How Much Does it Cost to Build a Home?

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 26, 2019

We get this question a lot. People who are planning their dream homes often don’t know where to start. A large part of our discussion in our programming meetings centers around how much home you can afford and if your program is in alignment with […]

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Can You Choose a Contractor on Cost? Does Hard Bid Work?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 6, 2018

Hard bid pricing is a standard in the building industry that after several years in decline appears to be making a come back. In a hard bid situation, multiple contractors take the same set of plans and specifications and at the end of the bid […]

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Finally an Affordable Accordion Door Option!

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE September 6, 2018

EVstudio works on a wide variety of projects and over the last several years, the desire to expand door openings in several of our project types have led to some very expensive products. One of the companies we keep in close contact with for residential […]

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Specifying Steel Open Web Joists

by evstudio January 20, 2017

While designing a recent commercial project I ran into a new situation (for me). The project is a mixed use commercial / residential project comprised of a steel framed lower level commercial area below an elevated concrete slab with timber framed multifamily construction above. Because […]

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Is it More Cost Effective to Build Up or Build Out?

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP September 30, 2015

I received a question from a reader of He asked: “Does it cost more to build two stories vs one story?“ The answer is that it really isn’t that simple. A two story house should cost less for these simple reasons: Land Cost. If […]

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Parking Garage Construction Cost – Structured Parking

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP December 9, 2010

With tighter urban site designs we frequently discuss the option for structured parking. Its an attractive option for creating a walkable urban environment and it also makes great economic sense when land becomes expensive. The first question is always, “What does a parking garage cost”. […]

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Wood Post Bearing in Historic Denver Homes

by evstudio November 14, 2010

This week marks the third time in as many weeks that I have been asked to observe the foundation in a historic Denver home and found that the wood main floor framing is supported by wood posts that bear directly on soil floor of the […]

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2010 Lumber Costs Soaring in First Quarter

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE February 20, 2010

I just received this data regarding current market data for lumber and OSB for the first quarter of 2010. The graphs pretty much speak for themselves. As you can see, the days of the lower cost building materials appear to be largely behind us, with […]

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Construction Cost per Square Foot of Community Centers in Major US Cities

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE January 16, 2010

In a continued effort to offer timely information on construction cost for a variety of building types (see also cost of commercial construction per square foot and  Cost Per Square Foot of Educational Facilities),  I did some research on another project type that we frequently design: Community Centers.  […]

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Cost of Masonry Cement Regionally by Quarter

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE September 30, 2009

We are regularly updated on various construction costs by RSMeans, the leading resource for construction cost estimating in North America. This week’s cost data is on Masonry Cement (ASTM C91) by the bag. Cement is the binder in concrete, and therefore, a primary ingredient in concrete, mixed […]

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