Top 10 Things to Do This Fall for Your Home and Health


Top 10 Things to Do This Fall for Your Home and Health Check your door and window weather-stripping. Make sure doors and windows seal tight to make your home more comfortable this fall and winter. Keeping doors and windows locked when closed will increase the performance against winter winds. Make sure heating vents are clear…

#Construct 2016 was an incredible learning opportunity


My week at #Construct 2016 was filled with education, friends, culture, and FUN. CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) is a great organization because of the people, staff and members. The show is always a great event. However, the most important reason to go to this educational conference each year is to attend outstanding educational events and…

Planning for performance and aesthetics will save you money


I work with a variety of builders here in the valley. One of the builders has built homes from plans from magazines, drafters, and renovations by home owner sketches. The other has built designs by multiple architects, drafters, and magazines. Each has told our clients that using designs and specifications developed by Gaines Group Architects saves…

16 years later, the internet has made hiring an architect easier


Over my 16 years in the industry the way we communicate and interview with clients has drastically changed. It used to be a phone call, face to face meeting, and hundreds of pictures from magazines kicked off each project interview. Now it usually starts with an online request for a meeting, an email or two to coordinate…

Want to change the future? Mentor those that will be the change.


On the Road Collaborative has kicked off YEAR 2 of the program. This year they welcomed 87 Skyline Middle School youth to their day 1 event. This organization, founded by Brent Holsinger, creates an entire pathway of opportunity and support for young people from middle school through high school graduation. Our connection to On the…

Best value found in higher quality not low price


It keeps coming back to me time and time again – the best value is found in higher quality solutions not in low price. It seems to be true in every aspect of life – the best quality solution is almost never the lowest price. I am certainly not advocating for the highest price solution…

Sustainable home sets new standard for the Classic Farmhouse


Sustainable home sets new standard for the Classic Farmhouse The classic farmhouse has a strong tradition here in the valley. The big front porch, gathering space for the family, large kitchen to host friends and neighbors, and of course an incredible view. This time honored traditional design has a place in our hearts. We see…

8 Steps to an energy-efficient home


8 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House Insulate and air seal the attic / roof – there should be a minimum of 12″ of insulation in your attic and all penetrations should be sealed to the conditioned space in your home Air Seal walls – stop losing energy through your walls and ducts, seal all cracks…