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Our custom residential services.

Reinventing Your Home, Inside & Out

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. Old or new, traditional or contemporary, and everything in between — we’ve got the team for you.

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New Construction, Whole-House Transformations

Custom Homes

Designing and building a custom home from the ground up can be both deeply personal and highly complex. Our integrated design teams — architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture — can help you navigate the process with ease to create a home and property you love from indoors to out.

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Reinvented Homes and Spaces

Remodels & Additions

Our teams delight in home remodel projects of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Whether you’re adding on or remodeling in place, love a traditional look or prefer a sleek, modern feel — we relish the challenge of transforming a house that’s not quite right into a home you love.

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Finishes, Fixtures, Furnishings, Function, Flow

Residential Interiors

The finishing touches interior design adds to a project make it feel truly special and uniquely personal. From simply helping to select a few finishes, to engaging in comprehensive interior design services, our interiors team loves to collaborate with you to create beautiful, meaningful spaces you’ll be delighted to call home.

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Outdoor Living, Landscape Refreshes, Residential Estates

Residential Landscapes

Our site design team cohesively blends indoor and outdoor living with beautiful, functional spaces lush and verdant with life. Whether you simply need a backyard refresh, or if you’re seeking comprehensive design services for your entire property, we love to design dynamic landscaped spaces.

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Our custom residential portfolio projects.

Volunteer Park Residence Refresh – Board & Vellum
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Returning Everyday Comfort to a Historic Home

Volunteer Park Residence Refresh

Previously a bed and breakfast, this stately historic home returns to family home with an extensive interior remodel that celebrates its original style and elevates its everyday comfort.

Snoqualmie Valley View Home – Board & Vellum
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Snoqualmie Valley View Home | Photo by Cindy Apple

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An Interior & Exterior Home Transformation

Snoqualmie Valley View Home

With sweeping views of the Snoqualmie Valley and the forests around Fall City, this home was updated to suit modern family life.

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Bold Interiors Balancing Modern & Traditional

Judkins Park Jewelbox Victorian

Rescuing and revitalizing a damaged historic home with creative colors and a surprising blend of styles.

Mount Baker Historic Craftsman - Before & After Pair – Board & Vellum
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Classic Restoration Meets Modern Living

Mount Baker Historic Craftsman

This classic Craftsman home had great bones, but needed a remodel, restoration, and a refresh to take it into its next 100 years, adapted for a modern lifestyle.

Backyard Artist Studio – Board & Vellum
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Backyard Artist Studio | Photo by Meghan Montgomery

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Relaxing Creative Spaces in a Backyard Oasis

Backyard Artist Studio

After a transformative update to this urban backyard, the addition of a new yoga and artist studio shines in a flourishing backyard with organic siting, playful materials, and creative details.

Magnolia Kitchen – Board & Vellum
Expanding a Kitchen for Everyday Entertaining

Magnolia Kitchen

This updated kitchen and bar create a gathering space comfortable enough for everyday use, yet sophisticated enough for elegant dinner parties.

Our custom residential posts.

Backyard Artist Studio – Board & Vellum
Layering of Space

The backyard oasis is comprised of layered spaces and programs — framed by the new garage and studio, and the main house. Backyard Artist Studio | Photo by Meghan Montgomery

Custom Residential, Landscape Architecture

Using Drones for Site Planning

You’ve probably heard of drone technology — but did you know it can be an effective tool for design projects? We’re breaking down all the ways drone technology can improve your project, create efficiencies, and help you collaborate with your design team.

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Custom Residential

Do I Need a Feasibility Study?

A lot of questions come up when you embark on a design project. A lot of questions come up before embarking on a design project! A feasibility study, especially for complex or potentially complicated sites or projects, might be just what you need to kick off a successful project.

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Custom Residential

Fireplace Options For Your Home

If you’re considering adding a fireplace to your home or restoring an existing fireplace, the options may seem overwhelming. There are many things to consider, like aesthetic goals, ambiance, and sustainability. Luckily, we've assembled this essential guide on fireplaces to help you decide what’s right for you.

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Custom Residential, Historic & Traditional

Navigating Updates to Historic Homes

Are you curious about updating your landmarked home, or your home within a historic district? What kinds of considerations do you need to keep in mind? Is there anything you can’t do? What about things you have to do? These questions might seem overwhelming, but don't worry! We’re here to help.

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Custom Residential, Historic & Traditional

Updating Historic Homes Through Compatibility and Differentiation

When it comes to updating historic homes, there are a lot of routes you can take. Many approaches to designing remodels and additions of historic homes seek to balance two concepts: compatibility and differentiation. Let’s explore what these concepts mean and how do they play out in design.

