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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 …

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 …

Treating Clients as Members of our Team Creates Inspiring Outcomes

At M. Grisafe Architects, it is our aim to be relational, not transactional, in the way we do business. What does that mean exactly? To us, that means we treat our clients as a member of our team, rather than just consumers. We love involving our clients throughout the design process. When clients are willing …

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 …