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Sara Emhoff – Principal, Single-Family at Board & Vellum

Sara Emhoff, AIA

Principal, Single-Family

Sara is a natural problem solver who creates innovative and individualized solutions for single-family residential projects across the spectrum, from targeted remodels to new custom homes. She loves the innate intimacy of designing unique and livable homes and finds it rewarding to work with homeowners, contractors, and craftspeople to guide a design vision as it comes to life. As Principal of our Single-Family practice, Sara’s multifaceted role guiding design, documentation, mentorship, and advocacy keeps her excited, engaged, and passionate about each new project.

Childhood pilgrimages to Fallingwater cemented Sara’s early interest in architecture, which she later pursued at Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. A dedicated residential designer with over 20 years of experience, Sara’s career has encompassed boutique residential design, waterfront homes, and remodels. She specializes in custom new home design and whole-house remodels but enjoys all sizes and scales of single-family design.

Sara’s superpower is placing the timeframe in which a home was built from pictures alone. In her time outside the office, Sara enjoys sunset ferry rides home, spending time with friends and family, and the pursuit of the perfect Gin and Tonic.

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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.

Personalized Spaces in an Elaborate Custom Home

Snohomish Estate

Rebuilt from its foundations, this home is customized — down to the smallest detail — for the homeowners and their family.

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.

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.

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.

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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