We first heard of the Modern Home Tour series in 2012. We actually volunteered at one of the homes on tour to be docents and answer any questions.
This year, we were attendees and visited 5 of the 6 houses on the tour.
Like in years past, it was a self-driven, at-your-own-pace tour of several homes spread throughout the Peninsula. The northern-most home was in the San Mateo Highlands, and the southern-most home was in Sunnyvale.
We started our tour at the original Bob Anshen house on Greer in Palo Alto. Bob Anshen, of course, is the Anshen in Ansehn + Allen.
The Mid-Century Eichler house has retained its original details. All the rooms are brightly liy with natural light coming through the large windows and skylights.
The next house on our tour was an Eichler remodel in another neighborhood of Palo Alto.
The project was a complete makeover with major structural changes to create an open space living room and kitchen area. Both sides of the living area are walls of glass allowing the flow of an airy and nature friendly space.
Simple and clean landscape. Very contemporary.
Small, but open kitchen to the social living space and the outdoor dining room. The combination of the caesarstone countertop, wood and, glass material create a warm and welcoming feeling.
Next on the tour was another house designed by Klopf Architecture in Belmont.
The last house on our tour was one of the first houses built in the Alpine Hills neighborhood of Portola Valley.
A steel post and beam structure is held along the length of the house, tied together with a flat wood roof and deck. The use of steel in residential architecture was a novel idea back then and perhaps still is...