Vote for Gelotte Hommas Wild Pumpkin Design

Gelotte Hommas Architecture needs your vote to help project manager Curt Peterson win a pumpkin design contest sponsored by This Old House. Curt’s pumpkin sculpture, “The Gatekeeper,” appears as one of the magazine’s 99 Wild Pumpkins competing for a spot in the Top 25, which will be announced online Oct. 29. The #1 pumpkin design will be chosen by the editors of This Old House. To sculpt the pumpkin, Curt used a carving knife, clay loop tools, and an X-Acto blade. The whole work took him four hours to complete.

Pumpkin carved by our very own Curt Peterson

Vote by giving Curt’s “The Gatekeeper” pumpkin sculpture a 100 rating. The site doesn’t provide a unique web address to Curt’s page, but click through the wild pumpkin designs until you find the intimidating “Gatekeeper.” Check back at the Gelotte Hommas blog next week to see if Curt makes the Top 25. Great job, Curt!

Want to design a unique pumpkin of your own? Check out these easy pumpkin-carving patterns from around the Smithsonian Institute.

Responsive Architecture Hot Topic at 2010 Solar Decathlon

Responsive architecture, or buildings that adapt to different environmental conditions, was a hot topic at the 2010 Solar Decathlon, the annual collegiate competition that focuses on solar power and green building techniques. Held this year in Madrid, Spain, Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus took top honors for its innovative 100% solar-powered, zero-energy model home.

How did they do it? Smart use of solar power, technology, and architectural knowledge. Lumenhaus is designed as an “open pavilion” with movable walls and solar panels that shift to maximize energy efficiency and create the right temperature inside, controlled by an automated system. The open design was inspired by the glass-pavilion architecture of the modernist masterpiece Farnsworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe, which today functions as a museum and historic site in its original location in Illinois. Lumenhaus will be on display Nov. 17-19 at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago.

Learn more about passive solar home design from this You Tube video about Lumenhaus:

Leave us a comment and let us know which solar power applications used in Lumenhaus are you most interested in?

Ideas for Using Architectural Salvage

A recent Seattle remodel featured in Old House magazine presents some great ideas for using architectural salvage to create a historic feel inside your home. The feature describes how Robin Warner and Rich Moyer lovingly restored a 1908 Foursquare in Seattle’s Nob Hill neighborhood to its former glory with architectural salvage and historically accurate new construction.

The historic home had been updated throughout the years to reflect the trends of the day, but much of its original look had been covered over. Underneath it all, the couple found inspiration from the original structure of the home. Chief among Robin’s vision for the home was including architectural salvage collected over the years as well as found items to create an aged look to match the home’s architecture.

Ideas for Using Salvaged Materials

  • antique buffet turned kitchen island 
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  • antique and vintage light fixtures
  • salvaged laundry sink
  • salvaged leaded glass window in staircase
  • salvaged French doors

Though architectural salvage doesn’t always come ready-to-use, the repair work necessary pays off in lovingly restored and age-appropriate interiors. Check out Old House’s “Salvage Shopping Tips” for more renovation style.

Curtis Gelotte in October Seattle Homes & Lifestyles

Gelotte Hommas Architecture’s own Curtis Gelotte is featured in the October 2010 “Scene” in the newSeattle Homes & Lifestyles for an appearance at the 2010 Auction of Washington Wines in August.

Curtis Gelotte (far right) is pictured with Seattle Homes & Lifestyles' Rachel Gallaher and Robinson Fralick; Photo by Whitman Dewey-Smith for Team Photogenic 2010 via

Mr. Gelotte joined SH&L staffers at the auction weekend’s Barrel Auction and Picnic with the Winemakers at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash. The event raised raised $1.4 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Check out the October“Favorite Spaces” issue of Seattle Homes & Lifestyles for design inspiration throughout the home.