Eichler Houses

Eichler homes are within the most successful examples of modernist architecture for the mass market.

Joseph Eichler was the developer who, inspired by modernist architects as Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, brought quality but affordable architecture to post-WWII American families and across the entire mid-century period.

Eichler homes are more than just homes, they represent a way of living. Still today their unique and iconic design is synonym of a lifestyle which the new owners must and are more than willing to embrace.

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Living In A Different Type of Eichler: The Building

Ryan and his wife are the lucky owners of an apartment in one of this Eichler buildings in San Francisco. Initially attracted by its peculiar facade and minimalist look, Ryan tells us how they got to discover, and love, more about their building and Joseph Eichler’s work.

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Eichler House renovation by Klopf Architecture

This classic Eichler house looks like it was built last year. Renovated by Klopf Architecture, in partnership with Growsgreen Landscape Design, Flegel’s Construction, and the owners themselves, the space is filled with contemporary fixtures and fittings while demonstrating the same ethos of the original mid-century period.

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Building Lab architects renovate an Eichler in Marinwood, CA

Founded in 2001, Building Lab is an architectural firm dedicated to a comprehensive approach to the processes of building and design.
The firm’s founder Stephen Shoup has spent years assembling an expert group of architects, carpenters, and designers to work for his firm.

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For This Eichler In Granada Hills, Time Stands Still

Randy and his family bought this Eichler in Granada Hills, CA, in 1979 and immediately knew this was the one. “The moment we opened the front door and looked right through the atrium to the garden beyond the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, we knew this house was a serious contender.”

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Eichler Renovation in Palo Alto by Bellomo Architects

The Joseph Bellomo Architects Inc, is an architectural design bureau that offers design solutions to projects such as mixed use, residential, modular housing, commercial and urban planning which received the 2010 American Institute of Architecture Santa Clara Valley Merrit Award for the restoration work on the Alester Addition in Palo Alto, California.

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Joseph Eichler, The Man Committed to Modernity

Perhaps one of the best examples of a self made man in real-estate development and mid-century modernism is Joseph Eichler. He had a dream, a clear vision and made this dream a reality by going against all odds in creating entire communities around the Bay area and Los Angeles of affordable, sleek architectural designed homes for the middle class Americans

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Eichler Neighbourhoods. Total Community Design.

Continues from Eichler Homes and The Sense of Community.

Some of the successes of the Eichler communities can be ascribed to site planning. Neighbors come together and develop new methods and ideas to keep the community in Unisom. They come up with rather untraditional and unconventional but effective ways of building a stronger community. Ideas such as organizing annual community workdays, annual car shows and organizing Orchestra nights taking on Mozart, Haydn and Elgar.

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Eichler Home Remodel: Double Gable

We’ve already hosted one stunning Eichler Home remodel by Klopf Architecture. The architects design style is deeply influenced by Mid-century Californian architects and projects like the Case Study House Program.
It’s almost superfluous to say that the people at Klopf are deeply influenced by Mid-century Californian architects and projects like the Case Study House Program

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A Remodeled Eichler in Palo Alto by Klopf Architecture

In 2014, Klopf Architecture, Arterra Landscape Architects and Flegels Construction completed their remodeling of a classic open, indoor-outdoor Eichler home, which can be found in Palo Alto, CA, epitomizes Joseph Eichler’s staunch commitment to a typically Californian style of mid-century domestic architecture even more so after its recent improvements.

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The Joseph Eichler Dream, Living Together in Nature

Many people may have heard the name before. For a few the concept of Eichler is relatively new. In the Real Estate business, especially in California, Eichler houses are a tradition. What makes the Eichlers so special? The answer is simple, it’s the concept of creating a community for people in touch with nature. A typical house is a bearing wall type of house, which means solid walls holds the roof on top.

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The First New Eichler in 40 Years

If you have read the interview to our friend and Eichlers expert Monique Lombardelli, you will remember that she was working on building new Eichlers based on original plans. Well, she made it.

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Eichler Houses, Between Art and Marketing

Eichler hired Ernie Braun to photograph the house. The photos impressed Belluschi so much that he remarked to Eichler that they showed off the house even more than the images published by Life.
Braun often pictured near-empty rooms, with just a few cushions to decor the space. The use of low camera angles generated a dynamic feel to the otherwise almost empty interiors,

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Monique Lombardelli: a Life for Eichlers

Monique Lombardelli is a MidCenturyHome reader and fan of our Facebook Page. When she approached us to tell about her projects and documentaries on Eichler houses, we couldn’t resist; we asked her for an interview.
Monique is a realtor specialised in modernist houses and also a film-maker so, combining the two passions in a documentary about Eichler houses felt natural.

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A Mid-Century Modern Love Story in Portland

Jennifer and Mattias are the owners of this house. They decided to settle their family in Portland after many years of traveling.
Matias is a Swedish designer and photographer that has an understandable passion for the European functional modernism

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Eichler Homes: From Niche to Mainstream

Starting in 1953, the American real estate market began to change. The rise of average salaries and a spreading optimism about the future, caused a dramatic increase of buying requests for the first time since the end of the war. New buyers also began to develop more refined tastes – asking for more elaborate designs; requests to which builders eagerly responded, including new features as second bathrooms, larger living areas, more functional kitchens and in-house intercoms.

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Eichler Homes: Promoting Modernism.

It’s almost certain that Joe Eichler would not have had as much success as he did if it wasn’t for the Californian style success and its strong cultural basis, which many of Eichler’s developments marketing campaigns were based on.

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Eichler Homes And The Birth of The Modernist Dream

Generally speaking, Americans living in the early 1940s rarely accepted modern architecture as the standard for private housing. Californians however, were the exception – owing to a subculture of reformers and philanthropists that chose a contemporary and modern style when designing their houses.

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