Green product suppliers, green building organizations, and some of our favorite green building professionals.

architects

Fiorovich Group Design Build

Fiorovich Group has successfully completed many diverse project types ranging from affordable single and multi-family residential developments to highly custom residential, commercial and industrial structures. We place the highest priority on listening to our clients. Our comprehensive design approach includes both client input/participation and mandatory design criteria. We function as a resource and partner in the creation of successful, distinctive and enduring architectural solutions.

J D Allen-Young, Architect

J D Allen-Young, Architect is a client focused architectural design and consulting service. Projects range from small residential and commercial renovations to consulting on large-scale projects. Jim is a Certified Green Building Professional, Build It Green, and our next-door-neighbor at greenspace.

Peter Spellman Architecture

Peter Spellman Architecture is a full service design firm based in Santa Cruz, CA. Current work centers on single and multi-family residences, live-work lofts and commercial projects. Many of PSA’s projects have won Green Building Awards from the City of Santa Cruz. Peter Spellman, principal of PSA, is a LEED Accredited Professional and licensed California Architect.

Streeter Group

Streeter Group Inc. is a high quality, full-service Structural Engineering and Architectural firm.

cabinetry + woodworkers

Dynamic Designs

Malyn Wells, owner of Dynamic Designs in Ben Lomond, provides full-service custom cabinetry and furniture construction and installation. She is dedicated to green cabinet construction using non-toxic finishes and materials. Call her at 831.336.2285

Kochlacs Wood

Joey Kochlacs creates beautiful furniture, countertops, and cabinets from local salvaged wood. Customers can pick their own wood slabs, injecting their own style into the process, and allowing the craftsman to tailor the piece perfectly.

Matthew Werner Handcrafted Furniture

Matthew Werner creates fine custom furniture using an inlay technique called marquetry. He sources certified sustainably harvested wood whenever possible and offers low-VOC finishes.

Michael Glusman Fine Woodworking

Michael Glusman’s work includes kitchens, vanities, entertainment centers, and desks for both residential and commercial projects. He offers personalized design, highest quality craftsmanship, and expert installation. All of Michael Glusman’s work includes the best possible materials available (color and grain matched), state-of-the-art hardware and fixtures, and a wide variety of clear finishes and stains to provide a durable and beautiful product.

Santa Cruz Millwork

When you select Santa Cruz Millwork to build your windows and doors you begin a dialogue. We’ll learn what statement you wish to make with your new custom pieces. You will learn about the latest hardware and glass options and about the different types of wood suitable for your project. Together, we will create pieces to fit the structure, the environment, and you. As we work together from imagination through final production, you will see first hand the care and pride we take in material selection, design, and craftsmanship.

Woodmaster

Since 1988, WoodMaster has been providing custom cabinetry and fine woodwork for many clients on the central coast. Our consistent high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail has earned our company an outstanding reputation for customer service and client satisfaction. We take pride in our work and it shows.

flooring contractors

Castro Floors

Ernie Castro has years of experience installing hardwood, bamboo, and cork floors. Call him at 831.818.5291

Furlanic Floors

Adam Furlanic is an experienced independent carpet installer. He is available for residential and commercial projects. He also specializes in carpet repair. Call him at 831.479.4400

Orgain Hardwood Floors

Andy Orgain is an experienced and talented professional hardwood floor installer and refinisher. Call him at 831.425.7559

Stephens Flooring

Stephens Flooring is a locally owned and operated flooring installation contractor. Todd Stephens, owner of Stephens Flooring, is a certified Marmoleum installer. Stephens Flooring also installs hardwood, cork, and bamboo floors.

Steven D. Green Flooring installation & Repairs

Steven Green is an experienced independent carpet installer. Call him at 831.476.7814

general contractors / design-build

A.D. Construction

A D Construction specializes in creating beautiful, unique, custom homes throughout the Monterey Bay. We focus on custom, high quality remodels, new construction, woodworking and sustainable “Green Building” design and construction. We have a strong commitment to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Our artistic vision, creativity and innovation assist homeowners in creating and building their dream home.

