The Architect's Blog

Why Does this Space Not “Feel” Right?

We’ve all been in spaces or seen pictures of places that inspire us and just seem “ideal” for their use. It could be a kitchen that you “pin” because you realize it’s your dream kitchen (even if you’re not necessarily in the market for a new kitchen), or an outdoor space in which you can immediately picture yourself and your friends sipping martinis, or a cozy window seat where you can imagine curling up with a good book. Continue reading “Why Does this Space Not “Feel” Right?” »



M. Grisafe Architect’s Blog Used as an Example of How to Communicate with Prospective Clients

Recently, we were pleased to learn that our company’s blog has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute’s website in an article titled “How Professional Services Marketers Can Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace”. Continue reading “M. Grisafe Architect’s Blog Used as an Example of How to Communicate with Prospective Clients” »



Realtor.com Gets Long Beach Architect Mark Grisafe’s Perspective for an Article on Residential Remodels

Our Long Beach architecture firm gets contacted occasionally by writers who require the expertise of an architect for stories they’re working on. Recently, we were approached by Stephanie Booth of Realtor.com, who was working on an article about home improvement projects that could negatively affect your neighbors, and we were happy to contribute our thoughts on “what not to do” when taking on a home renovation or remodel. Continue reading “Realtor.com Gets Long Beach Architect Mark Grisafe’s Perspective for an Article on Residential Remodels” »



Smart Choices Helps a Remodeled Los Alamitos Home Garner Impressive Sale Price

Not too long ago, I found out that one of the homes our Long Beach architecture firm had remodeled a couple of years ago was on the market. Of course, I was interested to see what would happen with it. When it sold, I was pleased to see that the owners (my former clients) got a very good price for their home. I’m no real estate agent, but as far as I can tell, it appears that this particular home in Los Alamitos sold for about 35% more than similarly-sized homes in the same neighborhood! That’s quite a bit more, especially considering their budget for the improvements was relatively conservative (about 8% of the home’s value). Continue reading “Smart Choices Helps a Remodeled Los Alamitos Home Garner Impressive Sale Price” »



Residential Remodel Highlights Why Our Long Beach Architecture Firm Doesn’t Flip Houses

I recently stopped by one of our residential remodel projects in Seal Beach that was wrapping up. I spoke with the client for a bit, and he seemed really happy with how his house had turned out. But he also expressed to me that the remodel had brought about another important outcome: it has changed the way his family lives in their house. Continue reading “Residential Remodel Highlights Why Our Long Beach Architecture Firm Doesn’t Flip Houses” »