Uploaded: Friday, February 15, 2013, 8:57 AM
How to create an 'Eichler' in 2013
Materials, building codes have changed in last 60 years
|Recreating an Eichler isn't as simple as it sounds. Building codes have changed, with new requirements for insulation and wiring, for example.
Some of the original materials are now "endangered," according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and others are considered toxic.
The 2013 Eichler homes, just like the originals, are expected to emulate Frank Lloyd Wright's "dry construction" method, which meant having no applied finishes -- no paint, wallpaper or plaster, according to Monique Lombardelli, who plans to built individual Eichlers.
"Wood is wood; brick is brick; concrete is concrete," she said.
Here's a comparison of materials that were used to build an Eichler and those that could be used in 2013.
Original: Asbestos tile; Armstrong cork tile (in custom homes, colored concrete)
New: Slate; cork; concrete
Original: Philippine mahogany
New: Drywall needed to meet code; many different looks, including mahogany
Original: Douglas fir; pine
Original: No attic; 1 inch of fiberglass insulation
New: No attic; foam
Old: Formica; stainless steel
New: Natural stone, slate, concrete
Original: Electric (Thermador)
New: Gas and electric induction
New: Sheetrock walls, drill holes in exterior wall and add insulation in wall cavity
Windows, sliding doors
Original: Single-paned glass
New: Double-paned glass
Sources: Mark Marcinek, Monique Lombardelli, www.rainforestinfo.org.au, www.iucnredlist.org
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