Installing Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding
Caught between installer and designer...HELP!
(Both have experience in install and design)
A debate has stalled my kitchen install over the method used to install the crown molding.
Situation: Kitchen and laundry remodel. Corwn intended only for the kitchen. Installer accidentally began installing crown in laundry. 1/2 the room is done. Now we don't have enought to finish the laundry or the kitchen.
- Installer didn't read drawings.
- Installer shot (brad nailed) crown directly onto face frame of partial overlay cabinets. This means it can't be removed without unsightly touch ups to face frame. Now the overlay of the doors is unbalanced/unequal reveals (1" exposed frame on sides and bottom, 0" at top.)
- Installer should have used mounting blocks on top of face frame, and attached crown to blocks.
- This was a "lazy" way of installing.
- Yes, drawings showed no crown in laundry, it was a mistake.
- He always attaches crown to the face frame (partial overlay only)
- That the point about the exposed frame/reveals is not a valid point, and has no bearing on the method of install.
- Attaching crown directly to the face frame is not only common, but appropriate.
- Designer is trying to make him look bad.
- How tight is "tight enough" on a crown corner? How tight where crown meets wall?
- Is it acceptable/common to leave brads visible, and not touched up?
Any input is welcome...I just want a reasonable quality job, and don't want to be taken advantage of.