Happy New Year 2015!


Thanks for reading our blog over the past 3 1/2 years. I truly appreciate your support. Please post future blog ideas in the comments section below!

Top blog posts for 2014


Here are the top blog posts for 2014. Let us know which topic was your favorite! 5. The evolution of a sketch and list of ideas into a dream home. In an age of immediate gratification architecture and construction is a slow process. We started the design for this custom home in Old Town Harrisonburg…

The Gaines Group 2014 in Review


Another year in the books and this one was exceptional! We continue to build our relationships with past clients and have started many new friendships this year. The project types vary is scale, scope, and aesthetics, but they all share the common goal of wanting healthy, energy-efficient, and durable design solutions. Another year in business, another…

1. Jefferson’s Academical Village #105architecturalinspiration


Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village is the heart of the University of Virginia located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The structures comprising the space include the Rotunda, ten Pavilions, student rooms, Lawn, range rooms, and gardens some with Serpentine Walls (used as a frugal measure that creates architectural splendor). Jefferson conceived the college experience as a place for…

My Christmas wish for 2014


My Christmas wish list for 2014: That we all celebrate this day with love and compassion in our hearts for each other, no matter the burden we carry. That those in need will find a gift at their door this Christmas of hope and joy, that their needs will be filled, their stomachs full, and their…

thinking of building a new home – start here first


Building a custom home can be an overwhelming task without the right information. Where do you start? How do you get it right? Who do you need? How much will it cost? There are many questions. Here is a guide to help: The first step, ask lots of questions What questions should I ask before building…

Green Terms Defined: Year end summary


  The 4 C’s: You have to be able to effectively convey the information from design to construction in a Clear, Concise, Correct, and Complete method.  Air Infiltration: The uncontrolled inward air leakage through cracks and holes in the building envelope and around windows and doors of a building caused by the pressure effects of wind and/or the effect of differences…

Can you live in a “tiny” home? What is “right sized?”


The tiny house movement has gained a huge amount of momentum since Katrina Cottages became mainstream news. Do you think you can live in 150 sf? What about 6oo sf? So what is a tiny house to you? When designing a green home determining the right size for you is as important as designing for energy-efficiency….

Green Terms Defined: Air Infiltration


Infiltration – The uncontrolled inward air leakage through cracks and holes in the building envelope and around windows and doors of a building caused by the pressure effects of wind and/or the effect of differences in the indoor and outdoor air density. This can be caused from a garage door opening or even a light breeze against a garage…

HDR Holiday Home Tour


This Saturday, Dec 6, 2014, from 11 am – 4pm you can tour some of the coolest homes in downtown. The annual HDR Holiday Home Tour showcases everything from historic charm to modern luxury to retro nostalgia and industrial chic in the projects featured this year. You are invited to visit homes in Old Town…