Sean O'Hara

Time it Takes to Build

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

One of our favorite contractors sent me an email with some interesting facts from the United States Census Bureau for the year 2007. A new, single family production home built in the western United States takes about 7.3 months to build. A contractor built custom […]

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Mid-roof Inspection Engineer including Jefferson County and Westminster

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

EVstudio can provide a mid-roof inspection for Colorado roofing projects, even if you’ve completed too much. Billed hourly, painless process and quick service. 303.670.7242 x4.

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Control Contaminants During Construction Mechanical & Plumbing

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 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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The Maximum Occupant Load in the Building Code – Not a Maximum

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

There is a common misconception about the “Maximum” Occupant Load table in the International Building Code. This table list the number of occupants per square foot that you are designing to rather than a true maximum. As an example, the table lists 100 gross sf […]

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Snap to Both Sides of Walls in AutoCAD Architecture – Layer 0

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

AutoCAD Architecture walls have a justification line and a width. Sometimes snaps will only work on the justification line and not on the linework determined by the width setting. After some aggravation with this, I’ve found the cause and the solution. ACA will not snap […]

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Ramps that Don’t Require Handrails, Slope and Rise

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

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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When Do You Absolutely Have to Hire an Architect in Colorado?

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

At EVstudio we are licensed architects and we firmly believe that you should have a licensed architect design your project regardless of building type or project size. By hiring a licensed architect you’re getting access to the required education, work experience and testing that an […]

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Change of Use May Require a Structural Engineer

by Sean O'Hara August 25, 2017

When the use of a building changes from one occupancy to another, say a store to a restaurant, you certainly need an architect to help you. The architect deals with exiting, fixture counts, layout issues and provides the stamped plans that you’ll need for the […]

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Projects Outside of Colorado

by Sean O'Hara August 3, 2017

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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Why Hire an Architect When a Contractor Offers to Design-Build

by Sean O'Hara August 3, 2017

Design-build is a common delivery method in construction and a popular buzz word in the industry. What it generally means is that you hire a single person or company who both designs your project and builds your project. Design-build can be great and it can […]

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Minimum Room Sizes and Minimum Ceiling Heights

by Sean O'Hara August 3, 2017

Occasionally when designing small residential units the question comes up about what the minimum size is for a room and what the minimum ceiling height needs to be. For single family homes and duplexes we go to the 2006 International Residential Code. It states that […]

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Residential Spiral Stairs – Guidelines, Criteria and Dimensions

by Sean O'Hara May 19, 2017

Spiral staircases may be an option for your residential applications where you can’t fit a conventional staircase. These are the rules from the 2006 International Residential Code. Spiral staircases have to be at least 26″ wide with each tread being at least 7.5″ deep when […]

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