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Outdoor Living, Landscape Refreshes, Residential Estates

Residential Landscapes

Designing dynamic, landscaped sites extending your living spaces from inside to out.

We’re landscape geeks happy to talk all day about our favorite flowering trees, the optimal spot for that fire pit, or how to configure the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. And we can turn around and back it up with the critical technical skills to address code requirements, setbacks, and coordination with engineers.

Our region has some complicated rules about what you can and cannot do on your property. We’ll navigate the nitty-gritty aspects — like site analysis, feasibility studies, and the permitting process — so we can collaborate with you on what may delight you more, like how you’d like your landscape to look and feel across the seasons, and important questions like, “Where’s the best spot for that pizza oven?”

From big picture site planning to designing intricate custom details, from selecting the perfect plants and hot tub to building a cabana, we’ll think through all the options to transform your exterior spaces into verdant and adaptable outdoor environments making the most of our Pacific Northwest climate.

Gas fire pit in yard with comfortable seating. – Urban Yard at The Seattle Box – Board & Vellum
Urban Yard at the Seattle Box

Urban Yard at the Seattle Box | Photo by Derek Reeves.

Urban Yard at the Seattle Box

Urban Yard at the Seattle Box | Photo by Derek Reeves.

Dusk outside a blue home with a large raised port illuminated by exterior and interior lights. The garden surrounding the porch is verdant and green. — Residential Landscape Architecture by Board & Vellum
The Power of Light

Even as night descends, the new deck and green plantings feel bright and lively. Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival | Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

The Power of Light

Even as night descends, the new deck and green plantings feel bright and lively. Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival | Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Tall fencing, layered plantings, and gabion blocks form the edge of an outdoor room anchored with a fire pit to take the chill off cool nights. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum landscape architecture.
Sheltered Backyard Fire Pit

Tall fencing, layered plantings, and gabion blocks form the edge of an outdoor room anchored with a fire pit to take the chill off cool nights. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Sheltered Backyard Fire Pit

Tall fencing, layered plantings, and gabion blocks form the edge of an outdoor room anchored with a fire pit to take the chill off cool nights. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Tree of Life Backyard – Detail at natural stone pavers with ground cover. – Landscape architecture at Board & Vellum
Act Natural

A bridge spanning a dry riverbed of decorative stones and plants links the side and back yards. Tree of Life Backyard | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Act Natural

A bridge spanning a dry riverbed of decorative stones and plants links the side and back yards. Tree of Life Backyard | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Capitol Hill Landscape – Capitol Hill Craftsman – Board & Vellum
Capitol Hill Craftsman Landscape Design

Capitol Hill Craftsman Landscape Design | Photo by Derek Reeves.

Capitol Hill Craftsman Landscape Design

Capitol Hill Craftsman Landscape Design | Photo by Derek Reeves.

Putting down roots.

Landscape designers are future-scapers. We spend a lot of time imagining and planning for how what we’re doing today will change and grow over decades. This can encompass trees and plants, as well as issues related to drainage and climate change.

Landscape projects can also be subject to code and zoning requirements, so we’ll be sure to determine which structures, decks, or built elements, of what size, you can have where, as well as how to design around vegetation or other elements you want to maintain. Expertise in dealing with the various environmental overlays like steep slope designations and exceptional trees (yes, that’s a thing!) is critical when taking on any landscape project in the Pacific Northwest.

Master planning is an important element of projects that either take a while to mature, or you’d like to complete in phases. Together, we’ll talk about what might be next for your household, and create placeholders for DADUs or future additions to your home. The time we take now to prep for what might come next can save a lot of time, effort, and resources down the road.

Whatever the style or scope of your project, our goal is to work with you to create beautiful, landscaped spaces you can enjoy as they mature and evolve for years to come.

Rendered Site Plan – Residential Landscape Architecture at Board & Vellum
Rendered Site Plan

Woodinville Estate | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Rendered Site Plan

Woodinville Estate | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Comprehensive design services make fertile ground.

Landscape design grows naturally alongside architecture and interior design services.

