Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Upstate NY/Coastal, SC
I've done both ways and heard the pros and cons.
It does use extra flooring, but you don't have to do all the cutting where the refrig, range and dw go, and it helps with leveling those appliances.
On the other hand, it does make any future repairs a real pain. I ran pergo under all the cabinets and promptly put a big gouge in it by dropping a chefs knife. A lot of time on hands and knees to fix that!
Factors: Is the flooring $5/psf or $1/psf? Is the subfloor wood or concrete? Are the cabinets particle board or plywood or solid wood? What is the thickness of the finished floor? What is the effect on future repairs or changes to flooring? There's probably others I've missed.
"I've learned the hard way that I can't afford to buy cheap tools"