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Speech and Language Center expansion in Harrisonburg continues to make progress

Work continues on the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. The walls are up, the roof is on, and the windows are installed. This site offered a lot of challenges with the existing structure and tight property boundaries. The added space is going to make a huge difference...

New downtown Harrisonburg apartments coming online in a few days

New downtown Harrisonburg apartments coming online in a few days The apartment renovation in downtown Harrisonburg is coming to completion. This building had seen some overwhelming neglect before our client purchased it. We did not find the damage until construction started, but...

Carbon Neutral house in Harrisonburg – update

Carbon Neutral house in Harrisonburg – update Click here for previous project updates on this house. Our Carbon Neutral house project in Harrisonburg, just behind EMU, is making great progress. This home, like the net-zero home just up the street, is aiming for producing as...

Harrisonburg Zero Energy Home – Update

Harrisonburg Zero Energy Home – Update Click here for a previous update on this project. Progress continues on our Zero-Energy home that is under construction on Willow Run Road just outside of Harrisonburg. This home will produce the amount of energy needed for operations...

How do small businesses decide how to invest their marketing dollars?

How do small businesses decide how to invest their marketing dollars? As a business owner, I get a request for a monetary donation at least once a day from some very deserving organization. I also get a lot of requests for paid advertising spots for local newspapers, television,...

The first step towards a new custom home – finding the right site

Finding the right building site is the first step towards a successful new custom home. The site might frame a particular view that you love or just the right slope for a walk-out basement. The site may be large enough to raise a few animals or capture the right amount of light...

Speech and Language Center renovation has started in Harrisonburg

Speech and Language Center renovation has started in Harrisonburg Work has started on the renovation and addition to the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. This business has seen tremendous growth and needed to expand. Our task was to add as much usable space as possible...

A 10 year old with vision for the coming year.

A 10 year old with vision for the coming year. I have been thinking a lot about the coming year, this one seems different than in the past. The world is different, my life is different, our business is different. My wife challenged me to come up with a word, one word instead of a...

Public art can grow a community

Public art can grow a community From a Harley Davidson to a well proportioned building, there can be beauty created by the human hand. We can design something that has grace and beauty or something that does not. This is a choice that is made by someone in the process to an end....

2016 is over, so what did we get done and what is next?

2016 is over, so what did we get done and what is next? I have heard from some of you and I know you agree, 2016 was not the best of years…. There seemed to be a cloud of negative over much of the year. Certainly this happens each Presidential election cycle, but this year...
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Start the new year off right, check these things in your home today

Start the new year off right, check these things in your home today Many people make resolutions for the new year. These often fall by the side of the road as you carry on in a busy life. Here are some changes you can make today that will provide payback through reduced energy...

More from our trip to Williamsburg – Architectural Details

More from our trip to Williamsburg – Architectural Details The architectural details in Williamsburg are truly special. The brick walls have moss growing over the top softening their surface and providing color. The variety of fence styles and types are diverse and varied....