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New Construction, Whole-House Transformations

Custom Homes

Tried-and-true traditional, modern marvel, or the perfect hybrid, we delight in designing single-family homes customized for you.

Your personal space is, well, personal. And it doesn’t get any better than designing a completely custom home from the ground up. Of course, there’s a lot to think through and thousands of decisions to be made, but don’t worry — we’ll dig deep to fully understand your wants, needs, and exactly how you’d like your world to work before we ever put pen to paper.

We know this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so why not make it enjoyable? The good news? We’ve done this before and are excited to guide you through the process. We are passionate about designing single-family homes, and it shows through in our collaborative process.

Our creative, experienced team will provide you with the information you need to handle decisions large and small, from inside to out. So, whether you want to be a part of every single detail, or prefer to let the professionals narrow things down for your final thumbs-up, we’ve got you.

Backyard Reading Retreat – Board & Vellum
Surrounded by Green

Even with the removal of the overgrown vegetation this space was designed to bring a clean and green feel to it, aided by the towering nearby trees and strategically placed lawn and planting beds within the backyard. Backyard Reading Retreat | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Surrounded by Green

Even with the removal of the overgrown vegetation this space was designed to bring a clean and green feel to it, aided by the towering nearby trees and strategically placed lawn and planting beds within the backyard. Backyard Reading Retreat | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Shelby House – Custom Home Design by Board & Vellum
Backyard Event Space

The back side of this waterfront home cradles the exterior space, allowing for gatherings to spill from indoors to out, taking in the views. Shelby House | Rendering of proposed project.

Backyard Event Space

The back side of this waterfront home cradles the exterior space, allowing for gatherings to spill from indoors to out, taking in the views. Shelby House | Rendering of proposed project.

Candelabra chandeliers over the kitchen island in a Craftsman home. – Board & Vellum Custom Home
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Craftsman Manor Resurrection | Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Craftsman Manor Resurrection | Photo by Travis Peterson.

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.

Plot lines and sustainable strategies.

Positioning a custom-built home on a property is both an art and a science. Before we even get into the building specifics, our integrated team does an in-depth site analysis to orient the home, taking full advantage of light, views, and changes of season. How your house is situated on the lot is a key factor in how we’ll create enjoyable spaces, both indoors and out.

Even if a home is not targeting specific sustainable credentials such as Net Zero or Passive House, we always look for optimal placement and take full advantage of the natural conditions and resources of the property. Passive strategies for heating and cooling existed long before much of the technology we have at our fingertips today, and there’s no good reason to pass up a simple way to make a home more pleasant to inhabit.

Beyond sustainable strategies, working with different municipalities, each with its own zoning requirements, environmentally critical area overlays, and diverse site constraints can require a certain amount of finesse to navigate. Shoreline environments have their own particular set of challenging nuances. We’ve traveled these paths before, and advocate for our clients to ensure a happy ending to your version of the story.

Rendered Perspective View – Custom Homes at Board & Vellum
View from the Southeast

Mercer Island Estate | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

View from the Southeast

Mercer Island Estate | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Let our multidisciplinary team guide your project.

You’ll find your way home faster when everything you need is right here.

Building from the ground up requires a number of discrete teams, but when those teams are already closely connected and speak the same design language, everything is more seamless.

We get deeper into the work faster, project management is smoother, and we find efficiencies often missed when the pieces of the puzzle are scattered across separate design firms.

Our comprehensive design services cover all the bases so your project won’t get hung up in coordination across multiple companies, philosophies, and processes. There’s already enough complication in a custom-designed home project — why add when you can simplify?

Connected at the most fundamental level, our entire team is ready, experienced, and at your service.

Residential Interiors

From a light touch to comprehensive services, our interiors team loves to collaborate with you to add the details that create beautiful, meaningful spaces you’ll love to call your own.

Residential Landscapes

The experience of your home doesn’t end at the walls of your house. Our site design team cohesively blends indoor and outdoor living with beautiful, functional spaces lush with life.

Is tailor-made your goal?

We are your advocate, collaborating with you to create a home you love.

Building a truly custom home should be the experience of a lifetime. These are deeply personal projects and our expertise, not to mention our passion, lies in working closely with our clients to deliver beautiful homes that simply feel “right.” Every single home Board & Vellum designs is a unique reflection of the people who live there. Designing details that delight you quite simply brings us joy.

Board & Vellum teams thrive on finding creative solutions to the complex design challenges a custom home presents. Collaboration is our secret sauce — the experience of our architecture, interiors, and landscape architecture teams, even when working independently on a project, is all backed up by our easy access to cross-disciplinary, in-house knowledge.

Successful projects share one thing in common: a balanced relationship between designer, contractor, and client. You are an essential part of the equation, and we’d love to show you how as we collaborate to bring your dream to life.

Here are some highlights from our custom homes portfolio.

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

Craftsman Manor Resurrection – Architecture & Landscape Architecture by Board & Vellum
Preservation & Modernization of a Historic Home

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

After decades without an update, this old Craftsman home is restored, both with some modern adaptations and some beautiful original details.

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.

Shelby House – Board & Vellum
Proposed New Waterfront Home

Shelby House

A new “Modern Tudor” home in a historic neighborhood presents formally to the street, while opening up to sweeping waterfront views off the back.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spec Home vs. Custom Home

Spec Home vs. Semi-Custom Home vs. Custom Home

When designing a new home, it’s important to understand the level of service you need: from spec home to a semi-custom home, to a fully custom home.

How to pay for a new custom home, like this modern home.

How To Pay For, Or Finance, a New Custom Home

Whether modern or traditional, a custom home can be designed to meet your family’s needs. You’ve just got to find a way to pay for it!

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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