Take the CDT exam to better serve your clients.


Take the CDT exam to better serve your clients. I have written about the importance of the Construction Document Technologist exam many times in the past. I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing how a project should happen if the project goes perfect. I say this because I have never had a perfect project,…

It is always interesting working in older buildings


It is always interesting working in older buildings. While working in older buildings there are always unique discoveries and untold stories that create the solutions that exist today. From handrails to mailboxes from days of old, these buildings have more character than we find in most new construction.  An acoustic ceiling and open rail stair…

Classic design for aging-in-place


We are working on designing a house for a couple in Harrisonburg that have plans to stay in their new home forever. Using aging-in-place strategies we are designing a home that can adapt over time to the needs of our clients. From the open floor plan to wide doorways the home can accommodate people of all abilities….

Best of Houzz 2016 – Best of Customer Service


THE GAINES GROUP of CHARLOTTESVILLE AND HARRISONBURG Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016  Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World  Harrisonburg, Virginia, January 24, 2016 – The Gaines Group of Charlottesville and Harrisonburg has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home…

Snow may help identify places you are wasting money


There was a time I enjoyed snow – that time has passed. To me now, snow is an interruption in my schedule, plowing a driveway, shoveling many hours, and dangerous roads. However, it is also an easy time to identify energy leaks in your home. Snow may help identify places you are wasting money through…

Canstruction Harrisonburg 2016


Canstruction Harrisonburg 2016  is a unique international nonprofit organization which hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built the creations are on display on the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food is donated to local…

Your crawl space is impacting your home comfort.


Your crawl space is impacting your home comfort. If your crawl space looks like this or this your indoor air quality is suffering. You are also paying too much to heat and cool your home. A vented crawl space usually has insulation located in the joist spaces. This insulation gets pulled away from the heated…