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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …