Cathy Schwabe Architecture
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Russian River Studio contemporary exterior

Russian River Studio

View from Terrace. Photograph by David Wakely

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hagitkoren wrote:
Red door - Can you tell me if it is made of wood or Aluminum? Who is the manufacturer? Did it arrive painted? Thanks.
   Comment   February 27, 2014
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Hi -
The doors and windows on this project are all aluminum clad wood units by Marvin. They come with the aluminum already painted. Marvin, like many manufacturers, has many standard colors, and then one can always have a custom color applied as well. The interior finish can be primed and or bare wood of various species with a sealer. These came primed.
Thanks for the question.
February 28, 2014 at 7:58am   
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Lightlink Lighting wrote:
It's a beautiful project. With that angled roofline is it hard to heat
   Comment   September 15, 2013
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Lightlink Lighting
Thank you. Thats very helpful. They have a great space.
September 17, 2013 at 4:28pm   
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Nice space ... What is estimated (say average) construction cost per sq ft?
January 1, 2014 at 11:51am   
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Joyce Peter wrote:
What is his map of this house?
   Comment   November 26, 2012
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Hi -
I am not sure I understand this question - if what you are asking is where is this house located, the answer is in Forestville, California.
December 6, 2012 at 10:28am   
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Joyce Peter
Thanks Cathy
January 20, 2013 at 8:55pm   
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olivegardener wrote:
What are the dimensions of this home?
     Comment   October 24, 2012
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I would also be interested in the plans as well. Thank you!
May 4, 2013 at 8:10am   
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
OK thanks -- we are nearly there. If you were to follow me - you will get pinged - Cathy
May 4, 2013 at 10:56am   
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ellen2500 wrote:
What is the siding material (including finish) and the name of the colors for the door and windows? Thanks.
     Comment   October 2, 2012
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
the siding is western red cedar -- board and batten ( 2 x 2's over 1 x 8's) with a Cabot Transparent Clear Stain Sealer --
The windows are Marvin -- aluminum clad - I am pretty sure it is one of their standard colors -- bronze.
The painted wood door -- is a color close to the Marvin clad color -- Wineberry.
Hope this helps,
October 2, 2012 at 7:47pm   
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dknowles wrote:
Are the house plans for this available? Love this design! Exactly what I am looking for.
   Comment   May 11, 2012
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I think back and forth would be best, but we would need to know what you charge. Also we are not quite ready to build just yet.
July 1, 2012 at 1:54pm   
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
would you mind sending me your email address?
I would prefer taking this off the public thread -- if that is ok.
And or email me at and I will email you back.
July 1, 2012 at 2:11pm   
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susanrobertson wrote:
How did you do this roof? - What are the materials on top and under lying?
   Comment   April 25, 2012
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Yes, thanks for your answer!
January 13, 2013 at 1:41pm   
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Thank you very much
January 13, 2013 at 7:04pm   
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Some designs incorporate the vernacular in both form and materials, as exemplified by these final two examples. The regional modernism of Northern California may embrace flat roofs and stucco walls, but this small studio is covered in wood siding and capped by a sloping roof.
Schwabe nestled the studio into the hillside above the existing two-bedroom cabin. "I was inspired by many things, but the exterior's form was inspired by local Sonoma barns because of their simplicity and practicality," says Schwabe. The studio's small size means a reduced carbon footprint, and Schwabe sited and shaped it to make the most of natural light and ventilation.
Cathy Schwabe designed this versatile cabin in Northern California to serve as a photography studio, a spot for writers' retreats and a dining room (indoors or out) for large gatherings of family and friends.
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Get prepared to pressure wash. If you own your home and plan to use a pressure washer at least once each year, it could be worth it to buy your own. They are not cheap ... but they are not cheap to rent, either. If you cannot reach the upper floors of your home on a ladder, consider hiring a pro to do the job. If you are doing it yourself, follow these steps:Soap or no soap? Water alone is enough to get most exteriors clean. If you have mold or mildew, use a specialty house cleaner designed to kill mildew in the pressure washer's detergent compartment.Choose the right nozzle. Pressure washer nozzles are measured in degrees — those that shoot water in a very narrow area have the strongest spray (zero is the strongest) and should be used very cautiously. For most homes a nozzle with a 40-degree spray should suffice, so start there and work your way down to a 25-degree nozzle if necessary.Secure windows, doors and pets. Make sure dogs (who could be curious about the spray) and children are inside, and close all the windows and doors before getting started. Also put on a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from dirt and debris.

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