Launching a New Career

For many of you who have been following us here at Destination Eichler since the early days, I am sure you have noticed a gradual shift from demolition posts and photos of the kids with hammers to more design-focused posts and more recently, our clients' interior design projects on Instagram. 

It's been a three-year journey since we first moved into this home. Since the day we received the keys to the house, it has been a mountain of project after project to un-do the previous work done on our house and bring our home back to its roots. Each project has been different, interesting, frustrating and surprising in their own way. However, one thing started to become crystal clear: how much joy and satisfaction we felt in transforming our home into a completely different and improved space.

Over the past year or so, I started taking on clients who began asking us for help to transform their own home, many of them Eichler homes, after following our progress on our blog or Instagram. What started as a client here or there, eventually grew, and suddenly it was becoming a struggle to balance my day job with side client work and family life.

Now we are not in our 20s anymore; deciding to leave a solid full-time job with benefits (and near to home with no commute nonetheless!) was a huge decision for the family. But I hadn't felt passion for a regular "day job" the way I felt when I was helping clients design new spaces for their home. So after much planning and discussion, with amazing support from John and close friends, I recently said goodbye to a great team (you know who you are!) at my old 8-5 gig to make the leap to full time design work.

Thank you to all of you who have been "following" along with us since the inception of Destination Eichler and especially to our loyal Eichler friends/family and MCM enthusiasts. We will still update the Blog with projects on our home projects, (believe us, there is so much left to do!) but you will also start to see some of our other design work, which we hope you will enjoy and will continue to give you inspiration for your own homes. 

Happy Memorial Day weekend, which coincidentally, is our "Eichlerversary" as our dear friends at Fogmodern like to say. (Hi A + K!)

 

Modernism Masterpiece

There is a great community of Eichler homeowners and midcentury modern design enthusiasts. Whether in person or online, we share home restoration/renovation tips, help each other with sourcing period-specific materials (from closet doors to doorknobs), tag one another on cool vintage finds, and give each other encouragement as we embark upon various renovation projects. One of those amazing and talented friends from our community has poured his heart and soul into yet another amazing home transformation, this time right outside the Palm Springs area --  the Bermuda Dunes Country Club Development. If you are one of the lucky folks attending Modernism Week activities this weekend, you must check out the Open House for this 3 Bed/2Bath 2700 sf midcentury modern home, built in 1960. If you are in the market for a second home in the Desert, or maybe a new first home, here it is!

Check out this exterior; from the curved walls to Desert-scaping, this home is right out of a movie set, but could be yours for the ultimate in midcentury modern living!

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Here's the entry. Those Solid Vinyl Tiles (AZ Rock Cortina Grande) really make the home sparkle.

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More curved wall goodness. And -- THAT SOFA is amazing!!! 

Classic modern kitchen. Clean lines, beautiful cabinetry -- and again, that curved wall!

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Master Bath. So sleek.

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And what better way to enjoy the Desert than this pool and outdoor space. 

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Night shot. Love the lighting.

Maybe it's a good thing we aren't attending Modernism Week this year. I might just pack my bags, move in, and never leave. Congrats to our friends at Modern Restoration for another wonderful transformation. Great vision and excellent execution.

2015: The Snowball Year

As we embark on yet another New Year, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back and reflect on 2015. It was a year of constant renovation and projects -- one seriously tiring, but satisfying year! While we live in California (where there is a severe drought and NO snow)... it was still quite the snowball year for us! We completed the Kitchen Renovation a year ago, right before the 2014 holiday season (and hosting my family for Christmas Eve Dinner). The kitchen itself was complete, but we had not yet started on the dining room, sliding doors, or family room. (or Exterior for that matter.) The more we stood in the new kitchen space, the more we hated the small living area and dining room.

That's what started the "renovation snowball effect" which I know many of you DIYers and homeowners know all too well! After the kitchen, began the transformation of the Living Room area, Dining Room, then Exterior.

Building out the new media wall and installing large windows was a game changer!

Not even sure anymore the order of operations, but we moved on to replacing a bunch of sliding doors and restoring the living room, then somehow got into the exterior of the house too.

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LEAST favorite parts of 2015? Ripping down all that siding! Front. Atrium. Back. Ugh.

