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

Sara Emhoff, AIA

Director, Residential Studio | Architect

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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Explore articles by Sara Emhoff from our blog.

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Custom Residential
Firm Culture
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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design

Do I Need to Permit My Remodel?

More than likely, if you’re remodeling a home in the Seattle area and wondering if you need a permit, the answer is, “Yes.” The real question is, “What type of permit do you need?” Of course, we can help you figure that out, but here’s a quick preview to get you started.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential

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

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.

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Events, Firm Culture

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!

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Revit: The Next B&V Frontier

It's happening, Board & Vellum is taking the leap into adopting Revit, a BIM software. So, what is that, and what does it mean, Sara breaks it all down for you here.

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Other Tangents, Retail

Love and Capitol Hill’s 15th Ave. District

Board & Vellum loves 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill – it's our home! Here, Sara gets into the details of what really makes it great for her.

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Firm Culture

Introducing, Sara Emhoff!

Meet Sara, the latest in the parade of new B&V'ers! Hailing from Ohio, Sara escaped to the west coast and has spent the last decade working on waterfront homes and remodels. We can't wait to get to work!

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