Brian Welch

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

by Brian Welch March 8, 2019
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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 […]

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

by Brian Welch February 22, 2019
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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 […]

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

by Brian Welch February 15, 2019
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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 […]

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

by Brian Welch February 8, 2019
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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 […]

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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 […]

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

by Brian Welch January 24, 2019
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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 […]

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

by Brian Welch January 17, 2019
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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 […]

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

by Brian Welch January 10, 2019
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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 […]

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Educational Series: From Buying to Building in the Foothills

by Brian Welch January 11, 2018

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 […]

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Cooperative Purchasing- How to save on Public construction projects

by Brian Welch November 14, 2017

The case of the Field of Dreams: Two football seasons ago, I was approached by a superintendent who was looking to change the face of his athletic program.  This small school had low lying wetland with poor drainage which led to tired grass football and […]

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