Last updated August, 2009.
The kitchen in our house has not changed much since 1959. When we bought the house, we knew one thing for sure: this kitchen had to go.
But now that we lived in this house, we actually like the layout of the kitchen. And it still has a lot of original details that real Eichler lovers appreciate. It has the original white Formica countertop with the gold flakes, the original wide cooktop, and the original swingout table.
When we bought the house, the kitchen was white, and the original sliding doors had been replaced by country-style wooden ones.
We recently removed all 5 layers of paint, sanded the wood, and stained it black. We also replaced the wooden doors with acrylic ones. This kitchen is ready for another 50 years of cooking!
The cooktop is really the original one. It looks pretty cool, is still functional, but very unsafe. The fabric around the electrical wires is broken, and the knobs are very easy to turn. Occasionally, if you clean the knobs after cooking, they will switch on. We have burned the metal covers many times!
The top cabinets have sliding doors, which is very safe in case of an earthquake. The doors are not the original doors, and we are thinking about replacing them by frosted glass or stainless steel.The dishwasher and oven have been replaced by newer equipment, and we purchased a very American, supersized stainless steel fridge/freezer combination. Where else would you find room to store those gallons of milk, coke bottles, and juice?
Next to the kitchen is plenty of room for a second table with 6 chairs, and more storage cabinets. This is the table where I do most of my computer work! And it is a great place to put the food whenever we have a potlock party. The lamps above the table are from Ikea (source of fun stuff). They were the closest thing resembling the original Eichler globe lamps, after I broke one of them (oops). Through the tall windows you have a great view into the backyard.
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