Boa Constructor

Boa Constructor Building and Design, established 1988, is a general contracting company dedicated to the design and construction of ecological systems. We are remodeling experts, and our main focus is on homes and how they relate to their environment and the people who live in them. Or maybe, more clearly defined, our focus is on people and how we relate to our home environment; how can we shape our built environment to support our needs?

Bryan Martin Construction

One of our longest standing and favorite customers, Bryan Martin has enjoyed a long reputation as an innovative, artistic, and creative custom home builder. With over 20 years of hands on experience, Bryan has accumulated a vast reservoir of knowledge, talents, and job skills. Bryan is one of those rare builders who visits each project daily to review and direct the work of every trade involved in each project. His in depth technical and design comprehension provides critical support to the various subcontractors, while exacting a demanding level of quality and workmanship.

CB-Builders

CB Builders Inc. is a construction company located in Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to Green building practices, servicing Santa Cruz County and the San Francisco Peninsula. We have been remodeling and building new quality crafted homes since 1999 and are committed to providing the highest quality of service and craftsmanship in every project we build.

Cutting Edge Construction

Cutting Edge Construction, established in 1991, is a general contracting firm specializing in residential and commercial remodeling. Over time they have built a reputation for high quality home and business remodels completed within budget and on schedule. Cutting Edge Construction has experience working with both conventional and green building and finishing materials. Cutting Edge Construction is an independent and privately owned and operated company. We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded. To summarize, we are a professional firm dedicated to providing a high quality product at a competitive price in a respectful and courteous fashion.

David Hanson Construction

My motto is Creative Beauty In and Around Your Home. While I have the network of fellow contractors, employees and excellent sub-contractors and can build any residential project, I am also involved on the ground with day to day building. I am out there in the field working on the project assuring quality and the vision of the project. I love to build, and the more interesting and creative the better. I can even take what could be considered an ordinary remodel and add components that will give you the Aha! that everyone wants in their home.

Eco-struction

EcoStruction is able to provide all phases of design, planning, and construction. The company views every structure with a unique eye, and provides several different options for achieving the thermal mass necessary to construct residential and commercial structures. Our company designs and builds using rammed earth, FSC CERTIFIED conventional framing, RASTRA ®, and straw bale, and we evaluate every project based on location, climate, function, and personal desire.

Fiorovich Group Design Build

Fiorovich Group has successfully completed many diverse project types ranging from affordable single and multi-family residential developments to highly custom residential, commercial and industrial structures. We place the highest priority on listening to our clients. Our comprehensive design approach includes both client input/participation and mandatory design criteria. We function as a resource and partner in the creation of successful, distinctive and enduring architectural solutions.

Howland Built Construction

The Howland Built Construction team includes Certified Green Building Professionals and we maintain our certification with Build It Green. This educational background combined with years of construction experience has created a high level of project management on all our construction endeavors.

We assist clients from design conception and budget cost analysis through to construction. Our design / build approach explores the advantages and disadvantages of different systems that can be incorporated into the project. We consider the clients lifestyle and needs as most important.

MS Builders

MS Builders is a hands-on quality-conscious construction company with experience in green building. It is our goal to deliver a high quality product in the most efficient, effective and affordable manner possible.

Santa Cruz Green Builders

We are a building company specializing in residential new construction and remodeling.
“Our mission is to contribute to a sustainable community by designing and building healthy, energy efficient, environmentally conscious, long-lasting homes and workplaces.”

Talmadge Construction

Talmadge Construction, Inc. is a Design/Build General Contractor specializing in Residential Design and Remodeling serving Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Scotts Valley, Aptos, Watsonville, Los Gatos, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey. Over the past 25 years, we have attracted a professional and dynamic team of designers, craftsmen and support staff, whose absolute number one priority is client satisfaction. Whether you are interested in a Kitchen or Bath Renovation, Second Story Addition, a Home Theater, Outdoor Kitchen or New Construction, we deliver satisfaction from project conception to completion.

green building

Build it Green

Build It Green is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California. We work with mainstream stakeholders in the housing industry to accelerate the adoption of green building practices, and our short-term goal is to facilitate the greening of 10,000 housing units by the end of 2008.

