Producing Your Outdoor Vision

At A Place to Grow we pride ourselves on working with our clients to fulfill their dream of having their own unique “Place to Grow” whether it’s a greenhouse, artist studio, She Shed or outdoor dining area.
We are an environmentally friendly company and each Outdoor Space we build is:
  • Created from recycled and reclaimed building materials
  • Re-purposed into functional art, keeping waste out of landfills
  • Custom designed and handcrafted
  • As unique as the reclaimed materials used to build it
We can help you produce your outdoor vision. Contact us today to get started.

A Stunning Creative Space

Design Choices

At our first meeting with our clients we determine what their vision is, and start looking through our warehouse of available materials including windows, old barn wood, urban forested wood, and French Oak used in wine making. We do the drawings and propose several different design choices for them to choose from. Once we have finalized the design and have materials picked out for their unique structure, we meet with our craftsmen to begin construction.

Each of our structures is built as individual wall segments, with the roof consisting of two separate panels. So for example, a typical four-sided structure would consist of four walls and two roof panels. There may also be two additional gable end panels depending on the design. Each of these panels is loaded onto a trailer for delivery to the client’s site.

We also design two- and three-sided units, as well as custom arbors, to accommodate whatever purpose you can dream up!

Need your new greenhouse right away? Check out our inventory of Outdoor Lifestyle Spaces Currently Available for purchase today.

Prior to installation of the structure, the site needs to be prepared to ensure a solid, level surface to erect the structure on. We work with several different landscape contractors that are trained in preparing the site and installing our structures.


Craftsmanship and Materials

Each of our structures is custom created with the highest level of attention to detail. We strive to provide our customers with a structure that is aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound. We consider them to be functional art and as such they are constructed with this in mind. The reclaimed windows and doors are each unique in size and therefore need to be custom crafted to fit in each of our structures. We use various repurposed materials, from 100-year-old barn wood to repurposed French oak once used in wine processing, all materials are custom crafted into our structures with the utmost of attention to detailed craftsmanship.

To put a fine point on it, you can get “ordinary” just about anywhere, there is a unique story with each unit from where the windows originated, some having old wavy glass, to the use of old growth redwood that was on the way to the landfill to the use of modern construction remnants such as Cor-ten corrugated and sheet metal. We also have a source for urban forested lumber. What is “urban forested lumber” you may ask? This is lumber milled from trees that have fallen on their own or trees that an arborist has determined must be removed. We’ve partnered with an excellent local mill, Pacific Coast Lumber, that produce this lumber specifically for us to use in our structures.

  • To see how it all comes together, click the image and read “The Story of this Unique Structure”.

Outdoor Lifestyle Spaces Currently Available

Need your new space right away? Check out our current inventory ready for purchase today!

The Nantucket

This beach style cottage reminds us a lot of Cape Cod. We believe it would make a great artist studio, ”She Shed” or meditative space where you can light a candle, sip your tea or wine and read your favorite book! This structure is truly a work of art from the tinted blue paint with a white wash over it to the vintage windows thru-out. Of course the bright red antique Dutch door with an antique crystal knob is a show stopper. It is complemented by another bright red door that drops open on the back wall. Both side walls feature windows framed in the shape of a diamond giving it that artistic touch that we love here at A Place to Grow. You need to see it to truly appreciate the artistic detail that went into creating this amazing structure.

End of Show Season Liquidation Sale!
Original Price $15,500
Liquidation Price $11,000

Rustic Live Edge Cabin

This spectacular shed features urban forested lumber from a Monterey Pine tree that came down in Cambria, CA. They have lost up to 50% of these beautiful trees to Bark Beetle and the drought. Cal Fire contacted Pacific Coast Lumber to divert these trees from the landfill by milling them into a usable end product. This shed features this Monterrey pine from Cambria and stunningly displays a live edge siding giving it that rustic feel! It also features a 3’ porch overhang in the front and a vintage door that drops open to a bar top on the side wall. Last but not least, the wood framed windows belonged to a long time SLO resident who was loved by many, Dr. DeVincenzo, a local orthodontist here on the central coast. The windows were in his orthodontist office and bring his beautiful energy into this shed!

