5 Luxury Home Renovations

Remodels are exciting opportunities to take old, storied homes and breathe new life into them. We’ve done countless such transformations in our 30 year history. Here are a few of our favorite home renovations. Ratio House Ratio House is came to us as a dated, 1970s split level home that failed to take advantage of …

Texture in Architecture

The art of architecture lies in the details. In how carefully selected materials can mimic forests and water within a home. In how a spiral staircase adds motion to an entryway. In how a living room’s soft wood floors can perfectly contrast with the stark limestone walls. Details matter. Texture matters. Texture—the result of carefully …

The Art of Arched Doorways

That’s the thing with curves. While most architecture is rectilineal – all straight lines and squared angles – curves are often designed to soften a building’s impact, help the structure meld into the surrounding landscape. That’s why curves work particularly well near bodies of water, reflecting that sense of fluidity, or in rural and mountain …

4 Nature-Inspired Homes

“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 …

Windows in Architecture Design

“I discovered windows one afternoon, and after that, nothing was ever the same.”  Anne Spollen Windows are a key feature in most homes, and architecture design enjoys a veritable feast of window options that let in light, seal in heat, control sound, and offer security for any home design. For now, let’s revel in the …

When Custom Home Building Requires Creativity

In the world of custom home building and ownership, obstacles are almost a given. If this were not so, there wouldn’t be an entire television channel devoted to home remodels! But the Bellevue architecture firm Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl embraces design challenges and creates opportunities for artistry. Steve Jobs once said that “design is not just …

Custom Pool House for All Seasons

This article was originally published by DTF Design. When a tech savvy couple from Northern California found and purchased a rare and tranquil 5-acre property in Redmond, WA, they knew they wanted to take advantage of the peaceful setting and build their dream home and accompanying pool house. With years of thought and planning going …

The Art of Architecture: The Fight

“The life of a designer is one of fight: fight against the ugliness.” Massimo Vignelli

Family Vacation Home on the Water

Sunshine, sand, and glorious alpine views–what more could a person desire in a family vacation home? This Coastal Cove House offers outdoor luxury for the summer and cozy, scenic comfort for the winter. Outdoor Entertaining This Gig Harbor home was designed for outdoor entertaining. A spiral staircase leads from the second floor of this family vacation home to …

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 …