Kacy Landsittel

Another ICF Foundation Home Under Construction

by Kacy Landsittel May 15, 2017

We have designed several homes that feature ICF construction for foundations. This home is currently being built high above Idaho Springs, Colorado. In this case, ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) is only being used for the walk-out basement. They offer great thermal performance and streamline construction […]

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How to Create a Custom Scale for Not-to-Scale Drawings

by Kacy Landsittel May 15, 2017

We often work with prints of drawings, architectural and structural details, etc. as we collaborate with consultants and clients. Sometimes these are not-to-scale (“N.T.S”, as may be indicated) prints so you can’t measure directly off the print with a scale. Here are some ideas and […]

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Easy Method to Generate Roof Material Take-offs – Roof Squares

by Kacy Landsittel May 15, 2017

This follow up article provides a method for generating roof squares of roof material. Builders, contractors and suppliers use “roof squares” as a unit of area for roof materials. All this term really means is that the actual square footage value is divided by 100 […]

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Revit 2012 – Where are the Special Characters?

by Kacy Landsittel April 28, 2017

Typing and creating notes in Revit is similar to AutoCAD, however use of special characters requires a couple extra steps. To be able to use a symbol in Revit such as degrees or diameter, from the Windows operating system anyway, one needs to open the […]

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Round Log Siding in Residential or Commercial Construction

by Kacy Landsittel April 27, 2017
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Log built structures are one of many specialized construction types that we have extennsive experience with at EVstudio. It is fairly typical that some of the building, like the upper or lower story for example, is not constructed of log but instead of typical stud […]

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Jeffco 2009 IRC Quick Code Check

by Kacy Landsittel April 27, 2017

I came across this portion of Jefferson County’s website, Quick Code Check, that is a very helpful, sort of an abridged, 2009 IRC. It is basically a few key excerpts from the code book that contain some of the most basic and common code issues […]

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Vent and Insulation Clearance in the 2009 IRC

by Kacy Landsittel April 27, 2017
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For rafter framed or truss framed roof construction, not only is ventilation of these cavities required by the 2009 International Residential Code, but a minimum air flow clearance is required to maintain the path of ventilation. Per the 2009 IRC, Chapter 8, Section 806.3, here […]

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Pre-engineered Truss Terms and Configurations

by Kacy Landsittel January 20, 2017

Your architect should  be supplied design and calculations for review of wood trusses prior to manufacturing. This allows the architect to verify that the intentions for the architecture side of things are matched up with the truss design. The graphics are simplified examples (courtesy of […]

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Structural Implications for a Residential Deck to be Designed for a Hot Tub

by Kacy Landsittel December 14, 2016

From time to time EVstudio is asked about the feasibility of retrofitting an existing deck to accommodate a hot tub and in some cases to design a deck for a hot tub on a new project. Here is some basic background information on the structural […]

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Architectural Copper – Science Meets Aesthetics with Living Finishes

by Kacy Landsittel June 10, 2016

Copper takes form in many ways and applications in our built environments. Plumbing lines, plumbing fixtures, electrical conducting applications, as an architectural metal for the exterior skin as siding or roofing and many others, the precious metal also is at the whim of exterior and […]

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AutoCAD Tip – Example of Accurate Location of Objects with Rotation Command

by Kacy Landsittel June 10, 2016

This article is intended for a person having basic knowledge and familiarity of AutoCAD who needs a method for accurately locating an element in a drawing relative to other elements. There are other methods to accomplish the task of accurately locating objects relative to other […]

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Revit Tip #9 – Change Orientation of Family During Placement

by Kacy Landsittel May 17, 2016
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At the intermediate levels of Revit, there are a number of tricks to aid the design flow process. This tip removes an otherwise additional step of using the rotate tool when inserting and placing a family and allows you to align it with any line […]

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