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energy audit light switch

Air Leaks: Seal Your Light Switches to Make Your Home More Comfortable

Air leaks at light switches are a big cause of comfort issues in your home. There is an old saying in the construction industry that “you don’t want to build to tight.” So what window do you want to leave out of your home? The reality is leaks around light...
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Galactic Blue side table

Evolution Glass: Innovative Locally-Made Building Product

We are always on the look out for new products in the construction industry. We pride ourselves in knowing the options and being able to select the best solutions for our clients. It is rare to find a locally made 100% recycled product that looks this cool. Check out this summary...
water spigot

Freezing Pipes: Should I Be Worried?

Unprotected Pipes: Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperatures because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid form. Ice blockage becomes more likely when outside temperatures drop to below freezing. A cold wind reaching unprotected pipes quickly removes heat...
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Home addition project

A Well-Placed Addition Allows For New Life in an Old Space

A well-placed addition allows for a new life in an old space. This renovation brings in light, adds space, and offers the function to this existing home. The owners needed a paint studio with more light. The house is in the right location in town and has the right amount of...
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architectural finds

Architectural Salvage Fun

Architectural Salvage Fun It is always fun to check out an architectural salvage store. You never know what you might find and where it may lead you. From what appears to be space guns to trains, crosses, and stained glass – there is something for everyone. You have to use...
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Alex Alvarez

A Story of Career Development by a Blue Ridge Community College Student

Career development is a great focus of the Gaines Group in helping students become architects. Alex Alvarez is a future leader in the construction industry. He attends Blue Ridge Community College and is on a path to apply for admission to the Virginia Tech Building Construction...
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2017 Depot Holiday Party

Visit with Santa at the Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot First Friday Art Opening

Join us for a very special First Friday night before heading downtown to the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade. On December 1st, Santa will join us at the Depot in the R.S. Monger & Sons window and door Showroom. Take pictures with the kids and start your Christmas celebration...
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Thanksgiving Day 2015

10 tips to go green this Thanksgiving

10 tips to go green this Thanksgiving Shop Local for your Thanksgiving feast – go to the local farmer’s market, shop at a Food Co-op, buy from a farmer in your area, grow your own vegetables Skip the paper and plastic – remember to take your reusable bags to the grocery store Use...
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attic insulation

Insulation in Your Attic Can Determine Your Comfort in Your Living Room

It is important to have the right amount of insulation in your attic: The minimum amount of insulation you should have in your attic ranges from 8 – 12″ depending on your insulation type. Spray foam could need less. Adding insulation over what you already have is an...
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attic insulation

Get an Energy Audit to Verify Your House Doesn’t Have Unwanted Guests

I went out to do an energy audit at Massanutten yesterday. The home was clearly well maintained. It was 30+ years old, was not showing signs of neglect, and the heat was ON. It was very warm inside just like the homeowners like it. We took a moment to talk about their concerns...
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