December 2019 news

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Eco-Rambling On

The City of Santa Cruz just wrapped up a six-month project replacing the sewer and storm drain lines on my street. It was a big job – much earthmoving equipment, pipe, base rock and concrete were poured. One of the reasons prompting the work was what has occurred every February for the last 21 years that I’ve lived here. During a heavy downpour, the storm drain in front of my house would back up and the street would flood – to the point that you could take a row boat and paddle from the middle of my front yard to the front door of the neighbor across the street – we would call it Lake Ladera! We even had two housemates’ cars partially submerged during deluges.

Needless to say, I’m glad the City decided to address the issue. In addition, I am encouraged with new construction requirements that storm water remains on a property and not get funneled out to the street. This was done during the remodel of the parking lot at Greenspace. A swimming pool-sized gravel-filled catch basin is underneath the pavers in front of our shop allowing the water to filter and recharge the aquifer rather than just flowing out into the ocean. An intelligent approach! It makes sense to me to work with the environment rather than against it, because Mother Nature will always prevail.

- Brian Corser, owner

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Furniture Linoleum

Marmoleum has been a greenspace flooring staple for many years. Now we have another great reason to love this environmentally friendly and extremely durable material – Furniture Linoleum!

Want to dress up a table, desktop, even cabinets? Furniture Linoleum is a great option for adding durability, color, and warmth and comfort to a variety of surfaces. With 20 contemporary and modern colors, you’ll be looking for any excuse to add this product to your home. Learn more at: forbo.com

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Metta Bed Holiday Sale

December 1st – 16th

$150 off King
$125 off Queen
$100 off Full
$75 off Twin/Twin XL

A 100% certified organic, natural latex mattress at a fantastic price. Come test our a Metta Bed mattress today!

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Ribbon Street sale

December 1st – 12th

15% off

We have a whole new selection of Ribbon Street’s beautiful fabrics in all your favorite shapes and sizes. Cosmetic bags, purses, cell phone cases, and more. Come and get it!

For more about Ribbon Street, see ribbonstreet.com

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Polly Goldman Pottery sale

December 13th – 24th

15% off

Come see Polly’s latest clay creations, including her famous ancient grain imprints and coffee cones. And don’t leave without a bar of luscious handmade soap and a soap dish to match! Perfect treats for yourself or your loved ones.
For more about Polly’s pottery, see her Facebook page: facebook.com/Polly.Goldman.Pottery

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

February 20 – 23, 2020
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre, February 20th – 23rd.

This event benefits the Wilderness Orientation Willie Williams Scholarship Fund and Recreation student scholarships. Each year, nearly $20,000 of scholarship funds are awarded to UCSC students based on financial need, affording them the chance to share in the magic of outdoor adventures.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out. For more information visit recreation.ucsc.edu or call (831) 459-2806. This stop on the world tour is hosted by UC Santa Cruz Recreation Department.

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12th Annual Holiday Gift Show

Saturday, December 7th
11am – 5pm
Methodist Church
250 California Street, Santa Cruz

This fun holiday gift show includes many friends of greenspace, including Dawn O’Regan of Ribbon Street, Molly Brown, Jasper Marino, and many more! Support your local artist while enjoying live music and refreshments.

More information at ribbonstreet.com.

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1% for the Community

Let’s keep our dollars local!

Pay by check instead of credit card and greenspace will donate 1% of your total purchase price to your favorite of the following five local charities:

Ecology Action

Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

Native Animal Rescue

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

Thanks to all of you who have participated so far. We have generated $1,398 in donations since we started this program in June!

 

December 2019 Designer’s Corner

Consider a Little ContrastJoel

Joel Barnes, Interior Designer

I hope you’re all enjoying the cooler weather lately. Quite a contrast from the summer heat. As usually it brings me back to design ideas. While unity and harmony in design are important, creating some contrast is too.

Many people love a crisp white kitchen, for example, and why not? It feels so bright and clean. But going entirely white in any space without some contrast in the mix can look a bit like a polar bear eating a marshmallow in a snowstorm. You can’t make out where one element ends and the next begins, and much of the beauty gets lost in the blizzard.

 

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Similarly when everything in your space is overly vibrant, it’s as if you’ve highlighted every word on the page of a good book, so nothing truly stands out anymore. When everything is bold, there’s nowhere to let your eyes rest, causing the scene to soon feel pretty exhausting.

