Cathy Schwabe Architecture
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Addition/Remodel of Historic House in Palo Alto contemporary-family-room

Addition/Remodel of Historic House in Palo Alto

Restored historic living room now used as a library. Windows on right are original. Windows on left were salvaged from the deconstructed part of the house and newly placed in this wall for improved daylighting. Wall was orginally an interior wall, now an exterior wall through which new courtyard is visible.
Cathy Schwabe Architecture.
Photograph by David Wakely. Contractor: Young & Burton, Inc.

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December 9, 2014
mrgerardmartin wrote:
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Thanks for the kind words. Great question -- but here is the funny thing - all of these windows are part of the original house built in the 1890's. They were not all in the same room to start with. The ones facing the courtyard came from a room we deconstructed and were added to this room when that wall became an exterior wall. The ones looking towards the fence were there. This was a fun and fascinating project - no windows match - even within a particular composition in a wall. They are slightly different widths - and often the heights varied too. In this case -- what I did was to set the sills at the same height and just let the head heights be different. I actually enjoy a certain mix and match - often I have doors with very few divisions in the glass set near windows with more divisions and the variety makes it much more pleasing than every thing being the same -- this house - in the addition used wood windows with some division to the lites with aluminum doors that have a much larger and or no breakup.
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Why do you prefer the doors to be the ones that get fewer divisions? Would this also apply to double swinging patio doors?
    Bookmark   January 8, 2015 at 9:19AM
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April 21, 2013
marxmyth wrote:
what kind of wood is used on the ceiling & walls? Is it stained?
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The wood is the orginal redwood (1890's) -ether from this room or salvaged from another room in the house for the walls which were changed in the remodel. Ithas an oil finish which does darken it some. The bookcases are new redwood - also with an oiled finish. The flooring is the orginal doug fir with clear finish. Beautiful long lengths - with really straight grain.
thanks for the question.
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October 31, 2012
sfattman wrote:
Who makes the table
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I have this table/desk. Purchased it from wiers in Southlake, tx
    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 7:32PM
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I just love the way the chairs match the floor to really showcase the table
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June 3, 2012
nilel wrote:
where is this rug from? - Thank you.
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Hi -
Let me see if I can track down this information -- and post it.
Thanks for the question --
    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 9:52AM
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Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Here is some information I received from my client about the rug -- if you live any where near Palo Alto, CA -- showing them the rug and or emailing them -- and asking them to see if they recognize this and or have ones that are similar -- is a suggestion. In the meantime -- here is what my client wrote:
"It is supposed to be an old wool rug from Afghanistan. I do not believe it is supposed to be extremely ancient, though. (I vaguely remember being told 1920s or 1930s.) I did not inherit it, but it was given to me by relatives, who probably bought it on University Avenue in Palo Alto (at Medallion Rug Gallery or a similar shop). I would be hopeful that it is possible to buy similar ones at reasonable prices."
I hope this helps.
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Lindsey M. Roberts added this to Replace vs. Restore: The Great Window Debate
The windows on the right of this San Francisco dining room are original; the windows on the left were salvaged from the deconstructed part of the house. The aesthetic pleasure gained from restoring — and even salvaging — windows is a clear reason for using old windows.
The architect changed what used to be the former living room into a library. Her team also carefully removed the old flooring to refinish it before reinstalling the floors in this part of the original house. "The windows on the right are original. I salvaged the windows on the left from a deconstructed part of the house for improved daylighting. This [left] wall was orginally an interior wall, but I think the added light brings a completely new dimension to the original house," she says.

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