01:17PM | 03/07/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
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My wife and I are in the midst of a complete refinishing of our kitchen and "back kitchen" and have selected prefinished light brazilian cherry as our preferred wood flooring.

We were disappointed to learn yesterday that the leading outlet for wood flooring in our area (Eastern Massachusetts) cannot obtain this product for us before late April ("at the soonest.") Most of our contractors' other jobs, like installing the cabinets, have to wait until the flooring arrives.

We need about 400 square feet. (We have been quoted a price of about $5.95 per s.f.).

Any suggestions for earlier availability from a reputabls outlet (with a good warranty)?




12:49PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
255 lifetime posts
why not have them install the cabs, and wait for your floor.

It's not about what they like, it's what you want...

It's completely possible, and it will keep contractors OFF your floor.


12:48PM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 03/06/04
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I am advised to put the floor in first, so the cabinets stand on them; otherwise we have a problem if someday we want to rearrange the cabinets.


03:12PM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Scott,


We went through this myself recently. In our case it was refinishing a hardwood floor.

We decided to do it AFTER the cabinets were in--but BEFORE the kitchen ISLAND cabinets went in.

We'd gone around and around about when to do the flooring--but we did it the RIGHT way.

Don't worry about the prospect of having to modify cabinets later. This may be 20 years down the road! And even if so--the cabinets will take about the same size as the old--and can likely be trimmed at the bottom. Heck, there needs to be trim anyway.

It turns out that our floor would have been easily damaged during the course of cabinet install, etc. This risk was a lot lower during the island install. By then, the stove, fridge, dishwasher were all in place...much less to go wrong.

Like Floorcraft says, it's what YOU want that is important. And obviously what you want is more important than our opinions as well. But given your situation, I'd go with the project and wait on flooring. Just my opinion.

Good luck,

-k2 in CO


04:11PM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
255 lifetime posts
scott, who is recommending install under the cabs? the salesmen?

is it someone who can profit from the extra 45 square feet of 8 bucks a square foot, that you just may never need or see?

It is true, that if you rearange the cabs, it could keep you from replacing the floor, but figure the extra sq footage you would need to buy and make that a part of your decision.


06:41PM | 03/13/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
Floorcraft is incorrect.

The VERY BEST floor installations go UNDER the cabinets as any comprehensive building or remodeling contractor knows.


03:38AM | 03/14/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I should point out that in my case, the flooring does run under the cabinets--it was the REFINISHING that (obviously) I didn't have to re-do under the cabinets.

I also should mention that whoever put down the flooring originally had used a lot of scrap pieces where they knew the cabinets were going to be. Maybe this isn't a bad thing, really--after all they still have the same integrity (more or less) as the strip flooring.

In my case it's all typical 3/4" thick oak strip flooring. I wonder in the case of the Brazilian Cherry however--is this fairly thin engineered flooring? If it's thin stuff (say, 1/4"), there really wouldn't be much more strength involved by running it under cabinets would there? Couldn't a similar thickness plywood be substituted under cabinets?

Good luck,

-k2 in CO


11:50AM | 03/15/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
255 lifetime posts
Homebuild and myself have been going back and forth over this under the cab thing, and the different between our two opinions, is that I dont say he is incorrect, which is quite rude if I do say so myself.

For new homes and total gut of bathrooms, yes going under cabs can be a good idea if your thinking long term.

but for a floor only remodel, if you tear off the top, in most cases, the tops cannot be put back on. Not ALL cases, but most.

for instance, granite slab, formica that has been glued and screwed, ect.... cannot just be taken off and put back on. So why tear it all out to install under cabs in this case.

Homebuild, let's be a tad open minded, and stop thinking there is only one way.

YOU are correct, and in some cases incorrect.

In the future, I will be paying close attention to specifics of each post and responding as such.

sounds resonable huh?
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