Anthony Ries

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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Setting up a Remodel Project in Revit

by Anthony Ries July 15, 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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Additional Color Scheme for Lakewood Townhomes

by Anthony Ries July 15, 2014
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As part of our color selection and design process for the Lakewood Townhomes we looked at three material and color palettes. Below is the second of those schemes. It’s definitely fun, vibrant and exciting. As a multi-disciplinary team we have the staff in house with […]

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3rd Material Option for Lakewood Townhome

by Anthony Ries July 15, 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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Progress on Mountain Modern Home

by Anthony Ries July 15, 2014
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It is always nice to see continual progress made on projects. Below is an image showing the bulk of the framing complete. Soon the large exposed beam with the LVL in the foreground perpendicular to it will have additional framing to create the roof cantilever. […]

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Basics of LEED Green Associate

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

When the LEED system arrived on the scene a number of years ago it was really quite simple to attain the accreditation. As the system has continued to mature so has the system for accrediting individuals. Now it takes a more knowledge, work and dedication […]

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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

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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Revit Tip #37 – Import a Pattern File

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

Here is a quick tip for Revit if you need to import a pattern file for use as a model material. The standard pattern file will not scale properly or line up with the surface it is on. If you are importing a pattern for […]

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