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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 …

Bringing Your Vacation Home: Residential Architectural Design in Long Beach

As we stood outside a large, recently completed residential project that our Long Beach architect firm designed, my brother-in-law turned to me and asked, “How do you do that?” Perplexed, I replied, “How do I do what?” He said, “How do you start with nothing and end up with a great looking building that actually …

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 …

Long Beach Remodel Highlights Architectural Process

Some of my staff informed me recently that our website needs to showcase more photos of completed projects, since the ones that are currently on the site represent only a very small percentage of the work we’ve done. In an effort to do so, we did a photo shoot at one of our completed residential …

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 …

Custom Home Remodels in Long Beach

A custom home remodel is something we get excited about at M. Grisafe Architects. Custom home remodels always provide unique challenges, as you are taking an existing space and turning it into something else—something more suited to the needs of your family, or something more beautiful and inspiring. Customers choose to remodel for a variety …

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 …

Helping Long Beach Homeowners After Disaster Strikes

On June 29th, 2015, some children in a Long Beach neighborhood decided to get an early start on their Independence Day celebration by shooting off some fireworks into the sky. One of these fireworks landed on the roof of a nearby neighborhood’s home—a home that was built at a time when wood shingle roofs were …

M. Grisafe Architects Team Growing and Embracing New Technology

We’d like to publicly welcome Rachel Fuller to the team at M. Grisafe Architects (read the official press release). Rachel is a recent graduate of Mt. San Antonio College’s interior design program, earning two Associates of Science degrees, one in Interior Design and the other in Interior Design Kitchen and Bath. Mt. San Antonio’s interior …