Transforming an Eichler Home: A Game-Changer for One Family

In the heart of an existing Eichler home, a family found themselves dealing with a problem: the layout of their house didn’t make sense, and they didn’t like walking straight into the kitchen from the front door. Plus, their home didn’t have enough useful spaces for family time.

They wanted to make their home bigger and better while keeping the central atrium’s charm and connection to nature. So, they reached out to the Klopf Architecture team for help.

The initial challenges were tough. The weird entry through the kitchen wall and the lack of useful spaces were tricky. The family wanted to make their home bigger without breaking the bank, and they also wanted to keep the atrium, which was a big part of what they loved about their home.

The Klopf team decided to rearrange things in a big way. They moved the bedrooms under the existing 8-foot ceiling and made the great room bigger under the higher roof. This made the living spaces feel more open and comfortable without having to raise the ceiling, which would have been expensive.

They also moved the kitchen to a different spot, taking some space from the atrium. This made the living areas look nicer and more balanced. The private areas, like bedrooms, felt cozy and snug with lower ceilings, which was a nice contrast to the bigger living spaces.

They put in skylights and changed the atrium to let more natural light in and bring some greenery inside. The changes made the home look and feel like a single, well-designed space, instead of a bunch of disconnected rooms.

One of the most important changes happened in the small front bedroom. The Klopf team turned it into a room that could do many things. It became a laundry room, a powder room, and a hallway to a big home office that could also be used as a guest room.

From the outside, you wouldn’t guess that the house had changed so much. It still looked like the same kind of home it was before, with a modern style. But for the family living there, it was a big improvement. The rooms that used to be separate and confusing now flowed together, and their home was not just a place to live but a place to enjoy together.

Photos by Mariko Reed