Common Building Questions Answered

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019
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When you work in this industry, you find yourself trying to answer very complex building questions in every type of social situation. Whether you’re at a party, in an Uber, or at a baseball game, these loaded questions come up as soon as the word […]

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You Have Purchased a Property….Now What?

by Roxanne Jacobson July 10, 2019
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So you’ve purchased a property and are looking to get it renovated as soon as possible  – don’t think for a minute that this is going to be a quick process! There are many procedures involved and multiple approvals required to complete a successful new […]

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Can I Remove Trees on My Property in Austin?

by EVstudio AEP April 19, 2019
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A common question that we get when designing site plans and evaluating sites with our clients is “Are there any regulations on which trees I must keep, and which I can remove on my site?” The short answer is probably. This issue really depends on […]

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The Build-To Requirement – A Different Sort of “Setback”

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 16, 2018

Pieces of land have zoning regulations that dictate what you can put on the site and where you can put it on the site. The most common regulation is the setback, which tells you how far from the edge of the property you can put […]

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Building Height Restrictions Vary – Always Double Check

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 16, 2018

One of the challenges in designing a large home is conforming with the height restrictions. The most common maximum building height is 35′ but it varies greatly. I’m seen as little as 17′ for portions of a Denver lot to unlimited building height. What is […]

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Involving an Architect in Your Land Buying Process and Decision is a Great Idea

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP February 16, 2018

When you are start looking to buy land or a house your first decision is finding the right real estate agent. Your second decision should be finding the right architect. An good architect can help you understand both the physical aspects of the site and […]

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Denver to Soon Join Austin With Launch of Zonability

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE August 3, 2015
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On August 1st, Zonability will be launched in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland. What is Zonability? It is a program, hosted by First American Title, that provides zoning information to the general public…in layman’s terms! So instead of trying to de-code strings of cryptic […]

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Restaurant Planned for Evergreen Building

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE February 13, 2012

The renovation of the old Dry Cleaners on Highway 74 and Forest Hill Road in Downtown Evergreen has passed Jefferson County Board of Adjustment Approval for a restaurant use. My volunteer work on the Downtown Evergreen Economic District helped to resurrect this building from a […]

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All Mandatory Local Building Codes Now Free Online

by evstudio March 21, 2011

It has been reported to us that the results of a recent lawsuit have made all mandatory building codes accessible to the public. An archive of adopted local building codes in PDF format are located here. We cannot vouch for the completeness of this archive […]

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2009 Code Update: Live / Work Units

by evstudio March 7, 2011

Typically, structures built for commercial use must conform to the International Building Code (IBC). Residential structures (single family homes, duplexes and townhomes) must conform to a similar, but separate set of standards, the International Residential Code (IRC). Prior to the 2009 I-codes, using a residential […]

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Changes to Residential Site Plan Requirements Under the New Denver Zoning Code

by evstudio January 17, 2011

There are a few changes to be aware of when designing a Residential Site Plan under the new Denver Zoning Code.  Under the old zoning code, the front setback was determined by averaging the two adjacent structures’ front setbacks.  The new code’s setback is not determined by […]

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Denver’s Form Based Code – CNU Colorado Event

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP November 24, 2010

The Congress for the New Urbanism Colorado Chapter is hosting an evening on Denver’s New Form Based Code. It will be held Friday, December 10, 2010 from 5:00 to 6:30 at UCD’s campus.

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