A Bright, Seaside Getaway for All Seasons

Sunshine, sand, and glorious alpine views–what more could a person desire in a vacation home—especially amidst our recent Washington cold snap? This Coastal Cove House offers outdoor luxury for the summer and cozy, scenic comfort for the winter.

Outdoor Entertaining

A spiral staircase leads from the second floor of the home to its impressive ocean-side backyard. Guests can sail out into the Puget Sound, rinse off in the outdoor shower, then savor a scrumptious halibut fillet fresh off the covered BBQ. When the warmth lingers in the summer, resident vacationers can lounge on the deck and bask in the sunset.

Coastal Cove House
Coastal Cove House
Coastal Cove House

Indoor Entertaining

Inside, the common living spaces invite the outdoor beauty into the comfort of the home. The windows above the cabinets send light into a bright, modern kitchen. White cupboards and sand-colored countertops keep the space feeling coastal, while a reclaimed wood bar adds character. Dramatic up-lighting draws the eyes towards the dynamic, curved ceilings.

Coastal Cove House
Coastal Cove House

Open-Concept Comfort

The open-concept living room completes this ocean-side getaway with exquisite views of the Cascades. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the living and dining areas. Cream colored sofas gather around a stately stone fireplace and the dining room table sits under elegant, peach-colored lights. The greatest part of this space, however, is its breakfast nook, which provides homeowners with a stunning, circular view of the ocean beyond. Whether summer or winter, guests can enjoy the local beauty from the cozy comfort of the living room!


Coastal Cove House

If you’re interested in capturing romance and beauty in your dream vacation home, we’d love to make your dream getaway a reality!

Contemporary Design in the Pacific Northwest

Not all homes in the Pacific Northwest are log cabins. Contemporary architecture is thriving in the Northwest and we have our own particular take on it. This Northwest Perspectives home is a perfect example of this. The home is modern and functional without being cold and aloof. As proof, just look at this stunning concrete fireplace.

Northwest Perspective

We often don’t think of concrete or cement being a high end building material but when done right it can really shine, literally. This versatile material can be stained and buffed to look nothing like its drab sidewalk cousin. The fireplace in this home has a smooth finish in a neutral gray tone. It is a statement piece that is not overpowering.

Northwest Perspective

Throughout the home an emphasis was made to have clean lines and open spaces. This shelving wall creates a sense of privacy without completely closing off the room. Air and light flow freely through it while at the same time being an excellent display area for art and collectibles.

Northwest Perspective

Even the shower has a very contemporary design. No fancy tile mosaics or claw foot tubs, although there are a few amenities. The bench and built-in shelf offer a place to set toiletries while the two separate shower heads provide luxurious options for cleanliness.

Contemporary Northwest homes capture the stylish yet relaxed atmosphere of the region. If this style speaks to you then contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture to see what we can design that fits both your style and needs.

A Remodel with an Asian Flair

Library design tips

This extraordinary house started its life as two story vacation cabin in the 1930’s. While the original had its charm it also had access problems due to the steep slope on which it was built and generally needed an update. To make it easier to get into the house a third story was build which also created a spacious entryway as well as an office and a media room.

With such a stunning location an equally stunning remodel was needed.

Much of the original Arts and Crafts style architecture was integrated into the new design along with an Asian flair. The home owner had a large Asian art collection and wanted a space that would compliment the pieces.

Every room combines East and West design but the staircase and library are particularly harmonious. The stairs themselves have Tensu-style Japanese cabinetry below which offers storage and strong visual appeal while the railing has the clean solid lines of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The two story library continues this blending of cultures. Rich wood paneling and a large fireplace create a cozy and relaxed atmosphere while the display areas for classical prints help to refine the space. And who doesn’t think that a rolling ladder in a library is awesome?

Overall this remodel shows how a simple building can be taken from average to amazing with a little creative thinking and influences from around the world. If you would like help turning your space into a masterpiece then contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture.



Looking in the (Bathroom) Mirror

When we fantasize about our dream bathroom the claw foot tub or marble tiled shower usually take center stage. Then we ponder flooring options and wall color. It isn’t until the end that we give much thought to the place where we will spend a large chunk of time- the sink and mirror. But this space should not be an after thought where any old thing will do. Here are three examples of vanity areas that are stylish and functional.



