Brian Welch

Educational Series: Building in the Foothills

by Brian Welch April 19, 2019
Thumbnail image for Educational Series: Building in the Foothills

EVstudio has a rich history in providing educational information via our blog, lectures and community outreach for all things A/E related. We believe that by sharing our knowledge we can be an asset to schools, young professionals in the industry and other service organizations by […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch April 5, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 11 – Siding, Final Inspections, Fun…and a baby Final inspections started in the middle of September with Final Fireplace, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing inspections all going quickly.  Minor things like caulking the shower handle plate and toilet base, a pin in the door to […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch March 29, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 10 – Flooring, Cabinets, and Tile The end was in sight even though it was only July and there was still lots to do.  The work became easier to tackle each night since each task could be split into smaller tasks and progress was […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch March 21, 2019

Blog 9 – Subs, Sheetrock, Insulation, Gas, …. And Xcel With an exhaustive sigh of relief, most of the significant physical obstacles were in the rear-view mirror.  Moving forward, most of the work included things I needed to have others do or was comfortable with […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch March 8, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 8 – Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, and Testing With the exterior waterproofing of the home well underway, the focus turned to the interior organs.  This was the one area that I was by far the least familiar with and the least comfortable doing.  I felt good about […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch February 22, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 7 – Framing, Trusses, Walls, Weather Proofing…and Family Trusses and Lumber During the development of the plans, I started pricing lumber and trusses to ascertain a budget. This also allowed me to review truss and lumber companies where I could value engineer or adjust […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch February 15, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 6 – Footings, Foundations, Slabs, Inspections, and Backfill…in January While I was waiting for permits, I started preparing for the construction work.  I lined up my excavator, staked outbuildings corners and set elevations for excavation, and sent plans out to subs to price out […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch February 8, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 5 –Permits, Building Design, Contractors, …and more Permits With the lot purchased and the home footprint and location refined, it was time to get a set of permit documents ready for submission.  Each county is unique with their permitting process and requirements can vary […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch January 31, 2019

Part 4 – Mountain Terrain, Site Planning, Water, …and Expensive Waste As I mentioned before, a mountain lot will most often drive the home design process.  One thing that I firmly believe in is the coordination between the contractor, owner, architect, and engineer; every piece […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch January 24, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part  3 – Land Search, Home Style…and Hospitals Despite what the impressions may be, there aren’t many lots available in the area; the good ones go quickly while the rest are analyzed over and over.  There are a lot of questions that we get when people […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch January 17, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Blog 2 – Construction, Colorado, Dress Pants…and Sweat Pants As I mentioned in my first Designing a Dream segment, my name is Brian Welch; I’m an engineer, I’m a house builder, and I like to think I provide a unique blend of the characteristics of […]

Read the full article →

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch January 10, 2019
Thumbnail image for Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 1 – Engineers, Architects, Contractors…and Spare Time There’s often a disconnect or bias between engineers, architects, and contractors; some contractors believe designers don’t know how to apply real life to paper and some designers think that contractors can’t read or follow plans (and that’s […]

Read the full article →