Get Grateful for Eichler Living - Page 2

Thank your lucky stars for the wonderful ways Joe's lifestyle 'spoils us' all year long
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WHY BE GRATEFUL #4: atrium inspiration to begin each day.

Overhead, hanging from elegant tongue-and-groove redwood ceilings, is another Eichler signature, the globe lights. (You can also find early Eichlers that were outfitted with lantern-style lighting fixtures that are prized by their owners.)

Thanks to the beauty of Philippine mahogany paneling, our post-and-beam Eichlers are filled with the natural warmth of wood. Joe Eichler was insistent about using this stained wood paneling; and original, unpainted paneling certainly can make a positive difference in an Eichler.

Designed for true livability, Eichler homes are warmed by modern block fireplaces, and hydronic radiant heat. Radiant is indeed something to be thankful for. Hot water flows through pipes embedded in the concrete slab, which radiates out to create a luxuriously warm home, with a floor that's an absolute pleasure to walk on in bare feet.

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WHY BE GRATEFUL #5: front door with a 'pop of color.' Photo: David Toerge

Grass cloth-covered shoji-style closet doors borrow from Asian architecture, as does the stone-covered loggia opening into the living areas. "Aggregate concrete and polished stone is very inviting," says Geller. "The perfect transition from the outside world to a carpeted Polynesian den, my taste and aesthetic. Having all the original Eichler features is a beautiful thing to be around."

Grooved exterior wood siding and a front door with a ‘pop of color' and circular door escutcheon make another authentic design statement—and a look to be thankful for. Coordinating with the original palette of earth tone paint colors completes the mid-century look. Color choices take on even more importance in an Eichler, where the exterior can be seen from inside the house, and through atrium windows.

Like icing on the proverbial cake, there is more; Eichler neighborhoods everywhere have earned the respect of Joe Eichler's fight, as controversial as it was back in the day, for fair housing.

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WHY BE GRATEFUL #6: mahogany paneling's natural warmth.

So, it's easy to see why there's so much for us to love about living in an Eichler, so much to be thankful for. From the welcoming feel of the architecture and the home's design nuances to neighborhood camaraderie, Eichler living is a unique and enjoyable way of life.

If Joe were here today, he would be proud—even though he's the one responsible for spoiling us all. As for the rest of us, perhaps it's time we simply thank our lucky stars.

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