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Learn more about FSC in this video. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.

FSC is a certification system that provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry.

Green Home Guide

GreenHomeGuide helps close the gap between intentions and practical realities. We’re a trusted, community-based resource whose combination of tips, case studies, expert Q&A articles and regional directories of products and services helps create homes that feel good.

Green Seal

Founded in 1989, Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Our industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life.

Scientific Certification Systems

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in independent certification and verification of environmental, sustainability, stewardship, food quality, food safety and food purity claims.

For more than 25 years, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs in pursuit of the highest level of environmental performance and social accountability. Many assessments undertaken by SCS are based on innovative life cycle assessment methodologies.

SCS assessments lead to the recognition of accomplishments in greenhouse gas inventories and offsets, agricultural production, food processing and handling, forestry, fisheries, flowers and plants, energy, green building, product manufacturing and corporate social responsibility.

US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter

The U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter is a diverse group of individuals in a region active in and receptive to progressive sustainable building goals. The Chapter has about 1,000 members, branches in Monterey Bay, Sacramento and Silicon Valley and is headquartered in San Francisco.

green community links

earth day santa cruz

Earth Day Santa Cruz is an annual event to raise environmental awareness; address concerns; showcase solutions; and present balanced modes of living for the well-being of each individual, the community, and the planet.

Ecology Action

Ecology Action is a nonprofit environmental consultancy delivering cutting edge education services, technical assistance, and program implementation for initiatives that assist individuals, business and government to maximize environmental quality and community well being.

Since 1970 Ecology Action has combined municipal, foundation, and private funding to establish conservation programs, prove their effectiveness financially and operationally, and establish each program as a permanent community resource.

First Friday Santa Cruz

The First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating Art venues. Through the support and generosity of the participating venues we are able to put on monthly First Fridays and provide a detailed brochure and promotion each month for the ultimate Art Tour experience. This is a free event for enthusiastic Art Goers and an opportunity for our many talented Artists to exhibit and promote their work.

Think Local First Santa Cruz

Think Local First – County of Santa Cruz is a network of independent and locally owned businesses and community organizations joining together to promote economic vitality and preserve the unique character of our community.

interior designers

Emanate Design

Cyndi Maskolunas of Emanate Design is an interior designer specializing in kitchens and baths. She has a long-standing passion for sustainability, healthy indoor air quality, and community. At greenspace, we are delighted to collaborate with Cyndi and her clients in creating beautiful, healthy, and sustainable homes. Call her at 831.251.6387

Melanie Asnis Interior Design

Melanie Asnis is an interior designer specializing in kitchen and bath design. Melanie has an amazing eye for color and style, and extensive experience in green finishes. Melanie worked at greenspace for years as she finished her design studies, including spending time being mentored by greenspace co-founder Lydia Corser. We are so lucky to continue working with her as an independent designer. Call her at 831.334.1016

landscape contractors

Dreamscapes

Dreamscape is a full service landscape company with over ten years of experience. We always use the highest quality products and pride ourselves on providing outstanding and award winning customer service. We are locally owned and use eco-friendly local goods and services whenever possible. Dreamscape offers competitive pricing and we have become “the professional choice’ when any landscaping needs arise.

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping started in 1988 is a full-service (design, build, maintain) ecological landscaping company focusing on the creation of beautiful living systems for public and private lands. We offer expertise in sustainability, organics, Permaculture, drought tolerance, and Native plant knowledge.

painting

Derek Scott Painting

Interior and exterior painting, residential and commercial. Call him at 831.234.9882

Ed Doyle Painting

Interior and exterior painting, residential and commercial. Ed specializes in working with Clay Paint, in addition to traditional latex paints. Ed also offers color work, graphics, drywall repair, popcorn removal, wall textures, and grout cleaning and sealing. Call him at 831.325.9810

Fernandez’s Painting Services

Jesus and Jessi Fernandez offer interior and exterior residential and commercial painting services in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Call them at 831.724.1742

Gregory Lebaron – Transformational Color

As your professional artistic painting contractor I am dedicated to helping you change the way you experience the world through the use of color in your living environments.

