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Apartments, townhomes, residential amenity spaces, mixed-use…

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

In dense and diverse urban environments, homes come in all shapes and sizes. Like single-family homes, multifamily buildings are an essential component of the urban fabric, helping to build vibrant, healthy communities by creating housing solutions tailored to neighborhoods.

Whether designing new construction or renovating an existing property, our passion lies in working with clients who are committed to being good neighbors. More than the size of a development, we seek to collaborate with teams who value designing and building long-lasting and special projects.

From mid-rise residential or mixed-use apartment buildings to low-rise townhomes and residential complexes, we strive to make every neighborhood we work in more livable, more sustainable, and more able to support the health and wellness of the community.

New Residential & Mixed-Use Buildings

Apartments & Mixed-Use

With in-house design services in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, our dynamic teams collaborate on new mid-rise apartments and mixed-use developments. We are passionate about designing buildings and spaces to please the residents who live there, the developers behind them, and the surrounding community they share.

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New Low-Rise Housing Units and Communities

Townhouses

Whether small urban infill projects or larger communities of dense urban housing, our multidisciplinary team lends an experienced design eye to townhouse developments. Our goal is to create positive impacts on neighborhoods by providing well-designed, beautiful, sustainable dwelling spaces contributing to the diversity of housing options it takes to weave a healthy urban fabric.

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Refreshes & Renovations of Multifamily Properties

Multifamily Remodel & Repositioning

With in-house teams in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, we are uniquely positioned to collaborate on the reinvention and repositioning of aging multifamily housing stock. Whether or not you already have a refreshed brand for the community, we’ll design the environment to attract your target resident, and breathe new life into your multifamily development.

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Balancing the numbers with the designed experience.

We design multifamily housing to please not only the building developer, but the people who live there.

Successful multifamily projects balance the requirements of the building as a whole with the needs of individual homes within, all while being an asset to the surrounding community. Buildings that delight lease up quickly.

Jurisdictional and code requirements for multifamily development play an outsized role on a project — while they limit what you can build, where, when, and how, we consider them an intriguing component of the puzzle. When you know the code inside and out, you know how to find creative solutions to the design challenge.

Making the numbers work is essential. Our team is skilled in analyzing square footages and proforma, and maximizing efficiencies, 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.

We facilitate transparent communication and fluid project coordination, allowing our design team to quickly identify opportunities to create lasting results appreciated by owners, developers, residents, and the community.

View of the clubroom amenity space at the Lucille on Roosevelt, where a dining table is nestled into the bend of a staircase made of heavy timber.
Statement Stair

Formed of heavy timber, the club room stair to the roof top anchors the space. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Statement Stair

Formed of heavy timber, the club room stair to the roof top anchors the space. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A fire pit on the rooftop at the Lucille on Roosevelt. – Multifamily residential design and landscape architecture design by Board & Vellum.
A Fire Pit Anchor in a Gathering Space

A linear gas fire pit sits off-center in a rooftop seating node, allowing residents to adjust their distance from the warmth, and gather in large or small groups. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A Fire Pit Anchor in a Gathering Space

A linear gas fire pit sits off-center in a rooftop seating node, allowing residents to adjust their distance from the warmth, and gather in large or small groups. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Navigating the permitting process.

We are intimately familiar with Seattle and neighboring jurisdictions’ complex permitting processes.

Whether or not you already know the ropes (or red tape?), let us leverage our experience and connections on your behalf to efficiently guide your project through the permit and development process. Our team stays on top of changes in the evolving Pacific Northwest housing market so we always have a good grip on current trends and jurisdictional and code requirements.

The City of Seattle permitting process — especially for multifamily housing development — is comprehensive with many time-sensitive and interrelated moving parts. As appropriate for your project, we’ll shepherd it through everything from Early Design Guidance and meeting with the Design Review Board, to obtaining Master Use Permits, building permits, phased permits, early grading permits, and more.

With decades of collective experience in the Seattle market, we are deeply embedded in the nuances of the process. We speak the language. We ask all the right questions. We understand the timelines and the deliverables and their impact on the project schedule, and therefore the owner’s budget. We can help.

Our skill at navigating permitting applies to jurisdictions across the Pacific Northwest.