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Highlights of 2015? -- Most definitely our family trip to Palm Springs, which was a much welcomed break from DIY projects and served as inspiration for design and creativity, and of course fun family time together.

Here is the first "Desert Eichler" in Palm Springs:

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2015 has also been a very special year connecting with friends (old and new!) who share our same passion and love for midcentury homes, design and DIY projects, whether in person or online. It is still amazing to us how technology and social media have shaped how we can connect with people, all around the world.

Over the summer, we enjoyed a "weekend getaway" up to Sacramento to visit our friends Andy + Karen from fogmodern, attending a fun Rivercats game and a stay at their lovely Eichler home to catch up on their latest DIY projects.

Go Rivercats! (and Giants!)

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Fogmodern's wonderfully organized and pretty-to-look-at home office. I wish. 

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In the fall, a wonderful Meet-up hosted by our South Bay Eichler friends Karolina + David from dearhouseiloveyou brought a bunch of us Eichler folks together from all parts of the Bay to enjoy great food, company, and house talk. We're well overdue now for another!

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This fall, we tackled a few more smaller projects, finally completing the back of the house:

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We hosted the family again this year for a festive Christmas Eve dinner:

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And one last project to squeeze into 2015;  new walnut paneling in dining room to come!

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If you have read down this far, you really are wonderful! :) Happy New Year to you all. Hope it brings whatever it is that you are hoping for!

See you in 2016!

Best,

Karen (and John)

 

 

Flooring options for Eichler renovations

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We've received a few inquiries about our VCT installation and folks often ask us what other flooring materials would work well in Eichler homes, so we thought it might be handy to put together a flooring roundup. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing flooring.

1. Budget is often top of the list, including per square foot cost, demolition of old floors, and installation fees.

2. Durability and maintenance also need to be considered (Do you have kids or pets?).

3. Style -- how true to midcentury do you want to go? Original Eichler homes were built with both tile (original was Asbestos Tile, now it is Vinyl Composite Tile) and cork flooring.

4. Current flooring and the impact/cost of removing it or prep work needed to lay new flooring over it.

5. Radiant Heating: Does your radiant still work and if not, would you want to have new radiant put in before installation of new floors? We found this post on another site that goes into greater detail with material types and radiant flooring.

Here are a few materials we've seen in Eichler homes:

1. Vinyl Composite Tile or VCT Flooring

Armstrong's VCT in Cool White from one of our past clients (and the tile we installed in our house):

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The cost for VCT can't be beat, at less than a $1/square foot (Home Depot/Lowes), not including installation. The tile needs to be properly sealed and coated with a few layers of polish on top and you should be good for several years. Depending on the wear and tear of your floors, the polish can be stripped and re-applied. You can have VCT professionally installed or this project can be doable as a DIY project. Watch out for presence of Asbestos on original tile; ensure testing of presence of Asbestos and if present, Asbestos removal might be necessary, or some tile over their original tile.

Our concrete sub-floor was a mess after removing the old tile and from prior radiant leak damage, so there was extensive prep work and leveling we had to complete before installing the new VCT. This can be an added cost for prep work (Home Depot wanted at least $3K just to prep our floors before installation).

There are a myriad of colors of VCT, from the cool whites to  grays, to deep black, all of which look beautiful in an Eichler.

Here is an example of the dark VCT from a beautiful Concord Eichler that was on the market last summer. Photos via Ken Fox and East Bay Modern and styled by our talented friends at Redux Stage Co.

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2. Solid Vinyl Tile - SVT Flooring

Another great option is also a composite tile, which is close to a terrazzo tile look. (I love (real) Terrazzo tile!)

Our friend Blaine at Modern Restoration (former Eichler owner and now Palm Springs homeowner/renovator extraordinaire) recently installed Cortina Grande Solid Vinyl Tile in his Palm Springs home. It looks amazing, is closer in look to true terrazzo and seems relatively affordable too - under $5/sf installed. SVT is installed the same way as VCT. Isn't this beautiful? These come in larger sizes too - 16" x 16" which really look stunning. Blaine mentioned this tile looks very close to his Eichler's original tile.

