Before & After: With a Crisp Addition, a Cookie-Cutter Eichler Breaks Out of Its Shell

In Sunnyvale, Blaine Architects expands a run-of-the-mill midcentury with a serene courtyard and a subtle yet stylish studio.

Megan Blaine is no stranger to Eichlers. The architect and cofounder of Blaine Architects has remodeled many Bay Area homes built by the midcentury developer—and she even lives in one herself. So when new clients reached out about this 1959 Eichler in Sunnyvale, she looked beyond its run-of-the-mill design, and started imagining something extraordinary.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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