The sink and faucet are the focal point of this Northeast by Northwest bathroom. The raised sink evokes an earlier time when washbasins were used and indoor plumbing was not an option. And it is not often that you see the faucet coming directly from the wall. The circular wood mirror is also a unique piece which draws the eye.



If more space is required then this Westview Manor bathroom has it. Double sinks, on opposite sides of the room, make fighting your partner for space a thing of the past. For times when more attention to detail is needed the vintage style vanity and comfortable chair offer a sophisticated space for pampering.


For the royal treatment when getting ready there is no better place than this Tuscan inspired bathroom. The gold filigree mirror and ornate wall sconces will show you in the best light. Below the mirror is an Italian style tile mosaic which blend in with the natural stone tile throughout the room. This opulent vanity area is a gorgeous place to start the day.

If the vanity area of your bathroom, or your entire house, needs a stylish remodel then contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture to help create something beautiful.

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.

Ideas for Including a Beautiful Balcony on Your Home

When you need an attractive outdoor space, you’ll want to utilize different home balcony ideas. Using furniture and other items that don’t take up a lot of space makes it easier to maximize your balcony’s potential. You’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of it and impress your guests, too.

Designing Around a Balcony
Source: Gelotte Hommas

Consider using the space for a container garden. You can give your balcony or deck a lush, tropical look, or go for a more minimalist appearance. If you don’t want a big garden and prefer more easily-managed container plants, this is a good solution. It’s much easier to keep your plants in good shape when they are in a place where you’ll notice them all the time.

If you’re looking for something that truly goes all out, have built-in benches or tables added. This takes up less space, and allows you to be more creative. Even if you have built-in seating and a standalone table, you’ll still be able to make good use of space. When you have a balcony space that’s big enough, you might even consider a small bar to serve drinks from.

You will definitely need to consider the type of view you have when constructing a balcony, too. One of the best home balcony ideas for homeowners with fantastic views is glass walls. You’ll feel as though your balcony is truly part of the landscape. This is an excellent option for homeowners who frequently entertain and want to impress everyone.

Don’t be afraid to go for an outdoor fireplace or hot tub. This helps make your balcony space even more enjoyable.

Gelotte Hommas Architecture designs balconies for every possible need, contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

The Woods Outback

The Woods Outback is a gem tucked away in the highlands of Issaquah. Although it’s located in rainy state of Washington, this home was designed to inter-fuse with the gorgeous green Pacific Northwest scenery.

The Woods Outback nestled into the surrounding Pacific Northwest scenery

The extensive landscaping, Solartubes, and strategically placed windows throughout the home help to bring in the natural light and ambiance of the surrounding forest indoors.

The most unique feature of this home is the outdoor living area that is completely enclosed with sliding doors. Come rain or shine this cozy space doesn’t loose it functionality or usability.

The outdoor living space is fully enclosed with sliding Nanawalls

To see the rest of this gorgeous Pacific Northwest contemporary home please visit the gallery page on our website by clicking here.
*Photography by Ben Benschneider

Take a Look at Northwest Perspective, a Current Gelotte Hommas Project

On our new website, you can see both completed and in progress Gelotte Hommas projects. While looking over the photos, it’s important to remember that these aren’t just spaces that are designed for the sake of beauty and having a place to rest your head or to go to work–They’re spaces that our team works to tailor for you so that you can’t wait to get home or into the office.

As you look over our projects, get into our perspective by reading our notes.

Elevations for current underway project "Northwest Perspective"

In the notes on the Northwest Perspective home, you’ll see items that you expect. Dimensions, “4,535 SF custom home”, style, “ Contemporary Northwest style”, and placement, “In the “Infinity” development in Kirkland”, are all expected. Where Gelotte Hommas goes further is in keeping our clients and the family that will live in the space at the forefront of our minds throughout the design process, even sharing a bit about the space in our notes as it effects them.

