when you see the exposed structural studs inside. The skeletal interior
framing contrasts with elegant wainscoting that conceals plumbing and
electrical lines. All that infrastructure was left intact, and yet the surgical
remodel proved pricey — about $500 a square foot — mainly because an
H-shape house has far more walls than a rectangular one.
It was ostensibly being improved for Butler’s aging parents, but the
architect and his sisters were also thinking of it as a convivial multi-generational retreat.
So, not too long ago they invited interior designer Barbara Scavullo
of Scavullo Design, with whom Butler Armsden has worked on several
projects, “to blend together old and new furnishings inside,” Butler says.
“She became an expert guide when it came to balancing the aesthetic needs
of everyone in this house.”
The house is a family diary, as it were, and vintage benches, tables
and bunk beds original to the family’s Wurster home had begun to
This page from top: Foldaway doors open both front and back walls of the living room
to decked courtyards facing either the ocean or surrounding hills; near the vaguely
nautical galley kitchen is an heirloom dining table from the family’s Santa Cruz home,
with new seat belt chairs from J. Persing. Opposite: At one end of the kitchen wing is
an ocean-facing den and breakfast room that doubles as a guest room.