Anthony Ries

Software as a Design Tool – Cantilevered Stairs

by Anthony Ries May 17, 2016

Here at EVstudio we use a number of different software packages to design and document our work. Our documentation may be done in AutoCAD, Revit or Bently BIM. Our design work is sometimes quickly completed in SketchUp. I even used it to fully document some […]

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Mountain Modern Weathertight

by Anthony Ries May 17, 2016
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Another mountain modern project is nearing completion. This one has been all closed in since the middle of December. It was perfect timing since the garage is set up as the staging and prep-work area. It’s much more comfortable to work in the mountains, in […]

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Type ‘A’ vs. Type ‘B’ in Residential Design

by Anthony Ries May 17, 2016

Type A dwelling units are those that are required by and defined in the International Building Code. These units are referenced in Chapter 11 of the IBC and have to comprise at least 2% of the units in R-2 occupancies so long as there is […]

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Phase Change Materials

by Anthony Ries May 5, 2016

Anyone who lives in the Denver area is familiar with the large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Designing a home with proper solar orientation and thermal mass can help protect the interior of a home from these severe swings. In the summer thermal mass […]

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Don’t Just Build! Get a Building Permit

by Anthony Ries April 22, 2016

We’ve talked about it before yet it bears repeating. Make sure you get a permit before you pound the first nail! We have a client who is looking at an existing retail location in a multi-unit building that used to be a dry cleaner. Between […]

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3rd Material Option for Lakewood Townhome

by Anthony Ries April 22, 2016
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Our final color and material palette is below. This is one of the most conservative schemes in terms of color. The idea was to make most the building very basic but them make the canted, cantilevered walls pop out just that much more by using […]

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Architectural and Structural Coordination in 3 Dimensions

by Anthony Ries April 21, 2016
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You may have heard that we use a software package known as Revit. One of the things that we really like other than the fairly intuitive interface is that the architects and the structural engineers here work within the same file. Once the schematic design […]

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Considerations of Fly Ash in Concrete.

by Anthony Ries April 8, 2016

Fly ash is becoming more popular as a substitute for cement in concrete. The Federal government has been allowing and encouraging its use for quite some time. It was actually used extensively in the construction of the Hoover dam. Another less known fact is that […]

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Home Maintenance – It Can Save Your Life

by Anthony Ries March 24, 2016

We do a fair amount of work observing structures after a fire.  Sometimes those fires start from a child with a cigarette lighter or an electrical short due to faulty installation. We primarily inspect for structural integrity but sometimes we consult on how to properly install a new fireplace. Other […]

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Working with your Architect – The Written Program

by Anthony Ries March 24, 2016
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We have another new home entering into the construction document phase from schematic design. It’s been a joy to work with this particular client in large part because they had a well thought out program – or list of spaces they want in their home. […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by Anthony Ries March 24, 2016

Last week we talked about the first two components of successful daylighting. This week we follow up with the next two: Assess lighting needs for typical visual needs Use of apertures to create focus and mood These two components are somewhat advanced strategies the breathe […]

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Green Roofs – Some are Intense

by Anthony Ries March 15, 2016

I want to talk today about intensive green roofs. These roofs are beautiful but expensive due to their continued maintenance and irrigation requirements and structural requirements.  In exchange for high cost a building owner gets a green roof that can have a large variety of […]

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