We were referred to Lech Kozubek by our handyman, Hector Mathes, of HMM's Helping Hand. The wooden front staircase of our 1908 wood frame house was damaged, how badly, I did not understand. Lech provided an excellent assessment of the problem, and gave us a tiered estimate, based on best-case and what we thought was worst-case scenarios for the repair. As it turned out, there was extensive dry rot in the substructure of the staircase, and essentially the entire thing had to be torn out and re-done, including some concrete work on the foundation. The job turned out to be much bigger than any of us expected. Lech took me through that process in a straightforward, professional, and stictly honest fashion. He physically showed me where the problems were. I have worked with other contractors who approached such situations with a high-handed "I'm a contractor and you don't know anything" approach. In contrast, Lech assumed that I knew, or would want to know, exactly what needed to be done and why. Incidental to the process of repairing the staircase, he taught me quite a bit. The work he did was precise. Lech is exactly the kind of man you want if you have to have someone poking around in the guts of your house. He is a perfectionist. He had to redesign the stairs, because the original stairs were not true, square, level, or sloped appropriately to drain. He took his time and did a terrific job, exceeding code standards. The final result was amazing: a new staircase with a reinforced substructure and improved foundation. His work was beyond fault. Meticulous is the best word I can find to describe Lech and his work. Perhaps perfectionist would do as well. Speaking of codes, Lech did an unbelievable job working with the Building Department and the Planning Department in San Francisco. He has been working in the area long enough that he is intimately familiar with the twisting, downright Machiovellian, nature of bureaucracy in The City. He was able to navigate that system without costing us an extra several hundred dollars in city fees and and extra who-knows-how-much for architectural plans. The work he did with the inspectors and bureaucrats was similar to the work he did on the structure itself: concise, precise, honest, and perfect. While I firmly hope never to have to be involved in a project on this scale again, I would hire Lech and Kozubek Construction again tomorrow. He's a good man and a great worker.