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3. Polished Concrete Floors

We've seen a number of Eichlers and midcentury homes with polished concrete floors and love the final look. Here are some photos of a Castro Valley Eichler (thank you Debbie!)

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Polished Concrete Floors in Eichler

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Labor cost for polishing concrete is much higher. Any cracks or lines in your concrete could be visible (though that is neat too, as you get to see the floor's history) and there are a number or stains and applications that can be applied that can alter the final look. Our friends are currently going through some radiant leak issues in their Eichler and unfortunately have had cuts made into their recently beautifully polished floors in search of leaks. :(

4. Cork Floors

Cork was also installed in Eichlers back in the day.

Ours is a dark color, which we installed in the bedroom areas of our home:

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It's very gentle on the feet, but so gentle that it gets scratched easily (especially by little Matchbox cars). Cost can be in the $3/sf (before installation). Ours is called "dolerite ripple" from icorkfloor.com and came in 12 " x 36" planks.

4. Hardwood Floors

We've seen hardwood in various types/stains installed over the concrete sub-floor, from whitewashed grays to light or dark bamboo. Hardwoods can be very durable and costs vary, depending on wood type. We've installed bamboo floors like the photo below in our past home, for around $6/sf (before install.)

This is a San Mateo Eichler with hardwood floors from the San Mateo Highlands House Tour:

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 5. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile Floors

An Eichler from the San Mateo Highlands House Tour with tile:

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Porcelain and ceramic tile have a wide range of finishes and sizes, which can work nicely in Eichler homes, whether you are going for a very modern white look, or looking for warmer tones like this gray flooring. Pricing can range anywhere from just a few dollars a square foot, to upwards of $40/sf for high end tile designers.

Our friend's Eichler, with rectangle shaped tile, in a staggered pattern:

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Hope you have enjoyed our flooring roundup! Let us know your thoughts or if we missed other favorites.

Rocket Supper Club

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This isn't our typical mid-century modern blog post, but hopefully any of you foodies out there will enjoy the beautifully prepared menu and some shots of our recently painted house and atrium. It's always good for us to plan a social event at our house in order to give us incentive to get through a (never-ending!) punch list of house projects. August will be a month of hosting a few dear friends coming to the Bay Area, so we spent most of June and July getting the house in (better) shape and cleaning/prepping for guests.

We recently partnered with our friends at Rocket Underground Supper Club, who have been creating delectable in-home dinner events at homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. We were thrilled to be their first East Bay home/venue and first summer season themed dinner. (Thank you Sharon + David!)

Sharon and David cooking up a storm in our new kitchen: Sharon + David, Rocket Supper Club

Here's how it works; Sharon + David (founders of Rocket Underground Supper Club) plan and prepare a multi-course farm-to-table meal, right in your own home. We invited a few friends to partake in the 7-course dinner, which included a special wine pairing chosen by the wonderful folks at Bay Grape in Oakland.

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Good thing John's learned a thing or two about cocktails at his day job:

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Dad's extra long reclaimed wood dining table he made for us now lives where the leaky hot tub once stood!

Prep work:

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Cauliflower soup. ham foam. peach grapenut

Grilled flatbread. heirlooms. sungolds. burrata. pickled radish

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Sous vide pork. purple basil pesto. miso parsnip.

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Me stuffing my face with delicious food:

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A great pairing: Rocket Underground Supper Club + Destination Eichler!

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I want to experience the evening and food all over again. The food was amazing (and lactose-free for John!);  wonderful company. Can't wait to host another!

Wines from: Bay Grape 376 Grand Avenue Oakland, California 94610

Full menu and pairing:

albacore. pine nut. truffle oil. yuzu. smoked salt andre & mireille tissot, cremant du jura sparkling rose

cauliflower soup. ham foam. peach grapenut michael frohlich, gelber muskateller 2013

grilled flatbread. heirlooms. sungolds. burrata. pickled radish cibonne tentations, cote de provence rose 2014

cilantro pressed pasta. cayenne corn. onsen egg. cojita crystallum, pinot noir 2013

sous vide pork. purple basil pesto. miso parsnip. horseradish whip. olive dust alain graillot, crozes-hermitage 2013

peach pie. bourbon meringue. raspberry. ginger brittle. thai mint ice cream. la caudrina, moscato d'asti 2014

 

Mid-Century Home Magazine

MidCentury Home We recently discovered a wonderful online magazine, Midcentury Home, which as the name implies, is dedicated to all things mid-century modern. Recently the site has been publishing features on other Eichler owners, such as our dear friends at DearHouseILoveYou. We love their stories on historic mid-century architects such as Anshen and Allen, (who Eichler hired to design many of his communities) as well as iconic buildings such as The Barcelona Pavilion.

