License & Insurance

California State License #955383.

Our crew has studied at UC Berkley in Architecure & Design, Cal Arts, and UNC-Chapel Hill. We’re funny and interesting to talk to, we play tasteful music while we work, and the lead designer sings showtunes.

If there is a God in Heaven, you will read this:

Why it’s important to hire a fully licensed contractor.

  • We have insurance.
  • We are professionals.
  • We know the building codes.
  • We handle paperwork & inspections with city and county agencies.
  • We know what we’re doing.
  • The work is done right.

Did you know that….

  • Dealing with Ikea is a nightmare?
  • Ordering a kitchen can take 3-4 hours or more?
  • The wonderful workers at Ikea always make mistakes?
  • De-ciphering an ikea order sheet took me two years to learn how to do?
  • Returns and substitutions require a trip into the store?
  • Nothing can be done by phone, you have to go back to the store?
  • If you hire us, we will do all that for you? The average kitchen demands five to seven trips?

 

As long as I’m on a roll here, did you also know that…

  • Ikea’s in house design and installation company is not licensed by the State of California?
  • Ikea’s in house design team has little if any design experience?
  • Ikea’s in house design team earns minimun wage and no benefits?
  • Ikea’s in house design team charges up to $500 for their services?
  • Ikea’s in house contractors earn minimun wage and no benefits?
  • Ikea’s in house contractors cannot legally pull permits?
  • Ikea’s in house contractors cannot perform electrical work? plumbing work? structural work?
  • Ikea’s in house contractors are not legally licensed contractors in California; Their  company licensed out of Texas, where there are few, if any, building codes or inspections by authorities.
  • Ikea serves horsemeat in their meatballs. Sorry. I had to type that.

Strangely enough, our prices are often 10% to 15% or more below what they charge.

Whether you chose to permit your work with the county or city or not, it always should be safe, legal, and to current building standards. Also, the people who do the work should do it right and be licensed professionals and tradesmen.

OK, END OF LECTURE.  Want to hear some Sondheim or Cole Porter now?

Call 415.730.9215.

Email sfcookhouse@gmail.com.

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