Selecting Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel – Jimmy Gavalas

Cabinet are just boxes with doors on them. Period. Drop the mike. At least that’s what Jimmy Gavalas, The Kitchen Cabinet Guy, says.

This episode is loaded with industry insider goodies. You are going LOVE this one.

Last week we selected appliances and now it’s time for cabinets. With an overwhelming amount of choices over cabinet brands, styles, and quality; selecting new cabinetry for your kitchen remodel is a daunting task.

I have a fascinating conversation with Jimmy who founded Atlantis Kitchens in New York over 30 years ago. He’s a kitchen cabinet industry pro who loves to educate newbies on the ins-and-outs of kitchen cabinets.

He’s my kind of guy. Jimmy’s a straight talker who speaks the truth. This episode is gold if you’re in the market for new kitchen cabinets.

We discuss a few trade secrets the kitchen cabinet industry doesn’t like to talk about.

In Episode 8, you’ll discover:

  • Why it’s so important to work with someone you trust
  • How to connect with quality industry pros
  • The difference between a 2K and a 30K white shaker kitchen
  • How much return on investment to expect from a kitchen remodel (HINT: it’s not 100%)
  • What to look (out) for in a cabinet showroom

I hope you enjoy this insightful conversation.

Say hello and check out what Jimmy is up to on Instagram @thekitcabguy and check out his awesomely entertaining YouTube videos here.


About the author, Scott

Scott D. Riley is an entrepreneur and world class kitchen designer, married to a Superduper model, has two unbelievably perfect children, and lives in a mid-century modern beach side home in Florida.

Well, not exactly. Scott is a kitchen designer, married to his junior high school sweetheart, has two crazy kiddos, and lives mainland in Rockledge, FL.

His mission is to help you successfully remodel your kitchen. He gives unbiased, practical information through his website, podcast, and videos.


  1. Jane knowles on 12/30/2017 at 4:01 PM

    Great episode ! Thank you for all the information and the honesty!! We love Jimmy and watching his videos. It’s great to see you and Jimmy collaborate with your knowledge and honesty. Thank you again!

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:22 PM

      Hi Jane! Thanks so much for stopping by. Jimmy’s THE best!

  2. Eleni Spyropoulos on 12/30/2017 at 4:04 PM

    Great episode!! Jimmy Gavalas really knows his stuff!

  3. Chris Rosvoglou on 12/30/2017 at 4:14 PM

    This was a fantastic episode. Jimmy provided a lot of great information for selecting cabinets and really was a joy to listen to!

  4. Jeff on 12/30/2017 at 4:24 PM

    Amazing info from a tremendous guy in the business. Jimmy will always have your best interest in mind when helping you. If you are in the NY area…..this is your guy.

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:25 PM

      100%. He’s a winner who doing business the right way!

  5. Kosta Rosvoglou on 12/30/2017 at 5:02 PM

    Great podcast. Nice to see that there are honest professionals like Jimmy out there. Love watching his YouTube channnel as well. His work is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing/hearing more from Jimmy in 2018.

  6. PJ on 12/30/2017 at 5:03 PM

    I’m planing to my kitchen remodeling this spring. Every detail of cabinets, finishes and price range is very knowledgeable. Now, I can move on next step and have confidence to chose right cabinets with my budget for my new kitchen.
    Thanks to Scott and Jimmy!
    Ps. Can I have a quote from you?

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:29 PM

      Awesome! Yes. And thanks for stopping by: please let us know how we can help. Best wishes!

  7. Erin on 12/30/2017 at 5:08 PM

    How Great this is and Jimmy is very honest.
    I am considering to have chinese cabinet after listening this. TYSM!

  8. Matt on 12/30/2017 at 5:17 PM

    Jimmy is the man. Such a well spoken, smooth talker. If you need Kitchen Cabinets there is no question, you directly to him!

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:31 PM

      Absolutely! Go see Jimmy….The Kitchen Cabinet Guy!

  9. Patrick on 12/30/2017 at 5:25 PM

    AWESOME episode. Jimmy was GREAT!!! Love to hear more from him!!

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:31 PM

      Yes….I’m thinking about a Part 2 very soon!

  10. Frank Savino on 12/30/2017 at 5:30 PM

    Jimmy Gavalas is awesome. Great content! Very articulate, easy to listen too

  11. Denise Bricad on 12/30/2017 at 5:44 PM

    Great podcast!! Very informative any eye-opening!

  12. Peter george on 12/30/2017 at 6:18 PM

    The industry needs more people like Jim, he always makes the time no matter how busy he may be to answer and help people with questions. Not only does he know his trade but he is always seeking out new information and knowledge and as anyone who knows the kitchen industry if you don’t keep up with the industry updates …. you will be left behind. Keep up the good work Jim .

  13. Mickey Bagley on 12/30/2017 at 6:28 PM

    Jimmy G is without question the most knowledgeable cabinet guy with whom I’ve ever worked. And he conducts his business with zero pretense. Whenever I have a client who can’t come to terms with his or her kitchen boxes(the doors, really) I bring them out to Jimmy, he waves his magic wand and decisions happen. I’m a contractor who considers himself available for a client 24/7, but Jimmy somehow takes it a few steps further and is ALWAYS upbeat, no matter the circumstance. It’s difficult to find and maintain a professional, yet fun, relationship with a vendor, but the Kitchen Cabinet Guy and I seem to laugh our way through every job. Wouldn’t it be nice if this translated to the rest of life?

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:35 PM

      Wow…..huge compliment! I agree, good business should always be a WIN-WIN for both parties.

