PRLog - June 22, 2011 - FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Gilman Screen Co. was born as a hardware store in 1954 in San Francisco and its owner in the 1970’s turned it into a window and door screen company.
Gilmans kitchen and baths
In 1983 Dick Gilman sold Gilman Screen Co. to Larry Lowenthal. Larry had a very successful first year in business and realized that he was working with a lot of general contractors who were doing work on homes throughout San Francisco.
In 1984 Larry moved out of his shared warehouse location on Donnor Ave. to a new warehouse on Napoleon St. and added some kitchen and bath cabinet displays. He felt that he could sell cabinets to the same contractors that were currently buying screens from him. It was a small but growing company and did not have any employees.
In 1985 Larry hired his first sales person whose responsibilities included cabinet sales and window screen manufacturing. In 1988 Larry moved the store to its current 5000 square foot location on Bayshore Blvd. and hired his first kitchen designers.
A new name was chosen and became Gilman Screens & Kitchens. The company continued to grow and in 1990 a satellite location was opened in the kitchen and bath mart in San Francisco to sell Kraftmaid cabinets. The location closed when the kitchen and bath mart closed but provided the opportunity to open a location in Foster City in 1992 in the Metro Center.
In 2004 a new Foster City location was created in Parkside Towers across from Foster City city hall. There was an additional location added in Greenbrae that had to close due to flooding but reopened in San Rafael in the Marin Home Center where it is currently located. Our Burlingame and Mountain View stores opened in 2002 to bring the total to five locations and about 30 employees.
Larry’s newest venture started in November of 2008 when the name of the company was changed again to Gilmans Kitchens and Baths, still selling window and door screens under the parent company name of Gilman Screens & Kitchens, but now doing full service remodeling.
GK+B can design your kitchen, bath, laundry, office or any room that needs cabinetry and provide the cabinetry or countertops. We will now do full service remodeling and design or sell the cabinetry to your contractor or designer. GK+B will work with all allied professionals. We can do as little of your project or as much of your project. We can even do room additions and full general contracting work. This division of the company has turned a profit even in the week economic times of early 2009 and is looked upon as a vital addition to the corporation.
At Gilmans Kitchens & Baths, our full service capabilities allow for the quality you expect and deserve. Whether you're planning to build a new home, or remodel an existing one, we can turn your ideas into reality with our fully computerized service and design. Let our years of knowledge and experience work for you!
Free design and layout is one of our many services.
Our trained staff of professionals uses state-of-the-
We're always here to offer our assistance. That's been our way of doing business since we first opened our doors in 1954 and it will remain a cornerstone of our company to you, our valued customer.
Gilmans Kitchens & Baths is known for the finest in cabinetry and counter tops. But, get to know us for our other services, including our custom designs! We can provide a wide range of special order work including entertainment centers, libraries, book cases, wine racks and of course, cabinets and counter tops.
Isn't it refreshing to know that some companies still do business the old fashioned way! This is true of Gilman Screens & Kitchens. Our screens are custom made to fit your windows and doors. We offer full service screen measurement and installation. We adhere to old-fashioned values.
We take the time to listen to your specific needs. If this makes you feel like you're the most important part of our business, it's because you are!
We thank you for your interest and if there's any way we can serve you better, please let us know. We value your comments because your satisfaction is our number one goal.
We are members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, SEN buying group, and, for more than twenty years, the Better Business Bureaus of San Francisco and San Mateo.
"I just want to thank James at Gilman' s for being so helpful on ordering my screens. I tried to have another screen company (phantom) come to my house to do them for me but they faked on me twice. So tried to do them my self but... two hours & 60.00 dollars later no luck!! So called & talked to James and he had the same name as me. He explained to me over the phone how to measure for my screen. It was easy to measure, so want down to Gilman's & ordered my screens 3 days later they were finished. I picked them up today they were easy to put in & fit perfect! I will recommend them to anybody that need screens. Thanks for make it so easy to get screens."
"We have remodeled three homes in the last 15 years. In all cases, we used CJ at Gilman's Kitchen and Bath in Foster City to help with the design and purchase of the kitchen and bath cabinets, counter tops, as well as overall layout. She designed the rooms, offered excellent advise, as well as high quality products. I would not hesitate to recommend Gilman's at anytime."
"There is a gentleman there by the name of James who was very helpful in assisting me and my wife with our needs regarding cabinets. He took the time out to explain the differences about each cabinet and the pricing. Keep up the good work!!! This guy deserves a raise."
"I went to Gilman's in San Francisco searching for some window screens and I was assisted by a gentleman by the name of James. His expertise was exceptional and I appreciated his honesty. Also, the prices are very reasonable!!! I will definitly go back in the near future."
217 California Dr
Burlingame, CA 94010
1031 E. Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404
2039 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View CA 94040
228 Bayshore Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94124
530 W. Francisco Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94901