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OUR RENOVATION

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master bedroom

We just placed our master bedroom on the ‘done’ list. We still need to add some artwork, plus the odd piece of furniture, but we’re close enough to share …

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turning the corner

With no rain respite, we’re focusing on flooring. Having finished our all-purpose room and living room, we continued around the corner …

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living room

Point a camera in the right direction (as we try to) and our Eichler could almost pass for finished. In truth, we have a long way to go. But we are calling our living room ‘done’ …

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looking back: 2015

We didn’t plan on posting again before 2016 but couldn’t help ourselves –looking back, we realized what a busy year it’s been, and thought you might enjoy a recap …

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kitchen refresh

Last summer, we completed ‘phase one’ of our kitchen makeover. It was a BIG improvement (unless you love tiled countertops) but we were never 100% happy …

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acrylic backsplash

After a false-start with flimsy Formica, we needed a more robust solution for our kitchen backsplash. We considered stacked white tile, but weren’t convinced …

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table turning

We’re usually pretty good at finding design solutions, but we’ve struggled to solve our living/dining room. At around 24 x 13 feet, it’s plenty big enough (huge by our UK standards) but it’s tricky to arrange everything in a functional way, as I’ll try to explain. This space is divided from the kitchen by a three-quarter …

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white room

We’ve always wanted VCT throughout, but kept flip-flopping on color. We finally picked Armstrong’s Polar White –a pure white, with flecks of charcoal gray. We already dry-laid samples in our guest room, and noticed variations between batches –one had a bluish hue, which we hoped to avoid. We nervously opened one of our (40) boxes. …

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eichlerversary two

Two years ago, we awoke in our Eichler for the first time. As I explained this time last year, we hadn’t been inside (or even to Sacramento) before getting the keys, so this was surreal. Until then, we’d just obsessed over videos and pictures, shot by our superstar realtor, Thomas Westfall. Naturally, our ‘Eichlerversary’ is …

FURNITURE + DECOR

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dining table

We planned on replacing our glossy white IKEA dining table, down the line, but that definitely wasn’t a priority. So you can guess what happened next …

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shelling out

We have multiple Craigslist alerts, that generate little in the “need” department, but lots in the “didn’t need but do now” department. And sometimes you just can’t say no …

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eichler christmas 3

Yep, our third Eichler Christmas. This year, we added to our roofline string, with more lights, atop our cinder-block wall. Still couldn’t get the darn things straight …

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making plans

We’re obsessed with Eichlers. You probably noticed. As you may also know, Karen’s a graphic designer. These two facts have repeatedly collided since we bought our home …

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art work

Karen and I agree on most things, but artwork isn’t one of them. Our taste has plenty of crossover, but we differ on volume –she’d be happy with blank white walls …

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lounge chair swap

I recently shared this lounge chair on Instagram –a local Craigslist find, which has clearly seen better days. But for $30 (yeah, you heard right) I wasn’t turning it down. I enlisted the help of our friend, Andy, who has a bigger car than us (not difficult) to pick it up –turns out this chair …

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duck hunting

I’ve wanted these flying ducks for ages (pictured below in Mad Men). Kitsch, but iconic mid-century –made by Masketeers, from the 1960s onwards …

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eichler christmas 2

Today is Boxing Day, a holiday in England, so we’re taking it easy. Perfect opportunity to post this (imaginatively titled) sequel –you may remember last year’s post …

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surf and sand

Time to share the coffee table project I’ve been hinting at. This early sixties Lane surfboard table was embarrassingly cheap, thanks to our wonderful neighbors, Kelly & G –they’d been sitting on it (not literally, thankfully) for a year or so, planning to restore it. They knew we ‘needed’ a new coffee table, and that …

EXTERIOR + LANDSCAPING

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You’re familiar with the snowball effect, right? Well, a giant one just rolled over our side-yard. We’d already removed much of the lawn (where you now see rock) …

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back side

Last summer, we painted most of our exterior, leaving just the back, and a small adjoining side section. And that’s how it stayed, until this summer …

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chop chop

The tree that keeps on giving. At least, it was. We removed it several weeks back, and our two-year shower of leaves, twigs and tobacco is finally over …

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paint it gray

Long before buying our Eichler, we knew its eventual color scheme –mid-gray siding, contrasting beams, lime green door. During our twisty search, we imagined this on dozens of homes. And by “imagined”, I mean ‘Photoshopped’ –these 5-minute mock-ups won’t win awards, but you get the idea. Likely no surprise, we created plenty of floorplans too …

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on the side

Since last posting about our side patio, we’ve completed no major projects here, but have made some ‘tweaks’ that collectively make a difference. First-up, we added this rain chain. Being on the edge of our pitch, this downspout got much of our run-off, with water pooling here, too near the house. Now this chain feeds …

