Kitchen Countertop height
May 24, 2013 in Design Dilemma
What are the negatives of building a slightly higher kitchen counter: Like 39" high vs. the standard 36" high
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Benhardt Construction & Remodeling
Future Marketability would be my first thought. Is this for you personally or a client? How does the person plan on residing at the location?
May 24, 2013 at 12:02pm   
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Lewis / Schoeplein architects
It is great if you are tall, as it makes it easier to work in the kitchen. The main problem you will face is that appliances are designed to fit 36" high counters. Dishwashers have feet that are somewhat adjustable, but you might have a gap at the top under the counter. The range is a bigger issue. You may need to prop it up on feet so that it is the same height as the counter (we have done this before, very very carefully!). Alternately, it may be easier to install a cooktop and wall ovens so you avoid this altogether.

Real estate people will tell you to consider resale, but we always say it is best to design for yourself. If you love it, someone else will too. :)
May 24, 2013 at 12:08pm   
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I've known of two homes that did non-standard height counters. One was lower, one was taller. When the houses sold, the group of people interested in each was narrowed - but the final purchasers were both very happy to have kitchens that were comfortable for them to work in!

I've also heard of situations where only a part of the kitchen counter was raised. That way, the tall person had a comfortable workspace but others who weren't as tall had workspaces comfortable for them as well.
May 24, 2013 at 12:09pm   
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@ Lewis/Schoeplein - I've seen photos of quite a few raised dishwashers. For people with back issues, I think this is a great idea. I'd do this in my own kitchen if we had a different layout!

You make a good point about the range though. As you've said - a cooktop and wall oven would be the best option.

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May 24, 2013 at 12:14pm     
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You may run into issues with electrical and plumbing also. If your building new make sure plumbers and electricians know about this.
May 24, 2013 at 9:43pm   
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