Redmond Retreat: Beauty in Design

Perched atop a secluded hill, Redmond Retreat feels like a world unto itself. While only minutes away from downtown Redmond and all the amenities the city has to offer, the custom home maximizes its location and landscaping to create a scenic shelter from the world around it. As Redmond architect Scott Hommas approached this project, …

Art of Architecture: Making an Entrance

Each sketch is a new adventure. It’s an exploration of the history of design, a rediscovery of age old design philosophies in a new context. It’s a challenge and a delight. This is the art of architecture. Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture is a dedicated custom home architecture firm that serves the Greater Seattle area and …

A Step Above: Beauty in Staircases

Great staircases exist for more than mere function. They’re a statement, an expression of style. They require space in prominent areas of your home, after all, so they should be beautiful. Here’s a collection of our favorite staircase designs to inspire you: Classic Charm Classic on the Green‘s elegant staircase wraps squarely around the entryway. …

Art of Architecture: Adventure in Design

“In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose.” Augustus W.N. Pugin We begin with conversation. Then, we translate that conversation into tangible art, casting the vision for the rest of the project. Here’s how Glassworks Remodel evolved. Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture is a dedicated custom home architecture firm that …

Where Home Meets Nature

“When we build, let us think that we build forever.” John Ruskin The Pacific Northwest inspires. Beauty exists at every turn. Dramatic peaks, alpine meadows, expansive forests, and teaming waters create a scene of endless intrigue. And for the Pacific Northwest native, “home” should embrace all of it. Taking cues from natural surroundings is a …

Pacific Northwest Style Lake Cabin

Like so much of the Pacific Northwest, Lake Wenatchee is stunning. Glacier melted water, evergreen trees, and the wild peace of nature make it a beloved getaway…and a delightful opportunity for a lake cabin. This Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Lake Wenatchee cabin takes cabin life to a new high. Cutting edge materials, vibrant colors, and mixed …

Rustic Luxury in a Mountain Home

Building a home in the mountains often requires clearing trees. But the visionary homeowners behind Cedar Haven opted for a different method. We cleared trees, yes, but then we recycled those trees to build the house both structurally and stylistically. In keeping with the homeowners’ vision, we evoked the aesthetic of a log cabin with …

Parkitecture and the Art of Architecture

“I don’t divide architecture, landscape, and gardening. To me, they are one.” Luis Barragan Nature and travel inspire us. They remind us anew of our passion for the art of architecture…and fill us with fresh ideas for our own residential architecture designs. With summer before us and all-things Fourth of July piquing our excitement, we …

Contemporary Design in a Custom Vanity

The master bathroom serves as a launch point for the day and a safe space to unwind before bed. It’s a place of necessity, yes. But it can also be a place of comfort, luxury, elegance…even art. Ratio House’s custom vanity provides a superb example of purposeful home art. Contemporary Design Redmond architect Curtis Gelotte …

Seeking Symmetry

Out of classical thought came the idea that beauty lies in proportion, for without proportion, there is only chaos. Nested in that idea is longing for symmetry. Whether it’s flowers, furniture, or faces, the more symmetrical an object is, the more the human eye perceives beauty. Home architecture is no exception. When it comes to …