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Butler Armsden Architects and Gary Hutton Design re-designed this San Francisco condominium which incorporates sleek finishes and colorful design to create a jewel box in the sky. To take advantage of the bay views, the space is furnished with understated fittings that play off the minimalistic architectural design. Custom lighting design, lacquered cabinetry, silver glazed floors, and floor to ceiling windows work to create a space which embodies modern metropolitan living.

Architect: Butler Armsden Architects
Designer: Gary Hutton Design
Photographer: Matthew Millman
Location: San Francisco
Square Footage: 3,400 sq. ft.

PCH Office

In collaboration with, and special thanks to, MEMarchitecture, Larry Cheung, BCCI, and Niche Interiors, PCH is proud to present its new office in San Carlos, California.

Utilizing an existing structure, feats of engineering, sustainable design, and thoughtfully arranged workspaces create a one-of-a-kind LEED certified collaboration space. The office is fitted with a reused shipping container, cantilevered floating stairs, a state-of-the-art HVAC system, drought tolerant landscaping, and energy saving features. It sets a benchmark for design, construction, maintenance, and operation of a high-performance green building.

A lighting control system by Vantage controls the lighting and solar shading systems. The daylight harvesting technology balances lighting of the interior spaces to the ambient exterior light by adjusting the intensity of individual lighting loads.

The office roof has 67 photo-voltaic panels in three locations. This solar array is almost 1,300 sf and can generate approximately 35,000 kWh annually.

The building’s 45 radiant panels deliver thermal energy generated from a highly efficient electric heat pump system. The ceiling panel system is an innovative system that revolutionizes the capability of radiant heating by adding the concept of cooling.

The result is an office space which emphasizes meaningful collaboration and sustainability, while providing a welcoming environment for the PCH community.

Contractor: Peninsula Custom Homes
Location: San Carlos, California


PCH built this estate for a family leaving San Francisco for better weather and a yard to raise their young family. The curving staircase and extensive stonework throughout are some of the distinct features that make this property stand out. Every detail was thoughtfully considered. Stone, cedar and dark steel were used throughout. Thermally broken steel windows and doors open to outdoor sitting areas and an organic garden, a new pool and putting green complete the serene environment. Read more in Luxe Magazine.

Architect: Richard Beard Architects
Landscape Architect: Lutsko Associates
Designer: Kelly Hohla Interiors
Construction Manager: Whiteside Construction Management
Photographer: Paul Dyer
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Square Footage: 13,000 sq. ft.


Built in 1962 for a serious Bay Area art collector, the original owners hired famed architect Joseph Esterick to put his timeless Mid-century residential design to work. Decades later, PCH was given the opportunity to remodel the home for the new owners, while preserving the original spaces. The finished product is both elegant and sophisticated and the views speak for themselves.

Architect: Joseph Esherick
Location: San Francisco
Square Footage: 4,656