Soffits play an important role in any kitchen by hiding unsightly wiring, pipes and vents, but they can be an eyesore themselves. They waste space, and can make a small kitchen feel even smaller. Before a homeowner decides to remove them, they should carefully consider what's hidden inside.
|What you can expect|
|Range per linear foot:||$5.07||$11.60|
|Range for this type of project:||$127||$290|
Kitchen Soffit Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete project. Soffit will be detached from mounting surfaces, broken into portable segments, and removed from premises. Fee is inclusive of all aspects of the project except asbestos handling, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Kitchen Soffit Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
|cost to remove a kitchen soffit|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per linear foot||$0.25|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 25 linear foot||$205.04|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 25 linear foot||$124.64 - $285.44|
Once a homeowners decides to remove soffits, they must decide what they'll do with what's behind them. They often hide ducts that extract air from a cooktop, wiring for all of the electronics and possibly water or gas pipes. Depending on what's behind them, it may be possible to remove them and disguise the underlying parts in a more streamlined way.
If there are too many pipes, wires and ducts behind the soffits, it will often be difficult to hide them without putting up new ones. It's possible to reroute these parts, but that can add many hours to the job, which increases the cost. Replacing the existing ones can take a long time because all adjacent cabinets and crown molding must be removed first. For homeowners who aren't replacing the soffits, the amount of finish work required to integrate the open space with rest of the kitchen can also significantly impact the project cost.
It is possible to remove kitchen soffits yourself, given the appropriate tools, time and knowledge. However, it's a long and arduous job that involves a lot of disassembly and reassembly, as well as cutting through drywall and timber supports. Hiring a contractor who has experience with this type of job is highly recommended.