November 2, 2017

Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy assigned a group of first and second grade teachers to a Monarch Team to create an outdoor learning space for the students.  Kasey Kirk, a special education teacher at the east Austin school reached out for volunteers to help wit...

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...

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 2, 2012

This project came to completion at the end of the seventh day.  The final details included lopping the posts and capping them, installing the rest of the screws once all the planks were up, finishing up the details on the gate, and final cleanup. There were a couple of...

January 25, 2012

This was the day that the planks were completely put up, both gate frames were installed (and corrected), and half of the screws were put in to finish the inside.  It goes by more quickly when we mark for both screws, but only put in one, which is enough to hold the bo...

January 17, 2012

On the fifth day, the crew finished putting up the panels on the long side on the right, turned the corner, and made it along the back side of the property.  They also put up the second gate frame using Shawn’s ingenuity of making saw horses out of the scrap fence post...

January 14, 2012

On the fourth day of this installation, the crew was able to put up most of the panels along one of the long sides of the yard.  As a refresher, check out day 1day 2, and day 3.  Here’s the project photo gallery on Facebook again. Be sure and “like” us...

January 13, 2012

The third day of this project was spent finishing setting the fence posts and starting to install the cedar planks.  See posts on day 1 and day 2 for more images and descriptions of previous days’ work for this cedar horizontal basket weave fence.  And go to our...

January 12, 2012

If you haven’t already, check out day 1 of this fence project.  The second day was spent collecting materials and starting to set the fence posts.  The collection of materials took quite a bit of time since the boys had to wait for around 60 steel posts to be cut at...

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