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Old 05-08-2014, 09:23 AM   #1
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Almost have the kitchen built, but...

So, I gutted my 1969 Trade Wind 25'. I found a couple of nice cabinets at Re-Store and mounted them after installing the new floors, after some fancy cutting and a lot of reinforcing I have them straight and true (quite the feat in an Airstream I might add). I riveted aluminum to the wall in the kitchen and modified a home light fixture to 12V LEDs. I have my butcher block counter tops sitting in place right now and will be cutting for the range and sink today. The vent hood is gone with the overhead cabinets so I've got half of a hole to deal with. I'm looking for options to make it either go away or look functional. My ideas are to either fabricate a stainless steel round vent with fan, or rivet a small patch of aluminum over it and paint it to match the wall. My new range has a down draft vent so I really don't need function. Any ideas??
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:02 AM   #2
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Got the range and sink in, still need to fill the vent hood hole though.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:30 AM   #3
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Looks did you account for the added weight? How much weight do you think you added?

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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Sardog, That looks very nice. Not having upper cabinets really opens up the space. And that hole looks like a good place to hang a clock. Maybe even one with a kitchen timer since it's right above the stove.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:13 AM   #5
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We patched holes with rounded aluminum patches riveted in place, and painted them to match the walls. They recede into the background more that way. You could also cut a patch in a fancy shape to cover the area so it stands out, and say "I meant to do that!".
I'd watch the weight, especially side to side with cabinetry. It looks very nice, though!

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:55 PM   #6
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I'm watching weight, the other side is accounted for bu a larger fridge and microwave built into a cabinet. Really minus the furnace, above cabinets and the extra partition I'd say I'm dead even with stock or lighter. Regardless I'm watching my beam to beam stability.
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