Our blog is a resource for anyone wondering how to approach their project, get a design question answered, or just get a peek inside the world of Board & Vellum. 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.
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One of the most frequent questions we get from business owners is, “How long will my project take?” Of course, this varies a lot based on the scope and parameters of your particular project, but here are the basics of the time it takes to move through each of the phases of a commercial project.Read more.
There are a lot of types of wood decks to choose from. How do you know which might be the right one for you? As the first in a series about decking materials, this post covers your main options for building a wood deck and explores the pros and cons of the different wood choices.Read more.
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If you need a full building permit for your project (rather than an “over-the-counter” one) you need to include the additional time it takes for permit review in your project schedule. How long does it take to get a full building permit? It varies, but here is what you can expect in Seattle.Read more.
Say hello to Abby, our latest addition to the B&V team! Abby is a Pacific Northwest native, born in Seattle. With a degree in music, besides plenty of singing and performing (even at her desk), these days, she also spends her creative energy cooking, baking, sketching, and is learning to sew.Read more.
We are an integrated design firm, but what (you may wonder) does that mean? And, specifically, what does that mean for your project and how it benefits you? Here is a breakdown for what it means for you and your project when the integrated design firm you are working with is us, Board & Vellum.Read more.
"Do I need to permit my commercial space?" If you are in Seattle, most likely, "Yes." The more important question is, "What type of permit do I need?" There are two major types of building permits in Seattle, and which type you need will impact your timeline for opening for business. Here’s how to plan.Read more.
Wondering what's blooming in Seattle in the spring? Maybe you’ve noticed some flowers on your walks around town and don’t know what they are? We are certainly big fans of when the flowers start peeking out in the spring. Here is a quick guide to some of our favorites that you will find in Seattle.Read more.
April is Landscape Architecture Month, and with all the hints of spring popping up around us, it's the perfect time to celebrate the profession that brings you parks, trails, gardens, streetscapes, national parks, plazas, community p-patches, and all the places that make getting outside to enjoy the season all the more enjoyable and inviting.Read more.
Starting a business is no easy task, and you just can’t expect that you won’t make mistakes along the way. You will make them, we promise. The important thing is to make sure you learn from them once you do. Here are five mistakes Jeff Pelletier made when starting Board & Vellum.Read more.
When it comes to vacation home design, there are some things that are decidedly different from a typical home design: features you need in a vacation home that you don’t need in your main home. But what are they? Here are five features you should make sure you include when designing a vacation home.Read more.
Great design takes patience. So, if you want your project to look and function like it was designed really well, you need to invest in design, and that takes time. There are several later phases after the design concept is formed that are crucial to your project’s success. Here’s a quick review of why.Read more.
Communicating with your architect or designer is crucial to the success of your project. How do you prefer to communicate? Great professionals will strike a balance between their communication preferences and yours. Here are ten tips to help you find that balance and ensure you and your design team are on the same page.Read more.
The Capitol Hill Art Walk is coming up again, and here at Board & Vellum’s By Others gallery, we are hosting a show by local artist Zack Bolotin. Read our Q&A with him to learn a little about his midcentury-inspired prints ahead of the March 8th opening reception.Read more.
Are you considering sharing a vacation home with another family? It’s not uncommon, and a great investment, but make sure you go into it with eyes wide open. Here are a few questions you and the family you’ll be sharing with should ask yourselves before starting design.Read more.
Selecting a commercial space for your business is very important to get right. It’s not as simple as “location, location, location” when it comes to ensuring the success of your retail or commercial space. There are many important details you need to check. Do you know what to look for before you sign a lease?Read more.
Does it seem to you like the cost of construction in Seattle is through-the-roof-crazy? You’re not wrong! Why is the cost of construction rising to surprising heights? Well, it’s complicated. Here are a few reasons why, and a few ways that you can plan your project to ensure it’s worth it. (It is!)Read more.
The architecture and design industry is notorious for high-pressure workplaces that lack great benefits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Board & Vellum, we are proving that a design firm can offer great benefits: the numbers pencil out. Now, our goal is to help other firms join us to redefine the design industry.Read more.
