On the Homefront

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

Don't Rush to Remodel
Experts agree: grow into your new Eichler space—and let time bring timeless results
Evolving State of Solar Today
With some incentives gone, owners must weigh long-term benefits (and nix leasing?)
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
For painting Eichler exteriors, set the tone using earth colors and a sharp accent 'pop'
Too Much Clutter at Home?
That’s the question explored for ways to 'clean up your act' in the new CA-Modern
Strange Home, Strange Land
One of East Coast’s three bonafide Eichlers hits the market—but still befuddles buyers
When Refrigerators Go Retro
From hot pink to orange—trio of companies bring back stylish mid-century appliances
Is Elrod House Sale for Real?
One of several multi-million-dollar Lautners on the market actually has a buyer in hand
'Cool' Golf Course Setting
Roger Lee’s very original Wilkinson House of Orinda hits the market for first time ever
Modern Goes Mobile
Two architecture aficionados remodel their trailer homes with mid-century modern zing
Homes of 'True Believers'
Dedicated modernists open their doors for June 18 'Sacramento Modern' house tour
California, Here They Come
Producer of zero-net energy, steel-framed homes expands to Bay Area from Canada
Lost Eichler's Grand Rebirth
San Mateo Highlands Eichler razed by fire replaced with handsome modernist home
New Homes' Modern Touch
Bay Area-based BluHomes' expanding line of pre-fab shows off roots in MCM design
Spared from Wrecking Ball
Neutra, Schindler houses find new life via restoration—and L.A. Conservancy awards
Rare 'Roger Lee' Hits Market
Architect Lee's award-winning two-story home in Kensington slated for open house
Lone Star State Goes Modern
Texas—not California—setting for 29-home new MCM neighborhood 'Starlight Village'
Keep It Simple with Tile Too
CA-Modern story lays out expert advice on tile projects in mid-century modern homes
Modernist Hotel Up for Sale
Palm Springs' 1947 Hideaway—designed by a 'mystery man of mid-century modern'
Allergies Are in the Air!
New CA-Modern story looks at your home as a lively breeding ground for allergens
Know What You Want!
Eichler real estate specialist offers advice for finding yourself the right modern home