Lisa started building when she was just a kid in Maryland. She built forts in the woods, tree houses equipped with zip lines, boats to use when the backyard flooded, and all sorts of furniture.
She holds a degree in Architectural Design from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., not far from where she grew up. After graduation, although Lisa had never traveled west of the Mississippi, she packed everything she owned into her small Honda Hatchback, and she started driving west. After weeks of exploring the mountains and the desert—camping near the Four Corners, biking in Utah, and hiking through Sedona—Lisa landed in Phoenix and she never left.
She started working for the award-winning architectural firm, Jones Studio, where she worked for Eddie Jones and where she first met her husband, architect, Mark Tate. She and Mark opened their own studio where they did architectural design and made custom furniture and cabinets. For over ten years, she designed and built furniture, large cabinet installations, and entry doors—all by hand—until they closed the business, and she returned to her true passion: residential construction.
Lisa has been a custom home builder in North Scottsdale, building high-end residential homes ever since—for nearly 15 years. She has created and implemented systems that make the building process simpler for her homeowners, encompassing everything from material selection, and pricing, to obtaining purchasing approvals, and each step of the development stage. All of these processes allow her homeowners to understand what they’re buying and how each piece fits into their budget.
Lisa has a great eye for architectural design, building details, and, as she says, just the right amount of OCD to be thorough in her work and communications. Lisa works with unwavering integrity and enthusiasm—she treats each of her homes as though it is her own.
She lives in Cave Creek with Mark, their children, and their many animals, including their new pug puppy, Edison. She loves hiking, biking, watching her son’s soccer games and sitting on her patio listening to the sounds of the desert.