How does one renovate an existing 1965 Eichler in a meaningful, respectful way? This is a difficult question, given the abuse that Eichler buildings have faced over the years with an overly-aggressive renovation industry applying the current style of the day to these prized structures.

Project Name: Diamond Heights Renovation
Studio Name:
Michael Hennessey Architecture
Completion date: 2013
Building levels: 2
Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Photography: Joe fletcher

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Kitchen ©Joe fletcher

We decided to strike a balance between the positive, inherent qualities of an Eichler structure with modern improvements that enhance rather than compete with the existing building. The existing post & beam structure is accentuated, creating a layered composition of structure, wood veneer, concrete, and tile elements.

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Library ©Joe fletcher

New full-height sliding glass panels increase the energy efficiency of the building while visually expanding the space towards the distant view. The kitchen is relocated to connect more directly with the living area, and the decks are re-built as extensions of the interior spaces. A balance is struck between new and old in a meaningful way.

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The Diamond Heights Renovation received the top prize for Architectural Interiors in the Builder’s Choice & Custom Home 2017 Design Awards, a nationally recognized awards program.


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