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A Firm As Unique As You Are

Posted by in About Us | October 10, 2018

We can help you create your next functional, cost-effective design with our in-house experts and our wide-range consultant base.
Regardless of the scale or type of project, our enthusiasm remains.
On your next project, select a firm as unique as you are!

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Accessory Dwelling Units: The Next Big Real Estate Trend

Posted by in Lifestyle | August 15, 2015


One of our ADU designs, the Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Unit with Garage, was selected and featured in a recent Fox News Real Estate article last month alongside a handful of other ADU designs by various firms emphasizing “stylish ADU units that friends and family will beg to stay in.” The article also stated that “ADUs can be eye candy” and “where once municipalities often discouraged ADUs, laws are being amended to encourage them now.” There is no question that cities all across the state are seeing an increase in permit applications for accessory dwelling units as state law and local ordinances are amended to help bring about a solution to the affordable housing shortage. Interest is also expected to grow this year as legislators and local cities continue to propose new, granny flat-friendly policies to accommodate the growing need for affordable housing.

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also commonly referred to as secondary units, in-law suites, granny flats, cottages, guesthouses, and garage apartments, are just a few of the many terms associated with an accessory to a primary residence. ADUs can be anything from a suite above a detached garage, a suite above or below the main residence, or simply a suite attached or detached to or from the main dwelling. In general, they usually have their own entrance, living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Sometimes even a garage or carport may be included much like our Santa Cruz ADU design.

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Master Planning Your Property

Posted by in Architecture | April 15, 2015

Site master planning is strategic planning, planning for present needs with an eye toward expansion and the future. 

The First Phase of this Master Plan is probably the least expensive of all the phases shown in this conceptual plan. The reason is that the structure is already there in your garage!

While you’re enjoying the newly created space, you may find a need for your automobiles and/or workshop. Thus, Phase II might be the addition of a new, not 2-car, but 3-car garage to add that extra bonus that newer homes are offering.

Phase III has been indicated as an addition at the rear of the existing residence creating possibly a new Master Bedroom Suite (shown) or additional Bedrooms, or even a “Granny Pad” for those special relatives.

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Values: Vision & Innovation

Posted by in About Us | August 15, 2010


Insight that Comes with Experience

We place a high degree of importance on excellence in design. We also perceive ourselves to be problem solvers first, sensitive to our clients’ functional requirements as well as time and budgetary constraints. Design excellence and effective problem solving require patience, diligence, attention to detail and close involvement of our firm’s principals with all aspects of the project from inception to completion. gfh Architecture, Planning & Graphics will assist you in the achievement of a successful design process for your project.

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Posted by in About Us | August 15, 2009

Central to our approach is our extensive use of computer-aided design technologies. Technology assists us in better addressing programming issues and aids us and you in visualizing design ideas. During the conceptual planning (if you wish) we have the ability to create 3-dimensional models to illustrate detailing, massing and other formal issues, and we can create virtual walk-through spaces as an additional service. To get a better feel for these services we invite you to view some of our past work.

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