The Architect's Blog

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” »



How a Long Beach Architecture Firm Keeps Up with Ever-Changing Trends and Technology

There’s a certain type of person known as an “early adopter.” You probably have a friend or two like this. As soon as the latest thing comes out—whatever it is—they have it. It might be the newest smartphone, a television with the latest technology, or when it comes to homes, the most current trends in energy-saving devices or smart home technology. Some of these trends quickly go by the wayside (think laserdisks and pagers), but others change the way we live and work and are incorporated into our everyday lives. Continue reading “How a Long Beach Architecture Firm Keeps Up with Ever-Changing Trends and Technology” »



Updated Long Beach Office Serving as a Testing Ground for Products Used in Architectural Design

Here at M. Grisafe Architects, we’ve taken on a new tenant improvement project in Long Beach—our own! Our offices were in need of an upgrade, so we’ve been working on improving the office’s look, as well as its functionality. We’re also using the remodel to test out some new products on the market, to see if they are worth recommending to our clients. Continue reading “Updated Long Beach Office Serving as a Testing Ground for Products Used in Architectural Design” »