Eichler L Artistry
OOKING TO DO A CAREFUL RENOVATION ON THEIR 1962 JOSEPH EICHLERBUILT HOME in San Rafael, California, homeowners Joe West, a mechanical engineer, and Mark Kemler, a lawyer, turned to Karen Nepacena of Destination Eichler.
Previous renovations traded the kitchen’s original details for a traditional-style design, something Joe and Mark were ready to replace in favor of a more periodappropriate aesthetic. They also wanted a modern, multi-functional space with a good flow that would blend seamlessly with the home’s midcentury roots.
“The homeowners wanted to approach their renovation in a thoughtful way, keeping in the spirit of their Eichler-built home, but to provide increased functionality and use of the existing space,” says Karen. “Since I specialize in working on Midcentury Modern and Eichler homes, we were a great fit for one another.”
What do you do when period charm has been removed? “In the case of this particular Eichler home, we brought back previously used materials—such as aluminum sliding doors and windows—and reinstalled floor-to-ceiling glass where a vinyl window and drywall had been installed by previous owners.”
So, out went the non-eichler style materials and in came materials that look as if they could be original. Karen sourced period-friendly products that are updated to better suit modern functionality, such as thermally broken aluminum windows, tempered floor-to-ceiling glass panes and an energy efficient sliding door. “The original tongue and groove ceiling and beams were kept intact, which are some of the most revered details of Eichler homes,” she says.
Reinstating midcentury lines and period charm is no small task.