Accent Architecture

Reformed Eichler


Modern Design
A 1956 Eichler ‘reformed’ its’ 1780 sq ft by efficiently producing and using energy to sustain its highland glory and usage by a family of five with extended visitors. The design approach focused on their traditional Indian way of life to be integrated with the modern design. A visually segregated living, dining and galley kitchen was combined into one airy, naturally lighted family space with a dual sided fireplace overlooking the vastu-zen garden and a tree house with lake views. The renovated house was selected for the ‘Eichler Home Tour 2009: Green Innovations’.

Radiant Heating
A new radiant floor heating system of insulated aluminum clad foam panels with pex pipe on existing concrete slab is preheated by a low tech solar hot water system that also supplies the domestic hot water, cutting previous utility costs by 80%. All windows and skylights are now dual pane and floor, walls and roof insulated to support the new energy efficient systems.

Solar Energy
Solar photo voltaic panels put excess energy back on the grid with time of use metering. Motorized shades control sunlight into the floor to ceiling glass, typical of Eichler homes. Compact boiler room has dual tank less heaters with solar preheat. Bathrooms and kitchen were updated using modern fixtures and natural finishes. Other green features include solar spa heating, smart wiring, computer controlled drip irrigation and rainwater collection system.