Tired of high electric bills – get the test!


If you are ready to fight back against those high energy costs or simply want your house to be more comfortable, you should consider hiring an energy auditor. They are able to test your home to determine where the problems are and give you a list of things to address. Don’t fall for the sales…

Pantops Office getting even sweeter!


For those that have visited our Charlottesville office you already know, it is a pretty sweet space. But coming next month it is getting even sweeter! Upstart sweet treat chain Bloop Frozen Yogurt is set to open on the first floor of our building on Pantops. The store is scheduled to open May 19 at…

Charlottesville Home Show


The 39th Annual BRHBA Home & Garden Festival at the John Paul Jones Arena Friday, April 20th – 1pm to 7pm Saturday, April 21st – 10am to 7pm Sunday, April 22nd – 1pm to 5pm Stop by our booth and “ask the architect” you design and building science questions. We can help you save money, live…

Does Going Green cost more?


I get asked all the time “how much more does it cost to do all that extra green stuff“? So many people think of going green as an added burden or an option that you add to a design for a home or business. Is this really the case? We are seeing real impacts of…

Is your house custom or just new construction?


For those looking to build a new home, what is your motivation? Do you want a house that is new or do you want a new home that is specific for your needs? A custom home should be designed around the way you live, work, and play. It should work with your site and not…

Make your house a home for a lifetime!


If you are like most people over the age of 45, you do not want to move from your house. It is a comfortable place, you know the neighborhood, you know the shortcuts, you are safe and secure. According to the AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to stay in their current home, which means…

The Gaines Group, PLC Celebrates 25 years of service to the community!


  The Gaines Group, PLC Architecture and Interior Design is celebrating 25 years of success in creating an energy-efficient, durable, healthy, and well designed portfolio of projects. The firm which began in February 1987 when founding partner, Raymond E. Gaines, AIA, FCSI, CCS emerged from a now defunct design build firm as an expert  in…

Top 10 Things to do this Spring for your Home and Health


The trees are blooming, the grass is growing, and my allergies are going crazy, Spring has certainly sprung! With our mild winter here in Virginia, Spring has come at least three weeks earlier than normal. This is great news for those looking to get a head start on those annual maintenance items around the house. So where…

Charlottesville Home Show – Blue Ridge Home and Garden Festival


The Blue Ridge Home and Garden Show is just around the corner. This will be our first year at the event and we are hoping for plenty of attendance and lots of familiar faces coming out to visit us. As usual the home show is hosting educational workshops at the event on topics ranging from…

Citizen Architect – Design Matters


I believe that as an architect I have an ethical duty to design solutions that are energy efficient, durable, and healthy. It is my job to understand the materials that are available in the market today, know how to use the materials effectively, and to know the impacts on indoor air quality, durability, and the…

The SVBA Home Show 2012 – Ask the architect?


The Home Show is a chance to meet so many people who can help you design, build, renovate, or modify your home. So how do you know which person is an expert, which person will offer the best value, or who can do the work you need? You can ask the architect that is at…