October 19, 2018

The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center held a design competition for 10 forts to be exhibited in their arboretum from September 2018 to February 2019.  Our Blanket Fort design was awarded one of the coveted Fortlandia spots.  

Our fort ended up in a different...

December 19, 2016

5 years ago, Matt and I started OES with one employee - our longtime project manager, Shawn Latta.  A few weeks after we put all of our eggs in one basket in December of 2011, I found out I was pregnant with our second daughter, Ansley, with 2.5 year old Eloise in tow....

August 30, 2016

The most common question we get during the consultation process is about an appropriate landscape budget.  This of course can vary based on yard size, design needs, slope of the ground plane, and material choices.  Determining how much you want to spend on your landsca...

July 28, 2016

Bamboo is a great way to get immediate privacy without taking up a lot of real estate, which can be very helpful when you're screening a space in a small yard.  There are only a handful of plants that work in central Texas have this vertical, columnar shape without goi...

December 9, 2015

We at OES are thrilled to celebrate four years!  As of today, we have had the pleasure of completing 64 projects, from little to large – not including our three current builds.  This company could not have gotten here without the support of friends and family, from sha...

February 11, 2014

Our new favorite client, Mr. Bomar, had us design and install a deck to replace his old one.  He has lived in the house at least 50 of his 93 years; the deck was dilapidated and unsafe to walk on, much less spend a nice Austin afternoon drinking coffee on, enjoying his...

November 18, 2013

I’ve gotten numerous calls and emails requesting consultations for small spaces, where clients have been both frustrated and apologetic by the scale.  We at OES feel that this is such a satisfying challenge.  A larger space is just a bunch of smaller spaces linked toge...

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