Best of Houzz 2019

We’re excited to announce that Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture was awarded “Best of Houzz 2019” in the Design category!

The Best of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community.

It’s an honor to know that both design professionals and homeowners looking to improve or build new homes have found inspiration in our designs.

Ratio House

Ratio House, by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture. A contemporary style home in Seattle.

Our most popular design image on Houzz has been Ratio House’s exterior. Ratio House was born from a dated 1970s home desperately in need of transformation. The homeowners trusted our architectural design team with the extensive remodel, and we embarked on a creative partnership to create their dream home.

Outside, we replaced and adjusted the roof, allowing for more natural light to pour in through the windows. The limestone entry flanked by wood and stucco walls mixes color and texture for an appealing façade, and a Japan-inspired front walkway brings water, stone, and plant-life together complement the house.

Kirkland architects use texture in home design
Ratio House, by Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture. A contemporary style home in Seattle.

Both in plan, elevation and detail the contemporary style home is designed using rigorous proportioning systems including Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Ratio, imbuing the home with scale and beauty via grids and patterns shown on the front door, the luminous entry ceiling, and throughout the interior. The extensive use of natural stone, steel, and richly stained woods creates a warm, inviting, and simultaneously dynamic interior, highlighted by the owners’ collection of art.

As Houzz users find inspiration in our project images, we find inspiration in our clients. We pursue the art of architecture by crafting homes that uniquely suit our clients. Each home reflects the specific style of the homeowner and moulds to the way they live life.

Follow us on Houzz as we continue to pursue the art of architecture!

Open House in Bellevue: You’re Invited!

It’s not often that we get to host an open house at one of the homes we design. After all, one of the cornerstones of our design approach is that it’s not our home. But this weekend we have a unique opportunity to participate in an open house at a past Bellevue home design project: Wood, Stone, and Water.

Bellevue home design open house
Wood, Stone, and Water won the 1997 MAME awards for Best Custom Residence and Best Master Suite.

The Design

The home’s northwest contemporary architecture incorporates natural elements—wood, stone, and water—into a modern home. The result: a custom residence that integrates well with the surrounding landscape.

The home’s nature-inspired design provides a calming effect for all who inhabit it. Wood beams and wood accents throughout create a warm and inviting ambiance. Stone features, including a fireplace and accent wall, offer a rustic edge. Interior water features complete the home’s undeniably natural serenity.

northwest contemporary architecture
The stone fireplace and accent wall offer a rustic touch that adds to the home’s natural ambiance, and it’s water feature imparts a soothing atmosphere.

Lofty ceilings, an open floor plan, and oversized windows embody the northwest contemporary aesthetic. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the home with natural light. They look out upon the surrounding trees and down upon the city lights, creating a seamless transition between the interior living space and the exterior landscape.

Additional modern accents, including glass tables and track lighting, offer balanced contrast with the natural wood, stone, and water elements. Together, these features showcase a striking, award-winning contemporary home.

northwest contemporary architecture
Wood beams and wood accents throughout imbue a warm and inviting appearance.

An Invitation

And the design is timeless. Now more than twenty years years, later, this dream home is on the market, and we invite you to explore our work in person. We’d be honored to tell you more about this Bellevue home design at the open house on April 21, 2018, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

GHA on Houzz

Gelotte Hommas Architecture recently woke up one morning to learn that one of our projects had been featured in a Houzz article.

The article, “How to Live With Plants,” explores the creative incorporation of plants and flowers into home designs and features projects from several great architecture and design firms. The Houzz article suggests growing indoor greenery in your window sill, under a skylight, in a passageway, or even in an indoor garden. We especially appreciated the artistic use of indoor trees as partitions between rooms and the creation of a green wall to add beauty, reduce noise, and insulate heat.

Contemporary home designs featuring indoor plants.

Our own featured photo used dry trees to add organic movement against the geometric lines of the home. The home—Casa Del Sol—endeavors to blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors with numerous French doors and a master suite wrapped in glass.

Jump over to to explore the “How to Live With Plants” idea book as well as a plethora of other inspiring home designs.

How do plants and greenery factor into your dream home design? We’d love to hear your ideas and strategize with you.

A Home for Tennis

When our clients dream big, Gelotte Hommas Architecture transforms zoning restrictions into creative opportunities.

Overcoming Obstacles

Recently, our tennis enthusiast clients brought us their vision for a home complete with an indoor tennis court. Local zoning laws restricted residential structures to a 25 foot height, so a standard 36 foot high indoor tennis court was out of the question. Instead, our team dug deep and proposed to recess the tennis court beneath the custom home.

A Home for Tennis.

This custom design brings modern elegance to life with a long-span structure set on a deep foundation. The terraced green roof provides an abundance of outdoor space, and a stunning oculus allows natural light to permeate the recessed tennis court and workout room.

Celebrating Innovation

Our “Home for Tennis” model currently sits on display alongside other innovative designs at the (un)Restricted Architectural Model Exhibit. This year, the exhibit focuses on architectural innovation in response to environmental, material, social, and economic challenges. The (un)Restricted Exhibit explores the stories behind the structures, and celebrates local ingenuity.

You can visit our current model (and many others from Seattle’s best architects!) at the Center for Architecture Design now through September 23.

Interested in other models? Check out our model entry from the 14th Annual Architecture Exhibit!

Structure + Design by Panache Publishing

Custom home design is our passion, and we are proud to be featured in the upcoming book Structure + Design by Panache. The book is not yet ready for purchase, but you can get a sneak peak of our section at Uberflip/GelotteHommasArchitecture. As with all Panache books, Structure + Design will be a large coffee table book with gorgeous photographs and informative articles. We are honored to be included in this project and hope you enjoy it as well.

