Energy Efficient Wall Systems


I get many questions as an architect that focuses on energy-efficient, healthy design, but the most frequent is “what wall system should we use?” While there are many factors that go into this decision and there is not a one size fits all, I do have a favorite. Insulated Concrete Forms are frequently the best…

Harrisonburg First Fridays Downtown


Harrisonburg First Firdays downtown is back, April 1, 2011. Come downtown and enjoy art, music, shopping, and dinner in a vibrant atmosphere. This monthly event goes each month through October 7, 2011 and draws large crowds to meet local artists and to enjoy all the incredible restaurants in downtown. Many of the galleries offer tasty…

Six year old saves the world?


My six-year-old was asking me about Earth Day. I explained that it is a day to remind us of the power of mother nature, a day to remember that we have to take care of our natural resources, and a day to think about our actions as they impact others and future generations. She then…

Harrisonburg Green Drinks


Harrisonburg Green Drinks is an opportunity for all green minded individuals to network, socialize, and discuss various environmental issues in an informal setting. Green Drinks is open to everyone. There is no agenda, just good conversation. Join us for the next event: March 31, 2011 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Clementine Cafe Harrisonburg Green Drinks…

Gaines Group Harrisonburg Studio Open House


Come celebrate with us! We have moved into our new office in downtown Harrisonburg and have added an Interior Designer to our staff. Amy Turnage, CAPS, LEED AP has experience doing green design and Universal Design. Hope to see you Friday as we celebrate our expanding green footprint in Harrisonburg!

The Craftsman


The Classic Foursquare evokes memories of your grandma’s house from the moment you lay eyes on the covered porch.  Walk through the front door and the feeling becomes even stronger because of the archetypical foursquare layout.  The central stair greets you the moment you enter the large foyer and the more formal spaces flank either…

Balancing life: being Dad


I have been accused many times of not sleeping in order to do the amount of work that I accomplish each week. I promise you that while I am involved in many activities, events, and efforts, I do get plenty of sleep. I do worry though that I am sacrificing things in my life that I will…

Arbol House


This Spanish Colonial design is inspired from the traditions of the American Desert Southwest. Filled with charm and a close attention to detail, this home incorporates aspects of Pueblo, Mission, and Mediterranean Building styles. With a stucco exterior, red terra cotta roofing shingles on a low pitched roof, interior courtyard, arched doors and windows, and…

“Design is the first sign of human intention”


One of my favorite quotes in the architectural world, “design is the first sign of human intention” ~ William McDonough, sets the stage for how architecture should be approached.  Architects should focus on delivering design that will save money, save energy, reduce environmental impacts, and serve the intended use to the best of their ability. It…

The Eleanor


High quality, efficient footprint, with plenty of storage, this home provides all the comforts that you are looking for in a new home. The 900 sf Eleanor is a classic aesthetic that learns from the desire to build a smaller footprint with higher quality materials. The large front porch encourages a connection to the neighborhood,…

The Backbone of the Construction Industry


I was struck the other day at a Central Virginia CSI meeting when our current President, Tracie Skipper, clearly at the end of her rope, needed help. For every task she listed, there was a member ready to step in to give their time, efforts, and talents. For every need, she found a willing person…