Cabinets & Countertops
Our cabinets are a shaker style. They're made of birch, and several have grilled doors that give the kitchen a country look.
Because of settling, we couldn't screw the cabinets directly into the logs. We needed to attach them to plywood buffers and nailers so they'd stay stable as the logs settle.
The nailers went into notches that we cut into the logs every 2 feet on center. We lag bolted the nailers to the logs, but cut slots in the boards to allow the logs to settle.
We attached plywood to the nailers, but not to the logs. We had to make sure the plywood was plumb, other wise the cabinets would be off. We checked them with a level and shimmed them if necessary before nailing them in.
We also set the plywood on top of a 2x4 we nailed to the sub-floor. That's to hold the base cabinets up to the height of the mortar bed and tile floor we'll have in here.
Installing Upper Cabinets
We took the doors off all the cabinets to keep from banging them up. We put the upper cabinets in first starting with a corner unit. We pre-drilled holes in the backs of the cabinets for securing the units to the plywood.
To keep the cabinets square, we drew in level guidelines. One is for the bottom of the uppers which we got from measuring up from the high point of the floor 84 inches, and then measuring down 32 inches which is the cabinet height. We also drew a level line for the top of the base cabinets.
We used two screws to hold the cabinet in place while we double-checked it for plumb. In a normal situation you would shim behind the cabinet if it weren't plumb, but for us the plywood was already plumb.
We permanently attached the cabinets with screws that were long enough to go into the plywood, but not into the logs.
The remaining cabinets in the row were attached through the back and also secured to one another through the face frames.
We special ordered the last cabinet with an extension off the back on one side so it'll hide the nailer and the notch.
Installing The Base Cabinets
The 2x4 shims are secured to the floor to raise the base cabinets to the proper height of the finished floor.
We lined the cabinets up with the level line we drew for the height of the base cabinets. We shimmed them up if necessary, then secured them to the plywood through the fastening rail.
In the corner, two cabinets met to form a 90 degree. One of the cabinets had a special-ordered extended face frame to make this joint.
We screwed the face plates of the cabinets together like we did the uppers.
Our kitchen countertop is a traditional black granite flecked with green and polished to a glossy finish. It's strong and stain-resistant which minimized the upkeep.
The granite was fabricated using cardboard templates that we made. The contractors first spread caulk over the base cabinets, then they set the sheet in place.
The granite backsplash was set over the top and glued to the plywood under the tile.