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

Our retail services.

Restaurants, Bars & Retail Spaces

Retail

In our increasingly web-focused world, the experience of a physical retail space is more important than ever. We specialize in creating not only Third Places, but retail spaces that are delighting and stimulating, enticing the visitor to return again and again.

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Our retail portfolio projects.

Footprint Wine Tap – Wine Bar Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
TI for a Wine Bar on Capitol Hill

Footprint Wine Tap

This wine bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle advocates for sustainable principles and the design of their new space reflects it with salvaged, reused, and rescued materials large and small.

Atulea Tea Shop – Board & Vellum – Commercial Interior Design
Tenant Improvement for a Cheese Tea Shop

Atulea Tea Shop

This cheery tea shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle features dramatic wallpaper to catch your eye and draw you in to experience its perky “beach chic” vibe.

Dynasty Room – Interior Design by Board & Vellum
Interior Design for a Bar with a Story

Dynasty Room

In the now-shuttered Four Seas restaurant in Seattle’s International District, the old and the new mingle in this experiential reincarnation of the Dynasty Room bar.

Laughing Buddha – Tattoo Parlor & Piercing Shop – Retail – Board & Vellum
Tenant Improvement for a Tattoo Parlor

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha’s new space has a soothing, spa-like atmosphere, but one that still keeps the “edge” of a tattoo and piercing parlor.

The Cottage – Café, Bar, Coffee Shop, Restaurant – Board & Vellum
Tenant Improvement for a Coffee Shop

The Cottage: Coffee, Bistro & Bar

Coffee shop by day, restaurant, bar, and performance venue by night, this flexible space balances the aesthetics of a Parisian bistro and a rustic, country cottage.

Landscaped retail streetscape at Club Monaco – Board & Vellum
Softening a Concrete Façade with Greenery

Downtown Retail Streetscape for Club Monaco

A lush, planted streetscape sets this urban retail space apart, with mature plants offering height, and climbing vines drawing the eye up the façade.

Our retail posts.

Interior Design, Retail

How to Design a Sense of “Home” into your Retail Space

Evoking a sense of “home” in a retail space can be a key factor in getting your customers to not only linger long enough to make a purchase, but to keep them coming back. But creating this type of experience takes more nuance than simply adding a couch — here’s what to consider when planning your space.

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Ask an Architect, Commercial Office, Retail

What Is a Tenant Improvement Allowance?

As a business owner, understanding what a tenant improvement (or TI) allowance is, is essential to inform the choices you’ll make when selecting a new commercial space and negotiating your commercial lease. The TI allowance will also define how much of the cost of your commercial build-out will come out of your pocket.

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Commercial Office, Interior Design, Retail

How Biophillic Design Can Help Your Commercial Space

As humans, we love nature, and studies show that access to nature or natural elements is actually beneficial to our health. As a design theory, this is called biophilic design. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth it to incorporate nature into the design of your commercial spaces.

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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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Retail

How Your Neighborhood Can Inform the Design of Your Commercial Space

Neighborhood and community context is important to the success of a retail — or other commercial — space. Here’s how being site-specific can be beneficial to your commercial project and help you make the impact you need to win and retain customers.

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Ask an Architect, Commercial Office, Retail

When Should I Hire an Architect for My Tenant Improvement?

Commercial clients sometimes think they need a signed lease before hiring an architect, but it’s much better to bring an architect on before you sign that lease, locking you into a space that might not meet your business's needs as well as you hope it will. Read on for more about how we can help.

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Our retail 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.

Board & Vellum ranked on the Best Residential Architect in Seattle and Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle lists.

#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.

2014 Green Building Slam

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Featured at the 2014 Green Building Slam

At the 2014 Green Building Slam, Board & Vellum presented Ada's Technical Books & Café, featured as one of 10 projects honored.

2014 Residential Architect Design Award

2014 Residential Architect Design Awards Cite Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Ada’s Technical Books & Café was honored with a citation in the Light/Commercial category of the 2014 Residential Architect Design Awards.

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties: 2014 Green Remodeling Excellence Award

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins 2014 REX Award

Board & Vellum's Ada's Technical Books & Café is honored with a Green Remodeling Excellence (REX) award in 2014.

2014 Historic Seattle Preservation Awards

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins Historic Seattle Preservation Award

Historic Seattle honored Danielle and David Hulton, owners of Ada’s Technical Books & Café, and team, with an award for Preserving Neighborhood Character.

Our retail 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.

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.

Derek Reeves – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Derek Reeves

Associate | Landscape & Site Design

Derek co-launched B&V’s “Site Design Studio” and is eagerly exploring his passion for landscape at a firm of integrated services. When he’s not in the studio, you’ll often find him behind the photographic lens.

Fabiola Vargas – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Fabiola Vargas, Associate AIA

Associate | Architecture

Fabiola has been passionate about architecture and the arts since the age of 12. When out of the office, she volunteers with the AIA, the Seattle Architecture Foundation, and the Fremont Arts Council.

Hailey Mackay – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Hailey Mackay, Associate ASLA

Associate | Landscape & Site Design

Hailey relishes exploring landscape design at all scales from micro-climates to urban design. She blends her personal and professional life with a relentless passion for gardening and the natural world.

Hayley Buckbee – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Hayley Buckbee

Associate | Architecture

Passionate about architecture and art, Hayley is the curator of B&V’s By Others gallery space. Outside of B&V, she is a principal at RSVR visual research, an exploratory and interdisciplinary design and fabrication practice.

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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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