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Blue River Cabinetry, Kitchen & Bath

(661) 588-8481120 Union Ave, BakersfieldCA 93307-1551

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A BBB Accredited Business since 12/15/2009

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Reason for Rating

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Factors that raised Blue River Cabinetry, Kitchen & Bath's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service1
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

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Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

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08/20/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Blue River Cabinetry(BRC) has poorly designed a kitchen island that crowds the dining area and has damaged many cabinets during installation.

On January 27, 2014, we hired BRC to design and completely remodel our kitchen and paid $1000. After the cabinets arrived, we paid a 2nd payment of 10,000 on June 3, 2014. On July 7, 2014 we paid a 3rd payment of $10,470 after drywall was completed. In June we became aware of the over-sized island that BRC designed and expressed concerns about crowding at the breakfast nook entry and seating area. BRC agreed to move the island toward the sink which helped the entry crowding, but did not help the crowding at the seating area. When the table is centered in the nook we have only a 9” pathway behind a person seated at the table. When we expressed our concern, they offered a change order (July 28 email) that reduces the scope of work in original contract & charges us additional money to fix their mistake with no consideration for the cabinetry we already purchased that will be of no use. BRC did not share measurements of the island. The picture we were given with our contract shows seating for 4 at the island counter. We realized when the island was installed we had a seating area measuring 74” which allows seating for only 3 adults. In June, we also took note of the substandard installation of the cabinetry; we found unacceptable damage to several of the cabinets.
1. Upper right cabinet: Back separated from left cabinet side during installation. BRC refuses to replace or repair correctly. Proposed fix does not repair, but conceals damage. Unnecessary holes(4) in veneer back where stud was missed. Finish nail visibly protruding under cabinet at bottom trim.

2. Upper left cabinet: Multiple holes made when attaching to adjacent cabinetry. Multiple Finish nails visibly protruding & splitting veneer under cabinet at bottom trim.

3. Hutch: Lower Bead Paneling poorly cut leaving gaps at edges and not aligned with upper panel. BRC agreed to replace lower panel. Upper hutch has mismatched screws & inside finished veneer is split at one screw.

4 Island: 5 of the 9 cabinets were damaged during installation.
cab.#1 has 3 screws/holes through FINISHED FACE of hardwood.
cab.#2 has multiple holes where screws missed adjacent cabinet during install.
cab.#3 has excessively large & poorly cut hole for flue & wiring in bottom deck.
cab.#4 has multiple holes/splits in veneer back from incorrectly attaching adjacent cabinet as well as some separation of back & left side.
cab.#5 has unnecessary holes & split veneer at bottom shelf caused during installation.

5. Backsplash: Poor installation. Rows of tiles neither level nor flush. Edge tiles are chipped. Must be removed & retiled.

Desired Settlement
We would like to terminate our contract with BRC. They have given us a dysfunctional kitchen island design, extremely poor craftsmanship, and unpleasant customer service. We want no further association with BRC. Based on the workmanship we have seen so far, we have no confidence that they can repair the damage they have done and fix their mistakes. Some of the damage is simply not repairable. Placing wood putty in holes on the finished cabinet face is not what we paid for. Placing a false back in a cabinet to hide the fact the back is no longer attached is not a repair. We have expressed our concerns about their solutions and offered alternatives given by carpenters, but BRC refuses to correctly repair the damage. Their solution to remedy their poor design for the island is to charge us additional money and reduce the scope of work they will perform to complete the kitchen. The owner has been argumentative, dismissive and hostile. We have given BRC $21,470 and have a non-functioning kitchen with damaged cabinets. We still have many expenses to get this kitchen finished and the over-sized island has added to our expenses. These expenses include: 1- Appliances. 2-Labor to demo existing island & rebuild. 3-New cabinets to correct island design. 4-Labor to demo & retile backsplash. 5-New tile. 6-Additional flooring needed after removing over-sized island. 7-Increased labor cost for flooring. 8-Countertop for island. 9.Labor to complete trim work. 10. Plumber for sink & disposal hook up. 11-Additional expenses for dining until kitchen is complete. BRC has refused to give us an invoice for the cabinets so we could reach some kind of settlement. At this point we feel we have no other alternative but to file a complaint here and with the Contractor™s License Board.

Final Consumer Response

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Additional Information

BBB file opened: 01/11/2008Business started: 10/01/2005
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Dr
Sacramento, CA95827-1703
(800) 321-2752

BBB records show a license number of 865925 for this company, issued by Contractors State License Board. Their web address is

Type: Contractors State License Board

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Type of Entity

Sole Proprietor

Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Annette Mercado, CKD (Owner)
Business Category

Contractors - General

BBB Program Participation
This company has agreed to use special procedures including mediation and arbitration, if necessary, to resolve disputes.

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120 Union Ave

Bakersfield, CA 93307-1551

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    Bakersfield, CA 93307-1551

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