Carbon Neutral house in Harrisonburg – update


Click here for previous project updates on this house. Our Carbon Neutral house project in Harrisonburg, just behind EMU, is making great progress. This home, like the net-zero home just up the street, is aiming for producing as much energy as needed. The difference is that this home owner wants to offset carbon used for…

Harrisonburg Zero Energy Home – Update


Click here for a previous update on this project. Progress continues on our Zero-Energy home that is under construction on Willow Run Road just outside of Harrisonburg. This home will produce the amount of energy needed for operations on a net basis. In other words, during the daylight hours, the solar pv array will produce…

How do small businesses decide how to invest their marketing dollars?


How do small businesses decide how to invest their marketing dollars? As a business owner, I get a request for a monetary donation at least once a day from some very deserving organization. I also get a lot of requests for paid advertising spots for local newspapers, television, magazines, and radio. So how do I…

Speech and Language Center renovation has started in Harrisonburg


Work has started on the renovation and addition to the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. This business has seen tremendous growth and needed to expand. Our task was to add as much usable space as possible on a very tight site. We were also tasked with reallocating the interior space to make the existing…

A 10 year old with vision for the coming year.


I have been thinking a lot about the coming year, this one seems different than in the past. The world is different, my life is different, our business is different. My wife challenged me to come up with a word, one word instead of a resolution. The idea of one word is to focus your life…

Public art can grow a community


From a Harley Davidson to a well proportioned building, there can be beauty created by the human hand. We can design something that has grace and beauty or something that does not. This is a choice that is made by someone in the process to an end. These choices impact the influence a creation has over…

2016 is over, so what did we get done and what is next?


2016 is over, so what did we get done and what is next? I have heard from some of you and I know you agree, 2016 was not the best of years…. There seemed to be a cloud of negative over much of the year. Certainly this happens each Presidential election cycle, but this year…

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…