I finally have what I think is the final kitchen layout. (And I’m now a lot faster at SketchUp.) Note that the top run of cabinets and library ladder rail won’t happen, unless I decide in the spring to not sell the house…or no one wants to buy it. (While I don’t want to overbuild for someone else, I’m perfectly willing to do so for myself.)
A careful look at the underside of the floor* has convinced me that I can take up the tile (and probably two layers of lino under it), then sand and refinish the wood. All of the plywood patches appear to be located where cabinets will cover them, and if not, I can tooth in a few boards as needed.
I desperately want to start taking up the tile but I have guests today through Christmas; I suppose we’ll need the kitchen. I’ll have the cat’s paw and cold chisel in hand on the 26th, and will take the tile and whatever is under it back to the cabinet edges (then remove the rest of it once I pull the old base cabinets).
As for as the cabinets, I plan to use 3/4″ AC birch ply, finished side toward the interior. The outside surfaces will be painted white. (Yes, this blog may soon actually include some woodworking!) I’ll be working in stages; the sink-base cabinet and corner cabinet for a lazy susan will come first, then the measurements for the remaining base cabinets will be pulled from those (I don’t trust myself to get everything dead right off my drawings).
Then, I’ll tear out the current MDF crap, sand and finish the floor, then scribe the base to it (I know it won’t be level; nothing in this house is). My hope is that I can get that base done and get the carcases and countertop in place quickly so I’m not without a functional kitchen for more than 8-10 days (some of which are, unavoidably, for the floor finish to cure).
Then, it’s on to the upper cabinets; my dishes and food will just stay in the dining room until they’re done.
And for Christmas, I’m hoping for an IKEA gift card. That’s where I’m getting the sink.
*Yes, I know that’s technically a sub floor if I can see it from underneath, but that’s what I’ve done in the living room and dining room, and it works just fine.