We hired Mike to build a guest house on our property in Cazadero and are truly thrilled with the way it turned out. From plans sketched on graph paper, our vision evolved with Mike’s input, knowledge and guidance. He checked in with us regularly and reviewed every decision about materials and installation so we felt confident about each stage of the project. He is very thorough and thoughtful in his work and carefully explained our options, helped to quickly and cleverly problem-solve and offered sound advice throughout. His crew was super friendly and professional and together they created a finished structure that far exceeds our expectations.
— Martha Stabler, San Francisco, CA
Mike and his crew are great. They built us a beautiful redwood deck in Monte Rio within two weeks of starting it. He listened to our desires and then we let him ‘loose’, kind of like you would with an artist you trust. He came through, we are very happy with the end result. I am certain we will have more work for them too.
— Zsuzsanna M. San Francisco, CA
We started working with Mike and his crew in the Fall of 2013 on a house in Bodega Bay.

The house had a detached two car garage and needed a lot of work to address termite damage and general wear and tear.

Mike and his crew did all of the following for us:

1. Repaired all damaged areas of the exterior on both the garage and the house.
2. Replaced all external door hardware and two external doors.
3. Painted both structures.
4. installed a french drainage system
5. Replaced a retaining wall and designed a new pergola entrance.

His crew also helped with clearing out years of collected debris under the structures and on the property.

Throughout the process Mike was in constant communication with us. He kept us informed of progress with emails and photos of the work as it was being completed. He and his team showed a great deal of pride in the work they were doing. They did fantastic work and neighbors constantly stop as they drive by to comment on how great everything looks.

if you want a reliable and honest contractor that really cares about doing things right , Mike Stokes is the guy to call.

Here is a link to his YouTube site with a video about the pergola he built for us.
— Will N. Castro, San Francisco, CA
We hired Mike Stokes to construct a retaining wall for our house in Monte Rio. Mike was very good in communicating the work timeline and estimate. He was able to stick to his estimate and have the retaining wall complete in the expected timeline. The wall looks great and was well constructed. We were very happy with the results and we look forward to using Mike on other house projects.
— Heather W. San Francisco, CA
We found Mike on craigslist in July 2007. My husband and I had just bought a small lake house in Lake County that needed a lot of work. Because the house was so far away, we wouldn’t be able to directly supervise the job and needed to find someone not only with the skill set that we needed—-but someone that we could TRUST to work on his own and accomplish the many different projects that we had in mind. As it turned out—Mike installed beautiful hardwood floors, custom wainscoting, three beautiful decks, privacy fencing, a beautiful vaulted cedar ceiling, insulation, custom Trex railings, rustic picket fencing, custom windows, wrought iron railings, and a new custom kitchen. Moreover, he enthusiastically embraced our desire to use recycled materials...virtually the entire project was completed using used materials that we purchased on craigslist.

Not only did Mike produce custom work that exceeded our expectations; but did so with virtually no supervision. We would give him a vague idea of what we wanted to accomplish—and Mike would design, fabricate, and install what can only be described as a perfect execution of our vision. We are very happy that we found Mike and look forward to using his many skills on our next project. We would heartily recommend Mike to anyone desiring an honest, hardworking, and skilled “green” artisan.
— Susan F. Napa, CA
I recently hired Michael Stokes of Lush Planet Design Build to install a wood stove and was very impressed with the job he performed. He was professional, personable and reliable. He knew all about the installation and researched the best prices for materials. He was interested in providing quality work at a reasonable and fair price. I look forward to rehiring him for future jobs and would highly recommend him to other prospective clients. It’s a pleasure to find a quality contractor who is committed to eco friendly projects.
— Anne Burke Guerneville, CA
I just wanted to put in a plug for Mike Stokes, owner of Lush Planet Design Build, who was fantastic in bringing my recent building project to fruition. He’s very green (we worked with green insulation, a greywater system, etc. to build an efficient and sustainable space). He’s also an extremely nice person and very reasonable about billing. I’m a woman and appreciated his respect in talking about the work.

I’d recommend looking at the website, lushplanet.net to get a better idea of his eco-building skills. Thanks, Mike!

— Chris Spangler Sebastopol, CA