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.
The stylish side entrance to the renovated Eichler home features a paver footpath with drought tolerant ground cover between them and border plantings of ornamental grasses and other attractive low maintenance vegetation.
The outdoor dinning and entertaining area of this home uses hedges to create strong lines, creating an outdoor room feel. Modern, red and white outdoor furniture sits on large, square concrete slabs with mature trees overhead and container plants nearby.
Thanks to their metallic trim, these neutral chairs positively shimmer in the afternoon sunlight. Just beyond the sitting area, a sliding door opens right into the kitchen, making entertaining and alfresco dining easier than ever.
Inside, tall ceilings, white walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows create an airy and open living room. A grey sectional invites visitors to stretch out, while a bright yellow area rug and teal chairs set a playful tone that carries through the rest of the home.
Comprised of clean lines and encircled by smooth stones, this modern courtyard feels zen and invites quiet reflection. Small trees layer the landscape as well, giving the space a touch of greenery and shade.
Taking a left past the kitchen leads guests right into the dining room. Here, another midcentury buffet displays the family's favorite items, with geometric prints and teal accents adding period-appropriate color and charm.
With a green accent wall and four wire-backed stools in teal, this modern kitchen doesn't shy away from color. A large island sits front and center for quick meal prep and cleanup while still complementing the sleek modern appliances.
To give the room a personal touch, the designers surrounded the bed with family photos and artwork. A large graphic print in blue anchors the wall, while also bringing out the best in the orange bed frame and yellow accents.
Down the hall, a family room with a coral-colored sofa and Eames chair provides comfortable seating for parents and kids. A large piano sits in the corner for leisurely play, while a large white area rug completes the space.
Overhead, two metal beams run parallel to each other and create a clear line of sight from the courtyard to the home's interior. Subsequently, the two living spaces feel connected, which makes the property seem larger and more open.