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Can kitchen bulk head size be altered with builder

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Can kitchen bulk head size be altered with builder

I our new built with 9 ft ceiling. The upper cabinets will reach up to 8 ft and then bulkhead above these.

I searched online and found that the standard depth of bulk head from back wall is 13-14 inches. Just wondering if builder can make it as 12 inches so that it’s kind of flush with the cabinetry and thus can be finished as “riser”in same paint as cabinets to give a better look. There will be no mechanical or plumbing’s housed in bulkhead.

The builder can delete the bulkhead for free but then I have to spend money $4K to install riser upto ceiling from the builder ....
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cooltoronto wrote: I our new built with 9 ft ceiling. The upper cabinets will reach up to 8 ft and then bulkhead above these.

I searched online and found that the standard depth of bulk head from back wall is 13-14 inches. Just wondering if builder can make it as 12 inches so that it’s kind of flush with the cabinetry and thus can be finished as “riser”in same paint as cabinets to give a better look. There will be no mechanical or plumbing’s housed in bulkhead.

The builder can delete the bulkhead for free but then I have to spend money $4K to install riser upto ceiling from the builder ....
Isnt this a question better answered by the builder in question?

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Anything can be changed but it will cost you big.
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My last house was a new build. I am pretty sure the bulkhead was flush with the cabinets (yes, we had 9 ft ceilings). I added crown and painted bulkhead same colour as kitchen walls. Everything seemed to look fine.
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I wanted to do something like as shown in picture below. To paint the bulkhead in white as my cabinets are white and apply crown molding. I requested the builder to make the bulkhead flush with cabinets but haven’t heard back from them yet.
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cooltoronto wrote: I wanted to do something like as shown in picture below. To paint the bulkhead in white as my cabinets are white and apply crown molding.
Pic shown is not a bulkhead - they did not have a bulkhead above the cabinets and used a sub-molding to drop down to the cabinets and then added crown to the top.
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westcoastyvr wrote: Pic shown is not a bulkhead - they did not have a bulkhead above the cabinets and used a sub-molding to drop down to the cabinets and then added crown to the top.
Agreed, that’s wood over 2x4s (most likely) not drywall over 2x4s. Easy to do after by your crown guy.
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The difference in price is because the riser that the builder would install is not made from drywall. It's made from the cabinet material that is finish painted the same colour as the cabinets and most likely will need the addition of a couple of trim pieces where the riser meets the ceiling or cabinets.

With a cost of $4k for the riser, I would look at instead installing a double stack of cupboards. Something like this: https://mattamyhomes.com/ottawa.aspx.

Just keep in mind that doing it after yourself you may find it difficult to match the cabinet paint color exactly.

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