Though beautiful year-round, this historic home particularly shines in the autumn, when the changing leaves complement its brick exterior. A gate gives the owners and guests access to the cobblestone courtyard.
Joseph Eichler was a California real estate developer who created a prototype with architects for residential homes in the early fifties that incorporated modernist architecture with a “bring the outside inside” concept. The Eichler home favored wall-to-ceiling windows with glass transoms in all the major rooms with direct access to private garden patios and courtyards. This remodeled single-family home by Klopf Architecture takes an original Eichler home and updates it with a truly “open” design.
This home office brings inside and outside together with direct access to a courtyard. White paneling contrasts beautifully with dark wood and accessories, while the recessed lights give the room a warm glow.
This Mission-style home, located on a relatively small corner lot, wraps around an intimate courtyard and pool area. The private outdoor space is accessed by many sets of French doors that lead to all rooms of the home. An outdoor fireplace forms a focal point for the courtyard and serves as a warm place to relax in the evenings.
This spacious kitchen has a warm, yet modern look that is enhanced with the combination of glass, stone and various textures throughout. The U-shaped design allows access to the central courtyard from all bedrooms and great room perfect for sophisticated entertaining.
A pristine tiled fountain rests at the center of a wide motor court that provides auto access to this sprawling Mediterranean-style estate. Named The Beverly House, the luxurious property was built in 1927 and designed by architect Gordon Kaufmann. An 800-foot driveway leads to this courtyard, winding through the manicured grounds.
A typical kitchen layout in the modernist mid-century design of an Eichler home. This space will be incorporated into the living room and a new kitchen will be created in the far left corner of the home with open access to the courtyard and living room.
The Quik House in Califon, New Jersey, is another Kalkin design, and consists of six recycled containers that are built into a hill and connected by a walkway. A spacious courtyard also helps to connect the two separate structures, and is easily accessed via floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. In fact, floor-to-ceiling windows are a key characteristic of the home, creating just the right balance of exposure and privacy.
The homeowners of this 1930s Tudor wanted a modest renovation to improve their kitchen and open the space to the rest of the house. As the project continued to evolve, renovations continued into to the family room, guest room, bathroom, main entry, sunroom, dining room, art room and a new breakfast room. The garage is laid out at an angle to the original family room, opening up the courtyard for vehicles and providing access to a mudroom door and the side turret entrance.