Help with baseboard heating and cabinets
Hello from a GW-addicted lurker! I'm hoping someone may have a creative solution I could suggest to a home improvement contractor.
A little info....in the not-so-distant future we'll be doing a cosmetic kitchen redo- mainly counters, backsplash, flooring and appliances. My oak raised panel cabinets will be staying but maybe darkened with a gel stain finish (that would be dyi if I'm brave enough!)
On one wall I have a 12' run of upper cabinets and a counter running that entire length that has no base cabinets but does have hot-water baseboard heating the whole 12'. (Why does this exist? Apparently the former homeowners ran a daycare and used that counter to feed six kids at a time! The counter is hung about 4" lower than the other kitchen counters as to be kid-friendly. It's fantastic :) ) The existing formica counter is poorly supported, but I know brackets/supports could solve that problem if I keep the design similar on the redo. What I am thinking of doing is installing two 24" base cabinets in the center of that run of counters. It would give some additional storage, support and better cosmetic appeal (I'd use stock 3-drawer cabinets I could finish.) The reason I'm not installing base cabinets that entire length is the under-counter space is PERFECT for our cats' food and water dishes (no kicking over food and water!) With just those two cabinets I'd still have space on either side for the dishes.
So what happens with the baseboard heating and those two 24" cabinets? Do I need to have the heating "bumped out" to run to the front of the kickplates? Could I vent the kickplates and have the contractors notch the cabinets in the back to fit around the heating. Should I just say "oh well...", stick with the current layout and leave "as is"? I do need to keep the cost of the project under control....
Has anyone found a creative solution? I'm using the home improvement company my sister used for her total kitchen remodel and they were very open to hearing suggestions throughout her project. Thanks for your help!