Semmes & Co: Green Builders on the Central Coast

  FALL 2012 | San Luis Obispo, CA     

Building or remodeling in San Luis Obispo, Northern Santa Barbara or Southern Monterrey counties? We would love to hear from you!

Contact Emily Baranek at or at 805-466-6737 x 207.
Welcome to The Central Coast View, 
the seasonal newsletter featuring news and sustainable building resources from Semmes & Co. Builders, Inc.

We are also excited to announce our newly redesigned website, We've added extended project portfolios, educational videos, and more!

2012 Residential Architect Design Award
We are proud to announce that the Lockwood Contemporary home built by Semmes & Co Builders, Inc and designed by Aidlin Darling Design of San Francisco has won the 2012 Residential Architect design awards. More...

The Best Thing, by Tom Moore

We get to build beautiful homes and additions for some of the best people, and have a lot of fun doing it. More...  
What's your favorite green feature?

There is little not to love about the wonderful home Semmes & Co. built for us, but our favorite features are the solar systems - photovoltaic and hot water - and all that relate to them.
We have a 2.4 KW photovoltaic system that was expected to provide most but not all of our electrical needs.  Now that we have been in the house for a full year and have had our "true up" with PG&E, we have an accurate picture of what the system can do.

Whose water is it anyway? by Turko Semmes

Big things are brewing in the North County and many folks don't know about it.  


I was visiting with some friends recently east of Templeton in what we call the "Strawbale Gap," (you know who you are) when a discussion on wells sprang up.  More...

2012 Solarthon with Frank Perea 
On Saturday Oct. 10, Semmes and Co. sponsored me to participate in Solarthon, an annual fundraiser for Grid Alternatives.  More...