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The Center Pole Project | Crow Indian Reservation in Montana

Posted by Miles Hanson on Sep 20, 2019 11:34:23 AM


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Topics: Philanthropy, Level Design Partners

Foundation Nightmares Found During Real Estate Transactions

Posted by Ashlyn Wendt on Jul 17, 2019 2:55:54 PM


When it comes to property transactions, the process is quite overwhelming.   If there is a foundation problem within the property, the process of buying and selling can become a bit complex. 

It is common for homeowners to purchase a new home, start renovations, and discover a unique foundation problem. This problem is even more prevalent in the Front Range of Colorado. Why is the Front Range unique?

Well, 85 million years ago, Colorado was part of the ocean. As the ocean retracted, and the Rocky Mountains formed, the layers of ground were formed from silt, clay, and different rock components. 

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Topics: Foundation Integrity, Cracking, Foundation Cracking, structural engineering

Real Estate Agent? How can a Structural Engineer help with your property sale?

Posted by Ashlyn Wendt on Jul 8, 2019 9:14:13 AM


The feeling of helping your clients find the perfect home is why you do what you do. But, what happens when you find out that their perfect home may have structural issues?

You may be searching for answers to give your client.

Perhaps the home is under contract, maybe the buyer has paid an earnest deposit, or the objection deadline is coming up. 

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Topics: Structural Inspection, Buying a home, Real Estate, Cracking, structural engineering

Do I Need a Permit to Structurally Modify My Home?

Posted by Ashlyn Wendt on Jun 19, 2019 11:23:59 AM

Permit: In regards to structural modification or addition of new structures, building permits are a type of authorization that must be granted by a government or other regulatory body before the construction of a new or existing building can legally occur. - Investopedia

In other words, permits are the law, and they were put in place to protect you and your family.

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Topics: Permit Requirments, structural engineering

How It Works | What Makes LEVEL Engineering Different?

Posted by Miles Hanson on Jun 12, 2019 2:27:51 PM


Whether you have a structural concern, planning to remodel, or considering buying a home, level engineering is your go-to independent expert for common sense engineering and design solutions servicing the entire front range.

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Topics: structural engineering

What to Avoid When Completing a DIY Renovation

Posted by Scott Zurn 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: Renovations, Remodel, structural engineering

What Is a Header?

Posted by Scott Zurn 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, engineering header, structural engineering

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: Load Bearing Wall, Structural Failure, Structural Design

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 Scott Zurn 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: Foundation Integrity, Structural Engineer, Structural Failure, Cracking, Foundation Cracking

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