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A 1950s Eichler home gets a seamless update

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  • An open kitchen bar serves as a place for casual meals.

    Style and function

    Thomas J. Story

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New twist on a classic form

In keeping with the Eichler spirit, Marcinik used labor-saving methods, materials, and designs. "These Eichlers were typically all exposed wood construction, and I like to stay as true to that as possible," he says. He included wood beams on the ceilings of the additions to mimic the beams in the rest of the house.

But the original redwood ceilings, long since painted white, couldn't be replicated due to redwood's current high cost.

"I would have loved to sand the paint away and show off the beauty of the original wood," Marcinik says, "but I had to make a decision that would fit the budget and keep the overall design consistent." In the new rooms, he used Douglas fir on the ceilings, then painted them white to match the existing rooms.

After all the flipping, changing, and adding, the house is still not huge, at about 2,800 square feet ― just sensible for an active family of eight. The remodel gave the Seybolds space and flexibility while enhancing what makes the house distinctive. Bring on the next 50 years.

Design:  Mark Marcinik, Greenmeadow Architects, Palo Alto, CA (650/856-8354).

Resources: Fifteen-foot shade sails from Shade Sails ($170; 562/945-9952). Vintage Russell Woodard Sculptura patio chairs painted by homeowners. Sina dining chairs ($1,216-$1,778) and Athos Extensible dining table (from $3,600) from Limn (415/543-5466). Bombo stools from Design Centro Italia ($495; 510/420-0383). Kitchen accent wall in Valencia from Sherwin-Williams (item 1616).

More: Elements of Eichler style


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