You’ve decided you want to remodel your Long Beach home, or you’ve purchased a piece of property in Long Beach on which you want to build a custom home from the ground up. One of the next things you are likely to do is start your search for a Long Beach architect. If you know someone in the area who has done a major remodel or a ground-up build, you’ll probably ask them who they used as their architect (assuming they were happy with the architect’s work). But if you don’t know anyone who has experience with a local architect—or if no one would actually recommend the architect they’ve used in the past, you may have to resort to an online search for a Long Beach residential architect.
If you do a search for “Long Beach residential architect,” our firm’s name will likely come up early in the search results, along with some of the other local firms that do residential design. After looking at the websites of the various architecture firms in and around Long Beach, you may gain some clarity, or you may have even more questions than you started with. So, how do you decide which residential architecture firm in Long Beach is right for you? Here are three things that we believe set our firm apart form others in the area:
Truly Personalized Design
At Grisafe Architecture, we’re not interested in designing homes that appeal to our own egos. We’re not trying to be “cutting edge” just for the sake of it or designing homes just to get people talking. Of course, if you want something unique and edgy, we’re happy to design that for you, but most people want a house that reflects their own style and taste—one that feels like “home” to them.
When you work with our team, we work hard to understand what you truly want in a home. If we’re doing a remodel, we’ll ask questions to determine what you like about your home and what you want change. We’ll work with you to come up with creative solutions to problem areas in your home and make smart upgrades that will improve your quality of life. If we’re designing a brand new home, we’ll walk you through every decision that needs to be made to make sure your custom home is your dream home!
Another thing we do on many of our residential design projects is take the neighborhood into consideration. We like to design homes that enhance a neighborhood by giving a nod to the local style, while also elevating it.
Taking the Stress Out of Home Remodels or New Home Builds
Doing a major remodel or a custom home build should be fun! But so many people who have gone through the process will tell you how stressful it is. At Grisafe Architecture, we do our best to shield you from the more stressful parts of the process. We handle things like working with city officials for approvals, consulting with outside professionals like engineers and energy consultants, and answering your general contractor’s questions during the building phase. We see ourselves as your advocate throughout the entire process. We speak the “language” of building professionals so you don’t have to!
Helping Your Project Stay on Schedule
Another common complaint you might have heard from someone who went through a major residential project in Long Beach is that it took much longer to complete than anticipated. First of all, the person may not have been given a realistic timeline up front, but things also may have been delayed longer than necessary. At Grisafe Architecture, we do our best to set realistic expectations right at the beginning. We are honest with prospective clients about how long the process will likely take. We don’t give you the “best-case-scenario timeline” only for you to be disappointed when there are inevitable delays. We’ve been working in Long Beach and the surrounding areas on residential projects for many years now and know what to expect in terms of how long the various phases of a project take. Once you contract with our Long Beach architecture firm for residential design, we will work hard to keep your project on schedule.
If you’d like to set up a time to discuss your upcoming project, drop us a line at our Long Beach office. We hope to hear from you soon!