Leading Force is a team of professional design and construction companies that provide an integrated approach to healthy, energy-efficient, cost-effective homes.
Company owners and primary team members have completed the requirements established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to be designated Certified Green Professionals.
Design Build Consultant, Owner
Specialty As owner of Leading Force Energy & Design Center, Steve brings 25 years of building experience to the team. As one of the few NAHB designated Master Certified Green Professionals in Eastern Washington, Steve specializes in building healthy, energy efficient homes and was awarded 2014 Builder of the Year by the Central Washington Home Builders Association. By continually training and networking with service and trade professionals he and the Leading Force team stay on the cutting edge of technology, techniques, products and building codes.
History Steve’s building career started as a log home builder. When his wife suggested that he should consider becoming a green home builder, he became certified and realized that he already incorporated many of the green home building principles on his projects. His first spec home was a custom home built from recycled materials but it wasn't until he was asked by a Selah, WA family to build a healthy home that he truly stepped into the world a building green. He studied every product available to create a healthy environment for the family.
Philosophy He believes passionately that everyone should be able to live in a healthy home, that everyone should have an opportunity to reduce their energy costs, and that homes and building processes should have a low impact on the environment.
Personal Steve is a people person. He loves networking, especially with those that desire to create healthy, beautiful and energy efficient homes. He loves adventure and trips to warm places with his wife and hanging out with his son's families. It doesn't seem to matter whether he is skiing, fly fishing, hiking or having a glass of wine with a friend, he always seems to come home with a story about somebody interesting that he just met.
Gina Brandt, CKBD
Color Consults, Design, Space Planning
Specialty Gina manages the Leading Force showroom. She has more than 30 years' experience in displays, space planning and design. She likes to meet clients, ask them questions, visit their project, and work with them to achieve the look they want within their budget. She also does color consultations, decorating, upholstery and custom art work.
History Gina has owned and operated Unique By Design since 1989, a decorating, faux finishing, specialty paint treatments and murals business. She has clients in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. She worked at Schultz Furniture, managing the 100,000 square foot showroom designs and displays. She also created displays for Bon Marche for many years. Her extensive portfolio is available upon request. She has been instructed in display, lighting, color reading, space planning, design, form, and merchandising, and received additional training at the Thomasville Furniture showrooms in Greensville, South Carolina.
Philosophy She stays familiar with current color forecasts for design and decor, and can help you figure out your project and what will work best for you. She is familiar with doing projects on a shoestring, within a tight budget, but also enjoys being given the freedom to do whatever she wants.