Our custom residential services.
Remodels, Additions, New Construction
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.Learn more.
Our custom residential portfolio projects.
From Drab Drive to Private Getaway
Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival
A reinvention of a crumbling entry and compartmentalized outdoor spaces reconnect this home to the neighborhood and site.
Refreshing a Ranch-Style Home
West Seattle Mid-Century
Without expanding the footprint, this popular, classic, ranch floor plan is remodeled to ”live larger” while celebrating its mid-century style.
Reinventing a House and Yard to Enjoy the View
Blue Ridge View Home
With multidisciplinary services — architecture, interiors, and site design — this remodel feels truly customized just for this family, inside and out.
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.
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.
Have you ever heard that moving a toilet is a budget-busting home improvement? Would it surprise you to learn that we think this is debatable? There’s no doubt that home remodels cost money, but the big-ticket changes might not be what you expect. So what’s really going to impact your project budget?Read more.
Any design project is going to be filled with more decisions than you can anticipate. There’s a balance between understanding how to compromise on things that aren’t as important and prioritize the things that really matter. Here’s what we recommend to help our clients make good choices for their projects without giving up what they love.Read more.
What inspires designers to create beautiful projects? Just like making a fantastic dish to eat, it’s about more than the individual ingredients — it’s about how they all work together! In design, it’s so much more than meeting the basic programmatic needs of our clients. It’s about telling a story.Read more.
If you’re like us, you probably wish your kitchen had just a little bit more space – it’s one of those places where things just seem to pile up with nowhere to go. It may not be an option to actually increase the size of your kitchen, but here are five smaller projects you can invest in to make your kitchen live larger.Read more.
Each year, materials and design styles come in and out of vogue. Sometimes, it feels like a game of chance, and other times we can see the changes coming from a mile away. As 2021 dawns, we’re reflecting on what design elements are here for the moment and what’s here to stay.Read more.
Who says yards are just for summer? Here at Board & Vellum, we believe your outdoor spaces should be beautiful, functional, and awesome to hang out in no matter the season or weather. With a few special considerations, you can have an outdoor living space that's comfortable all year long — rain or shine.Read more.
Our custom residential sustainability practices.
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 (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.
Our custom residential recognition stories.
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!
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.
Best Seattle Architects: Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List
Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.
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 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.
Our custom residential team team members.
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, AIA
Principal | Single Family
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, PLA, LEED AP ND
Principal | 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.
Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA
Director | Integrated Practice
Motivated by curiosity to connect culture, environment, and human experience through design, Yi-Chun’s generalist experience is expressed through a range of project typologies. An avid reader, seeker of metaphors, and food enthusiast, she revels finding beauty in simplicity.
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.
Would you like to learn more?
We’re thrilled that you’re interested!
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.
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.