As a full service architecture and interior design firm, we provide comprehensive design services and manage the entire process from beginning to end. You’ll appreciate that we transform what can be a daunting undertaking into an enjoyable experience by guiding you through the process. We transform your vision into reality. You get a beautiful, cohesive home that works for the way you live.
Goals and Vision
We appreciate that clients and their dream homes are unique. So before we do anything else, we you ask what you want. What are your hopes for your home? We can help you communicate your desires and needs by prompting you with thought-provoking questions. We take care to understand what is sometimes difficult to articulate, because understanding you is essential to achieving a well-designed home you’ll love.
Feasibility Studies, Site Reviews
Would you like a brand new home or are you interested in a renovation? Are you unsure how to proceed? Either way, we can help. In the case of new construction, we can assist with site selection and researching zoning and local building 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 used more efficiently. Pre-design determines what’s possible.
Conceptual Sketches, Preliminary Plans, Scope Documents
The next step is to tour your existing home. We’ll ask you to tell us in detail how you use your home including your daily routines and practices—what works and what doesn’t. We frequently identify lifestyle problems, even ones you didn’t know you had, and later incorporate solutions into the design. Beyond the big picture, we’ll discuss things like storage, furniture and art placement. We then develop 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
When you’re satisfied with the project scope and schematics, we begin Design Development. You’ll see your new home take shape when proportions are finalized, details such as millwork are added, and materials are selected. Design Development enables us to formulate a construction plan 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 you want to frame the fireplace with built-in bookshelves, but should the corners be mitered or bridled? Should 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. Construction Documents represent the design’s final form.
Once the construction documents are complete, we submit them to a selection of trusted contractors. You’ll have the opportunity to meet each contractor and walk though recently completed projects. 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’d like.
The personalized attention you receive at JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS doesn’t end once construction has begun. We see ourselves as your agent and advocate during the construction process, and prefer to remain involved to help avoid confusion and proactively address any surprises. This is particularly important in a renovation, as there are more unknowns in an existing structure. Staying involved during construction allows us resolve any variation between the drawings and the site.
Once construction is complete, your home is almost finished, but not quite. JAFFE ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS also offers interior design. Because we believe a well-designed space must furnish well, we address interior design early, so interior and architectural design work hand in hand. So if you choose us for your interior design, the architectural concepts carry through to furniture, lighting, window treatments, art placement and more. You’ll get a holistic living space and the convenience of a one-stop-shop. We’re also happy to work with an interior designer of your choosing, and will collaborate closely, so harmony is achieved. Either way, the result is a beautifully integrated space tailored to the way you live, as pleasing to live in as it is to look at.