“It’s this blur between built and natural, between smooth and sharp, interior and exterior, that makes the house — and its inhabitants — feel at home in Sea Ranch.” We were delighted to see our recently-completed Sea Ranch project, also featured on the cover of LUXE and in Dezeen, on ArchDaily. We’re so proud of project architect Reba Jones’ sophisticated and historically-sensitive approach to renovating this 1970’s classic home, and are excited to see it make its way into the world. Read more at ArchDaily.


We are thrilled to see the brilliant Jenna McKnight’s story on our beloved Bluff Reach, the Sea Ranch home we recently finished for a San Francisco-based couple looking for a restorative and rejuvenating weekend getaway. We loved working on this project with interior designer Matthew Leverone, and are thrilled to see new life breathed into this 1970’s Ralph Matheson project through Joe Fletcher’s photographs and Dezeen’s wonderful publication.

We're thrilled to be included in Luxe Magazine's Gold List, highlighted in their January/February 2018 issue. The Gold List recognizes and honors architects, interior designers, home builders and landscape architects from across the county who have been featured in the pages of Luxe.

Brilliant architecture and design writer Laura Mauk describes our Sea Ranch project, photographed for LUXE by Joe Fletcher, as "a house that honors its history and the dramatic landscape that surrounds it." We loved working on this renovation of a 1974 Matheson original, also renovated in the 1990's by Turnbull, bringing the local emphasis on textured siding and clean articulations into modern view. Lewis Butler, working with Reba Jones, created a courtyard shape by introducing a new building whose shape and siding are inspired by what Mauk calls the "historically agrarian vernacular." Major emphasis was given on creating sweeping open views, and almost all the windows face towards the majestic grey Pacific. Read more in the current issue of LUXE, available on stands now - or online here.

We're thrilled to be featured in this detailed and playful story by writer Mary Jo Bowling in the Winter 2017 issue of California Home + Design. "After three times at bat," Bowling says we nailed this project, our third for this storied Victorian. We're in love with the photography, by Patrik Argast, and the text - which describes us as setting out to "rewrite history as well as a new chapter for the home.” The article talks about the way Butler, working with lead architect Dave Sturm, smashed two worlds together in a collision of color, child-friendly scale, and textured sophistication. Pick up a copy on stands, or click here to read online.

KZSU Stanford 90.1 recently interviewed Lewis for the Modern Architect Podcast by Modlar. It features a new interview every week with renowned architects, influential industry veterans, and thought leaders who are helping shape design. Listen to the full interview here.

Our City Seaside Home, led 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!