When Isabelle Olson and Matthaeus Krenn visited the mid-century twin-gabled house in Sunnyvale, designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons in 1962 for Eichler, they knew they had found a piece of jewelry. The only problem was that he had gone through several unfortunate renovations, the total amount of which was exceeded and off-putting.
“One of the main goals of the renovation was to peel off the many layers of renovations that had occurred in previous decades, which meant removing the long pile carpet, mirrored walls and old cupboards to make room to a more refined palette of materials, ”explains San The architect of Francisco Ryan Leidner, who was brought on board to sensibly reinvent the house for the couple, the two designers who work in technology, and their two young children.
Ryan crossed the border between restoration (preserving the footprint, freshening the wooden ceiling) and renovation (tearing down a wall for an open concept kitchen and living room) with balance and restraint. Let’s see the results.
Photograph by Joe Fletcher, courtesy of Ryan Leidner Architecture.