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M. Grisafe Architects Featured in SuperbCrew as Standout Architects in Long Beach

M. Grisafe Architects owner Mark Grisafe was recently interviewed for a feature in SuperbCrew, a popular website and online community dedicated to connecting innovative businesses and journalists. The interview appeared in their “Featured Business Stories” section, a portion of the website that showcases “inspirational business stories from the best business leaders.”

In the interview, which SuperbCrew titled, “M. Grisafe Architects in Long Beach Finds Success by Approaching the Client Relationship in a Unique Fashion,” Mark is able to articulate what makes M. Grisafe Architect different from other architecture firms in the Long Beach area. He says: Continue reading “M. Grisafe Architects Featured in SuperbCrew as Standout Architects in Long Beach” »



Why You Should Hire an Architect for Your Tenant Improvement Project in Long Beach

As a Long Beach architect that designs for both residential and commercial clients, one of our specialties is tenant improvement projects. Tenant improvement is a term used to describe the design and construction of the interior of a commercial space to suit the needs of a tenant. You might also hear these types of projects referred to as “build outs.”

Tenant improvement projects can range from changing out the interior finishes like flooring and cabinets, to a complete remodel that includes adding or taking down walls, or making a space ADA compliant. Continue reading “Why You Should Hire an Architect for Your Tenant Improvement Project in Long Beach” »



Mark Grisafe Interviewed by Best Business Profiles About How to Find a Great Architect in Long Beach

Hiring an architect for a complex project like a home remodel or tenant improvement project can be intimidating, since there is much at stake. You are essentially trusting your Long Beach architect with the design of the home you live in everyday, or the building in which you work. Not to mention the large financial investment you are making to build or improve your space.

The process you use for choosing which architect to hire should be different than the process you might use for choosing another type of service provider. If you are hiring a carpet cleaning company, for example, you might check out online reviews or ask a neighbor whom they have used in the past. In the end, you’ll likely hire the company that you think will do the best job for the price you want to pay, based on reviews, referrals, and the price they quote you. Continue reading “Mark Grisafe Interviewed by Best Business Profiles About How to Find a Great Architect in Long Beach” »



Helping the City of Long Beach Test New Online Plan Check System

M. Grisafe Architect was once again asked by the City of Long Beach’s Development Services Department for our help in making the approval process for architectural plans a more efficient one. As you may recall, we previously worked with the City of Long Beach when they requested our feedback on the approval process and working with the city’s various departments. We presented a case study to Long Beach officials that outlined our findings (read more about that here). Continue reading “Helping the City of Long Beach Test New Online Plan Check System” »



Full-Service Architect in Long Beach Now Offering Interior Design Services

When I first started my architecture business in Long Beach, my main focus was on the design of floor plans and building exteriors. After all, that’s what architects do, right? Almost immediately after opening our doors, however, I started getting consistent inquiries from my clients about finish materials, appliances, and fixtures. They wanted to know what the best brands were, what features they should be looking for, and which ones they should choose to complement the architectural design plans I had put together for them.

I came to realize that clients were wanting a more full-service experience from our architecture firm—something like you might see on an HGTV show in which the layout of a home is reconfigured, redesigned, and finished, complete with furniture and accessories. My clients were wanting a move-in ready finished product, not just architectural designs on paper. Continue reading “Full-Service Architect in Long Beach Now Offering Interior Design Services” »