TESTIMONIALS

 

September 2014

We started working with Mike and his crew in the Fall of 2013 on a housein Bodega Bay.
The house had a detached two car garage and needed a lot of work toaddresstermite damage and general wear andtear.
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


August 2013

"Thanks to Yelp, I found Mike and agree with all of the positive reviews. He's a great guy, who in addition to having a solid understanding of construction really understands the importance of aesthetics. We had a retaining wall that collapsed. Aware that cost was important, Mike found a brilliant way  to both ensure the integrity of the wall while designing a structure that was pleasing to the eye without busting our budget. In addition, Mike generously shares his expertise. I had a few questions about some small projects that I was hoping to do on my own, and he patiently took the time to explain the bests way to tackle the work. I highly recommend Mike for any construction/landscaping project. He's honest and employs hard-working affable workers to assist him. The project was completed sooner that we had expected, and the workspace was left in pristine shape."

Burt G.
San Francisco, CA

April 2016

"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


April 2012

"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


August 2013

"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

September 2011

"We've worked with Lush Planet on a few different projects over the last couple of years and Mike has been great.  He has an eye for quality and attention to detail that we fully appreciate.  Not the cheapest but he stands by his work and is a good guy."

Aron S.
Petaluma, CA


April 2011

"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


March 2011

"Builder and Home Repair Specialist. Endorsement and Appreciation for Mike Stokes. Mike Stokes replaced the wooden siding, flashed and sealed our leaky library wall professionally, economically and in good time. Earlier Mike had built a most aesthetically pleasing fence using largely recycled materials for our retreat center, in the same manner. He was very pleasant to do business with!"

Lama Zik, Kagyu Takten Puntsokling Buddhist Meditation Center, Sebastopol CA

March 2011

"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


July, 2009

"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 be happy to recommend to anyone desiring an honest, hardworking, and skilled “green” artisan."

Susan and Matt Frederick


January, 2010

"Thank you for the most incredible job you did building our fence. It looks great and very solid. You were able to recycle our old materials. Looking at the fence one would never guess it. Mike was very professional, trustworthy, caring for what we wanted and the environment. We can highly recommend him."

Ani Palmo. Nun at KTP formerly Goldridge Sangha in Sebastopol, CA

March 2011

"Mike Stokes just finished a difficult plumbing job for us involving replacing two bathroom faucets, valves and supply lines as well as a toilet supply line dating back to the late 1970's. His work as well as the conversation was excellent."

Paul Soloman. Santa Rosa, CA