Trends in Meditteranean House Designs

The Tuscan home design boasts numerous elements that you typically find in the Mediterranean style, from the grand arches and pillars that frame the entrances.
The Tuscan home design boasts numerous elements that you typically find in the Mediterranean style, from the grand arches and pillars that frame the entrances.

When it comes to custom home designs, one style that has been growing in popularity over the last few years is the Mediterranean house design. A recent article on Architectural Digest even explored a variety of different types of Mediterranean home designs that we recommend taking a look at. Here at Gelotte Hommas Architecture, we are are big fans of the Mediterranean style and are very familiar with it. In fact, one of our most successful designs was our Tuscan home design, Villa at Sebastian.

The Villa at Sebastian is a traditional Mediterranean home that’s located in the middle of Bellevue. The Tuscan home design boasts numerous elements that you typically find in the Mediterranean style, from the grand arches and pillars that frame the entrances to the red shingle roof that helps to add warmth in addition to an inviting quality to the home’s look.  We also incorporated numerous balconies, both inside and outside of the home. The exterior balconies give the homeowners a chance to enjoy their stunning natural surroundings, while the interior balconies allow them to look down at the living spaces below – and also help keep the floor plan open and spacious.

Huge windows and skylights help to bring in an abundance of natural light, while Mediterranean style tile floors help add both elegance and a more classical feel at the same time. The pillars holding up the balconies definitely add a classical touch to the proceedings as well. To help soften up the aesthetic, we’ve used warmer wood features throughout the interior, from the cabinetry to the stairways to the trim around the windows and on the ceilings.

Check out our Tuscan home design and be sure to contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture for more information about a custom Mediterranean home design today.

Rustic Architecture Houses Stylish Automobiles

We didn't want this custom car garage to feel like a parking lot garage, so we incorporated a rustic architecture in order to make it feel warmer and more inviting.
We didn’t want this custom car garage to feel like a parking lot garage, so we incorporated a rustic architecture in order to make it feel warmer and more inviting.

If you are a car collector, like the ex-late night show host Jay Leno, then you’ll need a place to store all of your cars. You won’t want them cluttering up the exterior of your home – not to mention that you’ll want to protect them from the elements as well. Jay Leno is famous for his collection of cars – of which he has an astonishing 130 of! While odds are that you probably don’t have a car collection as extensive as Leno’s, you probably do need plenty of space even for a more modest collection. This requires a custom car garage – something that we here at Gelotte Hommas Architecture have experience building. Take for example our beautiful rustic custom garage, The Car Lodge.

We didn’t want this custom car garage to feel like a parking lot garage, so we incorporated a rustic architecture in order to make it feel warmer and more inviting. In fact, you’d never know that The Car Lodge was a garage housing a collection of antique automobiles from the outside since it looks just like a cozy little rustic design. We did this by using several different natural materials to create warmth – from a foundation of different colored stone to the wood shingle siding. The roof’s eaves also help to give it a more home-like feel. Large windows with white trim, a large stone chimney and wooden doors help round out the exterior.

Once inside, it becomes more apparent that it is a garage. Green floors give the garage a bit of character and elegance, while the open space makes it easy to not only display the cars but to move them out as well.

Check out The Car Lodge and contact us at Gelotte Hommas Architecture for information about custom car garage designs today.

Make the Most of the Sun In Your Coastal Vacation Home

Gelotte Hommas can help you create the perfect vacation home for you and your family.
Gelotte Hommas can help you create the perfect vacation home for you and your family.

Owning a vacation home is particularly wonderful way to escape the daily grind of life, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to have one, you probably want to make it as special for you and your family as possible. However, knowing how to do that, especially with a busy schedule or if you’re building from the ground up, can be downright difficult. That’s where vacation home architects Gelotte Hommas Architecture can come in and help. Whatever your style, Gelotte Hommas architecture can help you craft a home that you and your family will enjoy for years and years to come.

