Joseph Eichler was a 20th-century post-war American real estate developer and an influential advocate of bringing modern architecture from the world of high-end custom houses and large corporate buildings to middle class Americans. Influenced by the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, he developed Mid-century modern style houses in communities in Northern and Southern California. Through skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto an open-air atrium, Eichler sought to "bring the outside in". Other design features of Eichler homes included exposed post-and-beam construction; tongue and groove planks as ceiling finish following the roofline; and concrete slab floors with integral radiant heating.
This project’s clients purchased an Eichler house in Thousand Oaks, Southern California that had not been renovated since the 1960s. Through careful modification of the existing layout, we were able to transform the existing house to meet contemporary lifestyle needs. By restoring key architectural elements, such as the central atrium, the tongue-and-groove ceiling planks and the posts and beams, we preserved the distinctive features of an ‘Eichler’. New contemporary materials and finishes inspired by mid-century design, such as poured-in-place concrete terrazzo flooring, pendant light fixtures and walnut kitchen cabinetry, introduced a fresh look to the space and allowed the original elements to stand out on their own.
Services: Architecture, Interior Design
Design: NjAD, in collaboration with Lydia Browning
Date: 02/2019- 09/2019