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Stone Range Hoods 101
Incorporating an Atelier Jouvence Stone Range Hood into a kitchen design project involves three main components: Design, Production, and Installation. The following are details to consider during each phase.
- An original custom-design or one of the stone range hood designs from our standard collection may be selected.
- A structural engineer may need to be consulted on the weight, especially in older homes. Also note that the range hood framing is anchored through the wall and ceiling, both of which distribute and carry the weight. A proper installation will permanently secure the stonework.
- Atelier Jouvence range hoods are offered in four of our five standard limestones: Classic French, Silverdale, Indiana, and Lantenay French Limestone. We do not recommend our Rustic French limestone for this application, as it is too porous. Many other special-order stones are also available upon request.
- Many of the stone pieces are actually 1 1/4” thick limestone slabs, and not large, solid blocks. This helps reduce the overall weight and allows for an easier installation.
- Stone range hoods can be installed by a trained stone mason and carpenter. Often the mason will also be able to construct the wood frame. We recommend that the venting system and liner are installed prior to the frame or stonework. This is done by an electrician.
- The stone installation is started with a wood frame, anchored through the wall and ceiling to support the stone. Plywood is then attached to the wood frame.
- Cement board is then attached to the plywood, and the stone pieces are then epoxied to the cement board, with the exception of the corbels, shelf and crown molding pieces, which are pinned.
- After all pieces have been secured, the stonework is then grouted.
- Some small trim pieces may also be needed to cover the gap at the bottom of the hood assembly to cover the wood, and cement board visible underneath. This can be done with pieces of the same limestone used for the range hood, or with sheets of stainless steel.
- It is recommended that the range hood be installed before the cabinetry immediately to the side of the hood, if applicable.
- We also recommend that 2 to 3 coats of a water-based sealant be applied after the installation is fully completed to protect the stone.