Our Process

Working with Smith & Vallee is simple, creative and efficient from design through installation. We help you achieve the environment you want and bring your vision to life.

Our Process

From design through installation, our designers listen to your ideas and offer advice to help you achieve the environment you want OR we can work seamlessly with your existing architects and interior designers to bring your vision to life.

Bring us your plan or ideas, even if it’s just a sketch on a napkin or an image in your mind. Together we can work out the final design and create a bid for the project. Once the bid is established, a 50% down payment allows us to start the building process.

All of our projects are custom built in our shop using the finest raw materials. We offer customers a unique opportunity to visit our shop in Edison and select the specific lumber for their project. Choose the species of wood you want from our large selection of sustainably harvested lumber. We have the finest materials from as close as our backyard and as far away as South America and Africa.

We enjoy collaborating with homeowners because customer satisfaction is our number one priority and, after all, homeowners are the ultimate end-users of the environments we create.

Smith & Vallee’s expert craftsmen build every project from scratch and install each piece with expert care. We pay attention to the little details along the way to ensure a final product that we can look upon with pride. The whole process is collaborative and easy.

Heliotrope Hotel: A New Venture

Smith & Vallee is a partner in the recently renovated Heliotrope Hotel in Bellingham, WA. Join us for the opening party, Saturday May 13, 4-8PM. More about this project from the Heliotrope Hotel Blog: The Heliotrope Hotel emerges from a passion for Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest. The Heliotrope is locally owned, aiming for authenticity […]


Beds, vanities, shelves, closets and kitchenettes are being built in our shop here in Edison, and installed in phases by our crew in Bellingham.  This is an 18 unit project with exclusively Smith & Vallee designed and built cabinetry and platform beds. Stay tuned for “the hub” portion of this project.  A live edge bar […]

Mid-Century-Modern Project: Sneak Peak 1

Assembled in the shop today was one of 18 of these simple and modern europly platform beds with built in floating nightstands. Eighteen beds you ask? Yes – and so much more cabinetry and furniture to come in the next few weeks. We’ll keep you posted as this exciting mid-century-modern project unfolds.

Contemporary Kitchen in Restored Schoolhouse

Remodeling a kitchen is second nature to us.  A formula of updating a home and designing a kitchen that meets our client’s needs for function and style. Carving a living space out of a historic building, though, was an exciting deviation from that formula. What was once a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, and neglected for years between […]

Cohen-Young Residence

View Smith & Vallee’s work on the interior of the Cohen-Young residence.

Brown-McEachern: Guemes Island Residence

This project features wood that we salvaged from our client’s Guemes Island property.  Using wood that had already been cut down on their property we hauled the wood across the bay and through the woods to our shop where we milled and dried the wood.  In all, the timber weighed 29,000 pounds and produced 4,000 […]