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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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Long Beach Architecture Team that Works with Clients Until the Project Is Complete

Clients usually come to us with some preconceived notions about what an architect does. They understand that we can design a space, whether commercial or residential, that will meet their needs, as well as take into account any regulations or codes that apply to the project. They also tend to expect that once the design …

Tenant Improvements: Our Approach to Long Beach Commercial Architecture Projects

After a recent conversation with one of our clients who hired us for a commercial architecture project in an existing building, I thought it would be helpful to lay out our approach to tenant improvements to give you a better idea of what to expect if you hire us as your Long Beach architect. Whether …

The Question that Most Long Beach Architects Hate, But We Love!

“Why can’t we just…?” Many architects would take a question that started with these words as a personal or professional attack—one that insinuates that the architect hasn’t considered all the design possibilities, especially ones that would solve a problem or provide a feature that is important to the client. Some of the “Why can’t we …

What it Means When We Say We Advocate for Our Long Beach Architecture Clients

During my recent interview with Dean Rotbart on Monday Morning Radio, we focused a good deal of time on M. Grisafe Architect’s mantra: Advise, Advocate and Collaborate. We discussed how we advise our clients by walking them through the design and permitting process so they have the knowledge needed to collaborate with us in the …

Observations on a Year of Giving Back to the Long Beach Community

At the beginning of 2015, I made the decision to clarify the identity of M. Grisafe Architect. Some of the questions I asked myself as I was going through the process were: What does our company stand for? What types of projects would we like to do more of? What types of people do we …