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Our multifamily residential services.

Low-Rise, High-Rise, Mixed-Use

Multifamily Residential

Our multifamily team focuses on distinctive projects we can weave into the greater neighborhood around them. Just as our residential and commercial projects are customized to our clients, our multifamily projects are designed to feel unique, inviting, and integral to their surroundings.

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Our multifamily residential portfolio projects.

A mosaic mural in the Jack Apartments is composed of salvaged cassette tapes reads,
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Interior Design with FF&E for Multifamily Amenities

Jack Apartments: Amenity Refresh

This redesigned apartment complex on Capitol Hill gives off a nostalgic vibe inspired by Seattle’s music scene, featuring a mosaic mural composed of salvaged cassette tapes.

The Eden Apartments Amenities Refresh – Board & Vellum – Multi-Family Interiors
Interior Design for Multifamily Amenities

The Eden Apartments: Amenity Refresh

Flush with soft, green plants, and earthy-yet-crisp materials, this refreshed apartment complex now feels current, charming, and like somewhere you can relax with your friends after a long day at work.

1819 Exterior Refresh – Site Design & Landscape Architecture – Board & Vellum
Site Design for an Apartment Building

1819 Exterior Refresh

With earthy materials — steel, natural wood, gravel, concrete, and green foliage — this apartment complex from the 1980s has a refreshed, modern street presence.

Capitol Hill Apartments – Board & Vellum
Under Construction
A New Apartment Building

Capitol Hill Apartments

This new apartment building aims to maintain the best of Capitol Hill, while making room for more to share this great community.

The Eden Interiors – Interior Design and Staging for Apartments – Board & Vellum
Interior Design & Model Unit Staging

The Eden Interiors

With all new interiors, these apartments give off a classic-yet-current vibe designed to attract their target client: young professionals with an eye for Instagrammable spaces.

Under Construction
New Townhomes for Families

The Shoreline Row

The gabled roofs and traditional details of these townhomes complement the neighborhood character, while the interiors feature the modern, open plans that so many buyers seek.

Our multifamily residential posts.

Multifamily Residential

Why Amenity Spaces in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It

If an apartment building’s amenity spaces are an afterthought during the design process, they’re going to feel like afterthoughts in someone’s life, too. Uninspired settings are not what today’s city dwellers are looking for. In a competitive market, without well-designed common spaces, your whole building may end up an afterthought to a potential renter.

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Interior Design, Multifamily Residential, Retail

Creative Cost-Saving Tips for Your Commercial Space

Often, design budgets for commercial tenant improvements can be tight. But giving your space that little something extra to excite your clientele is super helpful for bringing in business, and getting your customers to linger. Here are a few creative tips for stretching that dollar further in your commercial space.

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Multifamily Residential

Are Condos in Seattle Coming Back?

It’s no secret that Seattle has an affordable housing problem — and the lack of condos on the market is one (of many) contributing factors. So, why are there so few condo buildings in Seattle? Read on for some backstory about how we got here, and, hopefully, a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

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Multifamily Residential

Why Lobbies in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It

Do you remember the so-so lobbies you’ve passed through? Probably not. But do you have pleasant memories of the ones where you really spent some time? Of course! Great lobbies make a big impression. When they are well-designed, they impact our lives in ways that stick with us — the backdrop for important moments in our lives.

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Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multifamily 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, Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multifamily Residential, Retail

Hourly vs. Fixed-Fee Billing: What is the Difference?

How do you decide between hourly vs. fixed-fee billing? People really don’t like to talk about money, but you need to talk about it enough to make the right choice about how you would like your project billed. Here is how these two billing methods work, and why you might prefer one over the other.

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Our multifamily residential sustainability practices.

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 multifamily residential recognition stories.

Emerald Award for Renovated Community of the Year 2019

Emerald Award for Renovated Community of the Year 2019

We are excited to hear: The Eden Apartments — the renovation of which our interiors and landscape studios designed — won a 2019 Emerald Award for “Renovated Community of the Year” from the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association.

Our multifamily 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.

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.

Chris Parker – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Chris Parker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate | Architect

After traversing from Hawaii to New York, Chris is thrilled to finally have landed in the Pacific Northwest. Besides his passion for architecture, he loves cooking Hawaiian food, and trying local microbrews.

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 | Architecture

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.

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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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