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Projex, The magazine of EICHLER, Summer, 1961

Playtime Privacy (pp. 5-6)

Having an ideal home and yard arrangement where adults andchildren can enjoy their separate activities at the same timewithout one's disturbing the other is usually a difficultcombination to achieve, but Mr. And Mrs. William Muster foundit when they bought their Fairbrae Eichler home two years ago.

One side of the Muster house and yard is devoted entirely to theirtwo children, a daughter, Nori, 5, and a son Billy, 2-1/2.Their bedrooms, separated by their own bathroom, run parallelto their lot-long play yard.

The fence separating the adults' outdoor area from the play yardis handsome staggered slat design through which the children canbe seen from the kitchen and yard without losing the feelingof separation.

Children's parties are frequenly held in the Musters' yardwhere swings, teeter-totter and tiny picnic table are bigattractions for the younger set in the neighborhood.

Mr. Muster, electronics firm executive, solicited professionallandscapers to carry out their ideas for a clean-cut frontand back yard. He spends about three hours each week keepingthe plants and grass watered and neatly manicured.

Captions, p. 5LEFT: Mrs. Muster enjoys children's back-yard parties. Hotdogs and cold lemonade are easy to serve and fun for thetots at small picnic table.
RIGHT: Children enjoying swing and sandbox.

Captions, p. 6Billy and Nori have their own entrance to bath and bedrooms.
Playing children can be easily observed from the kitchenarea through semi-open fence separating adults' patio fromplay yard.










More Eichler photos —in the backyard we had an orange sculpture that was like a 3D Mondrian artwork. A few weeks ago, my mother told me that the landscape architect they hired to do the plantings, also built the sculpture. They didn't even ask him for it, and it was a total surprise. My brother and I loved it and climbed all over it all the time. The yesterday, sifting through boxes of old photos, I found two pictures of the sculpture. That's me in 1961, with the sculpture. - Nori 8/21/2014

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Found a few more photos of the house, starting with one of my little brother sitting in the living room.
- Nori 5/4/2015

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