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New Low-Rise Housing Units and Communities

Townhouses

Approaching design for townhomes with the belief they can be beautiful and sustainable additions to neighborhoods.

Townhomes should be anything but ordinary. With a balance of form and function, we offer a sophisticated alternative to the standard developments found in many low-rise zones.

From four-packs of townhouses on redeveloped infill lots to newly-developed communities with over 100 units, we invest the same care and design into townhome or rowhome housing, no matter the size or scope. More than the size of a project, it’s important to us to work with a team committed to building livable, long-lasting, conscientious communities.

Our teams work regularly with property owners who are new to the process, as well as with developers who are experienced homebuilders, both locally and nationwide.

Rendering of a proposed townhouse community in Shoreline, Washington.
Shoreline Townhome Community

Shoreline Townhome Community | Rendering of proposed project.

Shoreline Townhome Community

Shoreline Townhome Community | Rendering of proposed project.

Healthy communities support the interests and needs of a diverse population.

Townhouse developments should not be designed in isolation, but with consideration for their context. We put a premium on knowing what makes vibrant neighborhoods tick, and our interdisciplinary approach allows us to respond to the unique nuances of your site while activating and supporting the surrounding community with safe, pedestrian-friendly, human-scale design.

This holistic lens creates inviting communities that are thoughtful and sensitive to their frequent role as transitional elements between busier commercial districts and less dense residential zones. Rather than a uniform distribution of townhome units across a site, we design sites to contextually respond to the neighborhood around them — we believe new projects should be good neighbors.

Often located to provide easy access to mass transit, developments must also accommodate the needs of a residential population commuting via car. Carefully considered site and building design can create solutions to please both these populations. Protected, car-free environments for pedestrians can form beautiful street walls for the community; meanwhile, designated space for parking can be situated where it makes sense for access, safety, and aesthetics.

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 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 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.

Riverfront Place Townhomes in Wenatchee – Board & Vellum
Modern Farmhouse as Townhome

A nod to their surrounding agricultural context, these townhomes’ repeating gable roofs represent a modern form of the traditional American farmhouse. Riverfront Place Townhomes | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Modern Farmhouse as Townhome

A nod to their surrounding agricultural context, these townhomes’ repeating gable roofs represent a modern form of the traditional American farmhouse. Riverfront Place Townhomes | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

New developments require comprehensive teams.

We offer architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design, all under one roof.

Collaboration with landscape architecture and site design is a crucial piece of the puzzle for townhouse developments — offering the service in-house means we are able to collaborate early on the layout of a property, leading to more holistic design solutions integrating indoor and outdoor spaces.

In areas of dense housing, connection and access to the outdoors is essential for the health and happiness of residents. Not to mention, desirable outdoor rooms and spaces are so attractive to urban dwellers, they can be the deciding factor in choosing a place to live.

The engagement of a site design team is essential for the efficient development of larger communities, and eases the process even for small infill developments, which still must comply with zoning, greenspace, and drainage requirements.

Our interior design team has extensive experience with multifamily developments, and can not only lend their knowledge to specifying interior finish packages, but can also help select fixtures and finishes for outdoor amenity spaces. We also offer services to select furnishings and accessories to stage a model unit that can speak to the imagination of potential tenants or buyers.

Of course, all our teams — architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design — also work with outside firms, and we are happy to be a part of your project team in the way that works best for you.

Collaboration is second nature to us, and years of working so closely with cross-disciplinary teams means we know which shared issues are key to resolve when, and how.

Sketch rendering of a central green space for a townhouse development.
Central Green Space

North Seattle Townhomes | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Central Green Space

North Seattle Townhomes | Rendering by Board & Vellum team.

Let’s collaborate to design townhouses residents will love.

We’re committed to building sustainable, supportive communities of townhomes.

Townhomes are an important component of the urban fabric. Healthy cities support the needs of diverse communities: young families, elders, multigenerational households — those living alone, and those living with others. Neighborhoods and housing should allow residents to choose how they engage with the world, providing options for both sanctuary and community-building.

Greenspaces and walkable communities shouldn’t be a novelty. It’s possible to support the needs of pedestrians and mass-transit users and those that rely on personal vehicles; it’s not binary, but it does take a creative, knowledgeable design team.

With experience in designing and permitting complex townhouse and hybrid townhome/apartment communities not only in the Seattle area, but across the state of Washington, we can be that team for you. We’re excited to hear how we can help.

Here are some highlights from our portfolio of townhouse projects.

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

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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.

Riverfront Place Townhomes in Wenatchee – Board & Vellum
On The Boards
Mixing Modern Luxury With Country Comfort

Riverfront Place Townhomes

Designed with comfort and community in mind, these new townhomes balance modern sustainability practices with farmhouse charm.

Bitter Lake Townhouses – Board & Vellum
On The Boards
New Townhomes Along Greenwood Avenue

Bitter Lake Townhouses

Nestled on a site with a mature tree canopy, this new townhouse development forms a pedestrian-centric community along a busy arterial in North Seattle.

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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