Counter, Range Hood, and Cabinet Clearances
It is not an issue with some inspectors, while others make it one. Jacking up stock pantry cabinets makes the toe uneven when in line with other cabinets. Soffits become an issue if an optional light rail package is purchased (especially since we work mostly in tracts). Does anyone have any suggestions?
I do installations in the Aspen area and I have seen inspectors make contractors put metal with air space around cabinets that encroach on clearances. If you are not designing the cabinet package inform your designer of the problem.
From the original questioner:
Thanks for responding. That actually has worked on custom, individual jobs. We are a high volume tract dealer/installer occasionally doing customs. We have seen designs where smaller cabinets are designed in each side of the hood that are less tall, but this necessitates the outboard cabinets being deeper to accept the light rail - causing price and possibly more soffit (depth) problems. Jacking up uppers 2 or 2-1/2" inches for light rail makes stock pantry and oven cabinets a problem - nobody makes them 2 - 2-1/2" taller.
Imagine the toe kick variances. 57" or more off the floor puts the second shelf out of reach for shorter homeowners. We got stuck a couple of times in the past after we had already installed and actually cut the light rail back 8-3/8" from the upper finished ends to satisfy the inspector and manufacture's specs. You can imagine what that looks like - but it meets code.
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