Adam Abrams, CKD, president at Designer Cabinets, Granite & Tile, asked our K+BB Designers Network on LinkedIn about marking up floor cabinets for new home construction.
“Does anyone have a secret – other than on hands and knees with a king-size Sharpie – to mark out the cabinet layout on the subfloor of a new home construction project? Getting older and wondering if there is a better way?”
Here are some of the responses Abrams received:
David Wagner, Dewitt Designer Kitchens
I use blue painters tape and it’s removable. I’m trying to figure out why you’re marking up the cabinet layout? I’ve always used detailed plans showing cabinetry floor plan, elevations, electrical, plumbing, ventilation, etc. The only reason I can think of is you’re trying to save on flooring by placing less expensive material under where the cabinets are going.
Cathy Osborne, designer at Auer Kitchens
I always lay it off. Still use the Sharpie. Though my plans are clear, complete and thoroughly dimensioned, I often don’t know the builder and his subs and how careful they are.
1) From time-to-time a minor framing error has been made. If I’m there on the floor with my Sharpie, I know about it early on. Sometimes we can nudge things, and other times I have to call the framer back to make changes. Best to know early.
2) I would rather take the time to make execution virtually idiot proof regarding where plumbing and electric are being brought up rather than play the blame game later when electric to the ice maker was missed.
3) The homeowner loves it when he stops by after work to see how his new home is coming along, and he can begin to see aisle ways and sight lines.
4) I make the builder look good to all of those other players and make his job easier. He will call me again.
Joseph Yencho, president and CEO of RCKsinks Inc.
Hire someone younger with better knees? Just kidding…32 years in and still doing the 1 ½-in. blue tape here.