Classic Eichler gets a tasteful renovation and expansion in the heart of Silicon Valley

December 7, 2017 by  
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Klopf Architecture has refurbished and expanded a classic Eichler home in the San Mateo highlands while keeping its mid-century modern charms intact. Working in collaboration with Outer Space Landscape Architects and Coast to Coast Construction , the updated single-family home was enlarged into a 2,285-square-foot dwelling with four bedrooms and two baths with the help of 3D modeling. Set in the heart of Silicon Valley , the Eichler renovation was commissioned by a young couple with two small children, who, as evidenced by their choice in furnishings, sought to maintain the modernist and minimalist look of their home in the upgrade. “The goals were to maintain the Eichler style while bringing in high quality, more current materials and updating what was already there,” wrote the architects. The clients also desired a new addition that would be used as an office and guest room. Using 3D modeling , the architects determined that the most suitable location for the addition would be in the side yard, rather in the rear due to set back limitations. “The addition needed to be transparent so it would not appear massive and take up the side yard,” added Klopf Architecture. Like the rest of the existing home, the addition features post-and-beam construction, Eichler profile siding, and dark bronze door frames. Related: Vintage Eichler home receives open and airy remodel that preserves its roots The bathrooms, entry, and storage were also enlarged. The interior is lined in timber paneling—some of which new to replace damaged paneling—all of which was re-stained to bring out the wood’s rich colors. The leaky steel radiant heating tubes were replaced with a new radiant floor heating system beneath concrete slabs and new flooring installed throughout the home. + Klopf Architecture Images ©2017 Mariko Reed

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Vintage Eichler home receives open and airy remodel that preserves its roots

May 26, 2016 by  
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It was important to both the owners and the Klopf team to honor the original Eichler design, but to also bring the space into the 21st century. Much of the original mahogany paneling and courtyard zinc wall panels were preserved, as the owners had special relationships to the textiles’ origins. White and gray accents let the wooden features shine as homages to the home’s history, including the specially built mahogany cabinetry which unites the kitchen and living room areas. Related: Mid-century Eichler home gets a bold remodel into the 21st century The old chimney flue was revitalized as a television nook and the tiny galley kitchen was opened up to create an inviting gathering place, creating a more modern vibe. The master bedroom was also expanded to engulf two small rooms, allowing the owners to transform the larger suite to include an open closet and dressing area. The laundry appliances were also given a more spacious spot, eliminating an unsightly mechanical room. The home’s courtyard could very well be the owners’ pride and joy, and it retained much of its original glory. Zinc wall panels seamlessly transition from outside to in, accenting the large glass features beautifully. The modern, minimalist approach somehow works very well with the midcentury history of the space, creating a home that is both comfortable and timeless. +K lopf Architecture Images via Mariko Reed

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This solar-powered Green Village in South Africa will be completely car-free

May 26, 2016 by  
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Architecture firm Swisatec just announced plans to build a self-contained “Green Village” in Cape Town, South Africa that will be completely car-free and powered by solar energy. Taking up approximately 40 hectares of land, the village will contain 1,000 apartment units, as well as all the amenities its residents need to conduct their daily business, including doctors’ offices, boutiques, schools, and more. The new Blue Rock Village isn’t going to be developed completely from scratch: instead, it’s an upgrade of the existing Blue Rock Resort, set beside an iconic Cape Town lake at a former quarry site. While cars won’t be needed to travel through the Village, residents still need to find a way to get there – it’s a half-hour drive to Cape Town proper. The development will include underground parking for residents, tucking their cars out of sight until they need to travel. Related: Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires The apartments available range from one to four bedrooms, and will be made completely from eco-friendly and nontoxic materials. All appliances will be A++ rated energy efficient, and the units will be lit throughout with LEDs . The buildings even include features to manage water usage and will be able to run on self-generated solar power . Swisatec estimates the project will cost a staggering 14 billion rand, or $900 million US. Construction will start in September 2016. + Blue Rock Village

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Mid-century home by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice receives an earth-friendly upgrade

January 27, 2016 by  
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