It can be done, but it's not a great option. Maintenance,
functionality and aesthetics could be better addressed in other ways
than an extra deep toe kick.
How about changing the question to - what could I do to make the toe
kicks more interesting? You'll get more out of your ? that way.
I've done the drawer thing and it's a great place to store things.
The dog bowl idea is interesting, but odd. Generally, both me and the
dog prefer to have his water accessible at all times. Where's the
benefit it having it slide out of the way, and when it's extended
blocking the area in front of the cabinet?
Or run the flooring up in a curve to form the toe kick space - kind
of like a sanitary cove.
I think that advice might be a bit dangerous in some people's hands/
minds. It would tend to look like a mish mash of styles unless done
I guess I didn't give the full picture. The food dish (2 of them since the
client has 2 dogs) were put into a pullout drawer. I put the water dish
into a different pullout drawer (with faucet in the cabinet) and used a
retractable pocket door at the water dish area. So most of the time the
dish is accessible, but it's also possible to close the door and look "pet
free". I did this in a large walk-thru pantry between the kitchen & garage
entry (and across the hall from the mudroom with dog shower). The bowls are
in cabinets furthest from the kitchen (closest to the mudroom) so they're
not in the way of normal pantry usage.
Depending upon the flooring material that could be very nice.
Well, I'm assuming that someone with some amount of design talent will be
involved. If not, at least I don't have to look at it!!!
I don't think anyone has mention using the toe kick for a pullout step
(which is fairly common). If the kick is high enough it can be a very
usable step, especially if there are kids who need help reaching the sink,
or for grown ups to reach the upper part of the upper cabinets.
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