Hi , this is Keith with how to build your own home .
This is a weekly bonus and that's a little pet peeve I have , but it's something I do in the way I practice my construction projects and has to do with flooring .
Uh A lot of times , uh flooring installer wanna come in after cabinets .
I don't like that .
I like my flooring down before .
Not my cabinets are installed .
Now , I know a lot of flooring manufacturers were freaking out when I say that .
Oh , no , no .
Our , our , our , our floor is designed to float .
You can't do that right now .
And I , I , I kind of ignore that for the most part if I can , especially with uh vinyl flooring , like here's a vinyl floor down here .
We've installed in the , in the bathroom here and we've installed the vinyl as you see all the way down except for a small cut out section where your plumbing is gonna come .
Now , they typically say they don't like the flooring to go underneath the cabinets , but I don't like putting in flooring around the cabinets because you typically have to cut right to it and you have that ugly quarter inch round , you know , trim right at the base and doesn't look clean .
So what I tell my cabinet installers is mount it to the wall .
Let it sit on the floor lightly , but mount it to the wall , but don't mount it to the floor .
Let that just uh uh live freely as , as best you possibly can .
Same thing in here for a little kitchenette .
Let's go in here .
I would have a , if you have a little island here , I'd still put the floor down first .
Now , if that island needs to be mounted to the floor , obviously , it does .
But now I can take a saw go down to a quarter inch and I can cut out perfectly where I need to put that island .
That's why I like to put the floor in first for tile .
It's great .
You obviously want to put your tile in first before you put your flooring down .
But if you can put your flooring down before your cabinets , it's going to make things much easier .
You can see right here , you don't have to have a , a tile go or the vinyl floor go all the way up against the wall .
Obviously , that's going to be hidden by the cabinets .
But now your install for your flooring is much easier and I'm not gonna have them mount it to the floor .
We'll mount it to the wall .
I've got some good king studs , some trimmers a lot of stud work behind here .
I can literally let it sit on the vinyl , mount it to the wall .
I'm good .
You don't need to glue it .
You don't really need to mount that to the floor .
I've never really seen cabinet guys do that every once in a while on a slab on grade , they'll want to do that .
They want to put a little bit of glue on the base of that cabinet , but I put really heavy countertops on there .
It's really gonna weigh that down anyway .
I've never had any problem with a free floating floor that's just floating underneath that cabinet , especially when it's mounted on the wall .
Uh I know kind of going out of the norm here .
A lot of people are just probably gonna freak out on that .
That's what I do .
I do not like to put my flooring after the cabinets .
I love to get all my flooring down before it's a cleaner look .
And there are some , I know stellar innovations has a great three quarter inch , um , solid wood floor and they tell you that you can put your cabinets on top of it .
I'll , I'll put a link of that flooring in the description box below and you want to check that that's something you're gonna want to ask about whether you're using engineer wood , whether you're using a luxury vinyl product , whatever it may be .
Ask , can I put my cabinets on top of the flooring .
Are you going to allow for that ?
If not , the other option is put it down , have them come measure for the cabinets and then tell them they can tell you where the cabinets are going to end .
And then you can cut that in a clean line with a , with a saw right on the floor rather than trying to butt it right up , making it look nice .
My issue is I have speed of install for my flooring guys .
I have ease of access for my cabinet guys at the same time and then I can obviously cut it off if I need to just as a quarter inch .
I'm not going all the way down to the subfloor .
So anyway , it's just one of my things that I deal with a lot of the times I love to get my flooring in as soon as I possibly can right after paint , not before , of course , but right after paint and let all my cabinet guys come in after that .
This is Keith counts with how to build your own home .
Hope that helps you out .