Concrete Turns Cozy in House in a Mountain Meadow

A concrete wall, exposed support beams, and indoor greenery are just some of the features that make this contemporary gem shine.
A concrete wall, exposed support beams, and indoor greenery are just some of the features that make this contemporary gem shine.

When one typically thinks of a romantic meadow, concrete walls and chrome finishes rarely come to mind. However, the Gelotte Hommas designed House in a Mountain Meadow is a stunning example of a how a contemporary design aesthetic can be both industrial and warm, modern and romantic. Below are several design features that make this unique home integrate so well with its naturally breathtaking surroundings.

Exposed, light wood beams and a vaulted ceiling create a jaw-dropping open concept living space. The house’s uniform white walls and gray accents keep all the spaces feeling bright and airy, while blue and green pops of color hearken back to nature. The warms blues also prevent the space from feeling too clinical.

The most unique feature of the house is a concrete wall that runs both through the interior and the exterior of the home. Not only does this wall promote seamless continuity between both spaces, but it also creates an intimate hallway that contrasts nicely with the openness of the rest of the house.

The connection with the outdoors is additionally highlighted by the use of indoor plants within the design. Plants are potted delicately over the kitchen cabinets and furrow between openings in the concrete wall. The home also houses an intimate courtyard full of lush greenery.

The house was built into the mountainside in such a way that it can’t be seen from a above or below. This privacy allows for large windows that allow the homeowners to soak in beautiful views.

If you are interested in incorporating a contemporary design aesthetic into your home, contact Gelotte Hommas Architects today. We are excited to get you into the home of your dreams!

This Seaside Bathroom is Sure to Wow

Asymmetrical ceilings add charm and character to this New England-inspired bathroom.
Asymmetrical ceilings add charm and character to this New England-inspired bathroom.

Dreaming of a spa-like master bath? Gelotte Hommas architects designed a stunner of a bathroom in their Cape Cod inspired home, Northeast by Northwest. Here are some of the design features that make this beautiful bathroom so enviable:

  • A dramatic ceiling brings a touch of romance. Traditional Cape Cod’s include sharply steepled roofs. This design aspect is apparent in Northeast by Northwest’s master bath, with a few additional twists. The sky-high ceiling is punctuated where walls were added to include a water closet and walk-in shower. The area above the bathtub is also steepled, creating an alcove with recessed lighting that highlights the area. A simple chandelier and sconces add to the charm.
  • Sand tones compliment the stunning ocean views. This bathroom has several windows, including those above the bathtub that let in light and views of the crystal clear ocean water below. The sand toned tiling, countertops, and walls underscore these relaxing views. The mirrors on the adjacent wall give the appearance that the sea is surrounding the room on three sides.
  • Elegant white built-ins add character and plenty of room for storage. The crown moldings that appear along the top of the built-ins add to the period charm of the room. With the built-ins concentrated along one wall, the room feels open and spacious.

If you’re interested in including a luxurious bathroom in your dream home, contact Gelotte Hommas Architects for a design consultation.

Glassworks Remodel Dazzles with Middle Eastern Charm

Gelotte Hommas turned this traditional backyard into an exotic oasis with their Glassworks Remodel.
Gelotte Hommas turned this traditional backyard into an exotic oasis with their Glassworks Remodel.

Thinking about spicing up your outdoor living space? Gelotte Hommas architects took a traditional backyard set-up and turned into a beautiful Moroccan themed oasis with their project, Glassworks Remodel. Below are some of the unique and dynamic design elements that were used to transform this backyard into an exotic retreat:

Two outdoor spaces were added to this gorgeous backyard. One space is used as a covered seating area; the other is an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Both spaces are connected by the indoor kitchen and dining area. This portion of the house works as a hallway between the two spaces and is excellent for entertaining guests both inside and out.

Beautiful red panels cap the outer edge of the outdoor seating area, supported by rich, dark wood beams. This space also includes unique wood details as a few of the beams have inserts carved in the shape of elephants.

The most arresting aspect of this space is easily the outdoor fireplace. This unique, stone hearth exudes both warmth and character. Amber-toned tiling among the stones and an asymmetrical mantle make this fireplace a truly distinguishing design feature.

