The owner of the house where I'm working asked me what would be the
max height and width (depth) of Kitchen Cabinet base units - i.,e the
He and his wife are tall and want to spec the cabinets at the
He concerns that they don't go overboard and end up with an issue if
they ever re-sold
I am not the most qualified kitchen builder but thought some of you
guys might have a thought or two.
But he put them in the kids' bathroom. Suffice to say his wife was quite
pleased that she didn't have to clean the kids's sink anymore. The
eldest child was 5 and couldn't reach the sink at all. I think they
wound up buying a step-stool for the kids to stand on.
This is the same genius that glued posters to the wall using epoxy glue.
Why? He didn't want any unsightly residue from the "poster putty" left
on the wall.
When ultra-genius panelled the stairway he did it during the coldest day
of the year when the RH was at it's lowest and had been that way for a
couple of weeks (-20 degrees for a low and no humidifier). He cut the
panelling to fit perfectly between the stair stringer and the ceiling.
When spring came he almost took his fingers off coming down the stairs.
The panelling had expanded and bowed out to where there was now about 1/4
inch gap between the railing and the panelling.
Then there was the time he bought a really nice mitre saw that did
compound angles, etc. It was a really nice saw that was the best on the
market at the time. What did he buy it for? Cutting firewood for his
fireplace. He kept it on his back stoop. It was junk 1/2 way through
winter. When I asked him about it that spring, he said it quit working
so he tossed it out. He added that he would never buy another tool made
by that company like it was the companies fault it quit wording after it
laid out all winter in the rain and snow.
I am willing to bet some serious money he tossed out the Unisaw my father
gave him. That is probably a good thing. He would have cut himself or
one of his kids in two with it...lengthwise.
This is the same guy that cut a 4 inch hole in his roof for his TV
antenna mast. He said he didn't want to put a tripod up on the roof
because it might leak. When the living room and kitchen ceiling came
down he tried to blame the shoddy roofing materials. I laughed at him.
This is the same guy that refused to get his well pump fixed and supplied
his house with water from a hose that ran over to the neighbors house
some 200 feet away. That went on for over 6 months. One day the health
inspector came out. What the health inspector said was interesting.
Suffice to say he had a pump installed the next day.
Super genius has also pulled some other stunts, but I can't remember what
they are right now. He used to work for Caterpillar. They couldn't
fire him so they made him a manager. He crashed and burned as a manager
and was "let go" in less than 6 months after his "promotion". He still
say he was laid off. I know different as my wifes uncle was an upper
manager at Cat. It was a lay-off of one.
Yup....he puts the "fun" into dis-fun-ctional.
I learned to stay the hell away from him. So far so good. We are 2000
miles apart now. Now I don't have to listen to the stupidity. It seems
like it was always something stupid every week. Living near him was
As I recall them I will but I am afraid that some may be skeptical about
super-genius' antics. For those that dispute by expereinces, plase just
ignore them. As for the rest, this will make Red Green look smart.
I find that 36" works better in the bathroom than the more common 32"
vanity height. Less back strain, more storage underneath with better
accessibility. Though we do have a 32 incher in the guest bath for
the sake of the grand kids.
Standard kitchen countertop height is 36" and standard bases are 34.5".
Most people wouldn't notice an inch difference during the initial
inspections prior to purchase. Two inches higher would be noticed but
would better suit an increasing segment of the population as people are
getting taller. Unless they're exceptionally tall, I mean NBA tall, I
wouldn't go over 40".
Bottom line, if they're not planning on selling the house within 10 or
15 years the owners should make the cabinets whatever height works for
them. Kitchens aren't forever items in most homes.
Building a set of kicks is cheap. Fabricate regular cabinets, but put
them on 6" kicks...or 8" even.
Then it's easy enough to disassemble and cut them down to 4" when the
The 'tall kick' look is actually somewhat attractive if decorated with
some sliced turnings/legs.
Or, buoild the wall cabinets at 36" as per usual, and make an island
42" high (stand-up bar height) again, with the intent of lowering when
...just some thoughts.
If you are going to raise the countertops, make sure you keep upper
cabinets at 18" off the countertop elevation. Also, use a cook-top
instaed of a regular range, for all the obvious reasons.
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