Gaines Group Architects
fall hazard

Fall Hazard, please keep door locked at all times

In the construction industry there are a lot of places to get stuck, fall down, face liability. As I entered the profession some 20 years ago I knew of almost none of these opportunities. I was open, ready, and willing to take on any challenge because I did not understand the...
gaines group harrisonburg

Help us grow, write an online review.

If you want to help us grow, write an online review. This has become an incredibly important part of our residential architectural marketing strategy. Online reviews are used by potential clients trying to decide who to call, if they need an architect, and if the architect they...
Chicago

Do we love our historic buildings enough to allow them to evolve into Net-Zero buildings?

Here is a question for all of those that love historic trailblazing amazing architectural creations. Do we love our historic buildings enough to allow them to evolve into Net-Zero buildings? This summer I had the opportunity to join NEED (an amazing organization helping teach our...
luxury custom home

Luxury Custom Home under construction in Rockingham County

I love it when a project starts taking shape off the paper and in real life. This luxury custom home is now under construction in Rockingham County being built by Herr & Co. We get to work on a wide array of beautiful homes around the Valley and throughout Central Virginia....
crawl space

Check out your dryer vent to help save electricity

I get invited into a lot of crawl spaces. One of the lessons I have learned is that people will run dryer vents anywhere and everywhere. The lesson I want to pass on to you is: You should check out your dryer vent to help save electricity. You should also check it out to reduce...
HVAC

Who can you trust in the construction industry?

Who can you trust in the construction industry? We have all heard the stories of renovation projects gone bad. We also have all heard of that contractor that was wonderful to work with from friends and neighbors. Then you hear from someone else that they did not have the best...
merry go round

Inclusive Design / Universal Design / ADA

What is the coolest thing you have seen in the built environment that promote inclusivity? Inclusive design is a strategy that provides design solutions that work for everyone no matter their unique ability. This is a openness to strategies included in Universal Design and ADA...
Tony DiStefano

First Friday at the Depot – “Through the Lens”

This month we have a very talented photographer joining us at the Depot and the weather looks PERFECT! Stop by and see his work and support this event. His show is hung and it looks great. Jamara is working on some incredible refreshments to share as well. Hope to see you between...
Harper Lee

First Friday at the Depot – IRIS – Harper Lee

Come and see us at the Depot for First Friday at the Depot! This month we are thrilled to welcome an emerging local artist to our space. Stop by and see his work and support this event as he shares his ideas and vision. IRIS by Harper Lee August 2, 2019 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm...
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Natural Chimney

A pause along my journey – Architect Vacation at Red Wing Roots Music Festival

As I pause along my journey I was spending some time reflecting this morning before heading out to Red Wing Roots Music Festival. This is my favorite weekend of the year, Red Wing Roots Music Festival 2019. I am unplugging for a few days and enjoying incredible music and friends...
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