Anthony Ries

Wooden Churches in Transylvania

by Anthony Ries June 10, 2016
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November 8th was Bram Stokers 165th birthday and of course Halloween was a just a week before. So I think it is fitting to talk a little  bit about the humble, yet magnificent, wooden churches of Transylvania. We associate that word with terror and vampires […]

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Sometimes Architects Still Sketch

by Anthony Ries June 10, 2016
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In an age when computers have taken over our lives I still like to do things by hand. Particularly in the early stages. Computers are great, don’t get me wrong, but a huge benefit in working more closely with your hands is that the ideas […]

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Mountain Modern Home Construction Update

by Anthony Ries June 3, 2016
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Today I took a walk of the mountain modern custom home that we have going up in Evergreen. As architects we like to get out of the office and see our work being built. Walking the site and having a conversation with the general contractor and tradesmen […]

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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by Anthony Ries June 3, 2016

Passive solar cooling may seem like an oxymoron to many. After all, the sun is hot and we’ve learned that radiant energy heats up everything on earth that it strikes? That is true and we can use it to our advantage. Keeping things cool The […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure Visualized

by Anthony Ries June 3, 2016
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As a continuation of our floor plan revisions to the Mansion on Olive Street in Denver we also visualized some of the key rooms. As the architect I worked closely with our in-house interior design team and the owner on helping everyone visualize the interior […]

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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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