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Grades of Solid Clay Masonry – Bricks

by EVstudio AEP February 8, 2019

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 […]

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BIG BIM, little BIM = Good Design

by EVstudio AEP February 8, 2019

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, […]

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Landscape Edging: Which Variety Should I Use?

by EVstudio AEP February 6, 2019

Landscape edging is the physical barrier between two landscape surfaces, most commonly a landscape bed and turfgrass.  There is a multitude of types of landscape edging available on the market today, but how much of it is beneficial to your landscape?  I am going to […]

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

by EVstudio AEP February 6, 2019
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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 […]

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

by EVstudio AEP February 6, 2019

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 […]

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9 Lighting Disasters to Avoid in the Kitchen and Bathroom

by EVstudio AEP January 29, 2019
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Many common solutions we typically see in kitchens and baths are far from the best solutions, but are repeated again and again because people are not sure how to light those spaces well.  Lighting design can transform a space from drab to dynamite. It’s especially important in […]

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The City of Denver MultiFamily Development Process

by EVstudio AEP January 29, 2019
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If you live in Denver or have driven through it recently, you probably are more than aware that multifamily development is BOOMING in the City of Denver. I will use the word “multifamily” to define any apartment, townhome, or condo development. If the current City […]

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Gross vs. Net ….are your Toilets in…or Out?

by EVstudio AEP January 28, 2019
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While doing the code analysis for two buildings with a mix of Assembly and Business occupancies the following question came up….Restroom area… in or out?   We had the restrooms included in the original code analysis area, which is correct in a Gross sf calculation but I couldn’t […]

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Post-Tension Crack Control (or, Keep that Duct Tape Handy)

by EVstudio AEP January 17, 2019

Last month, I wrote a blog post about things you can’t fix with duct tape — specifically, post-tension tendon sheathing.  A couple of my readers told me that I’d strayed dangerously close to heresy — so I thought I’d write a post about something post-tensioned […]

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Bastrop Station Retail Center Nears Completion

by EVstudio AEP January 17, 2019
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I recently went out to do a punch list review  on one of EV Studio’s latest projects which is nearing completion, the Bastrop Station Retail Center. The responsibility for a shell retail center project normally last about 2 years. The process includes pre-design programming, any local […]

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Top 10 Toys for Future Architects (and Engineers)

by EVstudio AEP January 17, 2019
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One of the most common questions that we get at EVstudio is, “What kind of toys did you play with as a kid?” Though a seemingly strange question to be asked during an architectural consultation, our clients are usually trying to understand how we ended […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by EVstudio AEP January 7, 2019

Last week we talked about the first two components of successful daylighting. This week we follow up with the next two: Assess lighting needs for typical visual needs Use of apertures to create focus and mood These two components are somewhat advanced strategies the breathe […]

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