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This Kitchen Does It All

CA-Modern 'Best Kitchen Remodel Contest' winners the Cissons continue to be inspired by an inventive design - Kitchen Contest Winners Crowned

By Dave Weinstein

Congratulations to Anne and Mike Cisson, the Walnut Creek Eichler homeowners behind the winning kitchen in CA-Modern magazine's 2013 'Best Kitchen Remodel Contest.' For being named contest winners, the couple was presented a $500 prize.

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Makeover Challenge

Four 'Best Kitchen' competition finalists showcase our readers' most beautiful, functional and modern kitchens

By Dave Weinstein

Cisson kitchen
Eichler home, Walnut Creek, 1969
Budget: $150,000

Open and multi-functional

When Anne and Mike Cisson retired and downsized to an East Bay Eichler, they knew that living in a smaller space would demand a multi-functional kitchen.

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Announcing: The 2013 Kitchen Remodel Contest Winners

By Dave Weinstein

A big congratulations goes out to Anne and Mike Cisson of Walnut Creek who won this year's kitchen remodel contest by popular vote from our readers. They'll be getting $500 and, presumably, a whole lot of envy from their neighbors. You'll get to meet them in more depth, and see their kitchen in greater detail, in the fall '13 issue of CA-Modern magazine.

A big congratulations goes out to Anne and Mike Cisson of Walnut Creek who won this year's kitchen remodel contest by popular vote from our readers. They'll be getting $500 and, presumably, a whole lot of envy from their neighbors. You'll get to meet them in more depth, and see their kitchen in greater detail, in the fall '13 issue of CA-Modern magazine.

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California Classic

By Bruce Snider

Architect Lourdes Garcia says that because so much of the building’s structure is open to view, “we worked with what we had. And what we introduced, we exposed.” Rather than hide the steel straps and plates, she says, “we celebrated all these elements.”

Mid-century modernism generated such mass-market design classics as the Eames plywood chair, the George Nelson clock, and the Arco floor lamp. But in the category of mid-century production housing, the work of Joseph Eichler stands alone. From the 1950s into the 1970s his company, Eichler Homes, built more than 11,000 moderately priced houses — mostly in northern California — that remain icons of California modernism.

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Before + After

By Bruce D. Snider

California Classic

Mid-century modernism generated such mass-market design classics as the Eames plywood chair, the George Nelson clock, and the Arco floor lamp. But in the category of mid-century production housing, the work of Joseph Eichler stands alone. From the 1950s into the 1970s his company, Eichler Homes, built more than 11,000 moderately priced houses — mostly in northern California — that remain icons of California modernism.

Today, Eichlers are much sought after as platforms for 21st-century makeovers, and this example, in Walnut Creek, Calif., may set the high-water mark for its breed. Upgraded in layout, function, and finish, it retains its breezy 1960s spirit while providing a living experience unsurpassed by the highest of high-end custom homes.

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