Klopf Architects replaced a dilapidated 1940s house in Belmont, California, with an Eichler-inspired energy efficient home for a family of three. The new building sports some of the trademarks of Eichler design, like glass walls, post-and-beat construction and clean geometric lines - and it exceeds California's strict energy code by almost 40%.
The owners brought in the designers to help them decide whether to keep the existing structure or demolish it and start fresh. The architects opted for an Eichler-inspired home that sits on a gentle slope and creates a strong connection to its natural surroundings. The increase in ceiling height, steps that lead onto terraces and the presence of a skylight emphasize this connection and establish diverse spaces within a fairly simple layout.
The foyer leads to an atrium, with views of the rear yard through a large floor-to-ceiling windows. The house steps down the slope and reflects the surrounding landscape by offering several vantage points scattered throughout the interior space. Roof overhangs protect the outdoor spaces and provide shade. The heavily insulated walls, glass doors and windows with thermally-broken frames and in-floor radiant heat add to the efficient energy performance.