Best Green Residential Renovation Project – VSBN


We are honored to have won “best green residential project” for our green renovation of a late 1800’s home in Crozet. This renovation project was centered on energy efficiency and conservation. While we added a kitchen and second floor office space to the square footage and volume of the home, we also were able to…

Harrisonburg Valley 4th


  Valley 4th is a celebration of independence, history, and music. This annual event is the place to be in Harrisonburg on July 4th. The Explore More Discovery Museum is open from 4:30 – 7:30 pm to all children, the parade starts at 5:00 pm, and there is a pie eating contest at 6:00 pm….

Building Community – for a brighter future


Change is constant, the future is fiction, what story do you want to write? ~ William McDonough We all have to make choices in life, where to eat, where to buy, how fast to drive. With every choice comes a result, a reaction to that choice. You might choose to live a healthy life, eat a balanced…

Local Landmarks – Architectural works or Natural Creation


What is your favorite local landmark? Is there a significant local point of interest that everyone knows and loves? Do you look for a particular point as proof that you are ‘almost home’? Is there a destination in your town that people visit and take pictures to remember? Is it nationally known or a local…

Crossroads Farm Home Design


Looking through the neighborhood at Crossroads Farm you can quickly see that this neighborhood is all about views. The home that we designed and that is now under construction situated in an ideal place to provide the home owners with access to the views, but also the privacy that is lacking in many of the home sites. The selection…

Harrisonburg Energy Audit


A certified BPI or RES-Net Rater will allow you to better understand where to spend money to get the best return on investment. An energy audit is a test that can determine whether your house is air tight and if not where the holes are in the thermal envelope. For years we have heard, don’t…

Wintergreen Interior Design


I spent some time with a contractor at Wintergreen yesterday. We have been doing work on several projects in Nelson County and she wanted to get an idea on cost for a deck design. We toured an amazing rental house that was clearly a million dollar property with a two million dollar view. The deck was in ok shape…

Architectural Relationships


You never know where a relationship might lead you, do you take people for granted? I have been working in the architectural industry for over 10 years. I give at least one presentation on green building and design each month, usually many more. I volunteer for half a dozen organizations, usually focused on green design. I attend…

Harrisonburg Custom Home Design


Of course I know you can find a plan in a magazine and pay a couple of thousand for rights to use it. Will it get you the house of YOUR DREAMS? Probably not. It may be the perfect layout and arrangement of rooms, although there is almost always some sacrifice that you make buying a stock plan. Of…

Crawl Space moisture problems


I am helping this home owner fix a problem left for them by the previous owners of a newly purchased home. In our mixed humid climate, crawl spaces should not be vented, but it has been done for years by builders that do not understand building science. This home had the added feature of a…

Playhouse Construction


The playhouse is finally done. The landscaping is in, the lighting is installed, and the roof is secure. It took a week longer than I expected to get all the details right, but my clients (the girls) are happy with the result. It is also very green, with a solar lighting system, a native plant butterfly…