So, you’ve decided to build a new home. Making that decision is a big first step, but what do you do next? Designing a new home is a big effort. Here are the first things that you and your architect need to pay attention to before any of the fun design work begins.Read more.
We try to be good about not using too many acronyms at Board & Vellum, but sometimes, we slip up. FF&E is one of those cases that comes up a lot as our interiors studio grows. (Plus, once you know what it stands for, it’s a bit of a tongue twister.) So, what does it mean?Read more.
Everywhere you look this time of year, it’s all about New Year’s resolutions. But, there might be a better way. We make our yearly strategic goals in the summer, and that means the new year is the perfect time to assess and renew our progress. These are tips to ensure your yearly goals actually happen.Read more.
Jeff Pelletier looks back on 2017 in his annual Year in Review blog post. From fun family times, to fun times at work, 2017 was a year to remember. So many things happened, but here are 10 highlights that leave us excited for what’s coming up in the new year.Read more.
The design process is fun, but it can also be fairly stressful because there are so many important choices to be made. How do you make the right call? We certainly have a few recommendations (which we’ll get into here), but two huge ones to count on: trust your instincts, and let the professionals help.Read more.
Say hello to Ciera, our latest addition to Team B&V! Ciera grew up in Idaho, steeped in a love of the outdoors and active in the design, dance, and maker communities. Of course, all of this fits perfectly with Seattle, as well, and she’s thrilled to carry on creating at Board & Vellum.Read more.
Say hello to Breanna, our latest new B&V’er! Breanna combined her love of art and math — and a fascination with construction — to become an architect. She has experience with projects of many scales and types, and loves to design spaces that create a positive impact on the lives of their inhabitants.Read more.
Hey, wondering what’s it like working at Board & Vellum? Well, you’re in luck: in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, B&V’ers took a moment to write down (or draw) what they are thankful for about being part of the team.Read more.
Parts of the architectural design process can (and must) be very precise, but there is also a messy, organic part of it. It’s the creative part of the game, and it’s often in that time that we find the “Eureka!” moment in the design process. When you’re working on your design, watch for it!Read more.
Is there a difference between a landscape designer and a landscape architect? (Spoiler Alert: Yes.) So, why would you want to hire one versus the other? Is it all about plants? Or is it more technical? Let’s get into the differences between the services each typically offers, and how that applies to your project.Read more.
Say aloha to Board & Vellum’s latest team member, Chris Parker! Chris comes to us from Hawaii, by way of Ithaca, New York (a more than 7,000 mile journey!). A licensed architect, Chris is thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest and eager to be a force for good in his newly adopted community.Read more.
If you’ve never worked with an architect before, it might be daunting to know what to even ask when you start to research a team that will be the right fit for your project. Here‘s what the process looks like if you reach out to us and we set up a call to chat about your project.Read more.
Hey, everyone, say hello to Michelle! Michelle joins our team as Operations Coordinator and will be heading up our new internal education program to keep us all tuned up. She originally hails from Philly – which she loves – but, she is now enamored with the Pacific Northwest, so we are pretty sure we get to keep her.Read more.
Or, if chronology isn’t your thing…
Here are a couple of our (current) favorite posts. Of course, it’s hard to choose, so feel free to poke around; we hope to have a little something for everyone. And, if you have a burning question you’d like us to cover in a future post, please let us know!
Questions to Ask an Architect in an Interview: Advice for Clients
When you are interviewing architects, interior designers, or landscape architects for your project, how do you know what to ask? A good personality fit makes any project better, but don't leave it with that – come to the table prepared with these important questions to help you ensure you find the architect you're searching for!
Questions to Ask a Landscape Architect or Site Design Team in an Interview
When you are looking into hiring a landscape architect or a site design team, even if you’ve been through the process before, make sure you ask these important ten questions. From design process, to fee structure, to timeline, and more, we lay it out for you so you can jump into your project well-informed.
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