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.

Exposed Wood and Warm Tones Exemplify This Moroccan Remodel

The Glassworks Remodel's Moroccan touches include a ceiling covered with an intricate design in warm tones and a stone fireplace in shades of brown that reaches from floor to ceiling.
The Glassworks Remodel’s Moroccan touches include a ceiling covered with an intricate design in warm tones and a stone fireplace in shades of brown that reaches from floor to ceiling.

Intricate patterns, arched ceilings and warm tones give Moroccan architecture its distinct characteristics. This architectural style is known for giving homes a rich, exotic and inviting appearance. A wonderful example of how Moroccan features provide homes with a whole new look can be seen in our Glassworks Remodel project.

This project involved making several changes to a home by giving it a Moroccan-themed design. The home’s outdoor area now has an exterior living space that features several sitting areas and a gas fireplace for added warmth and relaxation. The Moroccan touches that were incorporated into this area include a ceiling covered with an intricate design in warm tones and a stone fireplace in shades of brown that reaches from floor to ceiling. A simple floor with large, plain tiles gives the area an elegant look and a bit of contrast to the brighter furniture and ceiling colors. Exposed dark wood beams and skylights over the outdoor kitchen and dining areas provide an airy, upscale look. The outdoor kitchen area also has warm wood cabinets and a decorative hanging light fixture that adds an even more exotic touch to the space. Accents, such as colored glass lanterns, also keep the Moroccan theme going throughout the outdoor living area.

Moroccan architecture also includes other features that can be used in homes, such as tiled, arched ceilings done in warm hues, stone columns and intricately carved wooden doorways. Tiles and textiles featuring geometric patterns can also add some Moroccan flair to homes. Warm tones in shades of orange, red, brown and yellow are used extensively in this type of architecture.

If you’re thinking of using Moroccan architecture for all or part of your home, please contact Gelotte Hommas to set up a consultation.

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.

Wooden Beams and Brilliance in Design in this Luxurious Cabin

The Cabin on Lake Wenatchee is filled with wooden beams in several rooms, giving the home an overall rustic and warm look that blends well with the rest of the interior features.
The Cabin on Lake Wenatchee is filled with wooden beams in several rooms, giving the home an overall rustic and warm look that blends well with the rest of the interior features.

Exposed beams are usually associated with barns, but they offer a beautiful addition to contemporary homes. Wooden beams can give these homes a rustic look or a clean, modern one, depending on the design and color of wood that’s used. A great example of the clever use of exposed beams in contemporary architecture is the Cabin on Lake Wenatchee, designed by Gelotte Hommas.

This contemporary lake house is filled with wooden beams in several rooms, giving the home an overall rustic and warm look that blends well with the rest of the interior features. The kitchen, living room, dining room and bedrooms all have different styles of wooden beam designs. In areas with lofty ceilings, including the living room, these beams are highlighted by sunlight that comes in through small rectangular windows up near the ceiling. In areas with lower ceilings, including the bedrooms, these beams create a cozy look and feel.

The Cabin on Lake Wenatchee features a few different styles of exposed beams. Some areas have a traditional exposed beam design that includes several beams slanted up toward the ceiling with other beams hanging over the room horizontally at regular intervals. Rooms with flat ceilings feature a simple exposed beam design, where the beams stretch horizontally across entire ceilings made of wood. The home also has several other wood features, including staircases, wood walls and wood furniture, that help accentuate the exposed beams.

Wooden beams can be used in other ways as well, such as in chevron-style patterns for a striking appearance. They can also be painted white to give homes a more streamlined, airy look.

Interested in using wooden beams for added warmth in your contemporary home? Contact Gelotte Hommas to schedule a consultation, and visit us online to see our portfolio of unique and contemporary projects.

Contemporary Design with an Emphasis on Views and Natural Light

Wood beams and wood accents throughout that give it a warm and inviting appearance, while the stone fireplace and accent wall offer a rustic touch that adds to the home’s natural look and feel, and it's water bolster it with a soothing atmosphere.
Wood beams and wood accents throughout that give it a warm and inviting appearance, while the stone fireplace and accent wall offer a rustic touch that adds to the home’s natural look and feel, and it’s water bolster it with a soothing atmosphere.

Incorporating natural elements into a modern home is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of contemporary architecture. Using these elements gives homes a warm look and helps blend the interior with the surrounding landscape. One of the finest examples of this can be seen in Gelotte Hommas’ Wood, Stone, Water project.

This project involved designing a contemporary home that includes stone, wood and water features to create a visually impressive and calming environment. The home, located in Medina, has wood beams and wood accents throughout that give it a warm and inviting appearance. Stone features, including a fireplace and accent wall, offer a rustic touch that adds to the home’s natural look and feel. Water features provide it with a soothing atmosphere.

