On the Homefront

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

Our 'Machete of Knowledge'
Hot off the press—new Home Maintenance Directory's protection from project pitfalls
First Marin Tour Since 2009
One dozen ‘outstanding’ San Rafael Eichler homes come together for May 19 showcase
‘Hollywood and Vine’ Exhibit
New UC Berkeley show features homes of famous movie stars and stylish wineries
Party House with MCM Roots
Modernist home by mid-century trailblazer gets price slash despite mindful restoration
Rare Neutra Destroyed
‘Dragon of demolition’ plagues California homes designed by the master modernist
'Modern' Optimism Reigns
Skin of Bay Area bubble still market-strong according to our Eichler real estate experts
Gettin’ App Happy
14 software applications tied to CA-Modern story strive to keep your home life on track
TV’s Aura from the MCM Era
CA-Modern story explores today’s quirky appeal for the coolest mid-century TV sets
Home Improvement for 2018
'Achievable tasks' can curb your New Year's resolutions from becoming broken promises
Glass Walls of Xmas Cheer
Bay Area window painters use their art to bring holiday themes to homes, businesses
Is Your Eichler Underinsured?
Policy coverage needs to keep pace with rising costs of construction in your locale
Time to Go Underground?
Eichler neighborhood has a lively debate over burying local utility lines out of sight
Keeping Radiant Heat Alive
Eichler remodel unites original main house and new addition with PEX radiant system
Make Your Moneymaker
Stanford prof actually shows ‘energy profit’ from his on-campus ‘zero net energy’ home
'International' Idol for Sale
Heralded Donald Olsen House in Berkeley hits market for first time ever at $1.8 million
Spotlight on Armchair Genius
CA-Modern’s ‘Unsung Masters’ series puts focus on obscure MCM furniture designers
Floored by Indoor-Outdoor
New CA-Modern story unveils latest trends in home flooring inspired by Mother Nature
Home Improvement Worth It?
Experts share their ‘smart list’ of the best and most cost-effective projects to pursue
Get Set for 'Old Man Winter'
Winterizing checklist: how to weather the coming storms with a gust of preparation
How 'Green' Is Your Turf?
Today's technology gives 'artificial grass' year-round advantages over the real thing