I've been lurking on GW for sometime and now that I am in the midst of my kitchen renovation I am so happy to have this community to reach out to for advice.
In my original kitchen I had a horribly oppressive soffit that was 15 inches high and about 20 inches deep. My ceiling height is 8 feet. My cabinet designer and contractor were certain they could make the design so that the soffit would only be about 8 inches high and 12 inches deep (flush with the face of the cabinets). Well, in the middle of construction my contractor now tells me that he can not make the soffit any less deep, he can only shorten the height due to complications with the plumbing that is housed in the soffit. Needless to say I am bummed, but I am trying to find a solution to make it bearable.
Here are some pictures. The contractor left a 2 1/4 inch space between the soffit and the cabinets to put the same crown moulding that is on the facing wall. The cabinets on the facing wall go to the ceiling. I am concerned that placing the moulding under the soffit may look strange and draw more attention to the soffit.
My question to my fellow GW'ers is what would you do?
1. Put in the same moulding that is on the facing wall which hangs down about 2.25 inches.
2. Push the cabinets up closer to the soffit and simply trim with small piece of trim which hangs down about .75 inches.
Any opinions would be appreciated. Now that I lowered my expectations, I would love some input so I can move forward and feel I made the right decision. Thanks so much!
PS Sorry the pics are sideways.