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    • I was chatting with a realtor friend of mine and we started talking about houses (as one does with a realtor). I live in an Eichler house and pinch myself daily that I call it home. Others might brush this type of architecture off as odd, strange or nontraditional. Or as my friend said, you either love it or you hate it. But I think there has to be some middle ground here. Even if you couldn’t see yourself living in one of these houses, I would truly think that there could be an appreciation to what this style of home offers. It is all about letting the natural light in and opitimizing indoor-outdoor living. Plus it really is the an awesome house to entertain in. We are going on 6+ years I our home and honestly love coming home everyday.

      Any other mid-century lovers out there? What do you love best about this style? I saw a post by @atomicalex that mentioned she has a mid-century home so I know there are others out there on Cake.

      Or if you aren’t a fan, what is it about this style of house and architecture that you don’t like?

    • I had to google Eichler house to see what the design was like. Have to say, I love it! Floor to ceiling windows and as much natural light as possible all through the house? Must be lovely in the west coast climate.

    • Oh I would love to live in an Eichler! The vaulted ceilings and so much natural light (a cat's paradise).

      Right now we are in a traditional ranch style house that has been modified to have a great room with almost floor to ceiling windows facing the back yard and like it a lot.

      What is heating like in the hot / cold months? Do the temperatures fluctuate a lot room to room?

    • @kbasa lives in an Eichler. I live in an ex-eichler. The previous owner moved exterior walls and added a second story, turning a 1300 or 1400 sq ft original into 2200 sq ft. I like most of what they did (otherwise I wouldn't have bought the house) but it is more Ex than Eichler. The replaced radiant heat with forced air, for one thing. I'd love working radiant heat.

      Shay, google "mid century modern" and you'll get lots more designs to look at. Joe Eichler wasn't the only builder of mid-century modern housing.

    • Oh! So are you calling it an ex-Eichler because of the second story remodel? We have a few of those in our neighborhood that look like they were designed that way.

      @kbasa: Do you live in a NorCal or SoCal Eichler?

    • They moved and changed walls. Instead of a wall of glass with 4 feet of roof overhang I've a more standard wall moved to the end of the roof line. Example: my chimney is now inside the house!

    • One other thing that I love about living in an Eichler is that almost everybody else in the neighborhood lives here because they love Eichlers. It creates a cool sense of community.

      Our neighborhood throws a big block party every year with live music and food trucks. It’s been an annual tradition since the 60s. Even the Mayor showed up this year. With the streets blocked off, neighbors out chatting, and kids riding their bikes freely, it feels a little like being transported back in time.

      The roots of the block party is an annual art fair that the neighborhood hosted. It was actually one of the largest in the city, attracting 20,000 people over a few days. So cool to see the history.

    • It definitely lets a lot of light in and since there is no AC, it really comes down to opening up all the sliders for a cross breeze. On a perfect summer night it is so nice to have everything open and enjoy the fresh air.

    • The radiant heated floors are great in the winter and for warmer days, it is all about opening up all the windows/sliders in the morning to get fresh air in and then you close everything up to maintain the cool temperature until evening when you open it all back up again to cool the house off. The back of our house gets warm around 4 pm so on super hot days, we wish we had AC but thankfully those hot days are short lived.

    • No. That part of the house is only one story. It was done simply to make the living room larger. And they added a dining room and made what was the dining room larger, turning it into a family room.

    • I absolutely love Eichlers not just for their original architecture but for how their interiors have evolved over the years. It's incredible that these homes, many some 70 years old, have survived many architectural design revolutions.

      Eichlers are now so coveted that people are specializing their careers in selling them. My friend Nate specializes in Eichler real estate photography. It's pretty amazing how cutting edge these decades-old homes are:

    • @kbasa lives in an Eichler. I live in an ex-eichler. The previous owner moved exterior walls and added a second story, turning a 1300 or 1400 sq ft original into 2200 sq ft. I like most of what they did (otherwise I wouldn't have bought the house) but it is more Ex than Eichler. The replaced radiant heat with forced air, for one thing. I'd love working radiant heat.

      IMHO Eichler was pretty great because he brought a well done mid-century modern home to the masses.

      I have a Kaiser home, built by Kaiser Permanente in 1947. It's a very early, crude, cheap midcentury modern house. It's small, 800 sq ft. It has open ceilings just like Eichlers but with a low 7 ft plate.

