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Please call Sandy Sonksen from Greensleeves NW for your green remodeling needs. 503.927.7710 or write her at

I want to thank everyone who has worked with us and the amazing people who have supported me and my dream along the way. I wish you the very best.



Saturday only- May 7th at Leverich Park from 11-3. Come see other like minded green groups. Family friendly, rain or shine. or rain. or rain. or rain. 

See you there!

Yesterday a really nice woman came into the shop to look around. She was quite pleasantly surprised that we do more than just sell these green products. This has been a common misconception,  and I want to clear it up.  “We do it all.” From design concept and working with subs all the way to completion. A concierage of sorts for you to have the best remodeling experience. She mentioned how she had some other contractors’ through to bid and how she felt like they were only speaking to her husband and not including her in the conversation. She felt sure that she would not get the result she wanted. Wow. That would be a real shame.  She came in with these experiences and was excited to hear that not only could we handle the design of her project, we would work with her and her husband to listen and hear the most important aspects that needed to be met.  All project management with our  trusted subs doing the work and all the while being very conscience of their budget constraints. Budgets are a big one. I am not one to convince you to spend more just for the sake of spending more. This is just the kind of juggling we do regularly. You start with a material you love.  Next we look at the materials you like for your expectations of what they can do. Will they be high maintenance or low, Is it important to you that they fit within “The Natural Step’s” 500 mile radius? What are the hot points for you?

All of these conversations happen before you sign the contract. We take the time to listen to what your goals are, whether they be resale or longevity to keep your house the way you want it for many, many years.

We plan ( with you)

We dream ( with you)

We estimate (with you)

We start ( with you)

We build (with you)

We get excited ( with you)

We complete the job ( with you)

We make a difference ( with you)


Repeat clients, Ben & Shyla needed to do their kitchen. Parts were even torn up to initiate a project. I saw Shyla at Mon Ami and she begged me to call Ben and get things going. A couple of friendly calls and then Mom and I helped them design and build this. Enjoy. 🙂   

 It’s a beauty eh?

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A wonderful repeat client needed to update a rental. Wanted something cute, green and timeless. After brainstorming we settled on this beautiful combination.Pretty quick turnaround on this project too.

Chocolate brown ECO by Costanatino quartz with a backsplash of New Clayhaus Chocolate subway crackle tiles. A strip of stainless updates the space. Teeny kitchen that does the job in style. Ooh la la…

We were invited to speak about green building materials at a City of Vancovuer Planning Commission First Tuesday event at City Hall. It was an honor to speak with other panelists members in our green community. Timothy Buckley of Greenstone architecture, Mike Selig from the Planet Clark project for the Clark County Building Safety Division, Duwayne Dunhama  Clark Public Utilities Residential Energy Counselor and myself spoke about Green renovation to audience members and viewers of CVTV. Please see link below for on demand version viewing capabilities of this program. It was a blast, and my daughter’s helped me put the products into people’s hands. A nice family event. Thanks for the opportunity.

Growing up in the construction industry, being on jobsites with my Mom has taught me not to fear the changes and chaos that comes with a remodel. As was pointed out to me by a wise client however, that it’s not the same for everyone. Changes can be quite daunting, so much so that people don’t start even though they are painfully aware and wanting a change. I have become sensitive to that uncertainty in others and do my best to put them at ease. I hear things like,

“I know what I like and don’t like, but I am not sure how to get there.”

 “There are too many choices, I don’t know how to start.”

“It’s such a lot of work.”

“I don’t have any color sense at all.”

 The truth is, -This is supposed to be fun! Imagine having a place or a room in your home, that speaks to your soul, it is a reflection of you and your family and how you live? How would that feel? What would it be like to walk into your kitchen and smile everyday instead of grimacing over the cabinets or doors falling off the hinges. 

What if, we could make it fun?

My approach is to do just that. I listen to what you are wanting, what I hear you ask for time and time again. I come to your home and see what items mean something to you and why. I get to know you. When I make a home appointment I ask the person to provide me with three items in the home that speak to them. Whether it be an item of clothing or a piece of art, or artifact from one of their travels. Each one of us becomes attached and chooses to surround ourselves with those items. Then there are colors that you gravitate towards, earth tones, or bright tropical shades, you know what I mean. Durability, and expectations or maintenance of your surfaces are put into the equation. It is a process and it often takes time to come up with a plan you can be excited about. Planning and having a framework feels better that sitting still and wondering. Truth is, I love what I do. Spending time with people and helping them realize their dream spaces is a dream come true for me.

Even with countertops and tile or flooring chosen, you aren’t left on your own, I often can and will supply complimentary paint colors to finish the scheme. It’s a  service I am offering to clients, a whole experience, a plan and a change that is manageable. Do you see a new kitchen or bath in your future? In 2011? I would love to chat and brainstorm with you.

After all, you can’t get anywhere, standing still.

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It had everything just needed some uumph. New countertops in a bamboo look laminate with long subway tiles in neutral shades of cocoa and gray. The paint colors added to the art gallery effect. This  smooth looking and urban feel condo will dazzle for company, and feel homey at the same time. Kitchen and two bathrooms with a nice cohesive look. It’s what we do.

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Beautiful Recycled content and locally made Fuez in City Lights and Snoqualmie pick up the light that bounces around this kitchen. It’s rich blue-gray Fireclay tile mixed with a border of white rock and rasberry colored liner bars are colors loved by the homeowners. New paint colors and the existing oak cabinets make the kitchen feel new again. This space came out really nice, and fits well with the manicured and green backyard you can’t help but notice in the large picture window over the sink. Just shows what a difference new counters and backsplash can make in a space. Can you imagine yours yet?

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