Black Friday Deals you are not going to believe, over $25,000 in savings


While some are fighting over a $100 saving on a television, there are better deals to be found on this Friday and really everyday. Energy Efficient appliances – When replacing appliances look for the energy star logo. Replacing a 1980’s model refrigerator with an energy star labeled appliance can save you $100 a year. Since…

Time for the family to gather, do you have a dream living room?


While the kitchen is often the heart of your home this time of year, the living room is just as important. The spaces we have to gather, relax, reconnect, and recharge are critical to our health and the health of our family. Having a space that allows for this to happen away from the dirty dishes and chore…

What do you want in your dream kitchen?


There are endless options for aesthetics, function, and features in today’s kitchen. So what are your requirements? A custom backsplash, open shelving, and stainless appliances? We often focus on function first. Making the kitchen work well so that you can cook, entertain, and feel comfortable is very important.  This kitchen opens to the dining area…

Green Term Defined: Zero Energy Ready Home


I attended a seminar recently presented by Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, Department of Energy on the Department of Energy’s program Zero Energy Ready Home certification in Harrisonburg, Virginia. A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home which is so efficient, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual…

What is Canstruction Harrisonburg?


What is Canstruction Harrisonburg? Canstruction is a unique international nonprofit organization which hots competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built the creations are on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food is…

JMU’s Studio Center renovation nears completion


We started with a few minor changes and ended up with a major systems and space upgrade – the renovation is almost done at the JMU Studio Center in Harrisonburg, VA. This project includes a new paint booth, concrete lab, wood shop, and welding room. We also are adding two computer labs, expanding classroom and studio…

Green Terms Defined: The 4 C’s


Since I entered the construction profession I have known CSI (Construction Specifications Institute).  I was fortunate to start my career in a firm deeply involved with CSI. I give credit to this involvement to my learning the importance of the 4 C’s to a successful construction project. However, this may in fact be the most…

Green Term Defined: Integrated Design


Integrated design is an approach to building design that is collaborative and holistic. The traditional approach to design is a series of steps by individual members of the project team. The owner decides to do a project and selects a site. Then a program is established and an architect is hired to design the project,…

How to fix comfort issues in your home on cold days


As the season turns to colder weather, comfort issues can impact your daily life. A draft coming down an outside wall or around a window is a common issue for homes in our area. There are also areas in the home that you might overlook that impact comfort like attic access, electrical outlets, kitchen cabinets,…