Today, our home and story is featured! Thank you Marco for finding our story interesting and continuously providing us with beautiful imagery and stories behind mid-century modern design!

You will find some of those treasured (I mean dreaded) "Before" photos, as well as some recent photos of our latest projects that haven't even made it to the blog yet. Enjoy!

 

Eichler Exterior Redux

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Our "strategy" when it comes to the prioritization of our home improvement projects has been an inside-out approach. We started with the heart of the home (in our case, the kitchen), then are slowly working our way outwards. So our largest project to date is the kitchen renovation, followed by the living room and media wall, and a bit of work in the dining room. As we worked on the dining and living room, we ended up replacing both the sliding doors that go from each respective room, into our central atrium. That then led to us pulling off all the vinyl siding in our atrium, and suddenly, we found ourselves pulling siding down from our car port wall, then the beams (yes our beams are also covered) ... then trim around the garage door, with the rest of the front of our house to go.

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Wait, how are we outside already?! We aren't even done with the inside!

So now that the wheels have come off (or in this case, the vinyl siding), we are starting to think about tackling our house exterior, far sooner than we had planned (and the budget is planned).  I've been gathering inspiration on exterior paint colors from all over, including our recent visits to the Orange and Sacramento Eichler neighborhoods and scouring Pinterest. We have a few paint samples to test out this weekend, but here is the color scheme I have been envisioning:

Navy and Turquoise Exterior Inspiration

We haven't seen a lot of dark navy Eichlers, but after working on the San Jose Ct. Eichler project, I have always admired the crisp, clean lines of a dark colored house with white beams and accent colors. The barn photo above is Polo Blue from Benjamin Moore, which I plan to test on some siding this weekend. The lovely Palm Springs shot is from Flikr and the two on the right are from a MCM Austin AirBnb and the Eichlerforsale website.

We also have some wonderful darker gray samples to consider, though our neighbors (who have an amazing house) next door are also gray, so we want to respectfully "complement" their house.

More to come! We still have yet to pull the rest of the tan vinyl siding off, but once we do, at least we know what color it will be.

 

Kid-Friendly Palm Springs Vacation

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One of the many fun perks about having elementary school aged kids is taking the opportunity to vacation when the kids have an official school holiday. A few weeks ago, we decided to plan a family spring break trip, doubling the trip as a celebration for John's "big milestone birthday" birthday. :)

Some of the pre-requisites included:

  • Somewhere drivable within California
  • A location that offers golf or tennis
  • A swimming pool, enjoyable for both the grown-ups (bar service is a plus!) and the kids
  • Warm weather
  • Offers additional "sight-seeing" and activities that don't involve swimming, golfing or tennis

We landed on Palm Springs, CA as our final destination and the vacation did not disappoint.

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Having been to Palm Springs a few times before (both with and without kids), we wanted to be central to the downtown shopping district, for quick access to dining and window shopping plus all that the city of Palm Springs has to offer. (In parent-speak, quick access to hotel room during melt-down moments).

Other contenders for accommodations included The Ace Hotel (we've been there with kids, and while it is fairly family-friendly, I would definitely not say family-oriented), and the Rancho Mirage Resort, located in Rancho Mirage, CA. We also considered some AirBnB homes, but everything seemed booked up in anticipation of Coachella.

We decided to book the Hyatt Palm Springs, located smack in the middle of Palm Springs main downtown area. The room was fantastic and we somehow lucked out with a suite that included an additional living room, where the kids ended up sleeping, as well as a balcony overlooking the main street.

