Foundation

Foundation Engineering for Home Plans Purchased Online

by Jim Houlette April 10, 2014
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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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Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating in Post Tension Slab-on-grade Foundations

by Jim Houlette March 27, 2014

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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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette March 23, 2014

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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Raft Slab-on-Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette February 4, 2014

A Raft Slab-on-Grade foundation can be as simple as a 4” thick slab with no reinforcement and a shallow perimeter rib to an 8” thick slab heavily reinforced with deep ribs spaced roughly 10’o.c.  The wide range of concrete thicknesses and reinforcement is a function […]

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Steel Screw Pile Foundation

by Jim Houlette February 4, 2014

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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Repairs to Concrete Foundations Made Simple Using Carbon-Fiber Kevlar Grid Straps

by Jim Houlette January 31, 2014

EVstudio recently met with Pinnacle Construction where they introduced us to Carbon-Fiber and Kevlar Grids used to repair foundation walls.  Carbon-fiber has recently been introduced into the construction industry due to its very high tensile strength, lightweight and workability.  Sections of the grid can be […]

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Foundation Wall Height Design Considerations for Residential Garages

by Kacy Landsittel January 31, 2014

There are many ways that openings like doors and windows come into consideration with respect to how we, at EVstudio, design foundation walls. More specifically, there are special criteria that go into a foundation wall design for residential garages because the threshold of door openings are at […]

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

by Jim Houlette January 31, 2014

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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Platt Park Footing Inspection

by Katelyn Spainhour January 22, 2014
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Today I hit an exciting milestone in my budding career.  I conducted my first footing inspection of a model house I mentioned in a previous article!  EVstudio conducts countless site inspections of the foundation and framing plans we design, but today’s was the footing inspection […]

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

by Jim Houlette December 26, 2013

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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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 13, 2013

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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Cañon City House Foundation Update

by Matt Svoboda October 1, 2013
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Here are some new pictures of the foundation progress of one of our designs outside of Canon City. Here you can see the contractor standing at what will be the great room windows.   As you can see, nestling the house in the hillside in […]

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