Start the new year off right, check these things in your home today


Many people make resolutions for the new year. These often fall by the side of the road as you carry on in a busy life. Here are some changes you can make today that will provide payback through reduced energy bills and increased comfort all year-long. Remember to insulate your attic access, it is an…

More from our trip to Williamsburg – Architectural Details


The architectural details in Williamsburg are truly special. The brick walls have moss growing over the top softening their surface and providing color. The variety of fence styles and types are diverse and varied. I have to imagine there is significance to the different styles, but I did not find any documentation of such.    There…

You should visit Rockingham County Rotary Club in January, we have BACON


One of the best decisions I have made in the last 8 years was to join Rotary. This organization amplifies the good you can do in your community and around the world. Rotary International is a service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services,…

Please take a moment to share your opinion about our firm


Please take a moment to share your opinion about our firm As you know, it is a difficult decision to hire a design professional. Before you start the process there are limited ways to figure out who will do a good job. The best way for me to sustain my business is by you telling people about us in…

Check out these top blog posts of 2016


Thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog. I dropped the ball in the middle of year and as a result wrote 137 fewer blogs this year than last. We are still closing in on 19,000 views this year and a total since starting of over 98,000. Here are the top 10 blogs that have…

Another day trip idea for your holiday break – Williamsburg, Va


Here is another day trip idea for your holiday break – Williamsburg, Va. This city is located in the northern part of the Hampton Roads area. It was founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between the James and York rivers. The city was the capital of the Colony of Virginia…

Day Trip idea for Christmas Break – Washington DC


I recently was invited to speak at the Department of Energy in Washington D.C. The drive up that morning was supposed to only take a couple of hours, but fortunately I had a warning from a local about the orange line being down. The trip took 4 hours up and 3 hours back. It was…

My Christmas wish for you – 2016


It has been another great year at the Harrisonburg Gaines Group Architects office. We started off a team of three – Charles, Deborah, and Hannah (and James, but he sits in Charlottesville). We worked hard on a variety of projects including our new office location – the Chesapeake Western Depot. We moved into our new…

Kindergarten class in Harrisonburg visits architectural office


I love to share my passion for design with as many people as possible.  Over the past couple of months I have given presentations to the Department of Energy for the National Energy Education Development Project, two eighth grade classes at Eastern Mennonite School, an engineering class at the Miller School in Crozet, a packed…

We love our building so we put it on a t-shirt


We love our building and love sharing that love with everyone – so we made t-shirts with our logo and a picture of the depot! The art work was created by Stronge Designs. He included a sketch of one of the diesel engines that used to run on the track next to the building as…

A beautiful barn in Broadway, Virginia


One of my favorite structures to photograph is the barn behind our house. Recently the construction photo was shared with me. How cool is this picture? Here is the interior pictures of the barn. It is such a beautiful structure and the views are amazing! Here are pictures from past years. The sunsets, snows, spring views are…

Simple changes around your house will save you money


Simple changes around your house will save you money. Some of the changes I have mentioned in the past include things easy to do in a finished house like: caulking electrical outlets basement insulation  Changing water heaters Adding attic insulation Those are all fairly easy to do in an existing house. However, if you are…