Flooring and kitchen cabinets – which is 1st?
This subject is gonna make and break the situation when you want to re-do the kitchen cabinets and the flooring at different times. I know this may not be a wonderful exciting subject to talk about, however, there are very important things that you need to consider.
Flooring should always go down 1st and under the kitchen cabinets. This also applies to bathrooms too. There are issues and consequences that will arise if this is not done in the proper order.
If you wish to do the floor 1st then you will have the heights of the counters compromised depending on the flooring you select. Say your existing floor is ceramic floor which is laid with thin-set and is only maybe 3/8″ thick and the new flooring is 1/2-3/4″ thick. Your counters then become lower because the floor is thicker and this also effects the toe-kick space. If you wish to lay marble, travertine, or a large porcelain these products need to be laid in mud making this double in thickness….say maybe now the total thickness is 1 1/2″- 2″ Big difference to top of counter now. If you are a tall person, you will really notice the height issue
It is also more difficult to change a floor after new cabinets are installed because the flooring has to be cut out around the cabinets and possibly taking a chance in gashing the cabinets when removing the old floor.
Hope you find this helpful and good luck with your project. Any questions, please feel free to ask.