Dwell recently featured our Sea Ranch Escape, a renovation that "honors the landscape and emphasizes a sense of place through material integrity." Durable finishes help the home serve as a multi-generational meeting point for the owners and their children's families. The home's clear fir and floor-to ceiling windows, along with Leverone Design's careful interiors, allow it to blend with its natural surroundings. Read the full article here.

Don't miss our Inlet House featured on Dwell! This Stinson Beach House which faces the Bolinas Lagoon, is surrounded by rich wildlife and beauty. Writer Jennifer Lagdameo calls the project a "nuanced renovation" with carefully chosen updates that "perfectly integrate into the home and feel completely natural." Photos by Joe Fletcher. Read the article here.



Thrilled to see our Stinson Beach House in this weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle in a lively story by Jennifer Baum Lagdameo that perfectly captures the relationship between inside and outside; the surprisingly playful nature of our methodical approach; and the way we mixed a laidback west coast ethos with a careful and inspired east coast visual sensibility. Thanks to Dave Sturm and Glenda Flaim for seeing the project through; Joe Fletcher for the always-remarkable photos; Leilani Labong for publishing; and the Chronicle for a fantastic Sunday story. Read it in print, or online here.


“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.

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.

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!

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.

The guest bath in a Pacific Heights carriage house was chosen as the Bath of the Month for the June issue of House Beautiful.  Careful space planning and creative use of striped tiling allows the bath to feel larger than its petite 37 square footage suggests.
Designed in collaboration with Angela Free Interior Design.
 
View more of the carriage house here.

The April issue of Coastal Living features the Stinson Beach house that Lewis Butler designed as a retreat for three generations of one San Francisco family.  David Hanson writes, "the house proves there can be serious style in simplicity...the uncluttered design and decor allows [the family] to enjoy life's simple pleasures."
 
Read the story.
View the project portfolio.

We couldn't have said it better ourselves...as Architectural Digest writes in the November 2011 issue: "Exquisite works of art and design achieve striking equilibrium in a Bay Area residence by interior decorator Steven Volpe and architect Lewis Butler."  BAA managed the complete renovation of the former spec house on a one acre lot for a tech mogul and his family.  No expense was spared to turn it into a gracious and livable space that houses priceless works of art, children and golden retrievers with equal ease.
Read the article here.   See more of the project here.

The September issue of California Home + Design features an interview with the homeowners of this LEED Platinum house in Tiburon designed by Butler Armsden.  The design of the home was driven by the clients' desire for the most functional and energy efficient space possible on this carefully chosen site.
The full article can be viewed here.
See more of the project here.

Third time is extra charming for coverage of the home of Trevor and Alexis Traina previously featured in Vogue and C Magazine.  Butler Armsden oversaw the renovation of this historic Pacific Heights residence which included the design of underground gallery and entertainment spaces. 
 
Read the article here.

C Magazine visits the home of Trevor and Alexis Traina in their May issue.  Butler Armsden provided design services for the renovation of their historic home which included installation of a new conservatory, excavation beneath the house for galleries and entertainment spaces, new his and her offices, baths, kitchen as well as finishes throughout the home.

Mary Jo Bowling of California Home + Design magazine interviews our clients and explores our full-house renovation for this family of five.  Combining a Swedish-heritage aesthetic with classic San Francisco architecture Butler Armsden created a fresh, contemporary family home in this historic house in the avenues.

Butler Armsden Architects wins in the Residential Architecture Under 3,000 s.f. Category and is featured in the February/March 2010 issue of California Home and Design. 
Yolo County Cabin was built for architect Lewis Butler’s parents in the middle of California’s agricultural heartland.  A modern take on agricultural vernacular architecture combines the traditional water tower and yard shed forms creating a modern farmhouse.

Butler Armsden teamed with owners Trevor Traina and Alexis Swanson Traina to design and renovate their historic home.  The renovation included installation of a new conservatory, excavation beneath the house for galleries and entertainment spaces, new his and her offices, baths, kitchen as well as finishes throughout the home.
Read more about this project here!

The industrial chic kitchen that Butler Armsden designed for the 2002 San Francisco Designer Showcase received quite a bit of media attention for its quilted stainless steel walled design and was featured in the following publications:
California Home + Design - September 2002 - "High Style"
San Francisco Magazine - November 2002 - "Modernist Times"
Sunset Magazine - February 2003 - "Backsplash Stars"
Sunset Magazine - March 2003 - "Clean and Uncluttered"