Colorado

Jefferson County Height Restriction

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 12, 2019
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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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Final Document Stamping Options Explained

by Heather Cooper July 8, 2019
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Stamping final documentations for any jurisdiction in Colorado to review can be a complicated, stressful, and an annoying process to figure out, especially if these requirements are not listed on the necessary websites. One of the standard tasks to do when starting a project is […]

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Structural Wood Framing Connectors from Simpson Strong-Tie and USP

by Jim Houlette, PE May 30, 2019

Simpson or USP?  Each company has a wide range of framing connectors that meets the needs of almost every type of wood connection you can think of.  In addition, each company provides connectors for epoxy bonding, retrofitting, and other various products to create quick structural […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio May 30, 2019

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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Clear Creek County Energy Code Requirements

by evstudio May 30, 2019

Clear Creek County Colorado has three different options to choose from when submitting residential energy code requirements.  Option 1 is to use the prescriptive insulation requirements for Climate Zone 7, along with Efficient Heating Unit and Duct Sizing (Manual J and Manual D calculations).  An […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette, PE March 29, 2019

A deep foundation system that is gaining popularity in areas with difficult soil, contaminated soil and due to its speed of construction is steel screw piles. At first glance screw piles look like the typical helical pier.  However, there are significant differences that make a […]

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Getting Nailed: A Brief History of Nails

by evstudio February 8, 2019

Unless they get one in their car tire I am willing to bet that the average person does not spend a lot of time thinking about nails. I actually do think about nails quite a bit, but then again I am a structural engineer who, […]

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Landscape Architecture available from EVstudio in Colorado

by evstudio January 17, 2019

Landscape Architecture is a necessary component for land development plan approval and building permit approval for many jurisdictions.  EV Studio provides landscape architecture along with all other related disciplines to assure quality control for your project. We work with a broad range of private and […]

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EVstudio Designed Home Constructed at The Highlands at Breckenridge

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 3, 2019
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EVstudio’s Mountain Studio does a lot of work across the Colorado mountains as well as the western region in general. One of our single family projects was a 4,000 square foot resort home in the Highlands at Breckenridge. One of the challenging requirements of mountain […]

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Great City Views from a Custom Home

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2018
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One of the great perks to building a home in the mountains is the great view of the surrounding mountains or valleys. Another view that is often over-looked is the fantastic view of the Denver metro area that is available on the right site. A […]

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Different Structural Foundation Types

by Jim Houlette, PE November 30, 2018
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  There are many different foundation types and each one has a unique feature and advantage over other types.  I’ll go into a brief summary of each foundation type and why I used the foundation design in each situation.  Here is a list of the […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio November 30, 2018

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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