Sean O'Hara

Elevator Machine Rooms Need To Be Rated Too

by Sean O'Hara December 14, 2017

The International Building Code requires that elevator machine rooms and machinery spaces have at least the same rating as the elevator shaft. The openings into the machine room also need to be protected with doors having a fire rating equal to the fire rating of […]

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Letter of Recommendation From Beck General Contractor

by Sean O'Hara December 7, 2017

One of our the recent projects was the remodel of the Boettcher Center at DU. The project’s general contractor was Beck. Vince D’Amico was the project manager and at the end of the project he wrote us a very nice letter of recommendation. We also […]

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Control Contaminants During Construction Mechanical & Plumbing

by Sean O'Hara December 7, 2017

During construction it is important to verify that your contractor is protecting your mechanical and plumbing system from contaminants. Not protecting these systems can be harmful to the systems and your health. There are two types of contaminants that you generally want to protect against. […]

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Assembly Spaces that Require Automatic Sprinklers

by Sean O'Hara December 7, 2017

The 2009 International Building Code requires automatic sprinkler systems for a variety of reasons. One of the places that we commonly see a sprinkler required is in assembly spaces. In Groups A-1, A-3 and A-4; assembly areas over 12,000 sf or with more than 300 […]

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When Should You Contact an Architect? What Phases of Your Project Can an Architect Help With?

by Sean O'Hara December 7, 2017

There is a common conception that the architect is the person you contact when you need plans for your project. That is only partially correct. In addition to your plans, a good architect can help you with many of the other phases of your project. […]

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Where the Building Code Requires More Than Two Exits

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2017

In most building types the occupant count is low enough that the building is only required to have  one or two exits. The International Building Code calls out where you must have more. In each story where you have 501-1,000 occupants you are required to […]

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Santa Fe Style Home with Walkout Floor Plan

by Sean O'Hara November 29, 2017
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At EVstudio, not only do we design a variety of custom house sizes, we also design in a number of styles. I’ve noticed that the readers really like floor plans, so here is one from a Santa Fe Style Home that we did. It has […]

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Matching Old Paint Isn’t Easy

by Sean O'Hara November 14, 2017

I’ve done a couple remodeling jobs lately on my own house and a rental house that we have. In both cases I knew exactly the color and luster of the paint but it is impossible to get the colors to match when you put them […]

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Don’t Make Your Solid Blocking Too Solid – Attic Ventilation Requirements

by Sean O'Hara November 14, 2017

I was at a job site today and noticed that the contractor had used blocking between trusses where the blocking was large enough that it actually blocked off the ventilation from the soffits.  They’re going to have to go back and put holes in the […]

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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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