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.

Helpful Tools Found within an Architecture Blog

Helpful Tools Found Within an Architecture Blog - Project Crit at B&V
In this Architalks post, Jeff discusses handy tools for clients wondering how the architectural process works through recaps of favorite blog posts. From "How to Select a Contractor," to "How Much Does an Architect Charge?" and "Does It Makes Sense to Add a Second Story?" – read up on all the most useful tips!

The Benefit of Great Benefits

The Benefits of Great Benefits – Jeff Pelletier on Vacation
Professionals in the architectural world are simply not compensated well, contrary to public perception. Jeff Pelletier is here to change that. He thinks giving employees the best benefits in the industry will foster happy employees who treat their clients well, adding value to the services Board & Vellum provides. Well, guess what? It's working.

Introducing, Lance!

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Meet the (next) latest addition to the team at Board & Vellum, Lance Hayes! Lance hails from Montana, but has been living in Seattle since 2007, and it now feels like home. When he's not busy designing in three dimensions, he creates art in two dimensions, from sketches and paintings to photography.

Introducing, Katie!

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Meet Katie Mallory, the latest addition to the B&V team, and the first member of our brand spankin' new interior design team! Katie was born and raised in Minnesota, but is thrilled to now be in Seattle, a city she's loved for years. When she's not designing, she loves exploring the great outdoors.

New Year, New Office

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Board & Vellum is moving into a new space, and we are designing it ourselves! Of course, the new space has a lot of what we advise clients to consider including in their space: personality. Remember, your office space is not only a benefit for employees, but a marketing tool to tell your story.

2015 Highlights and Year in Review

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You may think that a year-end recap is a cliché, but either way, there's no doubt that you get a wonderful sense of accomplishment by stepping back and looking at all that happened in the preceding year! Quite frankly, 2015 was another ridiculous and amazing year, and we can't wait to carry on into 2016!

Introducing, Hayley!

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Meet Board & Vellum’s newest B&V’er, Hayley Buckbee! A native of the Pacific Northwest, Hayley recently returned from a 12,000 mile road trip exploring the country. In her free time, she collaborates with a small team of curious architects and artists building site-specific art installations in the Seattle/Tacoma region.

Night School 2 Recap

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After Board & Vellum's second Night School, it's officially a series! This time around, we screened Carolyn Steel’s lecture, “How Food Shapes Our Lives,” and followed up with a discussion about the implications of varied food access and food consumption in different areas of Seattle.

An Architect’s OCD Guide to Thanksgiving

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It's that time of year again, you know, the time when you can use spreadsheets to plan out your Thanksgiving cooking schedule! But, yes, also the time of year to go all out on some tasty treats to share with your family and friends. Drool over a cooking spreadsheet, then check out this recipe for Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad.

Big Leaf Manufacturing

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A few of us B&V'ers recently took a tour of Roy McMakin's furniture shop, Big Leaf Manufacturing, and it was amazing! The team of artisans at Big Leaf has years of experience under their belts and their attention to detail and quality craft are top notch – definitely a go-to team for custom furniture fabrication!

Top Ten Tips When Faced with a Challenging Architectural Project

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Not all architecture projects move along seamlessly, totally according to plan, and right on schedule. But, it doesn't have to be so bad: when you find yourself faced with one of these "challenging projects," keep these Top 10 Tips in mind to help make the process a little smoother.

Night School 2: What Shapes Our Cities?

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Have you ever pondered the logistics of millions of people in a modern city all eating lunch within an hour of each other? The impact that food has on an urban environment is both enormous and fascinating, and lucky you: it's the topic of Board & Vellum's upcoming (and open to the public) Night School.

Eco Building Guild’s Green Slam Event

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For the second year in a row, a Board & Vellum project was selected for the annual Green Slam Event, organized by the Northwest Eco Building Guild. This time, we teamed up with Hammer & Hand to brag about our great clients and their quest for a more sustainable lifestyle in their remodeled Ballard Locks Residence.

How Architects Can Be Model Citizens

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This week in the ArchiTalk series, we launch from the theme of "Citizen Architect" to discuss what it means here at Board & Vellum to be a model citizen. From community outreach as a group, to our individual volunteer efforts, the cycle of change starts with people getting involved and helping to better where they live.

Tailor Made Custom Design Featured in Luxe Magazine

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We're so proud of our own Alev Seymen for her contribution to this gorgeous Jules Thomas design project featured on the cover of the Fall 2015 issue of Luxe Magazine! While working at Castanes Architects, Alev provided the drawings and managed the project through construction, working in tandem with Klaus Toth of Toth Construction.

Eco Building Guild 2015 Green Building Slam

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Mark your calendars: the Eco Building Guild's Green Building Slam is on the horizon! Board & Vellum is proud to be an Earth Partner sponsor of the event, and we’ll be teaming up with Hammer & Hand to present our Ballard Locks Residence, which achieved a 4-Star Built Green rating earlier this year.

HGTV Fresh Faces of Design

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We’re excited to announce that our fearless leader, Jeff Pelletier, has been named a finalist in the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design competition in not one, but two categories! Winners are selected by popular vote, so come join us in supporting Board & Vellum's work: vote for Jeff's famous Lego Room, and Ada's Technical Books. Cheers!

Introducing, Rachel!

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Meet the newest addition to the Board & Vellum team, Rachel Simrell Scott. Originally hailing from Seattle, and most recently returning from a stint in Oregon, Rachel brings a love of the Pacific Northwest and a flair for the digital to the team here at Board & Vellum.

15th Ave. Merchants Association Street Fest

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What did we do for the 2nd Annual 15th Avenue East Merchants Association Street Festival? We set up a living room on the street, of course! Complete with carpet tiles donated by Flor, lounge chairs, and, of course, a big bowl of lego bricks, we offered attendees a comfortable seat to join us and #AskAnArchitect.

Press for Urban Farmhouse

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Our Urban Farmhouse project was recently featured in The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine, in an article written by Rebecca Teagarden. We're thrilled to see the clients and their house celebrated in print!