Houzz TV: Reinvigorating a Gable Eichler for a Family

Houzz TV: Reinvigorating a Gable Eichler for a Family

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Houzz TV: Reinvigorating a Gable Eichler for a Family

In the San Francisco Bay Area, midcentury modern homes developed by Joseph Eichler are as sought after as a good burrito and a hot start-up idea. Of course, being more than 50 years old, Eichlers often need a bit of attention.

When Andrew and Drewry Wolf got their hands on one, they had to deal with years of wear and tear. In this video, see how the Wolfs restored the double-gable home and its picturesque atrium, creating a space that’s “light, uplifting, natural and peaceful,” Drewry says.

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hangmyhat
Love all the natural light. And it looks to be a great house for bringing up a family.
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supo16
nice
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Docilana Docilana
my kind of house
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4f Lighting
I love the airiness. My parents owned an Eichler when I was in college, and I remember it as quite dark, even though it sat on a hilltop.
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tbaires
My dream! I wish this included pictures of the layout to see how the bedrooms are positioned around the atrium.
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midmodfan
As a sucker for Eichlers, what's not to love? The layout looks extremely liveable, but the best feature, imo, is the atrium. Good to see that they kept it and even enhanced the indoor-outdoor feel by laying the same floors. The maple tree is awesome, too. I am seriously envious.
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Menage Interiors
What a beautiful space! Very bright and airy - love it!
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makarooni
Great ideas, love the seamlessly blended in IKEA pieces :D
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Ciocco
Absolutely beautiful! The abundance of light and airiness combined with the well chosen decor is wonderful.
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modernistgirl
Beautiful house! And I absolutely LOVE the floor tile they use inside and out - does anyone know who makes the tile or name and color?
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Sherri North Lindsey
My mom's family name is Eichler. All the relatives have this impeccable style. Must be related. : )
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Donco Designs
Beautiful space.... Thanks for sharing this magnificent house. It shows architecture and space planning at its finest.
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runswithpoodles
Just love this house. A friend of mine moved into an Eichler last year. I love spending time at Club Eichler!
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macyjean
Beautiful!
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watsoncrenshaw
Love article! The house is beautiful, just not my exact style.
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DSC DesignWorks
I love the architecture and the view! Wow, no matter where you look their is something lovely to look at!
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ambersarris
Beautiful house. I love how bright and airy it looks with the painted ceiling. Definitely one of my favourites
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Shakeela
Very nice.
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Michael Davidson
Want
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homeboyce
Where are the adorondike chairs from? They are great!
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kem60
Lovely!
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dhobiman
the lack of an attic or an underfloor crawl space to run utilities through. Further, “the roofs are unvented and often flat,”

So, how then were these problems resolved including insulation ? I searched over and over to see some evidence but could find none. Despite that, I too love that flooring used throughout.
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Pamela Fisk
That's the most open and airy Eichler I've ever seen!
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kpelk
John Hill, I am always excited to see your byline on a Houzz post. I appreciate the attention you give to architecture and architectural history. Also, the photos you use greatly enhance and complement what you write about. I always know that I am about to learn something new when I sit down to read one of your articles. Thank you!
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Peggy Tupper
I love the courtyard but would like to know where rainwater drains. I did not see any drainage in the photos?
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Peggy Tupper
Is there a floor plan available for this house? It seems like a lot of house in 2200 square feet.
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Jenn Sim
Can we please see a floor plan?
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marmarmish
Yes, I too would love to see a floor plan.
Fabulous house!
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delanedavid
Absolutely gorgeous. I wish the article had included a floor plan.
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Lynda
Love this house! Great updating of an Eichler without ruining it.

