Day: February 8, 2019

Getting Nailed: A Brief History of Nails

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, for years, has specialized in timber construction. But how long …

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Foundation Wall Height Design Considerations for Residential Garages

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 grade elevation. It is firstly critical that the wall maintain a …

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Grades of Solid Clay Masonry – Bricks

Common building bricks come in three grades which indicate the bricks resistance to weathering. The weathering general refers to how much rain is expected and how low the temperatures get. NW: Negligible Weathering – Typically used for interior applications as well as a backup for face brick. For areas with minimal rain and above freezing …

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BIG BIM, little BIM = Good Design

BIM (Building Information Modeling) One of my Architecture professors once told me that the materials and methods you use to express your design will also affect the design itself. For example, building a model out of clay pushes your design towards a more monolithic structure, while using paper tends to lean the building toward a …

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Simply Paint? …..High Performance Coatings

High Performance Coatings: What are high performance coatings?  Most of us do not know the difference between coatings applied in a house versus high traffic / high wear coatings applied in places like schools and recreation areas or light industrial spaces. Coatings typically serve two purposes, the one that comes to mind is the aesthetic …

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

Part 5 –Permits, Building Design, Contractors, …and more Permits With the lot purchased and the home footprint and location refined, it was time to get a set of permit documents ready for submission.  Each county is unique with their permitting process and requirements can vary drastically; this is ever apparent when building in counties west …

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