Green House with Green Walls


Our first green house in Harrisonburg is under construction and it has many cool features, but the vegetated retaining wall my be the best. The site required the use of a retaining wall to mitigate storm water erosion on a steep slope and higher levels of maintenance for the homeowner. So we looked at multiple options for the retaining wall…

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Smart Solutions for your Home – Guest Post by Todd Hawkins


Guest Post from Todd Hawkins of Builder Fish. BuilderFish™ specializes in Universal Design (UD) to help everyone, particularly older Americans and people with disabilities, enjoy independence, comfort, ease and longevity in their homes. Class A general contractor Jonathan Fishbeck is designated Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist by the AARP® and NAHB. They define “recycle your house” as going beyond “green” building to include…

How efficient is your home?


I ask this question a lot of people I run into at home shows / county fairs. Many put up a defensive immediately, thinking I am trying to sell them something (I am – my experience and knowledge). I almost always get the same answer “my house is very efficient.” How do you know, did…

How do you know if it is real green knowledge?


Do you judge someone by how they dress? What about how they talk? Does the car they drive make a difference? I started thinking about these concepts today after a question was posed by a writer developing a story on green renovations. How do you find a designer that really understands green design? I intentionally…

Architectural Market Conditions Remain Weak


I remain positive that we have turned a corner and the economy is slowly coming back. We are once again busy after a slow month in May, so I hope that this is just a delay in reporting: Business conditions at U.S. architecture firms slipped again in May, with a national ABI score of 47.2….

Composting 101


Step one, build a compost bin I decided to build a three bin system to allow for the amount of compost I will need over the years. So far two bins are constructed and a third will be added next year as I need it. The idea is that during the growing months, you add…

Building Scientist – Value Added


It is very important that you involve someone who understands building science in your decision to build or renovate your home. Don’t accept “because that is the way we always do it” as an answer as we have learned lessons about why we should not do some things. This home under construction in Crossroads Farm was designed to be a high…