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Weiler Orthodontics

Ice on the roof shows clear signs of energy loss vs energy-efficiency

Ice on the roof shows clear signs of energy loss vs energy-efficiency. We were fortunate not to have a huge ice storm that some parts of the country are facing. In our area, there was only a light coating of ice that was quickly melting as I drove to work. I could see on the...
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living coral

Living Coral, Pantone color of the year can bring vibrancy to your home

The Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral, is a bright color that energizes and brings warmth to a space. It is a rich color that builds on recent past colors such as Ultra Violet, Greenery, and Rose Quartz all drawing from nature. I think it ties nicely with our valley...
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attic access panel

Cold Weather Problems In Your Home

There are many cold weather problems in your home, or at least the typical home I see when doing energy audits. Comfort problems exist in almost every room. There are common issues in most homes that can easily be fixed. It just takes time to identify the places where you can...
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Preston Lake

Collaboration between Architectural Firms result in Parkside Towns Victoria at Preston Lake

There are many challenges as an architect I face when starting a new project. It may be a tight budget, swift deadline, or impossible site conditions, but there is always a challenge. This particular project, Parkside Towns Victoria, at Preston Lake just outside of Harrisonburg...
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Rock Rotary

Get your tickets for the Rock Rotary party supporting local non-profits!

It is that time of year again, The Rock Rotary annual Car Raffle Party! Get your tickets for the Rock Rotary party supporting local non-profits today! This annual event is hosted at JMU’s Bridgeforth Stadium Club Level on February 23, 2019 from 7:00 pm – until. The...
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Montessori School of Charlottesville

Montessori School of Charlottesville – Project Update

This past year the Gaines Group designed a much needed addition to the Montessori School of Charlottesville Gordon Avenue campus.  Located in the Venable neighborhood of Charlottesville, the original building is a Victorian home built in 1894 by UVA professor Richard Dabney.  We...
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Massanutten Technical Center

MTC Bistro / Culinary Classroom – project update

The culinary arts classroom at Massanutten Technical Center was in need of a revamp. The existing classroom was built in 1972 and according to MTC Director Kevin Hutton “It just wasn’t up to date with where it needed to be.” He worked with his staff to develop a...
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air leaks

Is your home comfortable? Energy Audit Follow up

An energy-audit is a great “tune-up” for your existing home. I have been offering energy-audits for free for people in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County now for about four years. My goal is to help people reduce their monthly bills by identifying easy to correct...
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energystar

Home Energy Use Average Survey – Please help!

I am working on a research project that looks at different wall types (2 x 4 wood, 2 x 6 wood, ICF, other) compared to annual energy usage. The more data I can collect for each wall type the closer I will get to scientific conclusion. If you have a moment, can you please fill out...

Snow and Concrete – how to melt away your problems

Well we finally have winter with snow! This makes some of us happy, and some of us who like warm weather. . . not so much. But it is cozy inside, and nice when you don’t need to go out. Have a cup of hot chocolate! I (Phyllis) have posted before about importance of not...
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