Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. Being recognized for it, is all gravy.

Seattle Business Magazine’s Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2017

We are honored to announce that we’ve made the top 10 on Seattle Business magazine’s list of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in Washington, in the small business category! At 6th place, it’s our second year in a row on the list. Companies are ranked based on anonymous employee surveys, and we‘re all thrilled to a part of a company that is changing the face of the architecture profession, building and fostering a great place to work!

Best of Houzz 2017: Design & Service – Board & Vellum Recognition

Best of Houzz 2017: Design & Service

We’re on a roll! Board & Vellum has earned “Best of Houzz” badges for the fourth year in a row, thanks to our awesome clients and Houzz users. We’re so jazzed to be honored again we can’t help but shout about it. Join the Houzz community to find inspiration, ask design questions, and see our portfolio of work on our Houzz profile.

Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers 2017

New year, new accolade. B&V Principal Jeff Pelletier was named one of Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry for 2017. The list showcases the country’s “best professionals who are designing, building, manufacturing, and installing the various components of the buildings we work and live in, as well as interacting with users online through social media and with the aim to also reach different audiences.”

Fixr 2017 Top 200 Influencers: Construction Industry – Board & Vellum Recognition

Puget Sound Business Journal: Business Pride, LBGTQ-Owned Business List – Board & Vellum Recognition

PSBJ’s Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Businesses 2016

Here’s something to be proud of: Board & Vellum was featured in Puget Sound Business Journal’s first-ever list of the top 25 LGBTQ-owned businesses. Part of PSBJ’s new “Business of Pride” program, the new annual list honors companies that “have demonstrated leadership in driving equality in the Puget Sound region’s business community.”

Best of Houzz 2016: Design & Service

Third time’s a charm, especially when it comes to Houzz recognition! For the third year in a row, Board & Vellum has earned “Best of Houzz” badges for Design and Service. We couldn’t do it without our fantastic clients, and are thankful for those rave reviews.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, have a look at our Houzz profile to find more inspiration.

Best of Houzz 2016: Design & Service – Board & Vellum

Seattle Business Magazine Top 100 – Board & Vellum Recognition

Seattle Business Magazine’s Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2016

In June we were honored by Seattle Business magazine, making their list of the Top 100 Companies to Work For! We were further honored to be named #4 in the Small Business category. Board & Vellum prides itself on being a fun and challenging place to work, and we’re so glad that our employees agree. Being featured in the July issue of the magazine was a blast, too! Read all about our work/life balance in the company snapshot, and don’t miss the images from the awards dinner.

PSBJ: 2016 Washington’s Best Workplaces

We are thrilled to be named one of Puget Sound Business Journal‘s “Washington’s Best Workplaces” for the second year in a row. According to the PSBJ, workplaces with great benefits and happy employees “consistently tout customer loyalty and profitability.” What can we say? We’re just happy to be here!

Puget Sound Business Journal 2016 Washington's Best Workplaces – Board & Vellum Recognition

NGLCC Certified as LGBT Business Enterprise – Board & Vellum Recognition

Certified LGBTBE

We are proud to be recognized as a LGBT Business Enterprise by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

Houzz Badges: 2015

It’s been quite a year for Board & Vellum on Houzz! We just earned a badge for being a Recommended Firm, as well as an Influencer, racking up a total of four badges this year! The community on Houzz is so great, we just have to say it again: We love Houzz!

We welcome you to view our profile, and take a tour of the Houzz community yourself.

Best of Houzz 2015 – Board & Vellum Recognition

Built Green Member – Board & Vellum Recognition

Certified Built Green

We’re thrilled to announce that our Ballard Locks Residence has achieved a Certified Built Green 4-Star Rating. Built Green practices are designed to provide homeowners with comfortable, durable, environmentally friendly homes that are cost-effective to own and operate. These resource-efficient homes are crafted to exceed building codes and provide homeowners with years of healthy, quality living, while protecting families and the precious Northwest environment. We’re proud to be a member!

PSBJ: 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces

“In this competitive hiring environment, being a great place to work is vital. These companies – the finalists of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces competition – have a lot to brag about when recruiting and retaining employees.” What an honor! Board & Vellum was named a finalist in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces competition, and we’re thrilled! But truly, we just like working here.

Visit PSBJ for a full list of the local companies being honored.

Washington's Best Workplaces 2015 – Board & Vellum Recognition

LEGO Room – Board & Vellum Recognition

Lego Lounge Goes Viral!

Houzz TV spent two days at Jeff’s house filming for a project feature video. They got so much footage, they created a second shorter video of just the Lego Lounge and it’s being picked up all over the interwebs! We are so impressed with the quality – it’s amazing to have such a professional view into one of our most popular projects. Enjoy!

Best of Houzz 2015: Design

For the second year in a row, B&V has maintained our Best of Houzz status! We are so grateful to our clients and collaborators for posting about our work, and helping to keep Board & Vellum in the Best of Houzz categories for Best Design Portfolio and Highest Level of Client Service. Being your advocate for great design is not just our tagline, it’s our mission. Thank you!

We welcome you toview our Houzz profile, and take a tour of the Houzz community yourself.

PSBJ WA Best Workplaces

passive house certification

Certified Passive House Consultant

Our founder and principal, Jeff Pelletier, is one of only a few dozen Certified Passive House Consultants in Washington State, having received his credentials from the Passive House Institute US. The certification credential from PHIUS is the leading, most rigorous professional certification available. You may not be familiar with the term, since it is relatively new (the first passive house was built in Germany in 1991), but simply put, passive building is comprised of a set of design principles used to maximize energy efficiency. A passive house is an extremely energy-efficient home, in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating and cooling systems. Although it won’t stop global warming, passive building is most definitely impacting the future in the face of climate change.

