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Homes that reflect the hopes, dreams, and emotions of life.


We make places that matter to people.

For homebuilders driven by a desire to create homes for people first, Design Story Spaces is a collaborative, creative architecture firm. We are inspired, passionate freethinkers who listen to understand, and design places for people, not formulas. The kind of places that have the potential to change people’s lives and make a difference. Even if it’s only one life, that’s one life seen, heard, and made better.

Work pictured above completed while at DAHLIN Architecture l Planning l Interiors.

The result is orchestrated magic.



Founder, Donalt Ruthroff, AIA

About Don

Don Ruthroff, AIA is the Founding Principal of Design Story Spaces. He is a recognized housing industry leader with more than 35 years of experience in homebuilding and community creation, bringing his expertise as a respected architect for his integrity, creativity, and problem-solving. From homes that are well-designed and cost effective to execute, to communities that have a strong sense of character and grounding, he understands how to collaborate with teams to achieve the best outcomes. Don’s collaborative spirit and eye for design have made him a sought-after partner in homebuilding and an expert voice on design trends. Don has more than a decade of experience as a judge at the local, regional, and national levels, and is an active member of BIA Bay Area, California Building Industry Association, and The National Association of Home Builders.


where we've worked...

some words from our clients

"Don has been a member of our design team on numerous communities throughout the past twenty-eight years and I recommend him without hesitation. He approaches each design with enthusiasm, professionalism and experience—combining creativity with a great knowledge of planning, design, and construction to help his clients achieve their vision. His structural engineering and architecture background combined with his strong interpersonal skills allows him to work well with cities and agencies, neighbors, and elected officials to help his clients obtain approvals and bring their projects to completion. Don truly listens to and recognizes your needs and provides solutions based on his creativity, knowledge and problem-solving resourcefulness. Whether you have a single home or a master-planned community, Design Story Spaces will provide the same attention to detail, care and professionalism to your project."

Patrick Costanzo, Jr.
Principal, Developer and Builder, PCJ Real Estate Advisors, LLC

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