[ B4UBUILD.COM ] - the first place to look... before you build. Established in December 1997, this residential construction site allows visitors to preview more than 11,150 house, garage and small project plans, learn about the homebuilding process, find information about residential architecture and design, research construction materials, tools, software, books and building supplies, find sample custom home building contracts and schedules, discover new home repair and home improvement products, and browse through hundreds of pictures of houses and construction details.

B4UBUILD.COM was featured in the December 1, 2003 edition of Business Week magazine in an article titled So You Want to Be Your Own Contractor by Kate Murphy as a Web site that has "[e]verything you ever wanted to know about building or remodeling a house." This site was cited as one of "[s]everal excellent Web sites [that] offer valuable information for the home builder or renovator..." in the book " From Sand Castles to Dream Houses" by Sheri Koones (a very good book by the way). Fine Homebuilding Magazine recommended B4UBUILD.COM to readers of their October/November 1998 issue. Builder Magazine selected it as one of their "Builder's Top 10 Industry Web Sites" and it is featured in the book " 300 Incredible Things for Home Improvement on the Internet." Called "the most informative" on the subject by Florida Today Newspaper, B4UBUILD.COM was presented with a 2002-2003 "Golden Web Award" by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers, a Top 100 Web Sites for 1998 award by Surfers Choice, a Best of the Planet People's Choice award, a Top Site award from Eye On The Web and the Real Estate Library's Pure Gold award. LôôkSmart called it a "Fantastic site", and it was rated "Excellent" by the International Real Estate Digest.

[ BEANS Coffee Shop Gallery ] (Wordpress) - a coffee shop, art gallery, and community gathering space for artist workshops and art classes located in Bolsover, Derbyshire, England. The BEANS Web site was developed using WordPress software - a free (for the most part) blogging and content management system - so that the owners are able to write their own blog, as well as, update menus, post artist bios, and publish class schedules by themselves whenever they need to do so.

[ Carroll County Veterinary Clinic ] (HTML5 Responsive Design and a Wordpress Blog) - a full service animal hospital, located in Westminster, Maryland, which provides quality preventative care, medical, dental, and surgical services, state of the art ultrasound capabilities, digital x-rays, behavioral medicine, sedation grooming, and boarding services; all in a supportive, family environment with separate dog and cat waiting areas and boarding kennels to put your pet at ease. In addition to the "static" pages of their main Web site, a WordPress blog has been setup in a separate directory so that they are better able to communicate special programs and promotions with their clients.

[ Schuster Concrete ] (HTML5 Responsive Design) - a ready-mixed concrete supplier with a fleet of over 100 concrete trucks and 6 modern concrete batch plants located in Owings Mills, Frederick, Hagerstown, Jessup, and Baltimore Maryland. Schuster Concrete has been serving the greater Baltimore, western Maryland, northern West Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania areas for more than 30 years. We are currently updating their site to include an Adobe Flash slideshow in the masthead throughout their site, which degrades gracefully to a static image for visitors without Flash, as well as, a small sample project portfolio on the construction page, and a site-wide search engine feature.

[ Schuster Concrete Mobile ] (HTML5 & Javascript) - a very low bandwidth, single page file, mobile web site that is automatically presented to visitors using specified mobile devices and/or smaller screen resolutions. With 6 locations throughout Maryland, Schuster Concrete wanted a quick and convenient method for smart phone and mobile device users to access phone numbers, location maps, delivery areas, and contact information.

[ Schuster Construction ] - Schuster Concrete Construction, also known as DGS Construction, specializes in commercial, industrial, and large scale residential concrete construction and placement. Their experience includes commercial, industrial, and large scale residential construction projects, general contracting, tower crane and concrete pumping services, tilt-wall or tilt-up construction, highly accurate laser screed concrete pours, slip form construction, and other state of the art concrete placement, finishing, and construction techniques.

This site has recently been updated to include a local search engine that indexes both their concrete supply web site and their concrete construction sites so visitors have access to cross-site results. It also features a "Project Photo Gallery" with a considerable number of progress photos in a customized Flash-based slideshow application and a "Quick Project Facts" section with large image overlays featured in the notable projects section of the new site.

[ Carroll Water Systems ] - this company installs and services water conditioning and water treatment systems, including new and replacement well pumps, water softeners, whole house filters, water purifiers, reverse osmosis filters, radon removal systems, ultra violet disinfectant systems and constant water pressure systems. We recently finished a complete redesign of their site, which was originally produced by another design firm.

