Gallery House

Gallery HouseNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2022Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignGallery House is a new construction project in Norfolk, VA. Located on a scenic waterfront property, the site design is very challenging from a Zoning perspective, since it is in a complicated flood zone and CBPA (Chesapeake Bay protection Area). GARC collaborated closely with our landscape architect, structural engineer, as well as general contractor in …

Flow into Nature

Flow into NatureVirgina Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2019-20Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedEvery 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 lovely …

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 …

Modern Wing

Modern WingsVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2019-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Design.Elevation StudyBefore & AfterClient”…”Related ProjectsView AllPavilion HouseContempo Living

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 …

Water Pavilion

Water PavilionVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignThis 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 between the …

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 …

Country Living

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Happy Fall!

Our summer was jam packed with exciting projects. Check out some of the recent projects that we have been working on in the Hampton Roads area since our last report. We are so excited for Patrick and Maria at the Ruff House Stay and Play! Their project, encompassing over 12,000SF, was completed this past August. Now there’s an awesome new dog daycare …

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 …

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 …

Modular House

Modular HouseVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignOne 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 those piles …

H House

H HouseNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ BidThe 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 are connected …

Linear House

Linear HouseNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignThe Linear House project is a residential renovation of a small house built in 1938.  With less than 1000 square feet, the first floor has a narrow and compartmentalized layout for the common areas.  A staircase divides the first floor with the living room and entry on one side, and the dining room and …

Urban Retreat

Urban CourtyardNorfolk, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignThe 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 ability to …

Hybrid House

Hybrid HouseSmithfield, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-PresentClient/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThe 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 panels, the …

Family Courtyard

Family CourtyardVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2018-19Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThe 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 proven Vision …

Great Room by A Pool

Great Room by A PoolVirginia Beach, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2018Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedThe 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 being able …

Bay Ranch

Bay RanchDeltaville, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ DesignOur 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 consideration and …

Kitchen at Center

Kitchen at CenterChesapeake, VAType/ ResidentialTime/ 2017-18Client/ PrivateStatus/ Completedcoming soonBefore & AfterRelated ProjectsView AllVacation at HomeAlternative Mid-Century Modern

Gallery Walk House

Gallery WalkChesapeake, VA Type / ResidentialTime / 2017Client/ PrivateStatus / DesignWith 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 also leads people …

Tree Apartment

Tree ApartmentTaiyuan, Shanxi, ChinaType/ Apartment Interior DesignTime/ 2016Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompleteThe Fang Apartment is a renovation project that challenges the stereotypical idea that the center of the apartment has to be an open space. The goal of this project is to create a compelling and dynamic way of connecting of all the spaces within the apartment, encouraging greater interaction between family members …