Planning

A Bump-Out for Traffic Calming and Storm Water Management

by John W. Olson October 4, 2014

Bump-outs (also known as “curb extensions“) have become commonplace in many subdivisions across the country.  They are also common in the existing neighborhoods as a means of traffic-calming.  The purpose is to provide an additional element in protecting the vehicles parked on the street and enabling shorter, […]

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Experience Urbanism at a Reasonable Pace

by Sean O'Hara October 2, 2014

It is spring in Denver and its harder than ever to want to stay inside. People are running, riding bikes, driving their convertibles, fixing the lawn and eating on the patio at El Noa Noa. Denver is sunny year round, but the spring is especially […]

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Feasibility Analysis for Your Next Project

by Bill Foster September 24, 2014

We were recently asked by a client to see if the project they wanted to build on a site would work and roughly how much it would cost and I thought it might be helpful to our readers to know what information is important and how […]

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When Should You Contact an Architect? What Phases of Your Project Can an Architect Help With?

by Sean O'Hara September 20, 2014

There is a common conception that the architect is the person you contact when you need plans for your project. That is only partially correct. In addition to your plans, a good architect can help you with many of the other phases of your project. […]

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Multi-Family Apartments in Colorado Springs

by Elizabeth Olney September 20, 2014
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EVstudio is currently working on the schematic design phase of a mixed-use development in Colorado Springs, CO. The ultimate goal of the client is to complete three components on the approximately 16 acre property, including commercial/retail, 344 Apartment units, and associated Clubhouse facilities with Guest […]

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Surveys and site layouts

by Sean O'Hara August 29, 2014

One of the first steps in a building design is analyzing the existing site to understand its opportunities and its challenges. This necessitates having a survey of the site. Therefore I will usually suggest that clients get a survey immediately after our first meeting. Once […]

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Feasibility Studies – Look Before You Leap

by Matt Weigers July 15, 2014

You wouldn’t buy a house without an inspection or a car without a test drive would you?  It makes sense that before you commit yourself to such an important investment you want to make sure that what you are buying meets your expectations and needs; […]

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HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson July 15, 2014

I am in the process of retrofitting the foundation plantings for the Spring Creek Townhome Association in Colorado Springs.  The original landscape designer or landscape architect had specified plant material that did not fit the space it was given.  This is a common mistake with […]

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

by evstudio July 15, 2014

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not […]

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Common Land Surveys Available From EVstudio in Colorado

by evstudio July 14, 2014

EVstudio has a Colorado Professional Land Surveyor as part of our team and provides a variety of surveys to meet our clients’ needs. Four of the most commonly requested surveys are improvement location certificates, land survey plats, improvement survey plats and ALTA/ACSM surveys. IMPROVEMENT LOCATION […]

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Jefferson County Height Restriction

by Sean O'Hara May 20, 2014
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Jefferson County, Colorado has changed the way that they look at building height effective May 20th, 2008. This is the first change in this definition since 2002. Its a little hard to explain so hopefully I’m allowed to post this graphic from the Zoning Resolution. […]

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Streetscape Brick Paver Considerations

by John W. Olson April 23, 2014

The Incorporation of pavers in a Streetscape is a great way to economically break up the monotony of a sidewalk. Even a single band of brick pavers can go a long way to incorporate elements of the architecture into the landscape. The Country Club Plaza […]

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