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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 …

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 …

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 …

Mark Grisafe Interviewed on Popular Podcast for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

I recently jumped at an opportunity that was presented to me to appear on a well-known podcast in the small business community called Monday Morning Radio. The host, Dean Rotbart, does weekly interviews with small business owners and business experts around the country and posts them to the Monday Morning Radio website. Many of the …

How One Mexican Dish Gave Me New Insight Into a Potential Architecture Client

“What do you want for lunch?” he asked as we entered the bar of his restaurant. Seems like a simple question, but when the person asking is the president of a successful restaurant chain, it is more complicated. I was meeting with him to discuss working on an expansion to his popular chain of local …

Mark Grisafe Begins Teaching Interior Design at Mount San Antonio College

I (M. Grisafe Architects owner Mark Grisafe) was recently asked to teach a course at Mount San Antonio College, a junior college located about 50 miles from our Long Beach architecture firm. The course is Introduction to Interior Design, and it meets two nights a week during the fall quarter. So far, it’s been a …