Capturing Rain From One of Our Sheds

Capturing Rain From One of Our Sheds
These copper rain gutters are beautiful and help harvest rainwater!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

So here I sit in a Starbucks in Westwood....

contemplating the fact that i am officially a Certified Renovator for lead paint. What does that mean? It means that I had the pleasure of spending 8 hours in a Contractor's State Licensing course learning how to safely renovate windows that have been painted with lead paint! I know, exciting stuff, for me it really is as a fair amount of the windows I use in my green houses have been painted with lead paint which is a definite health risk, predominantly to children, but also to adults.

The beauty of reclaiming these windows is that I am keeping them out of the landfill, giving them a new purpose And encapsulating the lead paint so as to remediate the risk of lead poisoning!

While in the class I was able to connect with several contractors who demonstrated an interest in what I am doing and a willingness to get me the windows that they are now removing! They also had great ideas when it came to transporting and storing the large office building windows I mentioned in my previous blog.

As I sit here today surrounded by people I do not know (yet!) I am feeling gratitude to those that are helping me and gratitude to those that share my enthusiasm for A Place to Grow....

Dana O'Brien
Owner of A Place to Grow
Recycled Green Houses

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Woman Cave, sounds like a great idea!

So here is an article that really speaks to what I am trying to accomplish with A Place to Grow, check it out!

Let me know what you think....


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Just when I was wondering when it was going to happen...

it happened! I know that sounds vague however what I was thinking was that I needed to secure enough, or even the right kind of, reclaimed materials in order to meet demand (or at least the level of demand I know will be there) in time. Well today I met a gentleman who is replacing all of the windows in his 19 story office building in Los Angeles and he wants to give the windows he removes to me! I can't quite fathom what this means except that it means that a couple of thousand windows are NOT going to the landfill and instead will be re-purposed into greenhouses, artist studios or small residences (Austin & Warren). This is exactly the vision I had with A Place to Grow is to take these windows that are being replaced with current up-to-date energy efficient windows (a win) and re purpose them to make other structures that are functional and unique (another win)!

What does this mean? It means we are moving forward and have an incredible amount of energy in the pursuit of this business venture!!

Sit back and enjoy the ride, we are about to LAUNCH!!!!