24/10/2023  •  ,

Deslaurier vs. GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinets

Estimated Read Time: 5 Minutes


If you're looking for high-quality cabinets in Ontario, then you have come to the right place. 


With the number of excellent cabinet makers out there, you may wonder how they stack up with one another. 


Today, we are going to compare two kitchen cabinet manufacturers in Ontario, Deslaurier and GCW Kitchens & Cabinets.


Deslaurier has over four decades of experience helping design customized kitchens in the Ontario region. We take great pride in our profound industry knowledge regarding cabinet manufacturers and suppliers, and we know the importance of choosing the right cabinet maker for your remodelling projects.


Being well-informed will help you make the right decision for your kitchen renovations, and that is precisely what we hope to do below by giving you all the ins and outs you need to know about Desalurier and GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinets. Let's get started!

Table of Contents

GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinets

Deslaurier Custom Cabinets

Design Process

Product partnership

Distribution & Dealer Networks

Manufacturing Practices

Discover Deslaurier Custom Cabinets






GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinets


GCW began back in 1999 in a garage in St. Thomas, Ontario, where they constructed one kitchen at a time. If you fast forward to today, you will see them with 120 employees, two beautiful showrooms in London and St. Thomas, and an 82,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. 

You can even take a tour of their manufacturing facility. 


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Offering cabinets, vanities, and closet and storage lines, they design everything from traditional to transitional to modern kitchen design to everything in between. 


GCW serves professional renovators, retail customers, and its commercial division, which opened in 2014, where they work with new home builders. 


Deslaurier Custom Cabinets


Like GCW's roots, believe it or not, Deslaurier began in 1979 in the Deslaurier family garage. At the time, they sold cabinets, lawn furniture, and other woodworking pieces. Since then, they have come a long way and now employ nearly 200 people. 


Offering standard, semi-custom, and custom products, they specialize in custom cabinetry. 


The four main categories of clients they serve are dealers, new home builders, professional renovators, and retail customers, and they manufacture all their cabinets in their 48,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Renfrew, Ontario. 

Knowing that buying custom cabinets is all about seeing the product firsthand, they have a showroom location, manufacturing facility, and showroom and Design Centre in Ottawa, right off the 417 next to Ikea.


Deslaurier vs. GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinets: Design Process


Both Deslaurier and GCW take tremendous pride in the stellar team of designers they have on staff. 


Their kitchen designers are on-site to ensure every customer receives a personalized design experience through the entire process, from the first consultation to the final installation.


Both companies let their team's expertise speak for itself as they provide a superior level of cabinetry design and open communication through the process that you simply cannot find at big box stores. To learn more about working with Deslaurier, read about our kitchen design process and our kitchen design process for builder clients!


It is important to note that neither company offers other renovation services such as plumbing, electrical work, or flooring installation. 


They do, however, both have strong connections in their industry and region to help get you in contact with industry experts they know will help make your kitchen renovation go smoothly.


Deslaurier vs. GCW: Product partnership


Both Deslaurier and GCW pride themselves on the solid product partnerships they have developed in the industry. GCW works with nearly three dozen partners that range from paint companies and hardware manufacturers to countertop and door manufacturers. 


These partnerships ensure that their clients have luxury and modern kitchen designs for their renovations that have the best quality products in every inch of their project.


The handles, knobs, and pulls you choose for your cabinets will each come from your company's supplier network meaning each one may have different options than the other. 


Don't worry, though; they can source thousands of hardware products through their supplier network so that you will find the perfect match. The same can be said for your countertops.


Distribution & Dealer Networks


Deslaurier is well-known for its dealer network. They have over 30 distribution dealers just in the province of Ontario, spanning from Windsor to Timmins. They have also partnered with NV Realty Group. Located in Palm Beach, Florida, they have a showroom located in Jupiter. 


Deslauriers distribution dealers help them reach every region of Ontario and beyond with their beautiful products and services. If you're searching for custom cabinets in Ottawa or throughout Ontario, Deslaurier's more than 30 distributors have covered you for your modern kitchen design.


GCW does not currently have dealer network information available to compare with Deslaurier at the time.  


Manufacturing Practices


Deslaurier takes its commitment to manufacturing greener products very seriously and is proud to do so. 


Using environmentally friendly products and practices in their work, they have also invested heavily in both the environmental efficiency and environmental safety of their manufacturing facilities. 


Deslaurier has also committed to using locally sourced wood species, reducing transportation pollution. Core cabinet construction uses a minimum of CARB1-compliant (California Air Resources Board) and EPP-certified panel materials.


Environmentally friendly practices in the manufacturing industry are so important as companies strive to create high-quality products while being kinder to the planet and committing to future generations.


GCW does not currently have manufacturing practices available to compare with Deslaurier at this time.


Discover Deslaurier Custom Cabinets


Doing your own research into the companies that will best suit you and your renovation project is crucial to make sure you assemble the right team for your remodelling needs. 


Sometimes, you will find that certain companies will work better for other areas in your home than others, such as custom vanities for bathrooms or custom closets. It is all about ensuring your final results are exactly what you want in your dream home. 


Deslaurier Custom Cabinets is an excellent choice if you are looking for custom cabinetry for Ottawa custom kitchens. Their team of designers, green manufacturing practices, and product partnerships are unmatched.


With over 40 years of experience and an outreach of over 30 dealers across Ontario – including London –  we provide our clients with a fully customized design process with our talented team of designers. When you want to add customization to your home, we are here to help.


Book a free consultation with a Deslaurier kitchen expert at our Jupiter showroom!


Live outside the area? Find a Dealer to connect with near you! Interested in becoming an authorized Deslaurier dealer? Visit our Become a Dealer page to learn more!


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