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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.

Queen Anne Gambrel – Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living – Board & Vellum
New
Integrated Design for Indoor/Outdoor Living

Queen Anne Gambrel

A full yard remodel paired with a new kitchen and targeted architectural updates, this home features spaces perfect for this family’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Cloverdale House – Second Story Addition by Board & Vellum
Updated
A New Second Story & Full Remodel

Cloverdale House

It might look like a whole new house, but it is actually a second story addition on an existing single-family home now with water views.

Sunset Hill Overlook – Board & Vellum
New
A New Home on an Existing Foundation

Sunset Hill Overlook

Featuring a “flipped plan” — with the bedrooms on the first floor, and the living, kitchen, and dining spaces above — this home’s shared spaces enjoy expansive views from indoors and out.

Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
New
Interior Remodel of a Downtown Seattle Condo

Condo at the Market

Refreshing a condominium unit once dominated by a beige materials palette with a modern aesthetic and an eye for tight architectural details.

Puget Sound Bluff Home – Cape Cod Style Remodel of a Historic Home with Water Views
New
Historic Cape Cod Style Home Remodel

Puget Sound Bluff Home

With a newly-opened plan, this Cape Cod style home has a kitchen worth hanging out in all day, and water views from nearly every room.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection – Architecture & Landscape Architecture by Board & Vellum
Preservation & Modernization of a Historic Home

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

After decades without an update, this old Craftsman home is restored, both with some modern adaptations and some beautiful original details.

Our custom residential posts.

Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Landscape Architecture

Seven Tips for Enjoying Your Outdoor Spaces All Winter Long

We think embracing the outdoors is key to fully enjoying the winter season. If you live in Seattle, you might be scratching your head. Enjoying the outdoors in all this rain? In short, yes! There’s so much to enjoy this time of year, so take a leaf out of Scandinavia’s book and prepare to get cozy.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Multifamily Residential

Tips for Ensuring Your Home Has Good Air Quality

With wildfire season continuing into the late fall and a global pandemic still keeping millions of people indoors, there's a lot going on in the world. Both these natural disasters have brought to the forefront the importance of ventilation for your health: well-designed ventilation in buildings is important to address present and future pandemics, wildfires, and other airborne pollutants.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Multifamily Residential

How a Heat Recovery Ventilator Can Make Your Home Healthier

Indoor air quality has never been a more pressing or popular target than it is today. With smoke from wildfires all over the West and the continuing global pandemic of COVID-19, many of us are wondering whether our indoor air is safe. The good news is: it can be, with the right systems in place.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential

Options for Updating Your HVAC System for Better Indoor Air Quality

There have been a lot of discussions and varied information on how the built environment affects the spread of COVID-19. Now, we are also seeing more intense wildfires and smoke than we’ve seen in the past decade. With both these environmental issues keeping people indoors, healthy ventilation strategies are more important than ever.

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Custom Residential, Interior Design

The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Toilets

Toilet options are a frequently asked question around here. Where do you start with so many options on the market? Luckily, our office manager, Katie, was able to pick our interior designers’ brains about everything toilets so you can go into your bathroom remodel with the info you need to pick the option right for you.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential

Five Takeaways From Remodeling Our Home As Our Own Contractor

With construction costs rising (and construction budgets feeling the pinch) it’s becoming more and more popular to self-perform at least some of the work on a remodel that might normally be left for a general contractor. Luckily, one of our architects, Kaysie, did just that not too long ago, and she’s sharing her five takeaways from the experience.

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Our custom residential sustainability practices.

Built Green Member

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

Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

Board & Vellum principal Jeff Pelletier, and a growing number of our team members, are Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHCs). Passive House is a science-based approach to sustainable design.

LEED Certified

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.

Fixr’s Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry 2019 – Jeff Pelletier at Board & Vellum

Fixr’s Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry 2020

In the architecture and construction industry, Fixr releases an annual list of who they consider experts in the construction industry. Jeff Pelletier has made the cut for the last four years!

Board & Vellum makes Expertise’s list of the Best Architects in Seattle, 2020.

Best Architects in Seattle: Expertise’s 2020 List

Expertise examined 138 architecture firms in the Seattle area and selected only 19 to make their list of Best Architects in Seattle, including Board & Vellum.

Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.

Best Seattle Architects: Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List

Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.

Board & Vellum wins 2020 Best of Houzz awards in the Design & Service categories.

Best of Houzz 2020: Design & Service

We are so appreciative of our fantastic clients, collaborators, and fans — with your support, we are excited to have been recognized for the 7th year in a row for Best of Houzz awards for both Design and Service. Thank you!

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards: Board & Vellum honored as

BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2019

We’re honored that BUILD magazine has named us the "Architecture & Interior Design Firm of the Year" in Washington state in their Sustainable Building Awards, 2019.

Best of Houzz 2019: Design & Service – Board & Vellum

Best of Houzz 2019: Design & Service

At six years, we’ve officially reached more than half a decade winning Best of Houzz badges! Many, many thanks to all our fantastic clients, collaborators, and fans out there — we appreciate your support.

Our custom residential team team members.

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

Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC®

Principal | Architect | Owner

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.

Sara Emhoff – Director, Residential Studio | Architect at Board & Vellum

Sara Emhoff, AIA

Director, Residential Studio | Architect

Sara has extensive experience with the unique challenges of single-family residential projects, having honed her practice on homes across a wide spectrum of sizes, styles, and budgets.

Zack Thomas – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Zack Thomas, PLA, LEED AP ND

Director, Site Design Studio | Landscape Architect

Zack co-launched B&V’s ”Site Design Studio,” and is excited to take on landscape projects of all shapes, sizes, and scales. He loves to get out of the city on weekends and makes a point of traveling to another country each year.

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

Brian Baker, AIA

Senior 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.

Christopher Palms – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

Christopher Palms, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate | Architect

Christopher is an experienced architect with lifelong interests in photography and music that have led him across the globe exploring how culture, buildings, language, and art unite us all.

Hyrel Mathias – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

Hyrel Mathias

Senior Associate | Residential Interiors Studio Lead

Hyrel has nearly a decade of experience in high-end residential interior design. When out of the office, she loves traveling, cooking for friends, and taking her dog Mowgli swimming.

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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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