Gaines Group Architects
Chesapeake and Western Depot

Renovation Project: Finding Treasures Inside Walls

Check out this cool find inside a wall on a renovation project You never know what to expect in the walls of a renovation project. There are always things hiding from the construction process in the past. From coke bottles to beer bottles things get tossed inside of walls and sit...

Green Term Defined: Renovation

Green Term Defined: Renovation We know a lot about how to build a new building that is very energy-efficient, healthy, and durable. However, no matter how good we can build new structures, saving an existing building is almost always better for the environment. Unless the...

Design for the future: Universal Design for Every Building

Proper planning for buildings reduce the need for future renovations, extend the service life of buildings, and make it possible for people of all abilities to have access and function. When designing for accessibility the results often focus on wheelchair use in a building....

Things You Need to Know When Selecting a Contractor

Remodeling or building a new home is a complicated, stressful, and emotional process. The process is usually unclear. There are often many options and no clear right answers. So how do you make it through with the best results? Here is a list of questions that you should answer...

Thinking of Remodeling Your Home This Spring? Start Here!

Spring is a great time to get started on your home remodeling project. So where is the best place to get started? Who should you call? What will it cost? How long will it take? What is the best solution? Here are some things that I have learned over the years doing many...

Keys to an energy efficient home

I was at an event a few weeks ago that focused on making existing homes energy-efficient. One attendee pulled me aside to discuss what else she could do in her home. SO I asked the basic questions, “have you had an energy audit?” Her answer was immediate and...