End of Show Season Liquidation Sale!
Original Price: $14,500
Liquidation Price $11,000

Simply Elegant Greenhouse

We designed and created this Simply Elegant Greenhouse to showcase a lower price point shed that still uses our vintage windows, reclaimed French doors and sliding glass doors. This shed would make a great greenhouse or a perfect space to retreat to in order to relax, read, sip some wine or tea and decompress! It features full length windows on both side walls, which brings the inside out and the outside in. If you live in a coastal area, this shed would give you the warmth and protection from the cool ocean breezes. It would also make your orchids very happy! This shed measures 8′ x 8′, which is the perfect size for a cozy backyard.

End of Show Season Liquidation Sale!
Original Price $7,500
Liquidation Price $5,500

Wait, There’s More!

Check out these additional products we create from recycled & reclaimed materials. If you don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call. We love to create custom specialty items! Click on any image to see the details.

  • Amazing Arbors
  • Perfect Potting Tables
  • Light & Bright Custom Sheds
  • Beautiful Redwood Slab Tables
  • Delightful Desks
  • Gorgeous Gates

About Us

Living in San Luis Obispo, CA, the Happiest City in America according to Oprah Winfrey, has been a huge inspiration for A Place to Grow owner-operators Dana and Sean O’Brien. With nearly 300 days of perfect weather a year, Dana O’Brien’s love of gardening and her investment in creating an amazing outdoor living space for her children to grow up in inspired her passion for A Place to Grow. “I watched the evolution of the modern age of green living while my kids were growing up, and it really spoke to me. I knew that I wanted to make a difference and re-purposing items to keep them out of the landfill, while creating functional art, was just a no-brainer for me,” says Dana.
A Cal Poly grad with a degree in finance, Dana served as a San Luis Obispo county government employee for 23 years until August 2013, and is grateful that her skills as a county assessor are coming in handy as she builds her new business. Dana volunteers for Habitat for Humanity serving on their Finance Committee and has served as a board member for the San Luis Obispo County Pension Trust and San Luis Obispo Credit Union. She is a member of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and also has her California Real Estate Broker’s License.
Sean O’Brien, also a Cal Poly grad with a degree in computer science, worked his way through college working in construction. Sean was a software engineer for nearly 25 years and over time has developed an eye for unique structures and a flair for using ordinary materials in extraordinary ways. He has maintained his love of building things as his creative outlet and has a California Contractors License # 980651.  In December 2015, Sean purchased Pacific Coast Lumber, located about 100 yards away from A Place to Grow, and now is fully immersed in the milling of urban forested material and happily supplies A Place to Grow with this unique material source.
This husband and wife team summoned their passion, commitment and talent to create A Place to Grow and demonstrate their promise to sustainable living. Sean and Dana have two adult children and are empty nesters looking forward to this next exciting chapter.

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What Our Clients Say

  • Playhouse with Sunburst Window and Dutch Door

    Playhouse with Sunburst Window and Dutch Door


    “Dana, I had to tell you our number 3 granddaughter, Cadence, saw the play house for the first time today, she stopped in her steps and said, “Oh Grandma, you got a glass cottage from the woods. Do fairies live in it?” Thanks again for even more magic. We are having so much fun, the whole neighborhood was in there today.”
    Cindy, Los Osos, CA

  • Beautiful Santuary

    Beautiful Santuary


    “I absolutely love my ‘little room’ up in the woods. It stays warm on windy days, I can work on my laptop out there, I can watch the birds, or my dogs while sitting inside or I can just kick back and read a book! Most days, I can’t wait to go out there!!”
    Loretta, Cambria, CA

  • Lovely

    Lovely “She Shed” Sewing Room


    “I cannot possibly find all the words needed to tell you how much I am enjoying my studio. It is beautiful and inspiring as well as being practical and useful. I have been using my sewing studio for about two months now and have found that I am so much more productive than when I just used an extra bedroom. I didn’t expect that, but this space has allowed me to really focus on the creative process. I also love that, when I open both French doors, I feel like my sewing space is right in the garden. I suspect the out-of-doors feeling is what allows me to spend so much time in the studio. I totally lose track of time. The light is perfect and even on an overcast morning I don’t need to turn on the light. Thanks Dana, this creative space has totally exceeded my expectations.”
    Lisa, Los Osos, CA

  • A Sacred Space

    A Sacred Space


    “From the moment we first met you at the home show in Paso last spring, we have been in love with the idea of having a greenhouse built from reclaimed building material from the central coast. You were both so involved in making this a reality. The first time we visited your warehouse in SLO and chose that green door that was the anchor for the rest of the building, I felt like we were more than customers, we were friends. I felt like you really understood what we were looking for and you were an advocate for our vision. I enjoyed seeing the different phases of the greenhouse come together and I especially enjoyed meeting the men who built the structure and of course “the boys” who came out to the house along with you and Sean and put it together on our property. Thank you again for making this happen for us, you guys can come by and visit anytime.”
    Ann and Bill (Coco, Marco, Chip and Bonito), Paso Robles, CA

  • Meditation Room, View 2

    All Settled In!

