Jim Houlette

How to Repair Brick Walls that are Separating (Delamination)

by Jim Houlette May 30, 2019
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In the last year I’ve been finding an increase in the number of brick wall failures.  Most of the walls are in need of repointing due to the age of the dwelling and some are in need of more significant structural repairs.  One common repair […]

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Video of the Two Story Basement in Denver

by Jim Houlette May 23, 2019

We recently blogged about a new basement remodel we designed.  This was no ordinary basement remodel, this one was two stories deep. The contractor doing the work, Crawlspaces2Basements, has recently posted a video of the basement.  You can really see in the video he size […]

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Bentley RAM Structural Software used by EVstudio

by Jim Houlette May 21, 2019

The structural department prefers to use Bentley RAM structural design software for our finite element design needs.  The total design package includes many different tools that can be used individually or together as shown above when several different materials and framing members are used.  The […]

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EVstudio is now using Blackpoint Software with ACA

by Jim Houlette May 7, 2019

Our structural department is working with Oakwood Homes and has recently added Blackpoint Software to AutoCAD Architecture (ACA) to help improve our services to our Client.  Blackpoint provides may great features for home builders.  First, it helps to organize and track plans, it also helps […]

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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019
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One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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Post Tension Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019

A Post Tension (PT) slab-on-grade (SOG) foundation is based on a typical raft SOG foundation with one major difference; high strength steel tendons pulled into tension.  Tendons are typically ½” diameter made of 7 steel wire strands that is then greased and encased in a […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 19, 2019

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 29, 2019

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a […]

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Different Structural Foundation Types

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2018
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  There are many different foundation types and each one has a unique feature and advantage over other types.  I’ll go into a brief summary of each foundation type and why I used the foundation design in each situation.  Here is a list of the […]

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Repair of Badly Damaged Joist and Sill Plate Due to Water Moisture

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2018

The repairs are complete at a residence in Greeley where water moisture was so severe along the entire north face of the house the joists and sill plate had crushed like cardboard.  EVstudio’s Structural Department worked with Complete Basement Systems to provide a high quality […]

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Save Yourself from Bad Architecture

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2018
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In my neighborhood a house was remodeled back in the late 90s.  They added some  finished living space and enlarged the garage.  Great things to give the homeowner more space and improve the value of their home.  Unfortunately, the outside didn’t match the rest of […]

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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock

by Jim Houlette September 28, 2018

EVstudio provided post tension foundation design for the recent St Francis of Assisi Church.  The Church is being built by Fransen Pittman and designed by Architectural Innovations, LLC. This was a great project to be a part of.  The project was an addition to an […]

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