Living Shelter Architects joins Board & Vellum! Learn about the details here, and cheers to our expanded team!

New hot spot, beloved neighborhood hangout, budding local business…

What type of commercial space are you interested in designing with us?

We are passionate about creating engaging commercial spaces and adaptive reuse projects. Immersive experiences make memories, and a well-designed commercial space that rings true to your brand and values can set the tone for business success.

No matter your project — polishing up your office, creating a fresh coworking space, opening a restaurant, or refining your retail location — our integrated design teams approach your project from all angles to help you stand out in a crowded marketplace. We celebrate the distinct needs of your business by actively listening to your functional, aesthetic, and operational concerns, all of which are critical in the making of a nimble commercial space.

We understand the gravity of the transformative role we play in the story of your business, and take your budget and timeline seriously. Whether it’s updating an existing location or building out an entirely new spot… whatever you’re envisioning, we’d love to help make your commercial project a reality.

Cafés, Bars, Third Places, Retail Environments

Restaurants & Retail

In our digitally-focused world, the design of brick-and-mortar spaces is more important than ever. Our integrated architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture teams design holistic, stimulating experiences for your restaurant or retail space, enticing visitors to return again and again, and to share their excitement about your business organically.

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Hybrid Workspace, Open Plan, Private Offices, Coworking

Offices & Workspaces

Though the landscape of in-person offices and workspaces is changing, the essentials remain the same: you need a place where you, your team, and your guests can feel both comfortable and productive. From coworking spaces to private office build-outs, we create welcoming workspaces that suit your unique needs and help you get your work done well.

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Opening (or reopening) your doors for business.

Design your brick and mortar location with a team that’s been through it.

Opening or updating a physical location for your business can be stressful. Let us help you take the guesswork out of the process with our team of passionate commercial designers. From “test fits” to mock up how potential spaces might work for you, to helping you refine your vision and execute a design that authentically represents your brand, we make it our mission to make each part of your project something special.

Time is money when you’re building out a commercial space, so we know efficiency is key. We’ve honed our process to help you navigate smoothly from design to doors-open. We approach commercial projects from an integrated services standpoint: most are best served with a multidisciplinary team. With architects, interior designers, and landscape architects in-house, we can craft a unique team able to provide the balance of services you need, titrated in a manner you might not be able to when hiring three separate firms.

From feasibility to visioning, through design, and onto permitting and construction — we’re here for you, how you need it. Wherever you’re starting from, we have the expertise to get you where you want to go.

WG Clark Office Lobby Interiors – Commercial Interiors by Board & Vellum
W.G. Clark Lobby

W.G. Clark Lobby | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

W.G. Clark Lobby

W.G. Clark Lobby | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

The point of sale counter at Armistice Coffee & Cocktails, a coffeeshop in the Lucille on Roosevelt. – Commercial Retail Design by Board & Vellum
Custom Casework

Behind the counter, a custom bookshelf takes advantage of the space’s tall ceilings, providing both display space and functional bar storage. Armistice Coffee & Cocktails | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Custom Casework

Behind the counter, a custom bookshelf takes advantage of the space’s tall ceilings, providing both display space and functional bar storage. Armistice Coffee & Cocktails | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Seven Starlings Workloft – Commercial Interiors and Branding by Board & Vellum
Varied Seating

From couches to booths to desks with lockable storage, there’s somewhere to sit for each mood or each work mode. Seven Starlings Workloft | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Varied Seating

From couches to booths to desks with lockable storage, there’s somewhere to sit for each mood or each work mode. Seven Starlings Workloft | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Commercial Design at Board & Vellum: Tea Shop on Capitol Hill

What if we don’t know what our “style” is?

Don’t worry! We work with companies that have run the gamut from, ”Here is our comprehensive branding package," to, “Help us, we have no idea where to start.” Wherever you fall, we’ll find the solutions you need.

Is my TI budget too tight?

We work with tight budgets all the time. Whatever your budget, we will be honest with you about what you can accomplish, and help you make strategic choices to stretch as much out of it as you can.

How fast can you get us a permit?

The key isn’t just to design a beautiful space, it’s also to get it permitted. We are skilled at navigating complicated permitting processes efficiently. Time is indeed money, and we’ve got your back.

Seven Starlings Workloft – Board & Vellum
Tile Backsplash

Groupings of small tiles cluster toward the sink, reflecting the underlying concept of Swarming and Dissipating. Seven Starlings Workloft | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Tile Backsplash

Groupings of small tiles cluster toward the sink, reflecting the underlying concept of Swarming and Dissipating. Seven Starlings Workloft | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Dynasty Room – Interior Design by Board & Vellum
Dynasty Room

Dynasty Room | Photo by Austin Day.

Dynasty Room

Dynasty Room | Photo by Austin Day.

Ada’s Technical Books & Café – Retail Design – Board & Vellum
Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Ada’s Technical Books & Café | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Ada’s Technical Books & Café | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Behind every successful project is communicative and transparent project management.

Nothing is more important to a successful commercial design project than a collaborative rapport between the design team, the construction team, and you. We believe in open lines of communication, transparent project management, and building trust between everyone involved on a project.

