Partial soffit?

erhmFebruary 26, 2013

We are adding a hood as part of our kitchen remodel. The contractor originally thought that he would need to run the vent through a soffit, so the plans for the kitchen included a soffit on top of the cabinets on one side, with the cabinets on the other side going all the way to the ceiling. Now it turns out that there is enough room in the ceiling to run the vent, so a soffit is not necessary. If we eliminate the soffit entirely, the cabinets on one side will have 8+ inches of open space on top. We can't run the cabinets on that side all the way to the ceiling because of a staircase (it would prevent the cabinet doors from opening fully). So the question is should we leave open space on top of the two cabinets, or should we have a partial soffit built on top of those two cabinets? I kind of like the idea of a partial soffit--I think it will be more symmetrical with the facing cabinets and I don't want to have to clean on top of cabinets. But I wanted to see what the experts here have to say before we make a final decision. Thanks!

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I would do whatever looks natural and symmetrical

Sometimes this means doing a soffit. If you don't need the extra 8 inches on the other side, it may look more symmetrical and natural to do the same height of cabinets on both sides and the small soffit on both sides.
It's hard to say for sure without seeing the actual plans.

Soffits are often needed on the projects I work on because the houses are mostly row houses, and ducts need to be run against the joist direction. It seems counter intuitive but sometimes it makes sense to have more length to the overall soffit to "connect" it to something or a soffit where you don't technically need it for balance.

A planned soffit can disappear better sometimes, even if it's bigger. than an incomplete "bump" somewhere that the eyes go to and tell you that there is a pipe or duct that needed to be covered up.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:56AM
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We wanted to get rid of all of our soffits, but wound up having to keep one out of three. You can check out the final result in my kitchen pics. The soffit is "disguised" as best as possible on the wall above the sink. It houses major plumbing for the upstairs bathrooms. We ordered the cabinets before we knew the deal, so we had to figure out what would look best. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Dusty's kitchen

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 11:06AM
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