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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Commercial Tenant Improvement Project: Suite Beauty Salon

Photos by Marc Tarlton Photography Our latest commercial tenant improvement project to open to the public is Suite Beauty Salon, a 4,300 s.f. commercial space in the City of Orange. The tenants took over an abandoned Aaron Brothers art store and were looking to create an industrial feeling space that had the warmth of a spa. With …

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 …