With its direct connection to the indoor dining area, the outdoor kitchen is both charming and convenient. The amber tones continue with the eye-catching counter top and a multitude of lanterns ensures that both spaces will be well lit no matter what time of day. This space comes complete with an outdoor sink, dishwasher, and built-in barbeque. Both areas include hanging heat lamps so that the backyard can be enjoyed from season to season.

If you’re interested in spicing up your outdoor space, contact us today for a design consultation. We look forward to giving you the backyard of your dreams!

This Woodsy Home Takes Retractable Windows to the Next Level

This versatile living space is surrounded by retractable windows on all four sides.
This versatile living space is surrounded by retractable windows on all four sides.

For those seeking optimal connectivity to their outdoor living spaces, retractable windows are a great way to bring the outside in. Gelotte Hommas masterfully designed The Woods Outback with a main living area that is surrounded by retractable windows on all four sides. This design allows guests to fully enjoy a bright, open living room, no matter what the weather.

These floor-to-ceiling windows let in an ideal amount of sunlight, and with weather permitting, they turn a beautiful living area into an elegant covered patio. The tile flooring flows continuously throughout both spaces and is versatile and durable enough to serve as both indoor and outdoor flooring.

One of the most interesting elements of the room is how the windows cut right through the kitchen, allowing homeowners the benefits of outdoor kitchen when they want one. With all the windows open, it’s possible to barbeque in the outdoor space. The room is also equipped with a wood stove that allows brave bakers to prepare delicious wood-fired pizza. The space is especially convenient, since all of the regular kitchen items are easily accessible from both sides. And with a fireplace and ample space, this unique layout is perfect for entertaining.

If you’re looking to incorporate retractable windows into your design, contact Gelotte Hommas Architects today. We’ll be happy to assist you with designing the home of your dreams.

Classic on the Green Plays up Elegant Yellows

The stately dining room in Classic on the Green incorporates a fresh, citrus color palette.
The stately dining room in Classic on the Green incorporates a fresh, citrus color palette.

A great deal of the beauty of traditional architecture undoubtedly lies in its timeless charm. The Gelotte Hommas designed Classic on the Green does an excellent job of honoring that timeless beauty in its design while incorporating a elegant color palette that keeps the home looking fresh, relaxing, and modern.

Classic on the Green uses a versatile citrus color palette to keep the rooms looking alternately bold and serene. Yellow can either infuse a room with a pop of color, or be an understated neutral depending upon the shade. Here a different ways to incorporate some beautiful yellows into your design:

  • Play up a bold yellow with bright, white accents… The golden yellow in the dining room pops against the walls thanks to the clean, white trim that encases the space. Cream-colored curtains keep the room looking demure, while lime green flowers add hint of playfulness.
  • …Or play it down with dark wood finishes. The mustard colored office in Classic on the Green manages to be warm without being overwhelming thanks to the dark wood finishes that accent the room.
  • Keep bedrooms serene with a pale yellow. The master bedroom in this house looks like a vacation resort thanks to the creamy yellow walls and stormy blue accents. Big windows and white trim keep the space feeling open and airy. The tranquility continues into the daffodil colored master bath, which includes an elegant white soaker and marble floors.

If you need help picking out the best color scheme to compliment the traditional home of your dreams, contact Gelotte Hommas architects today!

Open Up Your Living Room with These Bold Built-Ins

The built-ins in Northwest Perspective elegantly display a variety of books and artwork.
The built-ins in Northwest Perspective elegantly display a variety of books and artwork.

Historically a staple of traditional architecture, built-in shelving has a beauty and elegance that elevates it far beyond being a simple storage solution. For those that enjoy the functionality of a built-in, but have a more modern design aesthetic, the Gelotte Hommas designed Northwest Perspective incorporates built-in shelving with a fresh, contemporary twist.

In contrast to the painted, symmetrical built-ins that appear in traditional architecture, the built-ins in Northwest Perspective are a warm, natural wooden tone and each unit of shelving is varied dramatically in size to accommodate art and books. Most startling of all is that these built-ins are backless and connect the living room with the hallway, while still creating distinct spaces.

These built-ins create sightlines between the living room and the hallway beyond. This design is ideal for those who enjoy the functionality of an open-concept layout, while still wanting to maintain some of the intimacy of a closed-concept space.

Additionally, this shelving is ideal for displaying books, art, and pictures. Because the shelves are double-sided, homeowners can get creative with how they choose to decorate. They can display pieces that are symmetrical from both sides, so they look the same whether you’re standing in the living room or the hallway, or they can incorporate pieces that look different depending on if you’re looking at them from the front or the back.

