I know this belongs on GrabBag Central, but things are slow over there and I wanted to be sure everyone saw this. Below is a link to a gallery of 20 photos of Eichler-ish homes in San Diego. They are beautiful! Take a look.
Cathye, I noticed too, that things are going slow now....
Hey. I'm trying to keep things alive as well.
We move in to our humble Eichler this Friday.
I will document any repair/love that goes into the place. And there's plenty that needs to get done (as we can afford to do it).
There will be pictures. Maybe even some "How-to's". More likely, some "How do I do this's"?
It'll be great. :)
Congrats on the new home. You are beginning a wonderful adventure. My parent's first home (1949) was a Sunnyvale Eichler. Hubby and I bought ours in Willow Glen (San Jose) 8 years ago and have been carefully upgrading it ever since. My main word of advice to any new owner is to take your time and get to know and understand your house before diving in to any work that is non-reversible. We actually went without the use of our stove for 2 years for fear that we would make the wrong kitchen remodel decision and ruin the charm of our home. We are glad we waited! When we did remodel, we refaced the original cabinets, removing the sliding doors and replacing them with Formica ones that open out. No hardware--perfectly flat with hidden finger pulls. Anyway, the kitchen, other than having new appliances and nicer materials, like tile on the floor, still looks Eichler.
We look forward to sharing your journey with you.
[Jutta: yes, it is really slow! Where's Barry, now that we need him?]
As much as we would like to think Eichler invented postwar modern tract home housing, it's just not true. Palmer and Krisel were builder's architects in Southern California in the 50s and 60s and are largely responsible for many of the homes built by Alexander in Palm Springs, as well as other modern designed homes for other builders in other SoCal communities.
As architects working in the same city as Jones and Emmons, they were "equals" in business. To call their homes "Eichler-ish" would be like someone in LA calling your home "Alexander-like." ;)
I think she was speaking in relative terms based on audience rather than saying all all Mid Century Modern Homes are "Eichler-ish"
Thanks Bryan. You are correct.
To Joe's point, I am by no means an expert on mid-century modern architecture, as this string clearly demonstrates. The point was that for any Eichler owners looking for ideas, there are lots of other similarly-styled modern homes to look at. Of course Eichler did not invent this style of design, but when our reference as owners of these homes, is Eichler, then we tend to see everything else through that lense.
just poking fun at you, cathye. you always have something outrageous to say!
:wink: Thanks, Joe...
Great pics! Thanks for posting them Cathye!!!
If anyone else wants to post pics of modern homes or commercial modernism - the Lotta Living Gallery is open to all Mod fans. Just please read the rules first, thanks... http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=714
I think I may have found a pocket of Alexanders (or knockoffs) here in Las Vegas! I will post pics when I have some more time...
Wow! Thanks for the link to the Lotta Livin home gallery. This was a real treat. I have visited the site in the past, but found it difficult to navigate and so had given up trying to find anything on it. This was really worth the visit.
JAKE, if you are lurking, please visit the link below. You will love it! Especially the mature cacti in the front yard.