So, we just decided to completely renovate a whole floor of our house....3.5 baths, a living room, a dining room, a family room, 3 bedrooms, and the kitchen. We have made all the decisions on everything except the appliances in the kitchen. I cook alot, and enjoy power, not so much looks. With that said, I wanted a Bluestar cooktop (we are not doing a range), but due to budget concerns, I am leaning towards a 36 inch Caldera. Any opinions on Caldera? Also, I am going to need a serious hood with either (caldera is 54,000 btu, bluestar is even more), with at least 600 cfm. Can anyone lend an opinion if I am making a good choice? Any alternatives I have not looked at? Is having completely miss matched brands a bad idea? Everything is stainless and all the handles match somehow among the brands. We are doing a very interesting refridgeration option, which is a full size freezer and a full size fridge mulled side to side (its like 60 inches wide), going with a Bosch dishwasher, double convection ovens, soapstone countertops, plain and fancy cabinets, huge center island with a single bowl sink. But am hung up on if I am going down the right road on the cook top and hood. thanks!