9 ft ceilings and cabinets - show me!

cottonpennyDecember 1, 2011

If I have 9 foot ceilings in my new build and the counter is 36" off the floor, the uppers are 18" above that, and I get 42" uppers, I would have a space of 12" leftover to the ceiling. Is that all correct?

I don't think it will be in my budget to stack the cabinets to the ceiling. I don't like the look of a space.

Is 12" too far to use fascia/trim? What would that look like? Or do I have the builder build a soffit? Or drop the ceiling to 8 ft in the kitchen?

Anyone want to share pictures of what they did?

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This is a picture of the kitchen in our old house. Picture was taken during remodel in 2001 before backsplash and brick were installed, so it's probably outdated according to GW standards. We had 9' ceilings, 15" between counter and uppers (I'm 5') and the uppers were 56". They were custom cabinets, so the uppers were one piece. I am of the same opinion as you. I did not want a space above the cabinets. Daughter has that, and although it looks nice, what a pain to keep clean. She has "stuff" up there, and I find it distracting. On the same scale as borders on the soffit.

The kitchen in our new house is so much bigger, and we chose not to do to the ceiling, but did a soffit (gasp!!), and are installing a heavy bracketed crown.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 11:33AM
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Nine foot ceilings. The white cabinets on the left are 42" tall, plus minimal molding on top and a strip to hide the UCLs on the bottom.

I am not thrilled about having the dust-collection space above them, but moldings to the ceiling would have been too grand for this little bungalow.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 12:31PM
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Here's an old thread with lots of pics. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Show me your kitchens with 9ft ceilings

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 1:42PM
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I have 10 1/2 ft ceilings and my cabs are 48" uppers. I love the open spaces at the top. It is similar to what honor has. Here is a link to my photobucket and you can look at the Kitchen album. c

Here is a link that might be useful: photobucket link: house pics

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 3:04PM
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Here is our new construction - showing our Cabinets against our 9ft ceilings - 93" to top of the cabinets.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 3:15PM
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Also 9-ft. ceilings and 42-inch upper cabs, with a space at the top (no soffit). It doesn't bother me, and taller cabs might overpower my small kitchen.

As for the space at the top getting funky. I run paper towels over the top of the cabs. It's not visible and every now and then I replace them. Any yuck just gets thrown away.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 3:31PM
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Linelle that is an awesome idea. I am going downstairs right now to get out the paper towel!

Here's mine: 9' ceiling, 36" uppers (I can't reach the top shelf now; I thought I'd never use 42" for what the extra cost would be). I have 18" gap from counter to light rail, and 11.5" above the top of the crown molding to the ceiling.

Same kitchen, with my old 30" uppers:

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 4:09PM
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I also had a cat that liked to perch up on the top of the cabs. I wouldn't know he was there till I suddenly saw a floating cat head appear. It always made me jump, then laugh.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 4:17PM
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YOu will have to click on All albums to see the Finished Kitchen...or maybe this one will work...Photobucket is being weird.

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen album

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 5:22PM
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Well, my kitchen has 10 ft ceilings...but our KD stacked the crown to give our 42" cabs some height. You could look at our trim and imagine it touching the ceiling instead of the space that I have. Of course, there is no space over the hood...that section goes all way up, but that is a panel, not a cab...it wouldn't be functional.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 7:31PM
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nini804- Are your countertops marble? What is your backsplash? You have a beautiful kitchen!!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 8:01PM
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Ginger25: Here's a link to nini804 kitchen details: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0922015530019.html

Here is a link that might be useful: nini804 Kitchen Details

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 9:21PM
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i have my hutches from counter to ceiling and my baking cabinet floor to ceiling. i had all the cabinets to the ceiling in our last home, but it was a much smaller space. in the new, larger kitchen i like the heights varied:

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 10:02PM
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HI Cottonpenny,
If you can keep your ceilings tall. Don't lower it will
take away from the drama and beauty. Not to say that low
ceilings are not pretty but if you have 9foot keep them.

There are many things you can do, you can put a faux
cab, lighting, or molding or even a simple stacked look...
Here are some ideas.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 10:09PM
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