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Forum topic by rut posted 03-19-2012 12:27 AM 1212 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2012 12:27 AM

I have attached an image of one wall on my kitchen that I am remodeling with new everything. My quandary is that, to me, the upper cabs look out of proportion to the bottom and centering in the room.

The wall is 10’ wide. I have 2 33” L shaped corner cabs, 2 12” base cabs. and a oven/stovetop in between these. Now I’m trying to make the upper look good but have a window on the left that is providing a challenge.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I’m building the cabs so I can adjust to suit.

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 01:14 AM

Where is the exhaust unit?
Is the microwave to be one of those unit has a builtin exhaust fan?

I am a believer that a good exhaust fan is in order for a kitchen. It will keep th oil/grease somewhat in check if you do any kind of cooking.

I thought question like this belongs to the sister website the homerefubers.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 01:38 AM

Yes. The microwave will incorporate and exhaust fan (400cfm).

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 05:04 PM

If you’ll give me an arial view of your kitchen with dimensions and the layout you want, the height you want your wall and base cabinets to be I’ll draw you up a view. If you like it then I’ll dimension it for you with a set of plans and email it to you in pdf format.
Is this an L shaped kitchen with walls on both sides or will one side be a bar?
I also need to know the make and dimensions of your exhaust fan and how you want the cabinet to look above it.
PM me you email address.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 05:20 PM

As I see it (and without being able to see the rest of your kitchen) you’re never going to get a truly balanced appearance with that window on one side. I would just fill up the space as best you can, with a 21” wall cabinet to the right of the microwave and a 15” to the left.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 05:37 PM

just run your cabs to the microwave on both sides, and it will look good. A 4” difference in cabinet widths is acceptable, and quite normal in cabinet construction. Make sure to leave room for window trim!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 03:31 PM

When you’re drawing up the plans, the temptation is strong to perfectly align all the vertical parts of the base cabinets with all the vertical parts on the wall cabinets. The only place this makes a difference is in the drawing.In real life, you can’t really tell and you’ll be happier in the long run if you maximize your storage space.

-- Bob Lang,

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 03:53 PM

Right on Bob. If you back up and squint a little and look at a kitchen, it is a visual jumble. Those who seek to eliminate that end up with profoundly impractical and non-working rooms.

When you say “filler” I’m thinking you might be working with modular cabinets. Round peg, square hole comes to mind, if you are concerned about these lesser( but still on your “important” list) aesthetic details.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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