I really started on our kitchen cabinet project today.
Our kitchen is really small, and has very limited cabinet space. There’s an island between the kitchen and dining area that we want to put cabinets over to increase our storage space—there’s no pantry or suitable cupboard for food storage except above and to the left of the stove. We figure if we can put in a couple more cabinets, we can move where we store our dishes and free up space for food and other container storage.
Today we got wood prices and started the design.
The island has our sink and dishwasher, and a narrow (13”) cabinet. Our plan is to put in cabinets suspended from the ceiling over the island that mirror the layout of the base cabinets. That means we’ll have a 30”, a 33”, and a 13” cabinet over the island. They’ll be the standard 12” depth, 18” above the counter top, and 12” below the ceiling.
The last part is the real challenge. Our furnace is in the attic directly above the island. We don’t want to put in a soffit, as it will close off the area more than what we’re already planning. We’ll suspend the cabinets from the ceiling rafters using all-thread, and the cabinet next to the wall will also be secured to the stud where possible for added support. Securing the all-thread in the ceiling will be the real challenge, because, naturally, we’re not going to pull the furnace out for easier access to the ceiling joists.
The design looks good, and we did a mock-up with cardboard boxes just to make sure. Hopefully I won’t screw up the math and add to the expense. I drew up the plans, and drew up a cutting diagram for the plywood. Hopefully I got it right. It looks like we’ll get all the case work pieces out of a single sheet of 4×8 maple plywood. Tomorrow we’ll start the shopping and, hopefully, some of the cutting.