A little back story. My house was build in the early 40's. The point at which builders threw away the idea of trying to build something that is architecturally significant and see how far they could push builder grade. As a result, among other things, I have low ceilings. 7.5'. Roughly 50 years later, the previous owner decided to throw money at the place and as best as I can tell cut corners in every way.
Fast forward to now. I've lived here for nearly three years and bought the place with the intention of fixing many of the problems. I have already done quite a lot but now I plan on moving next year so I'm limiting projects that will have a return. We are doing a very small kitchen upgrade. Painting the cabinets (wife's idea, still not convinced) and retailing the back splash.
Here is the question. Not that I am looking to expand the scope but when the kitchen was redone in the 90's they did something architecturally stupid. They put in an 8" soffit above the 30" cabinets resulting in very small cabinets which are also too low. What is even worse is that they were apparently so concerned with saving a few bucks by going with smaller cabinets that they cut off the top 8 inches of the kitchen window. It looks really stupid. I want to rip it out. Maybe not the whole soffit because I'm not in the market to replace all of the cabinets, but the area over the sink where the window is. So I guess my question is, has anyone ever seen this done to cover something up or is there some justifiable reason why what they did was a good idea? I really hate it, but it seems like such a bad idea, that I cant imagine doing it unless I was covering something up.