EVstudio Store – Now with Hats

August 22, 2009

EVstudio Hat

EVstudio’s Apparel Store now includes baseball caps in a variety of styles and colors. Show your EVstudio style on your head.

Using Architecture For a Bigger, Counter-depth Refrigerator

August 17, 2009

counter depth vs normal refrigerator

Counter-depth refrigerators are popular for a polished, upscale look in kitchens.  However –  they are also considerably more expensive the traditional, full-depth refrigerators, and offer less storage room for the counter space taken up.

Depending on your floor plan, manipulating the walls behind the fridge can allow you the roomy benefits of a full-sized fridge along with the flush-face appearance and walkway space – standard refrigerators can stick out from the face of cabinets up to 6″.

So if you have 6″ behind your cupboard wall that you can sacrifice – enjoy your larger, cheaper fridge!

Note that very high-end products, such as sub-zero refrigerators, are always counter-depth, so this tip wouldn’t apply to that situation.

(Fridge is also the name of one of my favorite (mellow, ambient) bands)

Donate Your Demolition to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver

August 15, 2009


Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver offers a service for those renovating a home.  They have specialized volunteers who will go to your site to pick up anything that can be salvaged and sold at Habitat’s Home Improvement Outlet.  Almost everything can be re-used from cabinets, appliances, hot water heaters, light fixtures, toilets, and bathtubs to doors, carpet, thermostats, and fireplace inserts.

Not only will you be helping the environment, but you will be saving money by reducing demolition costs and you will also receive a tax donation receipt.

Habitat typically offers this service on Saturdays, however they can work around your schedule depending on the size and scope of the project.  Visit Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver for a more complete list of accepted items.

McDwiff is an Option for Opening DWF Files on a Macintosh

August 14, 2009

We make use of the DWF file format for sending drawings to clients for review or print shops to print. It is a significantly better format for sending drawings than PDF. Not only are the files a fraction of the size, but they are also easier to create. In addition, the DWF format gives our clients the ability to measure and to make notes or mark-ups that they send back to us.

The one glitch has been that it was not readily available for Mac users. There is a solution through third party software, McDwiff. It is a free download for private users and $39 for commercial users.

If you have a PC, you can download the Autodesk version.

Dean talks a little more about the DWF format.

Toilet/Water Closet Wall Clearances and Space In Front in Residential

August 13, 2009

Toilet clearances

It’s often tempting to try to squeeze bathroom spaces when designing a house.  A comfortably sized bathroom is worth the extra few inches though.

The IRC says the minimum width from the centerline of the toilet to the nearest cabinet or wall is 15″, making 30″ of wall space an absolute requirement for your toilet. It also mandates that you have 21″ clear in front of the toilet.

We generally find 36″ of wall space to create a much more pleasant bathroom space, and design our bathrooms to that criteria. We also provide at least 24″ clear in front of the toilet where possible.

In master bathrooms, a toilet room/water closet is frequently designed for privacy – generally pushing the walls out another few inches to 42″ will keep the space from being claustrophic, as well as allowing room for the door swing in and room to turn around.

Denver Off-Street Angle Parking Requirements

August 9, 2009


Parking Angle Stall Length Stall Width Projection Aisle Module Interlock Reduction Overhang Allowance
(A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G)
22′ 8.5′ 8.5′ 10.0′ 27.0′
30° 17.5′ 8.5′ 15.0′ 11.0′ 41.0′ 2.0′ 1.5′
45° 17.5′ 8.5′ 17.0′ 13.0′ 47.0′ 2.0′ 2.0′
60° 17.5′ 8.5′ 18.0′ 16.0′ 52.0′ 1.5′ 2.0′
75° 17.5′ 8.5′ 18.5′ 18.0′ 55.0′ 1.0′ 2.5′
90° 17.5′ 8.5′ 17.5′ 23.0′ 58.0′ 2.5′

Denver Zoning requires that off-street parking angles other than 90-degree, be between 30 and 75 degrees with the stall sizes remaining the Universal standard size of  8’-6” x 17’-6”.

For all off-street angle parking, the minimum aisle width for two-way traffic needs to be 20’.  If the aisle happens to be a public alley or access to adjoining parking spaces, the projection must be lengthened to provide a total aisle width of 20’ for 0 to 75-degree angle parking, and 23’ for 90-degree angle parking.  This applies to all new uses except for single unit dwellings and duplexes.

EVstudio Course on Understanding the New Denver Zoning Code Approved for Real Estate Broker Continuing Education

August 5, 2009

Denver Zoning Map Image

EVstudio has produced a course on what real estate brokers need to understand about the new Denver Zoning Code and form based codes in general. It has been approved by the State of Colorado for one hour of continuing education (CE).

Upon completion of the course, the real estate broker will:

  • Understand how a form based code differs from traditional zoning
  • Know the latest on the time line for adoption of the code
  • Be familiar with the seven neighborhood types
  • Understand the new naming conventions
  • Be familiar with the building forms
  • Understand the likely impacts and strategies for property owners

If you are buying or selling real estate in Denver, you should understand how the building code is changing, and you might as well get the hour of CE. Over the next few weeks we’ll be working with Realtor associations and real estate offices on offering this seminar to their members. We’ll also have a session put on by EVstudio.

For more information contact Sean by email or phone at 303.322.4964.