2018 in Review

It’s getting real. 2018 is coming to an end, and we’re taking a look back on what’s happened.

Ask An Architect

Eric Drivdahl answers your questions at Ask an Architect.

We kicked off the year with our friends at AIA Seattle. Along with fellow architect Matt Hutchins at CAST Architecture, we spent an afternoon discussing what it takes to build a house and taking questions from the audience. It was a delightful experience, and all part of what we love: building relationships and working with clients.

Ratio House

Residential architects use texture in home design
Asian inspired residential architecture in Redmond.

Our Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl team competed in the Luxe RED Awards with Ratio House–one of our favorite recent remodels. Curtis Gelotte, of of our residential architects, applied his and his client’s shared passion for Fibonacci numbers to every room in this home, making this competition a fun opportunity to share the unique application of the art of architecture with a broader community.

Mentoring Young Architects

In February, Eric Drivdahl spent a day at his alma mater, Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Eric explored the university’s new state-of-the art design facilities and sat down with future architects. He walked away encouraged and emboldened by the creativity of these young architects, and continued to cultivate mentoring relationships with several budding professionals.

“Even as we design and build our clients’ dream homes, we relish every opportunity to pour our knowledge into architectural students who we see as the future of architecture.”

Eric Drivdahl

Gelato, Hummus, and Drinks

Celebrating another year of residential architecture in Redmond
Celebrating another year of residential architecture in Redmond, Bellevue, Seattle, and beyond.

In April, we celebrated another year of business, design, and partnership with colleagues and clients at our Gelato, Hummus, and Drinks anniversary party. Yet again, you reminded us of why we continue to pursue the art of architecture. Thank you!

Wood, Stone, and Water

Residential architecture in Redmond area.

Last spring, we had the rare opportunity to revisit one of our past projects as Wood, Stone, and Water went on the market…and we invited you to explore it with us! Located in the midst of a Bellevue neighborhood, the home is an exercise in reflecting the beauty of the natural world into the comforts of home.

Millenials v. Baby Boomers

Early in June, we looked at new research on the unique desires of millenials and baby boomers when it comes to their “dream home.” The articles reminded us that, as residential architects, each project is as distinct and new as the client behind it. That individuality adds intrigue to each day of work!

Everyday Inspiration

home design inspiration
Residential architects explore the inspirations behind their work.
Photo credit: Mihai Codoban

Late last summer, Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl team members Iulia Codoban, Jin Wan, and Troy Howe shared some of their inspirations in the pursuit of architecture. We explored how nature, photography, and adventure bring new creativity to our work.

Whos Down in Whoville

Residential architects build a Whoville inspired gingerbread scene

Last fall, our team set to work scheming, sketching, and building a sweet rendering of Whoville for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundatin’s annual Gingerbread Village. The delicious scene is still on display (until January 1, 2019) at the Sheraton. Go take a look!

From Our Family to Yours

As always, we wrapped up the year with the near-sacred signing of holiday cards. As our whole team sat around the conference table signing cards for our clients and colleagues, we reflected on the bonds, memories, and places to call home that we’ve built in the past year…and in all the years before this. It’s these relationships that make our work meaningful. And we can’t thank you enough.

We wish you a truly wonderful New Year as we launch into 2019!