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Apartments, condos, townhomes, hospitality space, mixed-use…

What type of housing would you like to design, develop, or remodel?

In a dense and varied urban environment such as Seattle, homes come in all shapes and sizes. Just like single-family homes, multifamily projects are an essential piece of the urban fabric.

But this isn’t always easy to do well: successful multifamily projects must balance the needs of the building as a whole with the needs of the collection of individual homes within, all while being an asset to the community. Of course, that challenge excites us!

We give our multifamily residential projects the same care that we give our custom residential clients. And, we take pride in designing for neighborhoods, helping them become (or continue to be) sustainable and friendly to the greater city.

Seattle architecture firm Board & Vellum offers services in multifamily design, such as this new apartment and mixed-use building.

What sizes of multifamily projects do you work on?

We love to work with clients who are committed to being good neighbors. More than the size of a project, working with a team committed to building a long-lasting and special building is key. From urban rowhouses to larger apartment projects, we are committed to making every neighborhood we work in better.

What is your approach to the design process?

With multifamily projects, making the numbers work is essential. Our team is skilled in analyzing square footages and proforma while achieving a unique aesthetic that is warm, friendly, and fits into the neighborhood. We constantly balance the numbers with the “look” to distinguish the property in the market.

How do your projects benefit their neighborhoods?

Larger multifamily projects are giant additions to any neighborhood. We reach out to neighbors and, where applicable, provide a dynamic and desirable ground floor retail experience. Our integrated team of landscape architects, interior designers, and architects ensures that our ground floor and street experiences are wonderful additions to the existing urban fabric.

Here are some highlights from our multifamily portfolio.

Stream Dexios Apartments – Apartments in Westlake
New 80-Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Building

Stream Dexios Apartments

New construction for a 6-story + mezzanine mixed-use building with one story of below-grade parking and sweeping views from the rooftop.

Lucille on Roosevelt: New Apartment Development in Seattle
New Construction for a Mixed-Use Building

Lucille on Roosevelt

This multifamily development features 106 apartments and ample street-level commercial space, all with quick access to the future Roosevelt light rail station.

Harrison South: New Apartments in Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
New Apartments with an Owner’s Unit

Harrison South Apartments

This new apartment building is contextually traditional, respecting the fabric of the neighborhood, with a modern intervention.

A mosaic mural in the Jack Apartments is composed of salvaged cassette tapes reads,
Interior Design with FF&E for Multifamily Amenities

Jack Apartments: Amenity Refresh

This redesigned apartment complex on Capitol Hill gives off a nostalgic vibe inspired by Seattle’s music scene, featuring a mosaic mural composed of salvaged cassette tapes.


Renderings of proposed project.

In Development
New Lowrise Multifamily Development

Carkeek Park Townhomes

These proposed townhomes near Carkeek Park act as a buffer between a single-family neighborhood and a commercially-zoned area on a busy arterial street.

Architecture, Interior Design, FF&E for Model Unit Staging

Lucille Apartments: Unit Design & Model Unit Staging

Each unit in the Lucille on Roosevelt is designed to maximize natural light, comfort, and storage, with modern-yet-softened interiors. The staged model unit tells the design story of the whole building in its details.

Or, a couple of helpful blog posts.

Virtual Reality for Architecture: Experience Your Space Before You Build It – Board & Vellum

Virtual Reality for Architecture: Experience Your Space Before You Build It

With virtual reality, we can spin up a model of your project so you can experience it as close to real as it gets, rather than trying to understand it from 2D plans.

How long does it take to get a full building permit? – Board & Vellum

How Long Does It Take to Get a Full Building Permit?

How long it takes to get a full building permit varies, but here is what you can expect in Seattle so you can incorporate the additional time it takes for permit review into your project schedule.

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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