Design Story: Asian Ambiance

Each Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture custom home offers a story, and our architects are meticulous in remaining faithful to the established stories and themes of each project. Shoreline architect Scott Hommas recently discussed his process for designing a timeless, Pacific Northwest house with an East Asian motif. Photo by Gelotte Hommas Architecture  How did the Asian …

Summer Design in Seattle

Summer in the Pacific Northwest brings out the best in us. With sunshine, mountains, forests, lakes, and the Sound, summer in Seattle is a season to explore, relax, and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings–including the beauty of home design in Seattle. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite summer home design tips and inspirations …

5 Ways to Feature Green in Home Design

“For everyone is a visionary, if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt, unlike any other, is a visionary without scratching.” W.B. Yeats The natural beauty of green features well in both interior and exterior home design. We’ve collected a few of our favorite verdant features. 1. Vibrant Bedroom This bedroom comes to life …

How Juliet Balconies Add to Home Design

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Juliet balconies blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. Bellevue architect Eric Drivdahl took full advantage of a Juliet balcony when he transformed an attic bedroom into a master suite. During his Seattle remodel of a custom storybook house, Eric sought ways to maximize light in this …

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 …

5 Home Office Designs that Make the Best of Remote Work

With advancements in technology making it ever easier to work remotely, an increasing number of professionals are taking advantage of the ability to work from home. Yet working from home presents its own unique challenges. Professionals still need a dedicated, distraction free space to focus and be productive. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite …

Unique Seattle Architecture: A Storybook Cottage

A long, long time ago in a far away land, visionary artists crafted charming homes that captured the imagination and inspired whimsy. That time was the 1920s, and that far away land is Los Angeles, California. And those captivating, whimsical homes are dubbed storybook houses. As Hollywood’s influence flourished, audiences leaped at the opportunity to …

Art of Architecture: Look at This

“Design should never say, ‘Look at me!’ It should always say, ‘Look at this!’” David Craib

Art of Architecture: Breaking Even

“Design is where science and art break even.” Mieke Gerritzen

Art of Architecture: Practice Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle