I am in the middle of a kitchen, and my signals got crossed with the client's. Here's the setup - standard 96" ceiling, 30" 32mm boxes, skinned with maple on visible cabs. It is approximately 3 1/4 from the ceiling to install crown at a later time (her request). She requested that I lower (ugh) the cabs because she decided they were too high, so I did. Now the gap is around 11". I was thinking an 8" piece (vertical grain) supported by braces in back (wedges), some dental (or something else) somewhere right around the middle, and finished by crown. Any ideas?
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
Does it have to reach the ceiling? I would suggest turning the top of the cabinets into a platform for plants or some sort of decoration. If you run it to the ceiling now, it may look like you are correcting a mistake. An eight foot ceiling should have a minimum 36" upper, and I've made them up to 42". People never understand how high something is until it's installed and they can't reach into it. Another option is to go ahead and take it to the ceiling and build the client a cool little kitchen step stool, maybe with handlebars and a little motor so she can scoot from cabinet to cabinet without getting down :)
Documentation forces decision and commitment before production, which benefits your project management. Even some things as seemingly trivial as finish hardware and locations are best dealt with early and documented. The correct hardware can be purchased and installed in the shop. We have had several costly hardware location miscommunications in the past, and now try to get them nailed down in the approval stage.