  • Gelotte Hommas Architecture can design your home from the bottom up. Even if you haven’t found a lot for your house yet, we can help you begin the process of looking for the perfect space and thinking about what you really want in a vacation home.
  • Our skilled architects can give you something beautiful and practical. Of course you want your dream vacation home, but if you have three kids and pets, that might mean something different to you than a single man or woman. You need to craft the vacation home of your dreams – not the one somebody else has always imagined spending time in.
  • We can help you come up with unique design ideas for your home. Whether we help you build the whole thing or just work on your interior styling, our ideas are interesting, modern and unique. Don’t settle for designers who can’t help you with the building process and perfect all of those details in your home that really add up to something special.

Contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture to learn more about our vacation home architects. We can help you with all of your projects, no matter what your style and needs.

Contemporary Style Meets Modern Elegance in Our Houghton Contemporary Design

Our Houghton Contemporary Design, merges contemporary architect trends with come classic elements for a style that appeals to a wide audience.
Our Houghton Contemporary Design, merges contemporary architect trends with come classic elements for a style that appeals to a wide audience.

At Gelotte Hommas Architecture, we often merge modern and traditional styles to create unique homes. We’re particularly proud of our Houghton Contemporary Design, which merges contemporary architect trends with come classic elements for a style that appeals to a wide audience.

The exterior of the Houghton building features simple, geometric construction. Numerous windows are designed to let in plenty of light, especially to the front of the building, which features stacked, square windows. The use of balconies extends the outdoor space in a modern nod to outdoor living, which landscaping using plenty of stone adds a hint of more classic appeal.

Step inside the home, and the first thing you’ll notice is the abundance of wide open spaces. Raised walkways allow for a unique, loft-style design of the second floor while leaving the lower level open with tall ceilings. The color scheme is primarily neutral — lots of beige and wood — with touches of color here and there for modern interest.

In the kitchen of this Houghton home, you really see the contemporary architect style at work. A kitchen island with a gleaming black top takes center stage. Stacked stainless steel appliances are in perfect balance with natural wood cabinetry, which features nickel hardware for a modern touch. The floor is a beige stone tile, which accentuates the wooden cabinets without creating to monotonous of a look.

Throughout the home, stone and wood are used to add a slight Craftsman appeal. The light fixtures are carefully placed to add ambient light and a warm glow.

Contact Gelotte Hommas to learn more about this and our other contemporary design projects.

Kirkland Pacific Northwest Home

This traditional style bungalow was designed with all the classic features of a craftsman style home.

With its rustic and warm appearance, Pacific Northwestern architecture embodies the comfortable and inviting atmosphere of Northwestern America. Pacific Northwestern style homes are considered craftsman bungalows, whose main influence comes from the English Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. Known for their use of beamed ceilings, wood shingles & stained glass, these bungalows give off a welcoming aura that pulls guests inside to a cozy living space. Our Kirkland Bungalow is a perfect example of this relaxed yet elegant style of architecture.

Impressive in size and sylvan in style,The Kirkland Bungalow employs rustic themes to imbue the home with warmth and comfort. The exterior boasts a brick foundation as well as wood shingle siding. Taken directly from craftsman home designs, the wooden pillars on the porch and the overhangs and eaves of the roof give a sturdy look to the exterior of the home.

Beautiful stained and leaded glass windows adorn the stairwells and doors of this Kirkland home, while multi-paned skylights brighten the living room and kitchen. Dark wooden ceiling beams, wainscoting, and molding contrast the light colored walls to balance out the rooms. Other craftsman details inside of the home include the use of built-in shelves, cabinets and seating. Craftsman homes are known for their functionality as well as the handcrafted aesthetic that lends to their contented charm.

Our Kirkland Bungalow implements traditional elements of the Pacific Northwestern style home while retaining its unique homey feel. Be sure to explore our website and look at some of our other award winning home designs. Contact us at Gelotte Hommas for additional information or advice concerning your home design.