New Model: 38″ Skylight – Ceiling/Soffit Mount Range Hood

The innovative “Skylight” range hoods from Futuro Futuro are designed to provide kitchen ventilation for the entire room without obstructing the view. The “Skylight” can be flush-mounted into the ceiling, or installed inside a decorative soffit or custom enclosure. This unique model’s modular design (separate hood body + modular blower/s) allows it to be installed in a variety of ways – flush-mounted into the ceiling, installed inside a soffit box or custom enclosure, with the blowers either on top of the hood, in the attic, between the joists, or in another location altogether.

Previously available in a 54″ width with dual blowers, the “Skylight” is now offered in a smaller, easier-to-install 38″ width with a single blower providing 940 CFM airflow. All “Skylight” models include a wireless remote control for easy operation. The “Skylight”, like all other Futuro Futuro range hoods, is made in Italy from the highest-grade AISI 304 stainless steel, and covered by the manufacturer’s 3-year warranty.

Check out the product pages for this unique range hood model series to view complete product information, latest prices & current stock status, and multiple photos:

Ceiling Range Hood - 38" Skylight

Ceiling Range Hood – 38″ Skylight

 

Ceiling Range Hood - 38" Skylight - Soffit Box Installation

Ceiling Range Hood – Skylight – Soffit Box Installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Designer Building Materials: “Dent Cube” 3D Stoneware Tile / Cladding

The “Dent Cube” from Inax is a 3D porcelain tile cladding material for indoor & outdoor applications. Create your own pattern by filling in the individual tiles with glass inserts, paint, or other materials. For a nature-inspired look, the rough-textured tiles can even hold patches of moss or small plants or grasses.

This innovative building material was developed by Inax Corporation with the help of architect Teruo Yasuda. Its inspiration was the concept of “Nagomi”, a sense of inner calm and serenity.

Dent Cube - Closeup

Dent Cube – Closeup

 

Dent Cube - Individual Cubes

Dent Cube – Individual Cubes

 

Dent Cube - Color Glass Inserts

Dent Cube – Color Glass Inserts

 

Dent Cube - Moss

Dent Cube – Moss

 

Dent Cube - Pattern

Dent Cube – Pattern

 

Dent Cube - Wall Effect

Dent Cube – Wall Effect

 

Dent Cube - Macro Effect

Dent Cube – Macro Effect

 
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Kitchen Design Case Study: Contemporary Kitchen with Zebra Wood Cabinetry

  • Project: SV Kitchen - Contemporary Kitchen with Zebra Wood Cabinetry
  • Futuro Futuro Product: 2x 14″ Jupiter Island Range Hood
  • Kitchen Design: Steve Price of Beautiful Remodel LLC
  • Kitchen Fabrication: Cabinetry built by Castle Cabinets, installed by Beautiful Remodel 
  • Location:  Phoenix, AZ
  • Client: SV residence
Beautiful Remodel can be contacted at:
  • Steve Price, Designer/General Contractor
  • Beautiful Remodel, LLC
  • PO Box 1762,
  • Gilbert, Arizona, 85299
  • Tel (480) 276-3107
  • Fax: (888) 654-1654
  • www.beautifulremodel.com

The kitchen in the contemporary/retro home located in the Phoenix Metro area, Arizona had plenty of space, but the off-the-shelf cabinetry, poor layout and bland colors were… somewhat underwhelming.  Here’s the “before” photo:
BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - "Before"

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – “Before”

 

This kitchen layout was completely redesigned and expanded as part of a whole house remodel.  Check out the final result, before we get into details:

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - "After"

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – “After”

 

The awkward angled center island was replaced by a much more spacious rectangular one, which offers plenty of room for preparation, cooking, socializing, and enjoying a meal together.

The 9′ x 5′ island cabinetry is Zebra wood, with white oak at the perimeter. The white oak is rift-cut, which produces superior structural stability in the lumber, as well as emphasize the grain and make the grain lines more parallel compared to traditional cuts. Rift cut is less common, since it produces more lumber waste (diagonal pieces between boards), and thus more expensive.

All cabinetry was also grain- and sequence-matched.

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - Center Island

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – Center Island

 

The countertop is made from LG Viatera quartz in Lunar Ice. Quartz countertops are made from approximately 95% crushed quartz crystals mixed into ultra-tough acrylic resin.  It’s an excellent material for countertops, since it combines the appeal of natural stone with stain and scratch resistance, and does not require sealing.  For an overview of this and other countertop materials, check out our article “Top 10 Materials For Kitchen Countertops“.

