Our City Seaside Home, lead by Senior Associate Dave Sturm, was recently featured in the July/August issue of Luxe Magazine. For this 1924 Mediterranean revival style remodel, we created a home in the city that feels like a beach getaway, blurring the distinction between work and vacation, town and country, and bundling them all into one relaxed residence.

Read the entire article here.

Butler Armsden is the proud recipient of an AIA Redwood Empire Award for our Valley of the Moon Retreat.  This modern weekend retreat, designed for a family of four and their extended family, sits high in the hills opposite Glen Ellen and overlooks the beautiful Sonoma Valley that was famously christened the "Valley of the Moon" by Jack London. 
Associate Principal Glenda Flaim led the design rooted in the dynamic interplay between nature and the built environment.
More of the project can be viewed here.

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled our "museumlike" Artists in Residence project and its owners, Dick and Gretchen Evans.  We were honored to be included in this great piece that details some of the facts and figures of fine architecture while also the exploring how a retired- executive turned photographer and an accomplished painter live in their home amongst their own art. 
 
Read the entire story here.

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens has an exclusive first look at the newly completed Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Butler Armsden's Reba Jones, Senior Associate, lead a talented in-house design team and collaborated with Clayton Timbrell & Company, Inc. for the build-out of new Youth, Toddler and Meeting Rooms.
We were also fortunate to have the support of many donors and vendors in our wonderful design community. Thanks to everyone who helped us in the "Where Hope Has a Home" campaign for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford!

Thanks to the San Jose Mercury News and Lou Fancher for an engaging review of Dream House, and interview with its author, our very own Catherine Armsden. Fancher writes "[the novel] speaks volumes about family history and how it is shaped by place, space and physical circumstances." The interview delves into some of the family history that inspired parts of the book, including the uncovering of important historical papers that were once in George Washington's possession.
 
Read the entire fascinating article here.

We are delighted to announce the publication of Dream House, the debut novel written by Butler Armsden co-founder Catherine Armsden.  

How are we shaped by the houses we live in? When we make a house of our own, do we start fresh or try to catch the essence of houses that have been in the containers of our dreams and memories?   These questions are explored in the lush and riveting novel, Dream House, about family, love and the search for "home." After the accidental death of her parents, San Francisco architect Gina Gilbert travels to her childhood home in Maine to put family affairs in order. Dream House reveals the psychologically complex drama of Gina's family, whose broken dreams and altercations over lost historical treasures have left them with decades-old suspicions and resentments. With an architect's precision, Gina discovers how both the structure and the power of a house can uncover hidden truths and help heal the wounds of the past. Get your copy today!

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.  Through a special project, Where Hope Has A Home, we will be designing and building healing environments for three important spaces: the Youth Room, Toddler Room and Family Meeting Room. Butler Armsden is honored to have the opportunity to work on such an important project.
We need your help to ensure that we design and build the best, most inspiring spaces for this very deserving organization. Please donate today!  Sponsorship of individual room furniture pieces and features is available, and of course we gladly accept donations of any size.  You can make your tax-deductible donation here.  
Thank you!

With summer just around the corner we'd like to suggest picking up a copy of Beach House Happy which features our Stinson Beach House. Time to break out the flip-flops!

In its Spring 2015 Men's Issue, C Magazine connects with our own Lewis Butler for a tour and backstory on the Stinson Beach House. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as the house and Butler Armsden Architects are both celebrating their 30th year in 2015!

We are pleased to announce that Butler Armsden Architects will be participating in the SF Decorator Showcasefor a second year in a row!  This year Associate Principal Glenda Flaim leads our talented team in the transformation of the front bedroom, bath and sitting room of the historic Julia Morgan property at 3630 Jackson Street.  While we can't give too much away quite yet, be sure that the genius of Julia will be honored in this creative undertaking.
 
Opening Night is April 24th, hope to see you there!

Butler Armsden revamped this four-story Italianate-style home in Pacific Heights for longtime clients. An exercise in architectural subtlety and clever space planning, much of the work was made to look as though it were original to the home. In addition to the architectural improvements, Butler Armsden was also responsible for the interiors and landscape design for both the private front patio entrance and the rear parterre garden.  
Read more about the project in the Winter 2015 issue of Luxe here.
See more of the portfolio here.

We are so pleased to announce that Curbed has selected our own Dave Swetz as a nominee for their Young Guns Awards. Congratulations Dave, we couldn't be more proud! Read what Dave has to say about working in the Bay Area's start-up culture and see some of his best work here.