I'd build them on top of the new hardwood floor. I built a set recently by
building the cabinets stand-alone, slightly shorter than ceiling height (by
the height of the crown molding), and then used French cleats to hold them
flush to the wall. Once the cabinets were in place and the crown molding
attached, all that is necessary to remove them is to take off the crown
molding and lift the cabinets up and away from the wall.
Only "gotcha" is to be careful that the diagonal distance from the bottom
front, to the top back of the cabinets does not exceed the height of the
ceiling, otherwise you won't be able to tip them into place. Tall and/ or
creative moldings for the interface between the ceiling and top front/sides
of the cabinets can generally be finesses to look stunning, still allowing
for easy removal.
Future flexibility was a necessity in this particular instance and these,
for all practical purposes, look, and act, like built-ins.
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