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A Place to Grow, Recycled Green Houses

American Made Since 2011

Dana O'Brien

San Luis Obispo, California
Custom artistic greenhouses and other outdoor structures using re-purposed materials. Unique outdoor living spaces for modern times.
California

Tell us about your business.

In 2004 I fell in love with this amazing greenhouse in my brother in law's backyard that was made with old windows that had been removed from his craftsman style home. I loved it so much, well, he gave it to me! My handy husband took it apart, wall by wall, loaded it on a trailer and put it back together in our yard. Brilliant I thought! What a great idea! Fast forward 7 years and this cool idea finally sprouted into A Place to Grow. I am realizing my passion of turning re-purposed materials into artistic outdoor spaces, keeping these materials out of the landfill. A Place to Grow creates unique outdoor places like greenhouses to grow gardens, artist studios or meditation retreats to grow spiritually, and we donate green houses to various children's causes to grow imagination. I am passionate about my business, the positive environmental impact we make by keeping these materials out of the landfill and creating unique, artistic structures that enhance people's lives.

What makes your business stand out?

Every greenhouse or outdoor room that we build is unique in that we are using predominantly re-claimed materials and present them in creative ways. These materials are not standard in size and shape and therefore require a custom design to piece in the reclaimed materials. It's almost like completing a puzzle. We use unique materials such as french oak wine flavor sticks, 100 year old barn wood, weathered corrugated metal and old growth redwood from water tanks. We also use urban forested redwood trees that have either fallen on their own or that an arborist has determined needs to be removed. As more and more environmentally conscious consumers are remodeling their homes to make them more energy efficient, A Place to Grow is claiming these materials and re-purposing them into functionally artistic outdoor living structures. We strive to provide artistic structures to enhance underutilized space and transform it to a centerpiece of your outdoor living area.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Someone once told me that to start your own business it takes a leap of faith and to make sure that you have people surrounding you that you trust and can help you. They said to not be afraid to ask for help! I have worked as a government employee for 23 years and have always longed to be an entrepreneur. Based on this advice I am taking a leap of faith this July, 2013 to fully launch A Place to Grow!! I am surrounded by like minded individuals who are as passionate about what I am doing as I am and are stepping up to help me "grow" my business. I feel that with the shift in our culture to an appreciation for innovation and quality craftsmanship, now is the time to showcase my green houses and other unique outdoor structures, that are 100% made in the USA and are environmentally friendly!!!
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