I purchased a new construction home through a commercial builder. I will be closing on the house in a few weeks and opted to do the hardwood floor myself to save some money.
I did upgrade the cabinets and I am happy with the current counter tops. I would prefer to have the floor go under the cabinets but the cabinets have to be in along with an linoleum floor to close on the house.
I don't want a sloppy job on a brand new home with trim all around the baseboard of the cabinets. I was considering pulling out the cabinets to do the job right, or putting the floor up to the toe kick with a proper gap but putting another toe kick in front to cover the gap cleanly.
I am willing to spend the extra time for the best appearance but without destroying the cabinets or countertops I have. If I were to take out the cabinets what issues could I run into? I know the countertop which is a laminated countertop is glued to the wall, will this be hard to separate and reuse without destroying it? Will the upper cabinets need to be raised the difference of the height of the floor thickness when the cabinets are put on top of the floor?
If I were to lead the floor up to the baseboard what are my options to make it look the best? There is a register vent in the toe kick that is flush with the current floor, what is the best way to relocate this higher? Can I just move it up a little or do I need to add some duct work to prevent cool/warm air from blowing on the exposed hardwood floor near the bottom of the register?
Also, can I lay the hardwood floor directly over the linoleum? I would hate to have to remove all that. Would anything else need to go between the hardwood and linoleum if so?
This is my first time doing something like this, so all information is helpful. Thanks!