Modern Wing

Modern WingsVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2019-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design . Elevation Study Before & After Client”…” Related ProjectsView All Pavilion House Contempo Living

Light Unit

Light UnitVirginia Beach, VA Type/ Multi-FamilyTime/ 2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under Construction How to make a very narrow and long footprint feel spacious, open, and full of light? It is the question for our recent renovation project of a 3-story townhouse, which is about 15 feet wide and 48 feet long. The key move is to relocate the stair that was between the …

Water Pavilion

Water PavilionVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design This project is a Mid-Century Modern pool house renovation and outdoor kitchen addition in Norfolk, VA. The pool house was originally designed to serve the neighborhood. Not only it has a plain utility look, especially interior, but also the relationship between pool house and the current main house is weak. The space …

Country Living

Country LivingGoshen, NY Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design . Related ProjectsView All Pavilion House Flow into Nature Country LivingGoshen, NY Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design . Related ProjectsView All Pavilion House Flow into Nature

Folding House

Folding HouseVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design This single-family house in the Thoroughgood Neighborhood has very good bones and strong Mid-Century Modern features. The clients moved into the house several years ago and planned to make it a long-term home. In this split-level house, the flow to the kitchen on the upper level and the family room on the …

Preserving Lines

Preserving LinesNorfolk, VA Type/ Apartment BuildingTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design Phase It has been quite a challenge to convert a 100-year old building in Ghent Historic District into modern apartments, while keeping the original historic features and complying with today’s code and lifestyle. It involves close collaboration with MEP engineers, Tax Credit consultants, as well as the Client. Sketches Construction Before & …

Pavilion House

Pavilion HouseHampton, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Bid In the last couple of years, we have started to see more and more hidden gems of mid-century modern houses in the Hampton Roads area and are fortunate to work on some of the renovations. This MCM house in Hampton is one of our latest design. The goal is to reveal its potential …

Modular House

Modular HouseVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design One important value of design is transforming constraints into features. In the renovation of this beautiful beach house, the large piles on ground floor make the layout difficult to rearrange as well as leave bump outs and small soffits throughout as shown in the Before photos. In our renovation design, we turn …

Three Things to Check Before Buying and Renovating a House

We recently held another successful Vision Workshop for a single family house in the Oceanfront of Virginia Beach. The house is a lovely mid-century modern home on a corner lot that our client purchased not long ago. After studying the zoning setback requirements, they showed that the actual area able to build on was much smaller than our client thought …

Flow into Nature

Flow into NatureVirgina Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2019-20Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under Construction Every renovation project is like a dialogue with the existing building. When the existing building has its own character and features, the dialogue will be more inspiring. The full renovation of this Mid-Century Modern house built in 1951 is one of the most interesting dialogues we had. This house …

H House

H HouseNorfolk, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Bid The renovation design of this Mid-century Modern home in Norfolk is to adapt to the young family’s lifestyle and welcome the new baby girl! The house is in a H shape, one of the typical Mid-century Modern configurations. On one side is the sleeping area and on the other the common area. They …

Kitchen Is The New Center – Part 2

After World War II, Art & Arts magazine commissioned many major architects of the day to design and build homes.  The popular/acclaimed “Case Study House Program” ran intermittently between 1945 to 1966 and “sought to respond to post-war building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and really affordable to the average American.” The program had …

Kitchen Is The New Center – Part 1

Over 90 percent of residential projects that come our way include the kitchen. The project can involve opening up the kitchen to living area, enlarging it to allow for a multi-function space, or even building an outdoor kitchen to create indoor-outdoor relationship. One survey notes that the average American family spends five times more hours at home in the kitchen …

Two-Grid House

Two-Grid HouseSuffolk, VA Type/ Residential Time/ 2019-2020 Client/ Private Status/ Design Sketches Mockups . Heather and Andres”GARC designed a significant remodel of our home. We loved their ability to mix modern and conventional features into the design. Yang and Suping are also extremely kind and helpful. Their work is top tier and we would strongly recommend their firm.” Related ProjectsView All Flow …

Floating Ceiling

Floating CeilingVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2019 – 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Completed This renovation project in Virginia Beach is another great example of opening up the spaces to make a small house feel larger. The original layout of the first floor had a living room, a family room, a dining area and a kitchen, all of which were in separate and small …

