Truly Open Eichler HouseMidcentury Exterior, San Francisco

Klopf Architecture, Arterra Landscape Architects, and Flegels Construction updated a classic Eichler open, indoor-outdoor home. Expanding on the original walls of glass and connection to nature that is common in mid-century modern homes. The completely openable walls allow the homeowners to truly open up the living space of the house, transforming it into an open air pavilion, extending the living area outdoors to the private side yards, and taking maximum advantage of indoor-outdoor living opportunities. Taking the concept of borrowed landscape from traditional Japanese architecture, the fountain, concrete bench wall, and natural landscaping bound the indoor-outdoor space. The Truly Open Eichler is a remodeled single-family house in Palo Alto. This 1,712 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley.


Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Geoff Campen, and Angela Todorova
Landscape Architect: Arterra Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Brian Dotson Consulting Engineers
Contractor: Flegels Construction
Photography ©2014 Mariko Reed
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Year completed: 2014

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Brooke wrote:Mar 27, 2015
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    Klopf Architecture

    The stain used is a clear, matte finish, no stain. I don't know the manufacturer the contractor used, but we usually specify Sikkens.

  • 723jrr

    Thank you!

manleym wrote:Dec 27, 2016
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    Klopf Architecture

    The element that looks like a white fence is actually a smooth white
    stucco on the wall of the house. There are some stucco reveals that
    separate the four panels.

jmartinez2767 wrote:Sep 3, 2016
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    Klopf Architecture

    Hi, the cost of the siding for this house was approximately $13 / square foot installed (before contractor mark-up) back a few years ago. Under current market conditions the cost is likely to be higher by a bit.

urban design wrote:Jan 15, 2017

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

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    Laura Gaskill added this to Nail Your Curb Appeal: Midcentury StyleJun 23, 2016

    Keep the color scheme simple and crisp. The rectilinear forms and angles of midcentury-style architecture can get lost in a washed-out or overly complicated paint job. Whether your midcentury-style home is vintage or a newer build, keep its facade looking fresh with a crisp, simple color scheme. Think white, gray or smoky blue for the siding, leaving wood elements natural.Siding: Western red cedar with clear finish

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    Siding materials, driveway design

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    Sam Pollock added this to Verdeco: All Things ExteriorJul 30, 2019

    Wood, and could play levels against each other

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    cameronj23 added this to ExteriorsJul 2, 2019

    Love the white — world this work with brick?

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