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  • Building A Documentary

    By Ann Chen

    Posted on July 06, 2017

    When I pitched the idea to make a documentary series about CG&S’ 60-year history, I was taking a chance. I had worked on documentaries before as a production assistant and writer, and I knew all the steps to go through; but I had never tried to put a documentary together from start to finish. I would need to figure out how to use the camera equipment and editing software, how to set up a shoot, how to make a budget. It would be built from the ground up.

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  • Sticker Shock

    This Isn't HGTV ;)

    By Barbara Elizabeth Ricketts

    Posted on June 29, 2017

    What should you expect when starting out on a remodeling project? Most people don’t do sizeable renovations very frequently and HGTV, although very entertaining, is really just that—entertainment! After all, the featured tradespeople and suppliers are providing free labor and materials to be on TV, so the stated project costs are a bit skewed.

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  • Max & The Texas Water Safari

    The World's Toughest Canoe Race

    By Ann Chen

    Posted on June 16, 2017

    They call it “the World’s toughest canoe race”—and for good reason. Stretching from where the San Marcos River forms down to the Gulf Coast, the Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile race that has been testing the mettle of its participants since 1963. For CG&S estimator and adventurer Max Hambly, the most recent race marks his seventh journey down the river, an experience which never fails to instill a sense of humility, humanity and community in him.

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  • “Chaos On Corral”

    Spring 2017 Washers Tournament

    By Ryan Davis

    Posted on June 07, 2017

    On a beautiful May afternoon, the employees of CG&S Design-Build convened to contest the title of best team in the “Chaos On Corral” washers tournament.

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  • Climbing The Six Gates: Gate 6

    Client For Life

    By Stewart Davis AIA

    Posted on March 15, 2017

    We are all about keeping our clients’ trust for life. We like to think of our past clients as extended family members, and hope they feel the same.

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  • Climbing The Six Gates: Gate 4

    Final Design

    By Stewart Davis AIA

    Posted on March 08, 2017

    Well, here we all are standing outside of Gate 4. Right now it’s locked. On the other side is the fun and challenging creative work it will take to refine our design concept into a set of detailed instructions for permitting and building the project.

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  • Celebrating 60 Years

    CG&S Embarks On Documentary Series Project

    By Ann Chen

    Posted on February 22, 2017

    History is a story, and, as with any story, there are multiple versions. For us, CG&S’ 60 year history is many things at once.

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  • Climbing The Six Gates: Gate 3

    Concept

    By Stewart Davis AIA

    Posted on December 28, 2016

    You have committed to solving your home’s challenges by signing up with CG&S to do the planning and design for your project. When you enter into a pre-construction agreement with us, it opens Gate 3 into the great beyond, where we look at your home’s future, and develop smart and creative design strategies together.

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  • Climbing The Six Gates: Gate 2

    The Pre-Construction Services Proposal

    By Stewart Davis AIA

    Posted on October 20, 2016

    OK, we have had a mutually beneficial first meeting, we have discussed your design needs and priorities, our thoughts on budget, described the design-build process, and both parties want to get a bit more serious. Wonderful! That means that we agree to walk together through Gate 2, and we will put some serious time and attention in putting together a written proposal to thoroughly plan the project for your review.

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