Announcing Our New Initiative, Arc i tek

We’ve been hinting and teasing about a new program with Gelotte Hommas that would be coming down the pipeline. We offer thanks to everyone for their patience while awaiting the news, and we’re happy to say that we can finally announce arc i tek!

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Arc i tek will be a youth based program in which Gelotte Hommas Architecture will work with the Seattle Architecture Foundation. The program will feature a series of workshops and tours that will come to a competition. This program is great for youth who have an interest in architecture or just in design, and will help to engage them towards “building a vision of a future Seattle World’s Fair in the year 2062.” In workshops, teachers will work with youth to explore design and create their own submission models for this goal of future vision.

More details should be coming soon, but stay excited about this great opportunity!

The Self Sufficient House: A Zero Energy Home

The Built Green Conference had so many wonderful ideas for discussion, we couldn't help but share.

If you weren’t able to attend the 2011 Built Green Conference, then we hate you missed out, but we do have some great information on what’s going on in the green focused architectural community around Bellevue and Seattle. One of the ideas that we loved to see discussed at the conference was that of a Zero Energy Home (ZEH).

So what is a Zero Energy Home? A ZEH is a home that is self sufficient–It provides what it needs to consume, and has its own cycle that allows the people within it to save on costs and to lesson their carbon footprint on the planet. Though a home that generates the same amount of energy as it consumes may seem more futuristic, there have already been plenty of homes built that meet this criteria, or at least come within reach. The Zero Energy Home is a great goal for the eco-friendly design and architecture community, and we look forward to seeing how it develops.

What are your thoughts on a ZEH?

Upcoming Events For Gelotte Hommas, Including the Built Green Conference

Architects are an active, engaging group that thrive on interaction, creativity, and the exchange of ideas. Any given month, there’s usually at least one big event in the world of architecture, but September is looking to be an intensely busy month. To keep you up to date on the happenings at Gelotte Hommas, we’ve included our up and coming events:

  •  The Built Green Conference is just days away on the 14th at Pickering Barn in Issaquah. Our very own Eric Gelotte will be speaking at the conference, discussing how using local merchants add to the greenness of a home, as well as offering information on who/what they are in the area.
The Built Green Conference and Festival is a great event for those interested in green architecture and how to make your designs and builds more eco-friendly.
  • On the 17th of September, we’ll be attending an open house for a client that we assisted with a wonderful remodel on the Sammamish plateau. We designed the space and then the client built the design over the course of five years–An open house is definitely earned after a half decade of labor!
Many bungalows have their style and charm displayed on the exterior of the space, like our Kirkland Bungalow.
  • Our big event for September,  The Bungalow Fair, will take place on the 24-25 in Seattle. We will be attending and speaking at the fair, with Scott and Eric leading a discussion on “How to teach an old house new tricks”. The talk will focus on how you can add bungalow charm to an existing newer home to add vintage elements and character. Gelotte Hommas loves bungalow style, as you can see from our work on the Medina BungalowBungalow on the Beach and Kirkland Bungalow.
Scott's talk at the Bungalow fair will help you add bungalow charm to your existing home, with wonderful interior additions like this one, in our Medina Bungalow.

We’re ecstatic about these upcoming events, and are excited to share them with you here. Will you be attending either of the conferences or the open house? If so, tell us in a comment!

Our Experience at the MOB Garden Party

Recently our very own Scott Hommas was invited to attend a wonderful MOB Garden Party to support thePacific Northwest Ballet. Garden parties are a great way to celebrate the summer and a great cause or organization, like the Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as a great way to enjoy your outdoor living space and the great weather.

The watercolor elevation of the home done during design

The party was held at Jeanne Tweten & Jim Leslie’s home, which was actually designed by Gelotte Hommas Architecture. We were happy to see how the design of the home could cater to the needs of entertaining, as well as to enjoy the company of others there to support such a great program as the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

During the garden party, attendees enjoyed a talk with Peter Boyle, the Artistic Director of of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Alabastro Photography captured a few photos of the crowd during the speech, several of which have Scott somewhere in the mix, like this one:

Scott Hommas stands with Jeanne Tweten during the Peter Boyle talk. Photo by Alabastro Photography

Did you attend the garden party? What has been your favorite Pacific Northwest Ballet show? What design element do find most essential to outdoor entertaining? Share your thoughts and stories with us in a comment.

How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

Homeowners often note small rooms as one of their biggest challenges, and tiny space is even more of a hardship in the heart of the home. For those of you plagued with small kitchens, we’ve compiled some helpful tips from House Beautifuland Better Homes and Gardens that will not only make the space look larger, but also will make it more practical and functional for use.

  • Take the cabinets higher to add storage space and a more expansive look.
  • Mirrors make any room look larger. Take advantage of this in the kitchen with a mirrored backsplash.
  • Use any available natural light. If you have a window, limit the treatments to let the light shine in.
  • Knock down part of a wall so the kitchen looks more open.

Of course, remodeling is also a great option when it comes to small kitchens. A kitchen renovation could literally make the room larger or a remodel could incorporate the best cabinets and appliances to make the most of the available space. Gelotte Hommas Architecture in Bellevue, Washington, would be happy to help you solve your tiny kitchen dilemma, so contact us today.

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens