Harrisonburg Net-Zero Farmhouse


The Homestead offers a classic vernacular with all the amenities the modern family requires.  You immediately notice the solar panels on the roof providing free energy and hot water. This net zero house will be easy on your monthly electric budget while minimizing your carbon footprint.  The native plantings and durable exterior materials will eliminate…

All I want for Christmas


While I cannot say I will certainly be on Santa’s “nice” list, just to be safe, here is my Christmas wish list: That we can all first remember what the season is really about and give thanks for all the blessings we already have in our lives. That those in need will find a gift at their…

Harrisonburg Home Design


The Sophia is a luxury cottage that offers all the amenities of a much larger structure in an energy-efficient, durable, and healthy footprint. The small house movement is a growing trend as couples look for ways to minimize their environmental footprint while living comfortably. This design provides for exactly that, with 600 square foot of…

Architectural Concepts


While we have been very fortunate over the past years, not all of our projects have moved to construction. Here are some projects that have been designed, but are still waiting for the right opportunity.

Balancing act of an architect


  I often wonder if I do enough. I am a husband, dad, believer, architect, organizer, speaker, teacher, and activist. Can I be all those things at the same time and do them well? Am I leaving everything on the table everyday or am I coming up short by being spread too thin. I want to be super dad, and…

100 Year House Design


“Aging in place” refers to living where you have lived for years, typically not in a  health care environment, using products, services, and conveniences which allow you to remain home as circumstances change. In other words, you continue to live in the home of your choice safely and independently as you get older. We talk…

Architectural Design Process


One of the most common questions / comments I get from those that find out that I am an architect is “so how does the process work.” The design process is not complicated to me, but I have been focused on learning the process since I took a drafting class in 7th grade. So for…

Architectural iPad


It is amazing to me that a company in 2010 can create a product like the iPad. A product that is something that did not exist, I did not know I needed, that I have to own now that they created it. Apple has done an amazing job at creating products, not just improving them, but…

10 Reasons to Hire an Architect


Is an architect just an unnecessary part of the construction process that adds unneeded costs? Many builders would say yes and have done a great job of spreading that message. However, if we take a step back are there other questions that we should ask? For instance, does the builder understand design? Does a builder know…