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Addition/Remodel of Historic House in Palo Alto contemporary-kitchen

Addition/Remodel of Historic House in Palo Alto

Kitchen open to rear garden through sliding glass doors and screens that slide into exterior pockets. Photograph by David Wakely. Contractor: Young & Burton, Inc.

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October 26, 2014
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These are by Fleetwood.
They are my favorite so long
As you are more than a few
Miles from the coast.
Be sure they come from a
Preferred distributor and if
New to your builder I recommend
Having them installed by the PD.
- Cathy
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May 19, 2014
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I have just searched through my notes and am not finding this information.
Here is the contact information for Dale Wade. He is the person who came and resealed the stone - he also made recommendations for the poultice cleaner that was used to remove stains prior to resealing. If you located in the greater Bay Area I would recommend him highly.
Wade & Associates 650 740 5479
I hope this helps -- the new sealer and the method of application has worked really well.
    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 11:55AM
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March 26, 2014
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Hi Zach,
Thanks for the question. We too had problems with staining - in particular oil stains. The stone requires special care in sealing as it has a certain cleft - in other words it is not completely smooth. I am not really sure why the first sealing product did not work - but it did not. ASN recommended I contact a technical rep at StoneTech. I did this - but ultimately, the key was finding someone who could advise on cleaning and then reseal the flooring. We took two steps - both after about one year of use. the first was an intensive cleaning process using a poultice product made by StoneTech -- I believe it was an oil stain remover - you can do this yourself - you make up a small amount of the poultice paste, apply it to the stain - wait a requisite amount of time and you clean it off. It took several applications for the particularly stubborn areas. Then -- we had the floor stripped and sealed again -- also using a StoneTech product - and I believe two coats were used.
Dale Wade of Wade & Associates 650 740 5479 is who we had do the work - he may also do the intensive cleaning - and since then the floor has been trouble free. I believe he will also provide a maintenance service - as the flooring, like most natural stone, will require regular resealing. I hope this is of help.
interestingly we never sealed the exterior stone - and maybe because it is not a surface one cooks around - it has never stained.
Best regards,
    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:03AM
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June 20, 2013
markenesmith wrote:
Beautiful kitchen cabinets and drawers! Who is the manufacturer?
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Thanks for the compliment.
I designed the cabinets and they were built by a cabinet shop in Oakland, CA. that does great work -- will take you to their site.
Thanks -
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February 2, 2013
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Hi - your question is one better addressed by Fleetwood -- the LF cost is certainly a place to start - -but you'll want to also give them the height -- and if the door is to slide within the frame -- think of a traditional sliding door with one operable and one fixed lite -- if you need screens ( as this requires a separate track position -- as in a wider track - and or slide like this one where track is 2x the door width - and do the panels need to all go in one direction and port over each other or can they open in the middle like this door - half to each side -- this too affects track width and length. Your choice of finish for the frame and also for the glass will affect costs too.
In the greater Bay Area, the rep is Collier Warehouse --
90 Dorman Ave San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 920-9720 . The person I have worked with the most closely over the years is Dave Freer -- but I expect that you could pose your question to anyone and get the information you need, Alternatively -- see if there is a rep closer to you -- which you should be able to find through the Fleetwood web site.
Hope this helps --
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January 29, 2013
Peter Roland Home wrote:
Is this house in a cold climate? I want to use this style sliding doors and I am concerned
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Hi -
Thanks for the question -- no this house is in a pretty temperate climate - gets down to low 30's on occasion in the winter -- but no snow - and into the high 90's on the rare day in the summer -- but usually winter days are in the 50's and summer days in the 70/to the high 80 range -- low humidity too.
Fleetwood has other options for these doors with a thermal break - which would improve thermal performance and I believe some options on glazing. These are double glazed with a low e coating -- we worry about heat gain more than heat loss - but we did not use thermally broken option.
I would talk to them directly -- and might be a good idea to ask for architect references in your area so that you can ask them about performance and comfort --
The near zero threshold used here ( 1" difference between inside and outside) is not something I would do in snow country - unless you had a much better cover over the doors than is used here. If you get tons of rain but not so much snow -- while this threshold assembly drains well if you wanted this low threshold situation I would use a linear trench drain along the threshold between it and the stone paving to really make sure you could capture enough water and take it away.

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Hi Cathy, Just want to say: love your work! We're almost finished on our Eichler remodel here in Palo Alto too, and when I saw this house I couldn't believe how nicely you incorporated the historic aspects of the home with modern design. I would've never thought that would work...but it does, so congrats!!
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November 4, 2012
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Hey Cindi,
Did you find what you needed with the Fleetwood Doors? I am a distributor for Fleetwood and would be happy to answer any questions. 512-423-4966. Thanks.
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 8:25AM
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Hi Patrick,

Thank you so much for contacting me. That was very kind of you. As it turns out we went in another direction. But I will say, your doors look fantastic.
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September 20, 2012
Jill Garrison wrote:
Love the tile flooring. What type of tile and who is the manufacturer
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it is basalt -- called lexington grey antigua, available from ASN stone in San Francisco.
Ask for Holly --
- Cathy
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September 10, 2012
Rabab Shaheeb wrote:
hi, could you tell me what brand your stove is?
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Hi -
Thermador --
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Schwabe relocated the kitchen to the addition. Here is where she reinterpreted materials used in the old house: The smooth, oiled, horizontal wood boards of the old house became vertical, painted, resawn wood boards in this room; the weathered Douglas fir flowing off the old house became a rough basalt tile floor in the new; the redwood cabinets of the old became painted cabinets. The result is a light-filled kitchen with easy access to the outdoors, thanks to full-height sliding doors.
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Manufacturers with experience in pocketed lift and slide doors are critical partners in the design process. They can provide advice on best practices especially with regard to the joints surrounding exterior pocketed doors.
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2. Go for sliders. Sliding glass doors and screens that slide into pockets take up no extra space, but have the potential to vastly expand the square footage of a kitchen during nice weather.

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