In terms of the decor - I love modern design and love white in modern design, but IMHO the home is crying out for some pops of color.
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lynne214
Spectacular! Love the flooring.
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Meredith Mc
Love the flooring too. Not sure about the "all white" theme though... I have an "Eichler-style" home that I grew up in and am remodeling. I say "style" because my dad designed the house with lots of Eichler touches. The heating and cooling bills are out of sight because of the lack of insulation (energy bills weren't an issue in CA when these were built) and all the large windows. My dad decided on a foam roof for insulation and I have continued with that and am also adding solar panels.
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Scott Forbes
Great to see another Eichler on here!!!
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tsudhonimh
I would also like to see a floor plan.
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Smith & Associates Design
The Eichler Homes are always stunning. This is a beautiful project and it must be fun to live with so much access to natural lighting.

I can't help but think that all of the spaces would have benefitted from a very slight accent of color to the tongue and groove ceiling and another slightly different for the beams that run throughout the home.
Perhaps just a slightly different white for each?

One of the more important design elements of these homes was the obvious expression of all of the structural elements. The structural elements are an expression of the original design intent.

By painting everything white one almost states that one wishes that these elements weren't there.
The expression of the vertical versus the horizontal and changes in the materials, however subtle, gave each element its due and are an aesthetic gift that is the essence of an Eichler Home.

A lovely home - Congratulations !

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cathy2003
What is not to like? No clutter just beautiful lines . Simplicity at it's best.
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Kez Sherwood Studio
This is it, this is my dream home ~ exquisite!
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6isit
would you need to put on shoes and a jacket on a rainy day to welcome your guests at the front door?
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Klopf Architecture
We're honored to be featured, and thank you everyone for your comments!
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roxieks
The airiness and natural light are wonderful. Thank you for sharing
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Alissa Harbeck
I always love to see the beautiful homes that John (Klopf) and his stellar team have worked on. They really are every bit as incredible to work with as their end result photos show. (John worked a bit of his magic on our Eichler-esque home about a year ago...) This one though is just heavenly. I love that everything is a thoughtful clean slate that has the grace to be able to evolve with the family as they reacquaint themselves with their home. As for how to greet your guests when the weather is not great- if they are like us, they buzz them in the front door and then greet them at the slider that acts like a traditional front door. Think of the atrium as a more private courtyard :)
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drewrywolf
Outdoor furniture information: grey sofas & lounge chair / adirondack chairs are from the “Emmet” series by Loll for Room&Board "100% Recycled By Loll Collection"
http://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/outdoor/100percent-recycled-by-loll-collection
For more information on LOLL and Loll’s recycled material, sourced primarily from single use milk jug containers. http://www.lolldesigns.com
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Klopf Architecture
Thanks Alissa! Hope all is well.
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Hope Anderson
This house looks so much more inviting than the Eichler I stayed at in Palo Alto, which was freezing cold in winter. I really think Eichler houses are ill-suited to the Bay Area climate, which is often windy and chilly.
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Anastasia Mironova
where can I get the floorplans for the house like this? I would really like to build something similar...
   
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4f Lighting
Plus there's the problem of the radiant heating that failed when the pipes broke, if it ever worked at all. I remember that chill. Brrrr.
   
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Robin
Courtyard homes are great for families as they are conducive to centralized gatherings rather than decentralized, non-shared patios on the exterior perimeter. I have never forgotten the admiration I had for a courtyard home with a central in-ground pool I saw as a teen. This is a fun design to see again; seems a bit rare nowadays in the US except here in New Mexico where the Spanish commonly used this floor plan around a central courtyard.
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drewrywolf
This Eichler had 100% of the wiring replaced, 100% of the windows (double-pane of course) replaced, a foam roof put on, and the radiant heat system was upgraded to a combo unit. The homeowners are nice and toasty in the coldest weather around!
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Farah Muzaffar
More than beautiful ... Just love love love so much natural light and airy ness in the house ...
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Cynthia
This is very neat but a little "sterile" for my taste. The layout looks awesome (from what I can tell).
   
