The Evolution Of An Eichler

Raziel Ungar

Raziel Ungar

May 19th, 2020 - 2 min read

Andrew & Drewry Wolf love rescuing Eichlers. After first hearing about Eichler homes and what they represent, they immersed themselves in Eichler and mid-century modern research. They finished restoring their first Eichler in Burlingame in 2013, rescuing it from the despair of its previous life as a worn-out halfway house. They’ve lived in that double-gable atrium model since then, and can’t imagine not living in an open and airy, yet private Eichler. They were honored to receive the 2015 Remodel of the Year award from Fine Home Builder Magazine, and have been featured in Dwell, Houzz, and HouzzTV. The house also starred as the "VIP Home" on the most recent Eichler Home Tour.

The remodeling experience was so rewarding they decided to save another dilapidated, under-appreciated Eichler from potentially being torn down. This time they set their sights on a neglected gallery model Eichler in Foster City, transforming it back into a breezy, light and airy sanctuary. Partnering with Eichler experts Klopf Architecture and Keycon Construction, their goal was to respectfully restore this modern classic while meticulously bringing it up to today's codes (including new electrical) and today’s standards for a turn-key occupancy. They poured their hearts into this labor of love. They adore the design aesthetic and worked hard to faithfully embrace the mid-1960s time period. They saved everything that was salvageable down to the smallest detail, including the original mahogany paneling in the dining room, vertically grooved paneling in the living room, reinforced A-frame and exposed post and beam architecture, even the original natural unpainted ceiling. New period-appropriate details are important for an authentic, cohesive space, and the details have been thoughtfully considered. Carefully selected mid-century modern details were added like seven globe lights, four authentic reproduction George Nelson 'cigar' pendants in the gallery and a Nelson 'saucer' pendant over the dining table, eight new atomic-age perforated silver outdoor sconces, an atomic starburst doorbell and front door peephole on the deep teal front door. The kitchen continues the light and airy feeling with modern, clean lines and efficient layout, all new appliances, and a massive skylight directly over the entire kitchen island. The indoor-outdoor blend was fully embraced and enhanced with new twin patios on either side of the great room tiled to match the inside, and eye-catching landscaping designed for good aesthetics and practicality. The Wolfs treasure the unique Eichler features like the soaring, gabled living room ceiling, radiant heat, and all the sun-filled natural light provided by five sliding glass doors, enormous floor-to-ceiling walls of windows, and upgraded skylights throughout the house. The Wolfs are faithful Eichler enthusiasts with high standards who wanted to bring this home back to life through a thorough, careful restoration that would make Joseph Eichler proud.

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