Kacy Landsittel

Where are the Best Places to Find FREE Revit Families?

by Kacy Landsittel November 14, 2017

On one hand I have to hand it to the Revit developers for a robust and state of the art design tool. But on the other hand, and as most Revit users will tell you, the out-of-the-box Revit leaves something to be desired. This subject […]

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ICC Family of Codes – IRC, IBC – Online Library

by Kacy Landsittel October 30, 2017
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The International Code Council (ICC), the member focused association that creates and updates model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures, features a free online library of their family of codes, including the IRC and […]

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Architectural Copper – Science Meets Aesthetics with Living Finishes

by Kacy Landsittel September 28, 2017

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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Excavation for Footings, Why Soils Matter

by Kacy Landsittel August 25, 2017

In Colorado, the consistency and general make up of the earth ranges widely. Geographically speaking, the eastern portion of Colorado contains flat grasslands that transition rather dramatically to towering rocky peaks. The result is patches of clay, rock, sand and soil. The moisture content varies […]

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Foundation Wall Height Design Considerations for Residential Garages

by Kacy Landsittel May 19, 2017

There are many ways that openings like doors and windows come into consideration with respect to how we, at EVstudio, design foundation walls. More specifically, there are special criteria that go into a foundation wall design for residential garages because the threshold of door openings are at […]

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Revit Tip #9 – Change Orientation of Family During Placement

by Kacy Landsittel May 15, 2017
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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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Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall

by Kacy Landsittel May 15, 2017
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In planning and site design, and usually under the scope of civil and geotechnical engineers, earth retention becomes an integral part of how our landscapes get formed. Both for our roads and highway systems and for our buildings with challenging site conditions. So whether it […]

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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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