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Carol Yocom
The atrium adds so much to the design. Love the light and unfettered feel.
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siska13
Beautiful interior and exterior. Full marks to all involved in the project. Really great house.
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David Thorne Landscape Architect
Excellent treatment of an Eichler. Love the exterior elevation, would've liked to have seen photos of the landscape in the back.
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Southwest Greens of New Mexico
Great article and breath taking home!!
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dabcan
It has been 30 years almost to the month that I was forced to give up my Eichler -- pretty much the same house, I think -- near Palo Alto. A five bedroom 2 ½ bath model built around an interior patio, it remains the most perfect place I have ever lived. I loved the light; the expanses of glass that allowed me to keep track of the lemon, orange, and persimmon trees on one side, the almond and cherry trees on the other, the bloom times of various flowerbeds, shrubs, and roses, both interior and exterior, the coming of the artichokes and zucchinis and tomatoes. With two side yards and a back yard in addition to the patio, I felt that I was living with the seasons in a way that is impossible in an ordinary house. Whatever room I was in, there was a different and plant centered view. This was my first house with vaulted ceilings -- they add such a sense of space and airiness! And the house had everything a working mom could want -- a family room, a study, an extremely efficient kitchen, a laundry/sewing room with extra storage, entrance and circulation patterns that made it easy to clean. Circulation was so good that I opted for white carpeting and did not regret it! [It did take 24 to 36 hours for the radiant heating to get the house up to desired warmth when there were sudden dips in outside temperature -- but it seemed a small price to pay.] I loved that house.

Klopf architecture did a terrific job on this update. I know I would have liked my house better with double or triple paned glass, better insulation, and faster heating. Their update maintains all of the grace and beauty, all of the elements that made this house an Eichler, while clearly the technical aspects of house building that contribute to human comfort and ease of living have been improved. I can hardly think of an example that would better confirm the thoughtfulness and sensitivity to architectural style that Klopf exhibited.
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victoriaedmonton
This is one beautiful house.
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psmazz
I own the same model Eichler and I'm in the middle of picking out paint. Both my husband and I love the darker grey on the inside wall and exterior atrium walls. We also like the white. Can you please tell me the paint colors? Thank you
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Klopf Architecture
Thank you, and thanks everyone for all your kind comments.
   
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Klopf Architecture
@psmazz, the paint colors are: Kendall Charcoal and Decorator's White (both by Benjamin Moore).
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psmazz
Thank you so much paint is so hard to pick out .. You did a great job!
   
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Riach Architects
This is lovely house!
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chookchook2
Lovely modernised house.
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MidCenturyLA

Beautiful atrium! Well functionally designed home.


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Perfect Piece Interiors

Beautiful!

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Brooke

The house itself is beautiful and a lot of the choices they made in updating are really nice. I too agree that a bit of colour would have been nice and a separate colour on the beams (even just a light grey) would really emphasize the architecture. The only think I dislike is that all the mahogany paneling was painted over, it's one of those features you expect to see in an Eichler especially if the goal was to restore it back it it's 60's "glory" . I think if some of it had been kept the space would feel warmer and richer. I know the client sees the house as warm as mentioned in the video but the all white is a little sterile.

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Susan Lefever

What is the flooring? It looks great!

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Karen Heffernan

just stunning. they did a beautiful job renovating it. what a dream!


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lindaseegers
Where are the lovely woven patio rockers with keyhole backs from?
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lindaseegers
Chairs are not located on the site noted in above comment. Perhaps they are discontinued
   
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lindaseegers
The woven rocker chairs are not on the site for clarification.
Maybe they are from another source.
   
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housegal200

I'm having palpitations it's so stunning.

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guzmanluza

Love the house! The maple tree in the atrium is such a great idea!

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chookchook2

Ikea patio chairs.

   
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HomeScapes Home Staging San Diego

Love it! love the atrium & all the great windows!

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Elise

So beautiful, the house itself and the restoration. Congratulations to the homeowners and trades people who worked on it.

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carlux
Beautiful house, but as someone who spent all day taking up leaves, I wonder about maple leaves falling into the atrium - and blowing into bedrooms etc.
   
