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.
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 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.
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.
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.