San Francisco Modern Architecture
A guide to interesting homes and commercial buildings.

This is the style Eichler I live in. It is a two story building. Like the earlier design, you walk into a courtyard and walk through it to enter the house via a sliding glass door. Once beyond this door, you are on a landing with stairs going down to the first floor, or another set of stairs up to the second story. Downstairs has a living room/dining area, large kitchen/recreation room, half bathroom, and storage room. The back wall of this first floor are large 8' panels of glass that go from floor to ceiling along with a sliding door. The door leads out to a deck with most of these houses since they are built on an incline - or with my house and my neighbor - a backyard. The original floor was linoleum tile. There is no trim around the doors in the house giving it a very clean modern feel. The entire downstairs is an open floor plan - except the storage room has a door. Another interesting feature is when you enter the garage, there is a door leading down a small flight of stairs to the storage room, and if you continue to walk straight, there is a narrow 3' passageway that leads to a door that exits to the rear deck or backyard. This allows the occupants to bring things from the backyard to the front and vice versa without going through the house - perfect for gardening and dirty children who can be washed up in the half bath next to the storage room. Some owners, including myself, have removed this passageway to make the living room 3' longer. While I like the added room, the convenience of this passage way is missed. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and two full baths. In areas such as the bathrooms and a hallway where there are no windows, there are skylights (3 of them) that flood the areas with light. The washer and dryer hookups are in the upstairs hall which is convenient for being near where the laundry originates from, but forget about running the dryer at night! The master bedroom in the back has a sliding glass door that leads out to a balcony cantilevered 6' out over the deck or backyard. This particular house has a view of the football field of the high school behind it, while my house which is situated up the hill has a wonderful view of the San Bruno range and Glen Canyon. None of the Eichlers built have an attic or basement. Storage is confined to closets which are inspired by sliding Japanese doors and were originally covered with a woven grass material.These are wonderful houses to live in since they are filled with light and with the courtyard and wall of glass in the back allow the outside to become part of the living area.

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