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…

Cold Road to the Top

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This past year has taught me a lot about business. Those that pursue their head in the clouds objectives can make those become reality. We have been climbing a mountain and we are nearing that peak. That peak that is so cold and so harsh that only the strong can survive. I have some pictures just about ready to go to talk about upcoming projects, but something that I find really important is just throwing my thoughts out there. This last hurdle is going to be a very long journey. If its not clear we have… Continue reading…

Happy Holidays

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This past year has been something else.Lots of code changes in all of the cities we work in. Many very cool projects that I am glad we are a part of. Its a win win all around. The funny part to all of this is that I like to take pictures of projects and explain what’s going on. But the last few months have been hectic to say the least. Working working working. Did I mention how hard we were working? If we keep this up like I think is happening, we will become the… Continue reading…

Rainy Days

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Rainy days are the best days. I had a chance to check out a possible new project site in La Crescenta  If ever possible when approaching a site with a problem I like to give many options. Mostly options that are the cheapest, possibly free, solutions to fixing what could end up being a drainage nightmare. Thankfully the homeowner showed me a video of a decent amount of stormwater flow coming through his backyard. I looked all around and could not figure out where the water was coming from. Can’t even bother with pictures as… Continue reading…