Why Building Costs More Than Buying a House

When choosing to build a custom home, there’s a general assumption that the cost will be similar to that of the current “comparable” market listings. People often expect a slightly higher cost due to the project’s custom nature, but few realize just how pronounced that difference can be. As a result, many people are surprised …

The Art of Remodeling

One of the privileges of architecture is to breathe new life into existing homes. It’s an opportunity to identify and draw out beauty in old spaces. As we went about remodeling this 1980s spec home, we drew inspiration from the homeowners’ love artistry and shingle style homes on the Nantucket seaside. A Space for Art …

Exercising the Art of Architecture

Architecture is an art form. It’s an opportunity to take everyday necessities–shelter, warmth, safety–and imbue them with beauty. So, as we pursue residential architectural design for our clients, we constantly push ourselves to dive deeper into the practice that inspires us: the art of architecture. Here’s a glimpse into how we exercise the art of …

Art in the Details

A great home lies in fine details. Beauty begins in textures, colors, and angles working in perfect harmony. No point is overlooked. Fixture Every custom designed home should bear the unique fingerprints of its owners. The English Craftsman project does so more than most. After taking a metalworking class, the homeowner contributed handmade light fixtures …

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with Your Architect

When it comes to that first meeting with an architect, there are a number of crucial steps you should be taking in preparation for it. By following these five, you’ll find yourself much better equipped to create your dream custom home. 1 | Find a Local Architect As members of a digital age, it is …

The Art of Landscape Architecture

“All gardening is landscape painting.” William Kent Every detail of a home speaks to the artistry of the whole. Each fixture, window casing, and trim piece contributes to the story. It’s why we take care to consider every angle of a project. We want every space to mingle naturally with every other—including the outdoors. The …

2021 Gingerbread Winners

The results are in! Our team thoroughly enjoyed a little friendly competition with some basic gingerbread kits and an ample dose of imagination. We then asked you, our colleagues and clients, friends and family, to name the winner. Drum roll, please! 3rd Place | Gingerbread Village This property brings together a variety of smaller homes …

Cast your vote for best gingerbread house!

Our team is filled with talented designers who love a good challenge. Traditionally, we’ve participated in the annual Gingerbread Village in Seattle, which has been a company favorite for many years. But given the circumstances, this year we proposed a more personal project. Provided with one classic gingerbread house kit and a small decoration budget, …

The Art of Architecture: Painting Comfort

“A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.” Louis Kahn Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture is a dedicated custom home architecture firm that serves the Greater Seattle area and beyond. We specialize in designing luxury custom homes imbued with …

Casa del Sol: An Island Vacation Home

Regardless of season, knowing that you’ve got a quiet place to escape to makes all the difference. Vacation homes in the Pacific Northwest capture the wonders of our region, inspiring us with days by the beach or afternoons breathing mountain air. They provide space to disconnect from work and the busyness of modern life. Casa …