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 coming soon …

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 …