Design Options in Revit

by evstudio November 6, 2018

Design is rarely a linear path; often we start with several concepts that we feel are viable options. It is usually necessary to present multiple options to clients so they can determine how the project would best suit their needs, or to work through different […]

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Looking for a Modern House in Washington State?

by evstudio September 29, 2018

Chris Craver, our newest hire, designed his sister’s house in Washington State and its on the market. Definitely worth a look. Move Modern Listing Chris Craver Designed Home There are quite a few interesting listings on the Move Modern Website.

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Mudroom – A Degrading Name for a Very Important Room

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE September 6, 2018
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Often overlooked in a program, the average Mudroom just happens to be one of the most heavily used and under appreciated rooms in the typical home. Many homes will combine the owner’s entrance with the laundry room, which may make sense given the similar functions […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure in Montclair

by EVstudio AEP August 23, 2018
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For the past few weeks we have been working hand-in-hand with the owner of a fantastic historic property in the Montclair neighborhood. The first phase of the project was to open up the kitchen and make it more livable and applicable to how people live […]

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Simpson Strong-Tie Will Replace Commonly Specified “AB” and “ABE” Standoff Post Bases with the “ABW” in 2012

by evstudio July 23, 2018
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New for 2012 is the Simpson Strong-Tie ABW standoff post base. It will be available in March of 2012 and will serve as the replacement to the similar AB and ABE products. The advantages of the ABW will be that it will provide a slightly […]

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The Hue Circle – It’s Awesome Like the Color Wheel

by EVstudio AEP July 2, 2018
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The humble color wheel doesn’t get enough press these days. A lot of us as architects use it almost intuitively. Sometimes we need a little refresher course. I am most familiar with the Munsell system so I went ahead and scanned the first page from […]

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Mixing Paints and Doing Subtraction

by EVstudio AEP June 18, 2018

When paints are mixed together each absorbs certain wavelengths of light. The color that is not reflected is what we see. For instance, if red wavelengths are absorbed, yet blue and green wavelengths are reflected, then we see that color as blue-green. One thing to […]

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Post Tensioned Slab on Grade Sport Courts

by Jim Houlette, PE May 11, 2018

Why use a post tensioned slab-on-grade for your sport courts? Performance and long term total cost. A post tensioned concrete slab on grade requires little maintenance compared to a asphalt or mildly reinforced concrete slab.  In addition, post tensioned slabs do not require control joints […]

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Proper Bearing of I-Joist Rafters

by evstudio March 29, 2018

As today’s architectural design trends toward more open floor plans with vaulted ceilings there is a need for economical rafters that will span long distances while maintaining a shallow profile. In many situations pre-manufactured I-joist rafters fit that need. As a structural engineer I have […]

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Types and Design of Wood Trusses

by Jim Houlette, PE March 27, 2018

Here are some great resources about the different types of wood trusses and how they are designed.  If you have any questions about roof or floor trusses please let us know. Alpine Engineered Products – Builder’s Guide SBCA – Structural Building Components Association – Truss […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio March 27, 2018

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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LEED Project Team Formation is an Important First Step in any LEED Certification Project

by EVstudio AEP March 27, 2018

The first step in preparing for the LEED Certification process on a building project is the formation of the LEED Project Team. Integrated design is one of the most important sustainability strategies and a good project team will become the key to an integrated, efficient, […]

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