When we bought the ‘Zoo, we knew that most of the things in the kitchen needed to be replaced sooner or later, starting with appliances for functionality. The ‘Zoo came with these gems of a hood and range, you may recall:
Substituting the existing fridge with ours and installing a new gas range were major improvements, but after Chris began cooking on the gas range, he realized the ineptitude of our recirculating range hood meant another appliance purchase. Best way to describe it? It performed at two settings: wimpy and wimpier, accompanied by a whining sound to mask its false industry.
Meanwhile, I was still living in the city, so I began trolling Craigslist for possible options, where I spotted an ad for this Bosch chimney hood for $350 (retails for $899-$999). The price was a little higher than what we would pay for a nice recirculating hood at a big box store, but it was also a much better hood than those we could normally afford. Plus, it’s better to vent outside, especially with gas, so we thought it might be worth investigating.
(Picture courtesy of Houzz)
I called to ask some questions and found out it was being sold by a kitchen/bath design store because it was installed in a kitchen model but never used. It had some scratches that didn’t seem too noticeable, so we decided if it was still available the following weekend, we would take a look. Why wait, you ask? We wanted to give the purchase some thought since it was really more than we’d originally planned to pay but knew it was a great deal.
Sure enough, the hood was still available the following weekend, and it was way more functional than our existing hood. After I pointed out a gouged out section in the insulation for the electric cord that had not been mentioned in the ad or when I called to inquire about it (they hadn’t noticed it because it was on the side of the cord you couldn’t see without really looking closely and feeling around), they agreed to knock the price down to $325. We walked away with the hood for $358 (we did have to pay tax because we bought it from a home design store but thought it was worth it).
We also had to purchase a mounting kit ($11.97) and brackets (2 @ $7.99 each) plus $8.99 shipping because the person who uninstalled the hood from the model kitchen didn’t keep all the parts. We also purchased some Sugru from Amazon for $22 to patch the insulation instead of buying a $27 plus shipping for a replacement cord, bringing our total purchase to $416.94. Compared to buying it new at the lowest retail price we could find, we had a total savings of $482.06.
Time for Amy’s demo dance (yes, this is a thing)!
Last weekend, we uninstalled the old wimpy hood and discovered this awesomeness:
Apparently the builder’s crew didn’t install an outlet for the hood and couldn’t find where to hardwire it, so they
hired a woodpecker drilled holes in the drywall until they found electrical. Then they didn’t bother to clean up their mess because it was hidden by the old hood. Classy, huh?
This means we will be installing a new outlet and doing some serious dry wall patching in addition to taking down the upper cabinets so the new range hood can be installed. While we’re doing electrical work, we’ll go ahead and install the outlet for the range that was missing (you can read more about that here). Keep your
wires fingers crossed that all goes well!