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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 …

M. Grisafe Architect Presents Case Study to City of Long Beach

In our last blog post, we talked about how we were going to be presenting a case study to the City of Long Beach about the process of obtaining permits and dealing with various departments within the City. (Read the press release). As we previously indicated, our design and construction team happened to be working …

Working with the City of Long Beach to Improve Processes

We’ve always worked really hard at M. Grisafe Architects to maintain great relationships with the cities in which we work, including Long Beach, Signal Hill, Orange, Irvine, and the surrounding cities. We are knowledgeable and mindful of building codes and regulations and always keep safety in mind when we design. This goes a long way …

Increased Regulation Doesn’t Have to Mean Compromise on Design

You may have missed it, but on June 30th of this year city and county buildings around the state were abuzz with activity. Architects and engineers packed local building departments to submit projects on behalf of their clients before the July 1st code change. On that day the new energy code in the state of …

The Effectiveness of Traditional Security Architecture

Tenant Improvement Architecture offers a look into so many different worlds.  One such world is the world of security architecture.  With the recent attacks on Jewish Centers in Kansas it might be a good time to discuss our approach to this aspect of our business. Most security architecture is either about keeping bad guys out …

Are there Square Footage Thresholds To Consider With a Room Addition?

There are so many things to consider when you’re thinking of adding onto your home; budget, design, budget, space requirements & budget, to name a few. Since budget ends up being the driving force behind most projects, it is important to find out ways to maximize value. When doing an addition, most clients understand that …

My Architect Told Me that Engineers will be Working on My Project. Why do I Need the Help of These Other People?

One of the curses of being an architect – besides being annoyingly opinionated much of the time, is that it’s difficult for us to conceptualize a residential or commercial design solution without also immediately putting our minds to work on how to get that solution permitted and built. The number of considerations involved in turning …

What You Should Know Before Submitting Building Plans

You love the new design for your home or business, the construction drawings are done.  The 3D fly-thru model that we created for you is so compelling that you wonder why you even need to submit drawings at all. We’re ahead of schedule, preliminary budget numbers from our trusted contractors came back favorably, and now …