Sean O'Hara

Hire a Real Structural Engineer When Buying a Home

by Sean O'Hara November 14, 2017
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One of my wife’s long time friends is moving to Denver and he asked that I, as an architect, come take a look at the house that they were buying. Going from Phoenix to Denver there are quite a few differences in how houses are […]

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Common Light Bulb Base Sizes – Edison Screw

by Sean O'Hara October 30, 2017
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When replacing a light bulb, its helpful to know a bit more about it. In addition to knowing the voltage, wattage, color temperature and type of bulb, its also important to know that screw-in type bulbs come in several different diameters. The screw mounts are […]

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Letter of Recommendation from ICF House Client in Utah

by Sean O'Hara October 30, 2017

I just received a nice letter of recommendation from Steve Clark. We designed an ICF house for Steve in Kane County, Utah. He is a licensed PE in Utah and he provided the site survey and we worked with him to meet his exact needs […]

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We Can Also Design How to Take a Building Down

by Sean O'Hara October 30, 2017

Most people think about hiring an architect to help them put up a building, but we are also hired to design how to take a building down. This is especially true when the demolition requires careful detailing. The photograph is from the recent demolition of […]

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Should Not Be Overlooked – Go Out and Get One

by Sean O'Hara October 30, 2017

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, oderless and tasteless gas that it also extremely toxic. It is product of combustion and is present in buildings with fireplaces and gas fired appliances like furnaces and water heaters. Typically it is vented from the building and is not […]

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Welcome

by Sean O'Hara October 19, 2017

I’m going to begin writing a regular blog for the friends, clients and potential clients of EVstudio. If you’re not already familiar with EVstudio, we’re an architecture and planning firm based in Colorado with our first office in Evergreen and our second office in Denver. […]

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Denver Building Code & Energy Calculations

by Sean O'Hara October 12, 2017

Beth Freeman called the Denver Building Department to ask about their new requirements for energy calculations on single family residences. We haven’t had to submit them in the past, but we’d heard that some builders had. The word from Denver is that you do not […]

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NCARB Certificate and Architects, What Does it Mean

by Sean O'Hara October 12, 2017

One of the more important qualifications on my architectural resume is having an NCARB Certificate. But what exactly is an NCARB certificate, who needs one and how do you get one? NCARB is the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. NCARB is a non-profit federation […]

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Egress Windows and Emergency Escape

by Sean O'Hara October 5, 2017

The International Residential Code spells out a number of code requirements for egress windows and emergency escape in houses and other residential buildings. First, you’re required to have at least one egress window or door in a basement and in every bedroom. If you have […]

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Architect/Client Privilege? What Does Your Architect Keep Secret?

by Sean O'Hara October 5, 2017

I’ll start by saying that there is no legal sort of architect/client privilege where we can hide what you tell us from the courts. However, at EVstudio we will keep information private from third parties upon your request. A common example is the client who […]

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Can You Choose a Contractor on Cost? Does Hard Bid Work?

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2017

Hard bid pricing is a standard in the building industry that after several years in decline appears to be making a come back. In a hard bid situation, multiple contractors take the same set of plans and specifications and at the end of the bid […]

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Drinking Fountains and Janitor Service Sinks – They are Required Fixtures

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2017
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When we put together plans for small projects people often ask “why are you putting in a drinking fountain and a janitor’s sink?” The answer is pretty simple, even on small projects they are required by the International Building Code. Whatever the size of your […]

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