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Question DetailsAsked on 1/5/2012

We're doing a complete remodel of our kitchen. Due to the high cost of semi-custom cabinets, am interested in RTA cabinets. Any suggestio

I need advise on purchasing RTA cabinets. Are they comparable to semi-custom, i.e. Kitchen Maid?

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Hello. Sometimes when we think we are saving money, we are actually spending it in another way. This is the first I've heard of this type of cabinet - having my own business, I don't usually subscribe to DIY projects as we offer professional installation.

In a quick search, I found this website regarding RTA cabinets, which at the outset looks like a great alternative, but I must caution. Kitchens and baths, in particular are highly technical regarding plumbing and electrical and purchasing cabinets without some knowledge in how to do this can actually be more expensive and time consuming. It's very easy to miss something, make a spatial mistake, not see all the possibilities and become totally frustrated.

There are strong reasons to have a professional work with you on a project. In these days of "cost" sacrifice, taking on a project WITHOUT a professional is more dangerous and more costly.

If you've had no experience in installation, then you will be in for a surprise as many times onsite adjustments are necessary for which you may not be skilled. And, with a cabinet like this, sometimes, depending upon what you desire for cabinets, installation can actually be quite difficult and time consuming.

My suggestion? Think this out. Kitchens and baths are THE selling point in resale value and if you spend time and money on an inferior remodel, well, then you pay twice...once at the outset and then again in lost resale revenues. Call a professional. There are cabinet choices that can be professionally installed and the time, energy and poor choices you might make could equal or supercede the cost of DIY.

If you are interested in working with a professional, learning about the costs of proper planning and how it might actually save you money and give you the remodel you deserve, kindly call me at 603.238.2912 or email at

Wishing you the best,

Maria Palance Perron, ASID, NCIDQ #022820, NKBA

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Answered 8 years ago by Maria


If measured properly the semi-custom cabinets will have a better fit than ready to assemble cabinets in most cases. A skilled carpenter can work with them to make them more appealing but the average DIY with these usually looks like a DIY when finished. I have had customers call me to try sprucing up their DIY rta cabinets when they go to sell the home and a lot of the time it can't be done cheaply. I have to unhang half of them, repair breaks where the cabinets were overloaded, and try to deal with out of square or level units.

I have used many types of cabinets over the years and the assembled cabinets work in a low end home where the buyer will simply be happy to have a home, much less complain about the fit and finish. I've found that the rta cabinets can't hold the weight of a glued and nailed cabinet (custom or otherwise). I've also used the modules sold at the big box stores. They're a little better and stronger. The prefinihsed one's aren't that great because the finish isn't as durable as buying natural oak and finishing them yourself, which is cheaper by the way. You still will need the assistance of a skilled carpenter to install them so they look nice. Put a nice crown molding aroung the top and they look pretty good for the price.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


We recently redesigned a small condo kitchen very economically and made it look expensive and custom using in-stock big-box store cabinets instead of custom.

The secret to success and cost savings was in the unique layout and avoiding the temptation to put a cabinet on every available wall.

We saved our fabulous client lots by using cabinet doors instead of drawers. We also ordered the glass door frames without the glass and then purchased the glass from a local vendor. Sourcing glass locally saved over $100 per door!

You can see the case study and get more ideas online.

We ran slate, the least expensive stone tile, on a diagonal pattern for upscale-styling. Our splurges were the Ceasarstone counter-top and glass tile backsplash.

Finally, look into online interior design sources to access designer discounts on finish materials. Depending on where you are located you may pay no sales tax by purchasing online and this can really add up in a complete kitchen remodel.

Amanda Zettel, CID
Principal Designer


Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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