Anthony Ries

Progress Update on Modern Home in the Mountains

by Anthony Ries October 8, 2014
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One of the greatest parts of being an architect or engineer is seeing a building come out of the ground. I recently toured a modern home project of ours which is under construction. This view is from the southwest corner of the home. The main […]

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Green Roofs – Some are Intense

by Anthony Ries October 4, 2014

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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Terms to Know When Choosing Windows – U-Factor, SHGC & VLT

by Anthony Ries October 2, 2014

There is more to know about windows than casement, double-hung, Low-E, double or triple pane. While Low-E and the number of panes can give a basic idea on the performance characteristics of a window assembly, it is also good to know a couple other key […]

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Green Roofs – Extensive

by Anthony Ries September 20, 2014

I recently wrote about intensive green roofs. On the other side of the green roof coin is the extensive green roof. This type provides many of the same benefits of the intensive system but does it with a lot less fuss. These green roof systems […]

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Cantilevered Stair in Modern Home

by Anthony Ries August 29, 2014
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I swung by one of my projects today to see how things were coming along. The last time I was there the stairs to the upper level were temped in. Today the steel frame for the cantilevered stairs shone in all its glory. At one […]

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Good Design Involves the Little Things

by Anthony Ries August 29, 2014
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Whenever I head out to most suburbs in the evening I have a heck of a time finding the correct house. Part of it is the mess of winding curving streets and that everything is named Park Place, Park Drive, Park Circle, Park Lane, etc. […]

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Mixing Paints and Doing Subtraction

by Anthony Ries August 29, 2014

When paints are mixed together each absorbs certain wavelengths of light. The color that is not reflected is what we see. For instance, if red wavelengths are absorbed, yet blue and green wavelengths are reflected, then we see that color as blue-green. One thing to […]

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Double Skin Façade

by Anthony Ries August 20, 2014

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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Open for Business During Construction

by Anthony Ries August 20, 2014
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One of our recently designed projects was recently permitted with no review comments and is now under construction. The project is a remodel of an existing retail center at a very busy intersection. The owner and tenants where very concerned about the impact the remodel […]

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5 Ways to Finish a Concrete Floor

by Anthony Ries July 29, 2014

Concrete floors in homes and businesses don’t have to be large expanses of gray or covered in tile or carpet. There are several options for finishing the concrete in order to breathe life into it or bring out concrete’s hidden beauty. Integrally colored – This […]

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Great City Views from a Custom Home

by Anthony Ries July 29, 2014
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One of the great perks to building a home in the mountains is the great view of the surrounding mountains or valleys. Another view that is often over-looked is the fantastic view of the Denver metro area that is available on the right site. A […]

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Working with your Architect – The Written Program

by Anthony Ries July 15, 2014
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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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