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Does anyone know how to get a copy of the plans for an Eichler? I have plan# 584 by Claude Oakland. The Eichler Network publisher says that the plans are not available at present, but I don't quite understand why or how this is the case. Also, the city I live in does not have our plans on file. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

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I suggest you find your model in another town and see what that city records have. it's public info. What do you need plans for?

Keep in mind, architectural plans are protected by copyright.

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You are in luck. Eichler Network used to sell these blueprints, but you can get copies at a fraction of the cost at the UC Berekely Environmental Design Archives (designarchives@berkeley.edu). I have a model 684 in Saratoga and I acquired copies of my exact house! They should have your radiant floor plan too. Only drawback is you need to visit the campus. Let me know you have any problems since I've been through it all. For me, total cost: $74.

Keith Hendley
Saratoga

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nice info!

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Keith,

Why did you have to visit the campus? Was it just to photocopy and pay, or did you have to visit to even find the plans in the first place?

Any tips for someone else following this process?

Thanks
Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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At the time (about 3 months ago) the Oakland/Imada collection had yet to be processed so I went through them myself :-o But Waverly was nice enough to pull out a roll that was labeled "Saratoga" so I found what I was looking for quite quickly. I was super excited. I tell some people "My house was built by a famous architect and builder, and the blueprints are kept at UC Berkeley for future generations to admire and learn from." Sounds pretty cool.

Keith

This is an email I received from them:

"The Oakland records were donated to us. They are not processed at this time, but with additional informaiton, we may be able to locate what you need.

If what you are looking for can be linked to an existing residence, we would need to know the original client to locate the drawings.

The best email and phone number to use for reference/research are 510.642.5124 or designarchives@berkeley.edu. I willl be out of town on Monday but I am forwarding this email to the reference archivist.

We will get back to you as soon as we hear which plans you need.

Waverly"

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Oops forgot to break down the cost. They charge something like $12 an hour to go through the archive. The rest was for copies and FedEx (copies were made by another department and was sent to me about 2 weeks later).

Keith

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Unbelievable information!
Would have been nice - if this information was posted by the Eichler News letter :-)

Thank you Keith!

Jack Vrins

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Just to clarify and prevent any additional confusion, here is the present status of availability and pricing of original Eichler architectural drawings.

Those by the architectural firms of Jones & Emmons and Anshen & Allen are not known to us to be available for purchase anywhere.

For plans by Claude Oakland, contact the Environmental Design Archives of UC Berkeley. Email is designarchives AT berkeley.edu and the phone is 510-642-5124 (ask for Carrie McDade, Assistant Curator / Reference Archivist).

According to an e-mail received from McDade on 2/8/06, the EDA will produce copies of original documents for a fee of approximately $9 to $18 per sheet. The total price for any copy order varies and depends on the number of copies and the size of the originals. Depending on the size of the order, there may be an hourly research fee of $16 added to the total. There is also a shipping / handling fee of app. $10. They say these fees are subject to change. One does not need to visit the archive to place an order, but based on the complexity of the order, it may be useful sometimes.

-- Eichler Network

ljh
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EichlerNetwork wrote:

Those by the architectural firms of Jones & Emmons and Anshen & Allen are not known to us to be available for purchase anywhere.

As a new Eichler Owner whose Eichler was built by Anshen and Allen (according to info on this freat site), I wonder is Anshen and Allen are still in existence or if anyone knows who has their archives.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

ljh

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ljh wrote:
As a new Eichler Owner whose Eichler was built by Anshen and Allen (according to info on this freat site), I wonder is Anshen and Allen are still in existence or if anyone knows who has their archives.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

ljh

Anshen and Allen are still in business but no longer doing residental architecture. Their web site is at http://www.anshen.com/US/index.html

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khendley wrote:
You are in luck. Eichler Network used to sell these blueprints, but you can get copies at a fraction of the cost at the UC Berekely Environmental Design Archives (designarchives@berkeley.edu). I have a model 684 in Saratoga and I acquired copies of my exact house! They should have your radiant floor plan too. Only drawback is you need to visit the campus. Let me know you have any problems since I've been through it all. For me, total cost: $74.

Keith Hendley
Saratoga
How did you find out what model # your home is? Did you need this information in order to find it in the archives or did you just go through all of them and found the one that matches your layout?

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I've seen that several posts reference a "B lueprint Depot" on this site where you can purchase certain complete sets of blueprints.  I've searched pretty well and cannot find the page or tab(s) to get to this section.

Can anyone tell me if it exists and how to get there?

Thanks.

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There are a few on this site, but they are not cheap!

HousePlans dot Com

I did use it to discover that we live in a flipped #470 by Claude Oakland. (Our house is reversed... the beds and baths are on the left, kit, utils on the right.

(And actually the bathrooms are slightly different, I assume they tweaked it over the years as ours was built towards the end in 1965.)

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Yeah, Houseplans.com is a strong first stop for these kinds of things. Retro Renovation did a little write-up on it recently: http://retrorenovation.com/2012/11/28/build-an-eichler-ranch-house-8-ori...

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I'm a residential architecutral designer (Palo Alto native) and would be able to draft you a set of existing plans if you'd like including a 3d computer model. I used to live in an Eichler and am still very fond of them.

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