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Cindy Bagcioglu

Absolutely stunning. We will sell a home(not an Eichler) in Phoenix that we bought with the hopes of remodeling to get floor to ceiling sliders and windows, upper windows, a more open floor plan and a revised courtyard - unfortunately. Managing a remodel from abroad just proved too much, in a neighborhood that wouldn't appreciate to the value of our investment. But this story, the video and all your beautiful efforts - hopefully I'll be able to find them or impart them on another project. Kudos to all on this and thank you so much for sharing.


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wnec1
I'm not a fan of MCM, but this house is beautiful. This family is very lucky.
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Gerald Lorentz

Stunning. No more, no less. The Wolfs, by conserving this Eichler jewel for posterity are my kind of people; folks who guard our architectural heritage by example. Kudos!

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mrsdwight

So well done! Bringing the light in brought life back to this dying treasure! Congrats!

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diyer59

I'm originally from the South Bay and grew up in an Eichler my parents owned for over 45 years, selling it recently, so I'm familiar with all of their quirks and perks. I always loved the large windows and atrium. What I didn't like was the heating and flat roof--those proved to be very problematic for homeowners. When I was a kid, I remember waking up to a cold house in the winter because the heat never did a very good job warming the house.


I'd love to see what the new owners have done with the house, it needed TLC, my parents were over 85 years old and stopped improving it years ago.

   
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Susan Strickland

Windows, light is wonderful. This was simple yet elegant. Extremely well done! The atrium was something Zen-like. The Kloph team and homeowners really worked well together it looks like.

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Lendl Macapinlac
love the house... looks so comfortable :)
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wdcm

Lucky owners,great restoration,perfect !

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charmelee
Absolutely love the house and space. Could you please tell me did you use matte or semigloss paint for the ceiling. I have ceilings like these but it's brown brown brown and not sure what finish I should go with.
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hettlin
What a wonderful renewal! I have always loved this floor plan but knew it would need some tweaking for a modern family. Well done!
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Keith Sheridan, LLC

Beautiful house—perfect renovation. Loose the terrible video soundtrack Houzz—use period Jazz!

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nailag

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with all of us. Wish you all many happy years of living.

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Jess McBride

Another beautifully done Houzz TV! I can't get enough of these!

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marmarmish

Consumed with envy!

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Bob Carlson

I grew up in an Eichler in Palo Alto and most of my friends lived in them too. They were new at the time. The double gable was the really upscale model that the rest of us envied. I really like the Eichler style, but there are issues. One not mentioned is that there is little storage generally. A really nice feature that turned out to be problematic was the heating. The houses were built on slabs and the heating was radiant, coming from pipes buried in the slab. Warm floors during cool weather were really nice. It can't have been an accident that there was a warm spot right in front of the toilet. The problems came when the pipes broke. The only option was really to install baseboard heating. Alas... The thin roofs worked fine the Bay Area with best year around climate I know of.

   
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Mindy Katz
Nice article and beautiful contemporary renovation and conversion of a mid-century modern classic.
We owned an Eichler from 1990-2000 in Marin County, CA that I believe was the same floor plan as this home. It was part of a group of 15 or so homes built later in his career as his "upscale" development and was supposedly built with better quality construction details than the ones built in the 60’s.
We loved the home and loved living there but there were intrinsic problems with the design:
#1 The flat roof was a constant maintenance issue and cause for concern during big rain years even after installing new roofing. If we had stayed we considered adding a pitched roof.
2. Radiant heat floors had a nice feel but did little to keep the house consistently warm until we replaced ALL the windows. All custom sized and many of them quite large so it cost a pretty penny.
Even after the new Windows, you could not feel cold and just turn up the heat. It took 4-5 hours to radiantly warm the space so you had to watch the weather and plan ahead.
3. With no attic or sub space made for minimum storage space.
4. The atrium was beautiful to look at but rarely used. We had a big backyard and would most likely spend our outdoor time out there. There were many times that we wished we could incorporate the square footage to the inside of the home but could never figure out exactly the right plan.

Other than that, we loved our indoor/outdoor living space. When it rained, it gloriously surrounded us and the garden was part of the interior decor. Our East Coast family had never seen a home like it!

