Modern Mountain Home in Evergreen Colorado Nearing Completion

by Dean Dalvit February 5, 2016

We’re very excited to be seeing the completion of a modern mountain home we designed in Evergreen Colorado near completion. The Certificate of Occupancy was recently released and the owners are moving in. EVstudio provided all of the Architecture, Structural and Civil Engineering on this […]

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The Grove Lofts on Montropolis Construction Progress

by Ian Paulin February 5, 2016
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Last week I did a site visit on one of our multi-family projects under construction in South Austin. The Groves Lofts is a design build project we work with  Richmond, Virgina based McCann Reality Patners. The project consists of 156 units that are spread across […]

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Have Your Architect Hire the Engineers

by Sean O'Hara February 3, 2016

In the traditional architectural project the client will hire the architect and in turn the architect will bring on any consultants and engineers that are necessary to deliver the project. Recently, I’ve seen a number of clients who prefer to hire all of the consultants […]

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Restrained versus Unrestrained Members

by Calvin Curtis January 22, 2016
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In the last several months, I’ve had many questions about what constitutes a “restrained” concrete member, and what constitutes an “unrestrained” concrete member.  The volume has been such that I’ve decided to take a break from my usual post-tensioned discussions and lay this out. This […]

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Surveys and site layouts

by Sean O'Hara December 31, 2015

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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Sometimes Architects Still Sketch

by Anthony Ries December 4, 2015
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In an age when computers have taken over our lives I still like to do things by hand. Particularly in the early stages. Computers are great, don’t get me wrong, but a huge benefit in working more closely with your hands is that the ideas […]

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And a Column Shalt be Under Thine Beam

by Matt Svoboda December 4, 2015
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One of the most frequently made mistakes in traditional design is the misalignment of a column with regards to the beam or entablature it is supporting.  The face of the beam (on both the inside and the outside) should align with the slenderest part of […]

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Designing Your House – Part 9

by Sean O'Hara November 25, 2015

What is the structure that is going to be holding up your house? More than any of our previous questions, your initial answer may be that’s why you hired an architect. While it’s defintely true, we still like to explore your options with you and […]

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Alternatives for IDP Hours (Free Supplementary Education Experience)

by EVstudio AEP November 25, 2015

As NCARB continues to revise the requirements for obtaining/recording IDP hours, new deadlines arise for Architectural Interns. The latest phase change is for those with a non-conventional education background (if you do not have a 5-year professional degree or Master of Architecture). As new timelines […]

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Designing Your House – Introduction

by Sean O'Hara November 20, 2015

Programming is the architect’s term for figuring out what elements need to be in a project and how they should fit together. Ideally at the beginning of each project you should go through the programming process with your architect and give them all of the […]

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Creating Nested Tags in Revit Families

by Trevor Karstens November 11, 2015
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Often, when creating a family in Revit, such as an electrical switch or receptacle, there are a number of varieties that we want to be able to indicate on the actual drawing plan rather than scheduling them, as we would with most other families. This […]

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Give Your Architect Too Much Information

by Sean O'Hara October 1, 2015
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When I meet with new clients about their projects, about half the time they apologize because they feel they are giving me too much information. I tell them “don’t apologize, I’d rather have way too much information than not enough information”. So, if in doubt, […]

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