Green Terms Defined: Composting


This is my favorite time of year. Plants are blooming, trees are sprouting leaves, and my compost bin is working hard. Many soils in our area are made largely of clay. You need to add good organic matter to have a successful garden and vibrant flowers. Adding compost is a great way to “grow better…

“Sunset Review” of Licensure for Architects


Originally posted on Comments From a Spec Writer:
Every decade or so, the State of Colorado asks itself if architects should continue to be licensed and regulated. Oh, yes, they do.  It’s called a “sunset review.”  They do it for engineers, too.  Can you imagine states not regulating these professions?  It’s already like the Wild…

6 Spring Tips for an incredible Vegetable Garden


This wet winter has been incredible for our soils. We got a lot of moisture for growing rich soils and beautiful gardens this spring. Now is the time to take advantage of it and start prepping the garden. (This post is more to remind me of what I need to get done, hope it helps…

SVBA Home and Garden Show – April 12-13


If you plan on renovating a home or building a new home, the SVBA Home and Garden Show is the place to find the needed information. While you can find endless information online about designing and building a home – you cannot look the person in the eye. This direct connection, trust, and opportunity to…

Old Town Harrisonburg Custom Home – Update


This infill project in Downtown Harrisonburg makes the most of a small footprint. Featuring an open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, and a roof top deck, this home is perfect for a growing family and their friends. The lot nestled in a historic neighborhood has the rare quality of lots of trees. Our design challenge was…

Before you bring baby home, get it ready for the changes coming.


What are the things you need to do in your home before the new baby comes home? What precautions do you need to take? What changes do you make? Those of us with children have gone through the process – time to baby proof your home. You purchase electric outlet covers, make sure the chemicals…

An energy-efficient home can take on any style.


I got the question last week, can we make a particular style energy-efficient. There is a common misconception that energy-efficient design dictates a particular style. When the reality is there is no style that cannot be created in a healthy, energy-efficient, and durable manner. It just takes design. This New England Farmhouse is LEED Certified,…

A FLIR T420 Thermal Camera, a Trash Bag, and a Snowstorm


Originally posted on Ivy Tools Blog:
Sidewalk gathering heat, while snow is piled four feet deep on each side With 15 inches of snow on the ground, and more still hanging in the air, I decided to hit the streets with the FLIR T420 infrared camera.  Given the ongoing nature of events, I took the…

Penn Laird Dream Home Project Update


The clients have moved in to this wonderful new home, here is the last group of construction photos. Let us know what you think of their dream home. Here are the other updates Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4  

SVBA Home and Garden Show – April 12 – 13


The SVBA Home and Garden Show is scheduled for April 12-13 at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds again this year. Join the event for the annual car show, beer garden, SPCA Adoption Center, BBQ Chicken, food court, and to get your home renovation / construction questions answered. This year’s home show will benefit the SPCA,…