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. Photograph by David Wakely

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marxmyth wrote:
what kind of wood is used on the ceiling & walls? Is it stained?
   Comment   April 21, 2013
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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.
April 21, 2013 at 12:57pm   
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sfattman wrote:
Who makes the table
   Comment   October 31, 2012
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This is a piece of furniture the client had already so
I don't have this info. Sorry.
October 31, 2012 at 4:05pm   
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I have this table/desk. Purchased it from wiers in Southlake, tx
August 5, 2013 at 7:32pm   
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nilel wrote:
where is this rug from? - Thank you.
   Comment   June 3, 2012
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Hi -
Let me see if I can track down this information -- and post it.
Thanks for the question --
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.
June 4, 2012 at 11:06am   
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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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