McDermaid Painting

Residential painting, woods finishing & historical restoration experts. McDermaid Painting Inc. has been serving the Peninsula for over twenty-three years, recognizing the contribution of our employees and treating our customers with respect and courtesy. We perform our work according to the highest professional standards.

Painting By Bianco

Painting by Bianco consists of two owners, Sarah and Pasquale. Over the years we have combined our unique talents, with backgrounds in fine arts and culinary arts, and life experiences to form a dynamic team. We are a small painting company that delivers high quality, professional painting services of all kinds to homes and businesses. Our specialty is in decorative faux finishes to embellish walls, ceilings, furniture, cabinetry, and any other surface that can be painted.

Pristine Painting

Our high standards, attention to detail, commitment to customer satisfaction and sustainable green practices, make us your best choice for interior, exterior, commercial and residential finishes. Our motivated and experienced team provide thorough and efficient service.

Surf City Painting

Surf City Painting brings what other painting contractors may not – courteous, responsible and professional painters. Some words that have been used to describe Surf City Painting are diligent, thorough, professional and caring. The project is not complete, until you the client, are 100% satisfied.

T. Paul Sek Painting

T Paul Sek Painting is a new construction and repaint business offering expert interior and exterior painting, staining and finishing for all surface types. As the Monterey Bay area’s first certified green painting contractor, T Paul Sek Painting uses safe, durable and non-toxic materials.

We at T Paul Sek Painting are committed to the highest standards of service and quality. Our team members are reliable experts and will provide a clean and quiet job site throughout the painting process.

plastering

A Better Plastering Company, inc.

Complete lath and plastering specialist Mike Evans offers custom textures, colors, expert plastering techniques, old world plaster, new stucco systems. Call him at 831.818.6493

Drywall Doctor

Lee Smith has decades of experience doing all kinds of plastering. He particularly enjoys working with American Clay and Eco Stucco. Call him at 831.425.2326

Golden State Plastering

Gabriel Ramos, owner of Golden State Plastering, specializes in Old World plaster. He has extensive experience using Eco Stucco natural mineral artisan plasters. Call him at 831.595.5550

Orit Yanai Studio

Orit Yanai is a San Francisco-based artisan specializing in premium natural plaster for interior and exterior application, including the Tadelakt technique. As a LEED accredited professional, her focus is on natural and sustainable materials and practices. Orit Yanai’s passion is bringing ancient ‘old world’ plasters and techniques into contemporary architectural settings. Since the late 90s Orit has created many beautiful spaces in the San Francisco Bay area as well as other states and countries.

Orit offers lectures, presentations and workshops at her San Francisco showroom as well as on site. She also provides consultation sessions, specs, and sample boards for architects, builders, and home owners. Orit Yanai Studio also offers application of earth and lime plasters, project management and training.

Her San Francisco showroom is the exclusive California distribution center for American Clay earth plasters, as well as Eco Stucco lime plasters. Call her at 415.264.5577

Red Dirt Walls

Tree Rozelle brings years of experience and passion to sustainable building. She is now focusing on American Clay natural earth plasters. Call her at 831.706.7606

solar installation contractors

Allterra Solar

Allterra Solar is a family owned local company founded in 2004. Allterra engineers and builds custom solar systems for each customer. Allterra is the region’s Tesla Certified Installer, solar service provider for the City of Santa Cruz, and a SunPower Elite Dealer.

tile & concrete contractors

Brian Schuller Tile

Brian Schuller does tile and natural stone work. He specializes in kitchen and bath remodels. Call him at 831.234.6998

Five Stones Design

Stephen McKinney, owner of Five Stones Design, has experience in concrete projects small and large. He has training in EcoProcote‘s non-toxic concrete stains and sealers. Call him at 831.726.7200

Leonard Tile

Jeff Leonard specializes in tile and stone installation. Call him at 831.760.2909

The Tile Lady

Jan Denney has done great work for many greenspace customers. Call her at 831.212.4199