Our team’s deep and ever-evolving knowledge of how to guide multifamily projects through the entitlement, review, and permitting processes also extends to jurisdictions outside the Seattle area.

We regularly work on projects around the state of Washington — from Bellingham to Wenatchee to Spokane — and we have active projects in other states, as well. We know which questions to ask in a new area so we can get up to speed quickly and keep your project moving efficiently.

While Washington is our home turf, if you are considering a project further afield, don’t hesitate to ask. We maintain licenses in multiple states, and we can also partner with design firms in your project’s locale to provide collaborative services.

A large lobby amenity space is broken down into smaller seating areas. – Multifamily remodel by Board & Vellum
Smaller Spaces in a Larger Room

The lobby lounge is quite large — breaking it down into smaller areas of varied seating types allows the spaces to feel more human-scaled, encouraging residents to spend time there, rather than simply pass through on their way elsewhere. Jack Apartments: Amenity Refresh | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Smaller Spaces in a Larger Room

The lobby lounge is quite large — breaking it down into smaller areas of varied seating types allows the spaces to feel more human-scaled, encouraging residents to spend time there, rather than simply pass through on their way elsewhere. Jack Apartments: Amenity Refresh | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Rendering of a proposed townhome development near Carkeek Park in Seattle.
Carkeek Park Townhomes

Carkeek Park Townhomes | Rendering of proposed project.

Carkeek Park Townhomes

Carkeek Park Townhomes | Rendering of proposed project.

Rendering of the remodeled multifamily amenity spaces of a repositioned apartment complex.
Cooper Apartments

Cooper Apartments | Rendering of proposed project.

Cooper Apartments

Cooper Apartments | Rendering of proposed project.

Harrison South: New Apartments in Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum

Can I hire your architecture, interiors, or landscape architecture teams independently?

Yes. We advocate for the advantages of an in-house multidisciplinary team, but our teams can and do work independently or partnered with other design firms.

Do you work out of the Seattle area?

Frequently. Though we are based in Seattle and most of our projects are in Washington, we have licenses in several states. Out of the region? Ask us!

Do you work with private owners?

Absolutely. We are comfortable working with sole owners who may be new to developing property, as well as seasoned developers. We customize our services to meet your needs.

Stream Dexios Apartments – Apartments in Westlake
Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Stream Dexios Apartments

Stream Dexios Apartments | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

View of the living room towards the bedroom in a model unit apartment in the Lucille on Roosevelt, a new apartment building by Board & Vellum.
Creating Larger Spaces from Smaller Ones

Without a corner post at the pocketing partitions to the bedroom area, when open the individual spaces feel as part of a greater whole. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Creating Larger Spaces from Smaller Ones

Without a corner post at the pocketing partitions to the bedroom area, when open the individual spaces feel as part of a greater whole. Lucille on Roosevelt | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Rendering of a proposed townhome and apartment project in Shoreline, Washington.
Shoreline Townhome Community

Shoreline Townhome Community | Rendering of proposed project.

Shoreline Townhome Community

Shoreline Townhome Community | Rendering of proposed project.

Elevating design by leveraging efficiencies.

The secret sauce of an interdisciplinary practice.

They say you don’t know what you don’t know, and surprises can seriously throw a project off track — and schedule, and budget. With fully integrated architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture practices under one roof, we see the whole picture. We know who needs to be at the table when and who needs to be a part of which conversation, so decisions are fully considered at the right time, not the eleventh hour.

The complexities of larger project teams with more moving parts and dependencies — not to mention more eyes on the bottom line — makes an interdisciplinary studio an especially valuable partner on multifamily projects. We avoid the cost implications and schedule impacts of late-breaking suggestions from an outside team. Our design approach is comprehensive and informed right from the start, eliminating the fits and starts of discrete teams taking their turn at the drawing board.

And interestingly, an unspoken synergy happens amongst the various disciplines, even when it wasn’t intended. We learn from each other almost by accident. Ideas float freely and new solutions materialize like magic. Best of all, with plenty of runway for great design at the start, we save time while delivering beautifully integrated projects.

Here are some highlights from our multifamily portfolio.

No matter the type or size of project, we design buildings and spaces to please residents, owners, developers, and the larger community.

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.

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Renderings of proposed project.

On The Boards
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.

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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.

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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