I say YES! You should have a range hood. For both steam and smells but re-sale too! We recently bought a house without one and everyone walks in and says "where is the fan?" It will complete the kitchen both for look and functionality.
A range hood is a good idea for both practicality and re-sale. You can now find models which are almost flush with the ceiling and have a remote control if you are worried about the look. Cleaning would be the only downside but if you don't use it often you wouldn't need to clean as often!
I have a pull out rangehood like the one above. It is so loud that I never use it. It only recirculates inside the unit and not to outside. You put charcoal filters inside. I certainly prefer the undermounts as they are less intrusive however most are quite noisy and you really need to shop around for ones with good cubic mtr per hour extraction.
You can buy silent range hoods! They are from schweigen. German made they are fantastic for use in open plan homes with a minimum of 900 cubic mtr per hour extraction. The motor sits outside the house and can be wall mounted as well as roof. Although not the cheapest in the market they definitely add a special feature to your kitchen and work amazingly. Quality of life. I would change to one of these if I had the opportunity and space allowed!
Sorry in advance to bring up an old thread/subject,
However looking for any additional advice/direction i can get on comment from midesign0401 below...
In Victoria a range hood is a requirement in new kitchens.No longer is it acceptable for a simple exhaust unit, rather it must now be ducted to external air. So your range hood must be flued either through your roof space or via a horizontal duct to an external wall. It must be installed and signed off, and your house insurance will require your sign off document if your house insurance is to cover damage due to fire, or you will find yourself in a predicament.The provision for installing a range hood above a gas cooktop is a minimum placement of 650mm above your cooktop, and 605 for an electric hob. Including induction.Hope this helps.
Our new home got handed over to us by builder just before Christmas (21/12/2018),
We are still waiting for under mount rangehood to be installed into our kitchen,
The house was delivered with no rangehood as the hole they provided was to close to accommodate rangehood selection,
After a couple of visits we have been told that cupboards are to be removed and replaced,
Which we are still waiting for as the 'cabinetmaker is very busy',
My inquiry is to see whether there is a building code reference/link I can forward on to them to hurry the process up,
Also concerned that insurance would not cover our new house if there happened to be a fire
Thanks in advance,
We look forward o nay help,
Ken and Nadia Buxton