Day: February 6, 2019

Permanent Makeup Water Connections to Heating Water Systems

A typically designed and/or installed detail for a heating water system (and hydronic systems in general) shows the makeup water with a permanent hard connection to the heating water system.  The EV Studio Mechanical Department recommends against this practice, however. There are a few reasons for this.   Even if an isolation valve is provided to …

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Cafeteria & Stage in Gymnasium Renovation at DMIS

Cafeteria & Stage at Denver Montclair International School – Denver, Colorado This project is a revision to the gymnasium building at Denver Montclair International School. The building was a gymnasium and movie theater while the Air Force still owned Lowry. The school had been using the gymnasium but the former stage area had been boarded …

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Gabion Walls can be used for Landscape Design as well as Retaining Wall Design

One type of site wall system that is very common in Europe, and only beginning to gain popular acceptance in the US is a Gabion Wall System. Essentially, a Gabion wall is a wire cage that is formed to contain loose rocks as a mass. These cages can be stacked to form taller walls, and …

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Platt Park Footing Inspection

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 for the first house that I had ever designed as …

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You Wouldn’t Download a House, Would You? 3D Printing Homes

3D printing technology is experiencing a bit of an explosion at the moment. Your local Home Depot has a MakerBot display, and many libraries around the world offer fabrication stations along with the reference section and magazines. All of that is very interesting, but perhaps closer to home for some of us, the technology is …

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ILC vs. LSP or ISP, ALTA, Oh My!!

I recently found this detailed explanation of the different Land Survey documents frequently requested in the real estate industry (Thanks to Green Mountain Surveying – Boulder, CO).  I figured I would post this here for future reference: Improvement Location Certificate (ILC): The main certificate required in many real estate transactions. All visible improvements will be …

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Visualizing Home Layouts Before They Are Even Built- GPS and Google

Your Future House in Today’s Google World Today the number of digital tools available to us grows larger at an ever-increasing pace. Recently I have discovered one such tool called Google MyMaps, which is capable of importing lines from house plans into google maps. The imported lines can then be shared with and viewed by …

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