Flow into Nature

Flow into NatureVirgina Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2019-20Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionEvery 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 is a …

Pavilion House

Pavilion HouseHampton, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedIn 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 beauty and …

Contempo Living

Contempo LivingNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedThis 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 component of …

Vacation at Home

Vacation at HomeVirginia Beach, VAType/ Single-Family Home RemodelTime/ 2017-2018Status/ CompleteThe 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 the functional …

Wellington Building

Wellington BuildingNorfolk, VAType/ Apartment BuildingTime/ 2020-2021Client/ Lightwell Development GroupStatus/ CompletedIt 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.SketchesConstructionBefore & AfterTim Foley”The team …

Albemarle Boutique Apartment

Albemarle BoutiqueApartmentNorfolk, VAType/ Apartment BuildingTime/ 2021-2022Client/Lightwell Development GroupStatus/ Under Construction Structure Design: McPherson DesignMechanical Design: PermitZipTax Credit Consultant: Commonwealth Preservation Group Contractor: Ringenberg ConstructionBuilt in 1905, the Albemarle Building was a hotel and renovated into a law office in the 1980s. Now GARC is converting the upper three floors into a 6-unit boutique apartment. It will provide elegant contemporary urban living in …

Light Unit

Light UnitVirginia Beach, VAType/ Multi-FamilyTime/ 2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionHow 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 entry hallway …

Floating Ceiling

Floating CeilingVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2019 – 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedThis 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 spaces. Some …

Flux House

Flux HouseNorfolk, VAType/ Lighting DesignTime/ 2017-2018Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignContractor/ Peak ConstructionThe 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 by opening …

Q&A #3: Can I recoup the investment on my renovation project?

Unlike flipping a house, which is evaluated purely by investment and return, renovating a home can not be judged solely by how much the property value increases. For example, in Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report 2020”, the average ROI on a minor kitchen remodel in Virginia Beach is 58.6% (81.1% for the national average), and on a major kitchen …

Country Living

Country LivingGoshen, NYType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under Construction.Related ProjectsView AllPavilion HouseFlow into Nature

Jolluxe

Jolluxe Event BoxVirginia Beach, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/JolluxeStatus/ DesignLocated in Norfolk’s Neon District, the project is to provide intimate gathering space for smaller groups. The challenge is to work with the long linear space to provide a backdrop for different types of events and allow for highly customization by customers and event planners. The layout is divided into three zones. Adjacent …

Folding House

Folding HouseVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignThis 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 lower level …

Care More

Care More MoversNorfolk, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/Care More MoversStatus/ Under ConstructionWhen we design a physical space, it always starts with understanding the business and the brand. Care More Movers provides moving concierge services, a one-stop shopping to take care of customers’ needs in all aspects before, during, and after moving. The retail space wants to present this business model instead of …

Contemporary Coastal

Contemporary CoastalVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignThe project is to improve curb of appeal of an oceanfront property through exterior and landscape renovation. A contemporary entry stair is created to guide people to the main entry on the side of the property. It also saves space of the front court to maximize parking capacity. A canopy is added above the …

Connecting Dots

Our clients from Get Well Soon sent us this piece writing about their business. Thanks for the shout out to our design!  “The duo relied on Norfolk-based architects, GARC Design, to help create all of the interior drawings and renderings of the space. “It was a really fun and easy process,” adds Ahmad. “They were easily able to take our …

Handle 19

Handle 19 Premium SportsbookWashington DCType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThis project will be Handle 19 Premium Sportsbook’s flagship location. The 3-story historic building just a stone’s throw away from the Capital has a lot of potentials as well as challenges. We have been working closely with our client and his team to transfer the building into sportsbook spaces and a …

Alternative Mid-Century Modern

Alternative Mid-Century ModernVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-PresentClient/ PrivateStatus/ DesignThe 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 of the …

Get Well Soon

Get Well SoonNorfolk, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedAward/ HRACRE 2020 Best Interior Excellence Awards Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Get Well Soon is a sanctuary focused on self-care and personal wellness.  Get Well Soon will be serving the residents of Coastal Virginia by offering services that include guided meditations, massages, facials, an infrared sauna, social activities and more!  This unique concept for …

Got Fish?

Got Fish?Hampton, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedAward / HRACRE 2020 Best Recreational/Entertainment/Hospitality Project Merit AwardsThis project is Got Fish’s first location in Hampton Roads. Got Fish earned their reputation by providing their customers with fresh, high quality seafood and began to grow their loyal clientele by driving their food truck in seven cities located in the Hampton Roads area. The design …

Two-Grid House

Two-Grid HouseSuffolk, VAType/ Residential Time/ 2019-2020 Client/ Private Status/ Design SketchesMockups.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 AllFlow Into NatureAlternative Mid-Century ModernTwo-Grid HouseSuffolk, VA …

Zen Suite

Zen SuiteNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2019Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under constructionWhen 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 and a …

Bay Ranch II

Bay Ranch IIHampton, VAType/ Residential Time/ 2019-2020 Client/ Private Status/ Under ConstructionThis 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. We are …

The Ruff House Play & Stay

The Ruff House Play & StayChesapeake, VATime/ 2019The sister location of Bayside Kennels, the Ruff House project covers a 10,000SF dog daycare and boarding facility located in Chesapeake, VA. The design involved converting an existing warehouse/office complex into a welcoming and functional space for doggies and other animals with good flow for easy operations. Multiple discussions with the clients about …

Mind Retreat

Mind RetreatNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2019Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThis 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 suggested during …

The Ruff House Play & Stay II

The Ruff House Play & Stay IIVirginia Beach, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThe Bayside Kennels in Virginia Beach is a sister location of Ruff House Play & Stay in Chesapeake, which we designed back in 2019. The owners were incredibly happy with the Ruff House design and would like to rebrand the VA Beach location with the same name …

Tidewater Eye Center

Tidewater Eye CenterVirginia Beach, VAType/ HealthcareTime/ 2019Client/ Tidewater Eye CenterStatus/ CompletedThe project is a full renovation for Tidewater Eye Center’s new Virginia Beach location. Working together with the client, GARC has created a more efficient layout on the interior by creating three “pods” for the clinic. The pods help minimize the distance travelled for patients, doctors, and technicians, which was common …

Hilltop Medical Center

Hilltop Medical CenterVirginia Beach, VAType/ Health CareTime/ 2019Client/ Tidewater Eye CenterStatus/ Under ConstructionThe Hilltop Medical Center project is a renovation intended to refashion a contemporary clinic image for the Hilltop Medical Center building built in early 2000. After testing several design options, GARC and the Client came up with a simple and elegant solution that integrates exterior transformation with interior improvements. …

Siloagora

SiloagoraGuangzhou, ChinaType/ CultureTime/ 2013Client/ CompetitionStatus/ DesignThis design scheme transforms the silo from a closed monolithic structure to an open multi-layered platform. It keeps its unique profile, while integrating the new program to the site. Unfolding: The Silo is subdivided vertically into three rings of program spaces for the new art center. The middle one, at ground level, is opened up …