No two projects are the same — from budget to location, from style to brand, to comfort with the process, and more — there is no static formula or one-size-fits-all solution. Our team invests in learning about your particular needs, then adapts to meet you where you need us with a customizable service package.

We’ll build a flexible team to provide the services you need as your project evolves, and share weekly updates so you are always in the know about project progress, upcoming milestones, and fee.

Pages from a visioning package for Seven Starlings Workloft – Board & Vellum
Integrated Branding & Interiors Concept Package

Our first major design presentation featured a series of image vignettes exploring how the conceptual ideas could be applied to physical spaces. Seven Starlings Workloft | Sample pages from Board & Vellum team.

Integrated Branding & Interiors Concept Package

Our first major design presentation featured a series of image vignettes exploring how the conceptual ideas could be applied to physical spaces. Seven Starlings Workloft | Sample pages from Board & Vellum team.

A floor plan keyed with proposed materials and products for Seven Starlings Workloft – Board & Vellum
Integrated Branding & Interiors Concept Package

Images keyed to the space’s floor plan illustrate how potential interpretations of the concept could be applied to the actual space. Seven Starlings Workloft | Sample page from Board & Vellum team.

Integrated Branding & Interiors Concept Package

Images keyed to the space’s floor plan illustrate how potential interpretations of the concept could be applied to the actual space. Seven Starlings Workloft | Sample page from Board & Vellum team.

Laughing Buddha – Tattoo Parlor & Piercing Shop – Retail – Board & Vellum
Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing | Sketch from the Board & Vellum project files.

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing | Sketch from the Board & Vellum project files.

Laughing Buddha – Tattoo Parlor & Piercing Shop – Retail – Board & Vellum
Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing | Sketch from the Board & Vellum project files.

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing | Sketch from the Board & Vellum project files.

Laughing Buddha – Tattoo Parlor & Piercing Shop – Retail – Board & Vellum
Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing | Sketch from the Board & Vellum project files.

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing | Sketch from the Board & Vellum project files.

Integrated design services are worth your while.

Take advantage of the efficiencies of a one-stop-shop.

When you team up with Board & Vellum, you get the benefit of our integrated approach to design. With architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture in-house and on-hand, you’re at an advantage with three studios in one — the input, ideas, and shared knowledge of our entire team permeates all we do.

Curious and open-minded, we’re not afraid to ask hard questions to get the right answers for your project. And since we’re always on the hunt for creative collaborators, you can feel confident that every detail of your project is thoughtfully designed. We don’t deal in cookie-cutter solutions, and we iterate until your design is fully-baked.

Our business is making sure your business’ brick-and-mortar location is thoroughly considered from the inside out. So, whatever your commercial project needs, let’s jump in so you can get to “doors-open” with confidence.

Here are some highlights from our commercial portfolio.

No matter what type or size of project, we put our hearts into our work. It is our goal to collaborate with you to create a space you’ll love.

Seven Starlings Workloft – Board & Vellum
Brand Identity & Interiors for a Boutique Coworking Space

Seven Starlings Workloft

An immersive brand experience for a commercial space anchored in a conceptual exploration of biomimicry and emergence, brought to life by an integrated brand and interiors team.

Ada’s Technical Books & Café – Retail Design – Board & Vellum
From Abandoned Home to Community Anchor

Ada’s Technical Books and Café

Ada’s Technical Books and Café is an adaptive reuse project converting a dilapidated single-story Craftsman home on Capitol Hill into a small, mixed-use retail space.

The point of sale counter at Armistice Coffee and Cocktails, located at the Lucille on Roosevelt.
TI Build-Out for a Modern Coffee Lounge

Armistice Coffee & Cocktail Bar

In the corner commercial space in the Lucille apartments, this hybrid coffeehouse/bar offers drinks and treats with the vibe of a European café.

Dynasty Room – Interior Design by Board & Vellum
Interior Design for a Bar with a Story

Dynasty Room

In the now-shuttered Four Seas restaurant in Seattle’s International District, the old and the new mingle in this experiential reincarnation of the Dynasty Room bar.

WG Clark Office Lobby Interiors
Commercial Office Interiors

W.G. Clark Lobby

Inside a midcentury modern building with landmark status, this Pacific Northwest Modern commercial lobby is flush with natural materials and carefully-crafted details.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Rocket Man installation by Electric Coffin. – Retail Café Design
Interior Design for a Bubble Tea Shop

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

The challenge of this café design was how to draw visitors into the deep space from the street, especially with the point-of-sale on a lower level.

Or, perhaps you would enjoy a couple of helpful blog posts.

Our blog isn’t written for other architects and designers. It’s designed to be a helpful, approachable resource for you.

Front entry and lobby of a commercial space, the Dynasty Room.

5 Things You Need to Know About Opening Your First Commercial Space

Before you go too far down the rabbit hole, here are five things to keep in mind as you open your first commercial space.

How long does a commercial project take? – Board & Vellum

How Long Does a Commercial Project Take?

The time to complete a commercial project varies a lot based on the scope and parameters of your project, but here is a basic timeline of the phases from project start to opening your doors.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

Send us your questions about design, architecture, interiors, landscape, LEGO rooms… Anything, really. We’re always eager to meet new people, and we’d love to get to know you, your project, and your goals.

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