Gaines Group Architects
2019 Senior Expo

2019 Senior Expo

Are you coming to the 2019 Senior Expo this Sunday, March 17, from Noon – 3 p.m.? I will be speaking at the event at 1 p.m. and would love to see you there. This event will feature free health screenings, giveaways from local vendors, door prizes, live music by Mr. Ed and...
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Home for a Lifetime in Albemarle County

Why Should You Want a House Designed for Aging-in-Place?

Over the past few months, the concept of aging-in-place has come to the front of my mind. I have been training to run / walk a 5 mile race that is coming up in October, and for all those who knew me before I was overweight (yes that was a long time ago), I was never a runner....
harrisonburg aging in place house

Classic design for aging-in-place

Classic design for aging-in-place We are working on classic design for aging-in-place house for a couple in Harrisonburg. The goal is to make the home a forever home. Using aging-in-place strategies we are designing a home that can adapt over time to the needs of our clients....

Green Term Defined: Lifetime Home

Green Term Defined: Lifetime Home A design approach that encompasses specific design features that ensure that a new house or apartment will meet the current and future needs of most households. The space is designed for any ability, not just specific disabilities. The space can...
Nelson County Custom Home

What changes in your home after an accident? A list of simple home modification solutions.

On Friday of last week, my mom broke her hip at home. She was home alone when it happened and was not near a phone. This is an incredibly painful and scary experience as she described it. I am equally worried about her return home this week as she lives in a post WWII brick ranch...
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Aging in Place – Good Planning will create a Lifetime Home

There are many design elements that can be integrated into your home that will allow you to live there for a lifetime. Simple changes that can be integrated into the design will allow your home to adapt along with your needs so you can celebrate aging in place. This is most...

Easy Living Home

What is an Easy Living Home? Yes, another certification, this one is intended to encourage builders and home owners of single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes to include Easy Living Home features in the design and construction of new homes. Easy Living Home design features...

Design for the future – a call to action

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy If only we knew what to expect tomorrow we could make better decisions today. Our societal structure is changing. The economy has changed how...

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist – Harrisonburg

The SVBA is hosting a nationally recognized certification program in Harrisonburg this week. The building industry professionals taking this course have come from Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and as far away as Lynchburg and Baltimore. This training will provide the knowledge...

Make your house a home for a lifetime!

If you are like most people over the age of 45, you do not want to move from your house. It is a comfortable place, you know the neighborhood, you know the shortcuts, you are safe and secure. According to the AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to stay in their current...