The home also makes use of floor-to-ceiling windows to let in as much natural light as possible, which is another characteristic of contemporary architecture. These windows offer stunning views of the trees around the home and the city lights down below and create a seamless transition from the interior to the outdoor landscape. The home’s lofty ceilings, open floor plan and oversized windows combined with its location perched on a hillside allow sunlight to flood the interior, adding to the overall warmth of the design.

More modern accents throughout the home, such as glass tables and track lighting, add a touch of contrast with its natural elements of wood, stone and water. All of these features together create an award-winning contemporary home that is strikingly beautiful. Wood, Water, Stone won the 1997 MAME award for Best Custom Residence and Best Master Suite.

If you’re considering contemporary architecture for your new home, please contact Gelotte Hommas. Visit us online and view our online contemporary project portfolio to see past projects we’ve worked on.

A Cliffside Retreat That Capitalizes on the Resplendent Views

High Above the Water is a remarkable blending of contemporary architecture and natural space that's located on Puget Sound.
High Above the Water is a remarkable blending of contemporary architecture and natural space that’s located on Puget Sound.

Relaxing at home takes on a whole new meaning when you can take advantage of sweeping vistas right outside your window. It’s even better when you can look off in the distance and see just how vast the deep blue sea truly is. High above the water, your mind will wander and ponder as the scenery recharges you.

High Above the Water is a remarkable blending of contemporary architecture and natural space that’s located on Puget Sound. Designed to blend into the environment, its stone facade and exposed wood make it seem as if the home has always been perched atop the cliff. Inside, gabled ceilings and large windows provide an unimpeded view of the water and mountains in the distance. Coupled with contemporary pendant lights, the living room, kitchen, and master bathroom are always awash in light.Further, the grand fireplace in the living room with it’s stone cladding and natural wood mantel are the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening at home.

Even when it’s raining, the stone tiled floor of the cantilevered balcony is covered and provides a marvelous setting to gather with family or entertain friends. The flooring on the balcony is an extension of the same tile used within the kitchen and creates a symbiotic relationship between both kitchen and balcony. Indeed, even the shade of the wood floor matches the exposed wood beams, cabinets, and exterior of the home. The result is that everything blends together seamlessly to create a harmonious aesthetic that is simply stunning.

Gelotte Hommas specializes in contemporary architecture and cliffside building. We invite you to contact us to discuss your property and the home we can design and build for you.

French Style Has Lasting Appeal with A Touch of Normandy

Norman architecture stands as treasured testaments to the everlasting beauty of the past as these storied structures blend with the ever changing present.
Norman architecture stands as treasured testaments to the everlasting beauty of the past as these storied structures blend with the ever changing present.

The Norman countryside is filled with chateaus whose architectural elements have proven timeless. From the peaceful lanes of Bayeux, of the bustling avenues of Caen, these homes stand as treasured testaments to the everlasting beauty of the past as these storied structures blend with the ever changing present.

The Norman architecture being built today has its roots in the 11th and 12th centuries when castles and manors were built to reflect the financial prowess and community standing of the owner. As such, Norman structures feature intricate stonework, friezes, and fine details that are brought together to personalize the space and reflect the interests of the person and the family.

Within, Norman homes feature plenty of focal points and points of interest. For example, exposed ceiling beams are commonly stained or painted a different color than the wall and ceiling. This creates interest and visual appeal from a purely structural element. Furthermore, Norman homes in the 1200s didn’t have electric lighting. As such, they were rather dark and their stone construction made them rather imposing. To make them more impressive than imposing, modern designers include hanging chandeliers, wall sconces, and modern layered lighting techniques that flood the rooms with light making them wonderfully cheery places to relax or entertain guests.

It truly is the fine details and finishing touches that give your home a touch of Normandy that is genuinely memorable. The intricately carved mantel framing the herringbone pattern of the fireplace , the gentle scrollwork lining the banister, and the tile patterns in the kitchen and the bathroom are what make Norman style so timeless and charming.

Gelotte Hommas can help you build a Norman estate anywhere in the world. We invite you to contact us at 425-828-3081 for more information about our firm and the services we have to offer.

Sandwith Estate Offers Traditional Style and Luxurious Amenities

Sandwith Estate is a home that feels familiar, yet maintains enough secrets to surprise visitors with the unexpected.
Sandwith Estate is a home that feels familiar, yet maintains enough secrets to surprise visitors with the unexpected.

From every angle, and within every corner, Sandwith Estate embodies the genuine beauty of traditional style. Designed to balance functionality with comfort, the property takes inspiration from the past while keeping its focus on the present. The result is a home that feels familiar, yet maintains enough secrets to surprise visitors with the unexpected.

