Three Architect’s Tools to Add Dimension to a Home

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Adding dimension can make a home seem larger and create visual appeal that boosts its value. A few of the latest architecture trends provide simple yet effective methods for achieving this look.

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These trends include:

  • Paying close attention to scale and proportion: This might seem basic, but it can be overlooked, leading to rooms or other elements of a home that are poorly proportioned. For example, you could end up with doorways that are too narrow or windows that are too large.
  • Creating in-between spaces: One good way to add dimension to a home is by making use of empty space that lies between two areas. For example, adding a deck on the side of a house that overlooks a gorgeous view bridges the gap between these two spaces.
  • Adding a vestibule: You might associate these with older homes, but you can have a vestibule added to a more modern home. This space provides an area for residents and guests to take off their shoes and remove their coats before entering the main part of the house.

At Gelotte Hommas Architecture, we specialize in using the latest architecture trends and design elements to create a home that’s a work of art. Adding dimension is just one example of the types of services we offer.

Ready to discuss your home design project? Contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture to schedule a consultation and see how our experts can help add dimension to your dream home.

Building in a Fireplace? Add a Stylish Wood Storage Space

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Adding a fireplace to your home is a wonderful way to add warmth and comfort to it, but you have to think about where you’ll store your firewood. If you would rather not have to make a trip out to the yard in the cold to gather a few logs, consider having wood storage built inside.

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When designing a home, convenience is as much of a factor as physical appearance. Having a place to store firewood inside certainly makes it easier to get a fire going, and it can also add an attractive element to your home. There are several options available for wood storage, including:

  • Stacking logs in a rough and irregular pile next to the fireplace, which adds some texture to a room with an austere and symmetrical design.
  • Having a niche built off to the side for an inset fireplace, which keeps the logs from interfering with the view.
  • Building a floor to ceiling niche for firewood, which adds visual interest to an otherwise minimalist room.
  • Creating symmetry by having a niche for logs built on either side of the fireplace.

Keep in mind that you can also have wood storage niches built for fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, instead of stacking them up behind the shed.

Need professional assistance designing a home that includes wood storage? Contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture to discuss your project, and see how our experts can help you achieve your goal.

Utilizing Transparency to Connect to the Outdoors

When you live in a home surrounded by inspiring outdoor views, there’s no need to shut them out once you’re inside. You can make the most of those stunning views by incorporating transparency in your home’s design.

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Architecture trends that focus on transparency provide homeowners with a chance to feel as though they’re connected to their natural surroundings. The main aspect of this kind of design involves having several windows, especially larger ones, to maximize views of the outdoors and let in as much natural light as possible.

This can even be done in rooms where a higher level of privacy is desired, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. Having attractive shades or blinds installed allows the homeowner to shut out the outdoors whenever they want.

The interior design used can also add to the transparent effect. This can be accomplished by using decorative glass to separate rooms, instead of standard walls and doors, which makes the home seem more open and airy as well.

With homes with woodland surroundings, going with a wood-themed design indoors also enhances the feeling of being part of the outdoors. These are just a few of the ways in which architecture can be used to create a harmonic blend between a home’s interior and external environment.

Are you interested in using transparency and other architecture trends to connect your home with your surroundings? Contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture to set up a consultation today.

GHA 2013 holiday goodies

The Holidays are a big deal around here, and we spend many hours planning and preparing for our annual cards and gifts. Last year we came up with the GHA desktop calendar as a way to give a thoughtful gift that would last a bit longer through the year, and this year we took it to another level.

Gelotte Hommas Desktop Calendar

Gelotte Hommas Desktop Calendar

The base for the calendars was wooden last year, but this year we designed a base from the GHA logo and had some custom silicone bases fabricated.
After that we poured the concrete and let it set.

3d Rendering

The 2013 GHA holiday cards are more interactive than they have ever been before.

