Our custom residential services.

Remodels, Additions, New Construction

Custom Residential

From small remodels to the construction of new homes, single-family residences are somewhat of a signature around here. We love working with clients to bring their dreams to life. Whether you have an older home or a modern marvel, or whether you prefer a contemporary or traditional style (or both!), we’ve got the team for you.

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Our custom residential portfolio projects.

Colonial Restoration On The Hill – Board & Vellum – Historic Colonial home on Capitol Hill, viewed from the street.
Custom Residential, Historic Preservation

Colonial Restoration On The Hill

The historic restoration and repair of a Colonial Revival mansion damaged by fire. From the ornate wood to elaborate plaster, this home is a historic gem.

Craftsman in Blue – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential

Craftsman in Blue

A three-story addition to a Craftsman home that gives a family room to play, while respecting the home's classic Craftsman details, and making sure there is still plenty of space for a great backyard.

Refresh on the Ravine – Remodel on a Steep Slope – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential

Refresh on the Ravine

This remodel on a steep slope cantilevers a new deck so as not to harm the ravine below and takes advantage of the view through expansive efficient windows.

Sliding mirrors in the master bath. – Remodel in a Tudor-style home: Morning Light Master – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design

Morning Light Tudor

This contemporary remodel in a Tudor-style home tucks a master suite that basks in the morning light under the steep gables of the existing Seattle house.

Hidden Alley Apartment – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential

Hidden Alley Apartment

This alley apartment is attached to the back of a commercial building, and was transformed from dark and dingy to light-filled and landscaped.

A House for Bear – Remodel on Federal – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design

A House for Bear

This remodel on Federal Avenue in Seattle opens up the kitchen to the social spaces for modern living, while preserving the historic details of the home.

Our custom residential posts.

Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design

Where Should I Splurge on Design?

Remodeling your home, or building a new one, is an exercise in compromise. There will always be more money you can spend and more things that you want. So, getting the most out of your project involves knowing how to compromise wisely. So, where should you splurge on design?

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Custom Residential

Is My House Ugly? If You Love It, Maybe Not!

When you design houses for a living, sometimes, you end up designing things you think are ugly, but you do it anyway because your clients think it's perfect. It's your house, not ours, and at Board & Vellum, we are here to design a home you love, even if we'd do it differently on our own.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Landscape Architecture

How to Create an Outdoor Space you Love

Sometimes, it takes the quiet moments on a peaceful vacation to remind you of some of the great things back at home. In this case, a trip to Costa Rica reminds Jeff about all the things that come together to create an outdoor room that you love, even in our rainy Seattle weather.

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Custom Residential

Designing a House into a Home

Emotion and personalization turn a house into a home, and when you're talking about designing your living space, this is incredibly important. Read about how our design process at Board & Vellum helps us make the leap from a great design (that is still just a house) to a home that our clients will love.

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Custom Residential

On the Boards: Alki Midcentury Remodel

Ever wondered how projects go from start to finish at Board & Vellum? You're in luck: this month we are kicking off a new series where we follow a project the whole way. The first project in the series is the Alki Midcentury Remodel, so join us to read about how it evolves!

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Custom Residential

Before and After: Sound Landing

We gutted this 1960s home to the studs, opening up the floor plan to take advantage of sweeping views of Puget Sound. Check out the "Before & After" shots to see how this home transformed from "Harvest Gold" and dropped ceilings with wood paneling, into a light and bright home with classic details that will age gracefully.

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Our custom residential sustainability practices.

Built Green Member
Custom Residential

Built Green Member

Board & Vellum is a proud member of Built Green, and we’re thrilled to announce that our Ballard Locks Residence is certified 4-Star Built Green.

Certified Passive House Consultant
Custom Residential

Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

Board & Vellum principal Jeff Pelletier is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Passive House is a science-based approach to sustainable design.

LEED Certified
Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Multi-Family Residential

LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

Our team consists of several LEED-accredited professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of contemporary sustainable practices.

Our custom residential recognition stories.

Houzz Best of 2017: Design and Service
Custom Residential, Interior Design, News

Best of Houzz 2017: Design & Service

Voted in by our clients and Houzz users for the 4th year in a row, Board & Vellum wins 2017 Best of Houzz badges for Design and Service.

Best of Houzz 2016: Design & Service
Custom Residential, News

Best of Houzz 2016: Design & Service

Voted in by our clients and Houzz users for the 3rd year in a row, Board & Vellum wins 2016 Best of Houzz awards for Design and Service.

Best of Houzz 2015: Design, Service, Influencer, Recommended
Custom Residential, Interior Design, News

Best of Houzz 2015: Design & Service

Voted in by our clients and Houzz users for the 2nd year in a row, Board & Vellum wins 2015 Best of Houzz awards for Design and Service.

Built Green Certified: 4-Star Rating
Custom Residential, Going Green, News

Built Green Certified 4-Star Rating for Ballard Locks Residence

Our Ballard Locks Residence is now Built Green Certified with a 4-Star rating. Many thanks to wonderful clients and the team at Hammer & Hand!

Lego Lounge Goes Viral
Custom Residential, Interior Design, News

Houzz TV Features Jeff’s Seattle Box Remodel & LEGO Lounge

While filming our Seattle Box remodel, Houzz TV created a second video featuring Jeff's LEGO lounge, and it's going viral!

Best of Houzz 2014: Design and Service
Custom Residential, Interior Design, News

Best of Houzz 2014: Design & Service

Voted in by our clients and Houzz users for the 1st time, Board & Vellum wins 2014 Best of Houzz awards for Design and Service.

Our custom residential team members.

Jeff Pelletier – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC

Principal, Architect

In 2011, Jeff founded Board & Vellum in his attic and has forged ahead with excitement ever since. Architecture aside, he is a huge advocate for traveling, and takes LEGO really seriously.

Breanna McBride – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Breanna McBride, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Project Associate, Architect

With a love of art and math, Breanna enjoys both the aesthetic and the technical sides of architecture. When she’s away from the office, she loves to travel, cook, enjoy the outdoors, and to curl up with a great book.

Brian Baker – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Brian Baker, AIA

Project Associate, Architect

Brian has over a decade of residential design and construction experience. Beyond architecture, Brian is our resident music fanatic, and a Vienna Secession art and design obsessive.

Chris Parker – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Chris Parker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Project Associate, Architect

After traversing from Hawaii to New York, Chris is thrilled to finally have landed in the Pacific Northwest. Besides his passion for architecture, he loves cooking Hawaiian food, and trying local microbrews.

Fabiola Vargas – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Fabiola Vargas, Associate AIA

Project Associate

Fabiola has been passionate about architecture and the arts since the age of 12. When out of the office, she volunteers with the AIA, the Seattle Architecture Foundation, and the Fremont Arts Council.

Hayley Buckbee – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Hayley Buckbee

Project Associate

Passionate about architecture and art, Hayley is the curator of B&V’s By Others gallery space. Outside of B&V, she is a principal at RSVR visual research, an exploratory and interdisciplinary design and fabrication practice.

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Our Story

Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.

Our Process

Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.

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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