Anthony Ries

3rd Material Option for Lakewood Townhome

by Anthony Ries December 2, 2014
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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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The Four Treatments for Historic Properties

by Anthony Ries December 2, 2014

When working with, or evaluating, federally registered historic structures it is important to understand the basic approaches that can be taken in regards to modifications. Rehabilitation: This treatment is when an owner wants to maintain the historic character of the building yet use it for […]

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Don’t Just Build! Get a Building Permit

by Anthony Ries December 2, 2014

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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Mountain Modern Weathertight

by Anthony Ries November 13, 2014
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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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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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