The Architect's Blog

Renovations and Relationships: Mark Grisafe Offer’s an Architect’s Perspective for Realtor.com Article

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you a recent article that I was able to contribute my thoughts to. It was featured on the popular real estate site, Realtor.com, and it’s all about home renovations and marital relationships. The article, written by Realtor.com Senior Editor Rachel Stults, is titled, “Until DIY Do Us Part: 6 Home Renovations That Can Tear Apart Marriages” and it highlights some of the specific remodeling projects that bring about the most strife between married homeowners. Continue reading “Renovations and Relationships: Mark Grisafe Offer’s an Architect’s Perspective for Realtor.com Article” »



M. Grisafe Architects Offers Guidance to Attorneys Working for Homeowners Associations

Recently, our office received a call from an attorney. At first, I was reluctant to answer the phone, because who wants to talk to an attorney? Despite my misgivings, I went ahead and answered the phone.

I’m glad I did. This local attorney was looking for the expertise of a Long Beach architect to help with some issues that are outside of their firm’s area of expertise. His law office represents several homeowners associations in the Long Beach area, and sometimes needs guidance on issues related to local building code issues. Continue reading “M. Grisafe Architects Offers Guidance to Attorneys Working for Homeowners Associations” »



The Value of Good Contractors and Subcontractors from a Long Beach Architect’s Perspective

As our architecture firm grows in experience, we like to think that we are getting wiser along the way. Now that we’ve been in business in Long Beach for more than a few years, we have become better able to discern and appreciate a truly good value, especially when it comes to recommending contractors, subcontractors, or sub consultants. Continue reading “The Value of Good Contractors and Subcontractors from a Long Beach Architect’s Perspective” »



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” »