Should you remodel your home, or build new? Learn what to consider when making this tough decision.

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.

Two bar stools at the counter in this Petite Condo Kitchen, by Board & Vellum.
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A Small, Highly-Functional Kitchen

Petite ADU Kitchen

With an integrated kitchen cabinet system from Henrybuilt, this kitchen has not only clean lines, but is highly functional, even for an avid home chef.

Modern Kitchen in a Craftsman Home – Board & Vellum
Kitchen Remodel & Addition

Modern Kitchen in a Craftsman Home

The minimalist details of this kitchen remodel and addition complement the detailing of this traditional home — a modern box inserted into a Craftsman home.

Vaulting Ceilings into Former Attic Space

Seward Park Gables

Where there once were low, flat ceilings, there are now exposed trusses and metal collar ties contributing to the architectural drama of these newly-opened gabled spaces completely transforming the character of this home.

Cabins in Eastern Washington – Board & Vellum
Two Sister Cabins on Two Ranches

Cabins in Eastern Washington

Two rustic cabins nestled into the land of two Eastern Washington ranches feature carefully-detailed exposed plywood paired with salvaged wood from an 1890s barn.

Green Lake Second Story Addition – Board & Vellum
Building Up on a Narrow House

Green Lake Second Story Addition

This full-house remodel and new second floor on a skinny, split-level home allowed a formerly-chopped-up main floor convert to an open plan with a warm, contemporary style.

Shelby House – Board & Vellum
Proposed New Waterfront Home

Shelby House

A new “Modern Tudor” home in a historic neighborhood presents formally to the street, while opening up to sweeping waterfront views off the back.

Our custom residential posts.

Custom Residential, Going Green

Designing a Sustainable Remodel

Designing a high-performance new home is straight-forward and time-tested. Designing a high-performance remodel can be a bit more complex and nuanced. Here are areas in which to focus your efforts so you can maximize the sustainable impact of your project, remodeling your space into a beautiful and high-performing home.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design

Do I Have Space for a Kitchen Island? (And Other Kitchen Island Questions)

Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, you can actually fit a kitchen island into a tighter space — you just have to design for it. Here are the details to keep in mind, as well as questions you’ll need to answer whether or not you have a small space to work with.

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Custom Residential

Spec Home vs. Semi-Custom Home vs. Custom Home

When designing a new home, it’s important to understand the level of service you’ll need to get the particular quality of new home you’re hoping for. From a spec home, to a semi-custom home, to a fully custom home — here are the differences between the levels of service and the quality of the end result.

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Custom Residential

The Benefits of Building a New Home vs. Remodeling an Old One

Remodeling a home is not always the right call — there are a lot of complicated factors at play (and we’re here to help). If you are wondering about the advantages of building a new home instead of remodeling an old one, here is a quick primer on the advantages of new construction.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential

Common Bathroom Floor Plans: Rules of Thumb for Layout

There are a few typical floor plans to consider when designing the layout for a bathroom in your house. These eight lessons illustrate the common plan options and describes the advantages and disadvantages of each. Of course, there are always exceptions, and a good designer can find a solution that meets your needs.

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Custom Residential

What to Think About When Designing a Cabin

When designing a cabin, what should you think about? What happens behind-the-scenes during the design process that results in a cabin that simply “feels right”? Read on for a bit of a peek at what guides us when collaborating with clients on a cabin project.

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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 is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). 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.

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.

Seward Park Gables Wins Two 2019 REX/T-REX Awards

Our Seward Park Gables project takes home not one, but two REX/T-REX Awards: for bath excellence and major remodel excellence.

Dwell Best of Design 2018 Awards – Backyard Reading Retreat – Board & Vellum

Dwell Best of Design 2018 Awards Nominee

We are excited to see the Backyard Reading Retreat nominated by Dwell as one of the “most inspiring projects featured on Dwell this year,” in the category of “Small Spaces” with five other nominees.

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

Fixr’s Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry 2019

How do you know who to listen to in a world flooded with content? Fixr is trying to help with their annual list of Top Experts in the Construction Industry, and Jeff Pelletier has made the cut for the last three years.

Historic Seattle Exemplary Restoration Award 2018 – PRAG House – Colonial Restoration on the Hill – Board & Vellum

Historic Seattle’s 2018 Exemplary Restoration Award

We are honored to accept Historic Seattle’s 2018 Exemplary Restoration Award for the PRAG House, the Colonial Restoration on the Hill.

Our custom residential team 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.

Aaron Dorn – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

Aaron Dornsmith

Associate | Architecture

Aaron is an Idaho native with a passion for both the built and the natural environments, believing the best architecture requires a carefully-designed balance between the two.

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

Brian Baker, AIA

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.

Charles Fadem – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Charles Fadem

Associate | Interior Design

Charles has a passion for interiors, and especially for creating Third Places. When he leaves for the day, you’ll find him ogling classic cars, working on his Mustang, or writing fiction, probably in a Third Place.

Christina Sanchez – Board & Vellum

Christina Sanchez

Associate | Intern

Christina joins us for an academic internship while earning a Master of Architecture. She relishes creating comfortable and sustainable structures connecting people with nature.

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

Christopher Palms, AIA, LEED AP

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.

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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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