Sean O'Hara

City Planner Humor – Planners Pointing

by Sean O'Hara April 19, 2019
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  Last night my wife and I had dinner with friends from graduate school at Georgia Tech. Three of them were in the city planning program with my wife Stephanie (my architecture school was just down the hall). I mentioned that as an architect one […]

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Interior Renovation at Ricks Center for Gifted Children

by Sean O'Hara April 19, 2019
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In 2011 EVstudio designed an interior remodel project for the Ricks Center for Gifted Children. Ricks is a school for children from 3 years old to 8th grade and is located at the University of Denver. The original design was a great starting point and […]

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Required Number of Accessible Parking Spaces

by Sean O'Hara March 29, 2019

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design establishes the minimum number of accessible parking spaces. The International Building Code requirements are very similar. They do this by looking at the amount of parking provided for a building and establishing the required total. With the ADA the […]

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Christmas Lights and Your Architect’s Design

by Sean O'Hara March 28, 2019

As I drove around today I noticed that people are starting to hang their Christmas lights. If Christmas lights are important to you and something you plan to put up on your house, multifamily building, office building, retail center, etc go ahead and let your […]

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Residential or Commercial

by Sean O'Hara March 21, 2019

Even when I was in college, people would frequently ask me if I wanted to do residential or commercial architecture. There seems to be a belief that there is a distinct difference in architects who choose to do residential and architects who choose to do […]

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The Relationship Between Architectural Scope and Fee on Tenant Finish (TI)

by Sean O'Hara March 15, 2019

I had an email conversation earlier this week with a potential client who asked if he decided to spend more or less on his tenant finish project what it would do to the fees. This is a very interesting question and points out one of […]

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Who Does Truss Drawings?

by Sean O'Hara March 8, 2019
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Most residential projects and wood framed commercial projects utilize roof trusses. A roof truss is generally cheaper and less time consuming than a roof framed with rafters. It has these advantages because it is created from smaller pieces of lumber and it is fabricated in […]

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Surveys and site layouts

by Sean O'Hara February 22, 2019

One of the first steps in a building design is analyzing the existing site to understand its opportunities and its challenges. This necessitates having a survey of the site. Therefore I will usually suggest that clients get a survey immediately after our first meeting. Once […]

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Acapulco Denver Restaurant Sketch

by Sean O'Hara February 15, 2019

I drew this quick sketch to explain the Acapulco Restaurant design to someone at the housing conference. Its drawn on the back of a sheet of heavily printed paper but it should give you a good sense of how this project may end up looking. […]

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Floor Plan for a Small House 1,150 sf with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths

by Sean O'Hara February 15, 2019
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  One of our clients likes to build smaller, affordable homes that he can keep as rentals. With this project he had a relatively narrow lot and we needed to create a narrower plan with the rooms stretching out from front to back. The finished […]

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Ramps that Don’t Require Handrails, Slope and Rise

by Sean O'Hara February 8, 2019

The International Building Code and the American’s with Disability Act set the rules for ramps in new construction and remodels. In most cases you need to have handrails on both sides, but there are a few ways to avoid handrails. The first way is to […]

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CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Initiatives

by Sean O'Hara January 31, 2019

I recently was part of a conversation with the Congress for the New Urbanism’s President, John Norquist, about the proposed changes to the elevated section of I-70 in Denver. He pointed us to the CNU Highways to Boulevards Initiative website. There are several great examples […]

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