Hardwood Flooring First or Kitchen Cabinets: The Big Kitchen Renovation Dilemma

Are you considering a complete kitchen renovation? Are you thinking of changing the flooring as well as the cabinets and appliances? If you are interested in a complete kitchen overhaul, one question will put you in dilemma: Should I install hardwood flooring first or kitchen cabinets?

Harwood Flooring or Kitchen Cabinets: Is there a Solution?

The answer to the question depends on your situation. If you are undertaking a massive makeover in the kitchen, it is best to install hardwood flooring before fitting the kitchen cabinets. Take a look at the list of compelling reasons that will help you to solve the dilemma of hardwood flooring vs. cabinets:

· The Benefit of Flexibility

Usually, hardwood flooring will last longer than the kitchen cabinets. Also, you may be tempted to change the layout of the kitchen and make changes to the cabinet footprint. If you have such flooring across the kitchen floor, you will be able to change the placement of cabinets as well as appliances easily.

· The Height Issue

When you install kitchen cabinets and appliances on the sub-floor first, you can end up getting the height of cabinets wrong. You will then have to insert plywood risers below the cabinets to get the height right. Instead of spending time and labor on plywood, why not install the hardwood flooring first?

· The Perfect Finish

If you install the cabinets first, they may suffer damage during the installation of the hardwood flooring. And, you certainly do not want stained or nicked cabinets. Also, you will have to cut the flooring to fit the cabinets properly. It will add to your expense. When you want a clean-looking kitchen, it is best to go with the flooring first.

When should you install the Kitchen Cabinets first?

If you are interested in floating hardwood flooring, it is best to install the kitchen cabinets first. The reason behind it is simple. Floating floor expands and contracts according to the changes in temperature. And, if there is a heavy cabinet on the surface of the floating floor, it will not have any opportunity to expand. It will result in breaking of wood.

If you are going to replace the hardwood flooring in the near future, it is best to install the kitchen cabinets first. It will ensure that you do not have to remove the cabinets while making changes to the flooring.

There is no clear answer to the question. It depends on your situation and your budget. So, when it comes to making a decision, list down your requirements. Are you going with floating hardwood flooring? Will you be changing the appliances in the near future? Do you want to change the cabinet footprint? Consider all the factors before choosing the option that suits you the best.

Although I am very familiar with winter as a Colorado native, we have had such a mild winter that I had forgotten many of the things I love about the winter season. That is because I was enjoying fall-like temperatures much of the time and then not fully immersing myself in the things due to the winter season.

A couple of days ago we got our first big snow of this winter season and I remembered what I was missing. So, if you will indulge me, let me share some vignettes that will bring the splendor of winter to our hearts and minds.

  • The delightful rhythmic sound of a small, flat stone side-tossed across a frozen lake - whir, bounce, whir, bounce, whir ... on an early morning trek
  • An almost mystical landscape created by dark-figured tree "skeletons" as days light comes to a close.
  • Small ice fractures snapping and cracking and the dull crunch of fresh powder snow under foot.
  • Graceful "V" waves formed by an armada of ducks and geese swimming in the icy water. Although this beauty can be seen year-round, it is breathtaking surrounded by snowy lake shores and jagged edges of ice jutting into the open water.
  • Millions ... no! Billions of glistening miniature lights as sunlight hits freshly fallen unspoiled snow
  • Simmering spiced cider filling the air with the sweet aroma of cinnamon and cloves
  • Melting snow / water drops refreezing before they reach the ground adding length to already formed icicles in measurements to small to fathom
  • Turbulent cloud formations that awe and demand a few moments of your time
  • Miniature marshmallows melting slowly as they sit atop mugs of hot chocolate meant to warm and soothe after a day's play outdoors
  • Puffs of "snow smoke" rising from mountainsides as wind caresses pine tree boughs until they release their snowy covering
What beauty surrounds us during this winter season! The old adage "take time to stop and smell the roses" is not just for the seasons of the year that roses are blooming. It is important, even vital to our well-being, to take time to see, hear and smell what God has put right in front of us every day of every season. It only takes time ... and that is something we all have.