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speech and language center construction

Harrisonburg’s Speech and Language Center Construction Finishing Up

Here is an update on Harrisonburg’s Speech and Language Center. For past posts, check them out HERE, HERE, and HERE.  The exterior finishes are looking sharp and have been a drastic change from the original. There is a small storage area on the second floor including a loft...
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Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo

Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo Harrisonburg Canstruction is scheduled for April 8th at the annual SVBA Home and Living Expo at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds in Harrisonburg. This food fundraiser benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. This year...
Custom Home contemporary cottage

Check Out This Contemporary Cottage – Project Update

This contemporary cottage, designed by Ray Gaines in the Charlottesville office, features bold colors, careful details, beautiful tile, classic hardwoods, large screen porch, and lots of natural light. The clerestory windows and vaulted ceiling provide beautiful gathering spaces...
net zero farm house

Custom Designed Homes – could it cost less than existing homes?

Custom Designed Homes – could it cost less than existing homes? Scott Rogers and I have been having a virtual discussion about the cost savings of an existing home vs a custom-built house. Read HERE and HERE to catch up. I would like to expand on his last analysis quoted...
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Speech and Language Center Construction update

Speech and Language Center Construction update Read past posts about this project HERE and HERE. The new building is taking shape at the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. I have heard from many in the community that they like the new aesthetic. What do you think? As...
Gone but not forgotten

Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough.

Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough. My Mom October 7, 1950 – February 15, 2017 According to her facebook profile: I am an artist! I draw with DMC threads, do mixed media art, working with papers and findings, make beaded jewelry working with beautiful colorful beads. I...
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Air Leaks in Your Home on a Windy Day – Seal Them Up and Save Money

It is supposed to be windy later today. The wind blowing on one side of your home will create a positive pressure on that side. The other side of the house will form a negative pressure. This causes your home to expand and contract – hopefully and not likely enough to see...
The Lofts

The LOFTS At 83 South Main Are Ready For Move In

To read previous blogs about this project, click here. The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in after months of work. It takes a special person to see potential in a building that has been neglected for so long. Fortunately our client was such a person. The LOFTS located...
The Lofts Harrisonburg

Listening Is Important, But Telling Your Story Comes First For Good Design

The process of design is emotional. It takes a lot of vulnerability, patience, and openness to get it right. I have spent the last 17 years working on being able to hear my clients. I hope each day and each project I get better at this skill. I think the most important skill for...
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Recessed Lighting Could Waste Energy and Comfort

Recessed lighting, also called can lights, are light fixtures mounted in the ceiling so that it is flush with the ceiling. These lights can be huge energy waster that provide a path for air movement outside the thermal envelope. This impacts energy usage to heat or cool your home...