Great ideas to make your home “user-friendly”


1. Equitable Use – The design is useful and marketable to people with any ability. (Who wants to have to bend down to find that missing sock, make things easier for everyone) 2. Flexibility of Use – The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities. (Grab bars don’t have to look institutional)…

Want to be an industry leader, Get CSI Certified!


I have posted on the topic of CSI in the past and with another Certification Exam deadline looming it is time to do it again. In the construction industry it is easy to put your head down and try to avoid problems by showing up on time, doing what is expected, and performing to the…

Save Money, Improve Comfort – How to improve your Heating and Cooling system


Your heating (ventilation) and cooling system uses more energy than anything else in your home. There are many things that could hamper the effectiveness of the system costing you money and comfort every day. Finding places that are causing problems and costing you resources is the first step in getting your home’s systems right, cutting…

Deb Van Horn: Friday Featured Local Business Leader!


This weeks Friday Featured Local Business leader covers three businesses. After reading this you might wonder if Deb ever sleeps! So, Deb, give us some background on your company. What do you do and why do you do it? I am lucky to be a part of several great organizations. The Rockingham Group is a local insurance company,…

A team approach leads to successful construction projects.


Buildings are more complicated now than they have ever been in history. Your home is the most complex and interconnected machine that you own. In order to achieve a high performance home (healthy, energy-efficient, and durable) you need a team working together towards a common goal.  So, is there really friction between the architect and…

Living Walls – Cool Product Update!


Green walls are a relatively new concept that comes in many sizes and shapes. Living walls incorporate a vertical growing support matrix that allows plants to be rooted anywhere on a building’s wall surface versus a green facade that trains vines to grow up a trellis or other support system. Nature has perfected the art…

Home Energy Tips – HVAC Ducts in the Conditioned Space


  The average forced air duct system leaks 30% of the heated / cooled air out of the duct before it reaches the room it was intended to heat or cool. A very good installation only leaks 10% of your money out of the ducts typically into an unconditioned space. While mastic can do a…

Why you should hire an architect


I spend most of my time thinking about the design of homes and commercial structures. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would ever want to go through the process without an architect by their side. I often hear people say they can simply go to a builder to get a home designed and built,…

Indoor Air Quality issues in your home


Originally posted on carpet cleaning Harrisonburg:
February is a great time of the year to have your carpet cleaned but not many people do!  Carpet cleaning is a very emotional experience.  February does not FEEL like the time of year to clean carpet.  It is cold out and everyone is closed in and trying to…

Get to know “Harrisonburg Bikram Yoga”: Friday Featured Local Business


About Harrisonburg Bikram Yoga: Opened in February of 2013, this business is one of a new trend of health focused expansions in Downtown Harrisonburg.  Kendall, give us some background on your company. What do you do and why do you do it?  Bikram Yoga Harrisonburg offers yoga classes in a traditional Hatha yoga sequence of…