Here is my e-mail correspondence with the IKEA contractor regarding the cabinet height:
Thank you for taking the time to help me with my kitchen layout yesterday. We discussed my idea of having an open shelf at 54" and then a 39" cabinet 10-12 inches above that. I know you mentioned this wasn't "code" but I figure it would be like if I did open shelving in the whole kitchen. I am just doing it for the first part. Either way, I have attached the picture of the kitchen I am using as inspiration as an example, as well as a picture of my current kitchen. Do you think this is possible? Thanks
It would be up to you as far as the height of the cabinets to be placed at, but if a licensed contractor did the install like I was saying there is a code height for the install, but if you all do it, it will be what you want it to be. In looking at the picture- the picture is a display picture for a few different reasons, but the most important thing that I see and please do not do it, the shelf above the stove not only is it a code problem but it does not let the range hood do the job that it was designed to do and that is for grease,heat, and steam, and the two lights that go with the unit is not funtional, due to the stove. but over all good luck with the kitchen install.
This guy is obsessed with "code".