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.

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.

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 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
The Savor Structure won the 2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC
The Savor Structure won the 2015 Green Innovation Award from USGBC
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

What Our Clients Say

A Sacred Space
A Sacred Space
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“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

What Our Clients Say

A Sacred Space
A Sacred Space
Meditation

“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

Calendar of Events

February of 2018

2018 Inspired Home Expo of Paso Robles at the California Mid State Fair 2198 Riverside Rd., Paso Robles, CA. Saturday, February 25th, 10-5:00 pm and Sunday, February 26th, 10-4:00 pm.

May of 2018

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

September of 2018

Home & Garden Expo of San Luis Obispo at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA, Saturday, September 15th, 10-5:00 pm and Sunday,September 16th, 10-4 pm.

Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show at the Paso Robles Expo Center (Fairgrounds!) 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, Saturday, September 29th, early bird 8-10 am, regular entrance 10-4 pm and Sunday, September 30th 10-3 pm.

October of 2018

Home & Garden Expo of Paso Robles At the Paso Robles Expo Center (Fairgrounds!) 2198 Riverside Rd., Paso Robles, Saturday, October 6th, 10-5 pm and Sunday, October 7th, 10-4 pm.

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Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you. Please contact us with questions, comments and feedback, or for a quote on purchasing your own Place to Grow.

  • Monday-Friday, 9-5:00, Saturday by appointment

  • 445 B Prado Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 805.704.2161

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