It seems that everyone in the design industry is crazy busy this Spring, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I temporarily turn this into an “Eichler Remodel” blog as that’s where all my free time is going these days…managing my own remodel.
My husband and I bought an Eichler in Walnut Creek 4 years ago and knew that we wanted to remodel within 4-5 years, so here we are 4 years in and up to our ears in construction! Over the past 4 years we have grown to love certain aspects of our Mid-century modern home: the floor to ceiling glass, exposed beams, great indoor/outdoor flow, radiant heat and the efficient floor plan. The things we don’t love so much are mostly things that have been added over the years that aren’t in keeping with the style and integrity of the home…and a not so efficient kitchen (a major sticking point for me since I love to cook). So, after MUCH planning, last week was our demo milestone…hooray!
Above shows the kitchen before and during demolition. The plan calls for opening up the galley kitchen to the Living Room beyond, so the wall in between had to go and what a difference it makes already.
This week we are working on installing new radiant heat in the floors to replace the 60-year old radiant heat system that is inevitably going to fail in the near future. It is incredibly dusty, non-glamorous work, so the photos aren’t very exciting, but here is the general approach…
Yes, we really love our radiant heat…hence the huge amount of effort (and $$$) to keep this cozy and efficient heating system.
And now for a sneak peak at the next step, which is the finished flooring. We have chosen to go with a polished concrete (which will be warm under foot in the winter thanks to radiant heat, and cool in the summer) and are looking at a warm taupe color with some of these images as inspiration…
Stay tuned for more on the kitchen design and other details in the coming weeks.