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.

Cabins in Eastern Washington – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential

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.

Custom Residential

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.

Green Lake Second Story Addition – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design

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
Custom Residential, Landscape Architecture

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.

Leschi Lookout – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential

Leschi Lookout

A second story addition and full-house transformation to convert a short Cape Cod home into a Pacific Northwest Modern house with a fantastic view of the lake.

Backyard Reading Retreat – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Backyard Reading Retreat

This petite backyard shed and yard are an urban oasis: the perfect place to relax and recharge in the busy city with a great book.

Our custom residential posts.

Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multi-Family Residential, Retail

Virtual Reality for Architecture: Experience Your Space Before You Build It

Can you visualize a space from floor plans as if you were in it yourself? Don’t worry, most people can’t, and that sometimes makes it hard to communicate design ideas. Virtual reality can help with that — we can spin up a VR model so you can experience it as close to real as it gets.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design

Ten Tips For Designing a Great Small Bathroom

Judging from the number of sub-par small bathrooms out there leaving you wanting more, it must be hard for some people to design them! It's true, it is tricky to design a great small bathroom, but it is completely doable. Here are ten tips to help you design one that feels just right.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design

Cheap Design Tricks for Your Home Improvement Project

People ask us a lot how they can save money on their home improvement project, and there are plenty of great tricks that suit smaller budgets. (Spoiler Alert: You still need good design.) Here are ten cheap design tricks that will help you get that extra ”oomph” out of your budget.

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Custom Residential, Going Green, Interior Design

Six Easy Sustainable Design Options to Consider for your Next Home Remodel

Sustainable design doesn’t mean you have to have solar panels, reuse your water, or have a green roof. There are plenty of smaller efforts you can take that can have a positive impact both on your carbon footprint and your budget. Here are six sustainable design options to get you started.

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Ask an Architect, Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Retail

Ask an Architect: Highlights from The B&V Blog

Our blog has always been a way for us to pull back the curtain on what we do as architects and designers: to advocate for our clients and help anyone learn a bit more about how we do things. This is a collection of highlights from the past few years, all in one place!

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Custom Residential, Interior Design

Five Ways to Design for Entertaining

Do you love to entertain? Here are five ways you can design for entertaining: tips for features you may want to design into your space to make your life as a host easier, more fun, and to help your home support the social events you enjoy planning and hosting.

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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.

Best of Houzz 2019: Design & Service – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design, News

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.

Fixr’s Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry 2019 – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, News

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.

Dwell Best of Design 2018 Awards – Backyard Reading Retreat – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, News

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.

Historic Seattle Exemplary Restoration Award 2018 – PRAG House – Colonial Restoration on the Hill – Board & Vellum
Custom Residential, Historic Preservation, News

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.

Board &  Vellum Ranks in the Top Ten in the BOND Custom 100
Custom Residential, News

In the Top 10 of The BOND Custom Top 100

We are excited to share that we are in the Top 10 on BOND Custom’s list of the Custom Top 100 Residential Architecture Firms in North America!

Board & Vellum ranked on the Best Residential Architect in Seattle and Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle lists.
Custom Residential, News, Retail

#1 Best Residential Architect & #5 Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle

Seattle Architects ranks Board & Vellum as #1 on their list of Best Residential Architects, and #5 for Best Restaurant Architects in Seattle.

Our custom residential team members.

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 Dorn

Associate

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, 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

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.

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.

Ciera Shaver – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Ciera Shaver

Associate

Ciera is passionate about all things design, and enjoys the creative challenges that architecture generates. When not working, she is active in Seattle’s dance community, attending and performing in shows as often as she can.

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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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