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What to Avoid When Completing a DIY Renovation

Posted by Miles Hanson on Sep 10, 2018 9:39:26 AM


In the age of renovation TV shows, there aren’t many homeowners who haven’t (at some point) seriously considered starting a
DIY project. After all, it looks so fun and easy on television. You’ve got some great ideas, and you’re pretty sure you can pick up just about everything you’ll need second hand…But the truth is, if you don’t have experience in DIY renovations, then you are likely to end up making some common (and costly!) errors.

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Topics: Remodel, Renovations, structural engineering

What Is a Header?

Posted by Miles Hanson on Jun 4, 2018 7:16:00 AM

 

Today we will cover the question: What is a header?

We will be looking at a second story addition that one of our clients is working on. This is commonly referred to as a ‘Pop-top’ because you are essentially popping open the top of the single story house and adding another level.

They hired Level Engineering to do the structural design and inspection throughout the project.

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Topics: Structural Design, structural engineering, engineering header

Create an Open Floor Plan by Removing a Load Bearing Wall

Posted by Scott Zurn, P.E. on May 15, 2018 7:52:00 AM

 “Can we take out a wall between the kitchen and the living room?”

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Topics: Structural Design, Structural Failure, Load Bearing Wall

Why Is My Foundation Cracking?

Posted by Scott Zurn, P.E. on Mar 8, 2018 11:44:54 AM

 

This article will cover two basic causes of cracks in your foundation wall. If you have any signs of stress going on with your foundation go ahead and call your local structural engineer about your issue.

In the video, I use the box demonstration to show how these cracks can form. A typical residential foundation is very similar to our cardboard box design.

 

 


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Topics: Cracking, Foundation Cracking

What You Need To Know About A Cracked Foundation

Posted by Miles Hanson on Jan 29, 2018 11:47:45 AM

 

Foundation repair can cost you thousands if you aren't proactive. Cracks can provide insight to the future integrity of your home.

How can you tell the difference between normal cracking and problematic cracking?

 

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Topics: Structural Failure, Structural Engineer, Foundation Integrity, Cracking, Foundation Cracking

Removing a Fireplace For an Awesome Open Plan Design

Posted by Travis White on Dec 27, 2017 11:55:32 AM

 LEVEL Engineering recently performed the structural engineering and design for this modern open plan design. They wanted to achieve a modern look, but needed to remove the fireplace that was suporting the entire roof. The finished product turned out to be amazing! You can see a few before pictures below as well as click here to go on a virtual tour of the finished house.

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Topics: Remodel, Renovations, Design, Load Bearing Wall

Structural Engineers: Your Secret Superheroes When Bidding on a Home

Posted by Scott Zurn, P.E. on Dec 12, 2017 7:05:00 AM

 

When Denver house buyers are narrowing their search for the perfect home, they depend on the home inspector's report.

Yet few home inspectors are qualified to give more than cursory advice on foundations, the integrity of a home's structure or exterior elements like retaining walls. A home inspector may paint a rosy picture describing a flawless property.

The buyer, though, should be a bit skeptical and consider having a structural engineer in Denver examine that same "flawless" property.

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Topics: Buying a home, Real Estate, Structural Engineer, Structural Inspection

Rooftop Hangout With Amazing View to Downtown Denver

Posted by Scott Zurn, P.E. on Dec 5, 2017 8:05:00 AM

 

Take a look at this amazing rooftop hangout that we designed for one of our customers.

Doesn't this just make you smile 

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Topics: Structural Engineer, Renovations, Remodel, Structural Design

Structural Engineer Home Inspection

Posted by Scott Zurn, P.E. on Dec 1, 2017 11:53:46 AM

 

Why would you need a structural engineer home inspection? At LEVEL Engineering, we get a lot of calls from homeowners who were told that they need a licensed Engineer to come take a look at their house for home a inspection.

Our clients that call in aren't always sure why, or how the process works, but they know they need it done in order to move forward with their project. Whenever you are changing the structure of your house, the city or county require your project to be approved by someone who knows what's going on structurally (Licensed Structural Engineer).

 

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Topics: Structural Engineer, Structural Inspection, Permit Requirments

How To Remove A Load Bearing Wall

Posted by Scott Zurn, P.E. on Nov 29, 2017 12:09:18 PM

Whether it's to open up your house, clear the way for an awesome view, or just get rid of an ugly structure, you want to remove some walls in your house. But, what do you need to look out for before you start ripping them out?

A fantastic customer of ours recently encountered some issues prior to calling us. Watch the video below to see what happend and how to avoid this issue.

 

 

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Topics: Structural Engineer, Load Bearing Wall, Structural Failure

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