Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mid Century Modern Makeover

Every so often we get a request from a creative customer who wants to use one of our products in a unique way.  For the most part our wall panels are used on exteriors, but below is a wonderful example of using our "Thinline" siding as an interior wall accent.  This home is the central Austin area and the design was done by J.C. Schmeil with Merzbau Design Collective.

 Note the accent wall to the right, Thinline Eichler siding was used for the wall separating the lounge and the kitchen. It's  painted  a cool grey-green color which nicely offsets the warm maple cabinetry and the Heywood-Wakefield dining set. (photo by Whit Preston)

 Here's a close up of the bar area with it's nice clean modern lines. (photo by Whit Preston)
For even more of a description of this nicely done remodel go to http://merzbaudesigncollective.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Christmas Store Props for Nordstroms

This past summer we received an order from Nordstrom's Dept. Stores for 300 pcs of 4x8 MDF milled with 3" on center V-grooves.  We learned that these panels would be cut up and used as Christmas decoration store props and would eventually be shipped to all the Nordstrom stores through out the US.

Keep in mind we didn't do any of the steel work or assembly we only provided the insert panel material.  But as you can see it added just the right touch. This is just one example of our ability to offer custom runs on plywood patterns not available anywhere else. 

Since we are based in Marin County just north of the Golden Gate bridge, we were able to get a first hand look in the Corte Madera Store.

However a few months later on a trip up to Tacoma WA we spotted them again in that store.

We were grateful for the opportunity to once again fill a unique need.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Eichler Siding Goes to Napa Update

Here's some updated pictures of the Napa project we really appreciate it when our customers send us photos like these.  It's great to see how everything turned out.

 Here's the front of the home before any design changes and the addition of Eichler Thinline Siding.


























Though  this home is not an Eichler the homeowners wanted a mid-century modern version of the previous ranch design.


Entry area after Thinline siding is added, along with a steel planter.

A typical storage shed before restoration into an office.


The shed becomes a great office with a face lift.

Our unique Eichlerondak Chairs!




Quite a view they get of the beautiful Napa Valley.



A perfect place to relax and enjoy the wonder of creation!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Eichler Siding Vists the Napa Project



Michelle.and her husband  bought a 1954 mid-century ranch home in the hills overlooking Napa. It needed some work and Michelle's blog documents their remodel. Along with major renovation they added Eichler Siding "Thinline" to their home.  And though the home is not an original Eichler, the care they exercised in tying everything in resulted in a wonderful mid-century design.

Meeting Michelle and Shawn was a great pleasure and they have a wonderful home overlooking the Napa valley. Go here to see Michelle's full blog http://www.napaproject.com/


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Michael H. Posts a Picture of his new Eichler Fence.

Thanks to Michael H. of Thousand Oaks for posting a picture of his new Eichler Fence he just completed. Michael, it looks great, thanks for sharing!

Michael wrote..."Even someone who's not very handy like me can use them well it seems.  I'm very happy with the results. Thank you very much for providing such a nice product."






Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Option: Sanded Breckenridge Siding

Original Eichler Siding that was used on Eichler homes from the 1950's onward was a smooth face not a resawn face like common siding is today.  The designers choose a sanded face because it retains the modern clean appearance the sought after. Sometimes after multiple coats of paint this is difficult to tell.  But a close examination in an area protected from the elements will reveal this is true.

Until recently the only smooth face option for homeowners and contractors replacing Eichler siding was to use our MDO (Medium Density Overlay).  This is a very high quality material and when primed and top-coated is very weather resistant.  The problem however is that it has no wood grain appearance at all.  And for some customers this is not acceptable.  Additionally, MDO is only available for Thinline.



However, beginning this year, in 2012, we finally have found a source for sanded, smooth face Breckenridge siding.  This is the very same material we have used over the years for both our Thinline and Wideline patterns, but now it has a sanded face.  This option provides a beautiful wood grain surface which is a great match to the original Eichler look.

The good news is that it is only a few dollars more in cost per sheet.  To be sure, some still prefer the semi-smooth/resawn texture of the original Breckenridge siding.  And in some cases if your current siding shows considerable weathering, sometimes the non-sanded version is the better option.

Check out the Breckenridge sanded panel exclusively offered by Eichler Siding and we think you will agree it is a great option to consider.

Lastly, if you are not an Eichler homeowner, but are looking for a smooth faced material for either V-groove interior or exterior use, or some other pattern and need a smooth face, Breckenridge Sanded panels are a great option.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Introducing the Eichlerondack Chair!

As producer of Eichler Siding, I am now producing some "Eichlerondack Chairs" for use in atrium's, backyards, etc. I've incorporated an Eichler mid-century design (detail matches "Eichler Thinline Siding) to the classic and timeless Adirondack. This is produced in a kiln dried, tight knot cedar and finished with exterior polyurethane. Cedar alone weathers very well, the added finish gives it a nice look.

Let me know what you think.

Initially I will be offering these for 225.00 plus tax. I am also  producing the same design in a clear cedar, no knots which will costs  295.00 plus tax.

Thanks for you time and consideration.

Jeff Nichols-Eichler Siding