Cathy Schwabe Architecture


Services Provided
Custom Residential Design: New Construction, Additions + Remodels.

Areas Served
Northern California Counties: Alameda, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma.

Typical Job Cost
$400,000 - $3,000,000

Business Description
Cathy Schwabe Architecture is a solo residential practice whose work is rooted in the special blend of the Craftsman and Modernist, linked with a clear response to site and climate that has resulted in the Bay Area Modern Tradition. The designs are timeless and contemporary, well crafted and environmentally sustainable. Working closely with her clients to give voice to their dreams, each project receives her focused attention from inception to move in. Her completed work is largely located in Northern California in the following communities; Albany, Atherton, Berkeley, Carmel Valley, Danville, Forestville, Gualala, Inverness, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills,Mill Valley, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Pescadero, San Francisco and Woodside.

Certification and Awards
AIA, LEED AP, Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green)
Bay Area Architect
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5332 Shafter Avenue,
Oakland, California,
United States, 94618 
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C22845 
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10 Ways to Open a Kitchen to the Outdoors

Have your cooking and your nice weather too, with a kitchen setup that embraces indoor-outdoor flow Full Story
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The sliding doors in the 2nd image also have sliding
screens.They are also concealed when not in use. It only takes one bug!
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I love how much light and how open the kitchens feel now!
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Bugs: I can't imagine living in a place where screens are an option. Amazing. Wasps, bees, ants, flies, mosquitoes, June bugs, moths, etc., etc.

Money: I'd like to see some dollar amounts attached to some of these options so I don't have to spend forever on a web site trying to find out such info. (Interesting how those figures seem to be rather scarce.) Since I do live in the Midwest, these options are just a dream, but it would still be nice to know how much my dream would cost.
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Hi-
Graeme Laurie was my principal contact at The Light Lab -- in the UK graeme@thelightlab.co.uk
They provided the fritted glass and the LED fixture which mounts inside the stainless steel rail cap ( cap has a removable end in case the light needs replacing). I detailed the steel rail system - Graeme provided some input so that the LED strip light would fit - and it was fabricated by the builder - Drew Maran Construction in Palo Alto. www.drewmaranconstruction.com I saw an image in Garden Magazine many years ago with a somewhat similar installation done by the Light Lab and contacted them.
thanks for the question,
Cathy
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I am sorry I don't have that information -- cool color, I do agree.
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HI-
These windows were made as a mulled triple unit -- wood windows by Kolbe - size, each one is 3'-0" wide by 5' - 7" tall.
Thanks for the question.
Cathy
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Cathy,
Thank you for taking the time to answer my window question.
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Hi -
Thanks for the question.
The posts sit on a concrete base which has a stucco dash coat applied over it.
There is a Simpson painted metal post base part of which you can see as a dark line between the base of the post and the concrete pedestal base.
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Cathy
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Hi-
Thanks for the compliment and now for your question. I wish I had a good answer -- this color was a custom color mixed to match a color used elsewhere on the property -- that color matched a stucco sample I had in the office. The closest colors are two by Martin Senour Paint ( hopefully this is still a manufacturer) "Sweet Potato Pie #54.1-4" and or "Southwest Sunset #54.1-4".
Hope these work.
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Cathy
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Hi,
Thanks for the question.
The color is a proprietary mix done by Concrete Works in Oakland, CA.
They have many samples - and do custom colors as well - and in this case also were the subs who did the flooring. www.concreteworks.com
They also provided the recommendations about the sealer - and did the sealing.
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Cathy
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Looks great. Could you tell me the sliding door system you used?
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Hi Patrick --
I am just seeing your question -- in a random scroll to look at current Houzz activity on my site. For some reason comments embedded inside discussions don't always get to us in an obvious manner -- hence my delay.
First -- thanks for the compliment.
And now for your question - the doors are sliding aluminum doors by Fleetwood -- these ones are set on the outside of the building wall and they telescope slide into a pocket built over the exterior wall. There is one long track -- rather wide - for 3 equal door panels and 2 equal screen panels. When the panels are ported - they are concealed in the "housing" .
Great doors --
thanks for the question.
Cathy
April 1, 2014 at 9:57am   
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The wood frames are a combination of built up pieces and fully solid pieces. The verticals and smaller horizontals are solid wood. The lower horizontal beam element is a built up beam construction -- the upper section contains concealed wiring and a linear upwards acting strip light fixture. The wood has a clear finish only - no stain. The small darker square accent elements are mahogany plugs that were used to cover the recessed connections. They were sanded flush with the fir and the two woods were finished together.
Thanks for the question.
Cathy
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Hi,
Thanks for the compliment.
I did not select the table - but if memory serves it was +/- 2'-6" x 4 or 5 feet long -- two were made - one sat here and the other on the screened porch with the idea that they could be ported together in either location to create a larger table.
If I come across more information, I'll post it.
Thanks for the question.
Cathy
March 28, 2014 at 10:14am   
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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 http://dalewade.com/ 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,
Cathy
March 28, 2014 at 10:03am   
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