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help with kitchen ideas

mvelletriOctober 10, 2012
We are going to be buying home that needs updating. I have attached a picture of the current kitchen which is one room we are going to be remodeling. The ceiling height is 8ft, I wish it was higher but it isn't... we are planning to extend the kitchen out so it will become a nice size. Wondering if anyone has any neat suggestion to making this room more open, airy and how to make the ceiling height look taller...? Will take any suggestions :-) Thank you!
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These look like MLS pictures. Do you happen to have any other pics of the space (mainly the other two walls/directions?).

You can bring the cabinets up to the ceiling (provided you are getting new ones), but I worry about the proximity of the can lights. Hard to tell from the pics. You might have to get them moved.

Keep window treatments off of the window, or chose a very clean, non-encroaching roman shade and attach it so the top is at the ceiling height but still covers the top trim of the window.

Incorporate either some open shelving or glass-front uppers to give a more open feeling - - especially if you think you might add more cabinetry or a peninsula or something.

How sweeping of changes are you making in the kitchen? Knowing that will help us help you better.
    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:19PM
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Thank you, unfortunately I don't have any additional pictures just yet. We are planning to extend out toward backyard additionally remove a wall that is currently between kitchen and what is now the dining room. Definitely a reno but it wont change the ceiling height and i was wondering what to consider in the design when working with an architect. Thank you for your suggestions.
    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:27PM
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An architect should be able to find a solution for you, but here is an article that might be of help: http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/remodeling/budget/budget-considerations-for-kitchens/
and a quick video:
    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:54PM
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Thank you!
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It might be possible to have a tray ceiling put in, you could suggest that to your architect: [houzz=
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How did you make out with your kitchen planning? If you are still in the process, we might be able to give you a few ideas.
    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 5:44AM
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I am still in the process, would love to hear additional ideas!
    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 7:16PM
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If your new cabinets don't quite reach the ceiling, put a frieze board on the face of the cabinet and then a crown on that. The whole thing should reach right up to the ceiling. This will make it feel taller. Also, the lights will most likely have to move, as was mentioned to make room for the crown.

It doesn't appear that there is any under cabinet lighting. I would suggest that the architect know that you would like this hardwired in.
    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 10:18PM
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