    One Year Later…

    “Dana, thanks again for the very beautiful and expert work you and Dave performed on our beloved structure. Ann and I continue to be extraordinarily pleased with it.”
    Bill, Paso Robles, CA

  • Craftsmanship!


    “Being in the construction trade for 35 plus years, I feel I probably have a more critical eye for craftsmanship than someone else would. I examined the recycled greenhouse after it was assembled and was thoroughly impressed with the craftsmanship. From the 45 degree joints in the fascia board, to the dog-eared cuts in the trim. Excellent craftsmanship! Based on this workmanship, I would recommend their recycled greenhouses to anyone!”
    Robert, Cambria, CA

  • Green House

    Green House


    “As Dana, Sean and Andrew transformed our family’s 300 square foot playhouse into a greenhouse, I began to see a sanctuary. Through their process of structural renovation they were able to capture the energy hidden in the preexisting structure, combine it with the new windows, roof and doors, and channel it into the new space. We were able to turn the playhouse my mother had gifted my sister and me into a place to grow ourselves. Throughout the whole process, Dana and Sean were creative, practical and flexible. My family and I thoroughly appreciate the O’Briens’ time and hard work. Their mission of creating artistic spaces for growing and healing out of recycled materials is truly a task of love.”
    Natalie, San Luis Obispo, CA

Honors & Awards

2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC
2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC
Rustic Live Edge Cabin won both 1st Place
Rustic Live Edge Cabin won both 1st Place & Best in Show at the 2016 California Mid State Fair and Best in Show at the Spring 2016 Inspired Home & Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles
The Savor Structure won the 2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC
The Savor Structure won the 2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC
The Nantucket won both the 2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC and Most Inspiring to Improve the Home Fall 2015 Inspired Home Expo of San Luis Obispo
The Nantucket won both the 2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC and Most Inspiring to Improve the Home Fall 2015 Inspired Home Expo of San Luis Obispo
Sunrise Over the Ocean won both 1st Place
Sunrise Over the Ocean won both 1st Place & Best in Show at the 2013 California Mid State Fair and Best Booth Design Winner of the Spring 2013 North County Home, Garden & Gourmet Expo

Giving Back

Here at A Place to Grow, giving back to the community is of the utmost importance to us. As children are very near and dear to our hearts, we focus on donating to causes that directly benefit children. Click on any image to read more.

  • Montessori Children’s School
  • Supporting Local Charitable Organizations
  • Bellevue Santa Fe Charter
  • Habitat for Humanity

Calendar of Events

  • February of 2017

    2017 Inspired Home Expo of Paso Robles at the California Mid State Fair 2198 Riverside Rd., Paso Robles, CA. Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 10-5:00 pm and Sunday, February 26th, 2017, 10-4:00 pm.

  • May of 2017

    2017 Inspired Home Expo of San Luis Obispo at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA. Saturday, May 6th, 10-5:00 pm and Sunday, May 7th, 10-4:00 pm.

  • May of 2017

    Morro Bay Art in the Park at the Morro Bay City Park located on Morro Bay Blvd. at Harbor, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, Sunday & Monday May 27, 28 & 29, 10-5:00 pm.

  • July of 2017

    Morro Bay Art in the Park at the Morro Bay City Park located on Morro Bay Blvd. at Harbor, 4th of July Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017, 10-5:00 pm.

  • July of 2017

    California Mid-State Fair at the Paso Robles Event Center July 19th-30th, 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA

  • September of 2017

    Morro Bay Art in the Park at the Morro Bay City Park located on Morro Bay Blvd. at Harbor, Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Sunday & Monday September 2, 3 & 4, 2017, 10-5:00 pm.

  • October of 2017

    Three Speckled Hens show at the Paso Robles Event Center October 2017, 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA details on exact days and times to come.

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