Gaines Group Architects

There is something about design – we even collect it

Good design is a common theme in my posts. How do you construct a house that is healthy, energy-efficient, and durable for instance? This is achieved through good design. However, design matters in every aspect of life. If you watch carefully you will see design making a...
America Recycles Day

Green Term Defined: Recycling Content

Recycling is the universal sign of “going green.” It is a process that takes a waste material and converts it to a new product, thus reducing the consumption of raw materials, potentially reducing energy usage, and diverts materials from a landfill. Recycling is not...

What improvements do you see in daily life that could make life easier for everyone?

I was out shopping with my mom this weekend. She has difficulty walking and uses handicap parking spaces to make it easier to get into stores. We drove to two different stores and parked in a handicap space each time. Both stores had design issues with the placement of the...

Want a Healthy, Energy Efficient, Durable Home – Get your plan right first!

Over the past few weeks I have been reminded multiple times: the most important element in building is having a good plan in place before starting construction.  “BY FAILING TO PREPARE, YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL.” ~ Benjamin Franklin It is hard for many to justify the...

Design Matters – why it matters to me and I want it to matter to you.

Design – Why it matters to me. I blog a lot about building science, the importance of holistic design, and occasionally local business leaders. I have told stories about a typical day in the life of an architect, the value of memberships in industry organizations, and my...

The best and brightest in the construction industry are all located in one place: CSI!

I had a conversation yesterday with an architect from Oregon who was visiting the Harrisonburg Green Expo with a friend. He and I were lamenting over the state of our profession and how so many architects focus on aesthetics alone. We both agreed that holistic design including...

Design in the Valley – starting a conversation.

Design matters. Taking time out to develop the idea is an activity that should NOT be considered a luxury,but should be seen as a required planning tool that cannot be overlooked. In our fast paced society we look for solutions that are fast and simple. We don’t want things...

Design Matters – finding solutions.

  Architects design a variety of building types. Some are big, some are small, and they all have great meaning to the client and to the architect. Architecture is an interesting profession. You wear your heart on your sleeve and your work is often reviewed, and analyzed....

10 Things Every Designer Should Know

1. You need to work harder than anyone else, it will always benefit you in the long run. 2. Volunteer – you have to get away from your computer and build connections, learn from others, and experience life. 3. Be Original, stand up for what you believe, hold true to your...

The Gaines Group, because design matters!

Reblog from Firmability.com Design Matters When you think about architecture your mind often goes to signature works that stand up and mark a moment in history. You think about those forms that appear to be a symphony captured in place and time.  You remember those famous...