A Year of Careful Study Leads to a Thoughtful Renovation of a 1949 Eichler

A Year of Careful Study Leads to a Thoughtful Renovation of a 1949 Eichler

By Paige Alexus
Whenever Jay and Melissa of Serrao Design/Architecture are tasked with transforming an older home, they try to heighten its inherent qualities, rather than working against its initial intentions. This is exactly what they did when they were tasked with remodeling an original Eichler home in Menlo Park, California.

Sitting on spacious lots just walking distance from Menlo Park’s downtown area is a trio of architecturally modest tract homes—one of which is the residence at hand. Joseph Eichler worked with a draftsman to build them in 1949, before he hired architects Robert Anshen and A. Quincy Jones to design his recognizable homes of the 1950s. After living in it for a year, a family with two young children decided they needed more space and some modern day upgrades. 

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