Your yard and outdoor spaces don’t exist in isolation, they are an important part of your home, connecting visually and physically to everything on the property, inside and out.

Whether or not your project needs an architect or interior designer, our firm-wide cross-pollination of ideas is invaluable, and we all benefit from a deep pool of shared knowledge.

Maybe you know right from the get-go that your project needs the services of an architect — say, you want to reconfigure your roof to cover a new deck, or want to seamlessly blend your interior and exterior spaces with a large, folding glass wall. Or perhaps you’d like an interior designer to help you realize your vision for the beautiful lighting, furnishings, and fixtures you want in your new outdoor dining space.

Even if you don’t realize it until later, if your project scope evolves to need a multidisciplinary team — or simply a quick consult — our in-house teams are here to help, eliminating the need to find and coordinate with multiple design firms.

Remodels & Additions

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.

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.

Time to start planting a few seeds?

We’ll help you create long-lasting outdoor spaces that will grow with you.

With our team as your partner navigating the process from design through construction, you won’t have to worry about getting too far down the garden path only to find out something you’re super excited about simply isn’t going to fly with building code and environmental requirements, or isn’t going to play nice with your budget.

To start your project off with a clear understanding of the lay of the land, we’ll photograph and document your yard using our 3D modeling drone. This enables us to get a bird’s eye view of what we’ve got to work with and how the old and new will fit together to meet both your “right now” and “years-from-now” needs.

Of course, just because we’re planning for the outside of your home doesn’t mean we won’t be thinking about how everything relates to the inside. Designing custom homes and landscapes is where it all started for Board & Vellum, and we’re a bit of a unicorn firm for offering deep residential knowledge from inside to out.

That firm-wide knowledge and our mission of constantly nurturing the balance of our design skills and critical technical credentials underpins our ability to create beautiful residential landscapes. We’d love to show how, translating your vision for your landscape into an outdoor space you’ll enjoy as an integral part of your home.

Here are some highlights from our residential landscapes 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.

Laurelhurst Landscape at the Tree+House – Board & Vellum
New
Landscape Architecture for a New Home

Laurelhurst Landscape at the Tree+House

Rebuilt from the ground up, the landscape design for this new home revolves around the site’s existing mature trees.

Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival - Board & Vellum
From Drab Drive to Private Getaway

Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival

A reinvention of a crumbling entry and compartmentalized outdoor spaces reconnect this home to the neighborhood and site.

A Year-Round Exterior Meditation & Relaxation Space

Tree of Life Backyard

Lush plantings, custom art pieces, integrated lighting, and more, helped transform this underused backyard into an oasis with seasonal interest.

Queen Anne Gambrel – Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living – Board & Vellum
Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living

Queen Anne Gambrel

A full yard remodel paired with a new kitchen and targeted architectural updates, this home features spaces perfect for this family’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Outdoor living room with a gas fire pit. – Urban Yard at The Seattle Box – Board & Vellum
A Small Yard Flush with Amenities

Urban Yard at The Seattle Box

This urban yard is not expansive, but it tucks in all the amenities you dream of for outdoor living, with landscaping designed to look fantastic, year-round.

Central District Edible Garden – Board & Vellum – Landscape Architecture & Site Design
Space for Urban Agriculture

Central District Edible Garden

Raised beds with integrated benches and full of flowers, fruits, and vegetables surround a fire pit in this yard designed for urban agriculture and entertaining.

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.

Questions to Ask a Landscape Architect or Site Design Team in an Interview – Board & Vellum

Questions to Ask a Landscape Architect or Site Design Team in an Interview

What should you ask a landscape architect you are interviewing? From design to fee, to timeline and more, here are ten questions you should ask before you hire.

Landscape Designer vs. Landscape Architect – Board & Vellum – Board & Vellum Landscape

Landscape Designer vs. Landscape Architect: What Is The Difference?

What’s the difference between a landscape designer and a landscape architect? Why would you want to hire one versus the other? Let’s get into the services each typically offers, and how that applies to your project.

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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