Zen Suite

Zen SuiteNorfolk, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2019Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under construction When it comes to design, there is no such thing as a project that is too small.  Design density can not be defined just based on square footage. We enjoyed the renovation of the master suite in a Condo located in downtown Norfolk. The existing suite has a very large bedroom …

Bay Ranch II

Bay Ranch IIHampton, VA Type/ Residential Time/ 2019-2020 Client/ Private Status/ Under Construction This project is a renovation and addition to a ranch house built in the 1950s on a waterside lot in Hampton, Virginia. The house was originally built by the grandfather of our client, and has since been in the family and has never been put on the market. …

Mind Retreat

Mind RetreatNorfolk, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2019Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under Construction This project was initiated as our first Vision Workshop in 2019. The client came to us wanting to add an in-law suite and a pool in the backyard.   Since the in-law suite was only going to be used as such for only one or two months out of the year, we …

Contempo Living

Contempo LivingNorfolk, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Completed This project is a renovation of a custom home built in the 1970s. The goal is to create an open floor plan with optimized flow for entertaining as well as daily use.Also included in the design is to transform and  update the exterior of the home to reflect more contemporary aesthetic. Another key …

Alternative Mid-Century Modern

Alternative Mid-Century ModernVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-PresentClient/ PrivateStatus/ Design The site of this project is surrounded by lavish woods and an inviting creek. Although the project is located in a suburban neighborhood in Virginia Beach, the surrounding neighbor’s homes are not in view, and it feels like you are in a vacation home in the beautiful countryside. The original design …

Urban Retreat

Urban CourtyardNorfolk, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design The project centers around a single family house built in the 1980s that also has a very unique courtyard space. Included in the design is to update the outdoor living spaces and bring the entire project out of the 1980s and into today’s modern era while at the same time having the …

Family Courtyard

Family CourtyardVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-19Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under Construction The Family Courtyard project is a renovation and addition to a single family house in the suburbs of Virginia Beach. The challenge we are presented with is adding a new garage/workshop addition and a pool with outdoor spaces within a relatively small backyard of a corner lot.  Starting with our …

Hybrid House

Hybrid HouseSmithfield, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-PresentClient/ PrivateStatus/ Under Construction The Eck House project is a new construction, single family house located in the county of Isle of Wight, Virginia. The project explores using a prefabricated steel structure system for the building envelope, and a traditional wood framing structure for the interior. By using a combination of wood planks and corrugated metal …

Great Room by A Pool

Great Room by A PoolVirginia Beach, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2018Client/ PrivateStatus/ Completed The Carolino family often  has friends and family gatherings at their home.  The get togethers were becoming so much fun they decided to invest in an outdoor living area for everyone to enjoy. The wanted a space they can use year-round, where people can kickback and relax while also …

Bay Ranch

Bay RanchDeltaville, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design Our Bay Ranch project involves an addition to a family vacation home.  Our main goal of this ranch style home renovation design is to increase the square footage to accommodate large bedrooms and a master suite. During our design process, we came up with multiple  approaches to create the addition, based on …

Flux House

Flux HouseNorfolk, VA Type/ Lighting DesignTime/ 2017-2018Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignContractor/ Peak Construction The main focus of this project revolved around the lighting design for this newly renovated ranch house that included a two-story addition. The client has an extensive art collection that they wished to have displayed throughout the house which required specific lighting. GARC also helped to optimize the interior design …

Kitchen at Center

Kitchen at CenterChesapeake, VA Type/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ Completed coming soon Before & After Related ProjectsView All Vacation at Home Alternative Mid-Century Modern

Gallery Walk House

Gallery Walk HouseChesapeake, VA  Type / ResidentialTime / 2017Client/ PrivateStatus / Design With this project, our client (an artist by trade), requested the design to match their taste.  This meant at GARC, we needed to transform the existing Ranch Style home to reflect one that represented a Gothic Revival style. The new exterior design creates a greater sense of arrival, and …

Vacation at Home

Vacation at HomeVirginia Beach, VA Type/ Single-Family Home RemodelTime/ 2017-2018Status/ Complete The Morgan house is a renovation of a ranch house with aging-in-place concept. The design focused on a senior couple who have been living in the house for over 20 years. GARC  believes that designing a renovation project for aging-in-place should not just be a passive response to resolve …