Foundation

Another ICF Foundation Home Under Construction

by Kacy Landsittel May 15, 2017

We have designed several homes that feature ICF construction for foundations. This home is currently being built high above Idaho Springs, Colorado. In this case, ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) is only being used for the walk-out basement. They offer great thermal performance and streamline construction […]

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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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Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating in Post Tension Slab-on-grade Foundations

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

The structural department recently designed and observed the construction of a post tension slab-on-grade foundation that incorporated a hydronic radiant floor system.  Although there is nothing special about a hydronic radiant floor system in the basement floor, many builders and owners wonder if it can […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2016

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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Repair of Badly Damaged Joist and Sill Plate Due to Water Moisture

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

The repairs are complete at a residence in Greeley where water moisture was so severe along the entire north face of the house the joists and sill plate had crushed like cardboard.  EVstudio’s Structural Department worked with Complete Basement Systems to provide a high quality […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio June 10, 2016

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio June 10, 2016

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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Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Pier Foundation

by Jim Houlette June 3, 2016

Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Piers are constructed by drilling a hole into the ground and filling it with concrete and reinforcing. The diameter of the pier varies depending on the load the pier must support.

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Resistance Piers for Economical Foundation Repair

by evstudio April 28, 2016

EVstudio is asked quite frequently to perform structural evaluations of cracked foundation walls. These cracks are often due to settlement. Modern design philosophy (and most geotechnical reports) calls for the original structural engineer to design foundation walls to clear span ten to fifteen feet to […]

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Interrupted or Narrow Spread Footing Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 22, 2016

When the site has low to moderate swelling soil an interrupted or narrow spread footing may be used.  The Geotechnical engineer will specify a maximum and a minimum soil bearing pressure.  Most people understand a maximum soil bearing which is discussed more at our post […]

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Foundation Engineering for Home Plans Purchased Online

by Jim Houlette April 21, 2016
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Many people are searching the internet and purchasing home plans online.  While these plans won’t be custom tailored to fit your exact needs, many people find they are close enough. However, there is one very important thing to keep in mind when purchasing these plans, […]

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