Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 20, 2015

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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Solatube – Daylighting Alternative

by evstudio March 4, 2015

Our office recently participated in a lunch and learn featuring Solatube Tubular Daylighting Devices hosted by Scott Beckman of SolarGreen. Solatube is a device that collects light, similar to a skylight, then reflects the light through highly reflective tubing to the intended destination. The collector […]

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Ipe Wood vs. Composite Decking

by evstudio February 9, 2015

We recently designed a house in which the homeowner is considering both Ipe wood and composite decking for the exterior decks.  Ipe is one of the strongest and most durable wood decking materials available due to its extremely dense grain.  When left untreated, Ipe wood decking can […]

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Sapphire Reviewer- Running a Model

by evstudio February 5, 2015
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As EVstudio gets further into the process of modeling structural layouts in Sapphire Reviewer, we are continually finding creative solutions to common issues that arise when running a model. The image below shows one of our houses after the MXF files have been imported and […]

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Typical Rafter Insulation Detail

by evstudio January 31, 2015

Here is a typical insulation detail for a rafter framed roof.  We’re showing a 1” polystyrene baffle to provide airspace between the roof sheathing and rigid insulation for required roof ventilation.  Under that is a 2” spray foam insulation with an R-6.9 per inch thermal […]

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Utilizing Revit for A&E Services

by evstudio January 24, 2015
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Revit is one of the most powerful tools we use at EVstudio to communicate ideas between our architects and engineers. I recently worked on a project with Matt, one of our fantastic architect in the Denver office, on a remodel/addition of an existing 4-plex. With […]

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Determining Section Properties with AutoCAD

by evstudio January 14, 2015
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I know that all engineers loved taking Mechanics of Materials in college – where finding the mass moment of inertia, radius of gyration, and centroid were actually enjoyable problems to work out. However, AutoCAD has made our lives much easier by integrating a MASSPROP command […]

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Lose Weight Today! Ask Me How. – Steel Beams

by evstudio January 2, 2015

I apologize if the title is misleading. The weight I am talking about is the weight of steel beams. Why am I concerned about the weight of steel beams you may ask? The answer is that steel product suppliers typically price steel beams in terms […]

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Toilet/Water Closet Wall Clearances and Space In Front

by evstudio December 16, 2014

It’s often tempting to try to squeeze bathroom spaces when designing a house.  A comfortably sized bathroom is worth the extra few inches though. The IRC says the minimum width from the centerline of the toilet to the nearest cabinet or wall is 15″, making […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio December 16, 2014

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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‘Tis the Season for Decks

by evstudio December 16, 2014
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This year we have had such an early spring that our deck design is already in full swing. Since all the snow has melted from decks, balconies, and patios – it has come time to re-evaluate our outdoor living space. With the beautiful Colorado weather, […]

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Insulfoam R-Tech Under-Slab Insulation

by evstudio December 2, 2014

The builder for the Haley Residence we designed in Evergreen is using Insulfoam R-Tech for the under-slab insulation.  Insulfoam R-Tech is a high-performance, block-molded expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid insulation product for under-slab applications.   It is an ideal solution for projects that incorporate radiant-heat flooring systems, as […]

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