It still feels like we just moved in to our Eichler in the "FairGlen" neighbourhood of San Jose / Willow Glen; although we have been here more than a year now, I am just beginning yo think about Eichler style renovation.
To start with: many folks seem to know their original architect and/or have plans from the BluePrint Depot.
Q: how do you know what plans to buy?
I keep meaning to pull the original plans from the city, but haven't even gotten around to figuring out how to do so. Web?
As I mentioned, we are in the Eichler neighbourhood near Curtner and Meridian; we have one of the courtyard flat roof models. 4 bedrooms, 2 bath.
The master bedroom and the living room/kitchen have a floorplan I have not seen in any other Eichler. I'd like to know if this was original or
You need to view the plans on the Depot to determine which one may be your floorplan. Just click on each one and the picture should come up. Only a limited number are available. Unfortunatly, ours was not among them.
I got a copy of our exact floorplan from Jake (a regular poster and WG resident) and I think that she got hers from Loni Nagwani. Do you know Loni? She lives in our area in an Eichler and specializes in Eichler real estate. Loni collects old Eichler sales brochures, of which many contain floorplans, which is where ours came from. She would be a good place to start, if yours does not appear in the Depot.
From what I have heard, the city rarely has this kind of information. I did hear in past discussions on this topic, that most homes have their model number--which can be linked back to the architect--stamped on a beam in the garage, but we never were able to find ours. Thank goodness for Loni and Jake!
I'll dig through my materials and send you a couple of possible floorplans. There were at least 3 slightly different sales brochures containing floorplans for the Fairglen tract (one of at least 5 willow glen Eichler tracts)-- possibly corresponding to the 3 different phases of the tract's construction/sales.
The floorplans I have are courtesy of 3 very generous people:
- a bright young City of San Jose architect, Sally, who allowed me to copy one of the original sales brochures for Fairglen (willow glen) that she inherited from her home's previous owner. That was about 4 years ago.
- a gracious Mrs. Jones (Quincy Jones' widow) who sent me a black and white copy of another brochure for the tract when a helpful archivist at UCLA library told her I was enquiring. That was about 3 years ago, I think.
- and Eichler afficiondo and enthusiast, Loni, who lent me yet a different brochure with another set of floorplans. That was last fall.
I've been planning to digitize them and post for the neighbourhood. The task kept getting pushed to back burner but I've promised to finish it in the coming week.
I've mailed a possible floorplan of your house to you. I forgot to mention in the note that I checked with the City building department when I was first searching for my floorplans and they don't have the blueprints from these homes on file. (I think they keep blueprints no more than a couple of years). Just wanted to save you the trek.
I just wanted to let you know that I also live in the Fairglen tract and also have a 4bd/2ba courtyard model. Do you have the style with the front door or the glass sliding doors as a entry? We live in the model with the front door and we live toward the back of the middle cul-de-sac on Fairgrove Ct.. Anyway I did find the floor plan for our model (I think it's thanks to Jake) and would be happy to share it with you if you want to take a look. We also have the original paper showing our model number hanging in the garage from when the house was built. If our model sounds like your house let me know.