To Conceal or Not Conceal? What to Do With Your Hill Country Kitchen Range Hood

Kitchens in luxury Texas Hill Country homes tend to be a bit more than just a place to make a meal. They are multifaceted rooms that serve as entertainment areas, family meeting areas, eating areas, and places to simply hang out. Most people building a custom luxury home want their kitchen to fit their personal lifestyle.


And yet, the kitchen still needs to be fully functional. Part of that means having a cooking surface that meets your needs. Of course, if you have a cooking surface, you need some way to vent steam, grease, and odors away from the kitchen.  There’s no question that hoods fulfill an important function (and in some areas, they’re actually a code requirement). The question remains whether you want to draw attention to them or not.


In some design circles, there’s a move toward concealing or building in hood ranges. The functionality remains the same, but the hood itself is no longer a focal point of the kitchen. Although it’s not limited to any particular style, we tend to see this approach a bit more in modern or transitional kitchens.


In some cases (as you can see in this picture) the hood virtually disappears. The focus is then on the clean, simple lines of the kitchen (and in this case, the light coming in from above and from the folding doors.)


If you want to conceal your range hood, you’ll want to make sure that you purchase one that is designed to be integrated or concealed. The place you buy your hood can advise you (and it’s a good idea to check with your builder as well).

The fact is that a lot of homeowners prefer the look of an impressive range hood. Is it part of a Texas Hill Country style? Perhaps, but it is something we tend to see a lot of when we build homes in the Texas Hill Country. Here’s a look at a few examples of kitchens we’ve built in the area recently that definitely don’t hide the hood.

Here’s a look at a range hood in a Tuscan-style home we built in Cordillera Ranch. While the hood is clearly visible, it fits the style of the kitchen and isn’t an overpowering element.


Here’s another example of a range hood that’s not hidden. Once again, the hood in this kitchen in Las Cimas is quite visible, but doesn’t dominate the look of the kitchen.


Another approach is to have the hood blend in more subtly like it does in this all-white kitchen. You can still tell where the hood is, but it doesn’t dominate the kitchen.

Of course we can hide the hood for those who don’t want to call attention to it. Here’s an example of a kitchen in a Mediterranean home in Cordillera Ranch where the owners wanted their range hood out of site.

Whether you choose to conceal your range hood or make it part of the look and style of your kitchen is up to you. Making sure it’s done properly is another reason you’ll want to involve your builder in the process early on in order to ensure that you get what you want and that it functions the way it’s supposed to.

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