 

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When designing any space in your home remember to offset lighter colors with some touches of dark. Contrast those sensually smooth surfaces with a bit of interesting texture, and balance squared angles with the occasional curve. Consider the materials you use as well. Complimenting a beautiful wood with some metal, glass, stone, and even a sumptuous fabric allows each element to become all the more appreciated and enjoyed by contrast.

Light-colored cabinets look beautiful when offset by a somewhat darker backsplash or countertop, and the reverse is equally true. Bear in mind the contrast can be quite subtle if that’s your preference, and whether we notice it consciously or not, it puts us at ease when we can easily distinguish where one surface ends and the next one begins. Feeling comfortable in our living spaces matters, and why not use contrast as a way to enjoy each element for its own unique qualities. When well balanced, the resulting look  is quite pleasing, and allows us to enjoy everything together as a whole.

 

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Remember, contrast is truly beneficial in our lives. Without the winter, there could be no spring. So don’t be afraid to experiment and try a little contrast the next time you’re wanting to invigorate your living space.

That’s all from the Designer’s Corner this month. Wishing you all a very happy winter holiday season!

November 2019 news

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Eco-Rambling On

The electricity came back on at my house just a few hours ago. It had been turned off by PG&E just shy of two days to address the issue of high winds, downed power lines and devastating wildfires. Energy plays a significant part in my life in spite of how much I attempt to reduce it. It’s always there, taken for granted by me every time I flip a switch or start an appliance. So when I found myself sitting in the dark on a Saturday night, there was a shift in my awareness and perspective. Heading out on my bike, I see my street now plunged into unfamiliar darkness, the stars above me shining so much brighter and the darkened traffic signals lending an air of the lawlessness that I find rather invigorating. Returning home, my thoughts then turn to how to recharge my phone, pass the time and will my $6 quart of just purchased Greek yogurt survive the slowly rising temperature in my refrigerator. Brian’s first world problems!Time passes, life continues and just as suddenly as the flow of electrons disappeared, they then reappear by some massive hidden switch. The refrigerator compressor turns on and my oven clock beeps. My life is tilted upright again. Until the wind blows again.- Brian Corser, owner

Porcelain Countertops

Porcelain is an ideal countertop material: scratch, stain, and heat resistant. But tiles mean grout lines! With a solid porcelain slab, you can have the ease of a solid-surface countertop with the durability and beauty of porcelain, all without having to clean, seal, and maintain grout. Come see our beautiful new porcelain countertop options today!

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Crossville Porcelain Countertops are a beautiful new addition to our countertop options! Available in both polished and matte versions, Crossville porcelain countertops are manufactured in Italy using state-of-the-art equipment.

For more information, see crossvilleinc.com.

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greenspace has carried SapienStone’s beautiful Italian porcelain countertops for several years. We have recently added 10 new designs to our SapienStone display, including two beautiful wood patterns.

For more information, see sapienstone.com.

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Collaborative Milk Paint Project

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite Real Milk Paint color. The results are in and Tropical Jade was the clear winner with a third of the total votes!
cathy3I gave myself a month to paint four pieces – table, chair, bench and stool. The project seemed simple enough and with four weeks to accomplish my goal, I embarked on this endeavor with no hesitation. Lets just say, I got the pieces painted and they look great, but I may have stayed up painting in the dark with only the light of my Prius headlamps to ensure I finished before this newsletter was sent out!
cathy4Projects usually take longer than we plan and cost more than we budget for. If done right, a lot goes into properly painting a surface – having the right tools, preparing the surface, making sure you have the right finish for the job, applying the new finish, clean up and so on.
cathy6I chose Milk Paint for my exterior seating for a few reasons: it’s durable, easy to apply (it was virtually drip free!) and its versatility allows it to be painted on a variety of surfaces. I decided to paint the table in Plum, which was the second most popular color, to add a bit of pop.
cathy5Bailey and her friends already love the “new” furniture. And I love that I’m able to give new life to my grandparent’s old garden pieces. Hopefully they will last another 50 years!

 

November 2019 Designer’s Corner

Harmonious Design Joel

Joel Barnes, interior designer

One of the keys to creating a truly satisfying interior is to always consider Harmony in your design. This can mean the difference between an acceptable upgrade and a truly satisfying transformation. 

