Kitchen Cabinet Build #1: About the Planning Phase...

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Blog entry by Brohymn62 posted 05-20-2013 02:33 PM 7028 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have spent most of the year slowly reading through material and gather ideas for this build. I have also been slowly acquiring the last bits of equipment that I thought I’d need to get the job done, the last of which was a router table attachment for my table saw. I’m sure that more stuff will be needed as I move through the process but I am confident I have most of what I need.
I have focused most of the planning around the ideas from Bob Lang’s Book “The Complete Kitchen Cabinet Maker”

It is a great book with TONS of information on how to build you’re kitchen cabinets. I have gone through all the steps that he outlines in his planning chapters and this is what I’ve come up with…

I work in construction and I used Bluebeam PDF to create the elevation views. I wanted to use SketchUp, which I have used in the past but I didn’t want to get carried away with the model. For planning, I think it came out fine. I’ve laid out my walls and still need to go through and confirm alot of these dimensions. The drawings are to scale but I like to double check. I will be transferring the information over to a story pole when I finalize all the details.
Based on Lang’s book… the next step was to create my schedule… as follows.

I think I got that nailed down pretty well. I am currently using that to create my other schedules and cut lists as I move forward with the design. I feel that I am very close to actually starting some cabinet construction. I got mosat of the room prep done over the weekend and will need next weekend to finalize some of that. After that I will move into cabinet construction. This will also give me plenty of time to finalize my design plans and solidify all of schedules. I have already purchased my face frame material and it is acclimating in the rooms where the cabinets will live. I did some rough calculations and over purchased by around 25 % which I hope will give me enough cushion to get the job done and maybe have some left over for some shop projects when I’m done.

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 01:10 AM

I like the layout. Very efficient and a great rendition of the “kitchen triangle” (fridge – sink – stove). I especially like the use of drawer units over standard base cabinets with doors. However, here are two points for your consideration:

I don’t see a dishwasher. That can affect the resale value of a house for the potential buyer. Most buyers require a dishwasher. If you don’t have one, it means they are going to have to do some kitchen renovation.

Like I said, I prefer drawer units in the base cabinets. However, it appears that by having four drawers instead of the standard three, you are trading off depth. It will make it hard to store deep pots. Having to store pots in upper cabinets can be problematic because of the weight of large pots as well as the lack of depth (uppers are typically only 12” deep).

Just a couple of points for you to ponder. Best of luck with your project.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 02:21 PM

@ Dave – That is really great input. I was not to concerned with the dishwasher issue as I don’t plan on selling the house anytime soon but I appreciate the comment. I had not considered how much that one item would impact the kitchen.
I am definitely going to revisit my drawer layout now. I had not even considering where I would keep my stock pot! Thanks again!

@ James – I personally do not like it that close either but I was very limited with the plumbing situation. It was either there or a corner sink unit which I was not interested in entertaining. Thanks for the input!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 02:25 PM

James, that is my current situation as well… and likewise… I hate it. I think the new design will be better though, I had to sacrifice the corner base cabinet to get the sink where it is though. I’m willing to live with it though. Thanks again for the comment!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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