Custom Design Fosters Healthy Homes

Not long ago, Medina architects Curtis Gelotte and Eric Drivdahl partnered with Macadam Floor and Design to explore 2018’s interior design trends. In an age of ever-growing research on the effects of lifestyle and environment on personal health and wellness, it’s no surprise that healthy homes are a high priority. No two lives are the …

Seattle Architecture: the Art of a Custom Gingerbread Village

We mentioned a few weeks ago that that our annual contribution to JDRF’s Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton is on display to the public. This week, we thought we’d give you a closer look at what goes in to this sweet Seattle architecture…and how similar the process is to our residential custom design projects! GHDA …

Custom Design and Christmas Cheer

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we have two major holiday traditions in the Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl office. The first is the JDRF Gingerbread Village (currently on display at the Seattle City Center). The second is our custom designed holiday card. It’s a tradition dating back decades, to the days when we were a …

Guest Home for the Holidays

We’ve officially entered the busiest travel season of the year. Family and friends traverse the country to celebrate the holidays. We want our guests to feel welcome, warm, and at home when they visit, and a custom guest house designed by a Seattle architect provides proximity and privacy for any visitor. Our Touch of Normandy …

How Building Information Modeling Makes Your Dream Home Tangible

Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture is a team of passionate individuals determined to serve our clients. That’s our heart: service. And while we often draw on the past for inspiration and wisdom in our Pacific Northwest custom designs, we also push toward the future and embrace the latest technology to serve our clients well. That’s where …

The Art of Fall: How Pumpkins Help Us Design Custom Homes

We thrive on art. While custom architecture is our chief passion, we embrace art in all its varied forms—pumpkin carving included. ‘Tis the season, after all! Even more, we love cheering on the artistic minds we work with. For years, we’ve loved seeing what project manager Curtis Peterson would call forth from everyone’s favorite Halloween …

Fall Prairie Style

It’s official. Fall has arrived. Pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween decor in every store, and vibrant deciduous trees abound. It’s the time of year that invites both admiration for nature’s transitional season and a desire to curl up in the warmth of a comfortable home. Prairie style architecture affords the perfect balance of both outdoor glory …

Permanence: Stone, Wood, and Glass

“Home” is a deeply personal concept. The visions, smells, sounds, and textures it conjures in the imagination are unique to each individual. It’s personal, yet it’s also universal. Maya Angelou writes that, “the ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” …

Wisteria in the Virginia Woods

One of the hallmarks of Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative residential architecture is his insistence on a unified home. Prairie homes eschew the compartmentalized Victorian style and prefer rooms that flow one to another. A poetic cadence weaves every space in the home together. When Seattle architect Curtis Gelotte designed Prairie House in the Virginia Woods, …

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 …