The new center island features a raised toe kick with a mirror background and LED lighting, for a cool and unique “floating” effect. The floating effect is further enhanced by the mosaic “crop circles” pattern in the floor, which is reflected in the toe kick mirror, making it seem like the circle continues under the island, and the island is supported only by the waterfall leg.  When the client sits in the adjacent living room area, they can see almost an entire full circle.  Who knew you could make a kitchen island look like a magic trick?

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - Island Closeup

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – Island Closeup

 

The next radical change was the walk-in pantry, which occupied the opposite corner and matched the 45-degree angle of the countertop.  By moving the walls in both the adjacent laundry room and a guest bathroom, Steve’s new layout simultaneously enlarged the pantry space and removed its interference with the actual kitchen area.  The pantry is finished with a white door framing and frosted glass, which provides a counterpoint to the wood-and-stainless-steel visual of the kitchen space.

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - Walk-In Pantry Entrance

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – Walk-In Pantry Entrance

 

The cabinet casework is made from 3/4″ plywood and high-pressure melamine, which offers superior scratch and stain resistance, and cleans easily.  The wall cabinetry inserts are a combination of clear glass + brushed stainless steel + frosted glass, creating a 3D effect.

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - Cabinet Closeup

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – Cabinet Closeup

 

The backsplash material is 3D Versailles Illusion tile in Gun Metal finish (also available in stainless steel and other colors & materials). Backsplash is subtly illuminated by LED lightstrips at the back edge of the cabinets, placed directly above the splash to accentuate its “depth”.

Directly behind the LED lighting is low profile Plugmold outlet strips, which feature an outlet every 6″ across the length of the cabinetry.  Standard wall outlets were not used as they would both detract from the beautiful backsplash but also would not “sit” correctly on the variable-depth surface of the splash.

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - Backsplash

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – Backsplash

 

Versailles 3D Illusion Metal Tile

Versailles 3D Illusion Metal Tile

 

A large exterior propane tank was added as part of the remodel to supply the new Wolf 366LP 36-inch rangetop.  The other new appliances include a Sub-Zero  BI-36U 36″ refrigerator, Sharp 30″ microwave drawer, and Wolf L-series wall oven, Bosch dishwasher,  Scottsman Ice Maker, and Marvel wine cooler built into the center island.

Ventilation is provided by twin Futuro Futuro “Jupiter” Island range hoods, paired to provide superior airflow and lower operational noise (2 blowers at 1/2 speed produce the same airflow as 1 blower at full speed, but with 1/2 the noise). Each range hood can produce airflow up to 940 CFM, and is equipped with 3x 20-watt halogen lights, dishwasher-safe filters, and electronic control panel.

BeautifulRemodel.com - SV Kitchen - Futuro Futuro "Jupiter" Range Hoods

BeautifulRemodel.com – SV Kitchen – Futuro Futuro “Jupiter” Range Hoods

 

 

 
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Unique, Unusual Toaster Design Concepts

Since 1893, when the first toaster made its commercial appearance, billions of bread slices, bagels, and other baked goods have been heated & crisped by this incredibly useful mini-appliance.

Of course, through over a century of innovation, the toaster went through quite a few evolutions, from the General Electric “Model D-12″ to the automated, heat-sensing, chrome-plated, timer-equipped modern creations, with all the bells & whistles one might expect.

General Electric Model D-12 Toaster - 1910's high-tech!

General Electric Model D-12 Toaster –
1910′s high-tech!

Dualit NewGen Chrome Toaster

Dualit NewGen Chrome Toaster -
1946 design, 2012 innovation

Having perfected the toasting technology and the controls, designers unleashed their vision, producing toaster models that range from retro-style streamlined chrome designs, to outstanding special-edition creations like the “Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary Edition” toaster by Radi Design, with analog knobs, plenty of chrome, and muscular curves.

Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary Edition Toaster by Radi Design

Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary Edition Toaster by Radi Design

Looking to the future, many alternatives and additions to the concept of “heating elements in a box” are emerging. YankoDesign has a review of 10 toaster designs that are sure to surprise, amaze, and inspire. Check out the “Top 10 Toaster Designs” article – and never buy a boring toaster again!

 
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10 Great Architectural Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably the most significant architect of our time. His design principles have influenced countless followers, and his buildings continue to inspire to this day.

But what are those design principles? Freshome.com offers an overview of 10 great concepts from the master of architecture. Check out the article “10 Great Architectural Lessons from Frank Lloyd Wright” for insights on vision, organicity, harmony between the building and the setting, the importance of architecture, the life-changing aspect of a well-designed home, and much more.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright - Fallingwater House

Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater House

Frank Lloyd Wright - Guggenheim Museum - interior

Frank Lloyd Wright – Guggenheim Museum – interior

“The mother art is architecture.
Without an architecture of our own,
we have no soul of our own civilization.”

 
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