The frontal facade of the home pays homage to the grand architecture of ancient Rome. Its grand arches and sturdy rounded Tuscan columns support a simple, yet elegant pediment above the entryway. From the moment you enter the home, you know you’re in for a grand experience. This style is mimicked in the back of the home where the squared Tuscan columns and pediment are easily viewed from the main room and all along the terrace.

The interior of the home is spacious and open, with the entryway and living room both featuring 30 foot ceilings and open floor plans. Within the living room, the deep coffered ceiling is perfectly matched with the oversized, arched windows and the marvelous marble fireplace at the center of the room. Indeed, many of the rooms within the home feature coffered ceilings which were chosen to accentuate the decor and style contained within.

While every detail from the tile to the cabinetry has been carefully chosen for their timeless visual appeal, it’s the changing appeal that makes the home truly special. From every room in the house, the plentiful and carefully positioned windows provide a view that changes with the times.

Sandwith Estate is only one of the many beautiful creations we’re proud to have designed. When you’re ready to bring your dreams to life, contact Gelotte Hommas at 425-828-3081. We’re ready to use our skills and experience to make your grandest dreams a reality for you to enjoy.

Contemporary Architecture Speaks to Nature with Northwest Perspective

The Northwest Perspective on contemporary home design offers sharp lines, warm wood, and a natural look that both stands out and melds with it's environment.
The Northwest Perspective on contemporary home design offers sharp lines, warm wood, and a natural look that both stands out and melds with it’s environment.

The rugged environment of the Pacific Northwest brings to mind images of rustic homes surrounded by trees and scenic views. However, homeowners in these areas can give their homes a contemporary flair that complements the surrounding terrain.

The Northwest Perspective on contemporary home design offers clean lines and a streamlined look that manages to add a bit of contrast while also blending in with a more rugged environment. These homes typically have the following features to a varying degree:

  • Sharp lines –  Contemporary homes are known for having clearly defined lines that give them an angular appearance, rather than rounded or gently sloped lines. When these homes are surrounded by undeveloped land, these lines contrast beautifully with the softer, irregular lines of trees, rocks and other natural elements.
  • Warm woods –  Contemporary houses with a Northwest Perspective generally make use of richly colored warm woods that complement nearby trees. When combined with clean lines, these woods give homes an interesting visual appearance that blends a naturally rugged look with a more modern shape.
  • Contrasting materials and colors – While this isn’t a requirement for contemporary homes in natural areas, these features can create an impressive appearance. A white exterior wall or the use of steel or concrete provide a striking contrast with the surrounding environment.
  • Complementary colors – Contemporary homes set in natural environments can blend in with their surroundings, despite the use of clean, modern lines. These homes make clever use of green and brown tones on the exterior to help them fit in more among trees and other woodland elements.

If you’re thinking of having a home built with contemporary architecture, contact Gelotte Hommas for a consultation. Our skilled architects will help you create a visually striking home that blends beautifully with your natural surroundings.

This Prairie House in Virginia Evokes Modern Design

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For our Prairie House, we used "Wisteria" detailing both indoors and outdoors in addition to tile work in the home's showers to help provide a more playful nature to the design.
For our Prairie House, we used “Wisteria” detailing both indoors and outdoors in addition to tile work in the home’s showers to help provide a more playful nature to the design.

There are plenty of options when it comes to deciding on what kind of home design you are looking for. If you’re swinging towards a modern look, we recommend the prairie style home design. The prairie home style is often considered the first modern residential architecture style that predated the craftsman style. The first architects to develop the style focused on dismissing classicism and medieval styles in order to create something that was uniquely American. They certainly succeeded! One of the most famous designers of the prairie home style is Frank Lloyd Wright, who is one of – if not the – most famous architects in American history. Now that you know a little bit about the prairie home style, let’s take a look at our prairie house in Virginia as an example:

Surrounded by woods, we had plenty of space with which to work, which is perfect for a prairie home design since one of the most defining elements is its use of horizontal space. Our single-floor prairie home showcases an elegant design that makes use of simple and beautiful lines. We chose to use both colors and materials in the home’s design that would match the surrounding environment, such as the wood frames encasing all the windows and doors as well as the wood trim on the interior walls. This helped to provide the owners with a more relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. We used “Wisteria” detailing both indoors and outdoors in addition to tile work in the home’s showers to help provide a more playful nature to the design. We also made sure to incorporate plenty of tall windows to let in both the gorgeous view and plenty of sunlight.

Check out our prairie house in Virginia and contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture for more information about custom home designs.