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Sandra Mullikin

Yes, this house is warm and comforting. I love the panel over the fireplace. Well, done, guys! How lucky you are to live here. I love these Houzz vids. Thanks.


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loniluna

Fabulous! Similar to my place, which started out life as a barn. I am so envious of those living in milder climates who have the option to intertwine the outdoors and indoors.

I particularly love the "red-dot" mobile and the busts and their positioning within the home. Have you considered a bird? I know a colourful parrot would adore the atrium and would chirp out its delight!

   
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mwmather

I too, am a lover of Eichler!! I love how the homeowners restored it back to the clean lines and muted and white tones. I also love Spanish colonials for the inside/outside living of having very private open spaces surrounded by the home. Living in the southwest, I would have put in a pool! I wish more builders and architects that mass produce our subdivisions would take another look at this concept. Maybe we could finally dump the grotesque "Mini-mansions" and bring back style!

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Ute Hudson

Love the openness and all the light coming in and also the inside & outside making you feel like you are outside :) Beautiful !!!

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kfelentzer

Do you have any information on the figurative sculpture seen in the home?

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hootchie

Gorgeous remodel. Would you please let us Houzzers know who did all the beautiful sculpture? Is it one of the owners? Thx!

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mimimaloo

Thank you so much for the inspiration. Love the airiness!

We recently bought an investment property in New Orleans that we believe/hope is an Eichler. It doesn't have an atrium, but a gabled roof front to back. We are having a wonderful time rehabbing it. It will be marvelous when accomplished.

We are respecting the original design, but making changes that will allow Universal Design principles (for those with or without disabilities and mobility issues). Eichlers and other similar mid century houses lend themselves to this change with ease and style! We've widened doorways, lowered light switches, added in marvelous (wide plank) flooring. The Master bath is essentially a marbled tiled wet room. I wish you'd had images of the bathrooms. I would love to have seen them!

Adding this design principle was pretty much seamless in a house of this design. When it is finished, it is our hope that it goes to a family who needs these features... but anyone could live there. I'm wondering if anyone else has rehabbed Mid Century with Universal Design principles ?? If you have, please get in touch.

Below... our MCM (Eichler?) beauty in process...



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imissliberty

When I sold real estate in the late 1970's I recall another agent saying that Eichlers are great for people in wheelchairs. The local Eichlers had wide front doors and all the indoor/outdoor transitions are without steps. Additionally, the kitchens had lower than usual countertop heights, and most of the storage was low.

I think at the time, all the glass is single pane, so unless the climate is really mild, they can be impractical.

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For those of you who are searching for an Eichler home but do not live in the Bay area, I have shown and sold Eichler homes in the Granada Hills Area of the San Fernando Valley, Ca. and in the city of Thousand Oaks, Ca. in Ventura County, Ca. They have become popular in recent years.

   
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pam

I'm getting my "red dot" mobile out of storage.......an Ikea find some years ago. Creating a mid century interior in our 1870's farmhouse has been a challenge! I'm inspired....... your home is stunning!

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Deborah Pasarow
My husband & I are inheriting his families home from his boyhood. It's a Buff, Straub & Hensman beam construction built in 1958. Very similar to the Eichler homes. We are very nervous about the amount of improvements needed and the limitations of the flat roof. I'm also excited at the prospect of living in the piece of art that it could become.
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Everest Electrical and Home Repair

Great house, awesome project.

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Curtain Works of Greenwich

Very open and airy!

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culhanem

Wonderful remodel and I love the use of the Ikea products.

   
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culhanem

mimimaloo - sorry Eichler built in California and three homes in New York, no other states. Eichler was a builder and not an architect, I have found information that lists his architects to include Robert Anshen, William Allen, Quincy Jones, Frederick Emmons, and Claude Oakland. I don't know whether any of these individuals worked in New Orleans...

