Kitchen. Height in kitchen is 11' flat. Adjoining family room is 9' at lowest point above fireplace and slopes up to 15'. (You can see where two rooms meet in right of picture). Fireplace and Sink wall of kitchen are seen as one element even thought ceiling is different. Plans are for 3' wide lighted glass front cabinets on each side of casement windows.
Dilemma 1. Should I take cabinets to ceiling? or what is recommended height? Other side of kitchen is all recessed in at 9' with frig, cooktop, and double ovens respectively. I love the cabinets to ceiling but am afraid it may over power in this situation.
Den. Plans are to have 36" tall bottom cabinets for needed storage on sides of fireplace. Currently plan is to have 3 open recessed spaces symmetrically on each side of fireplace (on right for tv). Bottom openings are slated to be 30" with two 12" openings above for books,etc.
Dilemma 2. I am re-thinking instead of open builtins above to have two upper cabinet doors on each side of fireplace that recess back so I can hide the tv on the right and the left side I can have hidden storage of kids items (I have 3 little ones!).
(I attached a pic of old built-ins and fireplace. Will be using starburst above mantel and mirrored chest with contemporary art in same place)