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We knew the over all theme of the card was going to be blue prints for the sled, but then we wondered if there was a way to bring out of the 2d into 3d. That’s where it got fun!
We knew we wanted it to be out of a material that was light enough to mail with our cards, but sturdy enough to maintain the shape. Bass wood would be perfect, and that’s where Scott Younger took our idea and ran with it. He is the owner of Alliance Packaging and the gentleman who works with us every year to manufacture our cardboard playhouses.  We brought the design to him and asked if it could be done, and he did the rest. 800 laser cut sleds later, I think he *might* have regretted his decision. They look great Scott! Great job to Alliance on these.

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If you have received a card or gift this year, leave us a comment. We would love to know what you think! IMG_0054Happy Holidays everyone, from all of us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture.

Get to Know the Architect’s Toolbox: Using Scale

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Scale and proportion are among the most important tools architects use when designing a home. When used correctly, these calculations are used to create a structure that relates to the natural landscape and to the people that will utilize and enjoy it.

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At the heart of the calculation is what is referred to as the “golden ratio.” This mathematical equation is used to create structures that are aesthetically pleasing and can be seen in structures ranging from the Parthenon to the houses that dot the American landscape. Ultimately, this ratio is used to determine the proper sized features and accessories for a home so that when completed everything comes together as a complete package rather than as a series of individual elements.

Naturally, scale and proportion are also used to draw attention to various elements of a home. Features such as grand fireplaces, high ceilings, sharp roof lines, and floor to ceiling windows can provide a connection to the natural landscape that is simply stunning. As long as the proper scale is used, the home will appear to simply spring forth from the building site.

Finally, scale is also used to trick the eyes and the senses by making open spaces feel smaller, and by making closed spaces feel larger. The end result being that regardless of the size of the home, considering “human scale” creates a structure that people can relate to and feel comfortable within.

Designing a home for the first or tenth time is always a challenge. Gelotte Hommas Architecture has the skills and experience needed to make your design visions a reality and we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

Home Design Ideas: Wooden Slats

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Few elements in the home are as standard or common as wood. Its strength and ease of use make it a standard building material that architects and builders rely on. Of course, it’s also quite beautiful and it can be used to enhance the appearance of your home. That’s why when we are designing a home we like to bring wood out from behind the walls and allow it to be seen and enjoyed.

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One of the best ways to do this is to incorporate wooden slats into your design. Slats of all sizes can be used along walls to allow the passage of light and air into the home, or they can be used to create enclosures that provide a sense of security and privacy. The secret to accomplishing either is to determine the proper amount of space you want between the slats.

Another interesting way you can incorporate wooden slats into a home design is to use it as a ceiling cover. By interspersing light and dark colored slats, you can create a pattern along the ceiling that gives your rooms definition and an eclectic sense of style. When combined with other natural elements such as stone, glass, and steel, the results are truly stunning.

Ultimately, whether you lay your slats down horizontally or vertically, make sure they follow the natural lines of the home. This will help them blend in with the structure. The end result will be a home with a refined and contemporary appearance that people will notice and admire.

Be sure to contact the team at Gelotte Hommas before you begin the process of designing a home. Our expert architects can help you bring your dream home to life.

Architecture Trends: Ideas for Craftsman Style Homes

Craftsman-Style homes are embellished with plenty of details and features that make them truly unique within the world of architecture. Their sometimes intricate adornments make them stand out from the crowd and it is for that reason that Craftsman homes are among the most popular styles in the Washington area. While architecture trends come and go, this style has proven its staying power.

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Craftsman homes feature broad proportions with deep eaves and sometimes exposed brackets and structural elements such as rafters and beams. The homes can be one-story or multi-story, and they are often painted in darker tones such as grays and greens.

Among the most common features you will find in a Craftsman home, the following give the structure its unique style and sense of flair:

  • Upstairs Dormers – These sprout from the roof and provide a fabulous vantage point from which to view the outside world.
  • Porches with distinctive roof lines – A central element to almost every Craftsman home is the porch. Often, these are accented by simple, square pillars.
  • Bric-a-brac – No Craftsman home is complete without a little embellishment. Window boxes, shake shingles, and decorative windows are the fine details homeowners use to give their homes a unique sense of personality and style.
  • Superb landscaping – As with all architecture trends, it’s imperative to make sure the home fits well within the landscape. Craftsman homeowners are experts at employing bushes, shrubs, planter boxes, and other features around their homes for this purpose.

