I am desperate to find out how I can hide this ugly bulkhead in my kitchen?

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Posted by: from North York
10/11/2013 at 5:44:25 PM

My general contractor unfortunately is lacking experience.

I would like the bulkhead to disappear, but it can not because the basement stairs are underneath it.

We utilize the counter top space alot. We like the idea of an appliance garage in this area. When standing in the front of the bulkhead it is hard to even reach the cabinets.

I need some ideas please. Perhaps a carpenter can answer our question.

Thank you.

i am desperate to find out how i can hide this ugly bulkhead in my kitchen?
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Date/Time10/11/2013 at 7:47:40 PM

Hi again Rita,

You have three options.

First if you have the headroom in the cieling going down the stairs to the basement cut out the strapping and drywall. Creat a box in that ceiling. that will remove the angled intrusion in the kitchen.

Secondly, if you do not have the headroom going downstairs. Box at a right angle over it in the kitchen, then have the cabinetry supplier build a small unit that can be installed over it. With fake top hinged doors on the face. So it looks like a planned bead box or storage area.

Third. remove the upper cabinetsa you have installed over it and have a unit built that runs down into the counter top. And in that you install two lower doors that are none functional to hide the boxing.

Personaly if the first option won't work, then the second would look the best. That small unit could also be made less deep so you lose less counter space.

Again, good luck.

James Fram

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Date/Time10/13/2013 at 1:53:27 AM

I've seen this problem in a lot of bungalows from the 50's. If you want the stair bulkhead to disappear, then angle the upper corner cabinet and lower corner cabinets. The lower cabinet would be just a false door. So you would end up with a straight run of cabinets on the exterior wall, then a short 45 degree angle for the corner cabinets and then back to a straight run of cabinets on the interior wall. The uppers would have to be built out from the wall slightly, and you will lose some floor space.

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Date/Time10/22/2013 at 11:15:16 AM


Really sad. That should have been speced and planned for in design during the quote? First "DO NOT CUT INTO STAIRS AND/OR ANY STRUCTURES SUPPORTING STAIRS". The only option is to box the section to look as part of the wall losing counter space now or re-design the kitchen and have it properly done as it should have been in 1st place.

Note: a kitchen reno starts @ $30,000, you will get what you pay for.

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