I work for every penny I’m contracted for in the “Construction Observation” phase of my design work, but there’s rarely enough money left to complete that phase. Sometimes I do that work anyway.
Plus, things are out of my hands ultimately, no matter how clear I make my designs and plans. So much falls through the cracks, yet I survive.
All comments are based on my plans, notes in plain, modern (brief) English, graphics per industry standards -
1) pots were all in line, for a stronger effect…not installed that way; 2) winter annual plants never changed from project close-out in January, but it’s bordering on infernal in mid-July, winter annuals never changed
Not northern 88F heat, or eastern humid heat with 30″+ of rain / year…but it’s also not 4 months of Phoenix hyper-summer. Blessed!
There’s a balance between paying one’s mortgage (for 21 years), or rent that’s now 25% higher for less (with 1 and not 2 incomes), then not selling out.
boulders not buried 1/4 into grade, just set on top of mulch…or even with mulch fudged up to boulders……….
This installation was during an unusually cold period in the coldest month (December) of a mostly mild winter, with more than one day;s high at 32F. And a few nights near 0F…yes, they used pick axes in some areas to do work, to meet the big restaurant opening.
boulders installed after they were specified – during finish grade and before planting…
see anything other than far-off storms during the monsoon or “rainy” season?
anything? Buhler?? Buhler-rrr??? (#80’s)
Greek Germander was sneaked into the middle of specified Trailing Germander…the clay loam soils will have the final say…
Some excuse such things as, “well, David, …”, but that’s lame. I wonder how many of them do the same? Would their client$ excuse it with their real money expenditures? Many of us know how / the amounts of money and time are divided among any project team.
1) the development entry monument is still not constructed, hense the sparse look; 2) weeds…could be worse, but…
no water harvesting basin…summer downpours will run off more…
I’m just happy when the contractor on one of my projects gets 80% a project right; with all my work over 8 states, it hasn’t always been that great. So, 80% is like awarding them with an A+ to me. But that’s my 25 years in the field, and I know others who have it easier.
Luck does not come from working harder. It just is, or is not.
Client – “David, you forget that it rained and was humid all week”…
mold…why the Zephyranthes were not establishing – 3x / week irrigation
Me – “you don’t realize that monsoon season humidity and rain means no irrigation”. Maintenance guidelines were swiftly sent a 2nd time…no response. My fault to be sure – not!
Am I blessed? I sure am, at some level.
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Even though an unusual amount of humid weather lingers and for so long, it actually turned into real rain…3.5″ last week, doubling our 2014 rainfall.
And the Sooners won a football game they might normally choke at in WV. It could be worse!