Early in my career, I worked exclusively as a custom cabinetmaker; I didn't concern myself with appliances other than to make sure that the openings for them were the right size. It wasn't until I became a remodeler and found myself responsible for the entire project that I learned how to plan properly for appliances. Not only do the units themselves have to fit, but the mechanicals have to be located so that connections can be made without reworking rough-ins or butchering cabinets.

The importance of appliance specifications cannot be overemphasized. Our company policy requires that all appliance decisions be made before the cabinetry is designed and the actual work is begun. Even small differences between models can cause problems if you don't pay attention.

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