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By Rachal in Janesville, CA on 8/19/2009


I can't afford cabinets.  It is not in my budget.  I may have the money, but I don't want to chance not 'finishing' my house because I blew my budget on cabinets. 

So here is the question.  Can I put my porcelain tile in before I put my cabinets in?  If I put in the flooring and then wait to put in my cabinets will I have to rip out the flooring to put them in?  Can the base cabinets sit on top of the tile?  The tile is only 1/2" thick. 

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By Faye in Marseilles, IL on 8/19/2009


Sure you can! I put my bath cabinets on top of the marble tile in my master bath. Actually, it's nice if you ever need to change a cabinet or the layout, to have tile underneath. 
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By Rachal in Janesville, CA on 8/19/2009


Pretty simple answer.  Thanks Faye.

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By Mary in PA on 8/19/2009


Rachal, just one item to chime in. In my current house (including kitchen) I had hardwood flooring installed by my own sub while a GC did all the other work. It is a standard entry-level tract home. But at the time, (some 15 yrs ago) I really wanted the HW floors and I preferred them finished in place, rather than the pre-finished kind. OK - so that was all fine (except the builder was a pain in the neck about it).

Years later, my dishwasher broke. I had a repair guy out to fix it. He pulled it out and replaced some pump and was done in no time with a bill less then the estimate. He said the job had been a breeze because the flooring had been installed under the cabinetry, so it was much easier to slip the appliance out. He stated that in many homes you need to get the appliance up over a lip of flooring that stops at the cabinetry and it can be a real pain and take more time. I'm not sure how flooring is normally done, but seems to be that having flooring extend under the counter could offer this advantage. Disadvantage is you use more flooring material.


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By Rachal in Janesville, CA on 8/20/2009


Well that works out pretty well for me, because I bought the tile from some lady who had overbought for her project.  She wanted to get rid of both the pallets and so I paid $1 per sq ft.  Because she wanted it all gone, I bought 200 sq ft more than what I needed.  So paying for extra flooring is not an issue for me.  I guess in the end it all worked out for me just right.  I just did the math and the flooring to cover the cabinet space is around 82 sq ft.  So I am still in the safe zone of having enough tile.  YAY!

I'm still waiting for someone to tell me why I SHOULDN'T put tile under my cabinets.  I'm liking all the replies so far. 

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By Terry in Phoenix / Oracle, AZ on 8/20/2009


Actually, you should always put the finish flooring down before installing the cabinets.  This is so that in the future if you remodel the cabinets or change the arrangement of a bath or kitchen and do not redo the flooring the floor is complete. This also makes it easier to fit things like the dishwasher under the countertops as they are at the proper height above finished floor for installing these things.
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By Rachal in Janesville, CA on 8/20/2009


I'm loving you guys right now!!  I talked to a cabinetmaker and a framer today and they all agreed with you!!!

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By Grant in Blacksburg, VA on 8/22/2009


With your budget-minded building, I'd like to make a suggestion...

Put the word out to the cabinet manufacturers and the installers in the area that if anyone is remodeling and ripping out the boxes of their old cabinets that you would do the labor of removing them in exchange for keeping them. If that doesn't work, then you can offer to pay a VERY small price for old cabinets that contractors have removed from clients' homes.

They may not be "current" style this way, but it will get you kitchen cabinets on the cheap until you can afford to get what you want in the future.

I'd also suggest talking to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They can probably help connect you with inexpensive cabinets as well.


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By Rachal in Janesville, CA on 8/22/2009


You are brilliant. There is a Habitat for Humanity warehouse/store 80 miles away in Reno. I meant to check them out months ago, but got caught up in other aspects of my build and forgot! Thank you. Maybe I can make a trip there this week.

You are my hero.

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By Rachal in Janesville, CA on 8/23/2009


Went to Habitat for Humanity.  It was not what I was hoping for.  I also found some used cabinets on craigslist, but was too late.  I'll keep trying.  Will be staging drywall this week.  I may just end up buying a couple of the cabinets I want with the intention of buying the rest later.

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