A "Room by Room" Eichler Renovation

A "Room by Room" Eichler Renovation

Nora Taylor
Sep 1, 2015
(Image credit: Submitted by Karen)

Project by: Karen
Location: Walnut Creek, California

We own a 1959 mid-century modern Eichler home, located in Walnut Creek, California. For the past two years, my husband John and I have been slowly renovating and restoring our home ourselves, one room and space at a time.

Our recent projects and makeover include:

(Image credit: Submitted by Karen)

Full demolition of the former, non-midcentury-style (think pine wainscoting and emerald green granite) kitchen to make way for a new, modernized open kitchen. We built the concrete island and countertops ourselves (in our backyard!), installed IKEA cabinets with Semihandmade doors, new lighting (by Tom Dixon), and a stainless Blue Star 6-burner range. We installed white VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile), which is closest to the original tile flooring that Joseph Eichler put in most of his MCM tract homes.

(Image credit: Submitted by Karen)

Living Room:
Reinstated glass window walls for full views of our backyard, which had been removed and replaced with sheetrock walls. Constructed a walnut media wall, to bring back the spirit of the original Luan paneling typically found in original Eichler homes and installed a period-appropriate sputnik chandelier.

(Image credit: Submitted by Karen)

Dining Room:
Reinstalled aluminum sliding doors (removed by prior owners) to gain back access to our central Atrium; installed a George Nelson Bubble Lamp, more appropriate than the iron and glass light fixtures that once lived in the house.

(Image credit: Submitted by Karen)

We removed all the non-midcentury horizontal slat vinyl siding and green aluminum trim from the front and exterior of the house, restoring the beautiful pinstripe wood siding that was original to the home. We recently had the house exterior re-painted, in a deep gray, with crisp white trim, to accentuate the clean lines of the roofline and house.


  • Lighting: YLighting (Tom Dixon Pendants, George Nelson Bubble Lamp)
  • Range: Blue Star
  • Fireclay Tile Backsplash
  • IKEA + Semihandmade Doors
  • Dining Chairs: Herman Miller Shell Chairs from YLiving.com
  • Modernica Counter Stools
  • Milgard Aluminum Sliding Doors
  • Armstrong VCT in cool white
  • Kelly Moore - Exterior Paint, custom color charcoal gray
  • Walnut Wood Paneling: MacBeath

You can learn more about Karen's adventures in remodeling at her website Destination Eichler.

Thanks, Karen!

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