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Custom Residential, Historic & Traditional

Landmarks vs. Historic Districts vs. Historic Homes

Do you have an older home and ever wondered whether it’s “historic?” There are a lot of phrases thrown around to describe different types of older homes, but what do they mean? And what does it mean if they apply to your home? Here, we dive into the world of historic homes!

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Our custom residential sustainability practices.

LEED Certified

LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

Our team includes many LEED-accredited professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of contemporary sustainable practices across disciplines and sectors.

Living Building Challenge

Living Building Challenge

We have multiple team members with experience on Living Building or other ILFI-certified projects, the most rigorous green building certification in the world.

Certified Passive House Consultant

Certified Passive House Consultant

Board & Vellum Managing Principal, Jeff Pelletier, was one of the first Certified Passive House Consultants in the state, and a growing number of our team members are also certified.

Built Green Member

Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties

Board & Vellum is a proud member of Built Green, and our team is thrilled to have collaborated on dozens of Built Green projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Our custom residential recognition stories.

Best of Houzz 2023-2024: Design

Best of Houzz 2023 & 2024: Design

In 2023 and 2024, we were recognized for Design on Houzz. We’re always grateful for the continued support of our wonderful clients and dedicated collaborators. Here’s to being recognized for the 11th years in a row!

Board & Vellum is named one of Home Builder Digest’s Best Architecture Firms in Seattle, Washington.

Best Architectural Firms in Seattle

Board & Vellum is honored to be named as one of Home Builder Digest’s Best Architectural Firms in Seattle, Washington.

Jeff makes Fixr’s 2023 list of Top 100 Architects Influencing the Industry.

Fixr’s Top 100 Architects Influencing the Industry 2023

Jeff has been selected as one of Fixr’s Top 100 Architects Influencing the Industry, among other professionals seeking innovative solutions with an eye toward future needs.

Board & Vellum is honored with a 2023 REX/T-REX Award for Interior/Exterior Remodel Excellence.

2023 REX/T-REX Award for Interior/Exterior Remodel Excellence

Our Sand Point Home Theater & Backyard Pavilion project was honored with a 2023 REX/T-REX award for Residential Remodel Excellence for an Interior/Exterior Remodel.

Board & Vellum is honored with a 2023 REX/T-REX Award for a Basement/Get Away Room.

2023 REX/T-REX Award for a Basement/Get Away Room

Our Sand Point Home Theater & Backyard Pavilion project was honored with a 2023 REX/T-REX award for Residential Remodel Excellence for a Basement/Get Away Room.

Board & Vellum earns Best of Houzz for “Design” for the 9th year in a row.

Best of Houzz 2022: Design

We enjoy the collaborative process of our work — with 80 five-star reviews on Houzz, we’re thrilled to see our clients and collaborators are happy, too. We are excited to be recognized for Design for the 9th year in a row.

Our custom residential team team members.

Jeff Pelletier is the Managing Principal and Founder of Board & Vellum, an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm in Seattle, Washington.

Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC®

Managing Principal, Founder

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 is a Principal of single-family homes at Board & Vellum, an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm in Seattle, Washington.

Sara Emhoff, AIA

Principal, Architecture

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.

Robin Quinn is the Director of Single-Family Interiors at Board & Vellum, an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm in Seattle, Washington.

Robin Quinn, NCIDQ, LEED GA

Director, Interior Design

Robin is delighted by the imaginative journey her interior design career has taken. In every project, she likes to celebrate the unexpected, especially the “ah-ha” moments where work and planning come together into a cohesive design.

Zack Thomas is the Principal of Landscape and Site Design at Board & Vellum, an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm in Seattle, Washington.

Zack Thomas, PLA

Director, Landscape & Site Design

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.

Terry Phelan is Director of Sustainable Practice at Board & Vellum, an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm in Seattle, Washington.

Terry Phelan, AIA

Director, Sustainable Practice

Terry is passionate about educating the public and mentoring designers on the benefits of sustainable design. When she isn’t writing, teaching, or podcasting on the subject, Terry’s spending time in her garden!

Yi-Chun Lin is the Director of Integrated Practice at Board & Vellum, an architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture firm in Seattle, Washington.

Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA

Director, Architecture, Landscape & Site Design

Yi-Chun’s diverse experience across typologies and sectors enables her to guide collaborative project teams on commercial, multifamily, and single-family projects, connecting culture, environment and the human experience through design.

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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, 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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