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Home is where you come to relax after a long day. It also might be where you do your best work, or where you play like there’s no tomorrow. It may include outdoor spaces. It’s where you’re raising your kids — or plan to. Maybe it’s your perfect, kid-free oasis.

Your current house might be just a stop along the way, an investment, until you head off on your next adventure. Or maybe it’s your “Forever Home” and you need a plan to age in place. Whether you want to remodel a house to suit your changing lifestyle, to optimize and personalize your home in a way you never had the chance to before, or you simply want to make a few tactical updates — we get it.

More than anything, what we love to do is bring a project to life that you really, really love.

New Construction, Whole-House Transformations

Custom Homes

Designing and building a custom home from the ground up can be both deeply personal and highly complex. Our integrated design teams — architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture — can help you navigate the process with ease to create a home and property you love from indoors to out.

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Reinvented Homes and Spaces

Remodels & Additions

Our teams delight in home remodel projects of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Whether you’re adding on or remodeling in place, love a traditional look or prefer a sleek, modern feel — we relish the challenge of transforming a house that’s not quite right into a home you love.

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Finishes, Fixtures, Furnishings, Function, Flow

Residential Interiors

The finishing touches interior design adds to a project make it feel truly special and uniquely personal. From simply helping to select a few finishes, to engaging in comprehensive interior design services, our interiors team loves to collaborate with you to create beautiful, meaningful spaces you’ll be delighted to call home.

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Outdoor Living, Landscape Refreshes, Residential Estates

Residential Landscapes

Our site design team cohesively blends indoor and outdoor living with beautiful, functional spaces lush and verdant with life. Whether you simply need a backyard refresh, or if you’re seeking comprehensive design services for your entire property, we love to design dynamic landscaped spaces.

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Design finesse, meet technical credentials.

Your project needs both, and we dynamically adapt our services to suit.

Building or remodeling a single-family residence is a complex undertaking. As you embark on your project, you want a team with both design cred and deep technical knowledge. In fact, you need the right balance of both to create a home that functions and feels just right, and that stands the test of time.

A well-designed and constructed project should be sustainable in many ways. It needs to be a design you love, while remaining adaptable as the need for change arises. It should hold up to everyday use, and should take advantage of sustainability concepts and technologies appropriate for the environment and context of your home. A baseline sustainable practice is ensuring what you build is not unnecessarily harmful to the natural world, and can sustain under the pressures of time, adapting to a shifting environment.

Homes are composed of complex systems — it’s no joke when we talk about how a building lives and breathes. But so much of what makes a home livable, what helps it endure, and what makes it safe, is hidden from view. What’s inside your walls should be carefully considered to provide a safe, sustainable, and comfortable living environment, protecting both you and your investment in your home.

The complementary pairing of our knowledge of sustainable practices and building systems, with our deep passion for designing spaces that delight, feel natural, and unique to you, is what sets Board & Vellum projects apart. We love creating spaces you not only feel good about calling your own, but that simply feel good to live in.

Addition to a Craftsman home. – Craftsman in Blue – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Craftsman in Blue

Craftsman in Blue | Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman in Blue

Craftsman in Blue | Photo by Travis Peterson.

A remodeled kitchen with blue base cabinets and natural wood upper cabinets. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Minecraft House

Minecraft House | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Minecraft House

Minecraft House | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

The remodeled front yard of a home in Seattle’s North Beach neighborhood gives it refreshed curb appeal. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Reinvented Curb Appeal

With a smart new paint job with stained wood accents, and a new entry sequence through the redesigned front landscape, the home glows with warmth. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Reinvented Curb Appeal

With a smart new paint job with stained wood accents, and a new entry sequence through the redesigned front landscape, the home glows with warmth. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A view from the bedroom towards the bathroom in a remodeled home’s primary suite. – Custom Residential Design at Board & Vellum

What if I’m not sure?

Don’t worry. We know that architectural services are a big investment. We structure our services to help you refine not only what you wish for, but what you actually want to invest in.

Is my project too small? Too big?

We want to be the right fit for you. Our dynamic team is able to handle projects large and small. If we’re not exactly right for your project, we’ll point you in the direction of someone who may be.

Are there geographic limits I should keep in mind?

We’re based in Seattle, and we mostly work in the region, but don’t hesitate to ask: we have licenses in several states. While some travel may be required for remote sites, we offer virtual design meetings for convenience.

Cabins in Eastern Washington – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Deep Porches

Wide overhangs shelter open porches on each side of the cabins, with beautiful vistas of the surrounding landscape. Cabins in Eastern Washington | Photo by John Granen.

Deep Porches

Wide overhangs shelter open porches on each side of the cabins, with beautiful vistas of the surrounding landscape. Cabins in Eastern Washington | Photo by John Granen.

A home with a California feel and midcentury design feel with wood accents. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Peek Into the Dining Room

A deep passage connects the living room space to the dining room. This area accommodates pantry storage on the dining room side, while allowing for built-in bookshelves, accessible by library ladder, on the living room side. Fremont High-Performing Home | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Peek Into the Dining Room

A deep passage connects the living room space to the dining room. This area accommodates pantry storage on the dining room side, while allowing for built-in bookshelves, accessible by library ladder, on the living room side. Fremont High-Performing Home | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Queen Anne Gambrel – Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Putting Down Roots

Introducing order and ease of maintenance to the garden helps this busy family stay out of the weeds. Queen Anne Gambrel | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Putting Down Roots

Introducing order and ease of maintenance to the garden helps this busy family stay out of the weeds. Queen Anne Gambrel | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Let’s make the design process personal.