Whether it be a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or several rooms in the house, the most successful designs employ a unifying theme throughout. Whether your theme is modern, rustic, charming cottage, sophisticated, mid-century, or something else, the materials you select should not only reflect the theme you’ve chosen, they should genuinely “play well together.”

Start to think about cohesiveness. Consider using the same color trim throughout, at least in the common spaces of your home. While you may want to change things up in one particular room, consider choosing a consistent color scheme throughout the house so spaces don’t feel jarring when you move from room to room. Likewise, ask yourself, “does the flooring flow beautifully from one room to the next?” When selecting new tile for the kitchen or bath, is it a shocking transition, or does it speak the same basic language as other elements and flooring nearby? Contrast is great, and we’ll talk more about that in our next article, but harmony is key to a satisfying design, and should be part of every decision you make. Just because you may LOVE each one of the materials and colors on their own does not mean they enjoy one another’s company. A good party works well when the guests get along. Even if they’re from very different backgrounds, it helps if they all speak at least one common language. 

Consider the relationships between materials, too. For example, is there a bit of warm rust tone in the flooring that could be picked up in your countertop, cabinets, or backsplash? Are you using the same color white here as you are over there, or does one white make the other seem much too yellow? Is one grey quite cool while another is warm? If they are fighting each other, the design won’t feel quite right. Try to bring samples of what you love along with you when looking for new materials to add in, and bring samples home to see them in your own space, your own lighting, and against existing elements that you know will stay put. 

We will be continuing the Designer’s Corner in the months ahead. I hope this has been helpful. Stop in and see us, and we’ll be happy to help you along your path to successful design.

October 2019 news

Eco-Rambling On

I recently moved my daughter Isabel up to UC Berkeley for the fall semester. She transferred as a junior in Psychology after completing her degree at Cabrillo in the spring. Proud dad! The move went very smoothly for her – spiffy dorm, own room, new friends, loves her professors. She’s a planner and worked hard to get things set up. For me, the change has come with its adjustments, to say the least! In fact, I look differently now at every parent who has experienced their child moving out. Should we say emotional rollercoaster?She was recently telling me about her experience getting her kitchen set up that she shares with three other roommates. Apparently, Isabel has become the go-to expert on all things compostable and recyclable in the household. That’s my girl – continuing the legacy of saving the planet one teaching moment at a time!

- Brian Corser, owner

New Cork Composite Flooring

WISE Cork by Amorim

Another beautiful alternative to vinyl flooring!
Amorium is at it again, offering ten cork-composite floor options that are completely waterproof and free of vinyl and other toxic ingredients while having one of the toughest wear ratings on the market using food grade recycled PET plastic!

Cork is one of the most eco-friendly flooring options on the market. Amorim has reached a remarkable CO2 negative footprint in its entire process. Cork harvesting is an environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is damaged. The bark regenerates itself after each extraction in preparation for the next harvesting. A harvested cork oak tree absorbs 5 times more CO2 from the atmosphere than a tree that hasn’t been harvested, helping to reduce global warming.

Come in today to see the 10 gorgeous cork styles! $5.99/square foot

For more information, see amorimflooring.com.

Coyuchi’s Fall Colors

Sustainable organic textiles for your home.
Coyuchi has introduced a variety of lovely new colors and styles for the fall. Whether you are looking to refresh your bedroom or add a beautiful throw to your living room, we have beautiful new options for you. Come feel your way through our swatch books and find your next gorgeous organic towel, sheet, blanket, or duvet!

Help Cathy Refurbish Her Cast Iron Outdoor Furniture with Milk Paint!

I’m starting a new project refurbishing my vintage Rococo-style cast iron garden furniture. I inherited four pieces from my grandparents years ago. My grandmother purchased them at an auction in the early ’70′s – she never paid full price for anything! After years in the garden, these pieces are ready for a refresh.

Please help! What color should I paint these beautiful pieces? I’d love for my daughter to enjoy them for years to come. I’m looking for a fresh new coat of milk paint to bring them back to life.

Milk Paint is a safe, non-toxic, and versatile finish that has stood the test of time. Composed of milk protein, hydrated lime, plant-based fillers, and iron oxides, milk paint is a natural, eco-friendly choice for a variety of indoor and outdoor projects.

