Sleazy Cabinet installer tricks
The kitchen designer and the installers in what was supposedly a top builder's homes did some cheap crap that was exposed when the top came off.
Inspect your house before the countertops go in!
A: Don't build special blind cabinets for the corners ... just use a stock base cabinet where 1/2 of it is the right size and leave the doors off the part that doesn't show. Leave 10 inches of precious cabinet space closed off and unusable!
Tack a strip of masonite partly across the openings to keep the pots and pans on the shelf.
No wonder the long-deceased ferret loved this cabinet so much - he had a 10-inch cubbyhole behind it for all his toys, and a 4-inch runway leading to it where the corner spacer is. No pics - I forgot to take any - but there were measuring cups and spoons, stuffed animals, mini-candy bars, spatulas ... anything the furry little pirate could pillage and drag back to his lair.
B: Ledger on the wall to hold the rear of the countertop? Nope ... they'll sag eventually but balance them on the cabinets and caulk will hold them until after closing.
There is now a nice ledger holding up the rear of the countertops.
C: Same as "A" ... but because the door would have been open to the DW compartment, they tacked a full sheet of thin stuff across the door area. Left the drawer opening uncovered, as you see.
That cabinet stops about 3 inches short of the wall.
D: Need a short cabinet for the dropped counter area? Use a bath cabinet and box in the rear to make it as deep as the kitchen base cabinet next to it.
Except for adding the ledger, and closing off the openings better for "A", we're leaving it the way we found it. I'd love to reclaim the space, but I'm not in the mood to rebuild cabinets.