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The Gaines Group Harrisonburg Blog

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Look for air leak if your house is cold

This time of year it is sometimes hard to get warm. Does your house have that one room that is always a few degrees colder than the rest of the house? Are there places in your home you don’t use this time of year? Look for the air leak if your house is cold or uncomfortable...
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Architect Travels: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Guest Post by Architect Deborah Smith. I am a self-proclaimed homebody, but nothing will peel me off the couch faster than getting to travel and experience new places and old/new buildings.  The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. has been on my list of places to visit for quite...
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Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center kicks off capital campaign

We love working with non-profits in our community that are doing good work. The Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center is one such client and have just kicked off their capital campaign. This organization provides full-day child care and learning opportunities in a secure...
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Locally Made Well-Crafted Custom Gift Options in Harrisonburg

Are you looking for a locally made well-crafted gift for someone special this year? Check out Unlimited Creations & Design, LLC. They have made several items for me and it is always beyond expectation. Bryan Shirkey is a true craftsman. He created this coat rack for my office...

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The Gaines Group Charlottesville Blog

    by charlottesvillearchitect on September 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    This morning as I was driving into work, I turned into the parking lot and had to stop because a worker wearing ear protection and carrying a weed whacker stepped into the travelway without looking up and stopped in the middle of the lane to make an adjustment to his equipment, again without looking up.  […]

    by charlottesvillearchitect on September 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I first published the article below in 2010.  With Virginia’s adoption of the 2015 edition of the I‑Codes, it will be necessary to update office master specifications to reflect the editions of the various standards referenced by the current code.  With this in mind, it is appropriate to republish the article.   REFERENCE STANDARDS:  NOT […]

    by charlottesvillearchitect on August 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I have been interested in sustainable architecture since the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  Back in the day, nobody used the word sustainability, but it was the direction that Bob Schubert of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture was guiding his students.  Recognizing that the earth is a finite system, the practice of responsible utilization […]

    by charlottesvillearchitect on August 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I have been asked the question “What one piece of advice do you wish that you had received as a young professional?” multiple times in recent years.  I struggled with the answer to this question, because I was blessed with several great mentors in my years as a young professional.  The advice I received was […]