Learn more at Passive House Institute US.

2014 Green Building Slam

The Northwest Eco Building Guild sponsors an annual Green Building Slam, and this year Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe was one of the projects that made the Short List of 10. Along with Jason Legat of Model Remodel, Jeff Pelletier presented the many sustainable facets of Ada’s to a sold-out crowd. We were definitely in good company!

Be sure to check out the full list of the ten preojects honored!

Green Building Slam

Jeff Pelletier is honored as one of 40 Under 40 by PSBJ

PSBJ: 2014’s 40 Under 40

This year, our fearless leader was inducted into the very exclusive “40 Under 40 Club” honored by Puget Sound Business Journal. Each year, they spotlight top business leaders under the age of 40 who excel in their industry, and show dynamic leadership. He is in great company with the other honorees – a really impressive group of people!

Hop on over for the full write up at Biz Journals.

2014 Residential Architect Design Award

In the category of Light/Commercial, Board & Vellum received a citation from Residential Architect for Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe. Juror Josh Shelton called the repurposing of salvaged timber and other materials a “sort of artful clutter,” while Gregory Hoss appreciated the “playfulness and quirkiness” of the space. “The handmade and very local materials make it specific to that community,” juror Cary Bernstein said. “It’s visually innovative, even down to the furniture and lighting fixtures, and it’s a very fully considered space at all levels of design.”

Exlore the full list of recipients at Residential Architect.

RADA 2014 Awards – Board & Vellum Recognition

Small Business Proud – Board & Vellum Recognition

We Are Small Business Proud

Filmmakers Trisha Dalton and John Sears took a cross country journey to meet entrepreneurs and learn about the small businesses that make up the heartbeat of the American economy. Somehow they wound up at Board & Vellum asking us to tell our story. What an amazing opportunity! In addition to being included in the video project, Jeff was also invited to speak on a panel with Liz Dunn of Dunn + Hobbs, and Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce, about achieving success through small business as part of the Small Business Proud documentary.

Take a peek over at You Tube.

2014 Green Remodeling Excellence Award

Here’s what the Master Builders Association had to say about Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe: “In addition to being a beautiful space, it is also a sustainable one. Salvage was integral to the design and created a tangible connection to the past. The crew salvaged all existing framing lumber for the point-of-sales shelving, bookshelves and cabinetry. A LA artist even used remaining lumber for an external hanging sculpture of the Space Needle. The paneled doors from the original space became a creative demarcation between the books and the café. The project also boasts LED lighting, an efficient heating system, low-flow plumbing, and a high waste-diversion rate.”

REX 2014 – Board & Vellum Recognition


Best of Houzz 2014: design

After just over a year maintaining a profile on Houzz, in January, Board & Vellum received Best of Houzz awards in two categories: Best Design Portfolio and Highest Level of Client Satisfaction. We couldn’t ask for a better reference! We’re thrilled with the clients that find us through Houzz, and glad to be part of the Houzz Community.

Check out our profile, and start exploring the Houzz community.

2014 Historic Seattle Preservation Awards

Last May, Historic Seattle hosted its Sixth Annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony at the Good Shepherd Center. These yearly awards acknowledge recent successes in the local preservation field. The Preserving Neighborhood Character award was given to Danielle and David Hulton, owners of Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe, along with supporting partners, including Board & Vellum and Model Remodel, for preserving and transforming a humble house into an inviting, community gathering place for a unique neighborhood business.


The EPA example IAQ House.

Gold Nuggest Awards – Board & Vellum Recognition

2014 Gold Nugget Winner

The Gold Nugget Award, presented by PCBC, and sponsored by Builder Magazine, honored Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe with a merit award in the category of Rehab Commercial/Industrial Projects. Their focus is “Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.”

Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe Featured in design:retail Magazine

We recently found out that Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe was featured in the April/May issue of design:retail magazine, as part of a story on the burgeoning retail marketplace in Seattle. The trend toward specialty shops in Seattle has been happening for some time, and it’s encouraging to see the small business owner giving the big box stores a run for their money.

Read the entire digital issue, or look for the story on page 28.

Design:Retail Magazine – Board & Vellum Recognition

 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine – Board & Vellum Recognition

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Jeff was asked to contribute to an article on How to Hide a TV (at which he is an expert) and other tips for “stylishly incorporating media equipment into your house,” written by Angela Cabotaje.

Look for the story on page 36 of the January, 2015 issue or read the piece online.

Read & Watch – Board & Vellum in the Media:

Interviews & Articles

  • Max at LEGO has a chat with Jeff Pelletier, dubbing him an “AFOL (an Adult Fan Of LEGO bricks),” and both of them use many terms that will go right over the heads of the non-LEGO types.
  • Rebecca Teagarden writes in Pacific Northwest Magazine about Board & Vellum’s Urban Farmhouse project, and how to create the feel of a farmhouse in an old Seattle neighborhood.
  • Jeff’s own Seattle Box was featured in Architect Magazine, with a discussion about the design intention, and implications of remodeling older houses in the city.
  • Mitchell Parker from the Houzz editorial staff lists 25 of the most popular homes ever featured on their platform, and the Seattle Box is on the list!
  • Karen Egly-Thompson writes on Houzz about adding library ladders to your home, and the Seattle Box’s custom ladder makes the list!
  • The Seattle Box is featured on 1Kindesign blog.
  • Puget Sound Business Journal features Jeff Pelletier on their annual 40 Under 40 List.
  • Rebecca Teagarden writes in Pacific Northwest Magazine about the Seattle Box, one of the closest single-family homes to downtown Seattle.
  • The Seattle Box shows up twice on this Huffington Post feature on the 19 Coolest Things to Do with a Basement.
  • Rebecca Teagarden describes Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s New Kitchen in Pacific Northwest Magazine.

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