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Our blog, Design Matters, is a place for our team to share our knowledge, community events, projects, resources, and opinions. It is a place for you to keep up with us and for us to hear from you. Thanks for reading!

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365 intentional acts of kindness, please join me #rocktownresilient #365actsofkindness

I have decided that this coming year I am going to do 365 intentional acts of kindness. Please join me in making our world a little brighter for others. #rocktownresilient #365actsofkindness
Energy-efficiency home hacks

Energy-efficiency home hacks

Here are some energy-efficiency blog posts I have written over the years. I hope these will help you narrow down those vampire loads, cold room mysteries, high energy bill conundrums, and generally help you save money, live more comfortably, and improve your indoor environmental quality.

Help my small business survive

I need your help. If I have designed a project or answered questions for you - custom home, renovation, addition, business, school, church, energy-audit, phone consultation - would you please write an online review for me?

Kelton Station Apartments, Williamsburg: under construction

Adrienne and her team, led by Ray Gaines are working on luxury living communities around the commonwealth. One ...
Design for Connection

Design for Connection

As human beings, we need a sense of belonging, connection, we need to gather. Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and improve our immune systems. As I think about the projects I have worked on over the last few years, many of them have a common theme of providing a place for connection.

Why architecture?

Why architecture? Because we make clients happy, builders look good, reduce call backs, improve energy efficiency, and help create beauty in this world. #designmatters

Home office renovation

I have had many discussions about home office renovations with a variety of people over the last 8 months. Are you considering upgrading your space?

Tis the season, to stop air leaks in your home

Taking time to seal the holes will improve the comfort of your home as well as potentially reduce your electric bills. One place that is easy to improve is around light switches and electric outlets.
Ready for winter? Check your attic.

Ready for winter? Check your attic.

As the cold weather approaches, it is time to make sure you are ready for the change. The easiest place to make improvements in most homes is the attic.

Top 10 Things to Do This Fall for Your Home and Health

Top 10 Things to Do This Fall for Your Home and Health