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March 2014

Found 8 blog entries for March 2014.


Arthur Dallas (A.D.) Stenger is to Austin, Texas what Joseph Eichler is to California.  Both were developer/builders who brought iconic, affordable Mid-Century design to their hometowns during the post World War II housing boom.  Just as Joseph Eichler defined California Modern architecture, A.D. Stenger brought Mid-Century Modern to Austin.

Recognizing the need to supply affordable housing for returning war veterans, Stenger began purchasing land and building his homes, one-by-one, in several Austin neighborhoods in the 1940s.  Originally, Stenger’s homes were priced with an average of $20,000.  Today, just as Eichler’s homes are in CA, Stenger homes are in demand by MCM enthusiasts and price points often hover in the $400K to $500K range – with a few

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I think that the remodel of a 1969, Claude Oakland Eichler in Monte Sereno, CA is an amazing example of what vision, perseverance, and $$$ can accomplish.  Love it or not, you’ve got to admire the creativity and thought that is going into this amazing renovation.  Not only is the homeowner doubling the living space, but it is all being done with mindfulness to the Eichler aesthetic and determination to be a Green Eichler project.

Needing more space for their growing family, the homeowners expanded downward – adding a basement-level space instead of the usual (and not always popular) second story above ground.  While they were at it, they included elements designed to reduce the impact the home would have on the environment with the aim to obtain LEED

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The San Mateo Highlands Eichler Home Tour is still more than six weeks away, but it isn’t too early to get your tickets for this extraordinary event.  The "Inside-Outside" Eichler home tour will take you to 10 Eichler homes, as well as the Modern Hub museum and a vintage Airstream trailer.  The event promises to be a Mid-Century Eichler extravaganza!

The weekend festivities, which run from 10 am to 3 pm on May 3+4, 2014 offer the opportunity to meet homeowners, architects, and contractors who are experienced in remodeling Eichler homes, as well as find inspiration for décor, design, and landscaping.  And don’t forget to purchase a gourmet box lunch so you can eat on the run – and maximize your touring time.

In addition, this year’s tour presents a

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It’s all over for this year, but by all accounts the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show was a raging success.  I am blown away by some of the innovative products that were offered and would like to share a few with you.  Since our Eichler homes all share an open floor plan, the kitchen is often a fairly public space and keeping it modern looking and up-to-date is an aesthetic decision as well as a functional one.  With that in mind, I thought you might be interested in some of the latest kitchen trends as exhibited in the 2014 KBIS. 

Dacor walked away with top honors, winning Best In Show for its Discovery iQ 30” Wall Oven, and I can see why.  With its stainless steel finish and sleek styling it is a show-stopper.  The iQ wall oven features wireless

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In November the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DoCoMoMo for short) announced its first ever annual Modernism in America Awards.  The results are in and winners have been announced, leaving me with a very pleased feeling for the respect that is being shown for our Mid-Century structures all over the U.S. 

The Design Award of Excellence went to the restoration of Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park, CA.  In this restoration the jury cited exemplary attention to detail, respect for preservation, and sensitive restoration, adaptation, and expansion for continued productive use.

 

The Survey Award of Excellence was won by the Curating

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In our March newsletter, I mentioned a few of my favorite Bay Area finds for landscaping inspiration and unusual plants.  Just in case you aren’t signed up for our monthly message I decided to rebroadcast some the info on my blog.  I love these businesses – and think they are well worth another mention.

Your first stop could actually be our website here at Eichler For Sale.  We have a terrific photo gallery of landscaping ideas that offers ideas for back yards and pools as well as seating and patio areas.  We also have a section devoted to atriums and courtyards.  My personal opinion is that an atrium facelift offers great bang for your buck.  Your atrium sets the stage when visitors stop by, and it is something you and your family can enjoy all day

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Despite our recent rains, California is officially in a drought situation and we are being asked to conserve water.  Although an Eichler home doesn’t typically use more water than any other home, most Northern California Eichler communities are located in areas that are offering programs and incentives to homeowners to encourage water conservation, so I’ve rounded up a few websites for you to check out.  Who knows, you might be able to save a little water and a few dollars at the same time!

  • In the North Bay, Marin has a Get Paid to Save program that offers rebates for high-efficiency toilets, washing machines, and irrigation controllers.  The program will last until December 31, 2015 while funds last.  For more information visit Marin Municipal Water
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The open floor plan and walls of glass in Eichler homes are great for keeping an eye on the kids, whether they are playing indoors or out.  Nevertheless, good judgment dictates that if you have small children or grandchildren, you take a few steps to make your home child-friendly; and for Eichler homeowners, the large expanses of glass goes to the top of the child-safety ‘to do’ list.

Building codes were different back in Joseph Eichler’s day and those beautiful walls of glass that are a hallmark of Eichler homes were non-tempered, meaning that they can break into dangerous shards.  Today, codes dictate that safety glass must be used for sliding doors and floor-to-ceiling windows.  To make your place safer, you could opt to replace your existing

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