In California I find that a lot of homes have soffits in their kitchen.
First what is a soffit? Its a boxy structure built to lower the ceiling in the kitchen and other rooms. Soffits are not always a simple item to have removed. They can tricky to deal with because you don’t know what the previous builder buried in the soffit. built to hide wiring, pipes, or other mechanicals, or to fill the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. Depending on the age of your home they may be very large and perhaps even extend out past the cabinets.
When removing the soffits in your kitchen is not an option disguising them could be another option. This kitchen has a soffit that has been covered with moulding
Removing the Soffits
Removing soffits can be a messy process. Be prepared to remove a ton of drywall. Take caution to avoid those spaces you marked as untouchable and be cautious as your remove the soffit.
Most of the drywall will reveal empty space underneath it, though. You may need to apply some elbow grease to the parts of the soffit that are attached to the walls. It may not always be a cinch to remove the entire thing, but with the proper amount of tools and time, it can be done. Most of the time you will find that you will need to reroute some electrical and plumbing. The biggest concern maybe a toilet clean out, that is much harder to relocate.
Signature Designs Kitchen Bath projects that illustrate removal of kitchen soffits:
We are currently finishing up construction on this kitchen remodel in Carlsbad. The kitchen you can see only had a soffit over the range wall. So it was clear to us that there was ducting in this soffit and we decided that we would keep it and modify all the cabinetry and hood to work with the depth of the soffit.
If you can eliminate your soffits then you should but if you cant get rid of your kitchen soffit is to invest in some creative options to make it your own by dressing it up.
If you do have the opportunity to remove or remodel the soffit, there are plenty of ways to achieve that as well. You can start by removing the existing cabinetry and turning off the electrical components of your kitchen. Then, you can readjust or rewire the existing mechanical parts and add a new, smaller soffit to your kitchen.
Be sure to reach out to a remodeling professional if you are looking for additional ideas on dealing with your kitchen soffits. We can always discuss the options in disguising the soffits in order to increase the value and aesthetic appeal of your soon to be beautiful kitchen.