On the Homefront

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

House of Questions
"What are the challenges in designing and planting a garden when water is limited?"
Expertise at Your Fingertips
New Home Maintenance Directory rolls out 100 companies that know modern homes
Share Your Pain with Us
CA-Modern magazine seeks readers' tales of remodeling woe and regret for new story
Pristine Desert-Steel Celebrity
Restored Wexler house—tract’s one of only seven ever built—hits Palm Springs market
Wham, Bam—Love that Lam'
Retro Renovation teams with Wilsonart for a line of 'boomerang' countertop laminates
Two Eras of FLWright Design
Master’s Sturges and Lykes Houses come to market together—one of them by auction
Warmly Wrapped Aluminum
Rare home—and in impeccable condition—by architect Raphael Soriano on the market
Tripping the Light Moderne
CA-Modern product report sheds light on choice ‘period-appropriate’ outdoor lamps
Endangered Species for Sale
Its hilltop setting so scenic, this unusual mid-century home’s future may be at stake
Retro-Ho-Ho Christmas Cards
Fledgling company mines images of MCM homes and living for holiday card designs
Holiday Glow over Hollywood
Modern Christmas Tree entrepreneur takes his unique design to renowned Stahl House
Your Flat Roof Vs. El Niño
Roofing experts offer timely tips to inspect and prep your roof for the wet winter ahead
Beacon of Richard Neutra
Hilltop SoCal home designed by master's son Dion priced at $5.5mil—for its 'cachet'
A Steal or Just Plain Steel?
Designed and expanded by Donald Wexler— his former Palm Springs home has no offers
Rarest Fix-It Man of Them All
In-demand sliding-glass door repair outfit encourages owners to "save your sliders"
Hill's Dream House on Market
Woodsy Carmel house was home to master from the 'Second Bay Tradition' Henry Hill
Pool House Speaks 'Eichler'
Retired Stanford professors add modernist therapeutic facility to their Eichler backyard
House of Questions
"When is the 'sales bubble' tied to Eichler real estate in Silicon Valley going to burst?"
Icon Fit for a King—and You?
Palm Springs’ 'Elvis Hideaway' is for sale— its design flashier than its dramatic history
Unique Listing—with History
Only built Neutra design from the Case Study program part of $18mil compound