Sean O'Hara

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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Assembly Spaces that Require Automatic Sprinklers

by Sean O'Hara August 13, 2018

The 2009 International Building Code requires automatic sprinkler systems for a variety of reasons. One of the places that we commonly see a sprinkler required is in assembly spaces. In Groups A-1, A-3 and A-4; assembly areas over 12,000 sf or with more than 300 […]

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Top Ten Unique Homeowner Requested Rooms

by Sean O'Hara August 13, 2018
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As you might expect, as architects who design custom homes (among other things) we get a lot of interesting requests. Frequently they come from a client with the preface “I know this is a strange request”. But hey, you’re doing a custom home for a […]

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A/E Firms have an Advantage over Architects with Municipality Regulations

by Sean O'Hara August 13, 2018

Municipalities are increasingly asking for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors to stamp drawings that could previously be stamped by architects. We see this a lot with small structural and civil pieces incidental to commercial projects. Municipalities are also adding new documents to their requirements […]

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Square Footage and Cost are Related but it’s Not that Simple

by Sean O'Hara August 6, 2018

One of the most common questions that an architect hears at the beginning of a project, is “what is the cost per square foot for my project type?” As architects we look back at our past projects and the data that we get from industry […]

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Interior Renovation at Ricks Center for Gifted Children

by Sean O'Hara August 6, 2018
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In 2011 EVstudio designed an interior remodel project for the Ricks Center for Gifted Children. Ricks is a school for children from 3 years old to 8th grade and is located at the University of Denver. The original design was a great starting point and […]

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HomeWrights Blog in Developing with Great Information for People Wanting To Build a Home

by Sean O'Hara August 2, 2018

We have done a number of designs that were later built by owner/builders with the assistance of HomeWrights. I had lunch with Bob Hinz a few weeks ago and I’m always amazed at how much advice he has for people building homes. I suggested that […]

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Classification of Work and Scope in the Existing Building Code

by Sean O'Hara July 23, 2018

The International Existing Building Code is a building code that is being adopted by an increasing number of municipalities. While the International Building Code has provisions for existing buildings it offers fewer options than the IEBC. The first step in identifying the applicable code provisions […]

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Ground Floor and the Type B Multistory Unit

by Sean O'Hara July 23, 2018
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Years ago when we started this blog, I had no idea how often we’d hear from other architects that they had read something useful on it. A couple of weeks ago, I even received an email from a code reviewer that I know. While I […]

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Chain Migration for Architects and Engineers

by Sean O'Hara July 18, 2018

One of the greatest compliments we receive as a firm is when our existing employees tell their friends and former coworkers about us and they also choose to join the EVstudio team. I’ve jokingly referred to this as “chain migration” and its become a regular […]

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