I’ve selected 8 possible colors for this project. Please take a look and vote for your favorite! Then check back next month to see pictures of the process and of the finished project. Let’s get painting!

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Eco Fusion Flooring Sale

October 1 – 31

For the month of October, greenspace is offering deep discounts on over 40 strandwoven bamboo floors from Ecofusion. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource. Bamboo floors come in a wide variety of colors and styles, making them an excellent choice for almost any style home.

For more information, see ecofusionflooring.com.

Avoiding Flooring Mistakes

This is the fifth in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #5 – Choosing the right material!

The last mistake you want to avoid when installing a new floor is  choosing the wrong material for your space and for your lifestyle. Wood floors look gorgeous in a kitchen, but if you are an exuberant chef who drips and splashes all over your kitchen floor, you may be happier in the long run with tile or linoleum, or a vinyl-free waterproof floor, something that is water resistant and easy to clean. Tile floors can be dramatic and beautiful in all living spaces, but if you like to sit on the floor or have young children (or old dogs!), they may be too cold and hard for some rooms. Things dropped on tile floors tend to break and small people who fall down on tile floors tend to hurt themselves. Carpet, cork, or wood floors are much friendlier options for the rooms where you spend the most time.

So, are you looking for a floor that can hold up to heavy traffic? One that will feel warm and cozy? One that will enhance your home’s resale value? Come in and talk to us! Let us help you choose the perfect material for your next flooring project.

September 2019 news

Eco-Rambling On

I have a small Swiss army knife that I always carry with me. It has five features: knife blade, nail file/screwdriver, scissors, toothpick and tweezers. No corkscrew, no magnifying glass, no leather hole punch, no flash drive. It’s reusable, durable, practical and convenient. It is actually one in a line of at least an identical dozen that I’ve had in my life – many of them lost to airport TSA or swallowed in any number of couches I’ve sat in over the years. I truly feel I am unprepared to meet the challenges of the day without it. But then, that’s the kind of guy I am – boy scout!Now I mention this because it has also had one unintended, yet fortunate consequence in its use. Many years ago, I was walking with a sweet gal in San Francisco who I recently started dating. She happened to be wearing sandals and got a splinter in her foot. We stopped, looked at the splinter, (and you know where I’m going with this), I pulled out my Swiss army knife and the tweezers and with it the splinter. My date claimed that at that moment she knew she wanted to marry me.  And we did – just five years later.- Brian Corser, owner

NEW WATERPROOF FLOORING

WISE by Amorim

Our gorgeous new alternative to vinyl flooring!
Looking for beautiful and comfortable wood-look waterproof flooring for your home that is free of vinyl and other toxic ingredients? We have the answer! WISE by Amorim is composed of layers of cork with a rigid core made of cork amalgamate and natural crushed stone. It is topped with beautiful wood-look veneers and a non-PVC protective wear-resistant layer, making it easy to maintain.

WISE is comfortable to walk on, soft, quiet, and warm. Amorim goes to great lengths to “green” their production process, making WISE a “Climate Positive” flooring choice. It also meets the highest European indoor air quality standards. And did we mention it is waterproof?!

Come in today to see the 10 gorgeous wood styles! $4.99/square foot

For more information, see amorimflooring.com.

 

AVOIDING FLOORING MISTAKES

This is the fourth in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #4 – Acclimating!

Another pitfall to avoid when installing new flooring is not allowing it to acclimate to the space before installation. For the most successful installation, you want the humidity level and temperature of your flooring materials to match that of your space, preventing potential buckling or gaps due to the material swelling or shrinking after installation. The way to achieve that is through acclimating the flooring – letting it sit in your space for several days before installation. You’ll want to check the manufacturer’s installation instructions for their recommendation on how long the materials need to acclimate and whether the boxes of flooring should be opened or kept sealed during this time. Some solid bamboo floors need up to 5 days to acclimate. Engineered floors may need only 24-48 hours. Be sure to find out what your floor needs before you start installing! Always let the manufacturer’s installation instructions be the first thing you read when researching your new floor. They are available on most manufacturers’ websites and will save you from making costly mistakes!

 

NATURAL CLEANING TIPS

DIY Soft Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s or similar)
  • 1 Tbs. hydrogen peroxide.

Mix ingredients together until your paste has a smooth thick consistency. Store in a re-purposed jar or container. Use to gently and safely scrub sinks, tubs, and other dirty areas of your home. No protective gloves or masks required!

