Construction

New Location of EVstudio Texas Featured in Killeen Daily Herald

by evstudio May 15, 2017

Construction is underway for the new home of EVstudio Texas. The new location at 109 W. Avenue D in Copperas Cove, Texas is Copperas Cove native and EVstudio Texas principal Gene Dane’s effort to give back to the community and help revitalize the city’s abandoned […]

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Basics of Radiant Heating and Cooling with Hydronic Systems

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

A radiant system is based on the concept of radiant heat transfer in order to warm and cool a space. Typically we see the floor as the main medium for this system but it can also be incorporated into baseboards, walls and ceilings. There are […]

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Mountain Modern Home Construction Update

by EVstudio AEP April 27, 2017
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Today I took a walk of the mountain modern custom home that we have going up in Evergreen. As architects we like to get out of the office and see our work being built. Walking the site and having a conversation with the general contractor and tradesmen […]

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Denver Dad Saves $$$ on Post-Tension Tendon Supports Using One Simple Trick

by Calvin Curtis April 7, 2017

Last month, I discussed the need for precompression in a post-tensioned slab.  In that post, I mentioned that the code minimum amount of precompression is 125 psi for elevated slabs. I’ve also mentioned some of the various types of elevated decks in the past.  One […]

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Why It’s Critical To Have Correct Floating Sill Plates on Slab-On-Grade Floors in Colorado

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

When I’m requested to investigate a house with structural concerns one of the first things I check is proper floating sill plates on slab-on-grade floors.  I’m always amazed how so many basements are finished without a floating sill plate or some way of allowing the […]

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Double Skin Façade

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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Home Maintenance – It Can Save Your Life

by EVstudio AEP January 20, 2017

We do a fair amount of work observing structures after a fire.  Sometimes those fires start from a child with a cigarette lighter or an electrical short due to faulty installation. We primarily inspect for structural integrity but sometimes we consult on how to properly install a new fireplace. Other […]

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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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Include an Exterior Door in Your Addition

by Sean O'Hara January 6, 2017

Last fall, my wife and I designed an addition to our home. It was a fairly straightforward addition with only a couple areas inside the house being remodeled to accommodate it. To save money and hassle we wanted to be able to live in the […]

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Precompression vs. Balanced Load in Post-Tension Concrete

by Calvin Curtis January 6, 2017

My Post-Tension elevator speech is pretty well rehearsed at this point: “We drape steel cables — tendons — in the concrete forms, and then place the concrete.  Once it cures, we pull the ends of the tendons, which try to straighten out.  That does three […]

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Confirmed: Treated Lumber Now Looks Quite Similar to Untreated Lumber

by evstudio January 6, 2017
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It recently while performing routine structural observations it has come to find that the process of treating lumber has changed and modern treated lumber looks quite different than that of the last 5 or so years. Below is an example of what treated lumber had […]

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Q&A

by evstudio January 6, 2017

One of our primary goals in writing the EVstudio blog is to answer your questions about EVstudio and your larger questions about architecture, planning, development, construction, new urbanism, real estate, Denver issues, Colorado issues, AIA issues etc. Please let us know any questions or issues […]

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