If you want help giving traditional design elements a contemporary feel, please contact Gelotte Hommas Architects for a consultation.

For a Touch of Elegance, Consider an Indoor Balcony

The portico-styled archways and wrought iron railings in Sammamish Tuscan create a feeling of charm and romance.
The portico-styled archways and wrought iron railings in Sammamish Tuscan create a feeling of charm and romance.

Gelotte Hommas’ Sammamish Tuscan includes many beautiful design features, but one of the most elegant and unique aspects of the home are its indoor balconies. Homeowners looking to incorporate a romantic, European touch should consider some of the following benefits that accompany this special design element.

The indoor balconies showcase how marvelously high the ceilings are in the living room. And since they draw the eye up, the hallways are a great place to display pieces of art.

Having the upstairs hallways exposed creates great connectivity between the upstairs and downstairs spaces. Sightlines are improved since it’s possible to see directly into the living room the hallways and rooms above and vice versa.

Despite the high ceilings the living room still manages to feel warm and intimate because of the golden tones used throughout the space. The additional light fixtures that are framed in the upstairs archways further brighten the space.

If you’re interested in learning more about indoor balconies and other charming design features that can be included in the home of your dreams, please contact us here.

Your Guests Will Fall in Love with this European-Inspired Stunner

A Touch of Normandy piles on the charm for your guests with a custom fireplace, exposed wooden beams, and elegant pops of color.
A Touch of Normandy piles on the charm for your guests with a custom fireplace, exposed wooden beams, and elegant pops of color.

A Touch of Normandy, a beautiful guesthouse designed by Gelotte Hommas Architects, proves that guesthouses can be just as stunning as a main home. This romantic cottage plays up classic, elegant design features that draw from both French and English architecture. If you’re considering building a guesthouse of your own, the following are some design inspirations to get your creative juices flowing:

This charming home is chock full of character, thanks in large part to the wood and stone work that is found both in the interior and on the exterior. The outside of the home is built from stately, sand-colored stones. On the inside, custom stone fireplaces add a touch of old world romance. The petit home feels large thanks to vaulted ceilings. Exposed wooden beams give each room a rustic feel.

The bathroom elegantly pairs gray marbled subway tiling on the walls with delicate black and white checkered tiling on the floors. The reclaimed wooden vanity supports an elegant sink while still housing tons of room for storage.

Green and blue pops of color keep all the spaces looking warm. The backs of the built-ins in the sitting room are painted a relaxing sea foam green, while royal blue throw pillows give the traditional living room a modern flare. The kitchen looks soft and classic with beautiful pastel cabinets.

If you’re interested in including any of these design elements into your guest home (or main house), contact Gelotte Hommas today!

Bask in the Summer Sun at Lakefront Splendor

A unique dining table enhances the outdoor entertainment space at Lakefront Splendor.
A unique dining table enhances the outdoor entertainment space at Lakefront Splendor.

Outdoor space is important, especially if you live somewhere as beautiful as the Pacific Northwest. It’s hard to find anywhere that equals the Northwest in sunny, mild summers, and having the outdoor amenities to fully appreciate the good weather is a must. Designed by Gelotte Hommas Architecture, Lakefront Splendor is a stunning, contemporary example of how to make the most of your outdoor space. Here are some tips on how we best utilized the space:

  • Incorporate decks to get your best possible view. Lakefront Splendor includes decks both off the master bedroom and in the living and dining rooms. With retractable floor to ceiling windows, these decks give the rooms great connection to the outside space, even during the winter months. Enjoy a nice breeze from inside, or relax on the comfy outdoor seating.
  • Entertain at night with a cozy fire pit. Surrounded by comfortable seating, a fire pit is an excellent entertainment option for guests. Enjoy s’mores and a bonfire while taking in the beautiful lakeside view.
  • Soak up the sun with a pool and a garden. Instead of having to choose between a luscious lawn and a sparkling swimming pool, this property designed the pool area to be off to the side, leaving room for homeowners and guests to enjoy both areas equally.
  • Host BBQs and formal dinners with an array of outdoor dining tables. This property features both traditional and non-traditional dining tables, including a table that holds a fire pit in the center. Either table is perfect for a low-key BBQ or an elegant evening.

