Peace, comfort, a place to call home, these are the common themes found in our most popular home tours in 2018. Keeping the history of Midcentury Modern or Georgian-style homes without sacrificing the modern family needs was a key to many of the renovations we featured this year. Readers clicked with Craftsman homes full of livable spaces as well as with impressive renovations of Midcentury designs. There were also many readers who were impressed with our coverage of gardens and alternative living options.
Here’s a look at our most popular homes of 2018:
A Midcentury remodel
Renovations with before and after shots are a big hit with our readers, so naturally this Midcentury renovation from Palm Springs was a favorite. Ingrid Jackel remodeled her weekend home with bright results.
After years living in a Hollywood loft, Cassandra Corum and Shannon Reese found a Craftsman home in Koreatown to be closer to the center of the city.
Yaniv and Nina Tepper added a second floor for their master bedroom, expanding their view of Laurel Canyon.
Jenn McCabe and Lee Frees’ Venice duplex mixes rustic with modern design and a shared space with their tenant.
Catherine and Michael Donovan left Silver Lake with their two children for the mountain town of Idyllwild. Following the Cranston fire, readers were worried about the couple and their two children. So we checked with the Donovan family to see if they were safe and if their home was unharmed.
Filmmakers Sarah Wetherbee and Emre Sahin bought a 1930 Georgian-style home to settle down with their two daughters, renovating it to bring more light and modern touches to the historic home.
Kevin and Jill Dumain demolished their tiny bungalow and built a multilevel, sustainable and modern home with Craftsman quality.
Lisa and Patrick Brault updated their 1911 Craftsman home in a historic Pasadena neighborhood to make it a true home for their family.
As much as readers enjoyed our home tours, they really loved our garden makeover stories. Nord Eriksson wanted his Pasadena garden to be renovated with modern design and worldly tradition, mixing in elements from Spain.
Bonus — Ditch the home, make it mobile
As housing prices go up in Southern California and elsewhere, some people have decided to go mobile and ditch the traditional home. Readers loved reading our story on how families have packed their bags and never looked back.
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