Construction Cost Per Square Foot for Single Family Custom Residential Homes 2015

by Dean Dalvit January 29, 2017
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In a continued effort to try to set client expectations as appropriately as possible at the start of a project, I have embarked on a research project that aggregates real data on new homes recently built. The result is a conceptual pricing tool that can […]

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Vintage and Modern Architectural Drawings

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

As a young architect working in the modern world I am always fascinated by older construction drawings that were completed by hand. Today we do everything final in software. It can make one think in a more rectilinear way but it also makes layout out […]

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Toilet/Water Closet Wall Clearances and Space In Front

by evstudio January 20, 2017

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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Specifying Steel Open Web Joists

by evstudio January 20, 2017

While designing a recent commercial project I ran into a new situation (for me). The project is a mixed use commercial / residential project comprised of a steel framed lower level commercial area below an elevated concrete slab with timber framed multifamily construction above. Because […]

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PV Systems for Home and Business

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017
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Most people are probably familiar with photo-voltaic (PV) systems. You see them on plenty of houses and also large arrays on the ground near large campus sites like hospitals and government facilities. If you swing by Denver International Airport you go right past a two megawatt system that will […]

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Pueblo Landscape Standards: Important Requirements for Landscape Architects in Pueblo

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

The most recent update to the Pueblo Municipal Code is the requirement by the State of Colorado to have a landscape architect stamp for projects submitted to the City’s Building Department.  The State of Colorado signed a bill with this requirement in 2007 which most […]

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Deadline for “Bang for your Buck” TV Show Application fast Approaching

by Dean Dalvit January 20, 2017

Hey DENVER! Do you or someone you know live in a cool renovated loft or condo Downtown? If you have recently renovated a space and think it deserves to win a generous grand prize, then HGTV is looking for you!! Home & Garden Television’s BANG […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure Visualized

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017
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As a continuation of our floor plan revisions to the Mansion on Olive Street in Denver we also visualized some of the key rooms. As the architect I worked closely with our in-house interior design team and the owner on helping everyone visualize the interior […]

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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit January 20, 2017

I have recently been asked by a client about a new heating and cooling concept for their project:  geothermal heating and cooling. There is actually nothing new about this idea, but it is gaining popularity in these days of climate concerns and rising energy prices. A […]

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Architect Project Delivery with Design Build Mechanical and Electrical

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017

In a traditional design/bid/build project delivery the architect hires the engineers and the engineering drawings are part of the bid package. With smaller tenant finish projects we are now seeing a scenario where the engineering drawings are being provided design/build by the contractor. The contractor […]

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Balancing Post-Tension

by Calvin Curtis January 20, 2017

Last month, I wrote a quick post about understanding the sources of long-term losses with post-tension tendons.  One of the key points to take away from that is that the more post-tension material you use, the less effective each individual tendon becomes.  However, this is […]

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Harvesting Rainwater in Colorado – Can it be Done?

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

I recently had a conversation about water usage and rights in Colorado. For years we have known that the water that falls from the sky is off limits. Back in July of 2009 that changed, sort of. It is true that with the passage of […]

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