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Mornings were spent enjoying the pool, and once the "real" spring breakers invaded the pool area by about noon each day, we took that as our cue to get out of the hotel and do some sightseeing around Palm Springs. There wasn't a fancy water-park like pool (which we were considering at the Rancho Mirage Resort), but the Hyatt pool seemed good enough for the kids, which suited us just fine!

Here are some highlights of our trip and for all you modernists out there, you already know that Palm Springs is the mecca for mid-century modern architecture and design.

One of our half-day trips included a visit to The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, located in Palm Desert, about 30 minutes drive from Palm Springs. It's a lovely park/zoo in the middle of the desert, with a wide array of animals and desert plant life. The kids had an awesome time feeding giraffes, while John and I gained inspiration on desert landscaping ideas that would be perfect for our drought-ridden yards back home.

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Not only were there Giraffes to feed, there's a wonderful miniature train set, perfect for those little ones with train-fascination:

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Our next few days included more pool time, mixed in with our own self-guided tour of Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the famed Racquet Club Estates area and a drive by the brand new Eichler and the famed Kaufman House designed by Robert Neutra.

The Kaufmann House designed by Robert Neutra

Racquet Club Estates Mid-Century Modern Home

There is fantastic home furnishings and accessories shopping in Palm Springs, especially in the design district, but we prefer (more affordable) antique and thrift shops, scoring some nice finds outside of Palm Springs at antique malls and shops located in Cathedral City and on our drive to LA, in quaint Redlands, CA.

There's even more we missed, such as riding the Aerial Tramway and visiting Joshua Tree National Park, but leaves us wanting to definitely come back again soon. Can't wait for the next school-mandated vacation!

Family-Friendly Activities in Palm Springs: Indian Canyon (Hiking)

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Family-Friendly Dining

Gyoro-Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise 105 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 otootorestaurant.com/

L'Atelier Cafe 129 La Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262 latelier-cafe.com

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Midcentury Modern Neighborhoods

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The Kaufmann Desert House, designed by Robert Neutra

Golf Courses

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Atrium Sliding Door to Dining Room

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Where there used to be a huge 10'x6' sliding door and transom in the original home, the previous owner walled it up and installed a vinyl window with extra fancy muntins - this also had to go. We had to take down the wall to install our 8'x8' door, the largest that Milgard offered. 2015-04-18 13.46.11

As a reference, this is what this room originally looked like (neighbor's house):

 

We started from the top and worked our way down.

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Was tempting to leave like this and make a "take-out" window:

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Waiting to finish up with another glass transom above the sliding door. But now, when you walk into our atrium, you can see right into the dining room. We have quickly put the old window and vinyl siding out of our memory. Too bad the rest of the house is still wrapped in it, but now we know it's not difficult (just laborious) to remove the vinyl siding.

New Eichler Atrium Sliding Door

The vinyl door with the fancy faux muntins had to go - despite the fact that it was a perfectly good door. Our dear Craigslist helped to upcycle the door to a new home. We began by breaking down the soon-to-be transom section to make sure there wasn't still glass up there and to take a peek at the framing, but wanted to remove the door first. 2015-03-22 10.51.35

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After the door removed, we continued with the area above the door.

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We had to prepare the sill and also reinforce the post, which had been terribly sawzalled in half! The previous owner wanted to use an off-the-shelf replacement door from The Home Depot, and needed about 3 inches, so they cut 2 inches from one post, and an inch from the other - ARGH!

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We filled in with wood filler and a finishing coat of higher end spackle then painted using an old can of grey paint laying around (final colors for another day).

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Milgard Sliding Door Frame Assembly

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We installed the door frame, panels, and hardware.

Next we trimmed out the transom, got a custom piece of glass from Diablo Glass.

 

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Living Room Remodel: Media Wall, Windows, Closet - 75% Complete

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We wanted to accomplish a number of things with this project that spanned several weeks:

  • Create more living room space
  • Remove the weird walk-in closet entrance in our Master Bedroom
  • Remove the weird angled-wall in the living room
  • Create a new media wall with a flush mount TV
  • Bring back some wood paneling as an accent wall
  • Put the original 2 sections of glass walls back in where they were filled in with studs and drywall.

