Before & After: An Eichler Kitchen Gets an Era-Appropriate Remodel

Before & After: An Eichler Kitchen Gets an Era-Appropriate Remodel

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

When Karen and John moved into an Eichler home (a mid-century modern home in California built by real estate developer Joseph Eichler), they found a kitchen that had been overlaid with more traditional architecture instead of maintaining the mid-century look.

Karen and John set out to update the kitchen and restore it to a more era-appropriate style. Take a look at how it turned out.

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

Now that looks more like it! We love that Karen and John were committed to restoring their home to a look that was more in line with what Eichler originally designed, and that they did it with a few contemporary updates.

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

Here's another look at the kitchen before they remodeled. The cabinets were covered with knotty pine wainscoting and the dark marbled countertops were a far cry from the spirit of the home.

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

In order to save on costs, Karen and John undertook most of the remodeling themselves — including pouring and assembling the stunning concrete countertops.

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

In addition to replacing the cabinets, Karen and John also installed vinyl composition tile flooring, globe pendant lamps, glass walls, and aluminum sliding doors. All of the updates took nearly a year, but the results are totally worth it!

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

Finally, the geometric Fireclay Tile backsplash might be one of our favorite details about this kitchen. It adds bright color and visual interest, thanks to the cube pattern.

(Image credit: Karen Nepacena)

Even more impressive is that Karen and John installed the tile themselves, too.

Thanks so much for sharing your remodel with us, Karen!

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