August 2019 news

Eco-Rambling On

My daughter and I were recently visiting my cousin and his family in Arroyo Grande, just south of San Luis Obispo. While there, we were treated to one of Mother Nature’s greatest prizes – a fully grown, fruit-laden avocado tree! Not something that I ordinarily see in Santa Cruz! Being accustomed to paying nearly $3 each for an organic version of these natural wonders at New Leaf, it was like looking at a tree covered in dollar bills! Personally, I believe the avocado should be a universal currency. Forget Bit Coin, to me, the humble avocado is a valued commodity. It is the prized basis for any number of delicious dishes from guacamole to avocado toast or paired with any fresh dish you might wish to consider.Now I mention this because it is a marvel to me to reflect on the extraordinary things that Nature brings into my life. Whether backpacking the High Country of Yosemite, watching a hummingbird collect nectar from a nearby blossom, biting into a fresh ear of grilled corn, or gathering fragrant roses from my front yard for a bouquet, nature never ceases to surprise me as long as I take the time to stop, take a breath and notice.

- Brian Corser, owner

NEW PRODUCT FOR SUMMER: 

Stone Talk Ceramic Tile by Ergon

Our favorite Italian tile designer has created a new collection of natural stone-look ceramic tiles, perfect for floors, walls, and shower surrounds in five earth tones and three distinct textures: Minimal, Martellata and Rullata. (All three textures can be seen in the bathroom to the left.)We have samples of all five colors and three textures here for you to explore. Come in and take a look!

For more information, see emilamerica.com.

AVOIDING FLOORING MISTAKES

This is the third in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #3 – Expansion Gaps!

Many people choose floating floors for their homes because they are a reliable option and more affordable than flooring that needs to be nailed or glued down. Floating floors are a great choice for natural materials that expand and contract, because the material is not constrained by nails or glue. They are also a good choice over concrete slabs since they allow for the use of an underlayment which provides cushioning and sound dampening. That said, it is critical that floating floors be installed with expansion gaps all around them. Most gaps should be ½”, but you’ll always want to check the manufacturer’s installation instructions first. Make sure that the floor is not constrained in any direction, by walls, intersections with other floors, or other immovable objects. The gap along the perimeter is then covered with base molding or by using quarter-round trim that is nailed to the existing wall trim. This simple consideration allows the flooring to expand and prevents the floor from deforming or buckling.

June 2019 News

Eco-Rambling On

Many of you may have known my late wife Lydia. You would remember her if you had met her, all curls and outspokenness – she was the face, brains, visionary and effervescence behind Greenspace. When we bought the business in 2007, it was just about to disappear. We looked at each other and knew that somehow we wanted to this business to survive. Onward into the great recession of 2008 we charged, until the spring of 2012. All along Lydia held the business together on Soquel Avenue until what I call a financial tsunami hit, forcing us to close our doors quickly. While she and a wonderfully supportive community of friends were selling off our remaining inventory, I was out scouring the city for storage locations to put our displays and samples. We then set up an office in our living room with the paint tinter and shaker in the garage. Lydia would mix paint and leave it on our front porch for contractors – we were somehow back in business!

You see, Lydia was not the type to give up easily about anything. A few months later we found our Swift Street location and have been there ever since. Now I tell you all this because, though Lydia is no longer with us, what I call her WWLD remains. It an acronym for “What Would Lydia Do?” I use it whenever a tough decision comes my way and I want to take the easy way out. It pretty much goes along the lines of doing the exact opposite of whatever my natural inclination at times may be. I don’t always do it, but it certainly keeps me on my toes. – Brian Corser, owner

WELCOME NEW EMPLOYEE!

We are so delighted to introduce our newest greenspace team member, Joel Barnes! Joel comes to us with a background in Interior Design. Over the years he has helped a number of clients in our community and beyond. Joel studied Design at West Valley in Saratoga after years of working in the Silicon Valley tech world. He is originally from Upstate NY, but migrated to California in 1986, settling in Santa Cruz in the early 1990’s. He and his husband Tony live just steps away from Greenspace here on the Westside. Joel has a passion for helping customers with home interior design choices, and is very happy to be joining us at Greenspace. We are pleased to have his talent, enthusiasm and expertise.