      The CC&R's that the title company gave me a few years back when I bought the house are a reminder of how far we've come as a society since the 40's.

    • I was not really hip to MCM until I offered my photography services to the local Nevada Preservation Foundation's annual Homes & History event that is a take-off from the big Palm Springs event every year. As I got involved to understand the "product", I had no idea that Las Vegas has a rich MCM heritage that involved many of the Los Angeles architects from the early 60's. The charter of the newly formed NPF was to establish legislation to protect certain neighborhoods by marketing them Historical. Much of the 60's stuff here in Vegas is ghetto but Cali investors are buying the stuff up and offering a range of tacky to tasteful renewal. Through all that I decided if I were going to retrofit something, it would be great to have the lineage of an establish architect but I don't doubt I would end up having to designate it as an "ex" as I also like brutalism and minimalism.

    • What’s the most tacky renovation that you have come across? We’ve seen some great remodels in our neighborhood but a few odd ones as well. I’ve nicknamed one of them the Beetlejuice house since it looks so disjointed and strange.

    • Robert Baker

      What I would consider tacky are these investors that come in and just put a superficial coat of paint on the outside and inside, put some weird "on-sale" hard flooring in, throw in some hipster small square tile backsplash in the kitchen and then go to Ikea and drop in all new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Harsh contrast to the 1960's red brick fireplace that is leftover. Baseboards have course brush strokes. But, probably most people, especially if they are potential lesses's to this investment property don't know any better and they think it is cool they now live in a MCM property with all new IKEA furniture. hahahahah

    • But, some owners get it. This home has no disco but it is in the historic Beverly Green District. The simple things like the fireplace and boulders make this a great MCM Vegas property.

    • During the Homes and History tour,this family opened their home for the tour. They had some great art in their home but they consistently said this was their best family photo. I think the young girl, the doggie and the 70's kitchen make the shot.

    • I'm in Lucas Valley, up here in Marin County in NorCal. Our area is referred to as "Marinwood" or "The Berries" or "The berry patch" because all the streets end in "berry". We're on unincorporated county land and our home was constructed the same year I was, 1958. If there's any interest, I can post some pictures. We've been working on this thing steadily for the 18 years we've lived in it.

      Ours is pretty close to an E-111 model, though the bathroom layout is a bit different and we don't have a door on the bathroom.

      That'd be our living room and out to the backyard. There's a fireplace to the left. On a rainy winter NorCal day, it's a great place to spend an afternoon, while still feeling like I'm outside.

      We also now have a proper Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, along with a nice Scandinavian side table that's appropriate for the space. That's a Meinecke rug from Herman Miller on the floor. We have some fascination with furniture, as you might guess, especially well rendered MCM classics. Here: Kite chairs in the garden, Bertoia on the patio, Eames in the living room. Eames molded chair knockoffs in the kitchen for both bar stools and chairs at the dining table.

    • Our place has an atrium, though the previous owner, who was the original owner, covered it. That gives us some opportunity to use the space productively. This was a few years back. The light fixture in the dining room is different, the chairs are gone and the rug has been yanked out of the atrium. We're going to paint the concrete floor, which has some damage, to iterate on paint colors and schemes/patterns before we get the concrete replaced.

      There are two big beams that run through the atrium. If you sit in the kitchen, atrium or my wife's office, you can seem them start in the backyard, emerge through the rear wall, penetrate the atrium space, then the front office and then disappear into the solid front wall. Though this house is small at 1700 sq. ft., sightlines like that keep it from feeling claustrophibic or small.

      We've been working on this house since we moved in in 1999. Some folks will try to change them to something else, but I think we approach it like I approach old motorcycles: some technology that makes it work better or more reliably is appropriate, if it doesn't change the character of the bike. Same for the house. Not strict MCM, but more broadly "modernist".

    • I’d love to see more pictures! I’m always fascinated to see what other Eichler owners have done to upgrade and decorate their homes. Everyone puts such a unique stamp on their homes.

      Our neighborhood does a home tour for the residents but we always seem to be in the middle of a remodel project or having a kid (I’ve got two now) that the timing never worked out for us to showcase our home. I swear it is never ending and I’m sure once we think we are done, we’ll be at that stage where we have to start all over or redo old projects. 🤪

    • Our home is an E-31. We were lucky that the original owners kept the permit and original paperwork from when the house was built. Cool little momento.

    You've been invited!