Sean O'Hara

Designing Your House – Part 1

by Sean O'Hara November 6, 2018

The first part of information that we need in programming your project is often the most straightforward. What is the address and legal description for the project? I actually like to confirm this prior to the first meeting so that we can research the property […]

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Hire a Real Structural Engineer When Buying a Home

by Sean O'Hara October 29, 2018
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One of my wife’s long time friends is moving to Denver and he asked that I, as an architect, come take a look at the house that they were buying. Going from Phoenix to Denver there are quite a few differences in how houses are […]

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9-Story Mixed-Use Tower

by Sean O'Hara October 29, 2018
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This is a quick sketch that we recently put together for a proposed 9-story mixed-use building. It has a podium of parking on the bottom level with multifamily housing above. At the beginning of projects we use a variety of tools to create concepts to […]

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Wind or Fallen Tree Damage Report by a Structural Engineer

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2018

Unfortunately, we are experiencing some high winds as the year ends.  Although structures built in the last 20 years should have been designed to withstand a 90mph wind gust or higher in some areas along the front range it doesn’t protect the structures from falling […]

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Put a Light Switch on the Bed Wall in Your Bedroom

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2018

If you’re the type of person who likes to climb into bed and watch TV or read a book before bed you probably don’t enjoy getting up to turn off the light. What I’d suggest is putting in a 3-way switch for your bedroom lights […]

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Have Your Architect Hire the Engineers

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2018

In the traditional architectural project the client will hire the architect and in turn the architect will bring on any consultants and engineers that are necessary to deliver the project. Recently, I’ve seen a number of clients who prefer to hire all of the consultants […]

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Designing Your House – Part 9

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2018

What is the structure that is going to be holding up your house? More than any of our previous questions, your initial answer may be that’s why you hired an architect. While it’s defintely true, we still like to explore your options with you and […]

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Common Egress Window Sizes and Operation

by Sean O'Hara September 28, 2018

I recently posted an article on the rules behind egress windows. I realize that knowing the rules doesn’t necessarily mean that you know the most common window sizes for each different window operation. So here are the basics and some links to the Anderson Window […]

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Involving an Architect in Your Home Buying Process

by Sean O'Hara September 19, 2018

The smart home buyer knows when to involve an architect, engineer or land surveyor. Sometimes you need more than a home inspector.

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Include an Exterior Door in Your Addition

by Sean O'Hara August 23, 2018

Last fall, my wife and I designed an addition to our home. It was a fairly straightforward addition with only a couple areas inside the house being remodeled to accommodate it. To save money and hassle we wanted to be able to live in the […]

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Use 5/8″ Gypsum Board With 24″ Stud Spacing

by Sean O'Hara August 23, 2018

Most residential projects are framed with wall studs at 16″ on center and finished with 1/2″ gypsum board. To save lumber many builders are moving to 24″ centers where they can, in interior walls or at exterior walls where the trusses are aligned with the […]

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How Many Toilets and Sinks Do You Need – Plumbing Fixture Requirements

by Sean O'Hara August 23, 2018
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Have you ever wondered how a mall only seems to have one set of restrooms while an office building has nearly as many on every floor? It all comes back to the plumbing fixture requirements dictated by the building code. When we design a building, […]

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