   
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grahamsandy3

Love. As a teen we lived in an Eichler in Marine County for 2 years. We children loved, but my mother hated. We moved to the City. It had the brown wood ceilings but was still light and airy. That was in late '50s. Wish I had now. Your house is beautiful and I wouldn't want to leave either.

   
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Amy Xiao

love the maple at the entrance area.

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hatepassword

Pendant lights in the kitchen are wonderful. where are they from?

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Melanie Laspina-Bixler

Curious to know how much did it cost to remodel?

   
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Kaxt20
love this house!
   
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Homeowner

Can't wait to send this article to my parents! We lived in an Eichler home in Concord during the late '60's. I remember loving that house and how cool it was to have a house where the outside was actually inside! I would love to live in the one featured here!!! Congratulations on a job well done.

   
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artista

I Would like to know where they buy those table statue of persons. The house is really gorgeous, I love it!.

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pccmel209
I grew up in Cupertino pre Apple and HP in a great Eichler home for 17 years. I loved all the windows and doors and the atrium yard and the flat roof where we dried apricots before all the orchards were gone. I wish like crazy I could have that home back. The heated floors were great. I didn't appreciate that home until I became an adult.
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Reyes Landscape Construction

Perfect for displaying Landscapes and wonderful Outdoor rooms! I love it!

   
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b_arif

wowwwww super and too buityful

   
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Patrik Klintbom
Nice house but where is the isolation? The roof looks super thin. I guess it will be warm inside in summer...
   
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corakeating2
I love the tree the colour blends in very well
   
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corakeating2
It's a very nice house plenty of light and very nicely decorated
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Ilias Maniouras
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itsaploy
Can you please provide any details regarding the roof's renovation/foam insulation?

I'm actually planning to build a version of this house in a tropical country, and effective roof insulation as well as solar reflecting glass is a must.

My issues are primarily air conditioning, roof insulation, reducing heat gain through the glass, and insect resistance.

Thanks in advance for any details you can provide.

MR
   
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Erika Bennett
I am in an Eichler in Orange, CA. This is nicely done. I love Eichlers!
   
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woogies3

Oh. Wow. Love it.

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mandjdai

I never lived in an Eichler, but I grew up in Palo Alto CA in the 50's and 60's, so I spent a lot of time in them. Even back then, it was always the house I wished my parents had! I still have a thing for the mid-century modern style. But back then of course we didn't know it would turn into MCM...they were just known as "houses".

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drewrywolf

The "lovely woven patio rockers with keyhole backs" were from Ikea, but sorry to say are no longer available. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50039552/.

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drewrywolf

The flooring is Daltile Fabrique in "Noir Linen" 24x24 inch indoor/outdoor field tile throughout the house and atrium. Also in "Blanc Linen" in the bathroom. Sale price $3.79 per square foot!

http://products.daltile.com/series.cfm?series=228

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drewrywolf

Regarding "...as someone who spent all day taking up leaves, I wonder about maple leaves falling into the atrium - and blowing into bedrooms etc." It's actually not an issue - the floor level of the house is slightly elevated compared to the atrium, we've had maybe 3-4 leaves total actually blow in to the house in the last two years. If the occasional few leaves blowing into the house is our biggest complaint, we're pretty happy.

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drewrywolf

Regarding "...the heating and flat roof--those proved to be very problematic for homeowners..." and "Nice house but where is the isolation? The roof looks super thin." This Eichler had 100% of the wiring replaced, 100% of the windows replaced (double-pane of course), 100% new insulation in both the exterior and interior walls for warmth and sound proofing, a foam roof put on, and the radiant heat system was upgraded to a combo unit complete with a nifty Nest thermostat. The weather is fairly mild in Northern California but we are nice and toasty all over the house all year even in the colder months here, with no uneven "hotspots". No problems - happy warm house!

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drewrywolf

Regarding "Could you please tell me did you use matte or semigloss paint for the ceiling..." every painted surface was painted with semi-gloss (i.e. ceilings) wherever possible, satin finish for the walls - the idea was to give every opportunity for natural light to come through all those floor-to ceiling windows and bounce off the surfaces for a really luminescent home.

