Customizing a Family Kitchen

Moving the Microwave and Adding a Range Hood

Danny and Chelsea install a microwave into the island.

We removed the microwave from underneath the cabinets and cut holes in the ceiling for the duct that will vent a new range hood.

I then get on the roof and cut the access hole for the range hood’s ductwork.

Now we’re ready to install a Broan range hood that has a three-speed motor and moves 600 cubic feet of air per minute with a super-quiet motor.

As for the microwave, we cut a hole for that in the island, add a shelf, and we have what appears to be a built-in microwave!

Now, Whit and Andrea have a space that truly fits their family’s needs, and the materials for this project cost less than $1,000.

The kitchen now has proper ventilation, which is great because Whit and Andrea love to cook!

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  1. Hi, I enjoy your show. but… you often talk /move too quickly when showing a product you are using. You used a quick patch before putting the new pieces of flooring down (where the pole was)
    What was is called ?

    Thank you.

    • Hi, Kim!
      That was SpeedFinish patching and finishing compound from Custom Building Products.
      Thanks for watching. 🙂

  2. Been in our home for 43 years and need back yard fixed up. Have watch your show for some time here in Colorado Springs. Always wander how you pick your helper up. At 83 we need help.

    • Hi, Bob!
      Today’s Homeowner usually tapes within 100 miles of Mobile, Alabama.
      However, throughout the year, we have contests that allow homeowners across the country the chance to receive a visit from the show.
      Follow us on Facebook (, where we post announcements and qualifications for those contests.
      You never know where we’ll end up — just depends on who wins our next contest! 🙂


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