Custom Solutions for Your Kitchen Cabinet Challenges

The space above the cabinets is often a challenge when remodeling the kitchen. Sometimes the area is blocked by a soffit, sometimes that soffit houses plumbing and electric, and sometimes the space is open and under-utilized. Here are three different examples of how to handle the space above your cabinets.

Before: The soffit was just one of the things the owners of this Pennington, NJ kitchen wanted to change about their space. The entire kitchen was in need of some updating. The granite was replaced about three years earlier, limiting the options for replacing the cabinets. The homeowners also wanted to install a wood floor, relocate the microwave, and remove the desk.

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After: Removing the soffit allowed us to install all new, custom sized upper cabinets. The cabinets along one wall were 14" deep, versus the standard 12", to accommodate extra large serving platters. A new cabinet was also installed next to the range, designed to hold a convection microwave oven, as well as a large pot drawer. The cabinets and sides were refaced in a custom stained maple, the peninsula was dressed up with decorative millwork. The window was framed out to match the rest of the cabinetry, for a complete and polished look.

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Flemington, NJ, Before: A busy executive put in new counters and a backsplash a few years ago and now was ready to address the cabinets. Ripping out the cabinets was not an option as she didn’t want to lose the investment she previously made on the counters and tile, nor did she want the inconvenience and intrusion of a full renovation. In addition to new doors with a new finish, she wanted something done with the soffit, the peninsula, and the refrigerator.

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After: Our Bronzed Cream finish complemented both the granite and backsplash tiles. The soffit received our exclusive panel and double crown design, to finish off that space with the illusion of greater cabinet height. Side panels, trim moldings, and posts and panels on the peninsula added upscale touches to the cabinetry. The refrigerator cabinets were modified to give that appliance more of a built-in look.

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Before: A premium equestrian property in Hunterdon County, NJ had an understated and dated kitchen which was very large with many, good quality cabinets. The space above the cabinets was underutilized. The new owners preferred dark, rich furnishings which leaned towards gothic traditional.

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After: New oak doors were provided as were crowns and other decorative and functional features. All of the cabinetry was highly distressed and finished in ebony and chocolate stains, with bronze highlights. Bright accent colors balance out the features of the space.

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