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Rebuilding an Eichler – Atomic Ranch


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Mar 22, 2024
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After a hearth, this Eichler-inspired house needed to be rebuilt from the bottom up. Methods to go about rebuilding an Eichler?​

This San Mateo neighborhood has one of many highest concentrations of Eichler houses in California. Atop certainly one of its tons an unique Eichler used to sit down, constructed within the mid century. Nonetheless, an unlucky grill hearth made fast work of this so-called “two-minute Eichler,” a reference to how shortly its all-wood construction succumbed to the hearth.

So, when later house owners of the burnt-down lot reached out to Klopf Structure to rebuild, they knew they wished to incorporate traditional Eichler components, whereas making the house work higher for the householders than the unique Eichler ever might have.

Rebuilding an Eichler​

One of many largest modifications within the rebuild was the format of the house. One of many householders wished to incorporate a further main suite for his or her mom, which introduced a problem for the already slim lot.


The house’s exterior is the place its Eichler beginnings shine by way of most strongly. The overhanging and low-profile roofline, together with the vertical siding and splashes of Eichler coloration, be certain that although this house is a 2016 creation, it has agency roots within the mid century.

“Your again wall is your connection to the outside,” says architect John Klopf. “It may possibly solely be a sure variety of toes broad, and [if] you could have two main suites again there, you don’t have a lot house for a lounge to connect with the again both.”

living room sectional sofa open doors to pool

The lounge affords among the finest views of the house, each inside and exterior, and is certainly one of John and Klara’s favourite elements of the house. Western pink cedar ceilings give the room a heat and wealthy feeling, whereas floor-to-ceiling home windows exhibit the equally gorgeous exterior.

The answer got here in an L-shaped format, which was markedly totally different from the traditional sq. form of Eichler houses, nevertheless it match the lot (and the householders’ wants) a lot better.

dining room and courtyard in rebuilt Eichler

The dwelling space affords a view of the San Mateo house’s atrium, which divides the 2 volumes of the house and holds a rooftop trellis, letting mild into the planters beneath. To the appropriate of the atrium is the house’s storage and secondary suite.

As undertaking supervisor Klara Kevane explains, the brand new format for the San Mateo house is made up of two volumes, with the primary quantity holding the storage and the extra main suite. The second quantity is the primary home, which features a main suite, a visitor bed room and toilet, a TV room, an workplace and an open-concept dwelling space.

Open Idea​

The open-concept dwelling space incorporates a kitchen, a eating house and a lounge. The kitchen cabinetry can also be seen within the loos and bedrooms, sustaining a way of continuity all through the house. “In an open idea home like this, with a variety of move,” says John, “we need to maintain the identical materials all all through the home. We would like the identical cabinetry all all through the home, and it ought to all have the identical palette … even all the way down to, on this case, the lavatory wall tiles.”

open living room and patio with fireplace and linear design

The open dwelling space options concrete flooring, which proceed out towards the courtyard and pool. When paired with the prolonged cedar ceiling and the floor-to-ceiling home windows, the San Mateo house embraces and joins with the outside, reasonably than excluding it.

Design Recipe for an Eichler​

But it surely was essential that the rebuilt house didn’t lose its Eichler look. On the outside of the house, many quintessential Eichler components have been re-added, just like the low profile of the house, its overhanging roof and vertical siding. “[We wanted to] maintain the home extra personal in the direction of the road facade, and have it look extra like a wooden wall,” says John.

backyard with grill, fire and pool

The wall of floor-to-ceiling home windows may be opened as much as the courtyard, creating an area that feels simply as at-home inside because it does outdoors.

Eichler colours have been additionally used the place attainable, just like the refined orange entrance door and deep grey siding. Collectively these components make the house mix in in its neighborhood filled with Eichlers. But it surely nearly wasn’t that means. Once they have been constructing the house, it needed to be reframed on the last-minute, as the unique framing on the hilly lot made the house look two tales tall. “We didn’t need to appear to be a two-story house from the road,” says John. “It stood out, and we wished to attempt to protect the entire really feel of the neighborhood … It was effectively value it [to change the framing] to forestall the home from trying like this two-story monstrosity.”

open concept kitchen and living room in rebuilt Eichler

The cabinetry within the kitchen is echoed all through the house, as the identical cabinetry is used within the built-in wardrobes of the first suites and in vanities and storage within the house’s loos.
pool and landscaping retaining wall

The outside pool gives a pop of blue in an in any other case inexperienced courtyard. The concrete that fills the patio space is identical because the flooring inside, connecting the indoors to the skin. Moreover, the retaining wall on the again aspect of the courtyard gives a house for some lush plantings and some boulders.

Inside, the house’s Eichler really feel continues. One of many largest methods it shines by way of is within the house’s expansive wall of floor-to-ceiling home windows. The home windows look out onto a picture-perfect courtyard, which holds a pool, house to entertain and an out of doors kitchen.

Rebuilding an Eichler with Indoor-Outside Feeling​

Bringing the within and out of doors collectively as one is a should for any mid century house, particularly in California. And it’s no totally different for this Eichler rebuild. One of many methods John and his crew created the indoor-outdoor feeling was by way of the house’s concrete slab flooring, which fills the inside of the house and is sustained outdoors. “The ground slab is uncovered concrete flooring with radiant heating, which is one other typical Eichler aspect,” says Klara.

bedroom in rebuilt Eichler facing courtyard with pool

The first bed room’s floor-to-ceiling home windows give the house a unbelievable view of the courtyard. A smaller window on the appropriate wall exhibits how the house is tucked into the retaining wall.

The house’s main lavatory options a big skylight alongside an higher window above the bath. “The skylight over the sinks brings in [additional] mild and balances the sunshine out within the room,” says John.
rebuilt home with L-shaped layout

At evening, exterior lighting creates an out of doors house that feels simply as cozy as its inside counterparts. The continual line of lights from inside to out, together with the overhanging roof and ceiling, provides to the house’s indoor-outdoor feeling.

And because the lot sits on a slope, the courtyard has a retaining wall. However reasonably than attempting to cover or take away the wall, it’s as an alternative highlighted, coated in lush plantings and boulders. The house sits up in opposition to the wall, the place it’s highlighted by way of window placements, which, John says, create the sensation of the house being completely built-in into the panorama.

Need extra Eichler? Examine Joseph Eichler or see Eye for an Eichler: Tour a Renovated Eichler Getaway in California. And naturally, don’t neglect to comply with us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube for extra Atomic Ranch articles, home excursions, and concepts!
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