LISA JAFFE, AIA, LEED AP
LISA JAFFE, AIA, LEED AP
Lisa Jaffe’s rigorous training, years of practice, collaborative approach and strong instinct for creative problem-solving have earned her a wealth of clients who connect with her brand of sophisticated, practical design for their homes.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa gained practical experience at several of Chicago’s high-end architecture firms. In 1997 she formed JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS, where she now leads a highly skilled, hand-picked team that is devoted to transforming her clients’ desires into timelessly stylish, (beautiful) liveable spaces.
We appreciate that clients and their dream homes are unique. Creative exchange is essential to create a truly great home. JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS enjoys long-standing relationships with all our clients, who have come to rely on us for full-scale, comprehensive design services including custom residential architecture, architectural interiors, and interior design. Our clients appreciate that we transform what can be a daunting undertake into an enjoyable experience by guiding you through the process. Let JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS be the link between your vision and its reality.
Feasibility Studies, Site Reviews, Goals and Vision
Are you considering upgrading your home and unsure how to proceed? JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS can help with Predesign Services. If you are interested in new property, we can assist with site selection and researching local building and zoning codes. In a renovation, the design team may conduct feasibility studies to determine what structural improvements can be made, or how your current space can be more efficiently utilized. Predesign determines the possible.
Conceptual Sketches, Preliminary Plans, Scope Documents
When you are ready to move forward with your new home or renovation, we will kick off the project with a tour of your existing residence, telling us in detail how you use your home. We’ll have extensive conversations about your daily routines and practices—what works and what doesn’t. We frequently identify lifestyle problems—even ones you don’t know you have—and later implement these solutions into our design. Together we’ll determine storage needs and as develop plans for furniture and art placement.
In addition to these practical issues, we delve into the heart of your home. What are your hopes, your wishes, and your desires for your new or renovated home? We take care to understand what is sometimes difficult to articulate. We then give you a scope of work and floor plans to help you visualize our ideas for your home.
Basic Interior Elevations, Lighting and Electrical Drawings, Structural Requirements
Once you have approved the floor plans and scope of work, we begin to develop the design. You will see your new home take shape when proportions are finalized, details such as millwork are fleshed out, and materials are selected. When our clients are satisfied with the project scope and schematics, we begin Design Development. Design Development is all about the details of the design—fine tuning the design and refining scale. The goal is to include every component of each space in the drawings produced in this phase, which enables us to formulate a construction plan upfront and allows for the most accurate bidding possible. This minimizes surprises during construction, saving you time and money.
Detailed Interior Elevations, Component Specifications, Construction Plans
You know that you want to frame the fireplace with built-in bookshelves. But do are the corners mitered or bridled? Do they align with the baseboard or the mantel? Fine details like this are decided when we produce Construction Documents. These decisions often have an impact on the overall design, so Design Development and Construction Documents often overlap. These documents will be used in the bidding process, and include written specifications and drawings. In essence, Construction Documents represent the design’s final form.
Once the construction documents are completed, we submit them to a selection of trusted contractors. You’ll have the opportunity to meet each contractor and walk though recently completed projects to assess quality. We review all bids against the design documents to ensure accuracy, minimizing unforeseen expenses. We can also assist in the vetting process, and make a recommendation if you would like more guidance.
The personalized attention you receive at JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS does not end once construction has begun. We prefer to remain involved in the construction process to avoid confusion and proactively address surprises. We see ourselves as your agent and advocate during the construction process. This is of particular import in a renovation, as there are more unknowns in an existing structure. Staying involved during construction allows us resolve any variation between the drawing and the site.
Now that your new home is complete, you may want to elevate your furnishings as well. JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS also offers Interior Design services. When you chose to work with us for your Interior Design, the architectural design concepts carry through to furniture, accent pieces, and art placement. You also benefit from the convenience of a one-stop-shopping experience. Because we believe that a well designed space must furnish well, you will find that we begin to address Interior Design concepts during the architectural design. The result is a holistic living space that is tailored to the way you live.
As LEED accredited professionals, we are sensitive to a home’s environmental footprint and cognizant of minimizing its impact on our natural resources. We also recognize this can reduce homeowners’ ongoing maintenance costs. A well-insulated building minimizes the transfer of indoor and outdoor air, thereby significantly reducing the energy demands for heating and cooling. And renovating an existing building instead of razing and rebuilding is ‘green’ by definition.