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front facing

Let’s face it (luckily, we don’t have to), our front lawn is in rough shape. 97% weeds, 3% grass, 100% bad. We have no intention of watering it, so it’s not about to look any healthier. We have long-term plans, but with big-time costs. Not happening yet. So, what to do in the meantime? We …

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rock revival

Our outdoor living space is ‘in transition’…to put it politely. But we recently completed what we’d like to call ‘phase one’ of our landscaping –far from the finished look, all about creating some structure, and making things neater. Here’s our side patio, way back. We love the original concrete. We don’t like the not-so-Cali trees, …

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side steps

Having painted the patio and front, we moved around the side. This path leads around that corner to our front door. And also back out to the street. We plan to add a fence and secondary front door here (as per this house, up the road) closing this area off from the street, and adding …

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up front

This blog is hopelessly out of sync. Maybe we should stop doing, so I can start posting. Either way, I need to catch you up, starting with (you guessed it) more painting. Let me show you where we’re at, via this floorplan (ours, minus one bedroom) from House & Home, July 1955. So far, we’ve …

OPEN HOUSE

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253 wiget ln

Eichler season is in full swing. Amid the noise, this jaw-dropping Walnut Creek listing demands your attention. Designed by prolific Eichler architect, Claude Oakland, this 1969 H-plan has glass galore, and oversized everything. With 4/2.5 over 2435 SqFt, on a quarter-acre, its ‘super Eichler’ status is fully deserved. The home sits within Walnut Creek’s desirable …

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28 arcangel wy

Couldn’t let this special Eichler slip by, without recording it for posterity. Beautifully preserved/restored 1960 carport/atrium model, with 4/2 over 1814 SqFt …

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modern restoration

We typically only post Eichlers for sale here. Time for an exception. Our friend Blaine is selling his gorgeous modern home in Bermuda Dunes, just south of Palm Springs …

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586 s woodland st

This 1960 carport/atrium model caught our eye, mainly for its exterior –love the mid-gray/warm yellow combo. 4 beds/2 baths over 1735 SqFt (+atrium) in the Fairhaven neighborhood, of Orange, CA –somewhere we’ve never been, but need to…on our long list of ‘hoods to check out. Inside, it’s a little too white for us (yeah, I …

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6465 fordham wy

I thought we’d go an entire year without an Eichler for sale in our neighborhood (after 3 in 2013 and 5 in 2014). I was wrong. The latest offering is a 1955 Jones & Emmons-designed 4/2 flat-top, with 2300 SqFt (extended from about 1800) on .28 of an acre. It’s a big property, with potential …

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cinder-block rescue

All our neighborhood Eichlers have a cinder-block fireplace –either in standard 16 x 8″ block, or narrow 16 x 4″. Some (like ours, below) also have a matching wall up-front. We inherited all our block in good shape, but some neighbors weren’t so lucky. Our good friends, Kelly and G, had this to contend with. …

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truly open eichler

While deliberating our first major change, we spied a far more radical transformation. This is the “Truly Open Eichler House” in Palo Alto, remodeled by Klopf Architecture. From the front, the form is like ours, albeit rebuilt and clad in new materials. I dig the ultra-modern look, but they sacrificed some signature Eichler touches, like …

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4149 sacramento st

I didn’t think anything could top the last Concord listing we posted here. This one comes mighty close –a 1963 4/2 atrium model, over 1795 SqFt, in the Rancho Del Diablo neighborhood. One for the purists, with original kitchen and baths, unpainted ceilings and fireplace, mahogany paneling, original doors and hardware. It’s all there. There’s …

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4095 phoenix st

As you may know, we have a soft spot for Concord. Home to the first ‘hoods we targeted, the models we fell in love with, and people we now call friends –sadly, one of them is leaving. But the neighborhood’s loss could be your gain, in the shape of this very special Eichler –a 1963 4/2 …

FOG ON TOUR

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burlingame super-eichlers

Whenever we visit San Francisco, we try to check-out a new Eichler neighborhood. Couple weeks back, we picked-up Karen’s parents from SFO, and swung-by Burlingame’s Mills Estates …

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willow glen and beyond

When you buy an Eichler, you join a club. Neighborhoods, models, and prices vary wildly, but we’re all connected by one thing –our homes were built by Joseph Eichler. That, and this free quarterly magazine…which reminds me, did you see us on the Eichler Network recently? Aside from SoCal and upstate New York, our tract …

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walnut creek

Just before Christmas, we took a trip to Walnut Creek, to check out Rancho San Miguel –home to about 375 Eichlers, built from 1955-59. We walked every street, and soaked-up the neighborhood. By the way, I don’t pretend to be an expert, so feel free to correct me on anything. This is a desirable neighborhood, …