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Houzz Tour: Authentic Restoration of a Classic Eichler Home (12 photos)

Photos by Sabrina Huang

House at a Glance
Who lives here: Marty Arbunich, director of the Eichler Network
Location: San Mateo, California
Size: About 1,500 square feet (139 square meters)
Designer: Lucile Glessner Design

Restoration rather than renovation was at the heart of the design process to bring a 1956 steel-framed house designed by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons and built by developer Joseph Eichler in San Mateo, California, back to its original midcentury splendor. Homeowner Marty Arbunich, who is the publisher of CA-Modern Magazine and the director of the Eichler Network, brought in builder Craig Smollen and interior designer Lucile Glessner to help him restore, and at times replicate, many of the home’s original features, including flooring, lighting and appliances.

The front yard, designed by landscape architect JC Miller of Vallier Design Associates, features rows of native grasses meant to replicate the original landscape discovered in photos from when the house was built. The design team also removed a garage door added during the intervening years to bring back the original carport design.

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