Silicon Valley Eichler


Blaine Architects



Case Study: Remodeling an Eichler within Title 24

There are 11,000 highly desired Mid-Century Modern Eichler homes sprinkled throughout California. One such house, built in Silicon Valley in 1953, was claimed in a bidding war in 2014.

The 3 bed 1-bath house featured the classic Eichler aesthetics: large fixed glass walls, post and beam structure, and exposed wood paneling. However, the house needed to be redesigned and made larger to host to a growing family. In California reconstruction comes with the demands of the nation’s strictest energy code: Title 24.

The family hired Blaine Architects to improve the floor plan, the interior traffic flow, and to add some much-needed square footage where possible. The wife and husband architecture firm knew Eichler homes well because they live in one.

The team got to work to redesign and optimize the energy efficiency of the home while working within California’s energy codes and the original aesthetic. One of the critical pieces to the success of keeping the aesthetic while enforcing energy efficiency was, not one, but two NanaWall SL60 folding glass wall systems.

“We took an outdated, unremarkable house and customized it to fit exactly what the family needed. We like this approach to design – customizing an existing home rather than building a big, new home. It’s more efficient and creates less waste.”

Blaine Architects “modeled the whole house of fenestration around the NanaWalls,” and applied a custom glaze to retrofit the remaining original fenestration. Further changes to the notoriously inefficient Eichler design included increased roof insulation, interior wall insulation, and a complete replacement of the radiant floor heating system.

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