The Very Beginning of Our Eichler Kitchen and Living Room Remodel

Below is a shot of the room when the kitchen took up most of the area. We miss the that pine ;)

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Demolition

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Wood Paneling the Media Wall

We went to MacBeath Lumber to buy a half dozen types of sample sheets of paneling. The pre-finished options didn't quite suit our liking, so we opted for the unfinished 1/8" Walnut panels.

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Exterior Wall Demolition

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Original picture from our neighbor's house to compare:

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Time crunch was upon us before leaving for a trip, so we had Dan's Glass prep the opening and install the glass. They farmed out the prep work, finishing in half day by adding a new sill and installing the interior pre-primed wood stops. This ran us about $1,500.

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Kids Modern Loft Bed

Our boys share a bedroom and since we recently relocated most of the toys from the family room to their room, it had become a constant disaster zone. We considered bunk beds, but thought a built-in loft would be a good way to gain vertical living space that included both sleeping and play areas. Here is how we constructed it:20150307-105821 The loft bed is supported at the long ends by two 2x4's, and a 2x2 against the back wall into studs. A 2x6 spans the outside edge that is screwed into the ends of the 2x4's. A 2x2 rail is screwed into the inside of the 2x6 to mount the 2x2 ribs. 1/4" wood paneling went on top of the ribs to finish the platform. Finally, a 2x8 was sistered to the outside 2x6 to give it additional support.

kids-loft-bed-platformWe had almost a 12 foot span to support, and by deck building rules, twin 2x12's can support a 12' span, so was comfortable with just the 2x6 and 2x8 sistered beam, as this is hardly a deck. With the whole family on the loft, there is no flex.

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We repurposed an Ikea above-fridge cabinet from our kitchen renovation (white) as one of the storage units on the floor, and a Land of Nod book case, which lives underneath the table top, an Ikea wall panel. Ikea RIBBA picture frame ledges double as a Hot Wheels track and book storage. It makes cleaning up cars more fun! ;)

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We stained the side piece, to give it a finished look, with some walnut stain from our wood panel media wall project.

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The SF Giants bobbleheads now have a permanent home!

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Additional accessories include under-loft LED lighting from Ikea, some wall baskets, coat hooks, and bedside LED reading lamps. An indoor-outdoor rug provides a cozy place to play on one end of the loft. The rug is so durable, it can even be rinsed with a garden hose!

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Modern Kids Loft Bed

We would've liked to have raised the loft about 10" higher, but the window was in the way. Overall, it turned out great and makes the room much more enjoyable.

The project came out costing about $150 for lumber and the kids absolutely love it!

Resources: Lumber Ribba Picture Ledges from Ikea Indoor Outdoor Rug from Land of Nod Hanging Wire Shelf from Homegoods Pencil Bins from Ikea

 

Modern Wood Panel Ideas

We've always wanted to bring back some of the wood paneling that was part of the original walls of Eichler homes. Wood paneling brings a nice warmth to the room and I love the thought of integrating natural materials back into the home. Now that we have blown out the old master closet that was taking up part of the original footprint of living space, the need has come sooner than later to find a solution for paneling our new living room media wall.

We've been searching the web for different paneling solutions; here are some beautiful installations:

Warm Wood Panels in Living RoomFrom Dick Clark + Associates via Houzz

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From Topos Design via Houzz.

And from the nearby Eichler project I worked on, where the original Luan panels were beautifully restored:

We picked up some wood panel samples (Walnut, Mahogany, Beech and Cherry) from Macbeath in Berkeley and applied three different stains to each wood sample. Just like choosing a new paint color, we thought it might be good to see what the wood and stains look like in different lighting. So far, the Walnut Panel with Walnut Finish is one of my favorites. I love the grain pattern in the walnut and this finish is just light enough to show the gradients of the wood, but is also a nice, rich color.

Once we decide, I will stain each panel and John will have to figure out all the detailed trim work. More to come!

Eichler Wood Panel Samples

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Vintage Vision Test Lamp

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We rented a beautifully remodeled transitional-style home in New Orleans that was decorated with several mid-century modern pieces. One of the bedrooms was accessorized with a vintage optometrist eye test lamp box that doubled as a really cool night light displayed on the dresser. I looked these up on eBay and they're going for around $475.

Here is another one of the many nice pictures inside the home:

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