We live in a house built in 1920. The tile in the kitchen was awful. The cabinets and appliances are on top of this tile. As we began removing the tile, we can across cement board, and then old vinyl. We finally reached the original hard wood, and it is in great shape (just needing to be sanded and refinished). The only problem is that removing this flooring has left the cabinets and appliances about an inch and a half too high (there was 1.5 inches of flooring we removed around the cabinets!) Because we can't remove the tile from under the cabinets, we are left to decide whether or not to rebuild a subfloor and lay new hard wood or live with the cabinets being a bit higher than standard size. I love the original floor! but I'm also only 5'2". Also, what if we sell? Will people notice the cabinets are a bit high? Any input would be appreciated.
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