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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.

Capitol Hill Apartments – Board & Vellum
Under Construction
A New Apartment Building

Capitol Hill Apartments

This new apartment building aims to maintain the best of Capitol Hill, while making room for more to share this great community.

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.

Lucille on Roosevelt – Hive 68th & Roosevelt – Board & Vellum
Under Construction
New Construction for a Mixed-Use Building

Lucille on Roosevelt

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

The Eden Interiors – Interior Design and Staging for Apartments – Board & Vellum
Interior Design & Model Unit Staging

The Eden Interiors

With all new interiors, these apartments give off a classic-yet-current vibe designed to attract their target client: young professionals with an eye for Instagrammable spaces.

Under Construction
New Townhomes for Families

The Shoreline Row

The gabled roofs and traditional details of these townhomes complement the neighborhood character, while the interiors feature the modern, open plans that so many buyers seek.

Green Lake Urban Infill – Street Front Rendering from of Green Lake Apartments on Ravenna Boulevard
Proposed Apartments with Café Space Below

Green Lake Urban Infill

Two blocks from Green Lake, overlooking scenic Ravenna Boulevard, this apartment building with ground-floor retail space is a highly desirable urban location.

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, third places, 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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