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Sara Emhoff – Director, Residential Studio | Architect at Board & Vellum

Sara Emhoff, AIA

Principal | Single Family

Born and raised just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Sara had set her sights on architecture by the age of four. A childhood of pilgrimages to Fallingwater cemented her obsession with creative problem solving, and a love for the innate intimacy of designing living spaces.

She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, then migrated to the Pacific Northwest, where she landed a job in a boutique residential architecture firm in Tacoma. She spent a decade focused on new waterfront homes and remodels, and finds working with clients and contractors to create unique, livable homes a truly rewarding experience.

She enjoys sharing her love of the built environment with her son Oliver while they discover new pockets of Seattle. Sara also enjoys experimenting with baked goods, the pursuit of great photography, historical novels, and champagne sangrias.

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A sample collection of Sara’s project contributions.

After nearly two decades practicing custom residential architecture, Sara has extensive experience on residential projects of varying sizes, styles, and budgets.

Queen Anne Gambrel – Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living – Board & Vellum
Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living

Queen Anne Gambrel

A full yard remodel paired with a new kitchen and targeted architectural updates, this home features spaces perfect for this family’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection – Architecture & Landscape Architecture by Board & Vellum
Preservation & Modernization of a Historic Home

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

After decades without an update, this old Craftsman home is restored, both with some modern adaptations and some beautiful original details.

Shelby House – Board & Vellum
Proposed New Waterfront Home

Shelby House

A new “Modern Tudor” home in a historic neighborhood presents formally to the street, while opening up to sweeping waterfront views off the back.

Magnolia Maison – Brick Home Remodel – Board & Vellum
Opening Up the Floor Plan of a Brick Home

Magnolia Maison

This once-compartmentalized brick home is now open and full of light, airy spaces. Finishes and fixtures were curated throughout for a cohesive look and feel.

Cloverdale House – Second Story Addition by Board & Vellum
A New Second Story & Full Remodel

Cloverdale House

It might look like a whole new house, but it is actually a second story addition on an existing single-family home now with water views.

Sunset Hill Overlook – Board & Vellum
A New Home on an Existing Foundation

Sunset Hill Overlook

Featuring a “flipped plan” — with the bedrooms on the first floor, and the living, kitchen, and dining spaces above — this home’s shared spaces enjoy expansive views from indoors and out.

Modern Interpretation of a Classic Farmhouse – Foothills Retreat: Rendering from Driveway – Board & Vellum
A New Traditional Home in Wine Country

Foothills Retreat

This home is a contemporary interpretation of a classic farmhouse, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla, Washington.

Woodinville Pivot – Modern Interior Design – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential Interiors

Woodinville Pivot

Bold artwork and bright accents paired with a calm and natural supporting palette give this ’70s-era home a bright, light, and balanced contemporary look.

Under the Eaves – Second Story Remodel – Accent wall behind the bed.
From Attic-Like Space to Family Bedrooms

Under The Eaves

This second story remodel tucks a primary suite, two kids’ bedrooms and a Jack & Jill bath under the eaves of this Seattle home's hipped roof and dormers.

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