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SVBA Home and Living Expo Upcycle Challenge “Turn Table”

SVBA Home and Living Expo Upcycle Challenge “Turn Table” Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. The Upcycle Design Challenge aims to remind people that, with a little creativity, what was old can be n...

Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo

Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo Harrisonburg Canstruction is scheduled for April 8th at the annual SVBA Home and Living Expo at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds in Harrisonburg. This food fundraiser benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. This year...

Check out this contemporary cottage

Check out this contemporary cottage This home, designed by Ray Gaines in the Charlottesville office, features bold colors, careful details, beautiful tile, classic hardwoods, large screen porch, and lots of natural light. The clerestory windows and vaulted ceilin...
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Custom Designed Homes – could it cost less than existing homes?

Custom Designed Homes – could it cost less than existing homes? Scott Rogers and I have been having a virtual discussion about the cost savings of an existing home vs a custom-built house. Read HERE and HERE to catch up. I would like to expand on his last analysis quoted...

Speech and Language Center Construction update

Speech and Language Center Construction update Read past posts about this project HERE and HERE. The new building is taking shape at the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. I have heard from many in the community that they like the new aesthetic. What do you think? As...

Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough.

Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough. My Mom October 7, 1950 – February 15, 2017 According to her facebook profile: I am an artist! I draw with DMC threads, do mixed media art, working with papers and findings, make beaded jewelry working with beautiful colorful beads. I...
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Use the wind to find air leaks in your home – seal them up and save money

Use the wind to find air leaks in your home – seal them up and save money   It is supposed to be windy later today. The wind blowing on one side of your home will create a positive pressure on that side. The other side of the house will form a negative pressure. This...

The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in

The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in To read previous blogs about this project, click here. The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in after months of work. It takes a special person to see potential in a building that has been neglected for so long. Fortunately...

Listening is important, but telling your story comes first for good design

Listening is important, but telling your story comes first for good design The process of design is emotional. It takes a lot of vulnerability, patience, and openness to get it right. I have spent the last 17 years working on being able to hear my clients. I hope each day and...

Recessed can lights could waste energy and make your home uncomfortable

Recessed can lights could waste energy and make your home uncomfortable Recessed lighting, also called can lights, are light fixtures mounted in the ceiling so that it is flush with the ceiling. These lights can be huge energy waster that provide a path for air movement outside...

The more you know – things you should know about your custom home design

things you should know about your custom home design There are a lot of questions in the construction industry when you set out to build a new house. The biggest and first question in my mind – Do you want a custom home or just a new home? If you want a new home, why not...

First Carbon Neutral Home in Harrisonburg under construction – project update

First Carbon Neutral Home in Harrisonburg under construction – project update Click here for previous project updates on this house. Click here for previous project updates on this house. Beck Builders is starting roof framing on Harrisonburg’s first ever Carbon...