Gaines Group Architects
Carbon Neutral Construction

What To Know About Your Custom Home Design

There are a lot of questions in the construction industry when you set out to build a new house. The biggest and first question in my mind – Do you want a custom home or just a new home? If you want a new home, why not buy one that already exists? You will get more for your...
Carbon Neutral Construction

First Carbon Neutral Home in Harrisonburg – Project Update

Click here for our first post on this house. Click here for our past update. Beck Builders is starting roof framing on Harrisonburg’s first ever Carbon Neutral home. The walls of the house are mostly insulated concrete forms, but a couple of walls needed to be wood framed....
Speech and Language Center Construction

Harrisonburg’s Speech and Language Center Continues To Make Progress

Work continues on the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. The walls are up, the roof is on, and the windows are installed. This site offered a lot of challenges with the existing structure and tight property boundaries. The added space is going to make a huge difference...
The Lofts Harrisonburg

New Downtown Harrisonburg Apartments Coming Soon

The apartment renovation in downtown Harrisonburg is coming to completion. These downtown Harrisonburg apartments had seen some overwhelming neglect before our client purchased it. We did not find the damage until construction started, but I can honestly say, I have no idea why...
Net Zero Home

Carbon Neutral house in Harrisonburg – Update

Click here for previous project updates on this house. Our Carbon Neutral house project in Harrisonburg, just behind EMU, is making great progress. This home, like the net-zero home just up the street, is aiming for producing as much energy as needed. The difference is that this...
Net Zero Home

Harrisonburg Zero Energy Home – Update

Harrisonburg Zero Energy Home – Update Click here for a previous update on this project. Progress continues on our Zero-Energy home that is under construction on Willow Run Road just outside of Harrisonburg. This home will produce the amount of energy needed for operations...
2016 in review

Small Business Decisions: How They Invest Their Marketing Dollars

How does a small business decide how to invest their marketing dollars? As a business owner, I get a request for a monetary donation at least once a day from some very deserving organization. I also get a lot of requests for paid advertising spots for local newspapers,...
Right site

The First Step in Building a Custom Home – Finding the Right Site

Finding the right building site is the first step towards a successful new custom home. The site might frame a particular view that you love or just the right slope for a walk-out basement. The site may be large enough to raise a few animals or capture the right amount of light...
Speech and Language Center

Speech and Language Center Renovation Has Started In Harrisonburg

Work has started on the renovation and addition to the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. This business has seen tremendous growth and needed to expand. Our task was to add as much usable space as possible on a very tight site. We were also tasked with reallocating the...
10 Commandments

A 10 Year Old With A Vision For The Upcoming Year

I have been thinking a lot about the coming year, this one seems different than in the past. The world is different, my life is different, our business is different. My wife challenged me to come up with a word, one word instead of a resolution. The idea of one word is to focus...