Sean O'Hara

Operable Windows in Aluminum Storefront Systems and Curtain Wall Systems

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

A few weeks ago I toured a project with Brion Doyle from Spectrum General Contractors and we talked about options for putting operable windows into storefront and curtain wall systems. As it turns out, many manufacturers have not anticipated or provided for the architect’s push […]

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Lecture Hall Building Looks Like the Rendering!

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017
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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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How Can You Tell if a Door is Fire Rated

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

When you’re putting together code reviews for remodels and additions in commercial projects, its often important to know which existing doors are rated. Figuring it out is pretty simple, in order to qualify as a rated door it has to be labeled. So look at […]

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Architect Project Delivery with Design Build Mechanical and Electrical

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

In a traditional design/bid/build project delivery the architect hires the engineers and the engineering drawings are part of the bid package. With smaller tenant finish projects we are now seeing a scenario where the engineering drawings are being provided design/build by the contractor. The contractor […]

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

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 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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Architect/Client Privilege? What Does Your Architect Keep Secret?

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 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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Welcome

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 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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Cast in Place Concrete vs Post Tension Slab – Construction Cost

by Sean O'Hara January 6, 2017
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We’re currently discussing options for concrete sport courts with a client. The two options are a cast in place concrete slab or a post tensioned slab. Generally speaking the perception is that a post tensioned sport court is more expensive than a cast in place […]

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Include an Exterior Door in Your Addition

by Sean O'Hara January 6, 2017

Last fall, my wife and I designed an addition to our home. It was a fairly straightforward addition with only a couple areas inside the house being remodeled to accommodate it. To save money and hassle we wanted to be able to live in the […]

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Minimum Space Between Counters in a Kitchen – How Wide Should the Aisle Be?

by Sean O'Hara January 6, 2017

When designing a kitchen the question always comes up about how big the aisle needs to be between counters and base cabinets. There are some rules of thumb that I like to use. For residential kitchens the absolute minimum aisle is 36″ and you can […]

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9-Story Mixed-Use Tower

by Sean O'Hara December 14, 2016
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This is a quick sketch that we recently put together for a proposed 9-story mixed-use building. It has a podium of parking on the bottom level with multifamily housing above. At the beginning of projects we use a variety of tools to create concepts to […]

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Open House Plan for a Small 20′ Wide House

by Sean O'Hara December 14, 2016

One of my favorite repeat clients called a few days ago and needed a plan for a small house to go on a 25′ wide lot in Denver. The house itself could not be more than 20′ wide. The client wanted a plan that would […]

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