance of restaurant or professional cooking, you'll want a big stainless pro hood to match your big stainless pro range. Similarly, customers sometimes choose a nice chimney style wall mount hood to emphasize the beauty of the hood and surrounding backsplash versus having a less eye-catching under-cabinet hood.


Having settled on a vent hood type as well as a category and style of hood within the type, you must narrow your selection to the brands and models that fit the CFM requirements we covered in part 2 of this blog series. Next you will want to consider the brand and features of the specific hoods you are considering. Do you want the brand of the hood to be the same as the rest of your appliances? This can be a good idea considering that some premium appliance brands are currently offering a free ventilation product if you purchase the rest of the appliances from them.

Features abound in hood selections. Halogen lighting, auto on and auto off, advanced filtration systems, etc. Finally, don't forget to consider the noise levels. Vent hood sound ratings are commonly measured in sones. Sones is a linear scale, and the smaller the number, the quieter the hood. You might expect that hoods with higher CFM are going to be noisier than those with lower CFM. It's not always the case. There are some economy vent hoods that not only have low CFMs, but are also noisy enough to rattle the rafters.

Venting is important, we hope these three blogs on ventilation well help you make the right selection for your specific circumstances. Please call the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply to help you with all your appliance needs.

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Small Space Living

Light and bright and spacious – that’s the first impression given by this space. If you look closer, you’ll realize that while the room itself is not very large, it holds a full kitchen, dinette, dining and living area.

It’s the design approach that makes this room feel spacious and there are ideas here that can help you make your rooms feel larger.

The floors set the scene for a spacious feeling. By selecting a light porcelain tile and setting it at a diagonal, the flooring expands the perceived room size. Our eyes follow lines, and diagonal lines are always longer than horizontal or vertical in a room.

The other good flooring design decision is using only one floor type in the space. Having a flooring transition in this room such as a switch from tile in the kitchen to carpeting in the living/dining area would cut the space in two. The fewer breaks in the space, the larger the room feels. The area rugs in the living and dinette areas are small and used only to define specific functional spaces.

Furniture choice also supports a spacious feeling. Using smaller-sized pieces such as the loveseat and circular dining table keeps the traffic lines open and roomy. Any room will feel too small when the furniture overwhelms the space. Also the choice of one dark wood and style for all the furniture from kitchen cabinets to dining table helps create a consistent look, making the room feel integrated.

The final expanding element is light. The room has vaulted ceilings with high windows. The light flooring and walls combine with the ceiling height to make the edges of this space almost disappear. No one looks at the size of the room; instead the eye is drawn by the dark wood pockets of functionality laid out in an inviting arrangement.

What can you do to take full advantage of your design options to make your home feel more spacious?