The B&V Blog

Our blog is intended to act as a resource for anyone wondering how to approach their project, or to get a design question answered. From our perspective, architecture and design shouldn’t be an exclusive club full of people using esoteric jargon and wearing only black. The blog is written for you, not for us. From how we collaborate with you on a project, to our approachable and practical thoughts on design, along with a sprinkling of other fun things we’re up to, use this blog as a resource to help your project move along.

Introducing Board & Vellum Landscape Architecture

introducing B&V landscape architecture
We are now offering a more integrated approach to projects that include landscape and hardscape elements.

Mark Your Calendars for the Green Building Slam

Mark Your Calendars for the Green Building Slam – Board & Vellum
Ten presenters, 10 slides, 10 minutes each. Join Board & Vellum for a fast-paced, fun event to learn about some exciting new eco-friendly design projects in the Northwest when the annual Green Building Slam returns on Friday, November 4.

First Art Opening at Board & Vellum’s “By Others” Gallery

By Others – Artists' Reception for Caitie O'Donnell and Sid Gaines – Board & Vellum
Board & Vellum presents local artists Caitie O’Donnell and Sid Gaines in its inaugural opening of the By Others gallery. Native to the Pacific Northwest, Caitie O’Donnell’s work investigates the merging of strong graphic forms with abstract elements. Sid Gaines is showcasing two mini-series: Figures and Combinations, exploring the simultaneous fluid feedback and concrete nature of clay.

Night School with Board & Vellum: The Architecture of Small Business

Night School with Board & Vellum: The Architecture of Small Business – Café Truck
Join Jeff Pelletier of Board & Vellum; Dani Cone of Fuel Coffee, High 5 Pie, and Cone & Steiner; I-Miun Liu of the Oasis Tea Zone; and Lindsey Engh of Impact Hub Seattle for a panel discussion on the impact of architecture on small business. B&V Night School: 6PM August 31st, Below Grade at B&V.

Night School: Torre David – Recap

Board & Vellum recently hosted a screening of Torre David during Night School, followed by a lively discussion about how ownership of space (even if not official, or even sanctioned) leads to inherent care of the space, fostering community, and building supportive architectural environments.

Do I Need to Hire an Architect?

Do I Need to Hire an Architect – Board & Vellum
Do I need to hire an architect? It's a question we hear a lot out there. If you're building new, of course! But, if you're considering a remodel, addition, or even a new detached garage, we understand that it can be a confusing question. So, let's break it down for you, step-by-step.

Night School: Crowded Cities and Impromptu Settlements

Torre David Screening & Discussion at Board & Vellum's Night School – City Background
We are hosting the next “Night School” at our new office on Wednesday, July 27th at 6 PM, at B&V's Below Grade event space! Come watch and discuss a screening of Urban Think Tank's "Torre David," a documentary on the extra-legal occupation of a partially-built Caracas skyscraper.

Designing a Space for Play (Not Just for Kids!)

Designing a Space for Play – Board & Vellum
Recently Verne & Wells, a private gaming club in the Seattle area, hosted a game night at Board & Vellum's Below Grade lounge. Not only did we have a ton of fun, but it was a great reminder about the value of taking time to relax in space designed for play, even play for grown ups.

Strategic Planning at our Company Retreat

Strategic Planning at our Company Retreat – Featured Image
Board & Vellum recently returned from our annual company retreat, and we come bearing our new "Painted Picture," a.k.a. our new "Strategic Plan." We share it with you to keep us honest. We strive to meet our goals, and we'd love it if you kept us accountable.

Board & Vellum Places 4th for 100 Best Small Businesses to Work!

Board & Vellum Places 4th for Best Small Businesses to Work For –
We’re proud to announce that Board & Vellum placed 4th in the small business category for Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work in Washington State! We celebrated together at the awards dinner at the Washington State Convention Center and look forward to more years to come of happy employees and happy clients!

HVAC and the Residential Remodel, Part 1: Treated Air Systems

Mini-Split vs Forced Air – Featured Image
You might not be Pinteresting HVAC systems for your home remodel, but if you overlook it, you'll regret it! The products might not always be photogenic, but that doesn't mean you don't have some important choices to make. In this installation, Sara Emhoff explores the pros and cons of mini-splits versus forced air systems.

An Architect’s New Office

An Architect's New Office – Large Conference Room – Featured Image
Board & Vellum is five years old, and we celebrated with a party in our new offices! We’re now working in a custom space, designed by us, and spreading out over two floors. Board & Vellum 5.0 is here. Explore the glamor shots here, or come on over and say hi – we'll give you a tour!

Patterns of Place: What Helps Build the Places We Love?

Patterns of Place: What Helps Build the Places We Love? - Featured Image
What is it about certain spaces that makes them feel so great? Let's explore "patterns of place" – design features that help form the places we love. From location, to entry sequence, to passive systems, materials, quality of light, and more, these patterns help make that crucial switch from house to home.

Form over Function or Function over Form?

Form over Function or Function over Form? - Metal Panel Walls: Cool, But Possibly Leaky
Architects have been arguing about the hierarchy of form and function for ages, so where does Jeff Pelletier stand? It depends! When it comes down to it, there isn’t one, right answer: it’s always a balance. So, let’s discuss form versus function in terms of the decisions you might face when designing your project.

Board & Vellum Sponsors The Moth Mainstage, Hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures

Board & Vellum Sponsors The Moth Mainstage - Mic Under the Lights
Board & Vellum is co-sponsoring The Moth Mainstage at Benaroya Hall with 88.5 KPLU, KUOW 94.9 FM Public Radio, and the Seattle Met, hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Come join us on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, and enjoy an evening of storytelling based around the theme "Ties that Bind," hosted by David Crabb.

Rebuilding Together Seattle: Board & Vellum Volunteers!

Rebuilding Together Seattle: Board & Vellum Volunteers –
Last weekend, Board & Vellum teamed up with the local branch of the WSGR law firm for Rebuilding Together Seattle's "Spring Rebuilding Day"! A long day of hard work, teamwork, matching T-shirts, a protective onesie, and, well, a cute puppy, rounded out a good time helping a local homeowner revive her house!

Top 10 Things to Consider When Designing a Vacation Home

Top 10 Things to Consider When Designing a Vacation Home – Make it Special
A vacation home should be something special, not just another suburban house plopped down on a piece of nice land, and that requires some thought. Jeff Pelletier breaks it down in his Top 10 Things to Consider, from respecting the view, to creating a special place to keep both kids and adults relaxed and happy.

Night School: Architecture & Time – Recap

Night School: Architecture and Time – Recap – Board & Vellum
What role does time play in our interpretation, perception, and memory of architecture? What about the inverse: how are our memories altered – or mediated – by architectural space? Jeff Sandler recaps the discussion that thrived at another successful B&V Night School, this time exploring the complex and symbiotic relationship between architecture and time.

Dear Future Architects, Don’t Forget to Treat Your Clients with Respect

Dear Future Architects – Site Visit
In this most recent post in the ArchiTalks series, Jeff Pelletier writes a letter to future architects, reminding them to always put their egos aside, and treat their clients with respect as they navigate the relationship between client and architect.

Introducing, Charles!

Introducing, Charles Fadem! - Charles & Darts – Board & Vellum
We're at it again! Meet the next, latest addition to Board & Vellum, Charles Fadem! Charles made the trek from East Coast to West Coast to join us here at Board & Vellum, and (spoiler alert) Charles knew our fearless leader, Jeff Pelletier, back in the day; so, read on for some insider pre-B&V tidbits!