My Christmas wish for you.


My Christmas wish for you. It has been an amazing year here at the Harrisonburg Gaines Group office. We grew adding Hannah Jackson to our team. Deborah and I stayed very busy all year with a huge variety of projects. We were able to provide healthy, energy-efficient, and durable design to more than 35 different…

Guys, Time to finish up your Christmas Shopping!


Guys, Time to finish up your Christmas Shopping! Well it is December 23rd, so probably time for you guys to finish your Christmas shopping. Ok, who are we fooling, it is time for some of you guys to start your Christmas shopping. I know it is hard to figure out what she is dreaming of,…

Top Blog Posts of 2015


Top Blog Posts of 2015 Thank you all so much for your support and reading my blog. We are now closing in on 80,000 views – not bad for a small architectural firm locating in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Here are the top 10 blogs that have been viewed in 2015. 10. Architect to expand office space in Harrisonburg …

Green Terms Defined Summary 2015


 Green Terms Defined Summary 2015 2012 International Energy Conservation Code: Minimum energy code standards adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Air Changes per Hour (ACH): the measure how many times the air within a defined space is replaced. ASHRAE 90.1: a standard in the US that provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise…

What is the most critical energy-efficiency product for your home?


What is the most critical energy-efficiency product for your home? Air tight is the most critical element of green building design. The easiest way to achieve air tightness in an existing home is using caulk at every gap and crack between building materials. The top and bottom plate of a wall, electrical outlets, doors and…

Seal your electrical outlets to improve your home comfort


Seal your electrical outlets to improve your home comfort In every house I visit to do an energy audit, the electrical outlets have been a major source of air infiltration. Sealing these holes up in your thermal envelope will reduce your energy usage and make your home more comfortable.  Yes, I realize these are small…

Green Design vs Design – what do you want?


Green Design vs Design – what do you want? We have built a solid reputation for delivering “green” architectural design for our clients. We were even named the “best small architecture firm” in the USGBC Best of Building Awards – that was a worldwide vote – fairly cool – showing our dedication to “going green.” Green design…

Harrisonburg Sustainable Farmhouse Project Update


Harrisonburg Sustainable Farmhouse Project Update Another new project is under construction and enjoying this mild winter weather. The Harrisonburg sustainable farmhouse is located just north of Harrisonburg city limits with some amazing views. The 3-bedroom home features an open floor plan that provides a living room, dining room, and kitchen space the brings family together….

Green Term Defined: Vapor Barrier


Green Term Defined: Vapor Barrier A vapor barrier is a barrier that reduces the rate that water vapor can move through a material.  There is discussion in the industry if a true vapor barrier is even possible. This has led to the use of the term Vapor Retarder. Vapor retarders limits moisture from passing through a…

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…

Does hiring an architect save you money?


“Hiring an architect should save you time and money, minimize bumps, streamline the building process, and provide an accurate picture of how the project will turn out before a single nail has been driven” ~ Bob Vila Does hiring an architect save you money? It is a question I have been working to document for…