Courtyard house showcases an elegant, timeless aesthetic

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Surrounded by rolling acres, a courtyard house provides an informal style living experience referencing early California architecture mixed with clean lines and modern amenities. Butler Armsden Architects were responsible for the design of this elegant, timeless home that embraces its site in Portola Valley, California. The design of the home maximizes the surrounding views by punctuating the home with factory glass windows throughout, therefore enhancing a wonderful indoor-outdoor connection. Materials of natural woods, stone and plaster were selected to add to the elegance of the home, helping to create a harmonious flow from one space to the next. The exterior facade features steel windows and doors giving a dramatic architectural appeal, with stucco on both the walls and chimneys and topped with a copper roof.

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An elegant living room showcases soaring ceilings illuminated by skylights punctuated into the ceiling and steel windows. A floor-to-ceiling stone clad fireplace is the focal point to the space, with comfortable and inviting furnishings symmetrically positioned around it, offering a wonderful space to enjoy relaxing conversation. Wooden flooring gives a natural, organic appeal to the space, while a textural area rug helps to not only delineate the space but add comfort underfoot.

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We have showcased some other fabulous home tours here on 1 Kindesign by the talented team of Butler Armsden Architects. In case you missed them, check out this Architect’s dream home on Stinson Beach or this Stunning remodel in San Francisco that opens to the outdoors.

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What We Love: Bright, open spaces and a timeless aesthetic that is very inviting. Love the way the home wraps around a central courtyard, providing privacy and an inner sanctuary for the home’s inhabitants. Scroll down to the master bathroom… drool! The furnishings, decor, everything is very visually appealing, we could live here, how about you?

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Photos: Courtesy of Butler Armsden Architects



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