Gaines Group Architects

How to fix comfort issues in your home on cold days

As the season turns to colder weather, comfort issues can impact your daily life. A draft coming down an outside wall or around a window is a common issue for homes in our area. There are also areas in the home that you might overlook that impact comfort like attic access,...

Who Can You Trust in the Construction Industry?

I was called out to a house in Albemarle County yesterday to look at a window issue (I will not post any pictures of the actual project to protect all involved). After some discussion about windows and energy efficiency the home owners moved the discussion to upgrades they had...

Comfort Issues in Your Home – Building Science Issues Identified

Comfort issues in your home are often caused by things behind the walls. Air tight and vapor permeable is a known goal for any home that is built today to a higher standard. We want comfort in our rooms, even temperatures, and lower electric bills. It is important to get the...

Comfort issues in your home caused by issues behind the walls – Building Science issues identified

Sloped ceilings are a common solution when trying to maximize a space. This photo was taken in a carriage house that was renovated into a living quarters. What are the issues in this space that can cause comfort issues in the rest of the home? We see the same condition in rooms...