Kitchen cabinet installed on tile floor?

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Old 08-29-17, 11:34 PM
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Kitchen cabinet installed on tile floor?

I am remodeling kitchen and whole house floors. I use tile for kitchen floor and rest of house with Lauzon engineering hardwood floor. I have questions
1. Can I install the cabinet countertop on top of tile floor? This will give me clean edge that no corner round needed between the tile floor and the counter cabinets. This also bring to next question
2. Lauzon engineering hardwood floor thickness is 7/16". I like to have tile floor in kitchen even off to the rest of floors which is hardwood, this leave me little choice to finf good wood looking tiles for the kitchen. Normally, I need put a 1/4 Hardi board under the tiles which would make tile floor much higher than the hardwood floor. I am thinking to use Ditra underpayment which is 1/8", add thinset 1/16", I only have 1/4" thickness for a tile. I like those porcelain wood like tiles which hardly come with as thin as 1/4". What should I do? The whole reason behind this 2nd question is that I don't like heavy look wood T-molding. I like simple clean transition between tile floor and wood floor.
 
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Old 08-30-17, 03:20 AM
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Cabinets are installed over tile all the time. The cabinet gets screwed to the wall, not the floor.
Has the wood floor already been installed?
 
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Old 08-30-17, 05:15 AM
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1. It is best to install the cabinets on top of tile. The most important are where the appliances and especially the dishwasher are located. You don't want the dishwasher trapped down in a recessed area behind tile. Use shims underneath the cabinets to level and square them then use shims if there are gaps at the wall where you will attach the cabinets with screws.

2. I would use Hardie Backer or cement board in the kitchen under the tile. You could even consider going with a real hardwood in the rest of the house which will be thicker and help with your transitions to the tile. If you stick with the thin wood veneer flooring then I'd just get a threshold/transition strip to make the transition.

In my house I have traditional tongue and groove solid wood flooring and it's elevation came out perfectly to match the tile areas. I have three different tiled rooms and the wood matched up very well to each in elevation.
 
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