Re: removing flooring is leaving cabinets higher than specified
You being 5'2" will notice that 1-1/2" difference far more than a taller person. I'm 6' and find standard height cabinets a bit low and would welcome your higher counter height.
My recommendation is to do what makes you the most comfortable and happy, it is your kitchen, you're the one that has to use it every day. If and when the time comes to sell, it isn't very likely that anyone is going to notice the higher countertop unless you tell them (don't do that, by the way ) about it.
I's also like to share that counter height can vary depending on the type of cabinet installed and more importantly, the type of countertop installed. I have experienced cabinet heights from 35-1/4" to 36". Counter top thicknesses can vary wildly with Corian being the thinnest material at around 1/2" to butcher block or wet set tile which can be up to 2" thick. So you can see where finished counter heights can range from about 36" up to about 38". Your counters probably doesn't seem so out of line now, does it?
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