Ceiling bulkheads probably aren't the first thing on your mind when you begin to imagine how your future custom home will look, but that doesn't mean that you should forget about them altogether. Bulkheads add value to a lot of different locations in your home, so it's advantageous to think about where you want them — and then confer with your custom builder to ensure that your plans are doable. In most cases, your builder will be able to add this simple, yet valuable, boxed structure to the ceiling in your desired locations. This list may include these spots.
Above a Kitchen Island
If you're planning to add an island to your kitchen, there are several ways that you can ensure that this space is functional and comfortable for your family. One good option is a bulkhead directly above the island. You'll likely want to have some hanging or recessed light fixtures installed in the bulkhead, and if you're going to have a stovetop installed in the island, you should think about a range hood that comes down from the bulkhead. Choose to make the bulkhead the same size as the island, as this will provide visual consistency in this part of your home.
In a Home Theater
If you want your custom home to include a home theater room, you'll want to evaluate the idea of installing a bulkhead above this space, too. A bulkhead in a home theater can help to make the area feel more cozy, while also preventing the echoes that can come from having a tall ceiling. Your custom builder can get creative with lighting in the bulkhead, too. Instead of lights that aim directly down, the builder can add lights in the sides of the bulkhead that help to illuminate the ceiling. This way, you'll have some light in the room, but not enough to interfere with your ability to see the screen.
Over the Bathroom Sink
Another ideal location for a bulkhead is above the bathroom sink. People often choose an overhead addition in this location as a place to mount recessed lighting. If you want the area around your sink to appear sleek and modern, recessed lighting can be ideal. A bulkhead allows you to lower the lights by the depth of the bulkhead, which may be desirable. For example, you may feel as though the area around the sink appears brighter when the lights are lower than ceiling height.
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