Hermosa Beach Construction

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I was down in Hermosa Beach yesterday to pick up plans that I thought we had minor corrections on. Turns out that that the plan checker wanted to mention a few minor details on the plans. He was very happy and told me he kept a copy of our C-Sheets to use as a sample of nicely done plans. Since I was down there I picked a project to see how the progress was coming along. Another project getting closer to completion on 31st St. B+W Reference: Single Family Residence – 31st Street – Hermosa Beach… Continue reading…

Unfinished Business

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As we submit more hillside grading plans to the City of Los Angeles, we are being asked to prove our cut and fill numbers, and also break out those areas. The best way that has worked in the past is by running the earthwork, showing the cut and fill depths on a separate exhibit, and be done with the questions. I used to only do this on the more complicated projects, but lately anything moving soil we are being asked for this. Just about all drainage plans have some movement of soil, so now I… Continue reading…

Can’t Knock the Hustle

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As we become more swamped and with more impossible to reach deadlines, I get a text last night to run an earthwork fast. I like running earthwork as building the 3D model sometimes helps me with any design elevations that I may have missed calling out on the grading plans. Its also a good way to relax as the process is not very intensive, just time consuming. So I look at this as a break. For some reason the survey had most of the elevations in 3D already, but not everything. So instead of figuring… Continue reading…

Grading to the Cheese

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Grading a complete hillside site is always interesting. Not only is every site different, but hillside grading leaves the design up to the imagination. This single family house located in Silver Lake is getting a revamp. The house stays but most of the site will change. In this example a garage will be demo’d to place a planted slope. The trick to this is that we will be proposing a new short wall in place of the garage and tied the proposed slope into the existing slope. Maybe someone is curious to see what I… Continue reading…

Bioswale in Action During Storm

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Its always hard to catch a recently constructed project during the rare storms in Southern California. Recently, I was able to catch stormwater running through a bioswale. This is what a bioswale looks like. A bioswale is used for Low Impact Development (LID) to pick up the stormwater from the entire site where new construction occurs. The grassy swale is designed to collect and filter the first 3/4 inch storm. During any small storm, all stormwater will stay on site which will help keep the storm drains from pushing more water to the ocean. A new Church was… Continue reading…