I am installing cabinets in my kitchen. The kitchen has maple
hardwood floors that are probably almost 90 years old (house was built
in 1915) and in very good shape. I have already hung the wall
cabinets and am in the process of installing the base cabinets. Do I
try to align the cabinets to the wall or do I try to align them with
the planks of the hard wood floor? I will be having either a granite
or silestone countertop installed after I'm done.
Your main focus should be making sure your base cabinets are level (both
front to back and side to side) and aligned with the cabinet beside it. I
find in all older houses, you can count on the floors being off level, and
the walls being off plumb.
There will be a need for shimming for the floors and walls. Unless you are
putting some sort of trim on the kick panels you have to do the best you can
with the bottoms, but the back of the base cabinets should be shimmed to
steady them. Having never used Granite as a counter top I would imagine
there isn't much chance of trimming to fit, and I don't know about
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