Monday, September 14, 2009

The right way to remodel an Eichler.

Here's the first page of a house tour. I don't have the basis in my life for the more Japanese details in the bedrooms and office (beautiful, but on me it would only be cultural tourism) love, love, love the kitchen and living room sharing the backwall, with a less-than-full-height wall between.

and for reference, more Eichler remodels:

And, here's a kitchen that must be in my neighborhood, because it has the same bones as mine.
They did a lot of reno work themselves--I can't claim we're that clever.

Klopf. I've seen these on houzz. My problem is including the 20 foot square living room my husband wants, but I think may be oversized for our site, and what I see as the inherent modesty of an Eichler.

Someone digging a basement under their Eichler as part of a remodel. And doing it all green (understatement).
in the portfolio, "quince" may be the most pertinent.
Though I wonder how so clean can marry the family-busy-happy jumble I have going on.
I did notice they fit in the grand piano.

Not for me: I see a lot of these Eichler kitchen photos, which show a kitchen along an exterior wall, without exterior windows. I don't get it. Obviously starting with a different floorplan than I have, not the way I want to solve my where-to-place-the-kitchen problem.
won an award in 2009, this kitchen did.
ah, better link:
has link to slideshow, shows floorplans. So it's not an exterior wall; and I've been in houses with this floorplan, so now I get it.

Also probably inapplicable to my situation, but if it's on apartment therapy, it must be good.

what I don't want to do. I'm only commenting on the designs, not the contracting.


  1. The quince (with Wide-Angle Lens at least) looked like it accomodated a bigger living room. I love the indoor/outdoor connection in all of these houses. Along with the lines. Along with the fantastic furniture that is placed in the designed models. I liked a LOT about the first house that you linked to (the one with 17 or so pics) and the layout looks (if memory serves) a lot like yours. The chairs in the living room are unbelievable.

    It seems like the materials you choose ARE your decorations (and all that is needed) so decision-making is going to be hard, thinks me. Something tells me I'm not going to find an Eichler in my community in the deep South. Damn.

  2. In the South though, you do have a historical basis for the one-room deep house. They're very site-specific and are so adapted for the hot muggy summer they have a sort of indoor-outdoor vibe. I bet you could do something amazing modern with one.

    I love the dining room chairs in the Quince house. My physical therapist recommended I get some chairs which have a back that supports down to the seat. Unfortunately, she can't write me a prescription for those $850 Bottega chairs. She said something from a Goodwill would do.