“Celebrate a home’s natural setting but always create warmth, so it’s a refuge from the elements.” – Scott Hommas

Custom home design from Scott Hommas
Cedar Haven is an airy, open, split-level home that makes the most out of the cedar timber that surrounds the property.

Structure + Design will include custom design inspiration from GHA’s Lakefront SplendorCasa del Sol, and Cedar Havenprojects. Every photo in the volume is accompanied by a detailed caption that articulates the beauty of each design.
The custom home design book also showcases the work of forty-nine other residential design professionals from across the United States. We enjoyed perusing the book and appreciating how our fellow designers incorporate their own regions’ unique landscapes into their craft.
Check back often. We’ll let you know when the book is available!

We’ve Won! – Houzz 2016 Design Award

It is always gratifying to receive an award or recognition for our hard work and we are particularly honored that Houzz just announced that Gelotte Hommas is the winner of their 2016 Design award. This means that our design “work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz.” And not only that, this is our 4th year in a row winning the award! Check out all of our Houzz awards as well as our reviews. We’re grateful for your support in making Gelotte Hommas an award winning architect.


Attention to detail is a big part of what makes Gelotte Hommas designs unique. From creating a living space with exceptional flow to making sure the cornice on the addition matches that of the original, the goal is always to delight the homeowner. We love drawing out the distinct character of our clients and infusing it into their home. That’s the art of architecture…and the art of service.

To see more of our amazing designs visit our Houzz page or explore our work here, as well as read through previous blog posts. And when the time comes to start planning your dream home,  we will be happy to help.

LUXE Battle of the Chefs

At Gelotte Hommas Architecture, creating amazing custom homes may be our passion, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and give back to the community. In September our own Scott Hommas participated in LUXE Magazine’s Battle of the Chefs. The event took place at the beautiful Dellile Wine Cellars in Woodenville with a huge crowd in attendance.


World class designers put their skills to the test and the results were magnificent. It was great to see old friends and make new ones while enjoying a little friendly competition.




Time was limited and the pressure was on. Only one hour to create a dish that would wow the judges while including a secret ingredient. We didn’t win the battle, but our team was awarded “Best Use of Secret Ingredient in Appetizer and Side Dish” as a testament to our creativity.

In the end it was a great day. We enjoyed catching up with those we have worked with previously and meeting more great designers to collaborate with in the future. As for a culinary career: we’ll stick with architecture. But we did relish our opportunity to venture into the culinary arts with other world class designers

You can also catch a glimpse of Principal Curt Gelotte in the newest issue of LUXE Magazine as an attender of BOTC.

Curt Gelotte in LUXE Magazine
Curt Gelotte in LUXE Magazine

Gelotte Hommas Architecture nominated for BEST OF HOUZZ 2015 – 4th Year in row

GELOTTE HOMMAS ARCHITECTURE of Seattle, Washington Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award


Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling, and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Seattle, USA, January 19, 2015 – Gelotte Hommas Architecture of Seattle Washington has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The award winning high-end custom home design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“We are very honored to be recognized by the online community at for our work in the design arena. Thank you very much.” – Curtis Gelotte, Founding Principal at GHA

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize [Insert award winner name] among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Gelotte Hommas Architecture on Houzz here.

About Gelotte Hommas Architecture

Specializing in design from contemporary to traditional, Gelotte Hommas Architecture is a nationally recognized high-end custom home design firm based in Seattle.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international

Whimsical Garage from Gelotte Hommas Featured in Houzz

While Facebook and Twitter keep you up to date with friends, news, and memes, and Pinterest has you planning your yoga strategy and cookie recipes hand in hand, Houzz is the go-to corner of the web for the architecturally minded. Showcasing beautiful spaces and the teams behind them, Houzz catalogs well-designed and interesting spaces from around the world. Gelotte Hommas was extremely flattered to find one of our designs featured as an exemplary “man cave,” especially with Father’s Day right around the corner.

gelotte hommas featured in houzz

Our whimsical garage for a Seattle-based professional Porsche driver was featured as a “man cave” dream space. In their feature, Houzz focused not just on the design, but the client behind it, an essential element to any personal architectural space.

The garage blends in with the other homes and structures in the area from the exterior, employing natural tones and architectural features typical of cabins and farmhouses to make the garage seem more approachable and at home that a stark, more industrialized design. Inside, the space becomes a burst of color and life, creating an environment of encouragement and creativity for the homeowner as he resurrects dilapidated cars into a renewed glory:
We’re flattered to have been featured so prominently in Houzz and happy that the homeowner can enjoy and take advantage of a “man cave” designed specifically with him in mind and to meet the needs of his passion for restoring older cars.
Is your dream man cave a garage? Theater room? A library? Tell us about your ideal in-home getaway. Want to learn more about this specific project?  Read the full article on our garage design on Houzz.

Gelotte Hommas Architecture awarded Best of Houzz for 2013

We just found out we were awarded the honor of Best of Houzz for 2013 for both Design and Customer Satisfaction. Wow. What an honor!

GHA sporting the honor of Best of Houzz for 2012 and now 2013!
GHA sporting the honor of Best of Houzz for 2012 and now 2013!

Here is an excerpt from about what it means to be awarded this honor:

Houzz awards Best of Houzz profile badges every year to the top home pros in the Houzz professional community — not only in the United States but also in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Winners are selected in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. The Design winners are those with the most popular designs in 2012. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews.

We were one of the early adopters of the social site, and it has been one of the best marketing moves we have made. Houzz is a great platform to create PR buzz and social presence in a really fun, visual way. We are thrilled to have been selected again this year by Houzz as one of the best.
Thanks Right back at ya!