6 Resources to Inspire Your Style

So, you’re ready to design your dream house, but you’re stuck on the details. We’ve put together a few resources to help you flesh out your dream home!

Browse Houzz

Houzz is a great place to collect inspiration for your longed-for remodel or your brand new dream home. Start with our Houzz page. See what other clients dreamed up and start forming your vision for your own custom home. Mountain retreats, lake-front getaways, inspired garages, and exotic influences—it’s there!

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest is one of our favorite resources. The magazine (both online and in print) provides design inspiration for a wide range of luxury styles with interviews, furniture picks, and lifestyle tips.


Luxe lives up to its name. You’ll find luxury color scheme ideas, style trends, décor inspirations, and more to fuel your imagination.

Portrait Magazine

Portrait stands out as a voice focused specifically on Pacific Northwest design trends. In addition to ideas for bringing the glory of the Pacific Northwest into your dream home, you’ll find suggestions for local food, travel, and wine. And watch for Gelotte Hommas on the site!

Kirkland Bungalow

Explore Our Library!

Visit us in our office! If you’re partial to more tangible resources, we have an abundance of books, magazines, and portfolios to peruse.

We’d be delighted to help you shape your ideas, dreams, and inspirations into a tangible home that you’ll love for years to come!


This month, the Gelotte Hommas Architecture office is decked out in holiday cards from our clients, contractors, and consultants. We find great joy in the relationships we’ve built over the years, and each holiday card we receive reminds us of a distinct story—your story!




Our clients invite us to help shape their homes, and our contractors and consultants join us on the journey to create a distinct sense of place for each client. We can’t help but become attached to the people we encounter through this process, so it brings us joy to know that you remembered us in your holiday greetings. There’s no greater gift to us than to know you’re enjoying the holiday season within the warmth of your home.




It’s for this same reason that we also love sending holiday cards. Last week, we gave you a look back on our holiday card tradition. This week, we’ll give you a brief look at our 2016 holiday card.




Scott Hommas and Daniel Carpenter collaborated to craft stylized images of the tools of the architectural trade. Compasses, pencils, paintbrushes, and pens merge to create truly unique snowflakes against a wintery blue background.

We’d be honored to send you a Christmas card! Join our holiday card mailing list!




We thank you for remembering us in this holiday season, and we wish you all the best this Christmas weekend!

GHA Holiday Cards: A Look Back

If you’ve ever worked with Gelotte Hommas, you’ve likely grown accustomed to finding a specially designed holiday card in your mailbox each year.

The inaugural Gelotte Hommas Christmas card design found its way to mailboxes in 1986, and we’re happy to have continued the tradition ever since.

Each November, we hold a contest to determine that year’s design. Once we’ve selected a unique design and the card design goes to print, we hold a signing party where the entire office spends an evening hand-signing each and every card. We enjoy all that goes into the holiday card process simply because we love our clients!

We’ve rounded up a few Christmas cards from years past. Take a look!


Holiday card from 1986

The card that started it all. This beautiful holiday card was the one designed and sent out in 1986. And thus began one of our favorite traditions!


Holiday card from 2001

A far cry from the simplicity of the 1986 holiday card, this intricate Christmas card uses soft colors and detailing to create a serene winter scene.


Holiday card from 2006

This intricate design draws you into the corridor with a skillful display of depth and detailing.

For more festive designs, hop over to our holiday card gallery.

Make our tradition your tradition! Sign up to receive an original Gelotte Hommas holiday card every December.

Working Your Architectural Angles

Three of the main tenants of the design theory and mindset at Gelotte Hommas Architecture are form, beauty, and architecture. A good architect needs the same know-how as a Super Model: You have to know how to work your angles.

Geometric patterns are one of the biggest, booming trends in fashion today. From the ever popular chevron to a well-defined diamond outline, geometry and angles are making a huge comeback. The trend is all about working angles and shapes in a creative, modern way, and it gets down to a simple truth:

"deep down we all love math" t-shirt


This new trend in fashion is getting down the heart of something architects have known for years: Angles and geometric patterns are a part of life, and we can use them to better form and beauty at once. While you may not have loved math class, these patterns and forms are something you probably appreciate daily in your home. Our “House in a Mountain Meadow” in Issaquah, WA, is a great example:

geometric hall in Issaquah home
Angles work together for strong form, function, and geometric beauty.

In this hallway, rafters go beyond basic support to add an element of style to the space, bringing the eye upwards to enjoy the blend of triangles, trapezoids, and more with a ceiling that’s anything but boring. Various shapes and angles from the walls, skylights, rafters, and furniture blend together for a modern and geometrically interesting space that’s warm and inviting.

While this resurgence in the love of geometric form and balance in fashion may someday go out of style, in your home, it’s a timeless look that keeps your space interesting and intriguing as well as purposeful and gorgeous.

What other architectural influences have you seen in today’s fashion world? Share your findings in a comment.

T-shirt Photo via Flickr CC.

Who will be lucky number 200?

