On the Homefront

Breaking stories on home improvement and real estate tied to our communities

For Sale: Beautiful Enigma
NorCal's only Case Study House—Beverley Thorne's steel gem hits the market in Marin
House of Questions
"What are the best steps of reinforcement to protect MCM homes from earthquakes?"
South Bay Eichler Home Tour
Contractor and realtor stage open house of four remodeled Sunnyvale Eichlers Aug. 15
Blog in the Saddle Again
Marin couple's down-home blog primed for comeback after two-year parenthood hiatus
Get Energized for Efficiency
Energy Upgrade California offering rebates up to $6,500 for boosting energy efficiency
Rise of the Aluminum Slider
New CA-Modern story traces how WW II technology transformed the sliding door
Batten Down the Hatches!
With El Niño rains waiting in the wings, the time is now to tackle your outdoor projects
House of Questions
"To upgrade our Eichler's insulation, what is the smartest way to spend our money?"
Man from Redneck Modern
Popular blogger chronicles the renovation of his Concord Eichler—but not for profit
'King of the Round House'
One of six circular houses by mid-century architect Leon Meyer is on East Bay market
All Their World's a Stage
East Bay Eichler owners turn a hobby into a joint venture staging modern real estate
Front Door's Crowning Touch
SoCal Eichler owner's 'well-kept secret'—creating authentic Eichler door hardware
Houseful of Eichler History
Exquisite home of late Eichler staffer Matt Kahn hits Stanford market—for faculty only
MCM Gem with 'Wow' Power
Tastefully restored stunner by unsung local architect Russell Barnecut on Marin market
House of Questions
"What can I do to maintain the integrity of my Eichler's exterior siding and extend its life?"
Two Neutra Homes Winners!
Restorations of his SoCal house designs among LA Conservancy award honorees
From England with Love
British couple thrives on blogging about their Sacramento Eichler’s DIY renovation
Laudable Lautners Languish?
Two of visionary architect's classic homes still hang on the market—for eight figures!
In with the New…and the Old
Design pro revisits key mid-century themes tied to new CA-Modern landscaping story
Neighborhood Building Blocks
How family's tasteful Eichler re-do brings appreciation to Burlingame's Mills Estates