This classic Eichler home in Palo Alto, Calif., had great potential, but needed a 21-st century update. San Francisco-based Klopf Architecture's brought a wealth of experience to the project, with numerous Eichler renovations in their portfolio.

"We make sure [our clients] can preserve their Eichler /Mid-century Modern home's look and feel while still changing their house to meet the needs of their family and the 21st century," the firm states on their website. That philosophy largely shaped the approach to the Palo Alto house, which the architects have dubbed the Truly Open Eichler.

To keep with the open floor plans and integration of indoor/outdoor space characteristic of Eichler homes, Klopf Architecture expanded on the home's original glass walls, using NanaWall panels to make the façade from the main living area to the patio completely operable.

With the ability to open the house entirely to the outside, the yards become an integral part of the living space, and are designed to make the entire home feel like an open air pavilion. The team was inspired by traditional Japanese architecture in the landscaping, which includes a fountain and native plants, as well as generous outdoor seating and a fire pit.

Project Details

Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Geoff Campen, and Angela Todorova
Landscape Architect: Arterra Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Brian Dotson Consulting Engineers
Contractor: Flegels Construction
Photography ©2014 Mariko Reed
Square Feet: 1,712
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Year completed: 2014

The renovated interior of the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home continues the clean and modern aesthetic, with large amounts of glass and neutral finishes. The house was re-insulated for greater efficiency, with radiant heating installed.