Mid-Century Modern: Eichler Whole-House Remodel

Walnut Creek

The sun shines on this luminous Walnut Creek home. Natural light filters from back to front.

Beckner Contracting & Management project-managed, engineered, remodeled, and restored this dazzling Mid-Century Modern *Rancho San Miguel Eichler. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms and two baths, with 2447 sq. ft.

Everyone, including our client and the interior design team, was dedicated to balancing form, genre, and function. California living never looked so good.

Featured on DWELL: the homeowners envisioned a sustainable, minimalist lifestyle. With crisp, white finishes and glazing galore. Mission: transform an uninspired dwelling with good bones into a livable masterpiece. Stripped to its studs, we rebuilt it from the inside out: kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, media room/bar (garage conversion), office, primary and guest bedrooms, laundry area, and two baths.

eichler primary bedroom restoration by Walnut Creek contractor

Beckner Contracting installed electrical, plumbing, appliances, fixtures, cabinetry, and a natural stone island with waterfall feature. Prioritizing an open floorplan, we reconfigured the kitchen. To enhance a connection with the outdoors, we installed 5ft. by 9ft.+ dual glaze glass panels across the house’s entire back façade. An essential motif of the Eichler style, we reduced the number of window panels, but increased the size for visual impact.

We engineered and installed dramatic floor-to-ceiling leaf-matched rift sawn white oak veneer panels and doors in the primary suite.

We removed flooring and polished the original concrete structural slab throughout the house. The pared-down aesthetic contributes to a sense of wellbeing. Outside, we restored exterior timbers and replaced deteriorated siding with custom-made siding to match the original.

*Rancho San Miguel is a subdivision of 535 homes—boasting 375 Eichlers. The neighborhood is entering the spotlight, by celebrating its 50th anniversary and seeking a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

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“Less is more.”

~ Mies Van Der Rohe