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A compromise

Posted by BobB on April 17th, 2001 09:24 AM
In reply to Install cabinets or lay tile first? by Bob D on April 16th, 2001 04:59 PM [Go to top of thread]

One way to save the cost of the tile, and the Durock is to lay the tile/rock first, only to the first piece that goes under the cabinets, these pieces would have been cut anyway, and thus there is no "waste", plus it saves the cost of all the cutting and fitting. It also helps maintain the customary floortop-to-countertop distance. The only downside, as mentioned in another post, is that you have to shim the backs of the cabinets to level them with the floor, but with cabinet installations in older homes, there is usually a whole lot of shimming going on anyway.
Another thought is that you do want to tile all the way to the wall under any appliance that you will be pulling in and out, such as refrigerator/ free standing range, etc..

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