  14. Eddie R on 12/30/2017 at 7:02 PM

    I always enjoy listening to Jimmy’s insights. I have known him for 10+ years and he is one of the most high character people I know. Trustworthy people are hard to come by, especially when money is involved, but Jimmy is a class act. Great podcast!!!

    • Scott Riley on 12/31/2017 at 8:37 PM

      Wow….I didn’t realize I was talking to a business legend! Very cool to hear…..thanks for stopping by Eddie.

  15. Jon on 12/30/2017 at 7:57 PM

    This episode was fascinating. I am completely oblivious to this topic but Jimmy has an amazing ability to simplify this wealth of information. Thiis episode left me a fan of Jimmy Gavalas – he portrays a man who is incredibly forthright yet has this persona that makes me feel he is just like me. I hope to meet him one day.

  16. Tina Rosvoglou on 12/30/2017 at 9:08 PM

    Great episode ! Very informative ! Jimmy is the best in the industry! True professional !

  17. Pat on 12/30/2017 at 10:05 PM

    What a great conversation between Scott and Jimmy! Both seem so knowledgeable. I would love to have Jimmy redo my kitchen!

  18. Matthew Lolis on 12/30/2017 at 11:43 PM

    Very informative. Jimmy sounds like the kind of guy I need to visit to select my kitchen cabinets. Never met someone who seems as straight forward and truthful. Salesmen I have delt with are all bs and seem like they don’t care about anything except making money, forget about trying to work within my budget. Learned a lot, now I know what to look for and watch out for.

  19. Christina C. on 12/31/2017 at 1:06 AM

    This is priceless information!!!! The kitchen is the hub of the house. It’s the center of tradition.
    I purchased a new home and wanted my dream kitchen. I shopped around for a trustable contractor to help design the center of my home. After looking at reviews and several youtube videos, I found Jimmy Gavalas. He didn’t sell me on what I wanted to hear, he told me what to look out for, he told me what I needed within my budget. My kitchen is beautiful, functional, everything I need and wanted within my budget. Thank you Mr. Gavalas for giving me my dream kitchen.

  20. Christine Christopoulos on 12/31/2017 at 1:18 AM

    Great info! Love this Jimmy Gavalas. Love his honesty! Planning to redo our kitchen in the spring–will definitely be looking him up!

  21. Fotine Vasiliou on 12/31/2017 at 1:43 AM

    Thank you Jimmy you always provide valuable insight. No matter what size project I am tasked with, you always come through for us.

  22. Tony Ranieri on 12/31/2017 at 1:49 AM

    Great podcast. As you can hear Jimmy is passionate and dedicated to his profession. He is a true professional and he projects an image that this is his calling. He can breach any level of knowledge on behalf of any client. Thus break down the whole kitchen remodel process into an enjoyable stress free endeavor. Trust me I know. I’m on my third kitchen with Jimmy. He’s great. I’m not in the business just a homeowner with some decent skills. My 3 experiences were in a 28 year span where each one represented a different stage in my life. Different variables such as single -married -family with different levels of income etc. He got us through every project. Forget the cabinet peddlers out there. 28 years and counting. He’s still standing and his character and integrity is the reason why. Keep up the good work Jimmy.

  23. George Vonortas on 12/31/2017 at 1:54 AM

    Excellent podcast. Jimmy provided the definitive how to for anyone looking for a kitchen remodel or new construction. Many clients go directly to the kitchen supplier for their selection, and I can only wish they turn to someone like Jimmy Gavalas. He has gone through the the development of the industry over the years, gained that experience, and knows it inside out. Every client deserves that kind of guidance for what they are looking for and really need, and being secure in their decision on such a large investment.

  24. Nicholas on 12/31/2017 at 3:11 AM

    Enjoyed the podcast. Jimmy knows his stuff, definitely worth listening.

  25. Evey Greco on 12/31/2017 at 6:41 AM

    This was really fantastic! Jimmy was great and extremely informative. Looking forward to hearing more advice from the kitchen cabinet guy!

  26. FR.THEOFANIS PAPANTONIS on 12/31/2017 at 9:48 PM

    Great podcast! Jimmy is truly a professional in the industry. He’s honest, helpful, and patient with his customers. I know from experience. He’s the best, hands down.

  27. Y.G. on 01/01/2018 at 5:14 PM

    Awesome Podcast!! Jimmy is a dynamic speaker who is passionate, enthusiastic and quite knowledgeable about his craft. His genuine and straightforward demeanor is a welcome novelty in the construction trade. Obviously the “Go to Man” in the kitchen cabinetry business! Looking forward to hearing more from Jimmy!

  28. Constantine on 01/02/2018 at 1:00 AM

    Great podcast. Always a pleasure listening to Jimmy. Always honest and very informative.

  29. Rocco B on 01/02/2018 at 2:50 AM

    Really enjoyed listening to this. Scott & Jimmy your honesty is admirable. You guys really know what your talking about. As a recent home owner it was a struggle to know if I was making the right decisions. Jimmy was very informative. Wish I would have heard this before!!!

  30. Peter on 01/02/2018 at 5:01 PM

    Really informative conversation with a world class kitchen professional. Jimmy is a huge asset to both the industry and homeowners planning to remodel. Thanks!

  31. John on 01/02/2018 at 5:54 PM

    Jimmy is one of the most helpful and informative people in the industry. He really just wants to do the best job and the customer to be happy at the end. I would recommend him to anyone that asks.

  32. SK on 01/03/2018 at 1:10 AM

    Jimmy is the right man for anything related to your kitchen cabinet needs.
    He will assist you in making the right desicions, ensuring you are completely satisfied all the way to the completion of your dream kitchen. His customer service is second to none. This is not a “used car salesman,” but some one with intense devotion to his craft, and wants his customers to be 100% satisfied with the whole experience.

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