Best Investment in Construction – Harrisonburg Architect


Thinking about renovating, paying too much for your heating / cooling bill, want to build new, where do you start?  There is plenty of information out there about how you can go “green.”  So how do you decide what to do? How do you find the expert to trust? You have to do it through…

Save Money with landscaping in Harrisonburg


With all of us searching for ways to save money, look around your house. The picture below is of a very nice landscaping job that is slowly taking over the HVAC unit. This unit needs at least 2′ clear around it to get adequate air circulation to operate optimally. While the unit was installed to close…

Mixed Humid Climate – Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam


I posed a question this week: In a mixed humid climate, do you use open cell foam exclusively or can you in fact use closed cell in some limited places. In speaking to a very experienced architect on the subject, he hands down believes that closed cell in the answer for the typical wall system…

10 Steps to help you “go green” in Virginia


There is a tremendous amount of information about going green on the news, television shows, and coming from corporate America. So how do you decide if “green” is right for you? Simple, do you like to save money, want to do less to maintain your home, want to use less resources to achieve the same…

Easy ways to Save Money in Harrisonburg, Virginia


The five most important things you should do this summer to save money on your energy bill are: weatherstrip around all doors – if you can see light coming around the door, then air is coming into your home. insulate your attic access – scuttle or pull down stair, make it air tight and install insulation…

Green Architecture in Virginia – Cost vs Value


Green does not cost more, quality costs more. In a meeting yesterday it was pointed out that LEED would certainly cost more because it is very difficult. The conversation revolved around getting the sub-contractors to do the things that the LEED program requires. For instance, they are not allowed to stack / store all the…

Leaders Growing Leaders


Clay Nelson gave a presentation on Leaders Growing Leaders at the Construct 2009 CSI Show in Indianapolis. His position is that you have to train your employees to do what you do so that you can stay on the cutting edge and continue to be the visionary. As a leader, this concept is the only…