Tag Archives: single-family

Urban Farmhouse

Urban Farmhouse – Living and Dining Separated by a Central Wood Stove
Urban Farmhouse Situated in the city with a large lot surrounded by gardens, this house maximizes square footage to get as much living space as possible in a small footprint, while straddling the line between rural and urban. The key to this is opening up the main floor, but still dividing it into three spaces. All […]

Architects & Clients: The Dating Game

We are all about openness here at Board & Vellum. This week, we discuss our actual process of how we go from a project inquiry to a real, active project, and what it could look like if you were to drive down that road with us.

Everything Is Awesome with Houzz

The secret's out! We can finally share the news: Houzz contacted us a month ago about doing a video project showcasing Jeff’s house and the Lego Lounge for their new HouzzTV platform. Of course, we said, "Yes, please!" Check out the shorter video here, and a bonus longer one over on Houzz.

Does It Make Sense To Add a Second Story to My House?

In this crazy Seattle real estate market, we get a lot of questions about whether or not it makes sense to add a second story to a house. It's not a simple “yes or no” answer, but we’ve found that considering these several factors can help you decide if adding up is right for you.

An Island Nest

Explore the avian inspiration behind the design for this contemporary home on Mercer Island. With an exterior envelope designed based on “Passivehaus” principles, radiant floors, and a smart natural ventilation approach, this house creates a comfortable, allergy-free environment. Construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2015, so check back for photos of the finished house!

The Ups and Downs of Staircase Design

I get to work on a lot of remodels of older homes here at Board & Vellum and it is always interesting to see what common themes tend to emerge.  Aside from the obvious ones (desires for larger kitchens, Master Bathrooms, and indoor / outdoor living), the one that seems to be prevalent in easily […]

What to Expect at the First Design Meeting with an Architect

So, you've decided to hire an architect. Are you curious about what that first design meeting will be like? It can certainly vary greatly depending on who you've decided to work with, but at Board & Vellum, we shelve our egos and work with you to create the design that works best for your project.

Bungalow West

Bungalow West: Second Floor Addition to a Bungalow – Seattle Remodel
Bungalow West This second-story addition and new front porch helped solve a need for more space, while retaining the charm of the smaller home that the owners fell in love with. The new upstairs features two smaller children’s bedrooms, each with a unique feature to help combat the smaller square footage (a sleeping loft and […]

Best of Houzz 2014

2014 has been off to a great start here at Board & Vellum. If there is such thing as a “tipping point” it definitely feels like we’ve found it. While we work away at expanding our office space, adding some great people to our team, and continue to work on an exciting mix of retail, […]

Bungalow West Project Review

This project ended up combining my love of a typical Seattle bungalow with small and creative spaces. We had a blast designing this one and the clients were stellar to work with and committed to the essential character that the house needed to retain. They came to us asking for a second story addition and […]

An Architect Remodels His Own House

Jumping into a remodel can be a crazy mixture of emotions. Excitement and fear mixed with a tremendous sense of anxiety can be natural first reactions. Now, you may think it would be much easier for Architect’s to design their own remodel. This is, after all, what we do for a living, right? Yes, and […]

Framing at the Urban Farmhouse

It’s a nice time for us at Board & Vellum to see some of our early projects become a built reality. Our latest visit to the Urban Farmhouse was an exploration near the end of the framing process. We are now getting a real feel for the space. Take a look of our original renderings and […]