ike the fabled phoenix, this modern California home with walls of glass rose from the ashes of a Joseph Eichler-designed house that burned to the ground. With the opportunity to build anew, the homeowners not only wanted larger spaces than the original home had offered, but they also wanted the exterior to respect the neighborhood and blend in stylistically with the other Eichlers nearby.
At first, architect John Klopf considered reusing what little was left of the original home and expanding on it. But after discussions with the homeowners and Eichler specialist Henry Calvert, all parties agreed that the last few remaining elements of the house were not practical to reuse, so the team designed a new house that keeps many of the features that make Eichler-designed houses still such a hit today.
The front of the house maintains an understated profile similar to those of other Eichler residences in the area. Klopf selected the exterior paint color, Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore, to “let the other materials and colors stand out, such as the cedar trim, orange front door and black aluminum windows, like a true midcentury house,” he says. “The front is very private and closed to the street; then the house really opens up in the back.”
“The pool is the center of the home,” Klopf says. A hot tub occupies one corner of the pool, while abundant seating, landscaping and a firepit complete the outdoor scene. The new home blends in beautifully with its Eichler neighbors while offering a new take on modernism for contemporary living.
Builder: Henry Calvert of Calvert Ventures