Anthony Ries

Solar Hot Water Radiant Heat

by Anthony Ries October 8, 2014

I was recently asked about heating a home with a radiant floor heating system that utilized solar hot water. This seems a counterintuitive at first since the sun only shines during the day and it shines for less than 12 hours during some of the […]

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Setting up a Remodel Project in Revit

by Anthony Ries October 8, 2014

There are many things to consider when choosing a software platform. One of the main things I look for is that the software doesn’t limit what I want to do, that is, it shouldn’t get in the way of design. Said another way it should […]

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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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