About Us Questions
What services do you offer?
We offer full Architectural, Design & Drafting, Planning, Site Master Planning, and Engineering services to our valued clients.Learn More
How long have you been in business?
We have been in business for over 40 years. GFH Architecture, Planning & Graphics is a Central Coast based architectural design firm providing full architectural design and planning services throughout California since 1981.Learn More
What is the Architects background?
Born in San Jose, California, Gary Harcourt grew up in both the San Jose and Southern California areas. He graduated with honors earning a bachelor's in Architecture from the “second to none” architectural school of its time, California State Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. Gary has also had the privilege of working with some of the largest architectural firms along the Central California Coast during and after graduation, including RRM who is now nationwide.Learn More
What are some of the Architects influences?
Some of the influences that have greatly impacted Gary Harcourt have been great architects and legends like Andrea Palladio, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Landry, Green & Green, Robert A.M. Stern, Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, and Ken Tate; all contemporaries in their time and even today. Their architecture spans generations, which it should – being playful yet with order; being simplistic and sculptural transcending time and place. With an understanding of their work and utilizing today’s technology and building materials, Gary Harcourt creates up-to-date- homes and buildings reflective of contemporary lifestyles prevalent today.View Portfolio
How Large is your architectural firm?
We are a small to mid-sized firm. Since 1981 our firm has grown from a small two-person office to as many as ten with a variety of work ranging from single-family homes, multi-family developments, wineries, assited care & living facilities, commercial developments, and an “Iwerks” large screen format theater at the historic Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.
What sets you apart from other architects?
Here at GFH Architecture, Planning & Graphics, we are constantly growing and improving the quality and scope of services provided. Our goal is to provide individual, comprehensive and cost-effective professional services tailored to best serve the needs of each client, as well as the needs of the community as a whole.
Our reputation is based on successful completion of quality projects throughout the state, and our clients confirm our expertise in all areas of Architecture, Planning, & Engineering, from conception to completion.
Our Services Questions
What areas of architecture do you specialize in?
Our portfolio ranges from residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, medical, assisted care, assisted living, accessory dwelling units, entertainment, garages and conversions, church and private school, remodels and additions, and more!View Portfolio
Do you have a list of references or testimonials of past clients?
Yes. Please check out our testimonials page to get a taste of some of our many satisfied clients and associates.Testimonials
How much involvement do your clients have?
Satisfaction of our clients is of the utmost importance. Through our expertise in providing quality designs, we give the opportunity of involving the client in this process, allowing them to perform those respective tasks in a timely and cost-effective manner. We strive for the highest design quality on every project.
We have had the opportunity to create exceptional and highly effective designs for a wide range of civic, residential, educational and commercial clients. We are committed to developing designs that go beyond the ordinary while still working within each client's budgetary goals with our cost-conscious attitude.
What are the phases or steps in the design process?
We have taken the liberty of outlining a quick breakdown of the phases generally involved in most design projects and what to expect through the process as you move forward.
Services - Check out the Design Phase diagram at the bottom of the page.
Design Phases - Check out this blog article for more information
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