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Who Was Joseph Eichler?

Eichler homes continue to be hot properties for families and individuals who appreciate a sleek, modern design. Emphasizing change, boldness and optimism, they typically consist of a U-shaped floor plan with an atrium, glass walls and radiant floor heaters. Spread across California (including the Bay Area), they embody home design flair and affordability. To learn more about Eichler homes, let’s look at who Joseph Eicher was and why his approach to custom home building has made such a huge and lasting impact.

The Man and the Philosophy Behind Eichler Homes

  • Master builder: Developer Joseph Eichler (1900-1974) is credited with building nearly 11,000 single-family homes in California. Inspired by his own Frank Lloyd Wright home, he hired local modernist architects to design houses that were different from the cookie-cutter homes that other developers were building. According to, he never held a hammer, wrench or saw, but that did not stop the successful Bronx-born businessman from becoming a master builder.
  • Establishing modern standards: Houses built by Eichler Homes, Inc. have come to epitomize the Mid-Century Modern style of architecture that is still in demand today. With functional layouts, clean lines, distinctive roofs, big windows, open foyers and plenty of natural light, they introduced an appealing indoor-outdoor living style that was in stark contrast to the tract houses of that era. Industry experts credit Eichler with setting the tone for what we consider standard or desirable in a home today.
  • Delivering style and affordability: Although they are highly-coveted architectural works of art, Eichler’s homes were built with both style and affordability in mind. At the time, the modern style was associated with luxurious custom homes rather than middle-class residences. Parents Magazine once said that an Eichler home was the best in the country for raising children!
  • Remodeling potential: Over the years, Eichler-built homes have received numerous awards and continue to be in high demand. The clean lines offer plenty of remodeling potential. However, selecting the right contractor is key to adding modern comforts and efficiencies while retaining Joseph Eichler’s original vision. 

Eichler Home Remodelers Balance Traditional and Contemporary Style

By creating easily accessible outdoor spaces, incorporating large windows and walls of glass, providing expansive backyard views and so on, Joseph Eichler sought to bring homeowners closer to nature. Our remodeling specialists skillfully incorporate 21st century floorplans and conveniences while keeping the most beloved features of your original Eichler intact.
As a residential contractor that has successfully completed hundreds of renovations, additions, and new homes, we believe in a client-first approach. Count on the experienced team at Flegel’s Construction to preserve the original Eichler vision while offering increased functionality and style for your home.
We have customers across Silicon Valley, including in Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, CA. 
Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to learn more about Joseph Eichler and discuss your custom home building or remodeling project.
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