About Avant Garde

AVANT-GARDE means “pressing the boundaries of the ordinary” and it describes well the goal of our business. We encourage customers to break out of the mold and try new things, creatively designing a product uniquely their own. If you love wood and color as much as we do, you’re going to find our showroom a hotbed for creativity and expressed possibilities. In addition you’ll find friendly, professional and experienced design staff to help educate on the technicalities of wood substrates as well as the many modern finishes and techniques for customizing a wood surface.

With 10 years of experience in sourcing and coordinating fabrication of premiere quality hardwood floors, mouldings, appearance grade timbers, and specialty wood siding from the world’s leading manufacturers has placed us in a unique buying position for materials that most hardwood flooring distributors and dealers do not know about or have access to. No matter your style preference or the difficulty of your specification, we are your best chance of finding the perfect solution to meet your design.

Sales Staff

Shad Gates is our in-house design and sales staff offering extensive knowledge in all aspects of the wood flooring industry and architectural design qualities of wood. At age 9, Shad spent a summer watching a master craftsman build a set of custom cabinets and trim out a home and since that time he has had a particular appreciation for all things wood. In 1998, he graduated from Lake Washington Tech with a degree in Architectural Drafting and then from the University of Washington with a degree in Construction Management. His love for design and building is in the details and particularly the beauty and color in natural materials. Living in the Northwest, Shad has a deep appreciation for healthy forests and he chooses his materials with forest stewardship as a priority.