Be who you needed when you were younger!


  What a powerful way to change the future! In a time of uncertainty, bitterness, and hatred, we all need to spread love. Giving your time can be an effective way to spread some joy to others and it can also give you incredible joy. On Friday I attended a final capstone presentation by two JMU students…

Speech and Language Center Construction nearing the finish line


Here is an update on the Speech and Language Center. For past posts, check these our HERE, HERE, and HERE.  The exterior finishes are looking sharp and have been a drastic change from the original. There is a small storage area on the second floor including a loft space. The vibrant colors add life to…

SVBA Home and Living Expo Upcycle Challenge “Turn Table”


Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. The Upcycle Design Challenge aims to remind people that, with a little creativity, what was old can be new again—perhaps even better than it once was! Our team of designers at Gaines Group Architects found an old side table and…

Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo


Harrisonburg Canstruction is scheduled for April 8th at the annual SVBA Home and Living Expo at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds in Harrisonburg. This food fundraiser benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. This year there will be teams from Blue Ridge Architects and the JMU Engineering school.  Last year this event produced over 6,000 pounds…

Check out this contemporary cottage


This home, designed by Ray Gaines in the Charlottesville office, features bold colors, careful details, beautiful tile, classic hardwoods, large screen porch, and lots of natural light. The clerestory windows and vaulted ceiling provide beautiful gathering spaces inside with connection to the outside. The large basement offers plenty of storage and expansion for the future. The…

Speech and Language Center Construction update


Read past posts about this project HERE and HERE. The new building is taking shape at the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. I have heard from many in the community that they like the new aesthetic. What do you think? As with many of our projects, we selected Marvin Integrity windows for their performance,…

Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough.


My Mom October 7, 1950 – February 15, 2017 According to her facebook profile: I am an artist! I draw with DMC threads, do mixed media art, working with papers and findings, make beaded jewelry working with beautiful colorful beads. I have created a mixed media dollhouse and lots of painted and decorated birdhouses. I…

The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in


To read previous blogs about this project, click here. The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in after months of work. It takes a special person to see potential in a building that has been neglected for so long. Fortunately our client was such a person. The LOFTS located in the heart…