We are not one of these huge facebook fan pages with thousands of fans, but the ones we have we love. We have loyal clients and friends and we are honored for each and every comment, “like”, share and post.
We are really excited to say that as of today we have 199 facebook “Likes”

Who is going to be out 200th like?!?

Rammed Earth; a gorgeous environmentally friendly building option

We have a new client who is interested in environmentally friendly building options. One of the options that we showed them is called Rammed Earth.
Most people have never heard of this method, so we thought we would share this really neat and beautiful technique. Rammed Earth (as defined by Wikipedia)  is used for the creation of walls using the raw materials of earthchalklime and gravel.

Image courtesy of Clifton Schooley

Although this technique seems new, it’s definitely not. It is actually an ancient building method that is seeing a revival recently due to challenges on the environment and clients seeking more sustainable building materials and natural building methods.

A home that is made using rammed earth is resistant to pest (termites and cockroaches), non~ toxic, fireproof, sound proof , it self regulates humidity ( great for asthma sufferers), bio degradable and a hat conductor ( a great way to cut down on air conditioning and heating costs.)


Here are a few more pictures

Image courtesy of Clifton Schooley

We really like the character and air of comfort this technique brings to a home. We will keep you posted and let you know if our client choose this method!

Presenting the 2012 Arc.I.Tek youth program

Come and meet our super hero team called "The Arcitecks"
{click on the above image to view the Arc.I.Tek website}

We have been talking about this for almost a year, and we are so very proud to say it is finally here!
ARC.I.TEK is a program built for engaging and guiding young Seattle citizens in learning the process of architecture and design, developing their skill sets and assisting them to shape their vision of the future, ultimately empowering them to make a difference in Seattle.

Entrants, ages 7 thru 18 (grades 1-12), will arrive at Seattle Center’s Classroom of the Future to attend a 4 hour workshop lead by industry design professionals.  A brief review of the history and legacy of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Seattle Center will be covered, followed by a 3 hour design session for Seattle’s young citizens to build architectural concept models of their vision of a world’s fair in 2062.

Workshop Dates:  April 21st, May 19th, June 16th, July 21st, August 18th, and September 15th
Where: Seattle Center Classroom of the Future
Cost: $20 per entry, scholarships for attendance available upon request

An expression, webpage developed through the new hive [thenewhive.com], will be created for each entry by the ARC.I.TEK Program, which will go live starting September 22nd thru October 13th.  Entrants will be encouraged to share their designs thru the website.  The extent of how much their vision is shared and marketed through the new hive expression will be factored into the judging.
Select models will be on display throughout the Next50 celebration. Judging is based on the captured imagery of the models, the entrant’s description of their vision, and entrant’s engagement of Social media via the new hive.

Entrants are invited to come together to attend the ARC.I.TEK Grand Finale and Awards Ceremony on October 22nd, 2012!

Criteria for Judging: Sustainability, Innovation, Social Media, Aesthetics

AWARDS Categories will be defined for the varying age groups|grades:
Novice: Grades 1-4
Apprentice: Grades 5-8
Distinguished: Grades 9-12

Workshops will fill up fast, so make sure you book your tickets now through brownpapertickets.com.
See you all there!

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Get Ready for the Seattle Design Festival

As a member of AIA, Gelotte Hommas Architecture is more than ready for the Seattle Design Festival, coming up next month in Washington state. This year’s event is sure to be as wonderful as years past, if not better. Also this year, our firm will have a wonderful surprise to announce.

The Seattle Design Festival promises to be an amazing event.

The 2011 Seattle Design Festival is now set for September 16-25, so be sure to mark your calendars and to arrange your schedule so that you can attend. The festival is put on by AIA Seattle, and will feature a theme, “Beneath the Surface”. The festival is a lengthy event, with “10 days of tours, films, events, speakers, and more…all about architecture and design.”

So, what is our big announcement? You’ll have to attend the conference or keep an eye on our blog to find out. The best way to do the latter is to subscribe to our blog, getting the entries sent to your blog viewer or your email. Stay tuned for more exciting information!

Seattle thinking about reuse. Good or bad?

Could adapting office buildings to residential be a viable solution in downtown Seattle? That’s a questionPublicola.com recently asked given the city of Seattle’s goal of bringing more housing to downtown.

The one recent example of a large-scale conversion from office to residential in Seattle that the author cites as working: The Cobb, at 4th and University.

And although adaptive reuse is a buzzword of late, the author writes that “In Seattle, both the economics and market are totally different, and it will likely be rare for all the factors required to make conversion from large-scale office to housing attractive to align. It worked at The Cobb mainly because the building is historic—it had become obsolete for modern offices and it qualified for historic tax-credit financing. In most cases, simply getting office floorplates to lay out well for residential units would be a serious encumbrance.”

What do you think? Would it be a smart strategy for urban planners and developers to keep the possibilities of reuse in mind? Could this truly triumph over demolition? Check out Publicola.com to voice your opinion.