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Montrose Construction Journal

In this photo gallery, we will explore the entire process. In other words, the before, the during, and the after construction and every step along the way. This will give you a great idea about what is involved in a successful garden construction project. Return often to watch the step-by-step progress and enjoy the attention to detail.

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Day one. The pool gets new plaster which is slightly darker blue. David Morello

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The day I first visited. David Morello

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End of demolition. Next, we start preparing the beds. Work in progress. David Morello

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My first visit to the site today. David Morello

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The first site visit. David Morello

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Day one. Demolition of the existing garden. David Morello

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Day one. Demolition of the existing garden. David Morello

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It's never easy removing trees except when they are diseased, unhappy, and begging for mercy. In this case, 4 Italian Cypress trees were removed. Btw, IC, do NOT like it in Houston which is why 9 out of 10 that you see are brown. David Morello

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What we have here is a fresh, clean canvass. The magnolia is going to remain. The pool has been replastered. Come back to watch the progress. The garden walls (fencing), are next. David Morello

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Dedicated to perfectionism. Here we are transferring the lines from the drawing to the job site with great precision.

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The lines have been transferred from the drawing to the site and painted with red spray paint. Very precise and accurate.

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After the red paint, the steel edging is laid. Note the precision.

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Much fine-tuning of the elevation of the steel edging but you can begin to see the specialness of the bed lines. David Morello

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The steel edging has been assembled but we still have tons of refining to do until it meets our standards. David Morello

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The Mark of Excellence. Nearing the end of week two and everything is going to plan. David Morello

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During Construction. Up next. Lots of grading and fine grading until we get the elevation of the terra firma just exactly the way we want it. David Morello

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During construction. It's all about the details. David Morello

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Step by step construction journal and today is attention to important details. David Morello

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Day 13, during construction and going perfectly to plan. David Morello

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The secret to any healthy garden is good, rich organic soil. Today we distributed just that throughout the new garden beds. The slate walkway to the front door looks especially pretty after a downpour. David Morello

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Toward the end of week three. David Morello

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Board and batten-style cedar fence. This one is double-sided as you will see in the following frame. Has to be my favorite style of cedar fence. 100% private.

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Board and batten-style cedar fence. This one is double-sided as you saw in the preceeding frame. Has to be my favorite style of cedar fence. 100% private. David Morello

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During construction. A pedestrian gate that leads to a service area will have a black star gravel floor. David Morello

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Grading and fine grading the lawn beds. David Morello

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Grading and fine grading the lawn beds. David Morello

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The arrival of the trees is always a favorite day for us as well as the client. These magnificent specimens are Slender Silhouette Sweetgum which grows to 60 feet by 6 feet. David Morello

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One of the client's favorite trees is the Slender Silhouette Sweet Gum seen here. They will grow 60 feet by 6 feet. David Morello

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Preparation for the gravel service area.

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Sometimes you discover beautiful views in places you never would expect.

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Moving along to plan. David Morello

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French drains in the lawn area. David Morello

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Something for the chef to look at between flipping. This custom trellis design will be covered in jasmine eventually. David Morello

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Even though the outdoor plumbing is messy, it's a favorite time of ours because it means that planting is right around the corner and that is the part we all love. David Morello

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Irrigation detail.

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New irrigation system check.

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Planting is next.

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One day after Hurricane Nicholas passes over central Houston, knocking out power to half a million, the show goes on. David Morello

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Everything going exactly to plan despite a two-day shutdown caused by a hurricane which shall remain nameless. David Morello

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Everything going exactly to plan despite a two-day shutdown caused by a hurricane which shall remain nameless. David Morello

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Progress report. Irrigation nozzles and the hand railing is removed at long last. David Morello

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Progress report. Almost a wrap. Everything going exactly to plan and we are on schedule despite Hurricane Nicholas.