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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EVstudio and Oakwood Homes: Denver, CO “The Volante”

by Shannon Osiecki March 29, 2019

EVstudio has been engaged by Oakwood Homes for engineering work for multiple sites in Colorado and Utah throughout the years. Recently EVstudio assisted Oakwood with “The Volante: Carriage House at Green Valley Ranch,” located in Denver, Colorado.  “The Volante” is one of many options for […]

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Multi-family Housing and Accessibility

by EVstudio AEP March 28, 2019
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The Fair Housing Act requires housing equality in terms of accessibility. This was passed in 1988. Three years later construction guidelines where published for builders and architects to follow. In general there are 7 requirements that must be followed. Those 7 key areas are: 1. […]

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Typical Rafter Insulation Detail

by evstudio March 28, 2019

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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Type ‘A’ vs. Type ‘B’ in Residential Design

by EVstudio AEP March 26, 2019

Type A dwelling units are those that are required by and defined in the International Building Code. These units are referenced in Chapter 11 of the IBC and have to comprise at least 2% of the units in R-2 occupancies so long as there is […]

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Residential or Commercial

by Sean O'Hara March 21, 2019

Even when I was in college, people would frequently ask me if I wanted to do residential or commercial architecture. There seems to be a belief that there is a distinct difference in architects who choose to do residential and architects who choose to do […]

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Mediterranean Style Homes

by evstudio March 21, 2019

As a first disclaimer, a ‘Mediterranean’ style house is bound to be a mishmash of a number styles and customs across an entire region of countries – the Mediterranean is a large body of water.  There are several characteristics that apply across the board that can […]

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Additional Color Scheme for Lakewood Townhomes

by EVstudio AEP February 15, 2019
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As part of our color selection and design process for the Lakewood Townhomes we looked at three material and color palettes. Below is the second of those schemes. It’s definitely fun, vibrant and exciting. As a multi-disciplinary team we have the staff in house with […]

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Getting Nailed: A Brief History of Nails

by evstudio February 8, 2019

Unless they get one in their car tire I am willing to bet that the average person does not spend a lot of time thinking about nails. I actually do think about nails quite a bit, but then again I am a structural engineer who, […]

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Foundation Wall Height Design Considerations for Residential Garages

by Kacy Landsittel February 8, 2019

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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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio January 31, 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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Designing Your House – Part 5

by Sean O'Hara January 17, 2019

We’ve moved through the major spaces in the house both public and private and now its time to discuss the accessory spaces. The laundry room can be as simple as a closet or far more complex. How much space do you want to dedicate to […]

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