If you’re hoping your dream home will include some or all of these amazing elements, contact Gelotte Hommas today to help you achieve your vision!

Add Drama to Your Front Entrance with a Traditional Gothic Archway

Lakefront Gothic's archway adds charm and character to the home's front entrance.
Lakefront Gothic’s archway adds charm and character to the home’s front entrance.

First impressions are important. When it comes to your home, the first thing guests will see is your front entryway. Having a beautiful and dramatic entrance is an excellent way to set the stage for the many other charming architectural features that friends and family will encounter when visiting for the first time.

If your tastes lean towards the traditional beauty of European architecture, consider adding an evocative Gothic archway. In the Gelotte Hommas designed Lakefront Gothic, the front entrance establishes a romantic and mysterious tone that is carried throughout the rest of the home’s interior design.

A steeply angled roof caps this warm, wooden archway and wrought iron nails punctuate the posts with character. The cutouts over the arch add charm and complete the European-inspired look. This archway also serves as the connection point between two garages on this property, with doors on either side of the arch leading into and out of each garage. Gas lamp style lanterns illuminate the walk-up and provide romantic lighting after dusk. After walking through this archway, guests will feel transported to another time and place.

If you need help getting started on your gothic-inspired dream home, contact Gelotte Hommas architects.

Incorporating Natural Elements in Cedar Haven

Reclaimed wood is transformed into a statement design piece in this Cedar Haven room.
Reclaimed wood is transformed into a statement design piece in this Cedar Haven room.

Building a home in the mountains usually requires chopping down some trees. However, the Gelotte Hommas designed Cedar Haven was not only made with recycled trees from the surrounding area, but the architects also found ingenious and inspiring ways to incorporate these trees into the home’s rustic contemporary design.

Hoping to evoke the feel of a log cabin, while gaining the contemporary appeal of floor to ceiling windows and modern lines, the designers utilized exposed wooden beams in the cabin’s vaulted ceilings and natural wood trim on doors and windows to maintain a rustic feel. The property houses three beautiful stone fireplaces, two indoor and one outdoors, and both fireplaces and chimneys are made from reclaimed stones. Earth-toned tiled floors give the house both a stately and natural feel.

The most breathtaking elements of this home’s design are the pieces of reclaimed trees that are incorporated throughout the house. Gnarled cedar trunks are used as pillars both inside and outside the home. One twisted tree trunk drapes elegantly over the indoor fireplace in the rec room. Another tree stump has an entire room to itself. The curved room encircles the stump, which foregrounds a blue stained glass window and a dramatically up-lit ceiling.

The vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows of the main living area encourage connectivity with the outside living space and allow ample natural light into the home.

If you’re interested in building your rustic contemporary vacation home, feel free to contact us. We are excited to help you get on your way to the home of your dreams!

From the Outside In, These Unique Design Elements are Sure to Wow

Cabin on Lake Wenatchee's unique exterior is a contemporary twist on traditional rustic charm.
Cabin on Lake Wenatchee’s unique exterior is a contemporary twist on traditional rustic charm.

Both inside and out, the Gelotte Hommas designed Cabin on Lake Wenatchee contains many special design features that make it a truly unique home. Here are some of our favorite elements from this welcoming vacation retreat.

The outside of the house manages to combine a chic modern exterior with the rustic feel one would typically associate with a cabin. Corrugated metal siding adds modern lines and an industrial feel to the cabin’s external walls. Exposed wooden beams, a green roof, and a rock-lined foundation counterbalance the metal siding and keep the home feeling rustic. A custom carved front door lends the exterior welcoming charm.

The industrial inspired motifs continue on inside of the home with beautiful concrete flooring. This unique flooring option is durable and long-lasting. The concrete flooring is naturally warmer than wood flooring would be, and so it surprisingly adds to the overall coziness of the cabin.

The house is dotted with several unexpected pops of color that add personality and charm to its design. The kitchen houses rich, red cabinets and contains a frenetic, multicolored backsplash. Avocado colored walls adorn the bedroom and warm up the space.

The exposed wooden slats throughout the house continue the blending of rustic and modern, with the lightly colored wood brightening up the main living area. Nowhere is this deign element better utilized than with the wooden staircase that blends in almost seamlessly with the rock-faced fireplace.

If you’re interested in incorporating quirky charm into your dream vacation home, contact Gelotte Hommas Architects today!