Adding dish washer at the end of a cabinet run -- help!
As part of the minor kitchen update in the house we're buying, we're planning to add a dishwasher at the end of the cabinet run, in place of the refrigerator in this picture:
I know we will need to replace the countertop and extend it all the way to the wall on the right. But I also need a panel to the right side of the dishwasher to cover the insulation.
What is the best/most economical way to get the panel? Home Depot quoted me $115 for a 30"x24"panel, which I'd still have to paint and cut to size. That seems expensive. Could I simply take a piece of wood/plywood and cut it to the right dimensions with a jig saw? What have others done?
The space between the sink cabinet and the wall is about 33". I figure I'll put the 24" dishwasher in there, and still have a few inches under the counter that I can use for storage or serving trays and other flat/big items. Or is it preferable to close off the space?