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Tiburon Bay House

Tiburon, CA

Marin County Home Tours, Day 1
Saturday, April 28, 2012

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In 2007 our client, Helene Marsh, set out to build the highest-performing LEED Platinum house possible and found the perfect site: a sloped lot on the north side of the Tiburon peninsula, on which stood a poorly maintained 60-year-old house. The entire team shared the common goal of creating a home for Helene and her family that would serve as an example of great design and great performance.

The floor plan is centralized around a vertical stair to minimize circulation for people and utilities. The rooms are then allowed to spiral away from this core to take advantage of the views and the garden. An exterior bridge that serves as an outdoor living space also connects the garden to the house and solves the difficult problem of entering a house on a fairly steep uphill site. All of the materials used in the project are recycled or sustainable and in some cases—such as the retaining walls—were salvaged from the foundations of the original house. Electricity and hot water are solar powered, and there is a complex water reclamation system that is technologically ahead of the local building codes.

—Lewis Butler, principal, Butler Armsden Architects

About the Architect

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Butler Armsden Architects

Husband-and-wife team Lewis Butler and Catherine Armsden founded their architectural studio in 1985. The firm’s recent projects range from a historic Pacific Heights residence to a penthouse for a major contemporary photography collector.


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