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.

Should You Pick Your Architect Based on Style or Service?

Should You Pick Your Architect Based on Style or Service? – Board & Vellum Designs in Many Styles to Suit the Context and Client
When searching for an architect, should you pick one based on the architect's style or base on the type of service they provide? As it so often happens: it depends! But, not to worry, Jeff Pelletier breaks it down into pros and cons for each scenario so you can start off your search well-informed.

Night School 02.17: Authenticity in Design

Authenticity in Design: Monadnock Building Floor Plans – Board & Vellum Night School
What does authentic design mean to you? What makes a space look, feel, or be authentic? Join a lively discussion about it over some drinks and snacks with us on February 16th at 6 p.m. at Board & Vellum's Below Grade event space, as we kick off the 2017 Night School "school year" with a discussion on authenticity.

B&V’s “By Others” Gallery 02.09: Etta Lilienthal

Etta Lilienthal at By Others Gallery, Board & Vellum
Capitol Hill Art Walk is coming up, and Board & Vellum is hosting a brand new show by Etta Lilienthal. Read our Q&A and get to know the artist ahead of the February 9th opening reception for standstill, a site-specific installation in our public gallery space, “By Others.”

Introducing Sandy!

Introducing, Sandy Wolf! – Sandy poses with a "Sandy" sign. – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum
It's that time again! Time to introduce you to another new B&V'er, Sandy Wolf. Sandy hails from Ohio, and came to Seattle after attending Auburn University where she spent her final year as a member of the renowned design-build program, the Rural Studio.

On the Boards: Alki Midcentury Remodel

Existing Exterior at the Alki Midcentury Remodel – Board & Vellum
Ever wondered how projects go from start to finish at Board & Vellum? You're in luck: this month we are kicking off a new series where we follow a project the whole way. The first project in the series is the Alki Midcentury Remodel, so join us to read about how it evolves!

Introducing Lara!

Introducing, Lara Hale! – Kayaking
Introducing, Lara Hale, Board & Vellum's new Marketing Coordinator. Lara hails from Kansas City, but moved to Seattle after falling in love with the city while on vacation in 2015. B&V welcomes her and her BFF, Floyd, who spends his days guarding the couch in the lobby and patrolling the office for crumbs.

Introducing Monika!

Introducing, Monika Shreves! – Monika and Conor Take a Selfie at Pike Place Market in Seattle
It's been a busy year for B&V, especially in terms of growing our team. We're long overdue in introducing the newest member of our Interior Design studio: Monika Shreves. Monika worked with fellow B&V'er Charles Fadem before we recruited her, too, to make the trek over from the east coast to join us in Seattle.

2016 Highlights and Year in Review

2016 Year in Review – Board & Vellum: Group Shot Pointing
It's that time of year again: time for the Jeff's year-end review! Some awesome things happened in the world of Board & Vellum in this busy and exciting 2016. Now, as the year wraps up, check out the mix of business and personal highlights, and we'll all toast to great new things to come!

Before and After: Sound Landing

Remodel of a 1960s Home  – Sound Landing: Before & After – Board & Vellum
We gutted this 1960s home to the studs, opening up the floor plan to take advantage of sweeping views of Puget Sound. Check out the "Before & After" shots to see how this home transformed from "Harvest Gold" and dropped ceilings with wood paneling, into a light and bright home with classic details that will age gracefully.

Introducing Board & Vellum Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture at Board & Vellum – Board & Vellum
Board & Vellum is pleased to announce our new landscape architecture team, featuring Derek Reeves and Zack Thomas. Now that we have landscape architecture in-house, collaborating with our architecture and interiors teams, our clients can enjoy integrated design services: from inside to outside, and back again. Curious about how it works? Give us a ring!

Mark Your Calendars for the Green Building Slam

Mark Your Calendars for the Green Building Slam – Board & Vellum
Ten presenters, 10 slides, 10 minutes each. Join Board & Vellum for a fast-paced, fun event to learn about some exciting new eco-friendly design projects in the Northwest when the annual Green Building Slam returns on Friday, November 4.

First Art Opening at Board & Vellum’s “By Others” Gallery

By Others – Artists' Reception for Caitie O'Donnell and Sid Gaines – Board & Vellum
Board & Vellum presents local artists Caitie O’Donnell and Sid Gaines in its inaugural opening of the By Others gallery. Native to the Pacific Northwest, Caitie O’Donnell’s work investigates the merging of strong graphic forms with abstract elements. Sid Gaines is showcasing two mini-series: Figures and Combinations, exploring the simultaneous fluid feedback and concrete nature of clay.

Night School with Board & Vellum: The Architecture of Small Business

Night School with Board & Vellum: The Architecture of Small Business – Café Truck
Join Jeff Pelletier of Board & Vellum; Dani Cone of Fuel Coffee, High 5 Pie, and Cone & Steiner; I-Miun Liu of the Oasis Tea Zone; and Lindsey Engh of Impact Hub Seattle for a panel discussion on the impact of architecture on small business. B&V Night School: 6PM August 31st, Below Grade at B&V.

Night School: Torre David – Recap

Board & Vellum recently hosted a screening of Torre David during Night School, followed by a lively discussion about how ownership of space (even if not official, or even sanctioned) leads to inherent care of the space, fostering community, and building supportive architectural environments.

Do I Need to Hire an Architect?

Do I Need to Hire an Architect – Board & Vellum
Do I need to hire an architect? It's a question we hear a lot out there. If you're building new, of course! But, if you're considering a remodel, addition, or even a new detached garage, we understand that it can be a confusing question. So, let's break it down for you, step-by-step.

Night School: Crowded Cities and Impromptu Settlements

Torre David Screening & Discussion at Board & Vellum's Night School – City Background
We are hosting the next “Night School” at our new office on Wednesday, July 27th at 6 PM, at B&V's Below Grade event space! Come watch and discuss a screening of Urban Think Tank's "Torre David," a documentary on the extra-legal occupation of a partially-built Caracas skyscraper.

Designing a Space for Play (Not Just for Kids!)

Designing a Space for Play – Board & Vellum
Recently Verne & Wells, a private gaming club in the Seattle area, hosted a game night at Board & Vellum's Below Grade lounge. Not only did we have a ton of fun, but it was a great reminder about the value of taking time to relax in space designed for play, even play for grown ups.

Strategic Planning at our Company Retreat

Strategic Planning at our Company Retreat – Featured Image
Board & Vellum recently returned from our annual company retreat, and we come bearing our new "Painted Picture," a.k.a. our new "Strategic Plan." We share it with you to keep us honest. We strive to meet our goals, and we'd love it if you kept us accountable.

Board & Vellum Places 4th for 100 Best Small Businesses to Work!

Board & Vellum Places 4th for Best Small Businesses to Work For –
We’re proud to announce that Board & Vellum placed 4th in the small business category for Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work in Washington State! We celebrated together at the awards dinner at the Washington State Convention Center and look forward to more years to come of happy employees and happy clients!

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

Mini-Split vs Forced Air – Featured Image
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.