As someone who has purchased ready to assemble cabinets (RTA) online, I was pleased to find a local company offering a nice product. Many people in Buffalo and Erie County are familiar with Grossman’s Bargain Outlets. They offer closeouts, factory surplus and other discount home merchandise. A friend mentioned that they offer RTA cabinets. I don’t think that they offered much beyond a very inexpensive grade oak cabinet in the past. Now they offer Oak, Maple, and Melamine (white). The quality is as you would find from a lot of the RTA cabinet suppliers online, however, having a local store where you can pick your cabinets up the day that you need them is worth the slightly higher price. See my earlier post about RTA kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets that they offer are decent quality. The cabinet boxes are constructed using plywood sides. In my opinion, this is a must for an RTA cabinet. If you wanted to, you could add a little construction adhesive (or glue) during assembly and have a cabinet that will be rock solid for years. The maple cabinets have a unique edge detail on the doors. This gives more of a custom look, without having the custom price. Add a little bit of crown molding and you will be shocked at how good RTA cabinets can look.
If you will be adding crown molding, or a molding detail to the underside, you should consider going to a custom millwork shop such as Quaker Millwork in Orchard Park. You will probably end up paying less for your material than you would at a store like Home Depot or Lowe’s. The quality of the lumber is probably a bit higher as well. If you have cabinetry that has a stain, you should consider staining your trim slightly darker than the cabinet. This really makes the trim work stand out.
Good luck. Here is a copy of the price list for the Maple cabinets.