For those of you who are not familiar with Eichler Homes, Joseph Eichler was a real estate developer known for his residential subdivisions of Mid-Century modern tract housing in the Bay Area and Southern California. My husband and I bought our own Eichler home in the Rancho San Miguel neighborhood of Walnut Creek in 2010, and although it is actually in pretty great shape, we are currently tackling small updates to restore its mid-century charm. On the list for this summer was changing out the outdated house numbers and mailbox slot from traditional brass to contemporary brushed stainless steel.
Sounds like an easy project, right? That’s what I thought, but as tends to happen with home improvement projects, it snowballed into a multi-day project requiring the assistance of both my husband and chief engineer, a.k.a. my dad.
In order to get the new mailbox plate to fit, we had to remove several 2×4’s, fill all the screw holes, and repaint the siding…
It may have taken longer than expected, but in the process I gained some knowledge and know-how, spent quality time with my super handy dad, and was left with a sense of pride in helping improving the facade of our house…well worth it!