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drewrywolf

Regarding "Do you have any information on the figurative sculpture seen in the home?" and "who did all the beautiful sculpture?" - thank you for asking and for the compliment! All the sculptural work in our house is indeed original one-of-a-kind art by the homeowner. My work-in-progress sculpture portfolio page is here: http://www.drewrywolf.com

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drewrywolf

Regarding "Pendant lights in the kitchen are wonderful. where are they from?" They are by the company ET2. Taper 3 Light Linear Pendant in Polished Chrome E22223-24PC The cord lengths are adjustable, ours are raised as high as they can go. They were a splurge for us, but we loved the "atomic" aesthetic. http://www.et2lightinglights.com/search.cfm?q=E22223&first

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paulalack

Wow...very nice, bright, home that looks live-able as well as clutter free. Good video too (articulate homeowners)

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Greer Ball

perfection!

   
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mazdaq100

Fantastic, light and airy, just what we are striving for. I'm amazed you have been able to fit in 5 bedrooms plus a really good sized living space in just over 200sqm. Any chance you could share the floorplan of this?

   
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4D Planning

Really nice!

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artista

Thank you Mr. Drew Wolf for answer me. I love the figurative sculpture in this house.I Never see something like this before. Very nice house!.

   
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Cleveland Designs

Fantastic job with the renovation, we lived in Palm Springs for over three years and saw many homes in the Valley and South Canyon with a similar floor plan, it is MCM central they take it very seriously in Palm Springs. We moved there during the housing bubble from 2007-2011, I must say there are amazing homes in the City and most are being restored. If you can visit during Modernism Week in Feb. when they have several MCM home tours you can see some great homes. Across the country you can find a hand full of MCM homes, if you can get your hands on one, they are a delight to live in.

This is a great update, the center courtyard is a treasure, there are usually a drain or two hidden and a good rain gutter system. Love the house and you did a great job with the Video.

   
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2meforester

drewrywolf, I love your work and your home re-designs. We are building a new somewhat MCM/contemporary (modified for extreme heat and rain) home in Coastal Louisiana. Before seeing this post, I had chosen the same tile, and color scheme of white and gray (great reassurance in my choices). My husband and I are both artists with different mediums. I have been concerned about chipping. How well has this tile held up to the rigors of active family life and a working artist?

   
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L. B.

I like the way everything is streamlined. I also like the modern furniture. It fits this house. Sometimes homeowners will go modern, then mess the entire thing up by putting traditional furniture in it. This house has been done right-furniture and all.

   
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patriciamauch

This is the the way to live, I love this house.

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silk789

Here is a floor plan that looks similar http://www.eichlermidcentury.com/floor_plan.html


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H Ru

This is a beautifully executed MCM remodel (although decor choices are deeply personal when it comes to whether or not to paint all the original wood surfaces and how much color is needed to "really make the room pop" - please can we stop using this phrase). Homeowners want to maintain the innovative architecture and the indoor-outdoor feel for a connection to nature but sink most of their costs into double-/triple-insulated glass, modern plumbing, HVAC and electrical wiring (think: smart home automation) along with the sleek finishes which reflect our advanced technology/materials. It is gratifying to see how luxe a 50-/60-yr-old "middle-class home" can look - we are all striving for a gorgeous home like this. It's also delightful to me that ppl are constantly surprised by the small sq footage of MCM homes (thoughtfully designed by architects usually) - it shows the limitations of builder-grade homes (drywall is fine but window walls are better).

   
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Sarah Ladbrook
absolute inspiration to have a house like this
   
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pianoman10

Of all the Eichler renovations I've seen (many), this one is THE BEST!! What a pleasure it must be to live there. The atrium makes all the difference - street privacy and a completely open feeling at the same time. What could be better? The use of that former room divider as art piece over the fireplace is superb. It's a really a wonderful redesign, capturing all the benefits of Eichler and today's lifestyles.

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Scandinavian Home Designs

What a beautiful home! A very Scandinavian look! Good job!!!

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