Growing up, my mother and I often frequented Stinson Beach along the Northern California coast. Anytime I happen upon a beach house in this area of the world, it always catch’s my attention.
San Francisco firm , Butler Armsde Architects shares the story of the Stinson Beach House project. “In 1950 a family bought a lot on the ocean at Stinson Beach, but it wasn’t until 1982 that they began to plan a house for three generations. Besides the natural challenges of the coastal environment, there was the additional requirement of having the house carry forward the spirit of a William Wurster designed house built for the same family in Santa Cruz in 1935. The William Wurster house was well known as his only real courtyard house, and also for the large outdoor living room that was very unusual for its time.”
“The house plan evolved into an H shape, with a living room at the center, and the wings creating outdoor spaces facing both the Pacific Ocean, and the coastal range, in either direction. Rather than having an outdoor living room, the traditional living room has large sets of sliding doors that open to a position that matches the adjoining windows exactly, creating a distinctly outdoor experience. Depending on the weather, the doors can be open to the ocean, mountains, or both which provides great flexibility for enjoying the outdoors, indoors. ”
Barbara Scavullo Design