As your project evolves, we meet you exactly how and where you need us, whether this whole thing is new to you and a little overwhelming, or if it’s not your first rodeo and you’re at ease with the process.

Designing a truly great home requires a comprehensive creative process, and an iterative one at its most effective. There are always unknowns at the beginning, and we know that can be a bit nerve-wracking. Our team is experienced and thoughtful, always keeping in mind that even though we do this every day, we know you will have all kinds of questions.

Our process is inclusive, informative, and designed to get you up to speed and equipped to make meaningful, confident decisions. We roll deep with an awesome, interdisciplinary team, so as the inevitable questions arise, we’ve got the answers you need.

It’s important to our entire team to develop options that feel right to you, and we’re passionate about working with people who love design as much as we do.

Sketches of floor plan options during the Schematic Design phase of a home remodel project. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Three Schematic Design Options: Floor Plan A

Option A maintains most of the existing layout of the house. The focus is on bringing in light from the south, moving the entry location to the north, and integrating the elevator into the existing stair core. Sketches by Board & Vellum team.

Three Schematic Design Options: Floor Plan A

Option A maintains most of the existing layout of the house. The focus is on bringing in light from the south, moving the entry location to the north, and integrating the elevator into the existing stair core. Sketches by Board & Vellum team.

Sketches of floor plan options during the Schematic Design phase of a home remodel project. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Three Schematic Design Options: Floor Plan B

Option B expands the living space over the existing deck and connects the deck with the landscape below. The existing front door remains, and a back door opens to a foyer. Sketches by Board & Vellum team.

Three Schematic Design Options: Floor Plan B

Option B expands the living space over the existing deck and connects the deck with the landscape below. The existing front door remains, and a back door opens to a foyer. Sketches by Board & Vellum team.

Sketches of floor plan options during the Schematic Design phase of a home remodel project. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Three Schematic Design Options: Floor Plan C

Option C includes a detached garage and expands the deck both to the south and east. Folding doors wrap around the living room and open to an outdoor kitchen. Sketches by Board & Vellum team.

Three Schematic Design Options: Floor Plan C

Option C includes a detached garage and expands the deck both to the south and east. Folding doors wrap around the living room and open to an outdoor kitchen. Sketches by Board & Vellum team.

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Context, connection, and other amazing benefits of an interdisciplinary studio.

No matter what type of project plan you’re hatching, our interdisciplinary team of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects is an invaluable asset to address any and all needs that may arise.

Every Board & Vellum project team knows they have enthusiastic, passionate colleagues ready to jump in when a new idea emerges or something unexpected pops up. We’re a curious bunch surrounded by inspired design every single day; we can’t help but share knowledge among us. So, you’ll work with an unusually well-informed team with a deep understanding of how all the pieces can and should fit together, even outside your project scope.

We get answers and find creative solutions to complex problems — keeping your project moving forward so you can start enjoying your new space as soon as possible.

Here are some highlights from our custom residential 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.

Seward Park Gables – Board & Vellum
Vaulting Ceilings into Former Attic Space

Seward Park Gables

Where there once were low, flat ceilings, there are now exposed trusses and metal collar ties contributing to the architectural drama of these newly-opened gabled spaces completely transforming the character of this home.

A kitchen with a California feel: blue painted base cabinets and bright red accents.
A Green Home with Midcentury Cali Vibes

Fremont High-Performing Home

This sustainably-minded home features solar panels, a rainwater cistern for graywater irrigation, sheep’s wool insulation, passive cooling strategies, and more.

Backyard Reading Retreat – Board & Vellum
Transforming an Overgrown Backyard

Backyard Reading Retreat

This petite backyard shed and yard are an urban oasis: the perfect place to relax and recharge in the busy city with a great book, take a dip in the hot tub, or enjoy the fire pit.

Personalized Spaces in an Elaborate Custom Home

Snohomish Estate

Rebuilt from its foundations, this home is customized — down to the smallest detail — for the homeowners and their family.

Woodinville Pivot – Modern Interior Design – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential Interiors

Woodinville Pivot

Bold artwork and bright accents paired with a calm and natural supporting palette give this ’70s-era home a bright, light, and balanced contemporary look.

Cantilevered Home – Modern Cantilevered Residence – Board & Vellum
A New Home Above Puget Sound

Modern Cantilevered Residence

Sited on a steep cliff with tremendous water views, this cantilevered home embraces the sweeping views both physically and visually, reaching out to the water.

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.

Hourly vs. Fixed-Fee Billing: What's the difference? – Board & Vellum

Hourly vs. Fixed-Fee Billing: What is the Difference?

How do you decide between hourly vs. fixed-fee billing? Here is how these two billing methods work, and why you might prefer one over the other.

Do Architects Advocate for the Client or for the Architect? – Group sketching plans. – Board & Vellum

Do Architects Advocate for the Client or for the Architect?

Does an architect or designer advocate for your interests or for theirs? We believe your design team should advocate for you, and here’s how.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

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