•”Light filled great room style living” that’s “designed for a family with young children” tells you what the goal of the property is. We want to create a space that is natural, open, and welcoming for a young family as they grow and prosper. This space needs to be adaptable, as the young children will grow up in the home, and need to have a space that grows with them. There should be plenty of room, in case the family expands, and lots of space for entertaining, as birthday parties, club meetings, and more will probably be enjoyed within these walls.

If you’re looking for a home that is custom designed to fit your needs in a modern and eco-friendly perspective, please contact us today.

Functional Architecture: The Beauty and the Brawn

When people look at homes in shelter magazines, they discuss how beautiful a space is, and how much they would love to have aspects A, B, and C in their soon to be constructed space. Yet, when you sit down with someone to discuss what features they would like in their home, they’re likely to discuss issues they have with their current space, and what problem solving, functional features would be great to have.

Great design is about marrying form and function, beauty and brawn, to create a cohesive, well designed space that is both beautiful to the eye and appreciated by the mind for it’s functionality. We recently featured photos from Vista Ridge Imaging in our Northest by Northwest Project that display these ideals well:

A classic library design gets a modern spark and a fresh feel.

Built in bookcases in the library keep the the space uncluttered and unencumbered, while the spacing of the shelves allows for larger titles and a sleek, spacious modern feel that keeps the room from feeling stuffy.

The kitchen island now works for prep and for guests.

Single level islands often put anyone on a bar stool in the thick of food preparation rather than allowing them a place as a comfortable spectator. By raising a portion of the island, we create an interesting silhouette while also adding seating space and more room to work.

Adding a recessed space adds architecture interest and useful areas to the room.

This dining room has a recess that may seem just for show, but it also keeps a buffet out of the way of the main room, so guests can walk without dodging furniture. Closets in the dining room provide great storage for special china, linens, and more.

Add function and beauty to your home to create a harmonious and beautiful place that you’ll cherish for years to come. For help with this aspect of your new home’s design, contact Gelotte Hommas today.


Tell Us About Your Architectural Style

Gelotte Hommas Architecture may design beautiful homes, but as the cliche adage goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” The homes we create are considered beautiful because of their expert craftsmanship and the techniques used to create them, but also because they contain elements that our clients are looking for in their home or building.

We want to know why you think this home is wonderful or not, not just whether or not you like it. Tell us what you think!

With that being said, we want to know what your thoughts on architecture are. Architecture is something that is loved in many different forms and tastes, and we want to know which styles and ideals fit yours. We’ve created a simple survey with Survey Monkey that we would love for you to take to tell us about your preferences. CLICK HERE to take the survey. The questions are short and sweet and shouldn’t take but a minute or two to fill out. After the survey is complete, leave us a comment telling us that you took it, or commenting on what you love about Gelotte Hommas’s work, or about architecture as a whole.

We can’t wait to see your responses!

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.

Stimulus for Architecture Students

We found an interesting commentary in ArchitectMagazine.com on a particularly poignant predicament being faced by today’s architecture students upon graduating into an job environment rife with recession pains.

As editor Ned Cramer writes, “Job stats for building design and construction look even worse than the national average. A survey by AIA Nevada, for instance, reports 65 percent industry unemployment in Las Vegas…But an exquisite kind of pain is reserved for current architecture students and recent grads, who are entering the workforce with profoundly limited prospects in their chosen profession.”

Architecture is an almost universal language of design

Cramer bemoans the fact that the initial government stimulus package had many Americans “dreaming up WPA-style programs to get architects back to work, making an honest living by designing solutions to some of our country’s most pressing problems. That hasn’t happened, at least not nearly to the degree so many of us had hoped.”

“Where are all the commissions for new, net zero community centers, schools, libraries, post offices, and train stations? Why aren’t firms hiring again, flush with government projects? Just as importantly, where are the 21st century equivalents of FDR’s HABS (the Historic American Buildings Survey), which sent out-of-work architects around the country to draw up plans of national landmarks?

At this point, I’m highly doubtful that the federal government will be coming to architecture’s rescue…but the profession must do its best to bridge the gap. Our first priority should be fostering the next generation, ensuring that a lack of jobs today doesn’t result in mass defections of skill and passion to other, less beleaguered professions. The talent emerging from our architecture schools is too valuable to waste.”

How can you help? Check out “Stimulus for Students” to see how you can help these young creatives make a difference.