LA House Tour: Barry and Rosemary's Eichler Home

LA House Tour: Barry and Rosemary's Eichler Home

Grace Shu
Nov 29, 2007
Photos by Barry Brisco

Great design is truly timeless. Before you peruse Barry and Rosemary's San Mateo home, take a look at these photos from 1956 of Barry's childhood home in Orinda, CA. It's a testament to how functional these modern post-and-beam homes are even by today's standards. The Brisco family have created their own wonderfully modern and luxurious home that takes full advantage of Eichler's sprawling ranch design. To get even more info and before-and-after shots of their home, please visit their site:

Name: Barry and Rosemary Brisco
Location: San Mateo, CA
Size: 1620 sq ft.
Years lived in: 7
Our style: Mid-century modern with a classic Japanese influence
Inspiration: Barry's childhood spent in several mid-century modern homes, Frank Lloyd Wright, architect A. Quincy Jones who designed our house in 1959, and developer Joe Eichler who built it.

We're always looking for more candidates for house tours. If you or someone you know is interested in inviting us for a tour, please email us!

Favorite element: The central atrium, open plan and floor-to-ceiling "walls of glass" that bring the outdoors in.

Biggest Challenge in designing my home: The usual -- getting your spouse to agree with your design decisions.

Biggest Embarassment in My Home: Selecting a custom color for the light switches and outlets, paying extra for them, and afterwards realizing that they would have looked just as good (or even better) in a standard flat black, for a lot less money.

Proudest DIY: Stripping 3 layers of paint off the exposed 4x10 Douglas fir beams (over 1,000 sq. ft. surface area) and then staining them to reveal the grain. The key is using the "Paint Shaver" tool //, as using chemical strippers creates a big toxic mess.

Biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: Custom bamboo cabinetry in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and master bathroom.

Best Advice given or received: Find a top-notch general contractor who has good references. That's what we did, and because of Calvert Ventures our remodeling project was finished on time and on budget. Which apparently is almost unheard of.

Dream Source for Stuff: My mother's artistic imagination.

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