Windows Close to the Floor

August 31, 2008

There are a number of codes related to windows. As windows have been growing in size, and therefore getting closer to the floor, there is a new one that we’re starting to run into.

The International Residential Code section R613.2 Window Sills states:

In dwelling units, where the opening of an operable window is located more than 72 inches (1829 mm) above the finished grade or surface below, the lowest part of the clear opening of the window shall be a minimum of 24 inches (610 mm) above the finished floor of the room in which the window is located. Glazing between the floor and 24 inches (610 mm) shall be fixed or have openings through which a 4-inch-diameter (102 mm) sphere cannot pass.

Basically its saying if your opening is within 2′ of the floor your window can’t open more than 4″. It means paying attention to the hardware ordered for low windows and making sure that egress window openings are at least 24″ above the floor. You can still have fixed windows close to the floor or openings for ventilation only. Anything that needs to open for egress will need to be paired to another window for glazing below 2′.

Skyline Ink

August 29, 2008
Screen Capture from Skyline Ink Demo Reel

Screen Capture from Skyline Ink Demo Reel

After finishing undergraduate school at Oklahoma, a couple of my classmates, namely Blake Pettus and Brian Eyerman started a rendering company in Oklahoma City. Now Blake has moved to Taiwan, but Brian is still there with a staff of eight cranking out some great renderings and animations.

We do our own renderings, but you should still check out Skyline Ink.

EVstudio Sponsoring Home Builders Blitz

August 28, 2008

EVstudio will be sponsoring a free lunch for the home builders who are participating in the Home Builders Blitz on September 11th. The Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity group is working with a group of Evergreen builders to build a house in only 9 days. I think they’ll be hungry, especially on the next to the last day.

Urbanist Boulder Bike Tour

August 27, 2008

The CNU Colorado Chapter Organizing Committee has put together a bike tour of Boulder from 10:00 to 3:30 on Sunday September 14, 2008. The tour includes Chatauqua,  the offices of Wolff Lyon, Coburn Development, the Steelyards, Uptown Broadway and the Holiday Neighborhood.

There will be a bus available for those who only want to ride part or not at all. Please RSVP for an accurate head count.

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Denver Home Prices Rise Again

August 26, 2008

National headlines typically tout what is happening in the national housing market where average home prices have dropped 15.4% from last year’s highs. However, looking at national news to find out what is happening in Denver is like looking at national weather before you get dressed, largely irrelevant.

Despite all of the national turmoil, for the third month in a row Denver has shown increased housing value. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller index prices are up 1.5% over last year. I also read a recent article in the DBJ that stated that there is actually a shortage of homes for sale in the $300-500K price point.

DNC Closures – Not EVstudio

August 25, 2008

For the past six months people have been asking what effect the DNC would have on our Denver Office. The Colorado Democratic Party Headquarters are about 30 feet away.

The answer is none whatsoever. They’ve closed the office for the week, moved to the Pepsi Center and parking is easier than ever.

2008 Mentor of the Year

August 23, 2008

We’re happy to announce that Dean was recognized at the American Institute of Architects Young Architects Awards Gala for Mentor of the year. The honor was also mentioned at the following link in The Denver Business Journal

For a small young firm, we try to spend a lot of time training in all facets of the firm. We also plan regular talks about specific topics that we like to call EVU (EV University) as well as taking field trips from time to time to see architecture around town.

We really owe the award to such a phenominal staff who makes training fun and are eager to expand their abilities. We share a collaborative environment where everyone on the EV team has something to offer and we each have a specific expertise within the firm. We look forward to building on this core team as the firm evolves and seeing the leadership grow from within.