Matt Svoboda

This or That #2: Soffit vs. Eave

by Matt Svoboda May 15, 2017

These two architectural terms are often used interchangeably and it’s understandable since two people pointing out the soffits and eaves on a house, let’s say, may appear to pointing to the same thing.  So what’s the difference? In this corner: an eave is the lowest […]

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Revit Tip – Finding Lost Levels

by Matt Svoboda May 15, 2017

Today’s Revit tip helps ease a common frustrating task…relocating lost levels which you know exist, but for whatever reason have left the visible area of your current view.  Often in new elevations and / or sections, levels that you wish to include can be hidden way off in […]

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This or That #4: Trellis vs. Pergola

by Matt Svoboda May 15, 2017
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Home and garden advertisements interchange these a lot…so what’s the real difference? In this corner: a trellis is defined as “a frame or structure of latticework frequently used as a support for growing vines or plants”. And in this corner: a pergola is defined as […]

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Accessible and Smart Rec Center Cabana Design

by Matt Svoboda April 12, 2017

One of the most important functions of recreation center cabanas in family locker rooms is providing a convenient place for users of all physical ability levels to change in comfort and privacy. As the recreation center cabana concept has become more common, the diversity of target users has increased and the types and […]

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Crawlspace Access

by Matt Svoboda April 10, 2017
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So, your new construction includes a crawlspace and you’ve remembered to either ventilate it or condition it mechanically (please see a previous EV blog post on this).  So now you just need a way to get in there! The International Residential Code requires access for […]

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Family Locker Rooms in Your Recreation Center

by Matt Svoboda April 10, 2017

In family locker rooms, full service “cabanas” with their own toilet, lavatory, shower and changing area are now more common.

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This or That #5: Isometric vs. Axonometric

by Matt Svoboda January 20, 2017
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Isometric vs. Axonometric The names for these types of three-dimensional drawing are often used interchangeably, which is somewhat correct because in fact one is a subset of the other, so what’s the difference? In this corner: an axonometric projection is a type of orthographic projection where […]

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Revit Tip: ALL YOUR TAG ARE BELONG TO US

by Matt Svoboda January 20, 2017
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Often you will see things on your screen that only almost make sense. Here is a common occurrence of indecipherable text in Revit…I’ll tell you why it happens and how to avoid it. When you create an elevation view in Revit, a tag for that […]

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This or That #6: Stack vent vs. Vent stack

by Matt Svoboda November 30, 2016

Stack vent vs. vent stack This comes straight from the pages of the ARE and serves as a reminder of the kind of minutiae I tried to memorize just before taking each section of my exams.  It’s a classic this or that because they sound […]

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This or That #3: Arcade vs. Colonnade

by Matt Svoboda June 10, 2016

Good luck finding a book on classical architecture that doesn’t mislabel one or both of these features, so what’s the difference?  You’ll kick yourself…once you look at the roots the answer seems obvious. In this corner: an arcade is defined as “a series of arches […]

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Revit Tip – Controlling Halftones

by Matt Svoboda June 10, 2016
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We use halftoned items in our drawing sets fairly sparingly.  Since the vast majority of the set contents are essential, the only halftoned items tend to be graphic nuances like objects appearing in the background in sections, furniture layouts and shadows in elevations and renderings.  […]

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Cherry Hills Village – Composing an Entry

by Matt Svoboda June 10, 2016

We recently finished a master bathroom addition that is a good example of how composed sight lines and clearly aligned circulation paths can enhance one’s experience while moving through a space.  In the image below we see the new entrance to the master bath with […]

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