Sean O'Hara

Skyline Ink

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

After finishing undergraduate school at Oklahoma, a couple of my classmates, namely Blake Pettus and Brian Eyerman started a rendering company in Oklahoma City. Now Blake has moved to Taiwan, but Brian is still there with a staff of eight cranking out some great renderings […]

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The Build-To Requirement – A Different Sort of “Setback”

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

Pieces of land have zoning regulations that dictate what you can put on the site and where you can put it on the site. The most common regulation is the setback, which tells you how far from the edge of the property you can put […]

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Classification of Work and Scope in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

The International Existing Building Code is a building code that is being adopted by an increasing number of municipalities. While the International Building Code has provisions for existing buildings it offers fewer options than the IEBC. The first step in identifying the applicable code provisions […]

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Denver Building Code & Energy Calculations

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

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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Projects Outside of Colorado

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

The majority of EVstudio’s projects are in Colorado and the projects that we do through 157 Architecture are all in Texas. However we have done work in quite a number of states and we enjoy practicing in new areas. In the last couple years we’ve […]

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Jim Houlette nominated for Builder Partner of the Year

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018
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Jim Houlette, the Director of EVstudio’s Structural Engineering Department has been nominated to be the HBA’s Builder Partner of the Year. Jim and the structural team work with many of the top homebuilders in Denver along with custom home clients, multifamily and a wide variety […]

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Building Height Restrictions Vary – Always Double Check

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

One of the challenges in designing a large home is conforming with the height restrictions. The most common maximum building height is 35′ but it varies greatly. I’m seen as little as 17′ for portions of a Denver lot to unlimited building height. What is […]

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Boulderspace

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018

I just ran across the Boulderspace blog. Well worth a look, lots of architecture related topics and its more than just Boulder. Originally posted 2008-10-10 02:19:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Calculating Fire Resistance Ratings of Wood Assemblies Using the IBC

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018
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Architects and Contractors can spend a lot of time hunting for miscellaneous fire rated assemblies in wood construction. What you’ll eventually learn is that the easiest place to design your own 1-hour assembly is Section 721.6 of the International Building Code. The section details the […]

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Lecture Hall Building Looks Like the Rendering!

by Sean O'Hara November 16, 2018
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Its really not a surprise to the architect when the finished building looks like the rendering but its always nice to see. This is from a lecture hall that we did for the Christian House of Prayer. The finished photo: And now the rendering:   […]

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BLIPMODE – AutoCAD Command to Remove the Pick Point Crosses

by Sean O'Hara November 6, 2018

In AutoCAD, when the BLIPMODE setting is set to “ON”, wherever you click on your drawing, AutoCAD will show a little white cross (+). I’m not sure why you’d typically want this and I always set it to “OFF”. Like many things in AutoCAD, sometimes […]

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

by Sean O'Hara November 6, 2018

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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