Residential

Construction Cost Per Square Foot for Single Family Custom Residential Homes 2015

by Dean Dalvit January 29, 2017
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In a continued effort to try to set client expectations as appropriately as possible at the start of a project, I have embarked on a research project that aggregates real data on new homes recently built. The result is a conceptual pricing tool that can […]

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Do This One Simple Trick to Lower Your Energy Bills for Your Home

by Dean Dalvit January 20, 2017
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We had the pleasure of having an entry in the recent Parade of Luxury Homes in Evergreen Colorado, and our home was by far the largest on the tour. Many people remarked at the size of the home and questioned what it took to heat […]

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

by Jim Houlette January 20, 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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A Reason We Have Engineers and Architects – Designing to Meet Code

by Jim Houlette January 20, 2017

EVstudio’s Structural Department was recently called to an existing house to provide recommendations to a home owner for completing a remodel in progress.   This is a typical request that EVstudio takes care of several times a week. But this visit will always be remembered, […]

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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit January 20, 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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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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Confirmed: Treated Lumber Now Looks Quite Similar to Untreated Lumber

by evstudio January 6, 2017
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It recently while performing routine structural observations it has come to find that the process of treating lumber has changed and modern treated lumber looks quite different than that of the last 5 or so years. Below is an example of what treated lumber had […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure in Montclair

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2016
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For the past few weeks we have been working hand-in-hand with the owner of a fantastic historic property in the Montclair neighborhood. The first phase of the project was to open up the kitchen and make it more livable and applicable to how people live […]

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Multi-family Housing and Accessibility

by EVstudio AEP November 30, 2016
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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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You Want to Remove a Load Bearing Wall?

by Jim Houlette November 30, 2016
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One of the most common phone calls we receive is “We want to remove a wall, we’re not sure if it’s load bearing.  Can you help?” We are happy to help! The first thing that is needed is an observation.  Our structural engineers can determine […]

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Designing Your House – Part 7

by Sean O'Hara November 30, 2016

Now let’s talk a little bit about the interior design of your home. We’re not interior designers per se but as the architects we are still designing these spaces as we design your house. We’re also incorporating these decisions into the plans to give you […]

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The Prairie Style Home

by evstudio November 30, 2016

The Prairie Style is often associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 1900s.  One of his finest examples was the Robie House with its dramatic overhangs, stretches of art glass windows, open floor plan, and sweeping horizontal lines […]

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