San Mateo Highlands

Highlands Eichler Home Tour 2014


To benefit the Highlands Elementary School PTA, 10 families are opening the doors of their homes to the general public. These houses look great from the street, but the real magic is past the front door and under the beams. Panes of glass and architect designed spaces bring the outside in and the inside out, a feel and a look that defines California living.

The Event Will Feature:

  • 10 amazing original and remodeled homes will be part of the tour
  • A comprehensive Tour Booklet is included in the ticket price for you to keep
  • A vintage Airstream up close - come take a peak inside!
  • Meet and shop from 9 mid-century modern inspired artists within the homes. Artists include Steve Cambronne from Palm Springs, Victoria KlochAtomic Mobile by Debra Ann, Gretchen MichaelsMae PerlsonJW PippenChris RanesMichael Murphy, and Jeffery Crussell.
  • Meet the home owners
  • Meet the contractors and architects behind the remodel work
  • The Modern Hub - offering a look at vintage Eichler brochures and photos
  • Free showings of the film People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler by Realtor-turned-filmmaker Monique Lombardelli
  • Lunches can no longer be ordered online for catering count reasons. However, a limited amount of 'day of' lunches will be available for purchase at event for $12.
  • A limited edition, numbered commemorative event poster available for purchase (please purchase with ticket)

Some unique home features that will surely offer inspiration:

  • Solutions that represent a wide-spectrum of every budget - from DIY, off-the-shelf products, to one-of-a-kind custom solutions
  • An inspiring range of kitchen and bath remodels
  • Various interior design styles - from vintage mid-century style to contemporary
  • See a wide range of flooring materials in situ : cork, concrete, radiant-friendly walnut wood, natural slate, ceramic tile, and terrazzo-style glass tile
  • Innovative built-in storage solutions
  • A fresh take on interior wood panelling for walls
  • A small backyard turned into a big retreat, featuring an artist studio
  • Natural wood ceiling beams
  • A great room with a completely retractable sliding glass wall
  • Modern native-based landscaping with a zen edge
  • Storage solutions that define the space
  • Add-on detached office space that ties it all together
  • Maximized connection of living space to open space
  • Smart solutions to “where to put the laundry machines”
  • Color palettes that suit every mood and style
  • Do-it-yourself projects
  • Smart home expansions and additions that retain Eichler qualities
  • Fences / hardscaping ideas
  • Usable front yards - Creating a front-yard courtyard
  • Living large in a small space, maximizing space
  • Modern updates to classic Eichler elements

Eichler Exterior - San Mateo Highlands Eichler Tour

We were pressed for time to get back to the East Bay (to start the demo of our kitchen!), so took a few more shots of exteriors before we headed back home. So many beautifully restored Eichler exteriors, updated with original paint colors and trim, along with gardens featuring drought-resistant landscaping. It was a day full of design inspiration and homage to a historical Eichler community.

Eichler Exterior 20140503-IMG_0440

Eichler Exterior

Eichler Landscaping


San Mateo Highlands Eichler Tour 2014 - Iconic design

We're so painfully behind on posts due to the kitchen/house renovation [consuming our lives]. Getting caught up on some of our favorite photos from the San Mateo Eichler Tour. This house was a favorite, with many iconic original furniture pieces and decor, and a welcoming modern outdoor space, seen from the back window wall of the house.

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Eames Fiberglass Chairs

Modern concrete bench with Heath Ceramic Tile

Mini Outdoor Studio

EIchler Modern Landscaping

San Mateo Highlands Eichler Home Tour 2014 - Open Kitchen

20140503-IMG_0360 When we heard the announcement of the Eichler Home tour in San Mateo's Highlands neighborhood, we decided to buy tickets, which support the local Highlands Elementary school and offers the chance for a sneak peek into a handful of Eichler homes. We have friends who live in the Highlands and have never visited them, so thought it would be the perfect time to pay a visit and check out (even more) Eichlers!

Here are some of our favorite homes, designs solutions and landscapes. We met many friendly owners/home hosts, other Eichler enthusiasts and Eichler-centric service providers. And so proud to see some beautiful lighting design installations (from my place of employment) in person for the first time. More on that in a bit...

We (well, mostly John, since I was busy taking in every single detail) took a ton of photos. I'll start with photos from the first house we started with and go from there. Enjoy!

House #1:

San Mateo Eichler modern kitchen




Awesome idea - panels that slide to hide the tv:20140503-IMG_0350

I love how the doors are flush with the walls, same as when the original doors were aligned with the luan paneling:




Pocket doors - great way to block noise from the main area and the bedroom wing:20140503-IMG_0359





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