Let’s keep our dollars local!

Pay by check instead of credit card and greenspace will donate 1% of your total purchase price to your favorite of the following five local charities:

** Ecology Action

** Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support

** Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

** Native Animal Rescue

** Peace of Mind Dog Rescue

In the two weeks since we informally launched this campaign, we have already generated close to $200 in donations! Please join us in keeping our dollars in our community.

new Wool Carpet Stain Remover

At last, we have found a safe, effective, low-odor wool carpet cleaner, recommended by fine wool carpet manufacturers.

WoolClean spot remover is specially formulated for high-quality wool carpet, rugs and upholstery. The WoolClean kit includes three “specialists” that come to the rescue for unexpected spots and spills:

  1. Spot Remover ­ cleans water-based spills and spots
  2. Spot Dry Remover ­ attacks grease and oil-based spots
  3. Absorb-it ­ absorbs spills or soaks up any remaining liquid as the carpet dries

New Marmoleum Colors

Just in time for spring, Forbo has introduced new additions to their Vivace, Real, and Fresco lines as well as two new lines of Marmoleum marbled colors: Terra and Splash.

Splash

From a distance, Splash colors appear light grey with a slight nuance in tone, yet from up close, Splash is an overall light grey with hints of surprising colors peeking through.

This modern and playful design is ideal for use on its own but can also act as a connector between more classic marbled and uni-patterned visuals.

Terra

Terra, a close, tight and highly contrasting structure inspired by igneous rocks. Terra colors combine a sophisticated small scale marbled structure with great soil hiding properties. The authentic mix of colors creates a versatile floor design that combines well with other Marmoleum items.

Terra’s superior appearance retention makes it ideal for use in high traffic areas such as healthcare flooring and floors for schools and provides a natural feel to any environment.

This is the second in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #2 – Moisture!

Another common problem homeowners run into is their wood floors expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes. At the extreme, this can lead to cupping, crowing or buckling of the planks, or cracks and gaps between them.All natural materials respond to humidity changes — as moisture in the air increases, hardwood floors and other wood-based products will absorb the surrounding moisture and expand, and as the air dries out, these materials will release moisture back into the air and shrink. This phenomenon is known as hygroscopy and occurs year-round within your home.

There are ways to help limit flooring movement as humidity fluctuates. Installing a vapor barrier underneath your floor goes a long way to help prevent the worst effects from moisture. Some underlayments have a vapor barrier built in already. However, if you’re not using an underlayment, a durable polyethylene film known as visqueen is a safe, inexpensive, and effective option, available at local lumber yards. While maintaining your floor, most flooring manufactures recommend damp mopping, which uses less water than wet mopping, to clean up dirt and spills. Lastly, placing protective waterproof mats near exterior doors and under water bowls and planters will help prevent damage to your floor and avoid expensive repair work down the road.

May 2019 News

I just returned from a week at Tassajara, the Zen Buddhist Monastery deep in the Ventana Wilderness east of Big Sur. It was their twice annual work period and I was a volunteer carpenter helping with an array of projects to be completed before guest season begins for the summer. There is never a shortage of things to do. Last year I helped move a 30-foot gently arched Japanese bridge upstream on Tassajara Creek. This allowed for its subsequent reconstruction and the ease of movement of fire equipment. This year my projects were much more humble – I repaired doors. Doors to the dining room, doors to dressing rooms by the pool, and doors to the luggage room. Believe me, there is joy to be found in a smoothly operating door! For me, it goes along with the happiness of a car that will start or a toilet that will flush.

Sustainable Wood Countertops

Sustainable Northwest Wood offers a full line of solid wood surfaces that are made from sustainably harvested local hardwood and softwood species. Inspired by the old-world butcher block, these solid wood surfaces showcase the color, durability, and beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Northwest Wood’s offerings include:

  • Big Leaf Maple
  • Campground Blue Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Myrtlewood
  • Oregon White Oak
  • Pacific Madrone
  • Restoration Juniper
  • Tanoak
  • Willamette Valley Walnut

From FSC® certified woodlands in southern Washington to the sunny hillside slopes of the Rogue Valley, the region’s many fertile forests provide the lumber for Sustainable Northwest Wood’s solid wood surfaces. The mineral content in the soil imbues these woods with rich colors, dramatic veining, and beautiful variation in the grain.

