Residential

Project Spotlight: Modern Highlands Home

by Macy Andre October 19, 2017
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Throw Back Thursday- Residential Renaissance   EVstudio’s custom designed homes are some of the most ambitious and one of a kind projects that we love to design. This house in particular shows off how brilliant a home can turn out when you have engineers and […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio October 12, 2017

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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What’s the Difference Between NFPA 13R and NFPA 13?

by Dean Dalvit October 5, 2017
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While we typically have a fire sprinkler consultant on the design team for our projects, there are some key things that Architects must know about the systems that can influence design. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has a variety of requirements for different types […]

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Typical Rafter Insulation Detail

by evstudio September 28, 2017

Here is a typical insulation detail for a rafter framed roof.  We’re showing a 1” polystyrene baffle to provide airspace between the roof sheathing and rigid insulation for required roof ventilation.  Under that is a 2” spray foam insulation with an R-6.9 per inch thermal […]

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Surface Drainage Adjacent to Houses

by EVstudio AEP August 28, 2017

One thing we frequently hear from people when buying a new home or when looking for a new home is the concern about proper surface drainage within the first 5-10 feet from a home (backfill zone). This concern is often expressed on both new construction […]

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

by evstudio August 28, 2017

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not […]

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LEED VOC MSDS SCAQMD

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017

Part of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is to provide better environments for building occupants. Something we do every day but don’t think about much is breathing. Our lungs are very sensitive to contaminants and dust. If you have ever walked into […]

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Working with your Architect – The Written Program

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017
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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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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio August 25, 2017
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit August 25, 2017

I have recently been asked by a client about a new heating and cooling concept for their project:  geothermal heating and cooling. There is actually nothing new about this idea, but it is gaining popularity in these days of climate concerns and rising energy prices. A […]

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Foundation Wall Height Design Considerations for Residential Garages

by Kacy Landsittel May 19, 2017

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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Designing Your House – Part 4

by Sean O'Hara May 19, 2017

The next set of spaces to design are the private spaces for the family. First an easy question, how many bathrooms and bedrooms would you like to have in the house? How many of them will be used every day, which ones actually serve other […]

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