Blurring Boundaries Between Nature and Home

Stunning scenery graces so much of the Pacific Northwest, and natural beauty is a splendid asset to the design of any home. Even on the rainiest of days, rich home design unites the refuge of home with the wonder of the outdoors. We’ve collected several of our favorite architecture tips to help you take advantage …

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 …

4 Resources to Inspire Your Home Style

When we sit down with our clients and begin sketching out their custom architecture design, we invite them to bring in their inspirations—the magazine clippings, webpages, and Pinterest boards they’ve saved up in their dreaming. We’ve put together a few design resources to help you flesh out your dream house. Browse Houzz Houzz is a …

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 …

Ask an Architect: Building Your Dream House

So you want to build a house. We get it. It’s a daunting process, especially when you don’t have an ally. So how do you get started? You often hear stories about what can go wrong, how expensive a project can become, and how long it takes. You may wonder what it’s like to work …

A New Old House

Two philosophies prevail when it comes to historic remodels: to make it bold or to make it blend. Prague’s Dancing House exemplifies a bold, new addition to an old neighborhood. The deconstructionist-style structure stands in stark contrast to the gothic and art nouveau buildings around it. Dancing House certainly makes a statement, but some argue …

6 Tips for a Great Relationship with Your Home Design Team

Architecture is a pursuit of artistry. From initial conversation to final construction, home architectural design is a journey. When clients first approached us with the Ratio House project, they came with a desire to breathe new life into a dated water-view home. They had a vision, but they wanted a professional architect to help craft …

Designing for the Long Run

Every new home design project requires exceptional focus and care, and as custom residential architects, we recognize that every project is unique in its needs. That’s why we rely on building information modeling to keep every design organized and exceptionally documented. Building information modeling (BIM) takes CAD programming deeper into the realm of integrated design. …

The Best of Summer 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. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite summer home design tips and inspirations for you. …

Tuscan Style Essentials

Tuscan style architecture brings rich character to a home. It possesses a timeless relevance that’s easy to love. Even on the shores of the Puget Sound, Tuscan design feels natural. “Built on rural traditions and indigenous materials, Tuscan style whispers of heart, history and homeyness.” Houzz Its emphasis on comfort and warmth makes its Old …