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The Adams at Peppers Ferry

Luxury Apartments Under Construction

The Charlottesville team sent me some photographs from their luxury apartment site visits yesterday. They have projects coming out of the ground in both Christiansburg and Winchester. It was a hot day for checking out progress, but they were pumped to share the projects when they came through our Harrisonburg office. The Contractor for both projects is KBS based in Richmond.

Meadow Branch is a 176 unit community located in Winchester, Virginia, located on 11 acres surrounded by beautiful trees and sky views. It will feature a clubhouse with pool, business center, and theater. These 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units are designed to achieve EarthCraft Certification contributing to healthy indoor air quality and energy-efficient living for the future residents. These luxury apartments are located near Winchester Medical Center, John Kerr Elementary school, James Wood Middle school, and Sacred Heart Academy.

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The Adams at Pepper’s Ferry is a 168 unit community located in the Town of Christiansburg, Virginia. This luxury apartment community features a clubhouse, pool, garage storage units, and a pavilion with built-in grills and seating. This community is located near New River Valley Mall, Target, Home Depot, and Lewis Gale Hospital Montgomery. Also seeking EarthCraft certification, these homes will feature strategies designed to reduce energy usage and increase comfort.

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Does your apartment create a sense of community?

The design of an apartment building is not often discussed in the world of architects. Many developers use cheap materials that will not last very long, amenities are used to attract tenants, and lets face it, usually the rent is the final criteria for those selecting a place to live. However, we take a different approach. Our clients want to create places that are fun to live in, will last a long time, and offer those living there a sense of community.

We have done a lot of multi-family projects over the years with a variety of styles. As our latest project breaks ground in Augusta County, I am wondering which one from the past is a favorite of yours. Let me know which you prefer by commenting below in the comments section.


Duke Garden Renovation



Stone Creek Village




Linden Town Lofts



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Timberlake Place



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Waverly Place




Thinking of New Solutions – Design Matters

Many developers are looking for new solutions to their traditional projects in this “new” economy. From live work spaces that allow for small business to start on the lower level and for the owner to live above to smaller footprint lots, innovation is happening. We have recently done projects that mix commercial and residential in the same building, townhouses that have studio space below, and small footprint homes. The solutions that we are going to use for the next economy will not look like those from the past. Sure there will be some exceptions to the rule, but the time of the big front yard with no connection to your neighbor is coming to an end as people are looking to be connected to their neighbors and to their community.

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Harrisonburg Architect Blog

Timberlake Place – Affordable Elderly Housing in Charlottesville

There is nothing better than working with great clients on projects that offer the community a great resource. Timberlake Place is that type of project in Charlottesville. The end result will be 27 affordable, green, apartments in town that are designed for people of any ability. These homes are located on a bus line, has a planned community garden, and a conservation area on the site. There is no better feeling that getting to work on a project with such a good purpose. Check the links for some press we received from the local news media.

I always wonder, why doesn’t the reporter ask the designer about the project for stories on the design of the project? If anyone knows, let me know.

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