Architecture

Klopf Structure updates mid-century Eichler dwelling in Silicon Valley

American studio Klopf Structure has overhauled a low-slung, plywood-clad dwelling in northern California, which was constructed by visionary developer Joseph Eichler following the second world struggle.

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

The venture, known as the Palo Alto Eichler Transform, entailed updating a four-bedroom residence within the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto.

It’s believed the single-storey dwelling was constructed within the 1950s, though the precise date of its completion is unknown. This makes the residence amongst hundreds constructed between 1949 and 1966 by Eichler, who’s credited for introducing modern-style tract housing to America.

The renovation venture was designed by Klopf Structure, a San Francisco agency that has ready designs for over 140 Eichler homes, together with a similarly-hued dwelling in Mountain View and a gabled one in San Mateo County clad in pale wooden.

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

This newest venture had a number of objectives. The consumer – a younger couple, certainly one of whom is a person interface sort designer – needed to retain the Eichler model, whereas heightening performance and establishing a greater stream between inside and outside. In addition they needed a extra engaging entryway, as the unique method lacked distinctive options.

Furthermore, the consumer desired “a extra environment friendly constructing envelope together with a well-insulated roof – offering options that many Eichler owners recognize,” stated Klopf Structure in a venture description.

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

On the outside, the workforce painted the grooved plywood siding gray and added yellow accents – hues which can be a part of the historic Eichler color palette. A redwood wooden fence fronts a portion of the property, offering privateness with out making the house seem withdrawn from its environment.

To create more room for a hallway rest room and the grasp bathtub, the architects added roughly 140 sq. ft (13 sq. metres) to the dwelling. The workforce additionally added insulation to the house’s partitions and positioned a thick set of insulation boards over the roof decking.

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

“We then used a spray-applied foam insulation and an elastomeric coating,” the studio stated. “The roof is colloquially known as ‘spray foam’ and could be very typical for Eichler dwelling renovations.”

Inside, the lounge and eating space had been utterly reconfigured. An unique brick hearth was eliminated, enabling the addition of glazing and skylights that “flood the house with pure mild”.  Sliding glass doorways open onto a refurbished patio within the rear that acts as an outside lounge.

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

Overhead, picket ceiling boards had been refinished, and ceiling beams had been left uncovered. The ceiling was beforehand coated in paint.

“It was stripped down to reveal wooden after which sealed with a transparent sealer,” the studio stated, noting {that a} matte sealer was specified, however the painter unintentionally used a glossier model. “That was one slip-up within the venture, nevertheless it was decided the purchasers may reside with it, so it was not remedied.”

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

The house previously had a galley kitchen, which was dismantled. The brand new cooking space overlooks the good room and is afforded clear sight strains to the yard. White cabinetry, a tile backsplash and a walnut bar outline the house.

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

Interventions had been made in different elements of the house. A big, white wardrobe was put in in the master suite. In a toilet, vivid purple tiles cowl the partitions. All through the dwelling, the workforce put in gray flooring, which serves as a connective component.

“Sturdy gray porcelain ground tiles unify all the dwelling, making a steady stream,” the studio stated. “They, together with white partitions, present a backdrop for the distinctive components and supplies to face on their very own.”

Palo Alto Eichler Remodel by Klopf Architecture

Eichler houses are discovered all through northern and southern California, with a further three positioned in New York, the place Eichler was born. One other one which has been lately renovated is a two-storey 1965 dwelling in San Francisco by native studio Michael Hennessey.

Pictures is by Mariko Reed.