Joseph Eichler’s contribution to the Modernism movement is undeniable. Eichler-designed houses are incredibly popular today amongst the Mid-Century Home community.
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Klopf Architecture specializes in remodels of mid-century homes, often Eichler houses. They focuse on the dwellers needs and respect of the original architecture.
Today, John Klopf tells us about their philosophy and what are the struggles of remodeling an Eichler house today.
Considering the persistent appeal of Robert Eichler’s original homes, it’s no surprise that many have undergone renovations to bring them into the new century.
…Continues from The Tradition of Eichler Neighbourhoods
The first Eichler homes were designed by well-known California architect team of Anshen & Allen and in later years other architects were hired and collaborated with Joseph Eichler, including the firm of Jones & Emmons.
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.
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.
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.
The all steel Eichler X-100 ‘experimental house of the future’ plays with space, light and peculiarities. This home could be straight out of a science fiction film.
This Eichler home renovation in South Bay, California, brings back the light and space which previous renovations have took away.
This Eichler home in Orange County underwent a five year renovation that fuses modern design with classic midcentury style.
This Eichler house was buried under shadows and duskiness in California’s Palo Alto; until Klopf Architecture took the project home.
In the Palo Alto Hills this gorgeous Eichler home lies off the beaten path. Embodying the iconic midcentury modern style.
Eichler Homes renovations are often a labour of love, this Eichler in the Fairhaven Neighborhood in Orange, is no exception.
This careful update to the original, designed by architects Anshen & Allen in 1963, was necessary to meet modern living standards.
This stunning Joseph Eichler home was bought by two lifelong mid-century furniture collectors to house their enormous collection. Built in California in the 1950s, it’s a typical mid-century Eichler house.
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.
Amy and Sean were mid-century design collectors way before buying their Eichler, and now the circle is complete. Today, you can read more about their experience as mid-century house owners and how it has changed their lives.
The owners, of this recently renovated Eichler home in San Mateo Highlands, California, is a young couple with two small children.
They were particularly keen to preserve as much of the Eichler home’s original essence with an eye for minimalist aesthetics.
This Eichler was built on a larger scale than the typical Eichlers we’ve come to know and love.
Built on an H-plan, it is described as a “Super Eichler”.
There’s a pleasing functionality to this mid-century house.
Situated in the Diamond Heights neighbourhood of San Francisco, CA, it is an original Eichler house renovated between 2012 and 2013 by Hennessey Architects.
An Eichler house owner will tell us what buying a mid-century house brings, what she had to renovate, and why.
Also, she will give us some very useful tips about buying the right Eichler so, be sure to read the interview till the end.
Hanh and her husband are the proud owners of an Eichler home.
After checking their Instagram profile we had to ask more about their Eichler love affair.
The Avocado Acres House is a lovely modern take on the traditional mid-century home. Located in Encinitas, California, and completed in 2015, it was built by architect Lloyd Russell.
We recently stumbled upon architect’s Ryan Leidner work on Instagram.
One of his most recent projects is the renovation of an Eichler home in Palo alto, California, and we could not miss the opportunity to interview him about it.
This house is a lovely period piece. Built in 1950, it looks right out of the original Eichler playbook.
And yet, being as its location is Portland, Oregon it couldn’t possibly be.