Sean O'Hara

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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Implementation Date for 2010 ADA Standards

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2016

We’ve begun to see the 2010 ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) Standards brought up on new construction projects. Like many codes the date in the title is not necessarily the date where it begins to apply. Given that commercial projects tend to takes month and […]

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Architect License in New Mexico

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2016

I recently completed the steps to get an architectural license in New Mexico. We’ve had an engineering license in New Mexico for a few years but with some potential for work in New Mexico it made sense to invest in the architectural license. Members of […]

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You Built Without a Permit and Received a Stop Work Order – Now What?

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2016

As architects and engineers we are typically in the business of providing permit drawings before people do construction. But sometimes people choose to build something without getting the proper permits and when someone turns you in, you’ll receive a stop work order. When that happens […]

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