The previous homeowner had a very thick hardwood floor installed up to the kick plate of the dishwasher (but not under). They also installed granite counter tops with a bullnose lip that hangs down 3/4". The combination of the two are impeding removal of the old broken dishwasher by approx. 1 1/2".
This dishwasher does not have leveling legs, the tub rests directly on the concrete slab (pic below).
I'm considering removing the old machine from the cavity by cutting it up with an angle grinder. Easy enough. But I still have to figure out how to get the new machine into the cavity.
Options and questions:
1) Remove wood floor planks - It's at least 15' to an edge of the floor, The planks are oriented perpendicular to the door face. How involved is this? I imagine the hardwood floor installer would need to cut a tongue to begin the removal process?
2) Jack up (or tilt) the granite counter top - This counter top is an island, so at least there is no backspash to deal with, but the slab is massive, 16' x 5' , and it's comprised of two sections. The granite counter top is epoxied to the base cabinets. How difficult would this option be?
3) Cut out a square section of the counter top bullnose directly in front of the dishwasher. Could the bullnose edge be cut precisely enough so that it looks ok?
Can you provide any other ideas or options? We'd prefer not to get a downsized dishwasher (from the ADA compliant category), we're actually trying to increase capacity for our large family.
Thank you, DWooderson.