Construction

Home Maintenance – It Can Save Your Life

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 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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Cantilevered Stair in Modern Home

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017
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I swung by one of my projects today to see how things were coming along. The last time I was there the stairs to the upper level were temped in. Today the steel frame for the cantilevered stairs shone in all its glory. At one […]

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Top 10 “Alternative” Construction Methods

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017

There is a lot of conventional wisdom out there about what is “typical” for building construction practices. While the collective experience of available labor and availability of materials tends to drive how things get designed and built, it is important not to get stymied by routine practices. […]

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How to Start Rebuilding When Fire Strikes

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017
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When massive forest fires make the national news, it is unsettling. When the fire is in your community, it is frightening and when you or your property is directly affected by the fire, it is devastating. The recent fires in Conifer have reminded us of […]

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Staples or Nails? Choosing the Right Fastener for Wall and Roof Sheathing

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017

We are often asked by contractors if they can substitute framing staples instead of nails for their wall and roof sheathing fasteners. There is no easy universal answer to this question because the location of the project may place it in a high wind or […]

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Historic Preservation and Sustainability – One Strategy Contributing to Both Goals

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

Dean and I had a very interesting meeting with the Heritage Resources Program Leader for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service last week and during our meeting we began discussing the idea of sustainability and historic preservation. This very topic will be […]

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SIPs Design Guidelines to Reduce Cost

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017

We just recently completed another SIPs design for a single family home in Colorado. Along the way, we came across some very useful information on how to value design the home so that we were able to achieve the best cost on the SIPs package. While […]

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Building Season in Colorado, What About Winter?

by Sean O'Hara May 15, 2017

We frequently have projects and clients who are concerned with the idea of building during a Colorado winter. Snow, ice, cold temperatures and frozen ground can all make building more difficult. With that being said, in the Front Range cities, like the Denver metro, we […]

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American Water Building in Framing

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

Our American Water Building in Texas is moving along quite nicely. The framing is up and so is some of the structural steel. Soon they will be placing the roof trusses. EVstudio is providing construction administration services on this project. Through reviewing shop drawings, product […]

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Glazing in Commercial Solid Wood Doors

by Dean Dalvit May 15, 2017

We have recently installed a number of solid wood commercial doors in our Denver studio at 1117 Cherokee Street and during the pricing and selection process, we asked about the price difference to have glazing in the door slabs. As it turns out, glazing a […]

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

by Jim Houlette May 15, 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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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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