kitchen Cabinets #1: Design

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Blog entry by Ben posted 10-01-2008 05:03 AM 3728 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I are finally setting about finishing up our kitchen. We haven’t had a kitcen sink for about 3 months because we haven’t had any cabinets. You can’t blame this on me, however, because she wanted her office before her kitchen so I had to make the office desk first. The first step was to design the lower cabinets. I wanted to have a unique set of cabinets, but still have some traditional elements. The cabinets have posts at all the corners and any major transitions. This will give them more of a furniture look. Also, since we tiled the floor all the way to the wall the cabinets are going to be completely open at the bottom without a kickplate. This will further enhance the furniture effect. I made the design in Google Sketch up. I’ve gotten quite handy with that program and highly suggest it to anyone who wishes to see their work before they build it without having to use mock ups. The cabinets will be oak and walnut. There are no drawer fronts or cabinet doors present yet. The open end is going to be shelves.


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#1 posted 10-01-2008 05:09 AM

One suggestion is that you at least install the uppers first. Otherwise you will be crawling all over your cabinets to install them. I had another teacher one year approach me about Thanksgiving about doing her kitchen. There were 42 feet of linear cabinets, which included 37 raised panel doors. By the way, she needed the base cabinets installed by Dec 31, so that she could have the countertop measured for some deal that expired Jan 1. So I had to break my own rule and build the bases first and get them installed. Come late Jan when the uppers were done, it was not fun trying to install the uppers. Got the job done though.
sink wall
stove wall
pullout trays

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#2 posted 10-01-2008 05:14 AM

Teachers pet? Very wise, very wise. You got paid, had fun, & probaly passed your classes as well ;)

-- Bob Schilke

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#3 posted 10-01-2008 05:24 AM

I guess i should clarify. I am the shop teacher in my building, so I always get asked to do stuff like this. Currently I am working on a family room which has a bar which I built this past summer, and the built-in bookshelvs which surround the fireplace are in progress now. Will post pics later when completed.

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#4 posted 10-01-2008 03:11 PM

I love the design of the bottom cabinets but you forgot to draw the dust bunnies under the cabinets. While your at it, see if you can figure out a way to sweep that corner without bringing in a trained ferret or something. LOL.

Seriously though, maybe a receded kickplate that doesn’t show would be better so the sweeping could still be done without too much hassel. Or, put the cabinets on real live wheels so they can be moved for cleaning. Also, I have cabinets that don’t go all the way to the ceiling and they stay dusty on top because I recently broke my leg and my wife has back problems. Next time, I’m going to sacrifice a little asthetically for more practicality.

Good luck either way,

-- Jim

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#5 posted 10-04-2008 02:55 PM

Dust bunnies was the first thing I thought of when I read that there were no kickplates. Because you will have a continuous countertop it may be hard to wheel the cabinets out as Jim suggests. I would really recommend having some way to control how much dust collects, or at least how much dust (and all the other stuff that seems to collect in a kitchen) is seen between cleaning sessions. Great looking cabinets. When planning out which cabinets are what size it may be useful (if you’ve not already done this) look at how the cook works in the kitchen. There is the traditional triangle between stove, fridge and sink that you will want to pay attention to and of course still minimizing distances travelled unnecessarily to get required implements. Kind of like our shops, put stuff where it is going to be used most often but still look uncluttered. My 2 cents worth.

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 07:23 AM

is this program free if so will it bring any harm to my comp.

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