Amy A. Alper
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Amy Alper rustic-exterior

Amy Alper

Although beautifully situated among firs and redwoods, the layout of this 1920’s shingle-style weekend cabin precluded views to the nearby seasonal creek. The architect designed a new double-height living room addition to wrap the original exterior. Weathered shingles and period windows remain - when open, kitchen and living room are connected. New materials contrast with the old; reclaimed beams mediate between them, and visually echo the surrounding woods. Window walls showcase views to the swirling waters below.
by Eric Rorer

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January 22, 2014
Daniel Bell wrote:
Do you know if the cabin available for vacation rentals?
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is this pic real or 3d ?
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Amy A. Alper
It is a real picture! Eric Rorer, the photographer is amazing and we were lucky with the quality of light that day. Currently the house is not available for vacation rental.
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May 28, 2013
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Dear Dogslaugh, My contact info is available on the "CONTACT" section of my website at I think it would be best to chat.
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January 20, 2013
Maggie Donaldson wrote:
Wow! Brilliant way to extend the space whilst respecting the integrity of the building
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Amy A. Alper
Thanks so much.
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January 15, 2013
meath wrote:
What a great cabin --do you have any other pic`s you can post--thanks
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Amy A. Alper
The only other pictures I have are from the framing stage of construction. The ones included cover all the best views...its not a big place!
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Thank you and enjoy--i am looking for a contemporary or modern design to buil outside of asheville
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January 15, 2013
jakeismydog2012 wrote:
Just curious, where is this? what an amazing setting!!!
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Amy A. Alper
The locale is between Santa Rosa and Calistoga
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thank you! it's so lovely.
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January 14, 2013
Hoddy wrote:
What is the sq ft for this house?
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Amy A. Alper
1250 sf. total. The original cabin and existing addition totaled about 950 sq and we added about 300 sf.
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Absolutely amazing! I am so in-love with what you have done with this home. My husband and I have the same struggle between modern and traditional and this is perfect!! I am so glad this was shared on Houzz!! Thank you!!! AMAZING!!
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January 14, 2013
alij31903 wrote:
What color green is being used for the trim work? - What color green is being used on the trimwork?
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Your work is beautiful! What kind of windows are these? They're so large / wall like. Thanks!
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We used Anderson. Fixed pane glazing is available in much large sizes than operable. Orgininally, the corner units were over sized sliders so that the corner would open to the air. The Owners opted for fixed units for budget considerations. There is a door (that you can see in this image to the left of the painting) and the window units above that are operable for air flow
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Regulations limited Alper to building only on land that had already been affected by the original structure. The new glass-enclosed living room now sits in the outline of a once-underused deck. Alper used steel to cantilever the addition, with steel posts set down exactly where the deck's wooden legs had been. Redwood decking and two period windows from the demolition were reused in the addition.

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