[ Spears / Votta & Associates ] - this mechanical, electrical, and plumbing consulting engineering firm has been recognized with many industry awards, including; the Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award for their work on the restoration of the Stables Building at Clipper Mill; a first place ASHRAE's National Technology Award for their work on the historic Fells Point Inn; and an Award of Merit, International Illumination Design Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. They also designed the central heating and cooling plant for the Washington D.C. Convention Center (the largest building in the District of Columbia, covering six city blocks) and the HVAC systems for the Baltimore Inner Harbor locations of the ESPN Zone, Hard Rock Cafe and Barnes & Noble. They even recreated the blue lighting effect atop the historic Emerson Bromo-Seltzer tower in downtown Baltimore.

[ the lecture bureau ] - this speaker's bureau and lecture agency, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will help you find a famous, knowledgeable, controversial, or just plain interesting person to speak at your next event. They specialize in providing top-notch talent for colleges and universities, but their ability to match your needs and budget with their speaker contacts offers businesses a valuable resource for retreats, conferences, and team building exercises, as well. Their speaker list includes Alec Baldwin, Oliver Stone, Judy Richardson, Maxine Hong Kingston, Billie Jean King, John Irving, Seymour Hersh, Spike Lee, Helen Thomas, the Wizards of Weird, and many more notable artists, writers, filmmakers and personalities. We have recently updated their main site design and we are in the process of converting all of their speaker bio pages into the new format.

[ The Sea Watch Condominiums Unit 100 ] - the Sea Watch Condominium is a very recognizable triangular shaped structure known to many who vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. This site was created for the owners of Unit 100 - a 3 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath condo with a huge wrap around balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With few exceptions, all of the photos and HD videos featured on the site were taken by gs design. And, there are floor plans and CAD drawing renderings that were also created in house. Take a look at all the pictures of this rental property and then contact the owners to book a nice vacation "down the ocean".

[ Paul J. Travers ] - the author of "Eyewitness to Infamy: An Oral History of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941," "The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History," and "The Flight of the Shadow Drummer." Paul recently finished his fourth book, "The Cowgirl and The Colts - A Story of the 1st Female NFL Mascot" published by Helm Publishing. His site has been redesigned to feature his most current work on the home page while retaining the main content of the previous design, which was in keeping with the theme of his earlier projects, wherever possible. In the spring of 2009, Paul began his latest project, a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for Alzheimer's research and support. In order to keep his supporters informed, we setup a trail journal section on his site that uses a Word Press blog, which he is able to update from any computer with Internet access.

[ Skarda and Associates ] - structural engineers, structural engineering and building design firm located in Baltimore, Maryland, which specializes in commercial, industrial and residential structural design and consulting services. Nothing super fancy here, just a clean, easy to navigate site that does what it was designed to do.

[ McManus Insurance & Financial, LLC ] - Independent insurance agency and investment agent, located in Timonium, Maryland offering auto insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business and farm insurance, umbrella policies, and investments.

[ Eye Specialists of Maryland ] - Eye Specialists of Maryland is a multi-specialty group of board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists located in the Hunt Valley area of Baltimore County, MD. They diagnose and treat various diseases of the eye, specializing in surgical procedures related to diabetic retinopathy, macular holes & pucker, retinal detachments and macular degeneration. The site is early in the development process.

[ Rugbeaters.com ] - pictures and information about antique and collectable rug beaters, carpet beaters and pillow fluffers. The site is being redeveloped.

[ Hereford High School Post Prom Party ] - information about the HHS Post Prom Party in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. The event was held in the Hall behind the Hereford Volunteer Fire Department immediately following the Senior / Junior Prom in an effort to provide high school students with a safe atmosphere in which to have fun. All HHS Juniors and Seniors were welcome, regardless of whether they attended the Prom, and admission was free. Web development and hosting was donated by gs design, inc. for each of those years.

NOTE: In the fall of 2008, the HHS PTSA decided to discontinue our relationship. Accordingly, the site is no longer being donated to the PTSA. Instead, it is being converted into a public resource for others who might be planning their own after prom events while continuing to recognize the contributions of past volunteers, vendors and local sponsors for their generous donations. Thank you!

[ Prettyboy Elementary School ] - this Web site, founded in the fall of 1996, was featured at the 1998 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego, California. The following year, it was identified as being one of the "very few schools" to "take advantage of the Web's potential" in an "Information Technology in Childhood Education" research paper, which was written by Karen S. Ivers of the California State University, Fullerton and Ann E. Barron, of the University of South Florida.

The original Web site featured scanned images of student artwork, transcribed original literary works, digital photos of special school events, and hand coded Web pages created by the 4th and 5th grade members of the Prettyboy Elementary School Computer Club, as well as, links to recommended resources for elementary school students, parents, and teachers.

Unfortunately, a change in Baltimore County Public School policy, which disallowed the practice of parent volunteers managing school Web sites, has resulted in the disappearance of this award winning, educational resource.

 

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