Finalizing cabinet dimensions
Let me preface this would be a big thank you for taking the time to even open up this thread to help. If you just move on I can understand.
Having general contractors come out forced me to stop flip flopping on where to put the cooktop and sink...I finally came to the conclusion that having the cooktop on the outside wall was indeed the best way.
Now I'm struggling with the dimensions of the outside wall, which will ultimately dictate the island size. We're looking at dimensions of 13.5, 14, and 14.5 feet. All have their advantages and disadvantages. I can not seem to come to a decision myself and need some ideas of things I have not thought of.
I believe that the cooktop (30") needs to be centered on the outside wall. I'm placing the sink off center on the island so it's not that I'm a total symmetry nut but in this case it seems the most aesthetically and functionally pleasing route.
A 14' run seems to be the best BUT, trying to work with IKEA they don't make a 33" cabinet. Without having to modify 4 cabinets (which I can only imagine that amount of work), we wouldn't have that option. I called around and many cabinet lines have 33" cabinets BUT they aren't frameless. The one quote I got from a KD for frameless and 33" cabinets was $14,000 compared to IKEA's $2500.
For that price difference, I can make IKEA work.
I could go down to 13.5' and make the island and windows slightly smaller and use 36", 30", 30", 30", 36". The advantage to this, it allows even a much wider path (but there currently isn't a problem now) and the ability to never have a seam in the island of 120". We're going Corian though and though I haven't verified it with solid info, I was told by a salesperson Corian goes 144" w/o a seam, while Silestone is 120".
Having the full 14.5' width, keeps the 2 new windows to be installed at 48". We would have a run of 36", 36", 30", 36", 36". It allows for a full 6' on either side of the cooktop, with windows to look out of. The island would have 5' of prep next to the sink. The downside though is if we were to ever go to a engineered quartz or whatever there in the future. I do NOT want a seam (that I can see) on my island. Here I am looking down the line 20 years from now for replacing things BUT.
Is there some other factors I haven't already looked at? If you would end up using IKEA how wide would you go and what cabinet configuration? I've read how the wider drawers the better but I'm willing to entertain different sizes besides the 30" & 36" cabinet sizes.