Sustainable Northwest Wood partners with small mills throughout the region to cut and kiln-dry the lumber and manufacture the solid surfaces. Ask where yours came from — they can share the story behind each piece.

This is the first in a series of posts designed to help you succeed in your home projects.

Tip #1 – Squeaky Floors!

One of the biggest complaints people have about their floors is squeaking. Most squeaks are located not in the actual floor material, but in the sub-floor! Nails can spring loose, allowing the sub-floor to move up and down when you walk over it. The wood squeaks on the nail–hence your squeaking floor!

This means, the best way to prevent squeaks is to check your subfloor while your existing flooring is pulled out, before the new floor is put in. Walk all around and listen, checking all the seams. If you find a loose spot and hear a squeak, install a screw near it, through the subfloor into the floor framing or joist, to secure it. This will reduce the chances of the subfloor coming loose again.

news from greenspace April 2019

Brian Corser

Eco-Rambling On

I’ve lived in Santa Cruz for some 30 years now. As with so many things in life, I was accidentally fortunate in landing here. At the time, my mind was set more on finding employment than on sandy beaches. I enjoy living here – great weather, there’s a cool new vibe happening on the Westside and there is always the chance of greeting a friend or neighbor when I’m out pedaling on West Cliff Drive.

I also see our beach town as a community concerned with the environment. Santa Cruz has been at forefront in reducing the use of plastic bags, styrofoam to-go containers and plastic straws. We are also committed recyclers. Whether through curbside pick-up, drop-offs at Greybears or Habitat for Humanity, we seem to be a pretty dedicated group.

Recycling often comes to my mind when I travel, especially if it involves multiple time zones. I’ll be at my new destination with my empty glass bottle, yogurt container or empty toilet paper tube and I end up hunting around airport terminals, my Air BnB rental or the local tourist attraction in the hopes of finding that familiar blue bin with the white recycling triangle on it. Many times having no luck. Ah, the guilt of throwing it in the trash! At that moment it makes me long for home. Now if I can just get rid of all those single use coffee cups in Santa Cruz, I’ll be a truly happy man!

- Brian Corser, owner

good times

Best Green Retailer 2019!

Thanks for voting us Best Green Retailer in the Good Times poll once again. We couldn’t do it without you, our wonderful customers and community. Here’s to another year of working together to make our homes and our planet a little cleaner and greener!
Micodur

New Product: Micodur

Waterproof PVC-Free Flooring

Micodur’s ground-breaking technology delivers a floor that combines the durability and stability of ceramic tiles with the simple click-down installation of a floating floor and no grout. This natural, mineral-based, vinyl-free floor is the perfect combination of cement, minerals and natural bonding fibers which provides extreme density and dimensional stability.

Advanced digital printing technology and HotCoating surface technology combine for a beautiful yet durable flooring product that works perfectly in both residential and commercial areas. Micodur’s stability is possible due to its durable mineral core board and is an excellent alternative to plastic or wood-based flooring.

  • No expansion or separation
  • Waterproof
  • Anti-slip and anti-static
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Multiple designs available

See lico-us.com for more information.

teragren studio

Teragren Bamboo Flooring Sale

10% off Teragren floors

April 1 – 30

Teragren has redesigned its entire line of bamboo flooring, adding beautiful new colors and styles. Bamboo flooring is durable, elegant, and sustainable.

See teragren.com for more information.

Coyuchi towels

Coyuchi Sale

20% off towels & robes

April 1 – 30

20% off Coyuchi’s certified organic bath towels, mats, and robes for the month of April.

See coyuchi.com for more information.

OMI Terra

OMI Earth Day Sale

20% off latex mattresses & accessories

April 19 – 27

20% off OMI’s solid organic latex mattress, pillows, mattress covers, pads, and other accessories. This amazing sale includes the Flora, the Flora Nouveau, and the popular Terra mattresses.

See omimattress.com for more information.

squeegeeIt’s time for spring cleaning! All of us at greenspace avoid bringing toxic chemicals into our homes whenever possible. Luckily, you can clean your home using products that you probably already own.Here is Cathy’s glass cleaning recipe. We’ve tried a few different homemade formulas over the last year and she swears this one is the best:

Homemade Glass Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Combine in a reusable spray bottle and shake well each time you use it. Enjoy your sparkling clean mirrors and windows!