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The Gaines Group Harrisonburg Blog

How to pick your paint: High Gloss, Semi Gloss, Satin, Eggshell, and Flat/Matte

How to pick your paint: High Gloss, Semi Gloss, Satin, Eggshell, and Flat/Matte Painting is a cost effective way to spruce up your home, but choosing the wrong paint finish could mean pricey do-overs later. There are 5 main types of finishes to consider: High Gloss, Semi Gloss,...
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Get your home ready for Fall Weather

Get your home ready for Fall Weather There are some things that you should do to get your home ready for Fall weather. Little things that will help protect your home through the Fall and Winter months. Have your furnace checked. I recommend having a service contract with a high...

The diversity of our projects makes it fun to come to work and a challenge to keep up.

The diversity of our projects makes it fun to come to work and a challenge to keep up. As a small architectural firm, you have to be able to take on many different types, sizes, styles of projects. Here is a variety of projects that we have currently in process. Sentara RMH...
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Lots of construction and a shortage of labor leading to higher prices

Lots of Construction and a shortage of labor is leading to higher prices. There is a lot of construction happening right now. I don’t think it has been this busy since I moved to the valley 10 years ago. This is not just a local issue, as the national AIA Architectural...

The Gaines Group Charlottesville Blog

  • IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
    by charlottesvillearchitect on January 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    “I just love deadlines, especially the sound of them whooshing by” – seen on a refrigerator magnet As we near major deadlines on multiple projects, our staff is working long hours to get the work done. I have two comments for our team response to this:  1. I appreciate your effort toward producing excellent work, […]

  • BEST EFFORTS
    by charlottesvillearchitect on January 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve seen a fair amount of twitter traffic over the last couple of days regarding the documents that are handed to specifiers by architects. The principal complaint has to do with lack of detail in the drawings.  This is in step with complaints I’ve heard (and sometimes uttered) over the years about unprepared graduates coming […]

  • NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
    by charlottesvillearchitect on January 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    As we begin a new year, many have established new year’s resolutions for themselves, usually geared toward self improvement. A substantial portion of those resolutions have already been broken, and it’s only January 3rd. Picking up on my last post, I would encourage construction professionals out there to make one of the following resolution: a.  […]

  • SWEATING OTHER STUFF
    by charlottesvillearchitect on December 19, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    “Designing and constructing buildings, civil structures, industrial facilities, interior design projects and other structures and facilities is one of humankind’s most difficult endeavors in spite of the fact that it is a common activity” 1 In the last couple of posts, I’ve discussed the importance of construction document coordination and the importance of mentoring relative […]