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03-25-2012 09:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kitchen

Okay, Newbie here. My wife and I are in the planning stages of completely making over our kitchen. This will be a top to bottom job. Floor, cabinets, granite counter tops, back splash…etc. First question is, after deconstruction, what should I do first…floors or cabinets? I am concerned about the spacing for the dishwasher. The floors will be tile. Actually, what should be the entire order of installing everything? I plan on doing most of the work myself except the counter tops. Any help is appreciated.


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07-20-2012 06:39 PM

matthewlewis is a spambot!
Delete that account!

-- No, finishing touches are what you do at the END of the project!

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07-20-2012 08:35 PM

Howdy Rick,

I think it’s awesome that you are getting down and dirty with a clean gut and redo.

I’m just a DIY hack but the experts might just have a chance to chime in soon. I’ll give my perspective and I hope it doesn’t harm any part of your project.

If you demo the floors first, the kitchen will still be useable. After I ripped 2 layers of nasty lineoleum off my floors, I had tons of adhesive to take off. The floor had hills and valleys everywhere. It looked like a very poor job was done to level the floors (concrete slab in my case). There were mounds of stuff that my impact tools couldn’t chew through. I had to seal the entire kitchen off, ventilate, and get a hand held grinder to knock the hills off that floor. It was almost so bad that I was about to give up my remodeling attempts. It took several weeks before I got the floor ready for tile. We were still able to use the kitchen during that time. (Wasn’t fun mind you).

If I ever see that rock hard leveling compound again, I’ll know how to attack it immediately. The point is, I didn’t expect such a big setback – I sure got one though. The only thing is, if you are changing the footprint of your cabinets, I think you might be losing a little momentum by doing the floor first because there will probably be additional work when the cabinets are out.

About the dishwasher spacing. I don’t think you will have a problem. It should have adjustable feet or slides on the bottom. You just unscrew the feet to jack up the height or tighten them to lower it. If your concern is with depth or width, I imagine you will be able to accomodate during the cabinet install.

If one of the pros get a hold of your questions and they disagree with me, I won’t be hurt. Take their advice. There are some really awesome guys here!


-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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07-20-2012 08:56 PM

Oh man – I didn’t realize the topic was so old. The spammer woke it up.

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