OUR RENOVATION

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 …

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’ …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

open house (part two)

Right, where was I? Last time, we painted the ceiling, beams, trim, and cinder-block, and refinished this paneling wall. I forgot to mention this made-to-measure …

FURNITURE + DECOR

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 …

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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …

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, …

pre-sale steals

Our neighbors, Kelly & G, kindly gave us a garage sale preview recently, and we picked up some bargains. We love this unusually shaped vase. …

birthday boy

It was my birthday last Saturday. In celebration, I reset our broken (yet much-loved) flip clock, which can’t advance the date unaided. I might just …

EXTERIOR + LANDSCAPING

side-yard snowball

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) …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

OPEN HOUSE

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

5890 greenridge rd

Of all the standard Eichler models, variations of the ‘double A-frame’ are arguably the most impressive. This one is in a neighborhood we know well …

6473 s land park dr

The latest Sacramento Eichler for sale is an interesting one. It’s a 4 bed/2 bath, 1795 square foot, flat-roofed model, with 2-car garage. It was …