An article in today's Orange County Register highlights the recent drama over a homeowner's decision to put an addition on their Eichler home. Orange County has one of the largest population of homes designed by Joseph Eichler. The construction is continuing but it brings up some interesting debate about preservation vs. a private homeowner's right to alter their home...
[ image by Michael Goulding for OC Regsiter ]
Neighbors around the home apparently went to city officials and planners to find out why the plans for the addition were approved and voiced their concerns. The owner of the home is question (note: that she is not the one in the picture above) said "she needed to expand her home to accomodate her family and was disappointed that her neighbors didn't approach her with their concerns..." and that "(It) is not appropriate human communication, to tell people what they should like or not like," she said. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Read the entire article here. What do you think? What would you do if you lived in their neighborhood, and what would you do if you were the homeowner?
On a side note, the OC register also included a great little map accompanying the article of the local Eichler neighborhoods here in the city of Orange. We love driving by occasionally to see how many of the homeowners have restored them and daydream of what it might be like to live in one of them.