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Home&Real Estate Home Front GRAFTING ... James Kern, a local landscape contractor who teaches at Foothill College and is a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, will teach a class on “Grafting” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover budding techniques and offer hands-on grafting practice with scion wood; rootstocks and grafting knives will be available for purchase. Cost is $35. Information: 650-493-6072 or OPEN HOME GUIDE 60 Also online at BARN DOORS, POCKET DOORS, BI-FOLDS ALL CAN SAVE SPACE An open-and-shut case Veronica Weber Veronica Weber DIVERSE MEALS ... Upcoming cooking classes through Palo Alto Adult School include “Italian Cooking: Homemade Gnocchi” on Monday, March 4 (Stefania Filigheddu); “Uptown New Orleans” on Tuesday, March 5 (Yannette Fichou Edwards); “Indian Cooking” (Ramesh and Bharati Joshi) on Wednesday, March 6; “Under the Sea” on Thursday, March 7 (Cindy Roberts). Each class, which includes demonstration, participation and sampling, takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and costs $50. Information: 650329-3752 or www.paadultschool. org Veronica Weber GROW YOUR OWN ... Drew Harrell, a garden manager and edible garden and Permaculture consultant, will teach a class on how to “Grow Your Own Food in Raised Beds” from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 8, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The class will cover location, building, soil preparation, watering and ongoing care, with examples of raised beds. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-3291356 or Clockwise, from above: The sliding barn door (behind the lamp) in this Net Zero Energy home was made from a used French door; when open, pocket doors allow flow between dining room and living room; when closed, the pocket doors separate the spaces. by Rebecca Duran ot every room is enhanced by a standard door, hung on hinges from a frame. “Barn and pocket doors often add to the ability to use spaces in multiple ways and save space in the process,” Palo Alto architect Jon Stoumen said. Hidden doors can be stored in the wall and taken out to divide rooms. They are often found in older Craftsman and Mediterranean-style homes in Palo Alto, he said, adding that they can separate dining and living rooms, and the craftsmanship of their paneling and glazing is a focal point. Dining-room tables can be set for a dinner party with the pocket doors closed, then the spaces merged into one large room when they’re opened, according to Stoumen. Other examples include a home office adjacent to living space, hidden by a pocket door, or even an exterior door (when stowed) that can merge indoor space with an adjacent porch, he added. Barn doors, which are hung from a rail above the door opening, can “conceal work alcoves, sleeping alcoves, storage, even bathrooms,” and take up no room other than wall N NEED ASSISTANCE? ... Local members of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS™ are gearing up for their annual REALTOR™ Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) during the week of May 6-10. Free services offered that week range from replacing smoke-detector batteries to flipping a mattress or painting windows. The program is open for seniors who live in Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Woodside. The deadline for seniors to apply for assistance is Friday, March 15. Information: 408200-0100 for information and an application; N Veronica Weber Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email cblitzer@paweekly. com. Deadline is one week before publication. The blue barn door takes up no space in the garage, which has been converted into an office with a half bath. (continued on page 53) ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÊ>ÀV…Ê£]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 53

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