For more information about the latest architecture trends, contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture. Our team would be happy to answer your questions and offer you our award winning services.

The Difference Between Simpleness and Simplicity

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When it comes to architectural style, simplicity is the greatest compliment an architect can ever achieve. Simplicity doesn’t mean simpleness, rather it is an effortless blending of architectural elements to create structure that is welcoming and inviting while still being interesting and engaging.

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Simpleness is easy to accomplish as it is uninspired and often just a combination of elements that appear to fit together but do not. Simplicity on the other hand requires crafting a delicate balance between each and every element of the home.

Here are some ways simplicity can be achieved when it comes time to design a home:

  • Fill a need in a beautiful way. By using geometry along with the right materials, architecture can be brought to life in a simple way that isn’t overwhelming or distracting.
  • Use a minimum of decorations and features. Extraneous add-on’s and distracting decorations take away from a structures aesthetic appearance. If it isn’t essential to the aesthetic or the function of the structure, then it should be discarded without a second thought.
  • Connect the home to the landscape. For simplicity to be achieved, a home must blend in with the landscaping that surrounds it. When done correctly, there is a seamless transition and bond between the two that can never be broken.

To discuss the right architectural style for your next home design project, contact the award winning team at Gelotte Hommas Architecture. We would be happy to sit down with you and help you design the perfect place for you to call home.

7 Lucky Ways to Bring Some Asian Influence Into Your Home

The Orient has always inspired a sense of mystery and refinement that is appealing to the adventurous soul. Whether you have a home in the Hamptons or in downtown Seattle, adding a little Asian influence into your home is a fabulous decision. Here are some ways you can incorporate Asian influences when you are designing a home:

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  • Keep things simple. Asian design is all about maintaining a sense of openness and minimalism within the home. Rooms should be airy and unencumbered by excess furniture and decoration.
  • Allow natural light to illuminate your rooms. The more windows and skylights you include in your design, the easier this will be to accomplish.
  • Incorporate bold and Asian themed works of art. Large paintings, sculptures, and physical elements placed against a plain and simple background will stand out and draw attention.
  • Focus on organic themes.  By utilizing gentle curves to contrast straight lines and edges, you’ll create a natural flow to the home that reflects the natural beauty of the world outside.
  • Lay your home out according to the principles of Feng Shui. This means giving clear definition to each room and using the proper colors and design elements to create a relaxing and harmonious environment.
  • Use water liberally. Water features such as small ponds and gently flowing fountains help create an ambiance that is conducive for relaxation and comfort. Further, these elements make excellent pieces of conversation that will peak the curiosity of your guests.
  • Use the right materials. Bamboo, paper, stone, and sand make excellent inclusions within any Asian themed home.

When you are ready to begin the process of designing a home, contact the team at Gelotte Hommas. We will be happy to bring your dream home to life.

Working With a Design Wish List

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At Gelotte Hommas Architecture, we excel in translating clients’ desires into exceptional designs. We live by the motto “the Art in Architecture,” blending the intuitive with the rational and paying careful attention to the distinct aspects of aesthetics.

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Here’s how to work with your architect using a wish list when designing a home to create the living space you’ve always dreamed of:

  • Think big. Every project starts with possibility, so here’s your chance to go wild. Whether you’re building an entire home or just remodeling a room, think about what your dream space would have. From the big picture to the tiniest details, don’t overlook a thing. Make a list and compile an idea book with clips and images for inspiration; then give them both to your architect.
  • Narrow the scope. Once you’ve got your best-of-all-possible-worlds scenario, it’s time to start thinking practically. Consider constraints like budget, space, and lifestyle, and whittle your dream list down to the absolute essentials. What can’t you live without?
  • Let the architect work their magic. Clear communication with your architect is key. Confirm that your architect understands your desires, rather than pushing his or her own on you; then keep the conversation going as the architect creates plans and revises. This is called the “iterative” approach, and it should result in a plan that is exactly to your specifications.  

Contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture for more information about our approach, or about how we can work together to build your dream home in Seattle.