Design

Understanding Trus Joist Pro Ratings and Minimum Deflections by Code

by Jim Houlette, PE July 26, 2019

When designing floor joists engineers must check several design properties including moment, shear, bearing and deflection.  In this article we are going to focus on deflection since it is a common complaint from homeowners. For any structural member deflection limits must be satisfied based on […]

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Phases of Service

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP June 6, 2019

Our website is currently undergoing a renovation and I recently uploaded a new front page. I’m seeing that the information from one of the old pages more likely belongs in the blog under the new organizational structure. So here it is, the most common phases […]

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Climate Change and an Architects Role

by Michael Hammond June 6, 2019
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In this day and age, it’s hard to not hear about the state of our environment. Whether you call it “Global Warming” or “Climate Change,” the word is increasingly getting out about how we as humans are directly affecting our planet, and it isn’t for […]

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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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Structural Modeling in Revit

by EVstudio AEP April 19, 2019

With each new project we use more and more of the tools in our BIM toolbox. The latest tool that we have developed to the level of prime-time is our structural steel framing within Revit. We are currently working on a very unique custom home […]

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EVstudio Has the Building Professionals You Need

by EVstudio AEP April 19, 2019

At any given time we have a large number of projects under construction. During the construction phase of a project questions invariably arise. That is the nature of the work, whether new, or more frequently, renovation work. At times those questions are best answered by […]

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Working with your Architect – The Written Program

by EVstudio AEP April 19, 2019
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We have another new home entering into the construction document phase from schematic design. It’s been a joy to work with this particular client in large part because they had a well thought out program – or list of spaces they want in their home. […]

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Social Networks for Design Inspiration

by evstudio March 29, 2019

Surely you’ve heard of Pinterest by now; it’s the social media website that allows users to virtually “pin” images and links that they find inspiring, from delicious looking recipes to captivating architectural masterpieces. Pinterest has provided both designers and homeowners a place to collect information […]

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5 Services to Consider When Working with your Design Team

by EVstudio AEP March 28, 2019
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When hiring EVstudio to work with you on your building project, you’ll always get a great experience working with the team of architects and engineers through the pre-design, design, construction documents  and construction phase. That’s a given but sometimes it makes sense to hire us […]

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Why Hire an Architect When a Contractor Offers to Design-Build

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP January 18, 2019

Design-build is a common delivery method in construction and a popular buzz word in the industry. What it generally means is that you hire a single person or company who both designs your project and builds your project. Design-build can be great and it can […]

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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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