Another Net-Zero House breaks ground in Harrisonburg


I had a chance to visit with another client yesterday as the excavators were finishing up the dig for his new Zero-Energy Home. A zero-energy home is a building that roughly uses the same amount of energy that is created on site by renewable systems. This “farmhouse” will use similar strategies to the carbon-neutral home…

A new goal for housing in Harrisonburg – Carbon Neutral


How much are you doing to reverse the impacts on our planet that the operation of buildings do everyday? Buildings account for 39% of all Carbon Dioxide emissions in the United States. This is more than industry and more than transportation. We have tight regulations in both the industry and transportation sectors and spend a lot…

My path to following my heart and building a better community


Adrienne, Ray, and I joined a small group of AIA-S students from the University of Virginia School of Architecture yesterday for lunch. Each of us spent a few minutes talking about what we do and how we got to our current place in the profession. For me, it has not been a straight path, perhaps…

From spiders to caulk, how to save money at home


I know I am an energy nerd. I talk about everything from spiders to caulk as it relates to how to save money at home. With anyone willing to listen. This is the topic I find interesting. This is a topic that I think everyone should find interesting – because you can SAVE MONEY by knowing…

Architectural Firm now Hiring


Positions Available at Architectural Firm Architecture Firm located in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, Virginia seeking intern candidates that are interested in working for a firm dedicated to building a brighter future through design. The ideal candidate will be interested in working on a diverse range of projects from residential and multi-family to commercial and industrial. Our…

Was your house cold this morning? If so, learn how to fix it here.


The cold weather is coming! Is your house ready? Do you have to add a blanket on your bed this time of year because your house is always uncomfortable? Are you dreading the winter heating bills? Making your home energy-efficient also improves comfort on these cold mornings. Your home is the most complicated machine you…

Thinking of renovating your kitchen? Start here.


One of the most common renovation projects done in existing homes are the kitchens. It provides a 92.9% return on investment on average according to Remodeling Magazine. It is often a gathering place for the entire family. The kitchen has become the hub of the home. So many older homes still have the kitchen closed off…

Is your crawl space working properly?


Is your crawl space working properly? In our area the crawl space is popular and a popular place for problems. From critters to wet insulation these spaces are almost never right. Here are some posts that might help you get your crawl space in order. Your crawl space is impacting your home comfort. Frozen pipes…

Thinking of building a custom home, start here first!


The idea of building a new custom home can be overwhelming for someone who has not done it in the past. What lessons should you know before you get started? What questions should you ask? Who should you call? There are many questions. Here is a guide to help: The first step, ask lots of…