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, leading to Photoshopped paint colors, landscape layouts and (of course) floorplans. Here’s our latest version, which includes the front elevation. We liked it so much, we framed it…though we’re yet to decide where to hang it.
This print also includes some previews –a front fence we are yet to build (to the right), plus a door in our future accent color (I know, we’re so fickle). We were compelled to make our own floorplan, as the Eichler brochure version just didn’t cut it (ours is the JE-84, bottom-right). That said, the brochure itself is awesome –if you haven’t seen it, do check out this PDF I created.
Karen also made plans for other models we know –from house tours, friend visits, and obsessively monitoring Eichlers for sale…which we still do, 2+ years after ending our own search. This carport/atrium design is familiar territory for us –prevalent in Concord, where we originally tried to buy, plus other ‘hoods we’ve visited. Karen had fun personalizing door colors.
Here’s a favorite flat-top/atrium plan, found in Orange, among other places. Plans don’t include room sizes (due to subtle variations), date built (models span multiple years), or model numbers (these vary between neighborhoods). And the elevations aren’t detailed illustrations, more graphical representations. Still, you should be able to recognize your model.
Karen also designed a neighborhood map for Rancho San Miguel, in Walnut Creek –a ‘hood we know and love. We figured we could personalize these prints too, using door color for the desired house. We’ve given some as gifts to friends, including (inspirational DIY-ers) Karen and John, at Destination Eichler –they framed and shared their map (below) on Instagram. People seemed to like it…
…so (my) Karen created another map, featuring three tracts in close proximity, in Willow Glen, San Jose –an area we visited in May, to stay with (more) Eichler friends, Karolina and David. They’re the lucky owners of a sublime carport/atrium model, and blog about it (plus other stuff) at Dear House I Love you –do check out their blog, but prepare for severe house + landscaping envy.
Karen also created a map of Fairhaven, San Jose, for (yet more) Eichler friends, Aislin and Tim –these guys run Modern Hive, a super-cool blend of urban farm and creative design. As a kind gesture of thanks, they made us this awesome wood coaster (this is their Instagram pic) featuring our own neighborhood, laser-etched, with gold leaf house. How cool is that? We love our Eichler friends!
Our initial plan was to create a resource of maps and plans just for this site. But feedback has been so positive, we figured people might like their own prints. We already had an Etsy store (sideline to our main business) so we renamed that “fogmodern” and added some custom maps and floorplans, plus the artwork I posted last week. Please take a look and share with anyone who might like them.